Verlos ons van commoditeiten

Apache.be - vr, 19/08/2016 - 11:12
Is de gigantische toename van de zogenaamde deeleconomie, getypeerd door platformen als Uber en AirBnB, een teken van een tendens naar een meer fijnmazige netwerksamenleving? U weet wel: het soort maatschappij waarin we niet enkel een lift van een vriend kunnen krijgen of de nacht doorbrengen op de sofa van een oom, maar kunnen profiteren van een vrij zitje in de auto van een vreemde of overnachten in hun logeerkamer. Of is het eerder een teken van de commodificatie van de goede daad, waar geld wordt geperst uit elke ongebruikte ‘asset’ door deze te verhuren – van muziekinstrumenten en werktuigen tot babybedjes en wasmachines?
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Verkiezingen voor hoofdbestuur NVJ

Villamedia Nieuws - vr, 19/08/2016 - 10:49
Leden van de Nederlandse Vereniging van Journalisten kunnen tussen vrijdag 19 augustus en zondag 11 september hun stem uitbrengen voor nieuwe bestuursleden in het hoofdbestuur. Wegens het vertrek van enkele bestuursleden zijn er twee nieuwe bestuursleden,…
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‘Vrij Nederland verdient dit jaar 2 ton aan Blendle’

Villamedia Nieuws - vr, 19/08/2016 - 09:51
Opinieweekblad Vrij Nederland verdient in 2016 naar verwachting zo’n 200.000 euro netto aan de verkoop van losse artikelen via de digitale kiosk Blendle. Dat schat uitgever Wouter van der Meulen tegenover de Columbia Journalism Review. Het lijfblad…
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Marieke Elsinga naar RTL Late Night

Villamedia Nieuws - vr, 19/08/2016 - 09:49
Presentatrice Marieke Elsinga is met ingang van het nieuwe televisieseizoen de nieuwe vaste ‘sidekick’ van RTL Late Night-presentator Humberto Tan. Elsinga vervangt Luuk Ikink, die eerder deze maand aankondigde over te stappen naar RTL…
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Voetbalclub boycot Utrechtse media

Villamedia Nieuws - vr, 19/08/2016 - 09:29
De Utrechtse voetbalclub Magreb ‘90 gaat voorlopig niet meer in gesprek met media in de stad, waaronder RTV Utrecht en het Algemeen Dagblad. De reden van de boycot is de in de ogen van de club tendentieuze berichtgeving rondom de voormalig voorzitter…
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Koro 19 aug ’16

Apache.be - vr, 19/08/2016 - 08:53
Het rubriekje van Bert Verhoye waarin onze hysterische wereld geconfronteerd wordt met problemen, die geen problemen zijn.
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Doek valt definitief voor Gawker.com

Villamedia Nieuws - vr, 19/08/2016 - 08:34
De Amerikaanse roddelsite Gawker gaat op zwart. De website verkeerde in zwaar weer nadat het in maart veroordeeld werd voor het publiceren van een sekstape van showworstelaar Hulk Hogan. De daaraan gekoppelde schadevergoeding van 140…
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Golf Writers Association of America Turns 70

10000 words - vr, 19/08/2016 - 00:30

That’s a pretty sweet number for the GWAA, as 70 is generally equivalent to par or a couple of strokes under on an 18-hole course.

As Golf Digest archives editor Cliff Schrock notes, one man was the driving force of an organization that now counts more than 800 members:

The GWAA was founded on the Sunday prior to the 1946 PGA Championship, played at Portland, Ore. Golf Club and won by Ben Hogan. The GWAA was finally formed 17 years after The New York Times’ William D. Richardson first proposed the idea. Charles Bartlett, who worked for the Chicago Tribune, was the GWAA’s secretary/treasurer for its first 20 years, and from the start, the golf-writers group has included the genre’s heavy hitters. Among the first presidents of the GWAA were O.B. Keeler and Grantland Rice.

Winners at the GWAA’s most recent annual awards dinner, held April 6 in Augusta, Ga., included GolfChannel.com senior writers Rex Hoggard and Ryan Lavner together with managing editor Mercer Baggs for their four-part series about Tiger Woods. The articles were published to coincide with the former no. 1’s 40th birthday.

