The Daily Beast
|Owner||The Newsweek Daily Beast Company|
|Created by||Tina Brown|
|Launched||6 October 2008|
The Daily Beast is an American news reporting and opinion website founded and formerly published by Tina Brown, former editor of Vanity Fair and The New Yorker as well as the short-lived Talk Magazine. The Daily Beast was launched on 6 October 2008, and is owned by IAC. John Avlon, an American journalist and political commentator as well as a CNN contributor, is the site's editor-in-chief, and Rhona Murphy is its interim CEO. Brown stepped down as editor in September 2013.
On 12 November 2010, The Daily Beast and Newsweek announced a merger deal, creating a combined company, The Newsweek Daily Beast Company. On 3 August 2013 IAC, owner of The Daily Beast, sold Newsweek to IBT Media, owner of the International Business Times. In September of 2014, one year after Tina Brown's departure was announced, The Daily Beast reached a new record of 21 million unique visitors - a 60% year-over-year increase in readers, accompanied by a 300% increase in the overall size of its social media community.
A feature of The Daily Beast is the "Cheat Sheet", billed as "must reads from all over". Published throughout the day, the "Cheat Sheet" offers a selection of articles from online news outlets on popular stories. The "Cheat Sheet" includes brief summaries of the article, and a link to read the full text of the article on the website of its provider.
Since the launch, the site has introduced additional sections, including a video "Cheat Sheet", "Book Beast", "Hungry Beast", "Business Beast," and "Sexy Beast", a Fashion and Entertainment section. The site frequently creates encyclopedic landing pages on topical subjects such as President Obama's inauguration, the Bernard Madoff Ponzi scheme, Michael Jackson, the Iran uprising, and the US Open.
Contributors to the publication include notable writers and political activists such as Michael Tomasky, David Frum, Stuart Stevens, Meghan McCain, Peter Beinart, Jon Favreau, Kirsten Powers, Daniel Gross, Michael Moynihan, Jamelle Bouie, Michael Daly, Lloyd Grove, Andy Dehnart, Daniel Klaidman, Josh Rogin, Eli Lake, Christopher Buckley, Bernard Henri Levy, Eleanor Clift, Patricia Murphy, Michelle Goldberg, Martin Amis, John Avlon, Joshua Dubois, and others, including Brown herself.
In early June 2014, Capital New York re-published a memo by outgoing CEO Rhona Murphy, stating that The Daily Beast's average unique monthly visitors increased from an average of 13.5 million in 2013 to more than 17 million in 2014.
In September 2009, The Daily Beast launched a publishing initiative entitled "Beast Books" that will produce books by Beast writers on an accelerated publishing schedule. In March 2013, “Beast Books,” now operating under the name “Book Beast,” won a National Magazine Award for Website Department, which "Honors a department, channel or microsite."
Merger with Newsweek
Tina Brown, The Daily Beast's editor, confirmed in November 2010 that the website would merge with Newsweek, following extensive negotiations between the publications' proprietors. The resulting company was named The Newsweek Daily Beast Company.
In February 2010, Jack Shafer of Slate.com claimed that the chief investigative reporter for The Daily Beast, Gerald Posner, had lifted five sentences from a Miami Herald article and claimed that he had written them himself and was able to publish them in The Daily Beast under his own name. Shafer also discovered that Posner had written plagiarized content from a Miami Herald blog, a Miami Herald editorial, Texas Lawyer magazine and a health care journalism blog. An immediate internal investigation by The Daily Beast led to Posner's departure.
The Daily Beast has released several university rankings. In 2010 it released a ranking of the "50 Druggiest Colleges" citing data from Niche, formerly known as College Prowler. This ranking has been criticized by spokespeople from the University of New Hampshire and Williams College. The site has continued to publish unconventional rankings such as 25 Sexiest Colleges of 2014.
- "Daily Beast Hires Executive Editor; Promotes John Avlon to Editor-In-Chief (Updated)". The Wrap.
- Tina Brown steps down after tumultuous tenure at Daily Beast 11 Sept. 2013, The Guardian.
- Edgecliffe-Johnson, Andrew (5 October 2008). "Another scoop for Tina Brown as she swaps print for web". Financial Times (London).(subscription required)
- "The Daily Beast: Tina Brown Launches Much-Awaited News Site". The Huffington Post. Financial Times. 6 October 2008.
- Moss, Stephen (1 June 2010). "William Boot: Evelyn Waugh's legendary journalist". The Guardian. Retrieved 4 April 2013.
What is interesting about Brown's view is that while most readers see the Beast as monstrous, she admires its energy. 'That newspaper just seemed to me to represent British popular journalism at its most antic,' she says. 'That's what I love about it. It has energy and a slightly irresponsible feel. I don't see it as negative. There is something very joyful about it.'
- "New York, "IAC Found Someone to Buy Zombie Newsweek," 3 August 2013.". Daily Intelligencer.
- "Hadas Gold, “One year after Tina Brown exit, Daily Beast traffic surges," 1 October 2014.". Politico.
- "Tina Brown Talks About the Book Beast". Mediabistro.com. 6 February 2009. Retrieved 30 May 2010.
- "Sexy Beasts, Sexy Branding: The Daily Beast & Politico Unveil New Style Sections". Mediaite. Retrieved 10 August 2009.
- "U.S. Open". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 4 March 2010.
- Pompeo, Joe (4 June 2014). "Leadership changes at The Daily Beast". Capital. Retrieved 4 June 2014.
- McAthy, Rachel (30 April 2013). "HuffPost Live and NY Times among Webby Award winners". Journalism.co.uk. Retrieved 11 September 2013.
- O'Shea, Chris (31 August 2013). "Newsweek/The Daily Beast Sets Traffic Record". Media Bistro. Retrieved 11 September 2013.
- Brown, Tina (11 November 2010). "Daily Beast, Newsweek to Wed!". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 12 November 2010.
- "The Daily Beast and Newsweek confirm merger". The Spy Report (Media Spy). 12 November 2010. Retrieved 12 November 2010.
- "Author Gerald Posner quits Daily Beast amid plagiarism allegations". Miami Herald. 11 February 2010
- Kantor, Ira; Sherman, Natalie (14 December 2010). "Local colleges rank high on dope list". Boston Herald.
- Official website
- The Daily Beast Cheat Sheet
- The Daily Beast on Facebook
- The Daily Beast on Twitter
- Video: PSFK Conference NYC: New York New Media PSFK, 7 May 2009 – Edward Felsenthal at the PSFK Conference NYC: New York New Media
- Nieman Journalism Lab. "The Daily Beast". Encyclo: an Encyclopedia of the Future of News. Retrieved 1 April 2012.