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Life after All Things D for Wall Street Journal


Jonathan Krim, the technology editor of The Wall Street Journal, was interviewed by Brian Braiker of Digiday about how the paper is handling its split with All Things Digital founders Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher.

Here is an excerpt:

If you type in AllThingsD.com, it redirects to the new tech vertical. Do you still own the name, and are you going to do anything with that brand going forward? 
Yes, we do own it. I think we’re going to retire that specific name.

AllThingsD would cover media as well as tech. That doesn’t appear to factor in with the new site.
We have a separate bureau that works on media and advertising issues. We may well feature some of their content. There’s a lot of crossover obviously with tech. But that’s not something my team works on, per se.

How are you guys going to differentiate among a very crowded field of tech blogs and journalists?
We have a global reach that no one else has. Technology is a global story. We have a dedicated staff in places like Korea, China, Southeast Asia. We’re adding a full-time dedicated reporter in Israel. We have someone based in Paris; we have London. So we’re uniquely qualified and suited to cover the global tech story in a way that no one else can.

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AOL offered between $100M and $150M for Business Insider


AOL Inc. offered between $100 million and $150 million to acquire Business Insider, reports Katie Roof of Fox Business Network.

Roof writes, “The early stage discussions took place during the second half of 2013, with AOL considering the possibility of paying between $100 million and $150 million, according to a person with direct knowledge of the matter. The talks ended after officials at Business Insider indicated they wanted a more lucrative offer, this person said.

“It’s unclear what Business Insider would sell for; a source has suggested that it may be looking for an offer of about $250 million. FOX Business previously reported that at least one unnamed suitor made a play for Business Insider but was rebuffed.

“The previously undisclosed details of the buyout talks indicates the appeal of new-economy media outlets like Business Insider — which provides analysis on business and technology news — to more established web players like AOL.”

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What is different about tech news with Re/code?


Laura Baverman of the Upstart Business Journal examines the new tech news site Re/code and doesn’t find much different than other tech news sites or what its predecessors did at All Things Digital.

Baverman writes, “But perhaps most interesting in the new site launch—promised since the pair parted ways with AllThingsD parent News Corp. last September—is Re/code’s stated mission to reimagine tech media and for Mossberg and Swisher to reinvent themselves.

“There’s little hint of what this might mean in a blog post introducing the new site yesterday. And so far, they’re writing the same types of stories as in the past. There’s already a conference on the calendar for May, likely to continue the success of the 11-year-old D: All Things Digital conference series. Many of the same staff members are involved in both the site and the conference preparation.

“But we can’t discount the legacy that Mossberg and Swisher carry with them into this new venture. Atypical of most startup tech news sites today, the two co-founders—Mossberg, age 66, and Swisher, 51—have covered technology since the consumer Internet began, becoming experts on the industry throughout the first tech boom in the 1990s and early 2000s.”

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Mossberg, Swisher discuss new tech site


David Faber of CNBC interviewed former Wall Street Journal reporters Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher about their new tech news site, Re/code.


Re/code to share content with CNBC, others


Dan Primack of Fortune reports on the new tech news site Re/code launched by former Wall Street Journal reporters Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher.

The duo have brought over all 18 full-time journalists from All Things Digital.

Primack writes, “In addition to its investment, NBCUniversal has signed a separate operational agreement that will, among other things, provide it with access to Re/code content and codify NBCNews as the new company’s preferred media partner. That means you should expect to be seeing lots of Swisher and Mossberg on CNBC, MSNBC and NBC News properties like The Today Show.

“‘This gives us an expanded and deeper presence in Silicon Valley, and they are just the best in this space,’ says Patricia Fili-Krushel, chairman of NBCUniversal News Group. She adds that Re/code will complement an expanded NBCNews.com tech vertical that recently began staffing up, but that the two organizations will operate independent of one another.

“The Windsor Media relationship is more about advice than synergy, with Swisher and Mossberg expected to regularly bend the ear of group founder Terry Semel, a onetime Warner Brothers chairman who is best known for running Yahoo between April 2001 and June 2007. (And, yes, there is all sorts of irony that Kara Swisher’s new venture is being funded with Yahoo-related riches.  Swisher is notorious in media circles for breaking so much news about Yahoo that the board went out of its way to make sure she didn’t learn about Marissa Mayer becoming CEO, and have also taken various other unsuccessful defensive maneuvers to thwart her.)

