Salon is an American news and opinion website, created by David Talbot in 1995 and currently owned by the Salon Media Group (OTCQB: SLNM). It publishes articles on U.S. politics, culture, and current events and has a politically progressive, liberal editorial stance. Since 2007, the company has been funded by John Warnock and William Hambrecht, through cash injections.
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|Owner||Salon Media Group Inc.|
|Created by||David Talbot|
|Key people||Jordan Hoffner (CEO)|
|Alexa rank||4,524 (September 2018)|
|Launched||April 18, 1995|
Salon covers a variety of topics, including reviews and articles about books, films, and music; articles about "modern life", including friendships, human sexual behavior, and relationships; and reviews and articles about technology, with a particular focus on the free and open-source software (FOSS) movement.
In 2008, Salon launched the interactive initiative Open Salon, a social content site/blog network for its readers. Originally a curated site with some of its content being featured on Salon, it fell into editorial neglect and was closed in March 2015.
Is Salon more tabloid-like? Yeah, we've made no secret of that. I've said all along that our formula here is that we're a smart tabloid. If by tabloid what you mean is you're trying to reach a popular audience, trying to write topics that are viscerally important to a readership, whether it's the story about the mother in Houston who drowned her five children or the story on the missing intern in Washington, Chandra Levy.
Regular contributors include the political-opinion writers Amanda Marcotte, Scott Eric Kaufman, Heather Digby Parton and Sean Illing, critic Andrew O'Hehir and pop-culture columnist Mary Elizabeth Williams.
Jordan Hoffner took over as CEO in May 2016.
Salon was created in the wake of the San Francisco newspaper strike of 1994, by former San Francisco Examiner arts and features editor David Talbot who wished to explore the potential of Web. It launched in November 1995. In its early days, readers noticed a specifically Northern California flavor. In 1996, Talbot agreed: "We swim in the soup of San Francisco. There are a lot of odd fish we've plucked out of the bay here and it gives us some of that Left Coast, Weird Coast style." Time magazine named it one of the Best Web Sites of 1996.
Salon purchased the virtual community, The WELL, in April 1999, and made its initial public offering (IPO) of Salon.com on the NASDAQ stock exchange on June 22 of that year. Subsequently, for the month of October 1999, Nielsen/NetRatings reported that Salon had over 2 million users.
Salon Premium, a pay-to-view (online) content subscription was introduced on April 25, 2001. The service signed up 130,000 subscribers and staved off discontinuation of services. However, in November 2002, the company announced it had accumulated cash and non-cash losses of $80 million, and by February 2003 it was having difficulty paying its rent and made an appeal for donations to keep the company running.
On October 9, 2003, Michael O'Donnell, the chief executive and president of Salon Media Group, said he was leaving the company after seven years because it was "time for a change." When he left, Salon.com had accrued $83.6 million in losses since its inception, and its stock traded for 5¢ on the OTC Bulletin Board. David Talbot, Salon's chairman and editor-in-chief at the time, became the new chief executive. Elizabeth "Betsy" Hambrecht, then Salon's chief financial officer, became the president.
In July 2008, Salon launched Open Salon, a "social content site" and "curated blog network." It was nominated for a 2009 National Magazine Award in the category "best interactive feature". On March 9, 2015, Salon announced it would be closing Open Salon after six years of hosting a community of writers and bloggers.
Salon closed its online chat board "Table Talk" without stating an official reason for ending that section of the site on June 10, 2011.
Salon has been unprofitable through its entire history. Since 2007, the company has been dependent upon repeated cash injections from board Chairman John Warnock and William Hambrecht, father of former Salon CEO Elizabeth Hambrecht. During the nine months ending in December 31, 2012, these cash contributions amounted to $3.4 million, compared to revenue in the same period of $2.7 million. In December 2016 and January 2017, the company was evicted from its New York offices at 132 West 31st Street, a block from Madison Square Garden, for non-payment of $90,000 in back rent. In February 2017, Spear Point Capital invested $1 million into Salon, taking a 29% equity stake and three seats on the company's board. As of April 2019, the company had failed to file its form 10-K for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2018.
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In March 2016, while Otto Warmbier was imprisoned in North Korea, the site posted an article about him called: "This might be America's biggest idiot frat boy: Meet the UVa student who thought he could pull a prank in North Korea." After Warmbier's death, the article was removed. Andrew O'Hehir, the executive editor of Salon, said that the article was based on the opinions of Larry Wilmore.
