Tag Archives: Quartz
by Chris Roush
Quartz, the business news website from The Atlantic, is seeking a full-time Lifestyle Reporter to define and execute a framework for lifestyle coverage that is smart, creative, digital, and global, and implementing it on a daily basis.
The position involves daily writing, and potentially some editing of freelance and staff contributors.
Key to success in this post is an obsessive interest in international lifestyle topics and talent for writing about them with flair and creativity at the pace of a digital newsroom.
For a full description and to apply, click here.
by Chris Roush
Abigail Edge of Journalism.co.uk writes about how Quartz, the business news site from The Atlantic, is aiming to increase its international readership.
Edge writes, “Another key area for Quartz in 2014 is continuing to grow its readership outside of the US.
“Forty per cent of traffic came from outside of the US in January, said Delaney, with 15 per cent of that coming from the UK.
“‘The thing which is really interesting about the UK is that around 90 per cent of our readers in the UK are classified as executives,’ said Delaney, ‘compared to more than 60 per cent of our readers globally.’
“‘What you write determines to a large extent who reads you on social media,’ he added. ‘It’s because we’re writing high-quality business content that has resonated with that readership.’
“In September 2013 Quartz recruited a second London-based journalist, Jason Karaian, to work alongside other international reporters – two in Hong Kong and one in Bangkok as well as one in Washington DC and ‘a bunch in New York.”
Read more here.
by Chris Roush
Quartz, the business news site launched in 2012 by The Atlantic, passed 5 million unique visitors in January.
It had 1.8 million unique visitors as recently as October.
In addition, Quartz is tracking to be up more than 400 percent this quarter compared to the same quarter last year in terms of advertising revenue. During the past year, Quartz has added more than 40 accounts to the client roster, many of whom continue to run with Quartz in the beginning of this year.
Mobile is Quartz’s fastest-growing segment, with 41 percent of unique visitors viewing the site on a tablet or mobile phone in January, according to Omniture. Quartz’s global readership continues to expand, with 44 percent of unique visitors coming from outside of the U.S.
“It’s clearer than ever that readers around the world are looking for high-quality journalism tailored for reading on the devices they have near at hand,” says Kevin J. Delaney, Quartz’s co-founder and editor in chief, in a prepared statement. “Our journalists and engineers are entirely focused on delivering that—and, continuously refining their efforts, are helping define a new model for business media.”
by Chris Roush
Nisen will take on the management beat, covering CEOs, executive changes, workplace culture, hiring practices and interesting companies.
He covered corporate management and strategy at Business Insider as well.
Prior to Business Insider, Nisen worked for Al Jazeera in Qatar. He has a degree in economics from Pomona and speaks some Arabic.
by Chris Roush
The Quartz Daily Brief, a morning news email for “smart, busy people” from The Atlantic’s business news site, has just surpassed 50,000 subscribers.
Quartz’s reporters cull information from the world’s news sources to write a roundup of the most important, interesting things happening globally.
The Daily Brief is written and edited by several Quartz journalists, including global news editor Gideon Lichfield and senior Asia correspondent Adam Pasick. Editors work around the clock to produce the Brief’s three global editions, which arrive for readers during their mornings in Asia, Europe/Africa, and the Americas.
“It may sound retro, but a very high-quality email briefing is an optimal mobile news product for many people,” said Kevin J. Delaney, Quartz editor in chief and co-founder, in a statement. “Readers tell us the Daily Brief is the first thing they look at on their phones as they begin their day. And Quartz’s team of journalists takes a lot of care to provide them with the most useful and interesting collection of news developments, matters of debate, and surprising discoveries in the world.”
The Daily Brief’s open rate — the percentage of all emails sent that are opened — is above 40 percent, a level much higher than the industry average.
by Chris Roush
Jack Marshall of Digiday looks at how some online business news publishers such as Yahoo Tech and Quartz are leading a change in how content is being presented.
Marshall writes, “Look no farther than Yahoo’s new food and tech sites. The sites present users with an infinite list of image tiles and headlines which, after clicking or tapping, expand to reveal full articles. At the end of the content, the feed continues. A user could, in theory, consume content on Yahoo’s new sites infinitely without ever being aware of the fact that data is being loaded in the background. It’s a far cry from clicking a link and waiting while a blank “page” populates with new content, which is how most publisher sites work today. That’s the same approach The Atlantic took with Quartz, its ‘mobile-first’ global business publication that has a viewing pane in which stories (and ads) are shown in an endless stream.
“‘Anyone who makes stuff for the Web wants anything that reflects the idea of a page to go away’ said Kevin Kearney, CEO of digital design firm Hard Candy Shell, which has worked with major publishers including the Wall Street Journal, Gawker and Newsweek. ‘Even the idea of talking about them as pages is non-digital. It’s an archaic concept.’
