The Daily Beast is an American news and opinion website focused on politics and pop culture. In a 2015 interview, former editor-in-chief John Avlon described The Beast's editorial approach: "We seek out scoops, scandals, and stories about secret worlds; we love confronting bullies, bigots, and hypocrites".  In 2018 Avlon described the Beast's "Strike Zone" as “politics, pop culture and power.”
|The Daily Beast|
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|Created by||Tina Brown|
|Alexa rank||1,441 (Global March 2017)|
|Launched||October 6, 2008|
The Daily Beast began publishing on October 6, 2008. The Beast's founding editor was Tina Brown, a former editor of Vanity Fair and The New Yorker as well as the short-lived Talk magazine. Brown stepped down as editor in September 2013. John Avlon, an American journalist and political commentator as well as a CNN contributor, was the site's editor-in-chief and managing director from 2013 to 2018. In May 2018 Avlon departed from the Beast to become full time Senior Political Analyst and anchor at CNN. Avlon was succeed by Executive Editor Noah Schachtman.
In an April 2018 interview, Avlon described the Beast's political stance as "nonpartisan but not neutral". Following up that by saying, "what that means is we’re going to hit both sides where appropriate, but we're not going for mythic moral equivalence on every issue." In April 2017 Avlon discussed the organization's approach on the Poynter Institute's podcast saying, "We're not going to toe any partisan line." In December 2017 NPR reported about The Daily Beast's bipartisan approach to its political reporting. Editor-in-Chief John Avlon began pairing reporters from both the right and left sides to cover stories on the White House. In particular, they are using both Asawin Suebsaeng (formerly of Mother Jones) and Lachlan Markay (formerly of the Heritage Foundation) to file stories on the Trump Administration. Avlon commented about the approach saying, "We're nonpartisan, but not neutral. And so bringing these two perspectives together, I think, helps us stand out from the pack."
Executive Editor Noah Shachtman describes the editorial style as “some of the spirit of the old school New York tabloid and match it with the pace of digital journalism,” Shachtman continues, “What we did is really put an emphasis on scoop, scoop, scoop...That has really combined for what I think is the best read on the net.”
The Washington Post Media Critic Erik Wemple described the Beast's direction, “Pound for pound, it is an impressive operation. As I see it, they do a few things well: they bang the phones, they don’t always follow the same story everyone else is doing and they are fast.”
The illustrational style created by Director of Photography Sarah Rogers and used at the top of every article has been described as, "jaunty collage and pop-art illustrations".
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.
After the launch, the site introduced additional sections, including a video Cheat Sheet and Book Beast. 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. In 2014, The Daily Beast became majority mobile and released an iOS app, which Nieman Lab described as "the dawn of the quantified news reader".
Contributors to the publication include notable writers and political activists such as Ana Marie Cox, P. J. O'Rourke, Maajid Nawaz, Olivia Nuzzi, Mike Barnicle, Noah Shachtman, Michael Tomasky, David Frum, Stuart Stevens, Meghan McCain, Peter Beinart, Jon Favreau, Kirsten Powers, Erin Gloria Ryan, Daniel Gross, Michael Moynihan, Jamelle Bouie, Lloyd Grove, Daniel Klaidman, Jackie Kucinich, Christopher Dickey, Leslie H. Gelb, Dean Obeidallah, Matt K. Lewis, Ron Christie, Josh Rogin, Eli Lake, Nick Romeo, Christopher Buckley, Bernard Henri Levy, Eleanor Clift, Patricia Murphy, Michelle Goldberg, Martin Amis, John Avlon, Joshua Dubois, Joy-Ann Reid, Goldie Taylor, Michael Weiss, Jimmy Breslin, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Mark McKinnon, Rick Wilson, Touré (journalist), Kim Dozier, Shane Harris, Gordon Chang, Ira Madison III, Harry Siegel, Mark Ebner, and others, including Brown herself. In July 2016 influential food critic Mimi Sheraton was added. In May 2017 Pulitzer Prize-winning national security reporter Spencer Ackerman left the Guardian and joined The Daily Beast. When asked about the move Ackerman said, "The Daily Beast is the place to do the kind of journalism that matters most right now..." In June 2017 Huffington Post Senior Political Editor Sam Stein announced he is joining The Daily Beast in the same capacity.
