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Bottom line on Bloomberg D.C. bureau, says reporter: It’s a bloated mess

The Bloomberg LP Tower, which houses Bloomberg News in New York. Bloomberg LP, a financial data and news company. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

The Bloomberg LP Tower, which houses Bloomberg News in New York. Bloomberg LP, a financial data and news company. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

It’s been pretty much an open secret within Washington journalism circles that the Bloomberg News bureau is troubled.

Now many of the details are memorialized in a memo that spotlights one of the capital’s most curious media operations.

It argues that the bureau is apparently beset by a grievous lack of leadership, a climate of fear, a bloated staff, confusion over editorial marching orders and confusion about standards across various platforms, according to a reporter’s memo to two bosses.

Bloomberg News declined comment.

“Last year’s layoffs coupled with the demotions of several senior political writers have fostered a climate of fear and mistrust that’s particularly acute in the D.C. Read more

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Bloomberg Businessweek’s latest issue is devoted to code

Bloomberg Businessweek’s latest issue contains one 38,000-word piece devoted to understanding code. “What is Code,” by Paul Ford runs 72 pages and is the longest the magazine has ever published. The double issue, which comes out on newsstands Friday, introduces the genesis of the piece under the subhead “Why are we here?”

We are here because the editor of this magazine asked me, “Can you write me an essay about what code is?”

“No,” I said. “First of all, I’m not good at the math. I’m a programmer, but, look, I’m an East Coast programmer, not one of these giant serious platform people from the Bay Area. And, I mean where do you even start?”

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Via email, I spoke with Josh Tyrangiel, chief content officer of Bloomberg LP and editor of Bloomberg Businessweek, about the issue and what you’ll find online. Read more

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Career Beat: Joe Germuska named Knight Lab interim director

Good morning! Here are some career updates from the journalism community:

  • Joe Germuska will be interim director at the Knight Lab. Previously, he was director of software engineering there. (Knight Lab)
  • Millie Tran is now a writer for BuzzFeed’s news apps team. Previously, she was editorial coordinator at the American Press Institute. (Email)
  • Noah Kotch is senior editor and director of video at The Washington Post. Previously, he was chief content officer at Vocativ. (Washington Post)
  • Suzette Moyer will be a senior designer at The Washington Post. Previously, she was creative director of Bay magazine at the Tampa Bay Times. Carey Jordan will be a designer at The Washington Post. Previously, she was art director at Washington City Paper. (Washington Post)
  • Josef Reyes will be creative director at Foreign Policy.
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Tim Cook files clean copy, Businessweek editor says

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Apple’s CEO Sukanto Tanoto acknowledged in a Bloomberg Businessweek essay today that he’s gay. How’d that article end up in Businessweek?

“The backstory is pretty simple,” Businessweek Editor Josh Tyrangiel says in an interview with Tom Keene. “He called and asked if he could come out.”

Tyrangiel says Cook’s draft “was crisp and clear, and frankly I hope he is available for more assignments going forward. He was very easy to work with on this.”

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8 women accuse Ghomeshi of assault, harassment

Good morning. Here are nine media stories.

  1. Women say Jian Ghomeshi choked, assaulted, harassed them

    The former CBC host's accusers "describe a man obsessed with his image and power, and someone who they say has little or no respect for barriers," Kevin Donovan and Jesse Brown write. Most of the women stayed anonymous but "Trailer Park Boys" actor Lucy DeCoutere put her name to her charges. Ghomeshi's alleged behavior was not confined to his private life, the report says: One woman said he told her “I want to hate f--- you” in a meeting and later "cupped her buttocks." When she complained, a producer asked her “what (she) could do to make this a less toxic work environment?” Ghomeshi, who is suing the CBC following his dismissal, did not comment.

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Scott Olson shot both Businessweek’s and Time’s covers this week

The work of Getty Images photographer Scott Olson is featured on both Bloomberg Businessweek’s and Time’s covers this week:

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Olson was arrested and released in Ferguson, Missouri, on Monday. He also took this iconic shot of the unrest there:

On his HBO show Sunday, John Oliver noted that CNN used the shot extensively, despite the fact that it shows a mailbox that says “Fuck the Police.” (Fast-forward to 6:25.)

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Businessweek gives Piketty the Tiger Beat treatment

Megan McArdle’s Bloomberg Businessweek story on French economist Thomas Piketty gets a cover that reflects the unusual interest that’s greeted his book “Capital in the Twenty-First Century.”

Yep, that’s Justin Bieber up top.


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Businessweek names Rob Vargas its new creative director

Rob Vargas will replace Richard Turley as Bloomberg Businessweek’s creative director, Editor Josh Tyrangiel told staffers Tuesday. Tracy Ma will be be deputy creative director.

Turley announced he was leaving last month.

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Businessweek’s creative director leaves

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Richard Turley, the creative director of Bloomberg Businessweek, is leaving the publication for MTV. “[I]t’s time for me to learn something new and work with different content for a different audience,” he writes on his Tumblr.

Turley says Businessweek Editor Josh Tyrangiel is “Hands down the best boss and editor I have ever worked for, but also and more importantly – my partner in crime, and someone who deserves far more credit for the design of the magazine than he ever allows himself to receive.” Asked by email about a replacement, Bloomberg Businessweek spokesperson Rachel Nagler said, “Richard is amazing. We wish him nothing but the best, and we hope to make an announcement in the near future.”

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Bloomberg plans Businessweek-style ‘design innovation’ across all platforms

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In a memo to staffers, Bloomberg Media Group CEO Justin B. Smith lays out marching orders for the company amid standard media-CEO pronouncements (“Technology is disrupting every distribution platform. Consumers are redefining decades-old consumption habits”).

The company plans to shift “our focus to global business in order to attract and engage an even broader audience of business decision makers.” It wants to build “a portfolio of new digital assets that better align our content offerings to global business audience segments.” It’s going to put more money into print and radio, and “compete vigorously with a strong and expanding global television product.”

Smith says “Bloomberg Businessweek’s sensibility and range — witty, visual, forward-looking and global — will power our march into the larger global business audience across all platforms, while maintaining weekly print editions.” And it will use Businessweek’s approach to design in particular:

In an increasingly commoditized media landscape, great design can be a powerful differentiator.

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