BuzzFeed launched a new tech blog today, FWD. Not “forward” as in, like, progress, but “forward” as in sharing. Spreading content on the social web. FWD editor Matt Buchanan lays it out in his introduction post:
“FWD is a way to share things. To pass them on. To nudge the conversation about technology in a different direction–maybe not the next level, exactly, but at least a different one. It’s fundamentally social, which is simply the way more and more of the web works now. Social is the web’s new reality.”
Michael Hastings will cover President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign for post-meme social news site BuzzFeed, the company announced today.
“Social publishing is the future of journalism, or at least huge part of its future. By joining BuzzFeed, I’ll be at the front and center of that world,” Mr. Hastings said in the announcement. “It will give me the chance to be part of a media organization that’s breaking new journalistic ground, finding innovative and fresh ways to report the story.”
“Two years ago, Michael showed up on our doorstep,” said Rolling Stone executive editor Eric Bates of his star writer Michael Hastings. The viability of the profile Mr. Hastings had pitched, Mr. Bates said speaking in retrospect, “really depends on what kind of access you can get.”The audience erupted in laughter.
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Rolling Stone writer Michael Hastings suffered an embarrassment over the summer when Little, Brown rejected his manuscript for The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan. Mr. Hastings is not a client of Andrew Wiley’s for nothing, however, and his agent has come to his rescue, moving the book to David Rosenthal’s Penguin imprint Blue Rider Press for publication in January 2012.
Bernie Madoff’s prospective daughter-in-law is listed as co-author of a book that has been marketed anonymously to book sellers, leading The New York Times to speculate that the amusingly mysterious book is about him.
MobyLives wonders why Michael Hastings’ book was canceled by Little, Brown. They ask some questions: “Why would a publisher Read More
The New York Post is reporting that Little, Brown has canceled Michael Hastings’ still-untitled book, described in Publishers Marketplace as “‘an unprecedented behind-the-scenes account of America’s longest war,’ with an unfiltered look at the war, and the soldiers, diplomats and politicians who are waging it.”
Little, Brown signed it up after Mr. Hastings’ 2010 Read More
Rolling Stone owned the media world for one week in June, when the magazine published Michael Hastings’ profile of General Stanley McChrystal. The piece instantly became national news when it hit the web on Tuesday, and by Wednesday General McChrystal was in President Obama’s office tendering his resignation.
We’ve learned that Mr. Hastings originally shopped Read More
Michael Hastings will be writing a book based on his explosive “Runaway General” Rolling Stone profile of Stanley McChrystal. Geoff Shandler at Little, Brown bought the proposal, in a deal negotiated by Scott Moyers of the Wylie Agency.
From Little, Brown’s release:
Little, Brown Publisher Michael Pietsch says, “In his brilliant Read More
The decision to replace General Stanley McChrystal following his inflammatory remarks to Rolling Stone seems to have been generally well received, but in the grand conservative tradition one man stands at those tides and says, “halt.” That man is David Brooks.
To give Brooks the benefit of the doubt, his Times Read More
General Stanley McChrystal either submitted or offered his resignation, after a day of reporting and shock around his profile in Rolling Stone, “The Runaway General.” Who knows! And maybe, while we’re at it, Joe Klein can tell us the difference between those two things.
In any event: How did we get here? Or, rather, how did Michael Read More