Archives: May 2010
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TMZ is reporting that “Diff’rent Strokes” star and former California gubernatorial candidate Gary Coleman is dead at 42 from an intracranial hemorrhage he suffered as a result of a fall. Coleman had been on life support since Tuesday at a Utah hospital.
In a conference call to contributors yesterday, True/Slant founder and chief product officer Lewis Dvorkin gave more details about what the future holds for the site and its 300-plus contributors, now that it has been purchased by Forbes. Though Dvorkin said True/Slant business would continue as usual in the month of June, this Fishie and True/Slant blogger sat in on the conversation, and came away with the obvious conclusion that huge changes are on the way.
“Forbes has a mission, Forbes has a voice and that’s not going to change,” Dvorkin said, in perhaps the most revealing quote of the phone conference.
Reading between the lines, one can assume it’s True/Slant’s business and content delivery model — niche-targeted content and incentive-based pay, compensating writers who draw more eyeballs — that interested Forbes, not necessarily the content itself. Which is too bad. True/Slant gave its contributors a fairly high profile online home for all kinds of alternative points of view. Though Dvorkin insisted Forbes was adamant about widely expanding its blogging network, one has to wonder whether an increased number of writers will translate into an actual diversity of content.
Time will tell.
In the meanwhile, Dvorkin said he would take the month of June to figure out how exactly the blending of True/Slant and Forbes will happen. He encouraged writers to pitch new niche-targeted blogs to the True/Slant team for consideration at Forbes.
Previously on FBLA: Forbes Acquires True/Slant
Journalists tend to write only about the military as serving their country and losing their lives. So in the interest of the dreaded “naval gazing” by the press above is a picture of the Journalists Memorial at the Newseum in Washington DC.
[P]ays tribute to reporters, photographers and broadcasters who have died reporting the news. The names of 2,007 individuals from around the world are etched on the glass panels of the soaring, two-story structure.
And just in the last 24 hours news of reporter Anibal Archila died from a volcanic eruption in Guatemala.
Our thanks to all who serve in the name of telling the story.
“Everyday of freelance writing brings a certain kind of joy. And it keeps our families doubting that we’re actually employed.”
Thank you Bill Dyszel for this gem.
Comic books are often dismissed as frivolous and juvenile by the literati, but not tonight, not at Skylight books. A panel of authors and critics will be on hand to discuss the new anthology “Best American Comics Criticism.” Speakers include the anthology’s editor Ben Schwartz, graphic novelist Joe Matt, editor and cartoonist Sammy Harkham, and comics critics Robert Fiore and Brian Doherty.
The discussion begins at 7:30 p.m. Skylight books is at 1818 N. Vermont Avenue in Los Feliz. More info at the bookstore website.
ABC’s “Nightline” always fared well in the late night ratings under Ted Koppel‘s reign. Looks like they’re still doing pretty well. Not only does the news show consistently beat Letterman, Nielson ratings show “Nightline” continues to cut Leno’s lead in the 25-54 demographic.
From the ABC News’ website:
Compared to the same week last year, “Nightline” cut the total viewing and Adults 25-54 gap with NBC by 73%. Week to week, “Nightline” cut the total viewing gap with NBC by 11% and the Adults 25-54 gap by -19%..
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