10 things you need to know from the 'New York Times Magazine' profile of Business Insider's Joe Weisenthal
9:43 am May. 10, 2012
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This Sunday's New York Times Magazine will include a 3,000-word profile of tireless Business Insider deputy editor Joe Weisenthal written by Times economic-policy correspondent Binyamin Applebaum.
Here's what you need to know:
• Weisenthal, who is 31 and lives in the Financial District, wakes up everyday at 4 a.m. after five or six hours of sleep and starts blogging/tweeting in his pajamas while his wife is still asleep.
• He works 16-hour days, managing nearly a dozen reporter-bloggers while usually writing about 15 posts and 150 tweets of his own.
• Before his career in journalism, Weisenthal, a University of Texas grad, came to New York wanting to be a playwright. After the New York International Fringe Festival rejected his satire of Ayn Rand’s philosophy, he decided to become a Wall Street analyst instead, before heeding the siren call of blogging.
• Weisenthal "gave up online poker because he kept getting bored and opening other browser windows."
• As a result of the recession, Weisenthal's current political leanings have shifted closer to the Keynesian school of thought: “I used to be criticized as too conservative,” he said. “Now I’m criticized as too liberal."
• Weisenthal has four computers at work—"two on the right streaming information from Bloomberg," one on the left for Twitter and "one in the middle for browsing and writing."
• Weisenthal was raised vegetarian and then went vegan in college, "at one point eating nothing but brown rice for 10 days." But now he eats "mostly meat and berries" and "is obsessed with authentic Chinese food."
• Weisenthal's favorite day of the month is Job Numbers Day, during which he spends the early morning hours anxiously awaiting the moment when reports of the employment data are spit out onto the Bloomberg terminal around 8:30. In March, he was the first blogger to publish anything on the subject.
• "He often works through issues in full public view, sharing an initial impression, then adding and revising and sometimes changing his mind."
• A few months ago, Weisenthal left work at 5 to take his wife out for a birthday dinner at Babbo in the West Village; "By 8 p.m. he was back at his computer, tweeting and blogging."
(Disclosure: I was Weisenthal's colleague at Business Insider for six months in 2010. He really does work that hard.)
(Editor's note: I'll add No. 11, which is that the photo accompanying the story is not a stock photo for use in stories about Internet addiction, but a real photo taken by a Times photographer of Weisenthal in bed with his wife.)
In other news...
Media coverage of Obama's gay marriage announcement. [The Huffington Post]
The price tag of an alt-weekly these days: $3 million. [Crain's]
The Huffington Post is launching in Italy. [W.W.D.]
Andy Coulson testifying at the Leveson Inquiry. [The Guardian]
Meet 27-year-old Squawk Box producer and author Maneet Ahuja. [The New York Observer]
UPDATE: Something we missed earlier from the great Jim Romenesko, who clearly wakes up earlier than we do, too. [Jim Romenesko]
Via press release...
Bob Turner is the latest New York politician to come out against Village Voice Media:
Congressman Bob Turner (NY-09) introduced House Resolution 646 putting pressure on Backpage.com, which is owned by Village Voice Media, to eliminate the adult entertainment section of their classified ad website. Many cases have been reported of the site being used for the sex trafficking of young boys and girls as well as adult prostitution.
“The adult section of Backpage.com has been shown to be a hub for the despicable act of human trafficking. We cannot allow the site to continue to serve as a means of advertisement for criminals and sexual predators. The executives at Village Voice Media cannot continue making a profit off of this illegal activity. This section of Backpage.com should be taken down immediately. ”
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