It’s what we’ve been jawing about all week: The National Magazine Awards, or ‘Ellies,’ (or awards show where we don’t get the fondue fountain this year) are tonight, and we’ll be all aTwitter. Follow along here for the fun stuff (namely, the parts where those partaking of the still-hopefully-flowing Champagne tell us what they really think of their editors/writers/President/Web users).
Archives: April 2009
“Maybe the newspaper will live and maybe it won’t, but the question is where is the journalism going to go?”
That was one of the questions raised by TheDailyBeast.com founder Tina Brown today during the IFC Media Project panel at the Paley Center of Media. Also featured, Peggy Noonan, who appreciates the new media landscape. “There is a broad wasteland of banality out there, but there is more variety than there was when I was a kid and I love it,” she said.
And bridging new and old school, Brown thinks “Ben Franklin would have been a passionate blogger.”
Below, Noonan describes why reporting for “PeggyNoonan.com” may not get desired results, and after the jump, former Bush administration press secretary Ari Fleischer on why the Web is beginning to compete with the “front page”:
Click continued to see Fleischer’s “front page” vs. Web theory (and the rest of the panel’s response)…
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WWD: Since the magazine industry is screwed, the American Society of Magazine Editors is scaling back the party for tonight’s National Magazine Awards
New York Times: Time Warner is nearing a decision to spin off America Online
Reuters: Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia reports a $16.8 million first quarter loss because of a bad deal with KMart and falling magazine revenues
FishbowlLA: The Newspaper Association of America is laying off half of their staff and folding Presstime magazine
This week the Baltimore Sun laid off 61 newsroom staffers. The cuts represent nearly a third of the paper’s newsroom, which previously had 205 employees. Staff were notified of the layoffs Wednesday and, in some cases, on Tuesday evening. Three reporters and a photographer got the news that they were losing their jobs by phone in the press box during last night’s game between the Baltimore Orioles and the Los Angeles Angels. In the past few weeks, the Baltimore Sun Media Group has also made cuts at its Patuxent Publishing chain of community newspapers in Maryland.
Since 2006, Ted Venetoulis, a local Baltimore businessman who owns a chain of community newspapers, has led a group of other area investors who have been seeking to buy the Sun from Tribune. Rick Edmonds of the Poynter Institute, who spoke with Venetoulis yesterday, said Venetoulis thinks the cuts indicate that Tribune’s desire to “continue running the operation itself rather than selling it.” Venetoulis also told Edmonds that his group was close to reaching a deal to buy the Sun from Tribune just a few weeks ago, but that negotiations were postponed due to the bankruptcy proceedings.
If Tribune does decide to hold on to the paper, there are many signs that they’re considering making it a Web-only news operation. In an article about the layoffs, Baltimore Sun Media Group spokeswoman Renee Mutchnick told Sun reporter Lorraine Mirabella that the cuts were part of a restructuring plan for the newsroom aimed at turning the paper into “a 24-hour, local news-gathering media company so we can more effectively gather content and distribute it among our different platforms: print, online and mobile.” Two weeks ago, in a seminar at Johns Hopkins University, Sun editor Monty Cook told the audience: “We have to stop being a newspaper company. Right now. We are a digital media company.” FishbowlNY reached out to Mutchnick and Cook to ask about their plans for the Sun, but as of this writing, they have not responded to our request for comment on this story.
Craving something creative as this year’s Tribeca Film Festival wraps? Stick around downtown, where some of the best design minds will gather Tuesday night to talk about what’s new in online design and what that means for the media industry.
Five cutting edge designers will share their secrets about creating compelling campaigns and connecting clients to customers through innovative advertising, branding, and interactive design. And they’re doing it in this harsh economic climate.
Tina 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.
Publishing 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):
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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.
Photo credit: Matthew Arnold
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