International Business Times The International Business Times
is an American online news publication
that publishes seven national editions in four languages. The publication, sometimes called IBTimes
, offers news, opinion and editorial commentary on business and commerce. IBT is one of the world's largest online news sources, receiving forty million unique visitors each month.
Its 2013 revenues were around $21 million.
International Business Times
A hand-drawn blueprint, created in 2007 by Davis, outlining what would become the IBTimes
Founder Etienne Uzac, a native of France, came up with the idea for the global business news site while a student at the London School of Economics
. He found that the strongest business newspapers had a focus on the United States and Europe and planned to provide broader geographic coverage. Uzac recruited Johnathan Davis to join him in the enterprise.
In late 2005, Uzac and Davis moved to New York City
to launch the site, with Uzac primarily focused on business strategy, while Davis coded the site and wrote the first articles.
From March to July 2016, IBT laid off an estimated thirty percent of its editorial staff.
This period marked a new era for the company as it expanded into branded content and events with its sister publication Newsweek
. At the same time, Dev Pragad
, who had started the Europe, the Middle East and Africa
(EMEA) business in 2009, was promoted from managing director
of Europe to global CEO of Newsweek
This was followed in January 2017 by the appointment of Alan Press
in the "newly created, strategic role of President".
In September 2018, Newsweek Media Group once again became IBT Media with Newsweek
spun off as an independent company.
In late 2011, Google allegedly moved the outlet's articles down in search results in response to excessive search engine optimization
activity. An internal IBT
memo allegedly advised IBT
journalists on how to "re-work a story you've already done and re-post it in the hopes that it will chart better via Google... Some people have been just re-posting the exact same story, with a new headline. We're not doing that anymore."
Reporting in 2014, Mother Jones
claimed that IBT journalists are subject to constant demand to produce clickbait
; one former employee reportedly complained that management issued "impossible" demands, including a minimum of 10,000 hits per article, and fired those who couldn't deliver. Of 432 articles published by IBT Japan
in a certain time interval, 302 were reportedly created by copying sentences from Japanese media and combining them, "collage-style", to create stories that seemed new; IBT Japan
apologized for the behavior and blamed it on a contract employee.
Similarly, employees told The Guardian
in 2014 that at times they seemed to operate more as "content farms" demanding high-volume output than a source of quality journalism. At least two journalists were allegedly threatened with firing unless traffic to their articles increased sharply.
In 2016, IBT
hired John Crowley
, the Wall Street Journal's
EMEA digital editor, as its UK editor-in-chief. According to The Guardian
, "Crowley said his focus would be on helping the site break exclusives, in-depth storytelling and new forms of digital journalism. He said IBT
was putting together a UK business desk and hiring an audience team." Crowley stated, "We are not a wire service
or so-called paper of record
... but I have a vision of where I want to take a site... we've got to have a USP (unique selling proposition)... make ourselves distinctive in journalistic terms."
In early 2017, International Business Times
UK joined a partnership along with the likes of Bloomberg
, Channel 4
and the BBC
to work together to combat the spread of fake news
Consequently, IBTimes.co.uk has occasionally been quoted by other British media.
In June 2017, Jason Murdock — who covers cybersecurity
for the International Business Times UK
— won Digital Writer of the year at the Drum Online Media Awards, which according to InPublishing magazine “identify the cleverest, boldest and most original purveyors of news and views from around the world.”
Relationship to "The Community" The nature of the connection between IBT and The Community, a Christian sect led by David Jang
, is disputed; IBT states that many reports about its connections to The Community are false or exaggerated.
Davis and Uzac both have ties to Olivet University
, an evangelical institution founded by Jang. Graduates of Olivet are known to work at Newsweek Media Group, which has donated money to Olivet. Davis was formerly on faculty at Olivet, where his wife serves as university president. Uzac has served on the Olivet board of trustees
; his wife has worked as press secretary
for the World Evangelical Alliance
, of which Olivet is a member. Davis has personally endorsed the view that homosexuality
can be caused by childhood sexual abuse
and cured by therapy
, although he declines to elaborate on his religious views
regarding homosexuality, stating that he separates his work from his faith.
claimed in 2012 that it had obtained an email in which Davis stated that he could not join a certain Jang-affiliated organization because his "commission is inherently covert". Davis denied the claim.
According to Business Insider
, Jang's concept of journalism may involve infusing the "Gospel message
" into media.
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