Profile of Alan Rusbridger, Guardian editor thrust into global spotlight as publisher of Edward Snowden’s NSA leaks, and, before that, the Wikileaks Cablegate dump. His internet-first editorial model to maximise readership has triumphed: online traffic has tripled since 2009. The business model is more problematic. The paper loses money, relies on a trust fund to keep going. “The aim is to have sustainable losses.” (8,500 words)
Profile of the New York mayor in his final days. “At dinner parties, while drinking copious amounts of wine, he makes plain his contempt for the New York Times, and for President Obama, who occupies the office he craves but will never achieve”. “Bloomberg is having a hard time reconciling himself to the inevitability of a successor — he believes that the current candidates lack stature, gravitas, and independence” (8,600 words)
“She combines the best of her brothers in one package. The brains of James and the heart of Lachlan.” Successful TV producer. Built her own company. Rich. Glamorous husband. But the wrong sex to run News Corp, apparently
If the Ivy League was the breeding ground for old elites, Stanford is the farm system for Silicon Valley. But with many students there developing a gold-rush mentality, is it striking the right balance between commerce and learning?
Sympathetic profile of Jill Abramson, first female executive editor of the New York Times. Not too long ago her appointment would have been unthinkable. Now has to smooth off her rough edges, grapple with paper’s finances
Profile of Facebook chief operating officer, Sheryl Sandberg, cum analysis of women in the Silicon Valley workplace, assessment of Google vs Facebook battle. Informative, good read if a little long, unfocused
Apple wrestles with Amazon for dominance of electronic book market. Publishers wrestle with both for control of pricing. But future market structure may not need traditional publishers at all