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Boston Globe Staffers Throw Sad Pay Cut Potluck Party

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Members of the Boston newspaper guild at the beleaguered Boston Globe were given a 23 percent pay cut this week, so the they’re hosting a “Farewell to Fair Wages” barbecue tomorrow afternoon as the cut takes effect. The event will take place in a reporter’s back yard in Milton, Mass. just outside of Boston. It will be a typical suburban shindig where guests can drown their sorrows in “pot luck fare, a kiddie pool, a keg of beer…and hot dogs.” There will also be a bluegrass band. If you were looking for a single anecdote to illustrate the sad collapse of print media, this is it.

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Members of the Boston newspaper guild at the beleaguered Boston Globe were given a 23 percent pay cut this week, so the they’re hosting a “Farewell to Fair Wages” barbecue tomorrow afternoon as the cut takes effect. The event will take place in a reporter’s back yard in Milton, Mass. just outside of Boston. It will be a typical suburban shindig where guests can drown their sorrows in “pot luck fare, a kiddie pool, a keg of beer…and hot dogs.” There will also be a bluegrass band. If you were looking for a single anecdote to illustrate the sad collapse of print media, this is it.

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The Boston Globe May Be For Sale As Tense Labor Talks Continue

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Boston Newspaper Guild president Dan Totten responded on Tuesday evening after the New York Times Company, which owns the Boston Globe, announced a 23 percent pay cut for Guild members at the struggling newspaper. In addition to trying to cut costs, the Times Company may also be seeking to sell the Globe, which posted a $50 million operating loss last year and is poised to lose another $85 million in 2009. According to an article published in the Globe, two sources who are interested in buying the paper say the NYTCO has hired Goldman Sachs to review offers for the Globe. Cutting costs at the paper would help relieve financial pressures at the Times Company, which recently reported losses of $74.5 million for the first quarter of this year and could also make the the Globe more attractive to prospective buyers. Last month, the Times Company threatened to close the Boston Globe unless the paper’s unions agreed to $20 million in cuts.

The pay cut came after the Guild, which is the largest union at the Globe, voted on Monday to reject $10 million in budget cuts proposed by the Times Company by a narrow margin of 277 to 265. The Globe has released a statement saying management is disappointed that the Guild rejected their original proposal, which would have led to and 8.3 percent wage cut and elimination of lifetime job guarantees for about 190 Guild members. The plan called for Guild members who lose their lifetime guarantees to receive a $33,000 payment and severance if they are laid off. Guarantees have been a major sticking point throughout the month of talks between the Globe’s management and unions. The Boston Newspaper Guild also released a petition calling for the NYTCO to “to negotiate in good faith and agree to third-party mediation.” Reportedly, potential buyers for the Globe won’t be submitting bids until the Guild situation is resolved– and that could take quite some time.

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Webutante Ball Coming To Internet Week

webutanteballlogo.jpgInternet Week is going to have a prom for New York’s new media scenesters. Gawker video editor Richard Blakeley and URLesque’s Jessica Amason are teaming up with EMRG Media and Internet Week to host The Webutante Ball cocktail party on the Empire Hotel rooftop. This is Blakeley’s first foray back into the world of party hosting since he cancelled his popular Media Meshing bar night last November

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WebNewser has more on the Webutante Ball

New York Review of Magazines Celebrates Its Spring Issue

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Thursday evening, we stopped by B. Smith’s in Midtown for the party celebrating the Spring 2009 issue of the New York Review of Magazines, which is produced by students at the Columbia School of Journalism.

In his speech during the festivities, NYRM‘s advisor Victor Navasky, publisher emeritus of The Nation and director of Columbia J-School’s Center for Magazine Journalism, joked about how this was the rare magazine event where no one was worried about losing their job. After he gave his toast, Navasky spoke with us about why he doesn’t think print magazines will disappear and why he didn’t agree with New York magazine’s take on the purported “existential crisis” at the Columbia School of Journalism.

(photo by Mirjam Donath)

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Lots of People Want To Work For Diddy

Rapper, fashion designer, and music mogul P. Diddy is looking for a personal assistant and he turned to mediabistro for help. Diddy posted an ad on our job board seeking applicants with a “big personality” who can be “available and on-call 24/7.” His search for a right hand man (or woman) is going to be televised on VH1 for the second season of the reality show “I Want To Work For Diddy.”

On Saturday, FishbowlNY joined mediabistro’s education team and TV reporting instructor Manoush Zomorodi to get a sneak peak at the candidate pool for Diddy’s new assistant position and to offer hopeful job seekers some on-the-spot interviewing tips.

And it may have been a brisk weekend in New York, but things got a little heated inside…

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Huffington Says The Internet Isn’t Killing Newspapers At Senate Hearings

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Wednesday, the US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation held a hearing on “The Future of Journalism” with testimony from experts on new media and the newspaper industry. Committee Chairman Sen. John Kerry called for the hearing to examine what, if anything, the government can do to save the newspaper industry from seemingly unstoppable decline.

Many of the day’s speakers had ideas for improving the state of print journalism. They also seemed ready to take on news aggregators like Google and the Huffington Post.

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British Tabloid Is Too Hot For The iPhone

page3bannedfromiphone.jpgNaked “Page 3 Girls” have helped Rupert Murdoch’s British tabloid The Sun sell papers for 40 years now, but they’re not helping the paper break into the mobile marketplace. The Sun was set to be included in Newspaper(s), an iPhone app that allows readers to browse the content of over 50 newspapers, but Apple banned the app from their iTunes store on the grounds that the provocative “Page 3 Girls” are “obscene.”

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Webnewser: This design critique of the Twitter pages of various TV news personalities identifies NBC anchor David Gregory’s site as the most stylish

Daily Intel: The New York Times is raising newsstand prices for the second time in less than a year because of slumping advertising revenue

MediaJobsDaily: The Onion eliminates its print editions in Los Angeles and San Francisco along with an unknown number of staffers

Financial Times: In spite of losses, News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch is confident that his tabloids in London will gain market share and get stronger even if they “don’t make much money for a year or three years”

Gawker: The New York Times thanks employees for taking a pay cut

White House, Warren Buffett Won’t Bail Out Newspapers

npbailoutbufgib.jpgThis week, both billionaire Berkshire Hathaway chairman Warren Buffet and White House press secretary Robert Gibbs made clear that the newspaper industry shouldn’t expect the government or the country’s most influential investor to alleviate its financial woes.

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