Photo of GWAA members via: Facebook

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Shedding new light on presidential campaign TV ads

Public Integrity - do, 18/08/2016 - 22:16

The Center for Public Integrity has added a new feature to its "Tracking TV ads in the 2016 presidential race" interactive graphic that illuminate how Democrat Hillary Clinton is walloping Republican Donald Trump on the airwaves.

The updated ad tracking tool now allows readers to explore how candidates and their allies — super PACs, political parties and the like — have bombarded potential voters with political messages since the presidential race's general election phase effectively began in mid-June.

Among the notable takeaways during the general election:

  • Presidential campaigns, along with organizations advocating for or against presidential candidates, have already aired more than 104,000 TV ads on broadcast and national cable outlets.
  • Clinton and her political allies — primarily supportive super PACs — account for more than 90 percent of all TV ads. Clinton's own campaign leads all organizations with nearly 68,000 ad spots aired. Next is pro-Clinton super PAC Priorities USA Action, with more than 25,000 ad spots.
  • Trump's campaign hasn't aired a single TV ad during the general election, although that will soon change, as Trump is planning a significant TV ad blitz. To date, only about 7,000 TV ads have been sponsored by a pair of pro-Trump groups — the NRA Political Victory Fund and the Rebuilding America Now super PAC.
  • Live in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania or Virginia? You're enduring the brunt of the presidential TV ad blitz so far. Floridians alone have seen more than 23,500 ads — more than residents of any other state.

The "Tracking TV ads in the 2016 presidential race" interactive graphic will be updated weekly throughout the general election using data provided by ad tracking firm Kantar Media/CMAG.

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How Bernie Sanders beat the clock — and avoided disclosure

Public Integrity - do, 18/08/2016 - 21:21

As a Democratic presidential hopeful, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont vociferously argued for political transparency, especially when money was concerned.

Sanders insisted, for example, “on complete transparency regarding the funding of campaigns.” He decried “huge piles of undisclosed cash” benefiting candidates.

But when federal law required Sanders to reveal, by mid-May, current details of his personal finances, his campaign lawyer asked the Federal Election Commission for a 45-day extension.

Request granted.

On June 30, Sanders’ campaign requested a second 45-day extension, saying the senator had “good cause” to delay because of his “current campaign schedule and officeholder duties.”

Again, regulators approved Sanders’ punt.

Now that Sanders’ second extension has expired, spokesman Michael Briggs confirmed to the Center for Public Integrity that the senator won’t file a presidential campaign personal financial disclosure after all.

“We were told that since the senator no longer is a candidate there was no requirement to file,” Briggs said.

FEC spokesman Christian Hilland verified that Sanders has not filed a personal financial disclosure. He likewise confirmed that Sanders, who technically ceased to be a presidential candidate when Hillary Clinton secured the Democratic nomination on July 26, is no longer required to file one.

A 2011 legal advisory from the United States Office of Government Ethics provides Sanders cover, stating that “the requirement to file a Public Financial Disclosure Report … ends when the candidate is no longer seeking nomination or election to the office of president.”

On the one hand, who now — beside political voyeurs and snoopy journalists, perhaps — would care about the investments and income of an also-ran presidential candidate who hasn’t been a major factor in Election 2016 for more than two months?

But on the other, Sanders expertly exploited a system that effectively allowed him to delay, delay, delay — all while he chided Clinton receipt of six-figure paydays for delivering closed-door speeches to officials at investment bank Goldman Sachs and other powerful special interests. (Both Clinton and Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump filed their personal financial disclosures on time in mid-May without asking for extensions.)  

Therefore, in the teeth of a Democratic primary where Sanders posed a bona fide threat to Clinton, voters couldn’t definitively know whether Sanders — historically one of the Senate’s least wealthy members — suddenly parlayed his political fame into personal profit. Or, for that matter, whether he sustained financial distress.

The form Sanders didn’t file would have detailed his finances through the middle of May 2016.

His most recent U.S. Senate disclosure, which details only his 2015 assets, show his wealth concentrated in a collection of mutual funds owned by his wife, Jane Sanders.

Beyond his Senate salary, Sanders himself draws a small pension from the government of Burlington, Vermont, where he once served as mayor. And he’s also received a handful of modest honoraria for speeches and television show appearances, although he reported donating them to charity.

