The Daily already shedding staff

It's been just over a month since Rupert Murdoch's iPad only digital newspaper The Daily launched and we have reports that 3 writers have already bailed - all in a single week. Coincidence? Adweek was the first to notice the 3 departures. Features reporter Lauren Bans and political reporter Jon Ward were the first to leave, with Heather Havrilesky, a former TV critic for, a staff critic for The Daily working under Sasha Frere-Jones, followed soon after.

When The Daily launched, everyone made a big deal out of how The Daily had some big names. Even I did that when I posted about how CokeTalk was hired as an advice columnist. But if they're already losing people, what hope does they have to establish a brand?

You might argue that churn is good, but they really need to develop an identity first, and they need stability in order to find it.

What do you think?

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader: "I've been into reading ebooks since forever, but I only got my first ereader in July 2007. Everything quickly spiraled out of control from there. Before I started this blog in January 2010 I covered ebooks, ebook readers, and digital publishing for about 2 years as a part of MobileRead Forums. It's a great community, and being a member is a joy. But I thought I could make something out of how I covered the news for MobileRead, so I started this blog."

2 Comments on The Daily already shedding staff

  1. The main thing that surprises me is that it’s still being published. When was the last time someone mentioned it anywhere?

  2. With so many news outlets hitting us 24/7, how “daily” can it be?

    Maybe they should have called it “The Yesterday”. At least then it would remain timely.

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