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CNBC.com launched Monday The Faber Report, a blogÂ by David Faber with both original reporting and his unique perspective on the most important stories of the day.
“David is one of the most well-respected business reporters in the country,” said Allen Wastler, managing editor ofÂ CNBC.com, in a statement. “Our blogs are a fast-growing area of our site and, with the addition of The Faber Report, our users will have even more access to the highly beneficial and analytical reporting that they have come to rely on and expect from us.”
CNBC.com hasÂ nearly 30Â original blogs that cover a wide range of topics, authored by both CNBC and CNBC.com award-winning journalists and network guests.Â During the past year, blog traffic on CNBC.com has more than doubled and this section of the site has posted a 130 percentÂ growth in page views. (May 2008 vs. May 2009, Source: Omniture)
The Faber Report provides expert analysis on developments in financial services, individual corporations, and markets around the globe. Faber shares his reporting on a myriad topics including hedge funds, private equity and mergers and acquisitions as well as the perspective heâ€™s gained after more than 22 years covering the world of business. Recent posts include: Getting â€œDirectâ€ with Greg Maffei and KKR Tries Again, both filled with the questions and reporting that Faber is known for.
An Emmy, Peabody, and DuPont award winner, Faber has anchored and co-produced several of CNBC’s acclaimed original documentaries and long-form programs as well as appearing daily on CNBC’s “Squawk on the Street.” (M-F, 9-10 a.m. ET). During the day, Faber breaks news and provides in-depth analysis on a range of business topics on air and online.
Lyons had killed the blog last year.
Wells writes, “By Saturday, news of the transplant was out, and Fake Steve left another short note in his diary: ‘Pogueâ€™s liver kicks a**. Namaste, David. I owe you one.’
“Yesterday Fake Steve submitted his first long post, clarifying that he actually only took half of David Pogueâ€™s liver. Pogue is the technology reporter for the New York Times who also appears on CNBC, and Fake Steve writes that Pogue ‘wanted me to have the whole (liver). But I was like, David, seriously, I only need half of it, and he was like, â€˜Seriously, man, after all youâ€™ve done for meâ€¦’ FSJ even goes on to claim Pogue wanted him to take a kidney, though Fake Steve doesnâ€™t need a kidney. ‘And he was like, â€˜Just keep it as a backup. Have it frozen or something.â€™’ Finally, Fake Steve exhibits the ego fans have missed. ‘Truth is, Pogue wasnâ€™t kidding when he said he owes meâ€¦Also, I have to tell you, the guyâ€™s liver is friggig primo. Very, very low mileage. Much better than the stuff you get waiting on some list.’
“Good to see FSJ hasnâ€™t lost his bite.
“Comments on his return, however, are mixed. While most are thrilled (‘Welcome home, FSJ. Glad you didnâ€™t go into the light’), not everyoneâ€™s amused. One reader commented: ‘This is as tasteless and inappropriate as I remember all your writings over the years, Dan. And I remember a long way back. Loser. I hope if you ever have a life threatening illness you don’t have to read some jacka$$ making fun of you on a blog. Grow up.’ That one was signed ‘Dave’ (as in Pogue? Kiddingâ€¦).”
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24/7 Wall St. has launched a site that will focus on news about Apple, writes editor in chief Doug McIntyre.
McIntyre writes, “24/7 Wall St. is pleased to announce the launch of theÂ public beta version of Â AppleFinancialNews.comÂ (AAPL),Â the first in a seriesof websites with news and opinion about Americaâ€™s premier companies gathered from hundreds of sites around the internet. Each of these new 24/7 products will alsoÂ highlight our own coverage of the corporations.
“AppleFinancialNews.comÂ will be followed fairly quickly by Microsoft (MSFT) Financial News and Google (GOOG) Financial News. We plan to have a dozen sites by early fall if the reaction to the first three are positive.”
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The New York Times has launched a blog about small business and entrepreneurship called “You’re the Boss.”
Small business editor Loren Feldman writes, “One of the guiding thoughts behind this blog is that unlike doctors and lawyers and a lot of other professionals, business owners rarely get any training. Nor do they have a lot of places to turn to compare notes, get advice, learn from one anotherâ€™s mistakes, and keep up with the important changes coming out of Washington. Weâ€™re hoping this will be that kind of place.
“Hereâ€™s an example: In one of his first posts, Jay Goltz, our Thinking Entrepreneur, notes that there are some aspects to the stimulus package that actually will have the perverse effect of discouraging business owners from hiring employees. Itâ€™s the kind of observation that could come only from someone whoâ€™s there in the trenches, and thatâ€™s what this blog will be about.”
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TALKING BIZ NEWS EXCLUSIVE
Amey Stone is the managing editor of Daily Finance, a new business site launched earlier this year by AOL that remains in beta format.
