If you are asking yourself, “What, exactly, is a flash debate?” the Washington Post’s Erik Wemple has an answer:

“It’s bringing a group of people together in a quick time period doing topics of the day. … The upcoming fiscal situation or the upcoming implementation of Obamacare,” says the source. That sounds a lot like cable news to the Erik Wemple Blog. Will these quickie debates be on television, on the Web, on the radio? “I don’t want to characterize what the platform would be,” says the source.

On the Women in the World conference, Wemple adds some snark into the mix:

Brown, said the source, will also walk away from her Daily Beast position with the “Women in the World” franchise, a conference program launched in 2010 by Brown in conjunction with Daily Beast/Newsweek. Of this enterprise, the source says, “It’s been so successful that they’re looking to expand it.”

Just what we journos love to hear about: A thriving conference business coupled with a faltering news outlet.


Cecilia D'Anastasio is a CJR intern