Sanders also carried up to $50,000 in credit card debt and up to $1 million in mortgage debt, according to his 2015 U.S. Senate personal financial disclosure.

Sanders filed that Senate disclosure document on June 6. This somewhat undercuts his presidential campaign’s argument, made around the same time, that Sanders was too busy campaigning to complete and submit a presidential disclosure covering his finances during early 2016.

“It’s disappointing that a candidate who spent so much time talking about political reform ... and was critical of Hillary Clinton’s personal finances, chose not to let us know anything about his own,” said policy analyst Richard Skinner of the nonpartisan Sunlight Foundation, which advocates for political transparency.

Had Sanders filed a personal financial disclosure report this month, it would have looked more or less like the ones Sanders had filed in the past, Briggs said.

“There’s a couple decades’ worth of congressional financial disclosure reports that show pretty much the same thing from year to year,” Briggs said.

The public will eventually find out how Sanders managed his assets while running for president: As a sitting senator, Sanders must next year file a personal financial disclosure with the U.S. Senate covering calendar year 2016.

Versions of this story were published with NBC NewsVTDigger and the Huffington Post.

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Cover Battle: Sports Illustrated or CNet

10000 words - do, 18/08/2016 - 19:45

Welcome back to another edition of FishbowlNY’s weekly Cover Battle. This round we have Sports Illustrated taking on CNet.

SI’s latest features Katie Ledecky, Michael Phelps and Simone Biles. In other words, three GOATs.

CNet, meanwhile, features Joseph Gordon-Levitt looking extremely pensive. Perhaps he’s wondering about those pants.

So readers, which cover is better? You can vote, comment or do both.

Which Cover is Better, SI or CNet?

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After being bought by Univision, Gawker.com is being shut down

After agreeing to purchase all of the Gawker Media properties earlier this week, Univision has decided to shut down Gawker.com, the site reported Thursday. Gawker said the site will go dark next week.

In a short post, Gawker’s J.K. Trotter said staffers learned Thursday afternoon that the site would close:

Nick Denton, the company’s outgoing CEO, informed current staffers of the site’s fate on Thursday afternoon, just hours before a bankruptcy court in Manhattan will decide whether to approve Univision’s bid for Gawker Media’s other assets. The near-term plans for Gawker.com’s coverage, as well as the site’s archives, have not yet been finalized.

The New York Times reported that the site will remain online but won’t publish any new content after Monday.

Gawker Media filed for bankruptcy in June after it said it couldn’t pay the $140.1 million judgment it owed the wrestler and actor Hulk Hogan in a case that was funded and supported by Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel.

On Tuesday, Univision agreed to purchase all of the company’s assets, beating out tech publisher Ziff Davis, which also submitted a bid.

CNN reported on Wednesday that Gawker founder Nick Denton was also leaving the company.

This also marks the end of Gawker’s flagship site, a blog founded by Denton in 2002. Gawker was deeply independent, publishing stories that more traditional outlets wouldn’t touch. The site greatly influenced the culture of online journalism, and it helped launch the careers of many of its former staffers who are now at publications such as Vox Media, The New Yorker, The New York Times, and others.

As news of the site’s closure broke on Thursday, users on Twitter mourned its loss and reminisced:

gawker is dead because peter thiel (w the help of charles harder) has succeeded in creating a world where owning gawker is simply not viable

— jordan (@jordansarge) August 18, 2016

You can hate Gawker, but this whole thing should make you very uncomfortable

Anything can be destroyed if a rich person gets put out enough

— Chappell Ellison (@ChappellTracker) August 18, 2016

all of the writers you like and none of the writers you don’t started at gawker

— brian feldman (@bafeldman) August 18, 2016

Don't know specifically. But Gawker proper was really the only one of the sites without a strong endemic ad proposition.

— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) August 18, 2016

Gawker was based on a fundamentally conservative premise: People in power (in the media, politics, tech, etc) deserve esp. harsh scrutiny.

— Nick Baumann (@NickBaumann) August 18, 2016

denton, never sold out until forced to, now https://t.co/uqzRZbSfjI is no more
arianna, got rich and now runs a wellness consulting company

— Matthew Zeitlin (@MattZeitlin) August 18, 2016

Sure, Gawker wrote a lot of garbage but it was punctuated by world-changing and often doc-based scoops.

