National Geographic has bought scienceblogs.com?

By Grant Jacobs 26/04/2011 7


I’d only just added a comment to my previous post noting PZ Myer’s article about ’a prestigious national magazine’ buying out scienceblogs.com, without naming the magazine, when Ivan Oransky of Retraction Watch fame tweeted his scoop (forwarded by Bora – thanks):

@ivanoransky

So who bought Scienceblogs? Retraction Watch exclusive: National Geographic http://bit.ly/h4l0eR

Scienceblogs.com has been the scene of a lot of activity over the last year or two. I even commented at one point that it might have become something less to aspire to. (PepsiCoGate resulted in many bloggers leaving, starting other science blogging networks such as scientopia.org or Occam’s Typewriter among others.)

I personally wonder how this ‘fit’ will work, assuming for a moment that Ivan’s confidence is well-placed. National Geographic, to me, has a ‘family’ image, veering on the staid side.

For example, the comments on PZ Myer’s blog, Pharyngula, might be more robust (shall we say) than they might like for their image – ? (PZ has said in his article that the buyer is comfortable with the content of his articles.)

Anyway, it’s news and it’ll be interesting to watch.


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7 Responses to “National Geographic has bought scienceblogs.com?”

  • And in breaking news, NZ’s Sciblogs network is being bought by…

    ….Australian Woman’s Weekly.

    😉

  • Gareth,

    Hahaha. Yeah, that’d be about our level… :-)

    Christopher Mims is writing a ‘super secret’ history of scienceblogs in tweets. (As he put it Because the portion that won’t get me sued shouldn’t take but 5 minutes to bang out.)

  • While PZ’s content may be OK it seems he is negotiating over his “tone.” For example, he may have to accept the requirrment to allow a certain time gap between typing a post and publishing it?

    The Australian wome’s Weekly takover of NZ SciBlogs is rather tame. What about that well known monthly “Investigate”? Just imagine the editorial control then.

  • For example, he may have to accept the requirrment to allow a certain time gap between typing a post and publishing it?

    Good point to raise, but it seems to me that’s a different issue. One of the tweets of the SB “secret history” had words to the effect that SB was partly founded on the notion that journalism and blogging were largely variants of the same thing, using different media. If you insisted on a time delay, it could block impact on posts that want to be pushed out ‘in real time’. (Like my article above?)

    What about that well known monthly “Investigate”? Just imagine the editorial control then.

    Er, yes. Doesn’t bear thinking about. Mind you, if Wishart did grab the reins, I suspect he’d quickly find himself with with a science blogger-less science blog site!

  • National Geographic has confirmed purchasing Scienceblogs.com:

    “STATEMENT REGARDING SCIENCEBLOGS.COM

    National Geographic has assumed management of day-to-day operations for Scienceblogs.com, expanding a relationship with Seed Media Group that started when National Geographic took on ad sales responsibility for Scienceblogs.com in 2009.”

    Source: http://press.nationalgeographic.com/pressroom/index.jsp?pageID=pressReleases_detail&siteID=1&cid=1303845262464

    H/T: several people! (Hey, the ‘net is like that…)

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