“Both Semel and  Fili-Krushel acknowledge that Re/code’s conference business is what currently fuels margin, but that they see additional revenue opportunity on the content side as well. Neither had previously entered into serious negotiations to back another tech-focused media property.”

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Gerard Baker

WSJ’s editor welcomes WSJD


Wall Street Journal managing editor Gerard Baker sent out the following message about the launch of its new technology news site, WSJD:

Today we are launching a new home for the Journal’s technology coverage. It’s called WSJD – the D is for Digital – and we hope you will take a look and quickly become a regular visitor.

As you know, we made a strategic decision last year to invest heavily in technology coverage.  WSJD represents the first fruits of that investment.  No topic is more important to our readers than tech – from gadgets to apps to enterprise software to innovation to the financing of new technology businesses to the myriad ways in which technological change is changing our lives and working experiences.

WSJD represents the Journal at its best: with significantly enhanced resources to back it up.  We have expanded our tech staff on the west coast to delve deeper into the companies, issues and products that are igniting these changes. We’ve dedicated journalists in Israel, South America and across Asia to catch trends as they move around the globe.

We’ve built up an elite team of personal-tech reviewers to expand the coverage pioneered by Walt Mossberg, who leaves us today for new pastures after a long and distinguished career.

WSJD’s mission is to break and cover the most important technology news each day. It will also showcase our enterprise and investigative journalism. It is explicitly designed to be different and easily consumed regardless of device or screen size. A great deal of the journalism will be prepared specifically for consumption on a mobile device. Social media will be a part of its mission from the get-go. In short, it will truly be the first plank in our transition to a digital-first newsroom.

All these changes represent just a start in our digital reinvention.  In February we will launch a separate online section devoted to personal tech. Over the next few months we will relaunch our major digital products – the iPad app, wsj.com and our smartphone apps.  Later this year we will host a major digital conference which will bring together executives and innovators from around the world in the best traditions of Wall Street Journal live journalism.

I am enormously grateful to all those who have labored to produce this day.  It has been made possible by the passionate, tireless leadership of our global technology editor Jonathan Krim.  Jonathan, Rebecca Blumenstein and Dennis Berman have collaborated creatively to produce this  new venture. We are also lucky to have the ingenious and steady counsel of Edward Roussel, our head of consumer products, who has been guiding things from the business side.


WSJ launches new tech site


The Wall Street Journal launched its new technology news site, WSJD, on Wednesday, replacing All Things Digital.

Meanwhile, former All Things Digital operators, Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher, unveiled their new site, Re/code.

In a message on the WSJD site, technology editor Jonathan Krim writes, “This new section is the latest example of our expansion of technology coverage around the world, with a growing team of dedicated journalists spread from Silicon Valley to Israel, China, Korea and beyond. We’re doing this because technology is transforming everything, from our economy to our workplaces, and to the gadgets, apps and software that have become central to our lives.

“From news about startups and emerging disruptors to the biggest technology companies in the world, our mission is to provide you with the most trusted, accessible and insightful information you will get anywhere, on whatever platform you are using, from desktop to mobile. We aim to be lively, engaging and interactive, and hope you will become part of our global tech community.”

A notice on the Re/code site says it will launch at midnight on Jan. 2.

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WSJ editor Baker: Digital transformation coming in 2014


Wall Street Journal managing editor Gerard Baker sent out the following message to the staff about changes in store in 2014:

As we prepare to ring in the New Year, I wanted to offer my warmest appreciation for all your work in 2013 and to signal our principal objectives for 2014.

It has been a year of transition. At the start of the year, we began executing the final phase of the integration of the Dow Jones Newswires and Wall Street Journal editorial teams. The process is now largely complete and more than 1,800 journalists produce news across all platforms in real time, digitally and in print, for institutional clients and for consumers. Our emphasis on specialization and real-time news gathering is paying off: we have an impressive list of scoops to show for it.