— ErikWemple (@ErikWemple) August 18, 2016

So excited for the worst people on the Internet to celebrate Gawker shutting down

— Bobby Big Wheel (@BobbyBigWheel) August 18, 2016

Silver lining for Gawker dot com staffers: they will all have jobs, be it at Univision or at other Gawker Media sites

— Tom Kludt (@TomKludt) August 18, 2016

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Gawker.com to Go Dark Next Week

10000 words - do, 18/08/2016 - 19:20

J.K. Trotter revealed Wednesday that the future of website gawker.com was hanging very much in the balance of the Univision deal. He wrote about an all-hands meeting with Gawker Media president Heather Dietrick, who informed that the prospective new owners were unsure about the future of the site but that a decision would be made soon.

This afternoon, Trotter confirms that the end has arrived:

Nick Denton, the company’s outgoing CEO, informed current staffers of the site’s fate on Thursday afternoon, just hours before a bankruptcy court in Manhattan will decide whether to approve Univision’s bid for Gawker Media’s other assets. The near-term plans for Gawker.com’s coverage, as well as the site’s archives, have not yet been finalized.

In his Wednesday report, Trotter mentioned that Univision has indicated it was confident it can find jobs elsewhere for Gawker staffers. More to come.

Pictured: June 11 front page of the New York Post.

Forget who said this, maybe @mathewi? But I agree that no other site had as much influence on blogging style as Gawker DOT COM

— Carl Franzen (@carlfranzen) August 18, 2016

The people lionizing Gawker today seem to think that Gawker shares no responsibility for its plight. It’s all Thiel’s fault. But it’s not.

— Adam L. Penenberg (@Penenberg) August 18, 2016

Let’s be real, @Gawker‘s been a shell of itself for a while now, but I still can’t believe it’s over. Truly the end of an era. #gawker

— John P. Sundholm (@JohntheCraptist) August 18, 2016

Update (5:15 p.m.):
Here’s the Gawker Media staff memo subsequently sent by Denton following this afternoon’s bankruptcy hearing and the judge’s formal approval of the Univision deal:

I am relieved that, with the approval today of the agreement with Univision, that we have found the best possible harbor for Gizmodo, Lifehacker, Kotaku, Jalopnik, Jezebel and Deadspin, and our talented writers and other staff. They will be joining The Onion, ClickHole and other beloved web properties in Fusion Media Group, the digital operation of Univision. Isaac Lee and the team at Fusion are fellow spirits, as committed to real journalism and an open future as they are to digital media expansion.

Sadly, neither I nor Gawker.com, the buccaneering flagship of the group I built with my colleagues, are coming along for this next stage. Desirable though the other properties are, we have not been able to find a single media company or investor willing also to take on Gawker.com. The campaign being mounted against its editorial ethos and former writers has made it too risky. I can understand the caution.

Even if the appeals court overturns this spring’s Florida jury verdict, Peter Thiel has already achieved many of his objectives.

I will move on to other projects, working to make the web a forum for the open exchange of ideas and information, but out of the news and gossip business.

Gawker.com may, like Spy Magazine in its day, have a second act. For the moment, however, it will be mothballed, until the smoke clears and a new owner can be found. The archives will remain, but Monday’s posts will be the last of this iteration.

I am proud of what we have achieved at Gawker Media Group, both in our work and our business, never more so than in these last few months.

Our bloggers – and the alumni now dispersed through the media from the New Yorker to the New York Times – have introduced a new style of journalism, sometimes enthusiastic, sometimes snarky, but always authentic. We connect with a skeptical and media-savvy generation by giving them the real story, the version that journalists used to keep to themselves.

Without outside capital, we bootstrapped a profitable digital media operation. With only the talent and energy of our writers and other staff, we have drawn one of the most influential audiences in digital media: our stories connect with 100 million people a month around the world. In 2016’s dance of media consolidation, the company has found a partner that understands our appeal and character; not all will have that luck.

As for Gawker.com, founded in 2003 and mothballed in 2016, it will live on in legend. As the short-lived killer android is told in Blade Runner: “The light that burns twice as bright burns half as long, and you have burned so very very brightly.”

