Tag Archives: Blogging


New Yorker launches business blog called Currency


Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke of The New York Observer writes about Currency, the new business blog launched Thursday by the New Yorker.

Bloomgarden-Smoke writes, “The blog is part of The Business Pages the magazine’s digital business section that launched in February.

“The blog has lined up New Yorker writers John Cassidy, James Surowiecki, Tad Friend, Ken Auletta, Dana Goodyear, Connie Bruck, and George Packer to contribute to the site. Currency launched this morning with a story by Mr. Friend (with the bloggy title ‘Is Elon Musk’s Hyperloop a Pipedream’), a post by Mr. Surowiecki on shareholder activism and a collection of New Yorker profiles of business icons from the past 80 years (those archives do come in handy!).

“Currency is the latest in The New Yorker‘s push to expand NewYorker.com, which is edited by Nicholas ThompsonMatt Buchanan was hired in February to launch the site’s science and tech section, and Michael Agger and Sasha Weiss were hired earlier this year to expand the site’s cultural coverage.”

Read more here.

Naked Capitalism

Best places for biz news, according to Wired


Wired magazine has posted a list of ots top 15 places to get business and financial news.

Here are some of them:


Marginal Revolution


Those who call economics “the dismal science” have never heard it offered up by Tyler Cowen and Alex Tabarrok. Together the two George Mason University professors take a daily stab at unraveling everything from why dying firms don’t raise prices to the sociopolitical underpinnings of World War Z. It’s fun reading and, even better, makes you smarter.

Om Malik


Cranky, contrarian, and usually right when it comes to where the business of technology  is headed. He’s also been known as a hell of a DJ.

Home of the blog­ger who popularized the idea of minting a trillion-­dollar coin (brilliant). It’s where monetary policy wonks go to geek out.



With his liberal, free-market philosophy, Slate’s Matthew Yglesias is unfailingly sharp in his economic analysis. (Even if he’s wrong about ­Chipotle burritos. They’re nothing like an iPhone, Matt.)

As the name suggests, this blog penned by Yves Smith (aka Susan Webber) offers a piercing look at the ethical and legal missteps of the global financial industry. And there are a lot of them.

Read more here.


Washington Post to start new tech blog


The Washington Post announced Monday it will launch a new blog called ‘The Switch’ on July 29 which will focus on technology policy and feature in-depth news, analysis and insight on issues like NSA surveillance, patent trolls and broadband networks.

Post tech writer Tim Lee will anchor the blog with support from new hires Andrea Peterson and Brian Fung. In addition to the regular bloggers, The Switch will feature contributions from The Post’s current tech reporters: Cecilia Kang, Craig Timberg and Hayley Tsukayama.

“The tech industry and Washington are more entwined now than ever before. The Post is uniquely positioned to cover this evolving relationship, helping users understand the hot button issues and how they might be affected by changing policies,” said Greg Schneider, National Economy and Business Editor at The Post.

All three bloggers bring a strong background and expertise to this subject. Tim Lee joined The Post this spring from Ars Technica, where he covered technology policy for the last two years. Andrea Peterson was previously at ThinkProgress, where she led technology policy coverage.

Brian Fung comes to The Post via the Atlantic Media Company, where he spent the last year and a half helping to launch Quartz, the company’s new online business publication; editing the health and international channels at TheAtlantic.com; and covering tech for its sister site, National Journal.

Pando Daily

Tech blogs needs to become more like industry pubs


Kevin Roose of New York magazine writes Thursday that tech blogs should become more like industry trade publications.

Roose writes, “Here’s a proposal that could save both sides of this fight a lot of grief: Instead of trying to shame tech blogs into covering Silicon Valley more critically, let’s stop holding them to the standards of traditional journalism and start thinking of them instead as trade publications.

“In trade publications, readers don’t expect searing takedowns or accountability for powerful figures. They expect news about prominent industry leaders, new and notable companies, relevant trends in the industry, and maybe a page or two of job announcements. A trade publication cheering on the industry it covers isn’t a bad thing; it’s the publication’s entire raison d’être. It would be odd if Air Line Pilot ran a feature called “The 100 Worst Pilots in America” or if Garden Trade Specialist spent an entire issue calling gardening a piddling waste of time. And it would be equally odd if, say, the Columbia Journalism Review criticized Candy Industry Magazine for conflicts of interest with lollipop producers. Aggressive, adversarial journalism is simply not what trade publications are built for. And few people expect it from them.