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 13.5 million in 2013 to more than 17 million in 2014. By September 2014 the website reached a new record of 21 million unique visitors; it was a 60% year-over-year increase in readers, accompanied by a 300% increase in the overall size of its social media community.
In 2015, Ken Doctor, a news analyst for Nieman Lab, reported that The Daily Beast is "one of the fastest-growing news and information sites year-over-year in the 'General News' category".
In a 2017 interview George Clooney complimented the organization’s development stating, “I really do love what you guys are doing over there, you’ve stepped up the game considerably from when it started, and it’s fun to watch.”
The Daily Beast won a Webby Award for "Best News Site" in 2012 and 2013. Also in 2012 John Avlon won National Society of Newspaper Columnists’ award for best online column in 2012 for The Daily Beast.
In March 2012 "Book Beast," won a National Magazine Award for Website Department, which "Honors a department, channel or microsite."
Anna Nemstova received the Courage in Journalism Award in 2015 from the International Women's Media Foundation. Also that year, Michael Daly won with the National Society of Newspaper Columnists award in the category of Online, Blog, Multimedia – Over 100,000 Unique Visitors.
In 2016 The Los Angeles Press Club nominated several of The Beast’s writers including M.L. Nestel for Arts/Entertainment Investigative, Brandy Zadrozny and Ben Collins for best Celebrity Investigative, Malcolm Jones for best Obituary, Lizzie Crocker for Humor and Tim Teeman for Industry/ArtsHard News. Also nominated for best in field were Kevin Fallon for Industry/Arts Soft News and Melissa Leon for Industry/Arts Soft News.
The Association of LGBTQ Journalists or NLGJA nominated both Tim Teeman 2016 Journalist of the Year and Heather Boerner Excellence in HIV/AIDS Coverage. In 2017 NLGJA awarded Jay Michaelson for his coverage of GOP Anti-LGBT legislation and Tim Teeman for reporting on ALS.
In 2017 the website won three New York Press Club Journalism Awards in the internet publishing categories of Entertainment News, Crime Reporting and Travel Reporting. In December the Los Angeles Press Club’s National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards announced the platform had won 4 awards for 2017 reporting including investigative articles about the Nate Parker rape case, Comic Bob Smith's struggle with ALS and remembering Bill Paxton.
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. The first book published by Beast Books was John Avlon’s Wingnuts: How the Lunatic Fringe is Hijacking America.
In January 2011 they published Stephen L. Carter’s The Violence of Peace: America’s Wars in the Age of Obama. Also in 2011 Beast Books published Nobel Peace Prize winner Leymah Gbowee’s memoir, Mighty Be Our Powers.
In February 2010, Jack Shafer of Slate.com claimed that the chief investigative reporter for The Daily Beast, Gerald Posner, had plagiarised five sentences from an article published on the Miami Herald. Shafer also discovered that Posner had plagiarized content from a Miami Herald blog, a Miami Herald editorial, Texas Lawyer magazine and a health care journalism blog. Posner was subsequently fired from The Daily Beast following an internal review.
On November 12, 2010, The Daily Beast and Newsweek announced a merger deal, creating a combined company, The Newsweek Daily Beast Company. On August 3, 2013, IAC, owner of The Daily Beast, sold Newsweek (without "The Daily Beast") to IBT Media, owner of the International Business Times.
In September 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 2013 article about the Taliban seeking peaceful negotiations in Afghanistan promoted a direct response from the organization. The Taliban denounced the article as false and claimed The Daily Beast violated the basic principles of journalism.
On August 11, 2016, The Daily Beast published an article titled "I Got Three Grindr Dates in an Hour in the Olympic Village", written by Nico Hines, the site's London editor, who was assigned to cover the Olympic Games. Hines, a heterosexual married man, signed up for several gay and straight dating apps, including Tinder, Bumble and Grindr, and documented his experiences in the Olympic Village. While not specifically naming names, Hines provided enough detail in the article to identify individual athletes, leading to widespread criticism that this information could be used against closeted gay athletes, especially those living in repressive countries. Facing intense backlash online, The Daily Beast edited the piece to remove details that could allow athletes to be identified, and editor in chief John Avlon added a lengthy editor's note. Criticism challenging the value of the piece continued, and The Daily Beast eventually removed the article altogether and issued an apology. In March 2017, Hines issued a formal apology for his actions, and it was announced by the website's editor Hines would be returning to The Daily Beast "following a lengthy period of intense reflection".
