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Archives: March 2009

By Popular Demand: Danielle Saar’s Reel

This is Danielle Saar, Mayrav’s little sister.

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Previously on FBLA Mayrav’s Sister is Also an Adorable Journo

The FishbowlNY Newsstand: Your Morning Glance

It Ain’t Hip, or Safe, to be Square|Has Michael Wolff Gone Over the Edge?|Things Are Better Across the Pond|Do They Have to Pay Taxes, Too?

Metro USA Drops Associated Press Content

metro_logo.jpgThe 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.”

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Say it Ain’t So! NYT to Cut City Section?

29stan1.span.395.jpgThis 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?

Mediabistro Blog-Family Roundup

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  • Former AOL CEO Jon Miller to head up digital strategy for News Corp- WebNewser

  • Rumors abound that Nielsen may Merge/Shutter AdWeek, BrandWeek, MediaWeek- FishbowlNY
  • Bill O’Reilly on Sean Penn, Wolf Blitzer and Meghan McCain- TVNewser
  • Anthony Hopkins might play Ernest Hemingway in a film about the last years of the novelist- GalleyCat
  • Journalists worked the catwalk to benefit the Washington Humane Society- Fishbowl DC
  • Outside’s Go Wins Travel Journalism Award

    outside03.30.09.pngOutside’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.”

    Layoffs at San Francisco Chronicle

    No shock here. The paper is struggling. The paper is letting people go. Dog bites man. Man this story bites…

    From FoxReno:

    Sources say they are Rock and Roll Critic Joel Selvin, Political Cartoonist Tom Meyer, Fashion Editor Sylvia Rubin and Pulitzer Prize-winning Photographer Kim Komenich.

    Via Daryl Cagle‘s twitter.

    Previously on FBLA: SF Chron to Lay Off 125 People, SF Chronicle Up for Sale or ‘Close It Altogether’, SF Chronicle ‘Redesigns’ for 2009, Newsday and SF Chron Will Start Charging.

    CORRECTION: We received this note,”wanted to reconfirm before i emailing a correction but legendary san francisco rock critic Joel Selvin took a BUY OUT from the SF Chronicle and was NOT fired given the tumultuous times, that kind of mistake could have ramifications and i know you want to be accurate.”

    Media Criticism Via Facebook, Part 2

    This time we hear from Martin Gee, creator of the Newspaper Escape Plan group on Facebook and Twitter. Gee is not overly impressed with the latest cover of The Atlantic:

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    Previously on FBLA:
    Media Criticism Via Facebook Status Updates
    Newspaper Escape Plan On Facebook

    Nielsen to Merge/Shutter AdWeek, BrandWeek, MediaWeek?

    adweek_logo250x80.gifBoth 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.

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