The online conglomerate has been hiring brand-name journalists at a time when older news organizations are laying people off. But judging from CEO Tim Armstrong's recent comments, reported by Econsultancy, there's been something of a culture clash. Armstrong was "horrified" by Aol's initial, chaotically crowdsourced coverage of the South by Southwest music festival, and that editors "thought it was ready to go live at all... I shouldn't be the one to catch that issue." Armstrong also said some journalists there are doing too much "opinions and scraping."
Armstrong might be a former Google sales chief rather than, say, an ex New York Timesman, but he obviously has a clear idea of how he wants coverage to look. Now it's up to his veteran newshounds to fall in line.