Bloomberg’s Ted Merz Joins Me on Panic with Friends to Discuss Financial Journalism and Information Dissemination in the Age of Social Media

My friend Ted Merz at Bloomberg has one of the most interesting jobs in the world. Ted has been at Bloomberg since 1991 and today heads Bloomberg’s Global News Product. That is a complicated job and this is a complicated era of news considering the 24/7/365 flow of information, misinformation and of course news. Ted makes it all look easy. I miss visiting with him at the Bloomberg HQ.

I love talking to Ted about Twitter and the rest of social media and the deals he has had to cut and the way he thinks about data.

One of the best compliments I have gotten is having Ted tell me he enjoys my writing style and reading my daily blog. That is not why I invited him on as a guest, but it is definitely one reason I am so happy I started to write in the first place and a motivating factor for me to keep writing!

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For more details on the episode read on below…

Guest: Ted Merz

Profile: Global Head of News Product at Bloomberg

Where to Find Him: LinkedIn, Twitter

Fun Fact: Ted worked his first journalism job in Mexico at an english language newspaper.

What’s the Panic About:

I always love getting to interview people typically asking the questions. And this episode with guest Ted Merz is no exception. Ted has spent over 20 years at Bloomberg, first as a journalist and later overseeing application and product building. Now, he works as their Global Head of News Product. Ted was there at the early days of Bloomberg when financial journalism was at its infancy. It was fascinating getting his perspective on this sector and how it has changed and grown over the years. In this episode, Ted and I talked about how he landed his first role at Bloomberg, the biggest story he’s covered, financial journalism, the value of content, integrating Twitter into Bloomberg, data and more.

The Takeaway:

Information is coming at us from all different angles. And this a trend that is only going to get more complicated.

Favorite Quotes:

“I think of Twitter as a giant warehouse where there’s amazingly interesting stuff in there but you have no idea where it is.”

“Media is more of a needle in a haystack now. You have to know what you’re looking for.”

“There’s so much information and data that people can’t find what’s important or they can’t focus on what’s important.”

Food for Thought:

Ted has a website of his own with posts focusing on news content and analytics, personal essays, his travels (pre-COVID of course) and notes and observations. You can read it here.

PS – I am now doing one ‘Panic With Friends’ podcast per week. Thanks for listening and make sure you subscribe over on Spotify or Apple.