starsandboulevards says: What do you think about the pending launch of AJ America?
» SFB says: I think we need a good alternative for CNN that shows there’s room for straight news without tabloid-style dumbing-down. We’ll see if AJA pulls it off. I think they have a good shot. — Ernie @ SFB
12:34 // 11 months ago
In a private deal, none of the details of which are yet clear, the Newsweek brand is now the property of a digital start-up that has flown under the public radar while rapidly increasing its real readership across the internet.
International Business Times, with its 10 national editions worldwide, published in several languages, is a relative newcomer: Launching in 2005 as the brainchild of Etienne Uzaac and Jonathan Davis, an economics grad student and a computer programmer, the property experienced rapid readership growth in 2010 and 2011, and in 2012 announed the formation of an editorial team led by Jeffrey Rothfeder, a former National Editor for Bloomberg News.
Suffice it to say that is a very surprising move. Where does the brand go?
18:40 // 11 months ago
When Ms. Thomas got a job as a radio writer for United Press in 1943 (15 years before it merged with the International News Service to become U.P.I.), most female journalists wrote about social events and homemaking. The “real” journalists — the ones who covered war, crime and politics and congratulated one another over drinks at the press club — were men.
She worked her way into full-time reporting, and by the mid-1950s was covering federal agencies. She covered John F. Kennedy’s presidential campaign in 1960, and when he won, she became the first woman assigned to the White House full time by a news service.
Ms. Thomas was also the first woman to be elected as an officer of the White House Correspondents’ Association and the first to serve as its president. In 1975, she became the first woman elected to the Gridiron Club, which for 90 years had been a “men only” bastion of Washington journalists.
Thomas is a challenging figure—one who earned decades of respect from her peers, only to watch her career dramatically take a turn when she made widely-criticized comments about Israel and Jews. Somewhere in the last decade she lost the plot, sadly. But she nonetheless had earned such a high level of success that the disappointment when she threw it away with her comments was massive.
11:16 // 1 year ago