Acesparks Media Group CEO Justin Smith and New York Times media commentator Ben Smith are joining forces to launch a new media company.
On Tuesday, both men announced they were leaving their jobs.
“After working at Acesparks Media for 8 years and more than 25 years in quality journalism, I decided to realize my personal dream and market opportunities and launch a new type of global news media company that truly serves this impartial journalism. the audience, ”Justin Smith wrote in a tweet, Shortly after the Wall Street Journal report.
The Times media commentator Ben Smith, who recently exposed risky business practices in the digital edition of Ozy Media, announced in his newspaper that he would soon be leaving.
While little is known about the new media venture, the duo has confirmed that former Atlantic owner David Bradley will bankrupt it.
Justin Smith’s relationship with the Atlantic dates back to his time at Acesparks Media, where he has been CEO since 2013. Prior to that, he served as President of Atlantic Media, which owns The Atlantic. At Acesparks, Smith ran his own broadcaster, which included digital news, Acesparks Businessweek magazine, Acesparks Radio and Acesparks TV.
For his part, Ben Smith joined the Times in 2020 after eight years as editor-in-chief of BuzzFeed. He was previously a correspondent for Politico.
“There are 200 million people who are college educated, who study in English, but no one really looks like an audience, but they talk to each other and they talk to us,” Ben Smith told the Times. “That’s where we see our audience.”