“Social media has also changed the way users interact with digital content. They’re now used to flicking through feeds of content on networks such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and they’re beginning to expect the same from media publications, too. The rise of touchscreen devices has had a smiler effect. It’s easier for users to swipe their way through content than it is to have to tap and wait for it to load.
“‘The traditional news webpage has become what felt like a real dead-end for readers,’ explained Quartz editor-in-chief Kevin Delaney. ‘We thought to ourselves: Why do so many sites offer such a bad user experience? The Web doesn’t end, so why don’t we just let users scroll into the next article?’
“That’s exactly what it did, and Quartz’s site has been praised by many for breaking new ground as a result. Its design and content might not be to everyone’s taste, but there appears to be a rapidly developing consensus that webpages as we know them won’t be around much longer.”
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by Chris Roush
Mark DeCambre, a business reporter at the New York Post, has been hired by the Quartz business news site.
DeCambre will be covering banks, hedge funds and other global finance firms. At the New York Post, he most recently served as the Wall Street reporter. DeCambre will be based in New York. Last year, DeCambre broke the story about how some Wall Street banks were upset with Bloomberg News using its terminals to report about its employees.
His hiring rounds out Quartz’ global business and finance team covering finance, markets, economics and related topics.
In addition, Rachel Feltman has been appointed medical and health reporter at Quartz and will be based in New York. She recently completed her master’s in science, health and environmental reporting at NYU. Feltman is launching the medical and health beat for Quartz.
Christopher Mims has been promoted to technology, science and health editor for Quartz and will remain based in Baltimore. He will continue to write articles while providing coverage guidance, coordination and story editing for the tech group.
by Chris Roush
Kevin Delaney has shown the world that quality business journalism available for free on the Internet does have a strong future.
As the editor in chief of Quartz, a business news site started in 2012 by The Atlantic, Delaney has built one of the fastest-growing news sites on the web, and he’s done it by focusing on providing business and financial news that no one else is doing. He’s also built the site to cater to those reading on mobile phones and tablets.
After just a year and a half in operation, Quartz now has 4 million monthly readers, surpassing long-established business news brands such as the Financial Times and The Economist. Its Daily Brief email has grown from 7,000 subscribers a year ago to nearly 50,000. A year ago, Quartz had 11,300 Twitter followers and 4,500 Facebook fans. It has now grown to 66,000 Twitter followers and 34,000 Facebook fans. And, its social reach is 150 million people.
Those numbers show that free, quality business journalism does have an audience, even online. And that’s why we’re naming Delaney the Talking Biz News Business Journalist of the Year for 2013. He beats out Peter Coy of Bloomberg Businessweek and Paul Vigna of The Wall Street Journal in a purely subjective selection.
“Kevin can’t resist a good idea,” says Zach Seward, senior editor at Quartz. “Get one in his head, and he won’t stop thinking about it, talking about it, or fighting to make it happen. He’s a joy to work for because, in the end, all that matters is whether the idea is any good. If it is, he’ll stand up for you. Oh, and there’s a cardinal rule about Kevin: If you get him anywhere near a whiteboard, he will start writing on it.”
Quartz is not your typical business news site, from the type of stories it covers to the technology used to tell those stories. It allows readers to annotate its articles. instead of leaving comments. Readers can also highlight parts of articles while linking to them.
It started Chartbuilder, a front-end charting application that facilitates easy creation of simple, beautiful charts used in stories like this on iPhone sales. Another application, Mapbuilder, allows reporters to place data on maps and could be open sourced next year.
Quartz plans to become profitable in 2015, less than three years after its launch, with advertising as its primary revenue. Its staff is across the globe, with reporters in Europe, Thailand and Hong Kong as well as the United States. Those journalists focus on what Delaney calls “obsessions,” or topics important to a global business professional.
“What we’re trying to do, and over the last year it has crystallized, is write things at the intersection of importance and interesting,” said Delaney in a phone conversation Monday afternoon. “We want to cover things that people will share. We’ve shown that in a year you can get to close to 5 million readers a month globally, and close to 40 percent of our readers are outside the U.S., with virtually no marketing and traffic support, just by writing stuff that is interesting
Internally, Delaney drills the staff on the “Quartz Curve” for its writing.
“People are interested in short focused things, of less than 500 words, that people are very likely to share, or long things, articles or more than 1,000 words, where there is a real payoff to the reader in terms of a narrative and analysis,” said Delaney. “We want to focus as much as possible on these two sides of things.”
An example of Quartz’s long-form journalism was a recent 7,800-word article by Steve LeVine on battery technology. “That was extremely popular when we ran it I think it’s pretty clear that there is a strong readership to be built up with readers from strong, serious in-depth journalism and writing things in the news that are more focused,” said Delaney.
