The Daily, Rupert Murdoch’s foray into iPad-only journalism, officially shut its virtual newsstand last Saturday. But The Daily‘s Twitter feed is still going strong, despite a lack of original content. @Daily (not to be confused with the handle @TheDaily, which belongs to the University of Washington’s student newspaper) continues to provide “news distilled,” as the Twitter bio says. In this case, the distillation of the news is in the form of links to interesting stories by other publications.
Goodbye to all that
The Daily, Rupert Murdoch’s iPad newspaper, is shutting down tomorrow. And how better to say goodbye than with a song from everyone’s favorite musical about a nun and a strict captain fleeing the Nazis?
For their final installment of “Karaoke the News,” a segment in which songs are rewritten to reflect the week’s events, The Daily’s staff rewrote the lyrics to “So Long, Farewell” from The Sound of Music to say so long and farewell to subscribers. Some of the 120-person, soon-to-be-laid-off staff take turns waving goodbye to the camera–including cameos from the former EIC (and new publisher of the Post ) Jesse Angelo, Publisher Greg Clayman, Senior Vice President John Kilpatrick and Managing Editor (and soon to be editor of Esquire digital) Mike Nizza..
We admire their musical abilities and their pep. Other publications we can think of would be more apt to bid adieu by smoking cigarettes and complaining.
off the record
It didn’t feel much like winter.
It was balmy: 60 degrees and sunny. The holiday decorations felt out of place in the mild breeze. But the frost was creeping in—media winter (as foreshadowed in October by the fall of Newsweek) was in full swing by 9 a.m. on the first Monday in December.
First came the announcement that The Daily, Rupert Murdoch’s foray into iPad journalism, was being shuttered after less than two years and many millions of dollars. The news wasn’t wholly unexpected. A third of the staff had been laid off over the summer, and a sense of doom and gloom had hung over the ninth floor of News Corp. HQ ever since. It was a matter of when, not if, the tablet app would disband. But, as with any death watch, just because it’s expected doesn’t make it any less humbling.
As one of the richest dogs in America, there are very few things that get me down. “Live every day like it’s actually seven days in human years” is my motto, so I try not to let the little stuff bother me. Someone forgot to put out beef tartare for my supper? That’s fine. Constantly Read More
Richard Johnson, New York Post‘s Page Six veteran editor, is heading back to The New York Post. Mr. Johnson made the high profile jump out west to head up The Daily’s Los Angeles bureau when the app launched in February 2011.
Mr. Johnson will join The Daily’s editor-in-chief Jesse Angelo at the tabloid. Mr. Angelo has Read More
When is it appropriate to rewrite the lyrics to a Journey song, put them over footage of Hurricane Sandy devastation, add a clip from Grease and have a few laughs? Probably never.
Go West Young Man
Acclaimed investigative reporter Josh Bernstein is going to Denver to become the Senior Investigative Reporter at KDVR Fox 31, a Fox affiliate.
“They have a huge commitment to building up the investigative team,” said Mr. Bernstein said of his new station. “We will be very involved with several investigations related to the election season,” he said, noting Colorado is a swing state.
Today’s, a special edition of Media Briefs: Things are not going well at The Daily today. We’ll be updating the news live, as it comes in. Here’s what’s happening:
Despite rumors that NewsCorp’s The Daily has been put “on watch,” it seems that publisher Greg Clayman is feeling optimistic about the future.
(Update: It looks like today wasn’t the best day for Mr. Clayman to close on a million-dollar house. A few hours after publishing, news broke that The Daily is planning to lay off a third of its staff.)
Mr. Clayman and wife Amanda have purchased a townhouse co-op in Brooklyn Heights for $1.16 million, according to city records.
The Daily editor-in-chief Jesse Angelo has published a rousing staff memo denying our report (and The New York Times‘ report) that News Corp. top brass had identified the iPad tabloid as a money loser to be watched as belts tighten across the company’s publishing units.
After congratulating the staff on its new Read More