Archives: March 2009
The Metro, the free daily paper we all pick up when getting on the train, which also publishes in New York, Boston, and Philadelphia has decided to terminate its contract with the AP and focus more on original content.
Says editor-in-chief Tony Metcalf: “We believe that the future of our titles lies in producing as much of our own material as possible. Encouraging existing staff to write more and employing new writers gives us a higher degree of flexibility and results in a product which is more relevant to the young, professional audience we, and our advertisers, seek.”
Also, as we all know, the AP is expensive and now that the City section is on its last legs there’s plenty of writers looking for a place to tell their local stories. Full release after the jump.
*Update* Statement from the AP: “The Associated Press understands that a lot of newspaper companies are reexamining their strategies in this challenging economic climate. Metro remains an international customer of the AP.”
This is a bridge too far! Needless to say we are very familiar around these parts with the financial state of newspapers in general, and the New York Times in particular, but today’s news that the Times is planning on cutting its City Section cuts to the quick. Not the City Section! How will we know what the city looked like prior to five years ago? Where will we be able to read the story of last Butcher on Bleeker St (for example)? How will we keep up with the evils of gentrification (otherwise known as the Real Estate section). This is terrible news. Per the NYO‘s report:
The New York Times plans to eliminate several weekly sections, including its stand-alone City Section, newsroom sources have told The Observer. There are also discussions to eliminate the regional weeklies in New Jersey, Long Island, Westchester and Connecticut, and the Friday Escapes section as well, a source said. The timeline is unclear for now, but another newsroom staffer told us that City has only four issues left.
How the City Section got lumped in with those other sections is unclear (to us, anyway). Is it too late to say that the City Section is one part of the paper we would be willing to pay for?
Outside’s Go, which dropped to two issues in November before adding digital Winter and Summer ones, got some good news recently. The spin-off won five awards at the 2009 North American Travel Journalists Association Awards.
In addition to the Merit Award, given to the best travel magazine, the book won Best International Travel Article, Best Destination Travel and Best Sports Related Travel.
“We are thrilled to be recognized by our peers in the travel community,” Go editor Kent Black said in a statement. “Go strives to provide our readers with access to the most unique experiences and destinations in the world.”
Both the New York Post and MediaPost.com are reporting on rumors that AdWeek, BrandWeek, and MediaWeek may either be merging under one title or that two of the three are shutting down. Per Keith Kelly at the Post:
The latest rumor to sweep the ad trades is that Adweek, MediaWeek, and Brandweek will compress into one publication to be called Adweek. Another rumor has Adweek, the oldest of the three, surviving, while MediaWeek and Brandweek somehow combine.
It follows sweeping cutbacks last October that bounced about 15 staffers — half the editorial department — and threw the remainder into a centralized pool where they are writing for all three print weeklies (which actually aren’t really weekly but rather 43 times a year) as well as the online versions of the magazines.
Women’s Health, which has been subject of rumors recently, signed up Lisa Bain and Lesley Rotchford to serve as co-executive editors. The pair replaces Alison Gwinn who jumped to O, The Oprah Magazine last month.
The move is a promotion for Rotchford. She joined the Rodale publication last month as executive features director. Previously, she served as deputy editor at Cosmopolitan.
Bain jumps from Parenting where she served in the same position. She had been there for a decade.
Regular readers of the NYT.com will have immediately noticed a difference on the homepage yesterday in the form of yellow band across the top of the page announcing that a ‘Global Edition’ was now available.
The Global Edition is, in fact, a folding in of sorts of the International Herald Tribune website, also owned by the Times Co., and by the sounds of it it may not be a total coincidence that the change happened directly on the heels of the Times’s cutbacks last week.
In a move that will no doubt be seen by some as a way to offset the recent criticism being lobbed at them for their role in the ‘death of newspapers’ The Huffington Post has announced they are launching a non-profit investigative journalism venture.
According to the release, the venture will “produce a broad range of investigative journalism created by both staff reporters and freelance writers, with a focus on working with the many experienced reporters and writers impacted by the economic contraction.” The project has a $1.75 million budget, and is being funded by The Huffington Post and The Atlantic Philanthropies, and will be headed by Nick Penniman, founder of The American News Project, which will be folded into the Investigative Fund. Jay Rosen will serve as a senior advisor.
Says Arianna: “The importance of investigative journalism cannot be overstated — especially during our tumultuous times — and we are delighted to be creating an initiative whose goal is to produce stories that will have a real impact both nationally and locally.” She gives more details here. And for those of you wondering, Jay Rosen seems to suggest in his Twitter that unlike HuffPo’s bloggers the reporters involved in this venture will be paid. Full release is after the jump.