Atlantic Media’s business news site is now two years old

Quartz logoThey said it wouldn’t work – the digital-only business news publication of the Atlantic Media Company, called Quartz. But it’s now two years old and boasted 2 million monthly visitors in April 2013 and is now averaging close to 5 million a month; 42% of which come from outside the US.
It targets an audience of “global business leaders – digitally savvy, post-national executives, who seek information that will help them better navigate the new global economy.”

But what bothered the pundits from the start were new ideas, such as the absence of the traditional beats. Instead, Quartz features “obsessions,” i.e. “the patterns, trends and seismic shifts that are shaping the world our readers live in. ‘Financial markets’ is a beat, but ‘the financial crisis’ is a phenomenon. ‘The environment’ is a beat, but ‘climate change, is a phenomenon.” These phenomena are called “obsessions.

The editorial offices are located in New York City’s SoHo neighborhood and Kevin Delaney, kdelaney@qz.com, @kevinjdelaney, is the Editor-in-Chief.

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Nikki Finke is back on the Hollywood beat

Nikki Finke logoCelebrity journalist and blogger Nikki Finke left Deadline Hollywood, the gossip blog she founded and built into a powerhouse, after a blow-up with the financial backer.

After being silenced for seven months due to a non-compete clause in her contract, she has launched a new blog under her own name, www.NikkiFinke.com. But if you want to check it out, be aware that her first post includes “…my new website is not for the easily offended or ridiculously naïve…” and “…I don’t give a s–t who comes here or if the site gets traffic or if TPTB ever advertise…”

Since Nikki doesn’t detail her plans it isn’t possible to forecast any opportunities for writers, but her tipline is operating for intrepid PR practitioners.

A new food blog joins celebrity, fashion, music and sports stable of blogs

The Savory blog logoThe Savory is a new food and beverage blog from LA-based Rev New Media, which also publishes such blogs as Hollyscoop and ModaMob.

This new blog features home cooking and preparing, recipes, seasonal trends, and instructional videos as well as other cooking and dining related content.

Rev New Media in Los Angeles is the publisher; their phone number is (323) 785-8200. T

Crafters now have a new website to visit

eHow logoeHow Crafts is a new “vertical” on the eHow website.

“It will include everything, from tips on making felt flowers to learning how to make a yarn painting. The new channel will offer step-by-step text articles, video demonstrations, original photography, and even templates for printable coloring books,” a spokesperson said.

Prospective contributors: Be aware that eHow is owned by Demand Media, one of the so called “content farms,” but if you want to contact them for work, you can do so here.

New scientific pregnancy blog has debuted

Expecting Better logoExpecting Better is a new pregnancy blog from Slate.

Features include scientific studies, medical literature and statistics that offer informed advice for expecting mothers.

Emily Oster, expectingbetter@gmail.com, @ProfEmilyOster, runs the blog.