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Archives: January 2009

Morning Media Menu: January 30

mornmm.gifToday on the Menu: It’s been a dark week for the media world. We take look at the numbers, the shutterings, and why the Page Six institution is so hard to spin off.

Also, the future of late night: will Letterman re-up? Will Kimmel move up? Will time slots matter for much longer if everything is viewable online? And what we learned this week (hint: think business casual).

You can listen to the podcast live every morning at 9amET on and call in at 646-929-0321. You can also subscribe to the iTunes feed of the podcast by clicking the “iTunes” button.

Should the NYT Shutter the Style Section to Save Costs?

NYTsmall.gifLA Observed is reporting that the already beleaguered L.A. Times, amidst rumors of further layoffs, has decided to fold its local section into the front section, “which will be reconfigured to downplay national and foreign news — despite…unanimous and vocal objections of senior editors.”

Eliminating stand-alone local coverage was a decision, you may recall, that the New York Times made last October and considering this week’s dire news on the Times front one wonders what section may next be considered extraneous. The Style Section? Sunday Times devotees everywhere may shudder at the thought but Jack Shafer tells the (newly launched) The Wrap why not?

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SF Chronicle ‘Redesigns’ for 2009

San_Francisco_Chronicle_August_7,_1945.jpgWhat we call ‘shrinking news hole’ – their press release calls ‘a redesign’. They use words like ‘crisper’ and ‘fresh’.

Uh. Okay.

Beginning Sunday, February 1, the San Francisco Chronicle will offer readers a new look and new features in its daily sections, along with added sections and features that will enhance the value of the Sunday newspaper.

The entire release is after the jump.

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TheWrap Says It’s Been a Hell Week for Print Media

TheWrap, a week old internet news site says that it’s been a hell week for print media. Cough.

Yep. And that’s on top of a brutal YEAR.

But read their assessment here.

The Economy is So Bad – Even Dilbert Got Fired

Kai Ryssdal of APM’s Market Place interviewed Dilbert creator Scott Adams for their new series “Taking Stock”.

Adams is a typical comic book artist. Kind of funny. Kind of weird:

ADAMS: Well, the great thing is that in this kind of environment, almost everybody you deal with is trying to screw you. And so that makes great comic fodder. So, everybody’s kind of a little bit dishonest. Maybe not criminally so. But can you really tell if your cellphone service is better than another cellphone service? Or can you tell if you invest in a hedge fund that they’re going to invest in anything versus just keeping the money and spending it on fancy clothes?

RYSSDAL: Do you really believe everybody’s trying to screw you out there?

ADAMS: Well, I like to think everybody is, ’cause then I’ll be ready, you know, just in case. But, you know, it’s good to be vigilant.

You can listen to the whole thing here.

Vote for the Californians to Get Creds

MTV-U is holding a contest for journalism students – aspiring entertainment reporters – to get credentials for the Red Carpet on Oscar night.

The video above is Megan Telles and Andrew Huse. They are the only kids in the state to make the top ten. We say, us Californians – we have to take care of our own – because no one else wants us.

Vote here.

Coachella Announces Line-Up…Finally

James_Paul_McCartney-small-.jpgPaul McCartney will head the festival – which would explain why he was talking to Stephen Colbert.

Also the The Killers, Morrissey, Amy Winehouse and Leonard Cohen are going to be at the show.

LAT’s Geoff Boucher has a whole thing on why an ex-Beatle headlining Coachella is weird.

We think they were all cool when they couldn’t pay their rent. Now? Sellouts.

Complete list of the line-up after the jump.

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The FishbowlNY Newsstand: Your Morning Glance

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Page Six Magazine EIC Only Staffer To Remain As Weekly Goes Quarterly

p6091508.jpg The entire staff of Page Six Magazine will be packing up their desks on the heels of today’s announcement that the weekly New York Post insert would move to a quarterly publication schedule. A former staffer tells FishbowlNY that the only full-time employee left standing will be editor-in-chief Margi Conklin, who will put out the magazine with a team of freelancers after the final weekly edition gets tucked into the Post on Sunday, February 15, 2009.

However, it’s not all heartbreak once the mag moves to its quarterly schedule just after Valentine’s Day…

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