Media Navel Gaze: September 8, 2014
The Week Unpeeled
Geopolitics dominated headlines in a news-filled week as tensions escalated overseas with ISIS beheading a second US journalist and President Obama promising a long-term fight against the extremist group, while NATO leaders met in Wales to discuss sanctions on Moscow amid a supposed truce between Russia and the Ukraine.
- Alibaba continued to prepare for its IPO, with recent filings valuing the company at $155 billion, one of the largest in the US;
- The US jobs report showed employers added about 142,000 to their payroll in August, making it one of the slowest months of the year;
- Hackers continued to make news, breaking into Web sites and stealing data, with one of the latest breaches at the federal health site HealthCare.gov;
- Michael Bloomberg will retake control Bloomberg;
- Speculation increased that Jill Abramson, the former New York Times executive editor, may work at Vanity Fair;
- Katharine Weymouth, the publisher and last of the ruling Graham family, is stepping down from The Washington Post post acquisition of the newspaper by Jeff Bezos of Amazon;
- Brooklyn-based Vice Media is getting bigger with a VC investment, its second cash infusion in recent weeks;
- The NFL will begin Thursday night football weekly this week;
- A 65-ton dinosaur was discovered in Argentina;
- Brangelina happened; and
- Sadly, the red carpet got a bit safer and certainly a lot duller.