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The New York Times is shutting down its lauded, younger-reader-seeking NYT Now app

The New York Times said Thursday that it is shutting down its NYT Now app. The app was an attempt at developing a mobile product aimed at a younger audience. The app will stop being available for download on Aug. 29.

goodbye NYT Now pic.twitter.com/OOdocdITiZ

— Shan Wang ☃ (@shansquared) August 18, 2016

The Times launched the app in April 2014 as a paid product aimed at younger readers, but the app struggled to attract subscribers and the paper ultimately made the app free to use. NYT Now averaged 257,000 unique users over the past three months, the Times reported. At its highest point, in May 2015, the app had 334,000 unique users.

In a memo, Kinsey Wilson, the Times’ executive vice president for product and technology, and David Perpich, the Times’ senior vice president for product, said that the lessons learned from NYT Now already influence other Times products:

While NYT Now attracted a loyal following, these broader gains demonstrated that we did not need a separate lower-priced or limited free offering in the marketplace to drive growth. And we can focus our energy and resources on innovation in our main New York Times products (including Cooking, Crosswords and Watching) and on targeting younger readers where they often are: on social platforms.

Last year, the Times’ digital subscriber base grew to 1 million, and the paper has made digital subscriptions a priority moving forward. In 2014, the company generated $400 million in digital revenue, and last fall the Times said its goal is to double that to $800 million by 2020.

In a series of tweets, Clifford Levy, the assistant masthead editor overseeing digital platforms and the original newsroom leader of the NYT Now effort, explained the thinking behind the move:

1/10 Big news: We’re shutting @nytnow. The app was a milestone in the digital evolution of @nytimes https://t.co/jvMEPoKZXn

— Clifford Levy (@cliffordlevy) August 18, 2016

2/10 .@NYTNow demonstrated that we could fundamentally reimagine how we engage readers in the mobile era

— Clifford Levy (@cliffordlevy) August 18, 2016

3/10 We decided to close @nytnow bc we’ve moved all its pioneering innovations into the main @nytimes platforms

— Clifford Levy (@cliffordlevy) August 18, 2016

4/10 What made @nytnow different: a relaxed, conversational voice that felt native to mobile but still part of @nytimes

— Clifford Levy (@cliffordlevy) August 18, 2016

5/10 What else? Morning & Evening Briefings; expansive photos; animations; scannable text w/bullets to emphasize major points

— Clifford Levy (@cliffordlevy) August 18, 2016

6/10 If @nytnow advances now seem central to how broader @nytimes connects w/its audience in 2016, that’s because they are

— Clifford Levy (@cliffordlevy) August 18, 2016

7/10 Just over two years ago, the main @nytimes mobile app was little more than a gray list of headlines

— Clifford Levy (@cliffordlevy) August 18, 2016

8/10 Today, main @nytimes app is vibrant & compelling, w/highly curated feel. Changes can be credited to one source: @nytnow

— Clifford Levy (@cliffordlevy) August 18, 2016

NYT Now was one of a series of standalone subscription products the Times introduced in an attempt to attract new paying readers. In June 2014, it also introduced NYT Opinion, an app featuring the paper’s opinion content, but it shuttered the app that fall after failing to attract an audience. “The sheer volume of people looking at it wasn’t enough to sustain it,” Andy Rosenthal, then the Times opinion editor, told the Lab when the closure was announced. This is not us saying it didn’t work as a journalistic venture; it did. It’s just not working as a business.”

Since then, the Times has introduced NYT Cooking, which highlights the paper’s catalog of recipes. The cooking site and apps are free to use, but earlier this year the Times said it would begin partnering with a meal kit service that would allow users to buy the ingredients for the recipes. It’s also created Watching, a movie and TV recommendation site.

While NYT Now may not have attracted a large enough audience to make it sustainable — and, as Levy wrote, much of its DNA lives on in the main Times mobile app — users on Twitter nonetheless lamented the app’s closure:

I used @NYTNow even though I'm a subscriber. Was just the better app. Gotta be others like me.

— Eric Umansky (@ericuman) August 18, 2016

Holler at the folks who tried something different with @NYTNow.

— stacy-marie ishmael (@s_m_i) August 18, 2016

Think @nytimes may have underestimated the value-add of @NYTNow for some paid subscribers.

