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Archives: June 2009

Vibe Has Folded

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From Jeff Bercovici at AOL’s Daily Finance:

Vibe magazine, the urban-music magazine founded in 1993 by Quincy Jones, is the latest victim of the media recession. Multiple sources both within and outside the magazine confirmed that it is shutting down.

via FBNY

Andrew Blankstein on Countdown…Again

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LA Times does celebrity tragedy right.

NYT Snags Three Loeb Business Journalism Awards; WSJ, “60 Minutes” Each Get Two

loeb.pngLast night, UCLA’s Anderson School of Management presented its 2009 Gerald Loeb Awards at the New York Athletic Club.

The New York Times was the big winner of the night, with business and financial editor Lawrence Ingrassia receiving the Lawrence Minard Editor Award and the paper and its magazine winning three of the 12 competition categories including the Large Newspaper and Magazine categories and the Best Writing award, which went to Gretchen Morgenson. (Rick Rothacker of The Charlotte Observer also won in the Best Writing category.)

The Wall Street Journal and CBS News’ “60 Minutes” both took home two awards each, and now defunct business magazine Portfolio earned one win in the Feature Writing category for Michael Lewis‘ story “The End.”

A full list of the winners after the jump

Earlier: Loeb Award Finalists Announced; Times, Economist Editors Get Career Achievement Awards

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FBLA’s Top 5 Stories Yesterday

Roger Friedman Sues Murdoch for Wrongful Termination

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From Huffpo:

Fired Fox News entertainment columnist Roger Friedman filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against Fox News, News Corp, 20th Century Fox and Rupert Murdoch in New York State Supreme Court Monday, the Huffington Post has learned.

In the suit, Friedman seeks $5,180,000 in damages for wrongful termination, tortious interference, and libel defamation.

Friedman was fired in April after reviewing a copy of 20th Century Fox blockbuster “Wolverine” that had leaked online, a move seen as an implicit endorsement of piracy.

Friedman, who now writes for the Hollywood Reporter, is expected to allege that the piracy incident was an excuse to fire him, and that News Corp really bowed to pressure from Scientologists, who had been seeking his dismissal over columns critical of Scientology.

AFTRA President Pleased with ACTRA Contract

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Los Angeles, CA (June 29, 2009)–In a statement released today, Roberta Reardon, National President of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA), praised the announcement by the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA) regarding ratification by ACTRA members of a new three-year Independent Production Agreement covering performers working on Canadian film, television and new media productions:

“On behalf of the more than 70,000 members of AFTRA, I congratulate all of our brothers and sisters in ACTRA who have successfully ratified a new three- year Independent Production Agreement covering their work in Canadian film, television and new media. We’re pleased that ACTRA members were able to achieve yearly wage increases during a time of severe global economic crisis.”

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Join Us Tonight for a Mediabistro Cocktail Party

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Tonight from 7-9pm at the Wokcano Cafe in Santa Monica.

Hosted by Debra Eckerling and Michelle Thatcher.

The hosts like it when you RSVP. It’s just the right thing to do, people.

More info here.

The FishbowlNY Newsstand: Your Morning Glance

YouTube Launches Reporter Center|Wikipedia Co-Founder Helped The Times|Hachette Reorganizes Auto Brands|Atlantic City Paper’s Editor Says Goodbye With Top Ten List|Spitzer Blogs For HuffPo

WebNewser: YouTube launched its Reporters Center today, featuring instructional videos, tips and advice from journalists like Katie Couric, Bob Woodward, The New York Times‘s Nicholas Kristof, and Arianna Huffington.

New York Times: More information about the lengths the Times went to to keep reporter David Rohde‘s kidnapping off the media’s radar: Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales joined in the effort to monitor Rohde’s Wikipedia page and delete any references to the kidnapping.

Folio: Hachette Filipacchi Media is reorganizing its automotive brands, Car and Driver and Road & Track, under the Jumpstart online network purchased in spring 2007. The structure of the new Jumpstart Automotive Group will be similar to the new structure implemented for Hachette’s women’s and shelter titles.

The Press of Atlantic City: Longtime editor Paul Merkoski wrote a good-bye letter to his readers ala David Letterman, listing the “Top 5 Things I’ll Miss Most Starting Next Monday” and “Top 5 Things I’ll Miss Least Starting Next Monday.”

Huffington Post: Disgraced New York governor Eliot Spitzer blogs for The Huffington Post for the first time since 2007. What motivated him to come back to the blogosphere? “The Plight of New York’s Small Business Owners” for the site’s new New York section.

Talking Social Media And Twitter At The Personal Democracy Forum

pdf2.jpgDuring the afternoon session at the Personal Democracy Forum today, we sat in on one panel about citizen journalism and another focused on organizing and fundraising using Twitter.

The first panel of the afternoon was moderated by The Nation‘s Ari Melber and featured social media experts Amanda Michel of ProPublica.org, NPR‘s Andy Carvin, Twittervision’s Dave Troy and Andrew Turner of GeoCommons.

The panel discussed using crowd sourcing and citizen journalists to report and develop stories. These tools were the key to covering stories like the 2008 election cycle and the inauguration festivities. The group talked about why citizens want to get involved, deciding that involvement can be attributed to many different factors, from political motivation, curiosity or just to check where tax dollars are being spent.

“Sometimes imminent danger motivates people,” Carvin said, adding that more than 500 people volunteered to report news and information for NPR in the days leading up to Hurrican Gustav’s landing last year.”But I can’t get people on board a hurricane project for this year until there is a storm about to hit.”

Michel, who worked for the Huffington Post‘s Off the Bus project during the election last year, said that although she needs to check information from politically motivated sources carefully, sometimes they make the best sources.

“It needs to be an issue they care about — either they or their friends or family is involved — something there to pull them in,” agreed Turner. “They are not going to get involved just because it’s in front of them.”

(Photo: Melber, Turner, Michel, Troy and Carvin talk citizen journalism)

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