In September 2015, Salon published an article written by Todd Nickerson, moderator of Virtuous Pedophiles, about his experiences with being a non-offending pedophile, titled: "I'm a pedophile, but not a monster."
This article, along with an accompanying video and a follow-up article, was deleted in February 2017, supposedly to protect Salon from accusations of hypocrisy when covering Milo Yiannopoulos's alleged support for pedophilia, although Salon Media Group CEO and Salon acting editor-in-chief Jordan Hoffner told New York magazine it was due to unspecified "new editorial policies."
In February 2018, it was noted that Salon was preventing readers using ad blockers from seeing its content. Such users are offered a choice of disabling their blocker, or allowing Salon to run an in-browser script, using the user's resources, to mine Monero, a form of cryptocurrency.
Alex Pareene is an American writer and editor. He was the editor of the online news magazine Gawker.Amy Standen
Amy Standen is an American journalist and author. She cofounded the quarterly magazine Meatpaper in 2006 with former Salon.com journalist Sasha Wizansky. She reports for KQED, and has also reported for NPR and The Environment Report.Andrew Leonard
Andrew Leonard (born 1962) is an American journalist who writes feature articles for San Francisco and contributes to Medium. From 1995 to 2014 he wrote for Salon.com. He has also written for Wired.Camille Paglia
Camille Anna Paglia (; born April 2, 1947) is an American academic and social critic. Paglia has been a professor at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, since 1984. She is critical of many aspects of modern culture, and is the author of Sexual Personae: Art and Decadence from Nefertiti to Emily Dickinson (1990) and other books. She is also a critic of American feminism and of post-structuralism as well as a commentator on multiple aspects of American culture such as its visual art, music, and film history. In 2005, Paglia was ranked No. 20 on a Prospect/Foreign Policy poll of the world's top 100 public intellectuals.Daniel Richter (actor)
Daniel Richter (born 1939 in Darien, Connecticut) is an American mime and actor. He is remembered as playing the leader of a tribe of ape-men in 2001: A Space Odyssey.
At the time of his casting in 2001, Richter was unknown, working mainly as a street mime, leading a troupe in London. Kubrick made him largely responsible for choreographing the "Dawn of Man" sequence, believing Richter could take the film away from Hollywood clichés of men in monkey suits. Richter and his troupe spent hours watching apes in the London zoo, particularly the especially popular Guy the Gorilla, followed by hours of rehearsal mimicking their movements. Following 2001, Richter made an appearance in the film The Revolutionary. In 2002, Richter published a book about his experiences entitled Moonwatcher's Memoir: A Diary of 2001: A Space Odyssey.Richter went on to work and live with John Lennon and Yoko Ono, directing the photography of their 1972 Imagine video at Tittenhurst Park. He has written a memoir of his experiences with Lennon and Ono, "The Dream is Over," which was released in 2012 by Quartet Books, London. In a 2019 article at the Salon website Richter told of how in 1969 he supplied heroin to Yoko and John Lennon while the Beatles were working in the studio.He is very active in mountaineering, having climbed over 500 peaks in North America, participating in and sometimes serving as an instructor in the Sierra Club.
Richter is son of New Yorker cartoonist Mischa Richter.David Talbot
David Talbot (born September 22, 1951) is an American liberal journalist, author and media executive. He is the founder, former CEO and editor-in-chief of an early web magazine, Salon. Talbot founded Salon in 1995. The magazine gained a large following and broke several major national stories. It was described by Entertainment Weekly as one of the Net's "few genuine must-reads".Since leaving Salon, Talbot has researched and written on the Kennedy assassination and other areas of what he calls "hidden history." Talbot has worked as a senior editor for Mother Jones magazine and a features editor for The San Francisco Examiner, and has written for Time magazine, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, and other publications.Digby (blogger)
Digby is the pseudonym of political blogger Heather Digby Parton from Santa Monica who founded the blog Hullabaloo. She has been called one of the "leading and most admired commentators" of the liberal / progressive blogosphere.Digby began as a commenter on the blogs of Bartcop and Atrios and launched her own blog on January 1, 2003, calling it Hullabaloo "because one function of blogs is to cause a ruckus" and decorating it with a picture of a screaming Howard Beale from the film Network. She has been joined by other bloggers on Hullabaloo, including composer Richard Einhorn, who blogs under the name "Tristero".