— Staci D Kramer (@sdkstl) August 18, 2016

Filed Under Everything I Love Dies https://t.co/7kBsoHNcwu

— Margarita Noriega ⚡️ (@margarita) August 18, 2016

NYT Now's demise is further proof (along w/ how this election has been covered) of how desperately our profession needs a new biz model.

— Anjali (@anjalimullany) August 18, 2016

The New York Times is shutting down its @NYTNow app, a product I used every day. https://t.co/jgKjEQMDq4

— Jay Rosen (@jayrosen_nyu) August 18, 2016

So sad to see the @NYTNow app is being shelved. I’ve really loved using it every day. Exceptional work, all: https://t.co/a3XJ4nOOdh

— Jason Santa Maria (@jasonsantamaria) August 18, 2016

A different and darker perspective:

News apps are a doomed genre https://t.co/Sfq46AhIme

— Joshua Topolsky (@joshuatopolsky) August 18, 2016

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Gabriel Sherman: ‘I Learned by Doing’

10000 words - do, 18/08/2016 - 19:00

The man of the media reporting hour is the latest guest of the Longform podcast. At one point, Evan Ratliff asks the New York magazine national affairs editor Gabriel Sherman how he learned to do the kind of reporting that informs the reporter’s 2014 book about Roger Ailes and subsequent, follow-on reporting about Fox News.

Sherman’s answer:

“My mentor was Peter Kaplan, the late editor of the New York Observer. I showed up there when I was 22 or 23 years old. He just throws you into it. I didn’t go to journalism school, so I learned by doing.”

“My first journalism job was writing the weekly real estate column, where you try to report and find out the biggest sale of the week. And you’re competing against the New York Post, and The New York Times. And so, I just got obsessed with wanting to break the biggest apartment sale of the week, which I knew nothing about, real estate. I was living with a college friend in a shitty apartment. So it was hilarious that I was writing about $20 million deals.”

“But both the pressure of having to produce a scoop every week, and the discipline having to pick up the phone and cold call real estate brokers. It was basically like telemarketing. And in my personal life, I’m a total introvert. Like my wife and I, if we go to a cocktail party, I’m just like sitting by the wall. I don’t schmooze and mingle. But when I’m reporting, I’ll just call or talk to anybody. Because it’s work. So I got over my fear of talking to people.”

Sherman’s first New York cover story, published in late March, was “Testing Horace Mann.” Like the Ailes book, a good late summer read if you did not previously catch up to it.

Previously on FishbowlNY:
Colleagues Bow to One-Armed Scoop Machine Gabriel Sherman
Friends, Colleagues Remember New York Observer Editor Peter Kaplan

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Jessica Murphy Named Managing Director of Runner’s World

10000 words - do, 18/08/2016 - 18:45

Rodale has named Jessica Murphy managing director of Runner’s World, a new role at the magazine.

Murphy joins Runner’s World from Nike, where she served as North America digital brand director. Previously she worked for LinkedIn and The Atlantic.

“With diverse accomplishments across digital and print media, an entrepreneurial spirit, and a knack for driving progressive business operations, Jessica possesses a unique blend of skill sets,” said Rodale CEO Maria Rodale, in a statement. “As an ambitious, talented brand marketer who is also deeply involved in the running community, she will be an asset when it comes to anticipating partner needs and conceptualizing multiplatform brand offerings as we continue to expand Runner’s World products and experiences.”

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What it takes to manage a daily popup Snapchat channel from the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio

The people on the BuzzFeed team on the ground in Rio producing the NBC Olympics daily Snapchat channel are night owls — by necessity.

“Because most of the action happens in primetime, you can’t get around the fact of working a really late night. Something will happen in primetime and we will have to cover it,” Andrew Gauthier, executive producer of BuzzFeed Video, told me. “We have a certain mix that we try to achieve in the channel, but it’s really loose. And it’s loose because we don’t know quite what the stories are that will emerge. Simone Biles had an incredible performance. But then that same night you also had Simone Manuel, and I don’t think anybody was really anticipating her to be the story it was. You can only prepare for so much.”

