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What makes for a top post on Forbes.com

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Lewis Dvorkin, the chief product officer at Forbes, writes about the stories on its website that get the most reads.

Here are some of his conclusions:

1) Reporting Matters: Staff reporter Parmy Olson’s exclusive rags-to-riches story of WhatsApp founder Jan Koum hit the Top 15 four times — a full week after it was first published. It generated 10% of its total page views in the 7-day period and drove significant next-page traffic. In a digital-to-magazine triumph, her Inside Facebook’s $19 Billion Megadeal cover for the Billionaire’s issue was also a Top 15 post.

2) The Pile On: Former New York Times Executive Editor Howell Raines was famous for “flooding the zone” — sending as many reporters as possible to cover a major story. On the Web, writers can flock to niche stories — and audiences respond. Right now, Tesla and Bitcoin posts are golden.

3) Text Over Galleries: In a smartphone world, news audiences gravitate to headlines and stories (photos of red carpet dresses excluded). A post about Michael Jordan earning $90 million last year generated the only non-Billionaires gallery to hit the list all week.

4) Search Still Rules:The Top 100 Inspirational Quotes was published in May 2013. It was on the Top 15 list six times. The upside: 8 million page views so far. The downside: little retention value.

5) Go-To Companies: Apple, Samsung, Walmart. They are audience favorites all the time. Facebook and Twitter? Nope. There’s something about things you can hold and retail.

Read more here.

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WSJ launches personal tech page

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Wall Street Journal global technology editor Jonathan Krim posted the following on its website Wednesday:

Welcome to WSJD’s new home for personal technology coverage. Here you’ll find concentrated news and reviews about the devices, apps and other products that touch our lives every day, at home and at work.

Need help making decisions? Our coverage will include in-depth reviews and videos, spearheaded by columnists Geoffrey Fowler and Joanna Stern. Our regular #AskWSJD allows you to submit questions that they answer in video. And check out our One-Minute Video reviews on a variety of gadgets.

Our new Personal Tech News blog will showcase regular items and updates on new products, advice and consumer alerts about software updates and security breaches, and more.

Finally, you can search for items on specific products or categories.

Read more here.

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Business Insider raises $12 million from investors

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Business Insider raised an additional $12 million in funding from investors including Amazon.com Inc. Chief Executive Jeff Bezos, reports William Launder of The Wall Street Journal.

Launder writes, “The site plans to use the money for growth efforts including hiring more journalists and photographers as well as to help finance a launch into the U.K., Business Insider Chief Executive Henry Blodget said. The money will also go to expanding the site’s subscription research and advertising staff.

“Business Insider has emerged as a popular source for online business and general interest news, spanning topics from Warren Buffett to the Oscars. In January, Business Insider ranked as the fourth largest business news site, drawing a total of 25.4 million unique visitors on desktop and mobile devices, according to comScore. That is more than AOL Inc.’s Money and Finance and Bloomberg L.P.’s news site.

“Mr. Bezos’ investment firm, Bezos Expeditions, was the lead investor in the latest funding round, according to a person familiar with the company. Other investors in the latest round include RRE Ventures, Institutional Venture Partners and publishing executives Jim Friedlich and Gordon Crovitz. Those investors, like Mr. Bezos, have previously provided funding to Business Insider.

“Representatives from Amazon, Bezos Expeditions, RRE and Institutional Venture Partners weren’t immediately available for comment. Mr. Friedlich and Mr. Crovitz confirmed their investment.”

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TheStreet.com to pay contributors based on page views

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TheStreet.com is expanding its contributor platform to deepen its coverage of markets as well as to expand the breadth of topics covered by the web site.

“While our principal focus is stocks and bonds, we’re looking for commentary, opinion and news about the most engaging, important and compelling companies and businesses in both the U.S. and the world,” said deputy managing editor Leon Lazaroff in am email to Talking Biz News. “In addition, we’re looking for insights and analysis on high-tech, media, the TV and film industries, the business of sports, the dynamics of the energy and banking sectors.”