Digby graduated from Lathrop High School in Fairbanks, Alaska. She studied theater at San Jose State University (then known as San Jose State College) and worked on the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System and for a number of film companies, including Island Pictures, Polygram, and Artisan Entertainment.She won the 2005 Koufax award for blog writing and accepted the Paul Wellstone Award on behalf of the progressive blogosphere from the Campaign for America's Future at their "Take Back America" conference. Digby had initially kept her identity secret and it was widely assumed that Digby was male until she made an appearance at the 2007 CAF conference to accept the award. Digby has since written regularly at Salon under her actual name of Heather Digby Parton. She also won the 2014 Hillman Prize for Opinion and Analysis Journalism.Gail Williams
Gail Ann Williams (born in Berkeley, California) has been the director of The WELL since 1998. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in the 1970s and got involved in political theater as both a creative and management member of the Plutonium Players troupe. She was a principal in their long-touring satirical show spoofing anti-feminist politics, Ladies Against Women, throughout the years of the Ronald Reagan presidency.
In December 1991, she joined the management team of the prototypic online community, The WELL, in the role of community manager. In 1998 she took the post of Executive Director. When The WELL was acquired by Salon.com in 1999, Williams stayed on. Currently she serves as Salon's Director of Communities, overseeing The WELL and Salon's Table Talk community.
She is a member of the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences. In 2000 Williams was named as one of the Top 25 Women of the Web.Glenn Greenwald
Glenn Edward Greenwald (born March 6, 1967) is an American attorney, journalist, and author, best known for his role in a series of reports published by The Guardian newspaper beginning in June 2013, detailing the United States and British global surveillance programs, and based on classified documents disclosed by Edward Snowden. Greenwald and the team he worked with won both a George Polk Award and a Pulitzer Prize for those reports. He has written several best-selling books, including No Place to Hide.
Greenwald's work on the Snowden story was featured in the documentary Citizenfour, which won the 2014 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. Greenwald appeared on-stage with director Laura Poitras and Snowden's girlfriend, Lindsay Mills, when the Oscar was given. In the 2016 Oliver Stone feature film Snowden, Greenwald was played by actor Zachary Quinto.Before the Snowden file disclosures, Greenwald was considered one of the most influential opinion columnists in the United States. After working as a constitutional attorney for ten years, he began blogging on national security issues before becoming a Salon contributor in 2007 and then moving to The Guardian in 2012. He currently writes for and co-edits The Intercept, which he founded in 2013 with Laura Poitras and Jeremy Scahill.Joan Walsh
Joan Maureen Walsh (born 1958) is an American journalist who is the national affairs correspondent for The Nation and a political analyst at CNN. She is also the former editor-in-chief of Salon and author of the book What's the Matter with White People?King Kaufman
King Kaufman is the current writing program manager at Bleacher Report and former daily sports columnist for Salon.com. Kaufman grew up in Los Angeles, lived for six years in St. Louis, and moved back to San Francisco in the summer of 2007. In January 2011, King left Salon.In addition to covering the major American sports leagues and international events such as the Olympics and the World Cup, Kaufman's columns often deal with issues related to the state of American sports. Some specific concerns of Kaufman include the role of race in sports and American culture, publicly financed stadiums, performance-enhancing substances, the inequalities and hypocrisy in the NCAA, and the poor quality of television sports announcing.His articles feature light-hearted humor, typically with a degree of self-deprecation. A former Angeleno, he enjoys relating stories of his fond memories of the Dodger games he listened to as a child.Annually, he tracks the performance of NFL prognosticators, himself included, along with his son Buster, the "coin-flippinest 4-year-old in North America", who flips coins to randomly predict the outcome of (presumably) closely contested games.Kaufman has proposed changing the rules of nearly every organized sport, including removal of field goals from American football, the elimination of free throws from basketball, and the abolishment of offsides from soccer.Kaufman is a frequent critic of sports announcers who use shoddy statistics or generally do not care about the sport which they are announcing. He has particular distaste for coverage of Major League Baseball on the Fox Network, including the playoffs, World Series and All-Star Game.Kaufman, an admirer of sabermetrician Bill James, made his own contribution to baseball statistics by creating the Neifi Index . Named for infielder Neifi Pérez, this statistic measures a player's ability to contribute to his team's success by not playing. Introduced as an award that "we, the great whiffing, grounder-booting, sedentary lifestyle-leading masses, wouldn't just have a chance of winning if we were allowed to play. We'd be a lock", the Neifi Index is the difference between a player's team's winning percentage when he does not play and when he does play. It is called the Neifi Index because when Kaufman first computed it, the San Francisco Giants winning percentage when Pérez did not play was .929, but was only .542 when he did play, thus giving Neifi an index of .387.Under the stage name the King Teen, Kaufman was the singer for the Smokejumpers, "purveyors of hampster-slappin' punk rockabilly in San Francisco from 1996-2000."Kirsten Powers
Kirsten Powers (born December 14, 1967) is an American author, columnist, and political analyst. She currently writes for USA Today, and is an on-air political analyst at CNN, where she appears regularly on Anderson Cooper 360°, CNN Tonight with Don Lemon, and The Lead with Jake Tapper.