Gauthier is in Rio as part of a team of 12 producers curating NBC’s competition footage, writing Snap-worthy stories, interviewing and shooting original footage of athletes, creating BuzzFeed’s bread-and-butter lists, and making games and quizzes that users will want to #engage with — at least 14 pieces of content per day, though the team’s been averaging more than that. The channel is branded with the NBC Olympics and Rio logos, and the only tangible BuzzFeed stamp is its presentation (“WTF?!? Lots Of Weird Dancing And Epic Fails On Day 10,” “11 Incredible Sandcastles In Rio”).

The popup Snapchat Discover channel, which launched on August 4 and will close up shop August 22, is part of a partnership between NBC and Snapchat that also includes Snapchat-curated live stories around the many different Olympic events. NBC is selling ads for the channels, working with the Snapchat sales team. (It declined to share details such as revenue split.)

TV viewership of this year’s Olympics is down from the London games four years ago, especially in the 18- to 49-year-old age group. Meanwhile, Snapchat claims it reaches 41 percent of all 18- to 34-year-olds in the U.S. on any given day. And BuzzFeed itself is an obvious choice to help mold NBC content for social platforms: In addition to a $200 million investment from NBCUniversal last August and growing ambitions in video, BuzzFeed has been able to hone its craft for more than a year on its own Snapchat Discover channel.

The BuzzFeed staffers working on NBC’s Rio Olympics Discover channel are technically part of BuzzFeed Motion Pictures, though “there isn’t a huge distinction between Motion Pictures and the rest of BuzzFeed,” according to Gauthier. (The line between BuzzFeed News and BuzzFeed Motion Pictures has been a source of confusion in the past. Gauthier was careful to emphasize that there are separate BuzzFeed News staffers in Rio also covering the Olympics, and that the Snapchat Channel “is not BuzzFeed News.”)

The BuzzFeed Snapchat team has access to NBC’s Olympic footage (BuzzFeed.com is benefiting from the access, too; fo the rest of us, the IOC says NO GIFS FOR YOU). It also gets help accessing Olympic locations and athletes. The team, split between the International Broadcast Center in Barra da Tijuca (home to Olympic Park and Olympic Village) and the beach in Copacabana, also has access to NBC studio space at each location. (Picture BuzzFeed’s table, right next to Lester Holt’s Nightly News broadcast.) A few others are out and about in between, ready to film anything else that might come up.

“That’s the way it’s been working, around the clock. The channel goes live at 6 a.m. EST, and typically we’ve been working until around 4 a.m. local time to finalize each edition,” Gauthier said. When an edition is almost done, the BuzzFeed team will work with the NBC Olympics digital team to review it, but NBC has been mostly hands off when it comes to the channel contents. “With the BuzzFeed site or the social accounts, or even on the live broadcast, you’re constantly updating things, you’re able to publish stuff whenever it happens. In the channel, we have to wait it out for everything to come together before we publish it.”

Some things have already been filmed in advance — a supremely BuzzFeed-esque segment with Ryan Lochte trying to guess “which purse is more expensive,” for instance — but the majority of videos featured were shot hours before going live in the channel, Gauthier said. BuzzFeed staffers in its New York and L.A. offices are also helping out, including supplying some of the illustrations and articles.

“The team here in Rio is multi-hyphenate. No one has a really rigorous focus on one aspect of production, and that’s allowed us to be nimble,” he said. “This was totally new for us, and we didn’t quite know logistically what to expect, although NBC prepared well for it. Sometimes a story will emerge and the way to cover it is not necessarily a video — it’s an article that features a bunch of clips. We’ve had to make a lot of graphics, so Photoshop skills come in handy. And then the ability for one person to go on a shoot, shoot the whole thing, and immediately also start editing it, that’s also been incredibly useful.”

The team evaluates what performed well in each day’s edition, and uses the metrics as guidance in shaping the format and order for the next day’s edition. (BuzzFeed declined to share any numbers for the Olympics Channel; president of NBC Olympics Gary Zenkel told the Wall Street Journal “millions” have been viewing the channel.) From experiences with the main BuzzFeed Snapchat Discover, the team knew editions around single themes don’t perform as well as regular editions. But the popup channel “is its own beast.”

“There’s a lot of nuance here. It’s not that we see one thing doesn’t work and we adjust it,” Gauthier said. “We’ve learned that variety is important. We’ve been impressed with how interested viewers have been in highlights and competition footage. Stuff around the identity of the athletes, what they’re like personally and their relationships with others, has been important.”

