There’s been a lot of reaction to Nate Silver’s decision to leave the NY Times and head to ESPN/ABC. Interestingly, a lot of the discussion has centered around what this means for those specific brands and less about what it means for Silver. Here’s a round-up of some of the reporting and reactions to the move, including Charlie Rose’s interview with Nate Silver:
An interesting study released by the smartphone app Stitcher reveals that most people who listen to talk radio on their iPhone or Android are listening to liberal content. The study is based on 5 million hours of listening by users of the app. Also, smartphone listeners are more likely to listen to international content.
My thoughts on the that this means are after the jump.
With the demise of Merlin Media’s FM News 101.1 fresh in the minds of those in and around the Chicago market, it’s worth taking a little time to reflect on the causes of the failure of the station and, perhaps, to grasp some takeaway lessons.
Over the last year, a lot of people have pointed fingers at a variety of targets when it came to explaining the inability of FM News to gain traction in Chicago. Out of the gate, a lot of those fingers pointed at Randy Michaels. During his tenure at the Tribube and WGN, Michaels made many moves that were scrutinized — and criticized — and it was no surprise when Michaels’ Merlin Media drew the ire of many who watched him closely at WGN. Whether Michaels is ultimately responsible for the damage done at WGN or for the debacle at FM News, only time will tell, but there are a number of other factors that led to the failure of FM News.
A great piece on ESPN.com by Poynter’s Jason Fry that explores the impact that Twitter is having on ESPN and it’s reporters, when it comes to navigating relationships:
… the news cycle has been jammed on permanent fast-forward. Once, stories were reported and written with an eye on the next day’s newspaper or that night’s sports report. When news organizations went digital, the news cycle sped up, moving the goalposts to the time required to publish a story to a Web site. Twitter moved them again, to how quickly a tweet can be composed and posted. That’s created what Rob King, senior vice president for print and digital content at ESPN, calls “a second-by-second news cycle.”