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Newsies, techies and that troublesome term "product."

My contribution to grasping the recent mess at The New Republic is this series of tweets on the different ways Silicon Valley and Newsland understand a key term: "product."

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  1. Julia Ioffe, who resigned from the New Republic this week, said of its owner Chris Hughes (Facebook co-founder) and his CEO Guy Vidra (former Yahoo executive)... “We don’t know what their vision is... It is Silicon Valley mumbo jumbo buzzwords that don’t mean anything.”
  2. And being a product manager requires a "spidey sense" of what is missing, according to Ken Norton in his essay on how to hire a good one.
  3. Doesn't have to be this way: "In an attempt to more clearly define this role, I spoke with nearly a dozen people who currently or previously worked on product teams in news organizations..." (Link.)
  4. For an example of this disconnect at First Look, the start-up that I was a part of, see this exchange at The Intercept comment section.
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