With some help from NBC, it’s been easy for BuzzFeed to get athletes to participate in various gags for the channel: Many of the competitors are young and active Snapchat users themselves and are open to things, especially after they’re finished with their own events.

“One thing we’ve been really focused on is how viewers are interacting with the Olympics on a personal level,” Gauthier said. “The behavior in Snapchat is different than just watching on TV. We want to create things that feel fun, fresh, and new. When we film things with Olympians, we also want them to feel relatable.”

“The funny thing is, we can position a lot of things as really amazing, or the best possible thing to happen,” he added. “It’s a little funny that when you’re covering the Olympics, there is no such thing as hyperbole, because something happens and it’s literally historic, it’s literally the greatest thing to ever happen in that sport.”

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“It’s a little bit of a crazy concept”: Three women’s newsletters on the decline of the glossy magazine

With the folding of More and Lucky magazines, layoffs across properties, and more brands focusing their marketing efforts on mobile and digital, it’s not a golden age for women’s magazines in print.

One place at least some of the audience’s attention is moving: email newsletters, that most ’90s/’00s of distribution formats. Alongside fellow throwback podcasting, email newsletters are making a resurgence in popularity, despite the constant flow of content from social media outlets. With 55 percent of email opens happening on phones, it’s an increasingly powerful way to reach readers directly on mobile.

Curious about this strangely digital-forward retrospect countering the women’s magazine, I spoke with people behind three women’s newsletters about how they think the format is changing how women are consuming content: Clover, a lifestyle newsletter aimed at teen girls; READ LOOK THINK, a collective of thought-provoking links; and UNDRRATED, a curation of places and things to visit and use by a different creative every week. (Two of the three were founded by current or former magazine editors.)

These newsletters are standalone, not part of a publishing conglomerate, and pushing original content straight to readers’ inboxes, not primarily to a website. They’re also all building out, in different ways; after five months of publishing, Clover launched an app where readers are able to read past letters, sort content by category, and share articles as well. READ. LOOK. THINK. began as a column, later becoming a newsletter. (UNDRRATED’s Marina Khidekel also told me she has an archive website in the works.) These newsletters seek the authenticity and personal connection that some find lacking in their print competition. Here’s what they had to say, lightly edited for clarity.

When I moved to London and went freelance as a copywriter and content strategist, I thought it was important, brand-wise, to have my own website. But what would I put on it? I didn’t want to write crappy blog posts like “10 ways to create compelling copy.” Instead, I decided to curate work that other people, mainly women, had created that was clever, perfect and inspiring. I started the READ.LOOK.THINK. column on my blog nearly five years ago.

When Google killed its RSS reader, I realized that many people, even though they cared deeply and loved the column, would inevitably lose track of it. So I started a newsletter with MailChimp in 2012 and offered a subscription option.

[Newsletters are] so different. It’s a little bit of a crazy concept that they could replace glossy mags. It’s a completely different form of content and the way that people interact with it is so different. Having worked in magazines for so long and having been at Cosmo for several years, our readers always tell us that the way that they interact with the magazine is so different than the way that they interact with anything online. They always talk about taking the time for themselves, having “me time,” shutting the world out and enjoying it. I think newsletters are like the bite-sized version of that, but it’s obviously not on the same scale. A lot of newsletters are not on the same scale and aren’t trying to be. I think that’s great, but there are different ways to enjoy different kinds of content.

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Bonnier Acquires Sand Sports Trade Show

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Bonnier Corporation has acquired the Sand Sports Super Show, a sand sports trade show and consumer expo.

The Sand Sports Super Show is an annual event held in Costa Mesa, California. The next show will be Sept. 16 through 18.

“Bonnier Corp. specializes in connecting high-value, passionate enthusiast audiences with our partners,” said Bonnier’s vp of brand strategies Matt Hickman, in a statement. “The addition of the Sand Sports Super Show furthers our market-segment leadership and unlocks unlimited potential for our customer groups: spectators, participants, sponsors and exhibitors.”

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‘Niet alle energieleveranciers houden zich aan afspraken’

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De Vlaming verwisselt steeds vaker van energieleverancier, maar volgens de energieombudsman zijn daarmee lang niet alle problemen van de baan.
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