Vice Media is moving to a 60,000-square-foot former warehouse in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, which will reportedly help it add 525 more employees to its current staff of 400.
The Wall Street Journal has laid off between 20 and 40 employees in recent weeks.
Gawker has launched a new vertical, “Disputations,” which makes public the internal chatter of its employees. At the Nieman Journalism Lab, Caroline O’Donovan discusses Gawker’s desire “to take the private parts” of its writers’ “intelligence and character and turn them into monetizable content.” Will readers bite? On Twitter, NPR’s David Folkenflick complained that Buzzfeed and Gawker have become “fractal-like inside joke machines.” “The feeling of being made privy to what should be a behind-the-scenes conversation is undoubtedly titillating, but inside jokes are not enticing to everyone on the Internet,” O’Donovan points out.
Putnam will publish a memoir by actor Burt Reynolds, titled But Enough About Me, in fall 2015.
Radio Open Source has unearthed and posted a lost radio interview with David Foster Wallace, which was conducted by Chris Lydon in 1996.
This American Life has left Public Radio International, its distributor of seventeen years. As a Times article about the radio program and its host, Ira Glass, explains, This American Life will now be delivered to stations through the online platform PRX, instead of through public radio’s satellite system. Listeners will likely notice little change—the show will broadcast on the same stations at the same time. The biggest difference is financial: “Gone are a distributor’s financial guarantees.”