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FiveThirtyEight Relaunch

By Tom Ran

Published: March 17, 2014 under Media

FiveThirtyEight's new fox logo

Photo: FiveThirtyEight

When it was announced last July that Nate Silver would leave The New York Times to relaunch FiveThirtyEight, we were quite excited about it. ESPN acquired the brand and has given Silver a platform similar to Bill Simmons’s Grantland. Though a lot of the content will be politics and sports the site is also devoted to reporting on economics, education, food, science, technology, and culture all in the similar style that Silver is known for. Since last year he’s been making appearances to discuss everything from the Oscars to the Superbowl but his primary focus was on building a team of journalists, designers, and data specialists. After eight months, FiveThirtyEight is ready to launch today just in time for NCAA’s tournament. In an interview with New York Magazine last week he discussed the issue he takes with op-ed columnists, the thought behind the fox logo, and what it’s like to be a writer versus a manager.

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The California Sunday Magazine

By Tom Ran

Published: January 30, 2014 under Media

Into the west, The California Sunday Magazine

Photo: The California Sunday Magazine

The tone is set. A dramatic photo from a vantage point overlooking the Pacific Ocean into vastness. It’s a striking image that captures a sense of adventure. As impressive as the photo is, it feels familiar. Yet another magazine aimed to stir our desires to go forth? Upon scrolling further you get more of a sense of what they’re about. Positioned as a media company, The California Sunday Magazine feels like a start up rather than your typical independent publication. It will use traditional and digital means to deliver its stories; slipped into the Sunday editions of the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the Sacramento Bee as well as being dispatched to your desktop, iOS, Android, and Kindle. Though the name suggests that editorial is exclusive to the Golden State, it will cover stories from the West, Asia, and Latin American.

The magazine is founded by a couple of guys who are more than familiar with the digital landscape and publishing industry. Douglas McGray is the founder of Pop-Up Magazine, a popular live performance that is formated similar to a magazine. He’s contributed to This American Life and written features for The New Yorker, The NY Times Magazine, and Wired. Chas Edwards was the co-founder at Federated Media where he was the publisher and Chief Revenue Officer.

The California Sunday Magazine is currently looking for contributors, writers and editors and is set to launch later this year. We’ll be keeping an eye out for it.

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Charlie Rose

By Tom Ran

Published: January 7, 2014 under Media

No other program on television captures the current pulse in culture as well as Charlie Rose. Where else can you find an hours worth of meaningful conversation with artists, writers, entertainers, politicians, and creatives that is of the moment? Rose, when he’s not answering the questions for his guests, is the best interviewer on television today. His ability to speak on topics ranging from Iran’s Nuclear Program to a discussion on design with Jonathan Ive and Marc Newson is not only impressive but insightful and entertaining. Visit his site to catch up on the latest interviews with Tom Friedman, Malcolm Gladwell, Richard Serra, former police commissioner Ray Kelly, and Martin Scorsese and the Wolf of Wall Street crew to name a few.

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FiveThirtyEight

By Tom Ran

Published: August 12, 2013 under Media

FiveThirtyEight and Nate Silver

Photo: ESPN / NY Times

Nate Silver came into prominence during the 2012 election with his NY Times column, FiveThirtyEight by correctly predicting the results for all 50 states through data analyzation. He’s now about to apply this type of journalism onto other topics. Late last month it was announced that Silver was moving over to ESPN to create a new property of the same name, FiveThirtyEight. It follows the success of Grantland and will feature topics other than politics including sports, economics, education, food, technology, and culture. More details emerged last week when he visited Bill Simons’s show on Grantland. According to Silver it will be backed by beautiful design to visually capture the stories and will publish “four to five compelling thesis a day.”

FiveThirtyEight.com still directs you NY Times’s site but will eventually stand on its own when it plans to launch in January. Silver is currently building a team of journalists, editors, analysts, and contributors. This is nothing short of exciting news for us as we’re big fans of Grantland so we’re eager to see what Silver is about to create.

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Grantland

By Tom Ran

Published: June 1, 2011 under Media

Grantland

Photo: Grantland

A couple of months ago ESPN announced that it would launch a new digital publication with Bill Simmons as the editor-in-chief, the famed sports columnist for the network’s site. Grantland, named after Grantland Rice, who’s been credited for being the first celebrity sportswriter, will cover more than sports, it will also feature pop culture related articles. To help the publication with writing duties, they’ve brought in an incredible roster of editors from GQ and Vulture.com and consulting editors that will include Chuck Klosterman, Malcolm Gladwell, and Dave Eggers. The site will consist of original columns, long-form features, blog posts, and podcasts. Grantland is expected to launch this month.

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The Daily

By Tom Ran

Published: January 11, 2011 under Media

The Daily

Photo: The Daily

Word leaked yesterday about the release date of Rupert Murdoch’s iPad only magazine called The Daily. The anticipation has been building since its announcement last year due to a number of key factors. The players, the investment, and the device, collectively made The Daily a highly discussed topic in the publishing world. With 100 writers already on staff the team has been publishing dummy issues sent out to about 1000 readers for testing. Yahoo News reports that Murdoch and Steve Jobs will jointly announce the release next Wednesday at SF MoMA during a press conference. Whether the magazine succeeds or fails will be thoroughly analyzed by the publishing and technology world.

Update: The Daily’s been delayed by several weeks as Apple reconfigures its new payment system on iTunes, according to Wall Street Journal. I guess they have the inside scoop.

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FEATURES

Workstead

By Tom Ran
Partners Robert Highsmith and Stefanie Brechbuehler

Photo: Samuel Bristow

Stefanie Brechbuehler and Robert Highsmith, are the partners behind Workstead. The two met at Rhode Island School of Design while studying architecture and opened their studio in 2009,…

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M.Nii John Moore

By Tom Ran
M.Nii Tailor, Waianae, Hawaii 1959

Photo: Tom McBride

The photo is one of the few relics that remain of M.Nii’s history. An image that recalls the golden age of American surf culture. Three friends in front…

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Classic Car Club

By Tom Ran
Owners Michael Prichinello and Zac Moseley in front of a 1965 Shelby Cobra

Photo: Tuukka Koski

Michael Prichinello has a passion for life and speed. His eyes light up whenever he talks about one of his cars or a motorcycle project he’s working on with a…

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