Archives: April 2009
There’s a Mediabistro Cocktail Party tonight in LA. Yes, a bunch of media professionals – some maybe with jobs still – are going to share drinks – laugh – and drink mainly.
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6525 Sunset Blvd.
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During the Q&A portion of the “Media: Where Do We Go From Here?” a question was directed at Arianna Huffington. A man from the audience asked,”Isn’t Huffington Post guilty of sensationalizing stuff in headlines to get people to click through?”
Arianna answered,”I would love to have an example of that, because we are very careful.”
When the questioner admitted he didn’t have a specific headline. Arianna asked him to email her if he ever saw that again.
“I will,” he said. “It will be from Todd.”
Heh. We have a specific example. Good for you, Todd – way to be a Huffpo touted watchdog!
The “Media: Where Do We Go From Here?” panel was moderated by LAT media scribe James Rainey. The panelists were Voice of San Diego’s Andrew Donohue, Marc Cooper, TheWrap’s Sharon Waxman and Arianna Huffington.
Waxman strangely mentioned Nikki Finke‘s name five times during the panel. The first time there was laughter from the (clearly) media wonky audience. The second and third times were just in passing. The last two times was after Rainey asked Waxman to clarify who she was talking about.
When asked what Waxman reads on a daily basis she said,”I’ve gotten out of the habit of reading the LA Times. I’ve gotten in the habit of reading their stories I should read elsewhere.”
Cooper said,”What I read is my computer. I read my computer and my mobile phone.”
Huffington stated,”I read physical newspapers.” Which got an applause break.
At the Media Panel, Marc Cooper, formerly of LA Weekly, current teacher at the USC Annenberg School said that the Sacramento Bee called him and wants to use the staff of Neon Tommy to cover the gubernatorial race because they don’t have the staff to do it.
“Neon Tommy, Tommy the Trojan.” Said Cooper. Which made us think for a minute that it was a play on prophylactics – but then it would be Neon Jimmy. Tommy is apparently the nickname for the school mascot.
Anyway, is it wrong to want someone who is old enough to have voted in the recall election to be covering the highest office in the state race for the biggest paper in the state capital?
Cooper sent us this:
Allow me a clarification on the above piece. We have had only one third-party contact with the Sac Bee regarding a possible collaboration on the Governor’s race. There is no sense that the Bee will “outsource” its coverage to Neon Tommy. Any reporting done by USC students on this issue would supplement not supplant the work done by the Bee. To date, this is just an embryonic notion which, from our perspective, we hope will materialize in a fruitful way for both organizations. But it should be crystal clear that Neon Tommy is NOT being called upon to provide principal coverage of an issue that is of prime expertise for the Bee. Thanks.
USC Annenberg School
UPDATE: The original headline to this post was “Sac Bee Outsourcing Governor Race Coverage to College Paper”. And due to the implication, it was changed to reflect what actually happened, which is Marc Cooper SAID that to reporters and around 200 people at a panel.
The Publishing 3.0 panel was moderated by the LAT’s David L. Ulin. Panelists were Sara Nelson formerly of Publisher’s Weekly, publisher Richard Nash, goodreads.com founders Otis Chandler and Vromans’ blogger Patrick Brown.
First off, Nash clad in a tie, sporting a British accent, speaks only in sound bites. It’s kind of awesome.
When talking about the media meltdown crisis. “Writing and reading are doing just fine.” Which met applause. “It’s the intermediaries that get these two together [that are struggling].” And,”The 20th century was about supply and the 21st century is about demand.”
Nelson, whom we last saw at BEA hosting the Lewis Black fundraiser concert, agreed with Nash,”The supply chain is broken.” She added,”In 20 years of covering the publishing industry every year someone will say, ‘Last year was the golden era of publishing’.”
Daniel Knight Hayden, 52 got arrested by the FBI for the content of his Twitter account. Which makes Hayden the first dude to get popped by the G-Men for micro-blogging.
An Oklahoma man was arrested by FBI agents earlier this month for posting a series of messages on his Twitter account threatening to use a tax day Tea Party protest to commit politically-motivated mass murder.
It’s a kind of odd self-fulfilling prophecy: Hate big government violently enough and they will come and lock you up.
We’ve always thought Gustavo Arellano was hilarious. He was also really sweet to this shy young fan of his. We watched him with the kid pictured above. Arellano hopped off the stage to have the picture taken. “Don’t ever been afraid to ask a writer you like for a photograph – we love it – at least I do.” He told the kid. They snapped the pic and he shook his hand. “Do good in school!” And then bounced back to his chair right before the panel started.
During the panel, Arellano said,”Orange County is the Mexican hating capital of the US.” Which, we say makes his column in the OC Weekly just that much more funny. He also mentioned that it was the capital of bad shows about it (Real Housewives, The OC etc.). He made the exception for Arrested Development which he described as a “masterpiece of satire”.
When he was asked by the moderator if he was going to write another memoir he replied,”No, I’m only 30. I haven’t live enough and I’ve lived the life of a nerd.” The audience laughed.
“I’m more interested in writing history – writing history is my obsession.” He told the crowd that his next book will be on the history of Mexican food in the US.