Media Central was a web-based service that covered the business news of the media, including newspapers, broadcasters, and the Internet. Primedia bought it in 1998, and it opened its headquarters in Kansas City in 1999. After the site opened, Primedia created a new division, IndustryClick, to oversee MediaCentral.com and other sites. When Primedia hired me in 1999, I was one of the first dozen employees in IndustryClick. I was the news editor of Media Central, which meant that I edited Reuters business stories about the media and posted them in one of several categories, e.g., Newspapers, Magazines, Television, Radio, Internet, E-commerce. I also wrote news analysis articles on subjects that Reuters was not covering.
In May 2000, the company announced that it was going to relocate the headquarters to Princeton, N.J. Most of the staff did not want to move. Primedia hired me to be the “caretaker” of the site until the company was ready to move. I was responsible for updating the site each day, which meant posting new links and articles, removing old ones, and writing some original articles. In August 2000, I accepted a position at another web-based news service, LocalBusiness.com.