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TheAtlantic.com Expands With Host of Correspondents

atlanbusy05.05.09.pngThe Atlantic‘s Web sitefaithfully chronicled by former FishbowlNYer Glynnis MacNicol — is continuing to expand upon its impressive coverage.

The site just announced a new slate of correspondents, covering everything from “energy and medicine to the arts and the economy.” The section features dozen new voices, each of whom will contribute roughly twice a week. Check out the list after the jump.

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Where Can You Find the Commissioners of All Four Major Sports?

wsj05.05.09.jpgTomorrow they will be appearing on a panel for The Wall Street Journal. The NHL’s Gary B. Bettman, the NFL’s Roger Goodell, MLB’s Bud Selig and David Stern from the NBA will discuss The Future of Sports (it’s capitalized because it’s Important). WSJ sports editor Sam Walker will moderate and Robert Thomson, editor-in-chief of
Dow Jones & Company and managing editor of the WSJ, will host the event.

According to a release, “the event will address the business of sports, including the challenges and opportunities the leagues face in the current economic climate, as well as issues of competition and matters that are important to fans.”

There will be a live Webcast of the panel on WSJ.com and FoxSports.com starting at 9 a.m.

The Huffington Post Recruits Biz Dev VP

logo_homepage_hp.gifThese new media properties are getting increasingly serious about the business side of their operations. Last week, The Daily Beast signed up Brian Dick as vice president of business development.

Now it’s the Huffington Post‘s turn: Derek J. Murphy joins the company from CNN as senior vice president of business development. In his former job, “he was responsible for developing strategic partnerships for the CNN Interactive Group,” according to a release. At the HuffPo, he’ll “oversee new and existing business partnerships for The Huffington Post (“HuffPost”), focusing on distributing HuffPost content across a wide-range of media platforms, creating video partnerships and developing business partnerships for the site’s expanding list of content verticals.”

Full release after the jump.

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Someone at The New York Times Steals Jennifer 8. Lee’s Vodka

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We knew times were tough at The New York Times but we didn’t realize they were “stealing vodka” tough. We’d hate to see what the kids at the Boston Globe will resort to.

New Jersey Paper Reaffirms Our Faith in Ad/Edit Split

recordnewstop.gifLocal papers rely on local advertisers to survive. This truth has become even more evident as revenue falls across the industry, which makes this story about New Jersey’s The Record all the more inspiring in the age old battle between editors and publishers.

The paper, owned by North Jersey Media Group, got the scoop about how Hackensack University Medical Center board members were using their political to gain construction contracts and other monetary benefits. After hearing The Record planned to publish the article, hospital administration called up and threatened to pull advertising from the paper’s Web site and NJMG’s other local papers. Editors remained steadfast, however, and the story ran the last Sunday in April.

“It’s pretty obvious [hospital administrators] thought they were going to hurt us very, very badly,” Malcolm A. Borg, chairman of the North Jersey Media Group, told The New York Times.

Justice, however, was served.

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Media Stocks: The State of the Top 13

Led by Comcast Crop., 11 of the 13 media stocks saw their stock prices jump higher during the past week. See all the info after the jump.

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Freedom of the Press Declining Everywhere

olympictorchfreedomofthepress.jpgAccording to a new study from the Freedom House, freedom of the press declined in every region during 2008. Press freedom has fallen for seven straight years, but the survey said that 2008 was the first time it fell across the board.

“The journalism profession today is up against the ropes and fighting to stay alive, as pressures from governments, other powerful actors and the global economic crisis take an enormous toll,” executive director Jennifer Windsor said in a statement.

If you want to be a blogger, the Committee to Protect Journalists recommends avoiding the following countries: Myanmar, Iran, Syria, Cuba, Saudi Arabia, Vietnam, Tunisia, China, Turkmenistan, and Egypt.

Brooklyn, however, is okay.

The Daily Beast Signs Up Google Vet as VP of Biz Dev

tdb04.30.09.pngTina Brown‘s The Daily Beast is getting serious about building revenue. The Internet start-up hired Brian Dick as its vice president of business development. Previously, he worked at Google and as director of business development at Lime Wire LLC.

The Beast, which didn’t want advertising at first, has recently begun developing ad deals. Dick’s hire would seem to signify that the site will ramp up its attempts to raise revenue. We wish him the best of luck.

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Conde Nast Would Like Its Employees to Know About Swine Flu

cionde04.30.09.jpgPublishing super power Conde Nast axed 85 employees earlier this week and might not be done, but its Human Resources department wants its remaining employees to stay informed about Swine Flu. Per an email just sent to the entire company:

From: Conde Nast Human Resources
Sent: Thursday, April 30, 2009 9:57 AM
To: Conde Nast Publications-All
Subject: Swine Flu Update

Given recent news reports on swine flu, you may have questions or concerns about how it can affect you, your family and colleagues. Human Resources, in partnership with our Security and Travel Services departments, will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates when necessary. In the meantime, the following links provide important information from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

Questions & Answers

http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/swineflu_you.htm

Key Facts

http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/key_facts.htm

WNYC Debuts Live Broadcasts in The Greene Space With Lou Reed Concert

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Photo credit: Scott Ellison Smith

On Tuesday afternoon, we were lucky enough to catch a live performance of Soundcheck with John Schaefer at WNYC‘s new downtown performance space, The Greene Space. The show — featuring a discussion between the host, Santi “Santigold” White, Lou Reed, and Mary Rowell from the string quartet Ethel — and performances from the latter two artists — was the first live broadcast in the room’s history. It kicked off a 10-day festival celebrating the new venue, which got a nice write-up in The New York Times last week. Additional live radio shows in the near future include The Brian Lehrer Show (with guest Paul Krugman) and The Leonard Lopate Show.

The Greene Space, which is located at street level on the corner of Varick and Charlton Sts., is a multimedia space that includes video cameras, LCD screens, and room for a live audience. Programs can be streamed live on the Web, as well as shown via video feed.

During the discussion portion — you can hear the audio on WNYC’s Web site — the host and guests debated whether the downtown art scene was dead. All agreed that there were a couple places in Manhattan where the art scene is still alive (notably The Stone on Avenue C), but most of it has moved to Brooklyn.

At one point, Schaefer posited that this wasn’t a new occurrence. “Didn’t the Village Voice declare it dead in like 1978?,” he asked. Reed, who was appropriately sporting a Coney Island t-shirt, drew laughs with his answer: “They can’t even sell the Village Voice. Who cares what they say? That’s why they have to give it away.”

To end the show, Reed played his song, “Juliet Had Romeo.” He seemed to take a punk rocker’s glee in using a couple of choice four-letter words. WNYC’s producers used the delay to blip them. Everyone went home happy.

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Photo credit: Matthew Arnold

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