Andrew M. Seaman, ethics committee chair for the Society of Professional Journalists, called the article "journalistic trash, unethical and dangerous". The National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association stated "The reporting was unethical, extremely careless of individual privacy and potentially dangerous to the athletes". Vince Gonzales, professor of professional practice at USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism wrote "I think this borders on journalistic malpractice". The president of GLAAD, Sarah Kate Ellis, wrote "How this reporter thought it was OK—or that somehow it was in the public's interest—to write about his deceitful encounters with these men reflects a complete lack of judgment and disregard for basic decency, not to mention the ethics of journalism".
On August 15, 2016, The Daily Beast published an article by James Kirchick which listed Corey Robin, Glenn Greenwald, Ishaan Tharoor, Katrina vanden Heuvel, and others as "Hillary Clinton-Loathing, Donald Trump-Loving Useful Idiots of the Left". Salon's Ben Norton contacted the people mentioned in the article, all of whom except for one stated they did not support Trump. Jeet Heer, a senior editor at The New Republic, tweeted "Um, none of the people are Trump admirers." Scholar of Russian studies Stephen Cohen accused Kirchick of using "McCarthy-like slurs" in order "to shut off any substantial debate about foreign policy". Journalist Rania Khalek added: "The suggestion that I harbor admiration for Trump is an incredible smear ... Trump is an unhinged and dangerous demagogue who is whipping up fascist sentiments that should concern us all." Christopher Ketcham, who was the exception, stated he supported Trump because he felt his ethics and behavior most closely represented the United States' true values. Kirchick, who has been referred to as a "Clinton-supporting neoconservative", spoke of her as "the candidate of the status quo" and "2016's real conservative".
Shachtman’s imperative comes from new heights, too. He is progressing from executive editor of the Daily Beast to editor in chief, a position vacated by John Avlon, the smooth-talking journo who splits his time between the Daily Beast and steady appearances on CNN — where Avlon will be moving full-time as a senior political analyst and anchor.
It doesn’t hurt that the Trump presidency manages to sit squarely within what Avlon calls the Daily Beast’s “strike zone” of “politics, pop culture and power.”
Most recently, Avlon was Editor-in-Chief of The Daily Beast since 2013, succeeding the site's founder Tina Brown. Under his leadership, The Daily Beast more than doubled its traffic to 1.1 million readers a day, with the highest engagement of any digital first news site while winning 17 awards for journalistic excellence. He first joined The Daily Beast as a columnist one month after its launch, in November of 2008, and rose through the ranks as political editor, executive editor and managing director.
John Avlon is Managing Director and Editor-in-Chief of The Daily Beast.
Shachtman's imperative comes from new heights, too. He is progressing from executive editor of the Daily Beast to editor in chief, a position vacated by John Avlon, the smooth-talking journo who splits his time between the Daily Beast and steady appearances on CNN—where Avlon will be moving full-time as a senior political analyst and anchor.
Daily Beast President and Publisher Mike Dyer is leaving the company for a new position at technology firm Intel, he announced to staff on Friday.
Today, The Daily Beast announced the appointment of Heather Dietrick as President and Publisher, where she will oversee all company operations with an emphasis on growing The Daily Beast's journalistic influence and building out new revenue streams.
'I describe our political perspective as nonpartisan but not neutral,' he said. 'And what that means is we're going to hit both sides where appropriate, but we're not going for mythic moral equivalence on every issue.'
Our commitment is to be nonpartisan but not neutral...We're going to hit both sides where appropriate. We're not going to toe any partisan line. We're going to have a range of columnists, from liberal to libertarian. But we're also not going to pretend there's a mythic moral equivalence between candidates or on any given issue. For me, the key quote for our times is actually an older quote from Daniel Patrick Moynihan who said that everyone's entitled to their own opinion, but not their own facts.
Noah Shachtman, the Daily Beast’s executive editor, agrees. “Reading that indictment was one of the most remarkable moments in my career,” Shachtman, formerly the executive editor for Foreign Policy, says.“We wanted to take some of the spirit of the old school New York tabloid and match it with the pace of digital journalism,” Shachtman explained, noting that the website has avoided hopping on trends like the ‘pivot to video,’ a move now seen as a death knell for digital outlets. “What we did is really put an emphasis on scoop, scoop, scoop…That has really combined for what I think is the best read on the net.”