TheStreet has been a springboard for dozens of journalists throughout the years. The list includes Herb Greenberg, Paul Kedrosky, James Altucher, Dave Kansas, Doug Kass and many others.

The pay for contributors is based on page views per article. A contributor that receives 20,000 page views for one article in a seven-day period will be paid $20. An author that receives 40,000 page views for one article in a seven-day period will be paid $40. And a contributor that writes an article that receives 60,000 page views in a week will be paid $50.

In an email on Monday, CEO Elisabeth DeMarse wrote, “Our goal is to attract smart, influential writers, analysts and money managers to augment the work of our newsrooms, and who want to be a part of our mission. This is an important initiative personally led by Jim Cramer to attract the best and brightest stock minds to join our publisher platform.”

To register as a contributor, go here. Additional information can be found here.

 

 

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The Awl

Tech journalists Buchanan, Herrman hired by The Awl

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Matt Buchanan and John Herrman are leaving their positions at The New Yorker and Buzzfeed, respectively, to work for The Awl, reports Joe Pompeo and Tom McGeveran of Capital New York.

Pompeo and McGeveran write, “The pair worked together at FWD, Buzzfeed’s tech vertical, before Buchanan left to become deputy editor of The New Yorker’s online science and tech vertical. Herrman rose to fill his position as Buzzfeed’s tech editor. Buzzfeed employees were informed of Herrman’s departure in a memo sent this evening.

“The Awl has been conducting a search for an editor in chief. Last week, Choire Sicha, co-founder of the site with Alex Balk, hinted to Capital that an announcement was coming soon about the position.

“And earlier today, The New Yorker‘s Nicholas Thompson tweeted that newyorker.com was seeking “another great science & technology editor.”

“It was not immediately clear what positions Buchanan and Herrman would take at The Awl, but one source said the understanding is that they will be editors at the site.”

Read more here.

BetaBoston

Boston Globe launches tech site called BetaBoston.com

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The Boston Globe has launched a new website, BetaBoston.com, chronicling the technologies, ideas, new ventures and people shaping the future and the culture of Boston and beyond.

The free site will cover several sectors driving the Massachusetts economy and the changes that have an impact on how we live and work, as well as the people behind them — venture capital, life sciences, medical devices, startups, and emerging technologies, including robotics and big data.

“Boston’s wealth of consumer technology, life sciences and biosciences companies is reshaping the economy and culture, locally and globally,” said Brian McGrory, Boston Globe editor, in a statement. “We will cover, in-depth, not only the technologies themselves, but the broader social impact of those technologies.”

BetaBoston will also report on the culture of invention – what it means to develop something new or unusual – and how these developments impact the daily lives of Bostonians and people around the world.

The site will feature the reporting of a dedicated staff of writers including newly hired senior writers Kyle Alspach and Dennis Keohane, Innovation Economy columnist Scott Kirsner, and Globe business reporter Callum Borchers.

“We already cover technology in our business section, but this is something altogether different,” said BetaBoston editor Michael Morisy. “It’s a standalone, branded site that embraces a specialized but very significant community in Boston. BetaBoston’s focus will be on companies and people that change the game in their industry, whether they’re three-person startups or multinationals.”
Read more at http://www.virtual-strategy.com/2014/03/03/boston-globe-launches-betabostoncom-covering-startups-and-culture-invention-boston#jWITLgWdUOrHdd4p.99

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FT has reached critical mass in digital

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Jasper Jackson of TheMediaBriefing.com interviewed Financial Times CEO John Ridding about its business model becoming more digital.

Jackson writes, “The FT has a compelling digital success story to tell, but is it of any relevance to the wider industry, most of which isn’t focused on serving a high-value business audience hungry for financial news?

“Ridding concedes that the Financial Times’ business focus gives it an advantage over other more generalist titles, but says that doesn’t mean its model isn’t going to work for more mainstream newspapers.

