Jon Friedman

Jon Friedman

Jon Friedman, a columnist for The Fiscal Times and a freelance writer and editor, covered the media beat for MarketWatch of Dow Jones, writing the website's Media Web column from 1999 to 2013. Previously, he covered Wall Street for Bloomberg, USA Today, and Investors Business Daily. A graduate of the Masters program at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, Friedman is also the author of Forget About Today: Bob Dylan's Genius for (Re)invention, Shunning the Naysayers and Creating a Personal Revolution (2012) and co-author of House of Cards: Inside the Troubled Empire of American Express (1993). He has profiled Ellen Malcolm, the founder of Emily's List, for The New York Times Sunday Magazine, as well as Sandy Weill, Ronald Perelman, and Sotheby's for The New York Times Sunday Business Section.

Recent Stories By Jon Friedman:

  • Will the Titans of Tech Save America’s Newspapers?August 6, 2013

    Suddenly, the media ecosystem is chock full of intrigue, inspired by the deal-making frenzy that is sweeping through the beleaguered industry. The drama now centers on this question about a new...

  • Publicis + Omnicom: Bigger … but Better?July 30, 2013

    The merger announced over the weekend between advertising behemoths Publicis and Omnicom – the second- and third-largest such organizations – threatens to produce a company that is too big to succeed...

  • Rupert Murdoch’s Next Game-Changing GambleJuly 23, 2013

    The pressure is on 21st Century Fox. For years, Rupert Murdoch’s shareholders lamented that the company’s stock would perform much better if it wasn’t dragged down by a print-media component. Now...

  • Struggling Venture Capitalists Hunt for New Ways to Score BigJuly 17, 2013

    U.S. stock indexes may be soaring to record high levels, but venture capitalists are struggling to keep pace. Venture capital funds gained an average of 7.2 percent in 2012, lagging both the Dow...

  • TV News Searches for a 21st Century Winning ModelJuly 2, 2013

    TV news is not an industry for the faint of heart. In journalism, there is an old saying: You’re only as good as your last story – and nowhere is the axiom more apt than in a business with a swarm of...

  • How Zynga Lost Its Zing to a New Gaming KingJune 19, 2013

     It wasn’t all that long ago that Zynga (NASDAQ: ZNGA) was flying high on the wave of social media, piggybacking on the success of Facebook to raise about $1 billion in a December 2011 IPO that...

  • How Smartphones Are Killing the Fine Art of ConversationJune 12, 2013

    The smartphone revolution is having a profound effect on the way we live. It is all but killing the fine art of conversation. CBS’s “Sunday Morning” made the point in an eye-opening segment this...

  • Google, Apple and the Race to Look FoolishJune 5, 2013

    P.T. Barnum would have fit in perfectly in Silicon Valley. Barnum, you’ll remember, was the circus impresario who once famously said: “There’s a sucker born every minute.” Now, there is some debate...

  • Marissa Mayer’s Risky Bet at Yahoo: No Guts, No GloryMay 29, 2013

    Someday, we will undoubtedly encounter one of two potential scenarios when Silicon Valley pundits and business historians get around to assessing Marissa Mayer’s legacy as the chief executive of...

  • Netflix Declares War on NickelodeonMay 23, 2013

    One by one, Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX) is declaring war on its traditional TV competitors. It has taken on Time Warner's (NYSE: TWX) HBO most directly, making a splash by developing “House of Cards...

  • Bloomberg News Scandal: What Went Wrong?May 13, 2013

    To some, the Bloomberg news and information company is something akin to the North Korea of journalism. The privately held business has its own laws and customs outside the mainstream of the...

  • This Little Box Could Kill CableMay 7, 2013

    The race for the crown in the realm of streaming video involves more players than "Game of Thrones": traditional cable titans; upstarts such as Aereo and Hulu; and tech innovators such as Netflix (...

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