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The Athletic keeps growing .......

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Fran Curci, Feb 3, 2018.

  1. playthrough

    playthrough Moderator Staff Member

    I read this and have "Shark Tank" in my head.

    Mr. Wonderful: "You're asking for $20 million, how do I get that back? I'll make you an offer but it's a royalty deal ..."
     
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  2. sgreenwell

    sgreenwell Well-Known Member

    All of this gives me bad flashbacks to my time at Patch, although admittedly, that organization had a lot of issues when it came to infrastructure and hiring the right people for the right roles. The Athletic has much better quality control, from what I've seen and read. But it still makes me nervous when the plan essentially seems to be, "We need to spend a lot of money now to scale up quickly, so that we can make a lot of money later," especially when that supply of burn-through cash can be yanked at some point.
     
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  3. wicked

    wicked Well-Known Member

    I was a stringer for Patch for a few months. I made some easy money, but you could see there was no grand plan. Other than to pump out as much content as possible, and hope someone would find it.
     
  4. 2muchcoffeeman

    2muchcoffeeman Well-Known Member

    Hold on … what emotion were you feeling when you typed this? Were you angry?
     
  5. Sports Barf

    Sports Barf Active Member

    Empty. Weightless. Boundless. Everything changes. Nothing changes at all.

    All the dreams

    All the schemes

    And all the beautiful scenes, that ever were

    First never were

    Then were forever

    Then never, ever were again
     
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  6. BYH 2: Electric Boogaloo

    BYH 2: Electric Boogaloo Well-Known Member

    But Matthew McConaughey.

    Also I'm really glad all their writers are circle jerking on Twitter over how their new boss is McConaughey, that was really cool and endearing like all their inside jokes. (Yes I realize sportswriter Twitter was already one big giant circle jerk of inside jokes)
     
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  7. Marvin

    Marvin Member

    Sad to post this, although don't think they're be free agents for long:

    Awful Announcing has learned of a shakeup at The Athletic that have seen a handful of high-profile individuals leave the company. Central to this shakeup is what is essentially a gutting of the company’s video team, a team that was announced in November 2018 to much fanfare. That announcement saw them bring in Armen Keteyian, Alan Goldberg and Victor Frank; all three are now gone. Also included is The Athletic’s national managing editor, Melissa Geisler.
     
  8. Regan MacNeil

    Regan MacNeil Well-Known Member

    This is only anecdotal, but I honestly never watched a single video from The Athletic. I read tons of articles and listen to a few podcasts. But never video.
     
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  9. FileNotFound

    FileNotFound Well-Known Member

    same. I’m not a big video guy anyway, but I barely knew The Athletic was doing video.
     
  10. Sports Barf

    Sports Barf Active Member

    Classic startup media. No strategy, just hire a couple of big names and see what sticks
     
  11. CD Boogie

    CD Boogie Well-Known Member

    Ya might wanna see a doctor. Your hard-on for The Athletic has lasted an unhealthy amount of time.
     
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  12. Writer

    Writer Member

    The video team did really good work. The stuff I watched was excellent. The Athletic has had a lot of turnover with staff in the last year.
     
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