Tina Brown’s marvelous interview with New York’s Michael Kinsley is fully worth a read this morning. It’s the best.
Earlier this year, 2,566 people did something remarkable: they backed our idea for MATTER on Kickstarter. We’d asked for help in creating a new home for high-quality journalism, and the response was extraordinary: we passed our $50,000 target in less than 48 hours and finished on $140,000,…
Matter, almost single-handedly proving there’s an appetite for long-form journalism and -shock horror- people are ready to pay for quality.
Woo! This matters.
Huge kudos to all for October’s stellar traffic number - 19 million uniques!
The exciting thing about this growth is how many sources it came from across the board, how much it reflects the talents, flair and energy of every single one of you firing on all cylinders, every single day. We were already beating all our records when Sandy hit, but once again, The Beast rose to it brilliantly and has aced the coverage at every turn.
Congratulations to Deidre for her great generalship in organizing storm troops so pre-emotively that we never went down and performed so well. What these numbers show is that The Daily Beast has now become a prime, trusted, mainstream news destination adding devoted users every day.
Now we have won ‘em let’s try and keep ‘em - congrats one and all!
Thanks to all too for making such efforts to keep in touch, show up at Midtown or find ways to get things done with so many difficulties with power, transportation and communications.
Recalling The Death of Life, 40 Years Ago
Newsweek, December 18, 1972
A letter to Donald Trump. Reblog if you’ll join our Trump-cott.
“It’s Fat-But Smug and, of All Things, Outdated”
Newsweek, November 29, 1965
Heh, this one’s on eBay. Newspapers. Pshah.
IAC chairman Barry Diller talked about Newsweek on the company’s earnings call earlier this morning. The above makes sense, financially speaking, especially knowing it cost something like $40M to keep the printing operation up and running. He also said, “We have a very, very solidly growing Daily Beast,” which of course is our website, and yes, has a tumblr too. You should follow it!
Tracking the presidential groundgame
As the two presidential campaigns launch into their final throws, we wanted to see who had the biggest footprint of campaign headquarters across the country. The map above ran with the resulting story showing Obama with a large advantage, especially in swing states. We thought getting from idea to map / chart would be as easy as checking the candidates’ websites or calling their press offices to request a full list. Not quite.
Finding Romney’s offices
Finding Obamas’s offices
President Obama has offices in many more states than Romney so going state by state is more of a hassle and his campaign’s website doesn’t have the same convenient state-by-state maps. Instead, you input your zip code and it gives you a map of all locations within forty miles of you.
We’re excited to show-off our newest Tumblr: NewsBeast Labs! As we write in the description, we’ll be giving you a peak at notes and images from our ever-growing digital newsroom. So if you’re into journalism, maps, data, pretty colors, etc. you should definitely follow.
Tina Brown to David Carr, the New York Times