Stone is also an assistant managing editor at AOL Money & FinanceÂ where she oversees business news and investing coverage. She has been with AOL since 2005 and is the founding editor of BloggingStocks, WalletPop and, most recently, DailyFinance.
Prior to joining AOL,Â Stone spentÂ eight years as a senior writer at BusinessWeek Online covering finance, investing and the economy. She has also worked as a financial writer at Business Week magazine, SmartMoney.com, and Financial Planning. She is the author of “King of Capital,” a biography of Sandy Weill, and a graduate of Yale University and Columbia Universityâ€™s Graduate School of Journalism. She lives in New York with her husband and three children.
Stone talked about the Daily Finance launch and its plans with Talking Biz News via e-mail. What follows is an edited transcript. (Disclosure: Stone and I worked together at BusinessWeek.)
Why did AOL decide to start this site when it has a number of other business-related sites?
The mission of DailyFinance is actually quite different and in many ways much more ambitious than our other sites. It offers all original content while our main site, money.aol.com, has traditionally aggregated content from partners. DailyFinance also differs from our blogs in that we are hiring full-time financial and business journalists and well-known columnists. While we offer plenty of opinion and analysis, the tone and style of writing is less blog and more online magazine. DailyFinance will also showcase best-in-class financial data and applications.
What is this site doing that another site like BloggingStocks.com isn’t?
DailyFinance is currently in beta and operating as a blog. But when we relaunch later this summer and unveil our new design, youâ€™ll see a comprehensive business news and financial information site. BloggingStocks is the sister site to DailyFinance and is also very newsy, but focuses on providing stock ideas and market analysis from a team of great writers who are also serious investors.
Where did the writers come from?
A core group of editors and writers â€“- the ones with the most editorial and financial expertise â€“- came over to DailyFinance from BloggingStocks. That includes columnists like Peter Cohan, an author and venture capital investor, and Dan Solin, who wrote “The Smartest Investment Book Youâ€™ll Ever Read,” as well as editors, such as Michael Rainey. Weâ€™ve also hired financial journalists from award-winning publications which recently shut down, including Jeff Bercovici and Todd Pruzan from Portfolio and Matthew Scott and Tim Catts from Financial Week. Our tech columnist, Anthony Massucci, came from Bloomberg and Nikhil Hutheesing, who starts next week, came from Forbes.com. I was at BusinessWeek Online for many years.
How big will the editorial staff be? Will it continue to grow?
We currently have a small full-time staff and a larger group of freelancers and columnists, both of which we expect to grow in the coming months.
What’s been the results after three months in terms of visits and page views?
The traffic so far has definitely exceeded my hopes. Comscore shows that we had an average of aboutÂ 2 million unique visitors in March and April. Our DailyFinance iPhone application has been a major hit. We’ve also gotten quite a lot of pick-up. Cohanâ€™s incisive analysis of the financial bailout and sometimes scathing critiques of executives and regulators has been widely circulated around the web. The media coverage from Jeff Bercovici and Jonathan Berr has gotten lots of pick-up â€“- including from TalkingBizNews. Of course, we also benefit from promotion of our stories on AOL. Massucci, our tech columnist, wrote a piece on Oprahâ€™s first Twitter that was promoted on AOLâ€™s main page and got more than a half million page views.
Will this site break news, or will it be more analysis?
Our goal is to do it all â€“- break news as well as offer original analysis, features, investigations and commentary — and combine it with the best in online data, calculators and investing tools. We have big plans for DailyFinance!
What sites do you see as your biggest competitors?
We intend to take a seat among the best in business and financial news. Weâ€™d like our site to be as respected a source of information as the best business newspaper and magazine sites, but we also want to offer the timeliness of top online financial destinations and the personality of top market blogs. What we will offer that these editorial sites do not is best-in-class financial tools and applications for individual investors.
You’re getting content from other sites, such as WalletPop and 24/7 Wall Street. How were those picked?
So far, weâ€™ve added feeds of news stories to DailyFinance that are in our family of sites at AOL Money & Finance. WalletPop is our personal finance destination, and 24/7 Wall St. is a close partner.
The format right now is blog, but will that change once the beta version is updated?
Yes. The new design will take some cues from PoliticsDaily.com, which is an AOL site that recently launched. DailyFinanceâ€™s new design will allow us to differentiate between quick, breaking news takes and longer, more thoughtful analysis pieces. Most important, it will give us more opportunity to showcase the great journalism our writers are already producing. The design also showcases the tremendous depth of data and research tools available for investors on the site.
How are the In Focus stories picked each day?
Our editors use the In Focus box as a way to promote some of our best stories.
Your background is with BusinessWeek online and the other AOL business sites. What did you learn from those that you’re applying now?
