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How Shane Smith Built Vice Into a $2.5 Billion Empire

2014 Brand Genius winner for media

By now, you’ve no doubt heard about Vice’s humble beginnings. It’s 1994 in Montreal, and three guys—Shane Smith, Gavin McInnes and Suroosh Alvi—decide to launch a free punk magazine called…

Why Did This Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist Ditch His NBC Gig for a Pot Pub?

Smoking out the stigma of a growing industry

Not so long ago, the idea of a marijuana news site would have probably conjured up images of smoking paraphernalia and stoner jokes. But as marijuana legalization has become an…

The Hill Names Bob Cusack as Editor in Chief

Hugo Gurdon leaves for Washington Examiner after 11 years

The Hill, "publication of record for policy influencers inside and outside Washington," announced today the appointment of Bob Cusack as editor in chief. Cusack will replace 11-year veteran Hugo Gurdon,…

Publishers Ditch Swanky Offices for Savings and Subsidies

Is building a brand more important than branding a building?

It’s the end of an era for publishers—at least as far as their iconic New York headquarters are concerned. Time Inc. and Condé Nast, stalwarts of the midtown media scene,…

Pro-Israel Group and Men's Rights Activist Jump on Jill Abramson Story

Billboard outside the Times' office compares Abramson firing to Middle East 'bias'

Some unlikely outside groups are starting to jump on the buzz-worthiness of the New York Times’ firing of Jill Abramson as a way to push their agendas. This morning, an organization…

Jill Abramson Out at The New York Times

Managing editor Dean Baquet to replace her

In a move so surprising that even her own newspaper is describing it as “unexpected,” Jill Abramson has stepped down as executive editor of The New York Times after less…

Instagram Video Ads Are Coming Soon

But the photo-sharing service continues to be very selective about its partners

Instagram is a bit of a control freak when it comes to advertising. Every sponsored image is preapproved and every brand thoroughly vetted. Now, video ads are quietly being tested,…

Vice Continues to Grow as It Heads Into Its First NewFronts

Expanding into sports and food programming

Since its humble beginnings as a Montreal-based print publication on news and culture, Vice has mushroomed to 129 million views per month across its platforms, which include online channels, TV…

Slate Launches Paid Membership Program

Paywall 2.0?

If you want to get into the new members-only section of Slate, you’re going to have to pay. This week, the online publication unveiled Slate Plus. While the rest of the…

FT’s Fashion Editor Is Moving Into Some Big Shoes at The New York Times

Vanessa Friedman talks about her plans for content

Over the last year, The New York Times’ Styles department has undergone a serious changing of the guard. The paper lost three of its biggest names—fashion writer Eric Wilson, chief…

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