Delaney is also proud of this Bitcoin explainer published Dec. 17.
Based in New York, Delaney came to Quartz from The Wall Street Journal, where he served as managing editor of WSJ.com, and as a reporter and senior special writer for the Journal, covering the Internet and other topics from the Paris and San Francisco bureaus. Early in his career, Delaney was a reporter for SmartMoney magazine and a TV producer in Montreal.
When he was hired to start Quartz, Atlantic Media president Justin Smith called Delaney “a brilliant journalist, digital strategist, and global thinker.”
Quartz has also held more than 15 events since launching, including The Next Billion conference, a full-day event exploring the societal and business implications around the next billion to come online through mobile devices in emerging markets.
While managing editor of The Wall Street Journal Online, Delaney was responsible for its editorial content and direction amid a period of rapid growth and successful expansion to new platforms such as the iPad.
Alan Murray, now president of the Pew Research Center but former executive editor of The Journal Online, recalled being impressed with Delaney despite his unassuming behavior.
“Kevin’s low-key personality masks a high-quality intellect, and a high-energy approach to journalism,” said Murray in an email Monday to Talking Biz News. “He was a superb reporter, and has now proven himself to be a superb manager and innovator ”
David Barstow of The New York Times and Brian Grow of Reuters were the 2012 co-winners of the Talking Biz News Business Journalist of the Year competition for their hard core company coverage.
Past winners of the Talking Biz News award have been Joseph Weisenthal of The Business Insider in 2011 for changing how business journalists deliver information to consumers and Andrew Ross Sorkin of The New York Times in 2010 for his insider coverage of Wall Street.
As for the whiteboards, Delaney says, “I find it easier to structure and explain ideas on whiteboards. And it shows we’re not stuck in the past and are expanding ideas.”
And then there are the glass-top tables in the Quartz conference rooms.
“What happens in meetings is that I take notes on the table,” said Delaney. “And then I take a photo on my phone before erasing the notes.”
by Chris Roush
Frederic Filloux of MondayNote.com examines how some business news organizations are sending the latest news to your inbox.
Filloux writes, “Again, I’ll refer to Quartz, the business site launched a year ago by the Atlantic Media Group (see a previous Monday Note series here). Their email newsletter is called ‘The Daily Brief’; it is 800-words long, no images, cleverly written and edited, sent to about 45,000 subscribers worldwide, in three editions (US, Asia, Europe and Africa.)
“Here is how it looks on mobile devices:
“The structure is simple: Five main headers containing five to seven items, each summing up what the story you might click on is about. The headers are: ‘What to watch today’, ‘While you were sleeping’, ‘Quartz obsession interlude’ (it refers to Quartz’ proprietary revision of the old beat structure), ‘Matter of Debate’, and ‘Surprising discoveries’. A good mixture of news, fun, serendipity, thoughtful items. The links do not always send back to qz.com, they can lead anywhere.
“Sounds pretty simple at first. But, as Quartz editor Kevin Delaney recently told me, the Daily Brief is the result of a thorough editorial process. The email newsletter is touched by no less than four people, including two seasoned editors, Gideon Lichfield, Quartz global news editor who spent 16 years at the Economist, and Adam Pasick, the Asia editor and a 10-year Reuters veteran. Newsrooms who assign junior writers to expedite email newsletters should think again… Quartz is one of the few media I know to actually devote sizable resources for such a ‘simple’ news product.”
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by Chris Roush
Josh Sternberg of Digiday profiles Kevin Delaney, the former Wall Street Journal journalist now running Quartz, the Atlantic’s business news site.
Sternberg writes, “With Quartz, he’s hacked the very notion of what an online magazine can do. With concise stories and attention-grabbing headlines, Quartz has been mobile-friendly from day one, yielding both impressive traffic and kudos from media critics. According to comScore, Quartz enjoyed 1.8 million uniques in October. For comparison, the 170-year-old Economist saw 2.2 million uniques last month. Not bad for a newly-assembled 25-person edit team.
“Delaney, 41, has a history of breathing life into digital media. As the deputy managing editor and later as managing editor of WSJ.com, he brought a digital focus to the paper at a time in the organization when no one had done that before. He had a vision of what journalism could be in the digital age. This is precisely what Atlantic Media owner David Bradley had in mind when he and former CEO Justin Smith approached Delaney at the end of 2011 to run a new publication they thought would re-envision what a modern publication would look like.
“The new outlet would be mobile-first. It would be a startup with no operational or infrastructural issues established publications face. It would be journalistic, meaning deep reporting and analysis, not just kittens. And it would give Delaney a blank slate to shape a publication based on the years of covering new media companies.
“‘What I saw was the opportunity to act on some of my convictions of the future of media that would take longer to pursue within a traditional news organization,’ Delaney said.”
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