Pound for pound, it is an impressive operation, Washington Post media critic Erik Wemple told me. As I see it, they do a few things well: they bang the phones, they don't always follow the same story everyone else is doing and they are fast.
Those sensibilities are carried over to the Beast's signature illustration style, the work of director of photography Sarah Rogers, with its jaunty collage and pop-art illustrations—often animated—topping every article.
Rounding out the staff is Mimi Sheraton, another columnist covering food, travel and restaurants.
Spencer Ackerman was the national security editor for Guardian US. Ackerman was part of the Guardian team that won the 2014 Pulitzer prize for public service journalism. A former senior writer for Wired, he won the 2012 National Magazine Award for digital reporting.
Others on the team of journalists included Spencer Ackerman, James Ball, David Blishen, Gabriel Dance, Julian Borger, Nick Davies, David Leigh and Dominic Rushe. In Australia the editor was Katharine Viner and the reporter Lenore Taylor.
After several years as U.S. national security editor at The Guardian, Spencer Ackerman will join The Daily Beast as senior national security correspondent.
The Daily Beast as a senior national security correspondent, 'covering homeland security, counterterrorism, intel and more... and reuniting with his former colleague Noah Schachtman, who's now the Beast's exec editor,' CNN's Brian Stelter reported last night
Spencer Ackerman, who turned heads when he left Guardian US last week, is moving over to The Daily Beast. He'll be senior national security correspondent for the news organization... covering homeland security, counterterrorism, intel and more... and reuniting with his former colleague Noah Schachtman, who's now the Beast's exec editor. Ackerman says via email: "The Daily Beast is the place to do the kind of journalism that matters most right now..."
Days after HuffPost announced a round of layoffs, one of its longtime voices is making a leap of his own accord: Sam Stein, the site’s senior politics editor, is joining the Daily Beast in a similar capacity. He joins a 10-strong D.C. bureau at the Daily Beast, a site that has made a series of big-name hires in recent weeks, including luring former Guardian reporter Spencer Ackerman and former Gawker Media president Heather Dietrick.
In a memo to staff on Wednesday, Editor-in-Chief John Avlon said internal numbers on all platforms showed 21.3 million unique visitors in September, a 60 percent increase in traffic compared to the same month last year. ComScore data for September, which is often lower than internal numbers, is not yet available. "This year alone, we've grown our audience more than 30%, our social media community is up 300%, and our Facebook audience has grown from 320,000 to 1.7 million since last summer. Over the course of 2014, our advertising deal size has increased 30%, with our largest campaigns ever secured in the past quarter.
This is what we know from data: It’s one of the fastest-growing news and information sites year-over-year in the “General News” category. With a Comscore growth rate of 52 percent year-over-year, as compared to 31 percent for the top 25 news sites overall, The Daily Beast drives more than 12 million unique visitors a month, surpassing some notable legacy magazines. Its story, though, is more intriguing as we look at three factors underpinning its growth: mobile, millennials and content marketing. Those words now seem commonplace; it’s the particular way The Daily Beast arranges the Legos that distinguishes it.
Most recently, Avlon was Editor-in-Chief of The Daily Beast since 2013, succeeding the site’s founder Tina Brown. Under his leadership, The Daily Beast more than doubled its traffic to 1.1 million readers a day, with the highest engagement of any digital first news site while winning 17 awards for journalistic excellence. He first joined The Daily Beast as a columnist one month after its launch, in November of 2008, and rose through the ranks as political editor, executive editor and managing director.
“I really do love what you guys are doing over there,” says Clooney. “You’ve stepped up the game considerably from when it started, and it’s fun to watch.”
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Wingnuts is the first book bearing the imprint of Beast Books.
Liberian peace activist and Daily Beast contributor Leymah Gbowee was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for her “non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women's rights to full participation in peace-building work.”
First up is Liberian activist and Daily Beast columnist Leymah Gbowee's new memoir, Mighty Be Our Powers (published by the Daily Beast's Beast Books imprint), in which the author tells the story of how her small-neighborhood upbringing in Monrovia was torn apart by civil war in 1989.
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The Taliban denounced The Daily Beast for violating “the basic principles of journalism” for our November 1 article detailing top-secret meeting the terrorist group held near Islamabad.