The Daily Beast
|Owner||The Newsweek Daily Beast Company|
|Created by||Tina Brown|
|Launched||6 October 2008|
- Not to be confused with The Beast (newspaper).
The Daily Beast is an American news reporting and opinion website founded and 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. Edward Felsenthal, a former Wall Street Journal editor, is the site's executive editor, and Stephen Colvin is its president.
A feature of The Daily Beast is the "Cheat Sheet", billed as "must reads from all over". Published daily, 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 launch, the site has introduced additional sections, including a video "Cheat Sheet", "Book Beast", "Hungry 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 Christopher Buckley, Scott Turow, Mark McKinnon, Douglas Rushkoff, Matthew Yglesias, Meghan McCain, Reihan Salam, Tony Blair, Condoleezza Rice, Gerald Posner, Simon Schama, Eric Alterman, Reza Aslan, Fatima Bhutto, Kirsten Powers, Judith Miller, Andrew Sullivan, Michael Tomasky, David Frum, and others, including Brown herself.
Beast Books 
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.
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, which have received criticism for unscientific data and analysis. In 2010 it released a ranking of the "50 Druggiest Colleges" citing data from College Prowler, a web site that allows open posting by users.
- 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". Financial Times (The Huffington Post). 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.'"
- "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.
- Rich, Motoko (29 September 2009). "The Daily Beast Seeks to Speed Up the Publishing Process for Books". The New York Times. Retrieved 28 September 2009.
- 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.