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Archives: May 2009

VVM Gets Defensive About Pimping

pimpin-.jpgLast week the CEO of Craigslist wondered aloud in a blog post why his company was taking so much heat for adult ads, while newspapers like those in the Village Voice Media chain regularly published similar ads without controversy. It’s a good question. We’ve been wondering the same thing.

This morning Village Voice Media responded to the Craigslist post with a self-righteous rant in the form of a press release. Our favorite part:

We will continue to exercise our right to accept legal, adult postings from our users and concentrate on growing backpage.com. We are aggressively building additional technical solutions as well as increasing our manual site inspections to improve the efficiency of removing content that is illegal or otherwise violates our Terms of Use.

Translation: We will continue to make big bucks off of prostitution and human trafficking, while doing everything possible to cover our asses legally.

Read the entire VVM press release after the jump-

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Slate V’s iPhone Commercial

Brilliant.

Cartoonist Daryl Cagle Takes on Huffpo

zyglis.gifDaryl Cagle just let Huffpo have it in a post on his blog:

The Huffington Post, which famously pays nothing to it’s writers, has a ridiculous piece by Jason Notte about “Ten Features That Are Dying with your Newspaper;” included on the list are editorial cartoons and one comic, The Family Circus. Notte writes:


9. Editorial Cartoons: You know those witty, insightful, stinging illustrated summaries of current events that make their way onto the op-ed page? In 10 years, you may be in the minority. If newspaper’s death knell is ringing, editorial cartoonists are pulling the rope. The head of the American Association of Editorial Cartoonists said four years ago that the number of full-time editorial cartoonists in the U.S. had dropped from 200 to 80. For his part, cartoonist and AAEC president Ted Rall has been putting together nearly as many layoff updates as illustrations these days. Remember when censorship was an editorial cartoonist’s biggest worry? Apparently, those were the good times.

This is typical of the Huffington Post’s attitude about the “death of newspapers” as they crow about how they are the next new big thing in journalism – although they operate on round after round of venture financing, without a sustainable business model, stocked with content from volunteers.

Damn. We can smell the burning hair from here.

Previously on FBLA: We Have a Little Crush on Simon Dumenco

FBLA’s Top 5 Stories Yesterday

Tonight is Jay Leno’s Last Night as the Tonight Show’s Host

the_tonight_show_with_jay_leno-show.jpgIt’s been 17 years since Jay Leno took over Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show. In all those 17 years Leno has personally groomed/mentored/launched exactly zero other comedians. But maybe now that he has an earlier show that will change, right?

Anyway, we like Andrew Wallenstein from The Hollywood Reporter’s commentary on All Things Considered about the move by NBC to have Leno at ten every night:

To understand what NBC is up to in late night, consider the comb-over. Some men paste the remaining hair on their heads over their bald spots. And NBC takes the few big hits it has and just stretches it over fallow sections of its schedule. Hey, it’s easier than what most networks do, which is try to launch brand new hit shows.

Wallenstein notes that with this add – there will be four funny white guys with talk shows every weeknight on NBC.

Hm. There’s an overdone premise.

Help Get WebNewser’s Steve Krakauer Out Of Here

celebrity.png Despite what the title of this post suggests, we are quite fond of our colleague from WebNewser and TVNewser, Steve Krakauer. So, when we heard he was competing in the “I’m a Blogger…Get Me Out of Here!” contest, we wanted to help him out.

The winner of the contest, which is part of promotional efforts for NBC‘s upcoming reality show “I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!”, will get sent to Costa Rica to blog during the show. And since Steve professes that this is his “lifelong dream,” we had to do our part and vote. And you should, too!

Here’s a little bit more info about the contest, from its Web site:

We pit bloggers against each other in a contest to see who can survive to the final round, and win a trip to live blog behind the scenes at the “I’m a Celebrity” set in Costa Rica!

Three rounds will present our bloggers with challenges about bugs, beauty, being a celebrity and surviving the jungle. And you decide who makes it to the next round.

Check out Steve’s first post about bullet ants (no thank you) and botflies (yuck). We were worried that, were he to win, Steve might encounter these scary creepy crawlers when he gets to Costa Rica. But thankfully, bloggers don’t get to go outside much. But unfortunately, we think Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt are more scary than bullet ants anyway.

The FishbowlNY Newsstand: Your Morning Glance

An Outsourced Newsweekly|ESPN Lays Off 100|Newspaper Editors Secretly Meet|Women’s Mags Question Retouching Cover Models|Time Warner Dumps AOL

FishbowlLA: Alternative newsweekly New Haven Advocate has outsourced to India.

Associated Press: ESPN cut 100 jobs.

The Atlantic: Newspaper publishers held a secret meeting today reportedly about how to monetize online content moving forward.

New York Times: Women’s magazines debate: to retouch or not to retouch?

Businessweek: Time Warner broke up with AOL.

Ladies’ Home Journal Names Entertainment Director

lhj.pngLadies’ Home Journal named a new entertainment director today: Susan Pocharski, a 20-year industry vet with experience wrangling celebrity interviews for magazines like People and Us.

Pocharski most recently worked for Reader’s Digest, booking their entertainment coverage. She also worked as a senior editor at People, where she produced the magazine’s first Oscar Daily feature, and served as executive editor for Teen People, George and Maximum Golf, which she helped launch in 1999.

Pocharski will be replacing Marisa Fox, who recently left the magazine. But we’re wondering, will this mean more high profile celebrity interviews in LHJ?

Full release after the jump

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Pulitzers Celebrate Journalism In An Uncertain World

pulitzer1.jpgToday, we headed all the way uptown to Columbia University for the annual presentation of the Pulitzer Prizes. We spied some bigwigs of New York media, like Bill Keller celebrating The New York Times‘ five award haul (“I feel pretty damn good,” he told FishbowlNY) and Newsweek editor Jon Meacham, a Pulitzer Prize winner himself for his biography of Andrew Jackson, “American Lion.”

There were also some representatives from smaller press outlets, like Mark Mahoney of The Post-Star in Glens Falls, N.Y., who was awarded the Pulitzer for editorial writing.

Overall, the mood of the day was celebratory but somber (and the rainy weather didn’t help). Pulitzer Prize board co-chair, Anders Gyllenhaal (shown above), touched briefly on the sad state of traditional media today in his opening remarks and noted, although this was the first year that online-only publications could submit entries for Pulitzers, that he believed that online journalism still has a ways to go.

“Start-ups are not yet delivering the kind of probing, authoritative work that journalism’s service to the community should be about,” he said.

Read on for more insight from Keller, Meacham and Douglas Blackmon

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