Iâ€™m throwing everything Iâ€™ve learned in 20 years working in journalism at this new site so let me see if I can boil it down. The main thing Iâ€™ve learned about online journalism today is that it has to be timely and offer a point of view. As for editorial management, Iâ€™ve learned that if you hire a bunch of really smart people, let them know how talented you think they are and donâ€™t get in their way, everybody will have fun and produce amazing work.ã€€ã€€
The Cheapskate Blog by Brad Tuttle debuted on Time magazine’s Web siteÂ earlier this week as a place for consumers who want to find ways to save money.
Tuttle, a contributing editor at Budget Travel, plans to write about the best deals in dining, travel, shopping, sports and more. The Cheapskate Blog will include career and employment tips for our new economy, as well as offer sensible, practical and simple advice for saving.
In his first post, Tuttle writes, â€œWhat is my secret to saving money? The gist is: Donâ€™t be a chump. The proverbial sucker born every minute is the person who buysâ€”quite literallyâ€”into someone elseâ€™s idea of what are good, important, necessary things in oneâ€™s life. Weâ€™re talking about keeping-up-with-the-Joneses material here…This blog…will be different from the average consumer column. Usually, when the quote-unquote â€˜savvyâ€™ consumer sees something he wants to buy, he asks, â€˜How can I get the best deal on this?â€™ Instead, I ask, â€˜Just why in holy hell do I need this?â€™â€
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The New York Times will start a consumer blog focusing on issues such as consumer protection, business editor Larry Ingrassia said Monday.
The comment came in response to a reader comment about why the paper’s business sectionÂ didn’t have a consumer column.
Ingrassia wrote, “Ron Lieber, my ‘Your Money’ columnist, is gnashing his teeth over your query.
“I asked him for his thoughts, and he responded faster than you can say ‘consumer ripoff.’
“As Ron puts it, ‘My goal in life is to write about anything and everything that hits you in the wallet. To me, investing is actually the simplest part of the equation, as long as you believe in the indexing gospel (and I do â€” still do). So â€˜Your Moneyâ€™ is not about personal investments at all â€” I maybe hit that topic, defined broadly (including retirement accounts) maybe 8-10 times per year.â€ You can look up all his past columns easily on the Web.”
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Darlin writes, “But seeking credibility may be a less-important strategy for the blogs at this stage. Mr. Arrington, a lawyer, is quick to point out that he has no journalism training. He is at ease, even high-minded, in explaining the decisions to print unverified rumors.
“Mr. Arrington and the other bloggers see this not as rumor-mongering, but as involving the readers in the reporting process. One mission of his site, he said, is to write about the things a few people are talking about, ‘the scuttlebutt around Silicon Valley.’ His blog will often make clear that heâ€™s passing along a thinly sourced story.
“He did agonize a bit before publishing the post about Twitter and Apple. In fact, he waited five hours. But in the end, he decided, ‘it was interesting and it didnâ€™t hurt anyone to write about it.’
“TechCrunch, with about five million monthly visitors, dominates rival blogs, which Mr. Arrington disparages. (And they do the same to his.) But he doesnâ€™t think of sites like Gawker or All Things Digital as competitors. He has his eyes set on The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. (And he disparages both.)”
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Speakeasy provides reporting from the Journal and aggregation and commentary for what’s happening each day at the confluence of media, celebrity, arts and entertainment. The blog is available to all users and is written by WSJ.com arts and entertainment editor Richard Turner and Journal reporters Rebecca Dana and Michelle Kung, along with contributions from Journal staff around the world.
“Speakeasy has the genetic makeup of The Wall Street Journal: its journalistic standards, global resources, deep reporting and access to the juiciest stories, all that stuff — so in that sense it’s a child of the Journal,” said Turner in a statement. “But this particular kid got kicked out of school a couple of times and has authority issues. Smart and funny, though, we hope, and good company. We’re trying to create an after-hours joint, but also open during office hours, of course.”
In addition, WSJ.com will shortly provide readers with the ability to search for free through nearly 15 years of Wall Street Journal film editor Joe Morgenstern‘s movie reviews, including by director, actor or film title.
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Gus Sentementes, a business reporter at the Baltimore Sun, started a tech blog called BaltTech on Monday.
Sentementes writes, “For more than a year now, I’ve nurtured this idea of a tech blog that gets up each day and tries to cover the interesting tech trends coming out of Baltimore.
“Not just the big companies and the federal government contractors, but the little guys and gals, too. Not just the established players, but the startup dreamers who are hustling to bring their visions to life.
“Somewhere out there, maybe here in Maryland, the next Google could be being born right now. Maybe it’ll be a white-hot startup. Or maybe it’ll branch out of groundbreaking work done by students and professors at one of Maryland’s colleges and universities. Either way, I want to be there to Tweet it, blog it, report it, photograph it, and videotape it.Â (Did i just say videotape?)Â
“So what will this blog cover, you wonder? Well… for a hint, take a look at the categories I’ve created. These are my interests. They will likely change and evolve over time as I roll up my sleeves and get into this blog and the tech beat.”
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