We have achieved our principal ambition – to lead the world in reporting accurately, fairly and objectively on the most important economic, business and financial news. But we have continued to expand our reach by producing some of the best coverage anywhere of broader general, political, international and cultural news and events, and we have published some of the most memorable enterprise journalism in the world.

We have led the way in reporting and analyzing the biggest news stories of the year. No summary account can capture the full compass of our achievements but here’s my own incomplete list:

The Federal Reserve changed policy course and leadership and we were the first to report both, and followed up with the most accurate analysis and interpretation of the economic and financial causes and consequences. As bond, equity, currency and commodity markets around the world grappled with the implications of the Fed’s moves, our reporting and analysis on newswires, Moneybeat, Marketwatch and in the Journal were second to none.

We broke the news of one of the largest corporate deals in history, Verizon’s buyout of Vodafone’s stake in their joint wireless subsidiary. We led the way in coverage of the government’s sustained pursuit of financial institutions, especially the insider trading case against SAC and the multi-pronged enforcement actions over banks’ manipulation of Libor. We were consistently timely and spot-on with our coverage of the healing US real-estate market. Our coverage of the continuing energy revolution in the US that is reshaping global economic and geopolitics was peerless. We covered the turbulence in emerging markets with intelligence and judgment and we reported faithfully and insightfully on the changes in China’s economic and political landscape and on Japan’s continuing struggle to emerge from two decades of stagnation.

We broke big news in the major national and international topics of the year – from the travails of Obamacare to the federal government shutdown, the war in Syria and its fallout in Washington and around the world, the Boston Marathon bombing and its aftermath, the resignation of Pope Benedict and the election of Pope Francis, and the Supreme Court term that – among other landmark decisions – declared same-sex marriage constitutional. Our coverage of Greater New York – especially the New York City mayoral election – was consistently lively and influential.

And of course we produced genuinely groundbreaking works of enterprise journalism. Among the highlights: Trials, an examination of families seeking a cure for desperately sick children; The Lobotomy Files, about the traumas facing WWII vets; and a series of pieces on the challenges facing women in India in the wake of the Delhi rape cases.

These last stories were memorable not just because of their powerful storytelling but because of the way they explored the full possibilities offered by digital journalism.

Our features journalism has never been better: from Personal Journal’s thrice-weekly zeitgeist-forming coverage of everything from personal health to food tastes to the etiquette of office behavior (I hope you have all absorbed the career possibilities afforded by the adoption of the correct power pose). Arena has broadened and deepened our cultural awareness with especially fine and world-leading coverage this year of fine art and books as well as music, television and theatre. Our own Mansion sits at the intersection of cool and smart, and represents the most desirable neighborhood in the world of real estate journalism. Off Duty reasserted its status as the indispensable guide to intelligent and rewarding consumption (bespoke chinos, anyone?) and Review produced thought-provoking, stimulating and often highly entertaining arguments and essays on everything from (mock) advice to new graduates to the case for breaking the strict rules of modern pregnancy.

Meanwhile WSJ Magazine had its most successful year ever, highlighted by the strange and awesome commingling of Gisele Bundchen and Daft Punk. And who amongst us who has even the most casual acquaintance with human physical exertion can now live without the Journal’s Sports coverage; wise, humorous and increasingly global in its scope.

The A-hed continues to be journalism’s best showcase of the quirky, the touching and the downright weird in life: among this year’s finest of the genre, the feline Alaskan mayor rapidly running out of his nine lives.

In video we produced a highly successful series – Start Up of the Year – that some likened (inaccurately but promisingly) to a popular reality show, as well as many memorable productions that enhanced our best journalism and increasingly stood alone as testaments to what can be achieved with powerful visual journalism. The same can be said for radio where we continued to produce lively news coverage on multiple platforms.

The next year will present new opportunities for us to demonstrate the excellence of our reporting and to show our professional agility. As the company continues to roll out DJX, our corporate leadership’s new product for institutional clients, the demand on us in the newsroom to be first with premium stories of economic, financial and corporate importance will grow. And of course we will lead the world in more scoops, better analysis and most penetrating enterprise journalism.