“When trade publications try oppositional coverage, the gains are often minimal. The BeachMint flap is a perfect example. Pando’s reporter, Michael Carney, got six sources to tell him that BeachMint was circling the drain. But he apparently never called the founders of the company itself, and now the company is mounting an aggressive countercampaign against him and Pando as a whole. Having run the BeachMint story, and having had such an outcry result from it, will no doubt damage Pando’s relationship with other start-ups, which may in turn cause its day-to-day flow of scoops to suffer, and readers to lose out on news they would otherwise have gotten. It’s a bad outcome for everyone, except maybe Lanny Davis.

“TechCrunch and PandoDaily have the resources to be amazing trade publications. They’ve got the reporters, the sources, the conferences, and the industry credibility to be the go-to source for anyone in Silicon Valley who wants a sympathetic outlet to distribute news to the tech community. (There’s a reason Sean Parker didn’t give his mega-essay to the Times.) But their success is largely dependent on getting people in the tech industry to pick up the phone, which is why achieving perfect balance is nearly impossible. Too much cheerleading, and you lose mainstream credibility; too much watchdogging, and you take yourself outside the industry’s circle of trust.”

Read more here.

REIT blog

A financial blogger who makes money


Geoff Williams of US News & World Report writes Thursday about bloggers who are making money, and one of his examples is Brad Thomas, who blogs about real estate investment trusts, or REITS, for Seeking Alpha and other sites, including his own, www.theintelligentreitinvestor.com.

Williams writes, “And some people visit a blog to  learn more about real estate investment trusts. Brad Thomas is a  textbook example of someone who has turned blogging into a viable  profession, although it isn’t his only income. He is a senior vice  president at Bull Realty, a commercial real estate firm in Atlanta, who  also works as a consultant. Still, his blog – the Intelligent REIT  Investor (theintelligentreitinvestor.com) – has taken off.

“In  2010, Thomas says, ‘I started basically writing and blogging just as a  hobby. It was something I liked to do, and the real estate market wasn’t  very strong, so I just thought I’d write about it.”

“He  quickly built up a following, with 10,000 to 20,000 page views a month.  ‘I thought that was a lot back then,’ Thomas says. Now, three years  later, he’s seeing up to half a million page views per month.

“Blogging may not be digging ditches, but it’s mental work.  It’s also time-consuming. A lot of people ask Thomas if he sleeps at  night, and he does, but he says there are many late nights where his  energy is spent, but he’ll ‘find a way to push that last sentence out.’”

Read more here. Talking Biz News interviewed Thomas earlier this year about his blogging operation.


NYT public editor examines “You’re the Boss” blogger ethics


Margaret Sullivan, the public editor of the New York Times, looked into allegations by a public relations professional that a blogger for the paper’s “You’re the Boss” blog was asking to be reimbursed for coverage of companies.

She interviewed the paper’s small business editor, Loren Feldman.

Sullivan writes, “Mr. Feldman, who came to The Times from Inc. magazine and has run the blog for four years, understands the difficulties of asking business people who are not professional journalists to be his writing staff.

“‘The challenges are real, they’re significant and I lose sleep over them,’ he told me. But he believes that the blog’s content offers something to small business owners that they can’t get elsewhere: the expertise of more experienced small businesspeople, and the willingness to join discussions and share their stories. The blog’s 232,000 Twitter followers (@NYTsmallbiz) suggest that many find it valuable. Mr. Feldman told me that he makes it clear to his writers that they must avoid conflicts of interest.

“The blog ‘sometimes takes us into gray areas,’ he said, ‘but this wasn’t one of them.’

“In the end, I don’t believe that Mr. Oxford demanded payment for a write-up in the Times blog. In fact, there is evidence to the contrary.

“In the very e-mails quoted in Gawker, Mr. Oxford wrote: ‘I would like to be very clear that this trip is for my own understanding and I am not representing NYT this time.’ That’s clear enough. But then, muddying the waters, he added, ‘If I see a worthy story, I will engage in that capacity.’