Prior to CNN, Powers worked at Fox News as a political analyst and contributor, where she appeared regularly across the channel including Special Report with Bret Baier, Fox News Sunday, The Kelly File and The O'Reilly Factor.
Powers previously was a columnist for the New York Post, and later The Daily Beast, which she left to join USA Today. Powers' first column appeared at The American Prospect, and her numerous articles have appeared in USA Today, Elle, the New York Observer, Salon, and the Wall Street Journal.
Powers began her career as a staff assistant with the Clinton-Gore presidential transition team in 1992, followed by an appointment as Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Public Affairs in the Clinton administration from 1993 to 1998. She subsequently worked in various roles, including press secretary, communications consultant and party consultant.Laura Miller (writer)
Laura Miller is an American journalist and critic based in New York City. She is a co-founder of Salon.com, where she is currently a staff writer, and a contributor to the New York Times Book Review, where she wrote the "Last Word" column for two years. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, the Los Angeles Times, Time, the Wall Street Journal, The Guardian and other publications. She is the author of The Magician's Book: A Skeptic's Adventures in Narnia, a book about C.S. Lewis's The Chronicles of Narnia fantasy series, her enchantment with it as a child, and her disenchantment with it when she realized its heavy-handed Christian parallels as an adult.Mary Elizabeth Williams
Mary Elizabeth Williams is an American writer and commentator. She is a staff writer for the online magazine Salon. She has also written for The New York Times, The Nation, and other publications. As a commentator, she has made appearances on MSNBC, Today, and NBC Nightly News.In 2009, Williams released a memoir titled Gimme Shelter.Matthew Sheffield
Matthew Sheffield is an American journalist. He is a reporter for The Hill. Prior to his current role, he was a columnist for Salon.
His articles have appeared in several ideologically diverse publications including the Washington Post, AlterNet, The American Conservative, and National Review. Sheffield is also a former columnist for The Washington Times.
He has written extensively about the alt-right, a political movement which grew out of American conservatism and which he sees as supplanting many aspects of conventional conservatism. His articles on the alt-right have been frequently cited, including his research on its origins and relationship to paleo-libertarianism and the religious right.Sheffield was formerly affiliated with several conservative groups including the Washington Examiner where he was the first online editor as well as the Media Research Center. He was one of the earliest bloggers and was credited by the Pew Research Center as being instrumental in the online discussion of the CBS and Dan Rather Killian documents controversy in 2004. He co-created NewsBusters, a media criticism website operated by the Media Research Center, and wrote content for it.Michael Scherer
Michael Scherer is an award-winning American journalist. He is currently a national political reporter for The Washington Post, covering the White House and Congress.Salon
Salon may refer to:
Beauty salon, a venue for cosmetic treatments
Champagne Salon, a producer of sparkling wine
Drawing room, an architectural space in a home
Salon (gathering), a meeting for learning or enjoyment
Salon (Paris), a regular art exhibitionSamantha Gillison
Samantha Gillison is an expatriate Australian writer who frequently contributes to Salon.com and Condé Nast Traveler.
Gillison was born in Australia, of an Australian father and Canadian mother, but has lived overseas since she was two years old, although she retains her Australian citizenship. She lived for some years in Papua New Guinea, where her mother was doing anthropological studies and her father was a photographer. She used the PNG setting for her first novel, The Undiscovered Country (1998).She attended Brown University, where she majored in ancient Greek, and has taught at Columbia University.
Peter Carey, who had never heard of Gillison before being sent a copy of The Undiscovered Country by her publisher, rang her to offer a very positive review for the dust jacket. In 2000, she was a recipient of the Whiting Award for her work in The Undiscovered Country.Steve Kornacki
Stephan Joseph Kornacki Jr. (born August 22, 1979) is an American political journalist, writer, and television host. Kornacki is a national political correspondent for NBC News. He has written articles for Salon, The New York Observer, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, the New York Daily News, the New York Post, The Boston Globe, and The Daily Beast. Kornacki was the multimedia anchor and data analyst for much of MSNBC's The Place for Politics campaign coverage, airing throughout 2016.
winner, 1997 award in the category Books and Magazines
Nominee, 1998 award in the category Travel
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