Early this morning, Slate editor-in-chief and chairman Jacob Weisberg tweeted that former colleague and culture editor John Swansburg was “back!” A New Yorker spokesman confirmed that Mr. Swansburg’s last day was Friday Oct. 28 and that he was returning to Slate–though we’re not sure as what yet. The Observer is still waiting to hear Read More
Slate Group chairman Jacob Weisberg wrote a memo to his staff today in response to this week’s Observer cover story, a look at how the 14-year-old site is faring against new and ferocious competition. He takes exception to our piece on a number of fronts, which I’ll explore here.
“I’m not sure Read More
This morning, Slate Group editor Jacob Weisberg sent a staff-wide memo responding to the article by Nick Summers published in today’s Observer. Wesiberg said that “while the facts in the article are mostly accurate, the thesis — that Slate’s doing badly and that the Internet is passing us by — couldn’t be farther off Read More
Slate is shutting down its business site, The Big Money, after nearly two years. Slate group editor Jacob Weisberg and general manager John Alderman announced the news in a memo to their staff this morning.
“The problem, in a nutshell, is that the site is not pointed toward profitability on a fast enough Read More
An eager audience filled Cooper Union’s Great Hall last night as Jacob Weisberg, Slate Group’s chair, moderated “Secularism, Islam & Democracy,” a panel featuring Professor Tariq Ramadan, the Swiss-born Muslim scholar who was barred from entering the U.S. in 2004. Also on the panel was The New Yorker‘s George Packer, the Gallup Center’s Dalia Mogahed Read More
It is no coincidence that the logo for the Magazine Publishers of America (MPA) inaugural Magazine Innovation Summit centered around an oversized capital ‘I.’ The Internet, innovation, and iDomination were high priorities for the event—a fact only further confirmed by the conference’s tagline, “technology changes everything.”
Held in the Grand Hyatt New York and the Read More
We promised you we’d report back to you in short order, and now we will: The Eliot Spitzer resurrection project of 2009 continues, and his next stop will be NBC’s Today Show.
Mr. Spitzer will be sitting down with Matt Lauer on Monday, April 6. Presumably, he’ll be talking about the financial crisis, Read More
This week’s award for best disclosure statement goes to The Big Money’s Chadwick Matlin, who included this helpful paragraph in yesterday’s Michael Lewis: Our Money Laureate:
That Lewis is so devoted to profile-driven journalism is surprising considering his influences (which, it should be said, are influences that I—and The Big Money—share). Lewis’ career Read More
The New Republic performed a service for journalists and bloggers the world over by posting Jacob Weisberg’s oft-cited March 12th 1990 article "The Veep’s Keeper" in which he dubbed then-chief of staff to the vice president William Kristol "Dan Quayle’s Brain." (Mr. Weisberg’s article comes via a post by Christopher Orr on Read More
Spinoffs are well known in television. Sometimes they work: The Jeffersons spun off from All in the Family and ran for 10 years. Sometimes they don’t: Look at Joey. (You didn’t while it was on.)
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"I can’t remember a time when it had more urgency and relevance," Mr. Weisberg said. Read More