“Given Mr. Zitron’s behavior and Mr. Oxford’s lack of clarity, the situation was troubled from the start. Let’s err on the side of mercy and call it a misunderstanding.”

Read more here.


NYT blogger was not seeking money for articles


Gawker on Monday published an article that accused New York Times “You’re the Boss” blogger Cliff Oxford of asking for money from companies in return for coverage on the small business blog.

The Times examined the allegations and found that the claims were without merit.

Its statement:

Editors have reviewed this situation in detail with Cliff. He says these exchanges were strictly regarding his role as a consultant with his company, the Oxford Center for Entrepreneurs. He did not make any suggestion that he would be covering the companies for You’re the Boss and in fact specifically noted that he was not representing The Times.

Loren Steffy

Ex-Houston columnist begins Forbes blog on energy


Loren Steffy, who left the Houston Chronicle last month after nine years as its business columnist, has started a blog about energy on Forbes.com.

Steffy writes, “First, a little bit about me. I spent nine years as the business columnist for the Houston Chronicle, and when you cover business in the world’s energy capital, you devote a lot of column inches to energy issues.

“Prior to that, I spent 12 years at Bloomberg News as the Dallas bureau chief and a senior writer. I also wrote a book about the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster, Drowning in Oil: BP and the Reckless Pursuit of Profit. 

“I hope that this blog will be a hearty discussion of energy issues, from topics such as offshore drilling safety to public policy, from electricity deregulation to alternative energy. To kick things off, I’ve already loaded some headline grabs of articles I found interesting. For mobile readers, you can also find these and other articles of interest, including posts from this site, in my Flipboard magazine, Energy Insights. 

“As the blog grows and evolves, I hope you will share your thoughts and insights, too. Tips and topic suggestions are always welcome. So with that, let’s get to it.”

Read more here. Steffy is also working for 30 Point.


Bloomberg launches personal finance blog


Bloomberg.com has started a personal finance blog called Ventured & Gained.

“We’re doing this following the success of our personal finance channel,” said Suzanne Woolley, who is overseeing the blog. “We believe we can weigh in in a lively and insightful way to all manner of issues confronting Americans’ personal balance sheets. We have an incredible talent pool at Bloomberg to draw from and will cover the world of personal finance from all angles — from the emotions surrounding our money to the best ways to save and invest our money.”

The blog is a a cross-platform collaboration. The team includes:

  • Woolley, who ran the personal finance section at BusinessWeek before joining Bloomberg in the acquisition. She relaunched its personal finance channel on the web;
  • Nikhil Hutheesing, formerly of AOL and Forbes;
  • Ben Steverman, who wrote for BusinessWeek.com and Investors Business Daily before joining Bloomberg.

Other key contributors include Rick Levinson, who headed up personal finance for Bloomberg News before becoming associate strategies editor at Bloomberg Markets; Eric Balchunas, an exchange-traded fund analyst for Bloomberg; and Peggy Collins, a personal finance reporter for Bloomberg News.


Some serious love for WSJ’s MoneyBeat


Joshua Brown of The Reformed Broker has praise for The Wall Street Journal’s new blog called MoneyBeat.

Brown writes, “In an era when everyone in financial media  is spreading out their resources and chasing new verticals for pageviews on a quest to gain “traction” among this or that ancillary audience, the Wall Street Journal has just done something very smart – they went the other way.

“On April 15th, the WSJ rolled out a new blog format that combined six of their best blogs (MarketBeat, The Source, Overheard and all the global Deal Journals) into one Voltron-esque sheet entitled MoneyBeat. Now you’re getting market action, M&A, trading, investing, analyst and strategist calls and more in one feed.

“If you’ve been seeing a lot of MoneyBeat lately it’s probably because the content is being heavily shared and linked to from my site and many others. Consensus among the bloggers I talk to is that the WSJ has nailed it. Even Barry likes it and he usually hates anything new that disrupts his flow.

“MoneyBeat is now comprehensive enough to challenge DealBook and FT Alpha but it remains focused enough on investing so as to stand apart. BTW, we’re still waiting for the Bloomberg market blog page (with View columnists I suppose?) but I fear that each post will be 48 paragraphs long, extending down to the floor.”

Read more here.