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Bradley Davis left the New York Post to become director of business news at Insider. There he will oversee reporters who cover breaking news for

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Google this month announced a $1 billion investment in Africa. Quartz Africa is worth the bookmark… Wired merged its US and UK editions and is

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Lift This Writing Tip from Quartz

When you think Axios, you think “smart brevity.” When you picture Business Insider, you see those 30-word headlines and lengthy decks that finish the story before the reader even starts it. Quartz has its own comprehension hack, though only paid QZ subscribers get to see it.

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Analysis: Quartz on the Rocks

Few publications have innovated like Quartz. It launched in 2012 as “mobile-first” and raced to embrace native advertising. Its first news app was a chatbot. It created amazing visuals and posted the code on GitHub. It had obsessions, not beats. So why is Quartz in trouble?

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Gen AI: The Big Fizzle?

Goldman Sachs took 32 pages to say pretty much that. The media business may turn out to be an outlier, an industry perfectly suited to synthetic, multilingual words, sounds and images at scale. As for everyone else, well, the global consultancies will learn the truth first because they have rushed to monetize Gen AI — they aren’t yet succeeding.

Bloomberg Businessweek Goes Monthly

Now a misnomer, the Businessweek name will stick around for a while longer. Bloomberg is investing big in paper stock and photography. It’ll be a coffee table magazine, showcasing all that Bloomberg does. Now we know why Brad Stone took this new assignment. The first refurbed issue arrives in July.

Semafor Goes AI Crazy

Fourteen of 19 tech stories in the Semafor technology section are about AI. Two of the five outliers were about TikTok’s potential sale. Semafor sells itself on being differentiated. Chasing AI-news-of-the-day won’t achieve that.

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