But most important, as I have signaled, in 2014 we will effect no less than a digital transformation of the Journal.

We’ve come a long way in digital journalism in the past year. We’ve presented some of our best journalism in unique ways online. We’ve built a real-time focused news team and will soon revamp our filing and editing to improve the flow of real-time news. We’ve begun work on a major digital politics & policy initiative in Washington, D.C. We’ve hired more visual journalists. We’ve begun making social media and real-time coverage a more central part of the newsroom. We’ve added strength to our search team. And we’ve planned – and begun hiring–for the launch of several major digital initiatives.

Tomorrow, we step up the pace. At midnight, we will welcome WSJD, our new home for vastly expanded coverage of technology and all things digital. We will shortly follow that with the launch of a new iPad edition, and then with a complete redesign of WSJ.com in the spring. We will launch a new digital home, complete with additional digital and reporting staff, for our politics and policy coverage. And we will do the same for coverage of the global economy, markets and finance, arts & entertainment, and China, among others.

Digital and real-time news will truly become the heart of the newsroom, and we’ll make further changes to our newsroom in order to achieve that. The format and focus of our news meeting will change. We’ll add new skills and capabilities to our headquarters but also to bureaus, including new data journalists.

In 2014 we will celebrate the Journal’s 125th anniversary. It will be a fitting time to rededicate ourselves to the task of producing the finest, most reliable journalism, executed for a modern audience in a contemporary way.

I wish you and your families a happy, prosperous and peaceful New Year and I look forward to working with you all as we take Dow Jones and the Journal to new successes in 2014.

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Outsourced content on Forbes is now outsourced


Erin Griffith writes for PandoDaily.com that the contributors who now provide most of the content on Forbes.com are now outsourcing the content they post.

Griffith writes, “A curious ‘interview request’ arrived in my inbox today: A Forbes contributor would like to include my opinions in his post about equity crowdfunding. I was flattered for a minute, but then I realized what was really happening here: An executive who has been given a journalist’s platform is now asking — through a publicist — for a journalist to do his work.

“I love the irony. Forbes has outsourced the production of content to non-journalists, who are now turning to actual journalists for content. And the topic? Crowdfunding. It’s a snake eating its own tail.

“Apparently I was chosen to do someone else’s work for them because a company called OurCrowd is publishing a study in which I’m included as one of the ‘Top 25 influential people in crowdfunding.’ That sounds dubious enough — I can think of maybe 100 people who are more influential around this topic than someone who has written a handful of articles about it.

“But anyway, since I am already in the study, the publicist writes, why not provide a few insights about crowdfunding? Insights like: what are my predictions for equity crowdfunding next year? And what tips would I offer investors interested in crowdfunding? You know, the kinds of questions I might ask actual experts if I were reporting a story on the topic. Oh, and once I’m done writing a chunk of the article, could I please help spread the word about it?

“This is what’s become of Forbes. By lending its brand to anyone who can string a few sentences together, Forbes’ contributor network is now little more than a platform for promotional marketing posts and unverified pontifications. (Some of which have paid to be there, via a product called BrandVoice.) It’s never clear when you click on a Forbes link whether you’re going to find useful, reliable information, or some random contributor’s self-promotional musings. Given that Forbes now has 1200 contributors, the odds of clicking on a story by one of the 45 or so staff writers Forbes employs is fairly low.”

Read more here.

cnbc dot com

CNBC.com seeks writer


This position will lead CNBC Digital in its coverage of a specific beat.

Work will include generating news and enterprise feature stories for the Web site, actively contacting sources in the field, maintaining ongoing relationships with major players, and monitoring the competition. The successful candidate will be competitive in delivering scoops, analysis and smartly conceived trend stories, and will be focused on offering compelling and engaging journalism.

He or she will comfortably engage with social media as a newsgathering tool and to understand what stories our audience is eager to embrace. The position will coordinate with the Enterprise desk for ongoing coverage of major news, issues and trends. The staff writer will also work closely with TV editorial staff to coordinate coverage. Responsibilities will include field reporting assignments as necessary.


5+ years experience in writing for print news or Internet related field.
3+ years of experience covering a specific beat or topic area.

To apply, go here.