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    4 Minute Roundup: Newsweek-Daily Beast Merger; Slate Hurting?

    by Mark Glaser
    November 12, 2010


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    "[Tina Brown] will be like a bull in a china shop, if there's any china left to break." - Nick Summers

    In this week’s 4MR podcast, I discuss the recent merger announcement between Newsweek magazine and online publication The Daily Beast. The deal becoming finalized was first reported by Nick Summers, a former Newsweek reporter now at the New York Observer. I talked with Summers about the challenges Newsweek has faced, and his back-and-forth online with Slate’s Jacob Weisberg about the current state of Slate.

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    Listen to my entire interview with Nick Summers:

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    Background music is “What the World Needs” by the The Ukelele Hipster Kings via PodSafe Music Network.

    Here are some links to related sites and stories mentioned in the podcast:

    Observer Exclusive – Newsweek and Daily Beast to Merge at NY Observer

    New Details Emerge on Newsweek-Beast Merger at NY Observer

    Daily Beast, Newsweek to Wed! at Daily Beast

    Newsweek, The Daily Beast Combine at Newsweek

    Jacob Weisberg Was a Web Pioneer. But He Doesn’t Much Care for What Works on the Web Now. Can Slate Recover? at NY Observer

    Press Clips – The New York Observer’s New Disclosure Problems at the Village Voice

    Weisberg – NYO wrong; Slate’s going gangbusters in memo at Romenesko

    Slate’s Traffic Is Gangbusters, Except When It’s Not at NY Observer

    Also, be sure to vote in our poll about who you think is the winner in the Daily Beast-Newsweek merger:


    Mark Glaser is executive editor of MediaShift and Idea Lab. He also writes the bi-weekly OPA Intelligence Report email newsletter for the Online Publishers Association. He lives in San Francisco with his son Julian. You can follow him on Twitter @mediatwit.


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    4MR is sponsored by Carnegie-Knight News21, an alliance of 12 journalism schools in which top students tell complex stories in inventive ways. See tips for spurring innovation and digital learning at Learn.News21.com.

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