‘The majority of publishers in the US now have some sort of paid model. There’s different formulas and flavours of doing it, but the fundamental principle that you can charge, that it’s valid to charge, for content online is now accepted.’

‘It comes down to that very simple proposition that if you are producing something valuable that people are willing to pay for then you can charge for it. It could just be a brand attachment, a sort of loyalty, but that’s pretty valuable stuff.’

“Ridding says the FT’s metered access model, which built on the charging system introduced in 2001, to allows access to a number of articles for free before asking people to subscribe, won’t emerge as the only way newspapers can make money in a digital environment. However, he is skeptical about attempts to rely on entirely open, mostly ad-funded models such as the Guardian’s, or the stricter all-or-nothing approach to charging adopted by News UK at the Sun and The Times.”

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Huffington Post seeks business reporter

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The Huffington Post Business section is seeking an experienced journalist to cover general business and economic news.

The ideal candidate should have a passion for news, be at ease with the breakneck pace of online journalism, a clear, confident writing style and the ability to tell stories through charts and graphics. Candidates should have a minimum of two years journalism experience and a demonstrated experience creating cool visual graphics.

    • A high level of experience working with finance, economics and business content

    • A good level of online experience, comfort working with data and graphics
    • Expert knowledge of news content and audience needs; live and breathe business and economic news

    • Excellent writing and editing skill

    • Positive, collaborative team player
    • Enthusiastic self-starter

    • Independent

    • Innovative problem solver

To apply, go here.

 

Bloomberg View

Bloomberg View to relaunch as standalone site

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Bloomberg View, which was created by Bloomberg L.P. in 2011 as a complement to the company’s news products, is set to relaunch this morning. with a slick, mobile-friendly layout and its own URL, reports Joe Pompeo of Capital New York.

Pompeo writes, “That makes it only the second property in the Bloomberg empire to have a standalone site. The other is Bloomberg Businessweek, the company’s marquee glossy, which was acquired in 2009 and therefore already had its own website. Until now, Bloomberg View was a vertical on bloomberg.com, which also is home to brands like Bloomberg Markets, Bloomberg Pursuits and Bloomberg TV.

“The re-boot reflects an evolving consumer strategy at a company that makes most of its money from the sale of high-priced financial-data terminals. Bloomberg Media Group, under the leadership of former Atlantic Media executive Justin B. Smith, is also reviewing its print magazines and cable-news channel, which is the loss leader, followed by Businessweek, according to sources.

“The finances of View, which is seen as a pet project of Bloomberg L.P. founder and majority shareholder (and former New York Mayor) Michael Bloomberg, are unclear. But the site, which has a full-time staff of roughly two-dozen, offers lucrative salaries and contributor contracts.”

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An homage to Om Malik

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Kara Swisher, one of the founders of Re/code and a former founder of All Things D, writes about what Om Malik, the founder of GigaOm who stepped away from tech journalism on Thursday, has meant to others.

Swisher writes, “While Om has not been my only touchstone in the critical department of hey-kids-let’s-put-on-a show-that’s-all-ours — hello, Walt! — there is no question that his launch of Gigaom back then was one of the major watershed moments of my career.

“I remember sitting in my office at the Wall Street Journal and thinking: Wait. What?

“Having long been on the then-gravy train of working for a large and powerful newspaper — first at the Washington Post and then at the Journal — the kind of work Om was doing without all the claptrap of supposed media power was hard not to be riveted by.

“A sassy tech blog with class and standards and ethics and a big, big, voice? A well-regarded journalist who stepped away from a huge media company — in his case, Time Inc. — to do his own thing? All with the fantastic cigar and the ridonkulous hat and taking his fine reporting and writing and doing it in the forthright way we all knew all along it should be written?

“That is pretty much what made me realize that what Walt Mossberg and I had already been doing with our D: All Things Digital conference — started years earlier — could really be a 365/7/24 thing. It was an idea we had always wanted to launch for years, but never did for a variety of reasons. But seeing Om do it so well made all the difference in finally following through on our belief in 2007 that it was well past time to disrupt media.”

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