Several writers have left and the site, known for social media news, seems to be expanding to other areas of coverage.
Since general interest newspapers are slow to make online publishing profitable, maybe it makes sense for a tech site to expand to general coverage? My main concern is that reporters are getting paid well (it seems at Mashable they are under pressure to get page views and volume of posts, something traditional reporters weren’t pressed on daily). But from Ben Parr’s compensation package, they’re probably safe.
Someone told me that Mashable is the Cosmopolitan of tech news. It’s not a surprise to see them post about unicorns and rainbows. So, who would really be interested in buying it? AOL bought Huffington Post, but even though it was known for aggregation, it still is a dependable source of news. Mashable is like pop news.
Perhaps someone like Tribune Company would want Mashable. Along with big-name print publications, it also owns several web properties like Zap2it (I did a project on them in grad school). It wants to pick up a younger generation of readers. Makes sense.
And for recent journalism grads, do many aspire to work for a company like Mashable? One thing I miss about J-school is how much my writing was edited. It’s like ripping off a bandaide – it hurts, to watch your words get minced, but a better product comes out of it.
From what I’ve heard, at sites like TechCrunch and I’d imagine Mashable is the same, there is very little editing. You’re in charge of your own beat. I know this because I find copyediting errors in about half the tech articles I read. That’s just the way it is.
That said, if I could go back, I might go after a reporting job at one of these tech sites, and with Mashable’s apparent plans, there might be future opportunities if the beat you’d like to cover is something other than tech.