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Archives: July 2009

Schwarzenegger Eliminates All Domestic Violence Funding

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger slashed state funding for domestic violence shelters from the 2009/10 California budget by 100 percent on Tuesday. Zach Behrens at LAist writes about what that will mean for one local women’s shelter:

The Domestic Violence Center in the Santa Clarita Valley is the only agency that provides domestic violence services in the 200-square mile valley. As a result of Schwarzenegger’s cut, which is immediate, they’ve lost 45%, or $207,222.00, of their annual funding, which they say will force them to close their doors later this year unless the community supports them with donations. In 2008, they served over 1,000 victims of domestic violence.

“As the Center’s Executive Director, I think about every client who has come through our doors and their horrific stories of abuse – I cannot help but cry when I think about what the loss of our services will mean to victims,” said Executive Director Nicole Shellcroft in a statement. “Those who walk through our doors have suffered through broken bones, beatings, strangulation, food deprivation, arson, torture, genital mutilation and unspeakable sexual violence. They have been thrown down flights of stairs, have been victim to violent physical attacks during pregnancy and have even faced the prospect of murder. Victims seek our services to escape incredible violence aimed at them and their children.”

Michael Jackson Had A Secret Love Child

In an exclusive interview with NewsOne, Joe Jackson confirmed that 25-year-old Omer Bhatti is Michael Jackson‘s biological son.

Press Readies For “Beer Summit”|Tru Blood Drink Tastes OK|NYT Sports Reporter Reveals How He Got Steroid Names|Can Photo Agency Demotix Succeed?|What If NYT Reporters Started Their Own Company?

FishbowlDC: Everyone is getting ready for Obama’s “Beer Summit” tonight.

AgencySpy: HBO has come up with an actual Tru Blood product to market alongside it’s hit vampire show “True Blood,” and it apparently doesn’t taste that bad. One taster said: “Compared to most soft drinks, it’s refreshing and not too sweet. It also foams just like real blood. Ultimately, though, I prefer the stuff when it comes from Jesus.”

Editor & Publisher: How 25-year-old New York Times reporter Michael S. Schmidt dug up three of the biggest names in the current baseball steroids scandal.

MediaShift: Does citizen photo agency Demotix have a chance at survival?

TechCrunch: Michael Arrington asks: What if the top 10 percent of the New York Times‘ writers left and started their own media company?

A List Of AP Buyout Takers

AP logo2.pngA tipster has sent us a lengthy list of members of the Associated Press who accepted the recent buyout offer. The AP said Tuesday that around 100 veteran staffers had taken the buyouts.

We’re told the following list is from the AP’s alumni listserv, so we’re not sure how accurate or complete it is. If you see any errors or omissions let us know.

Related: 100 Veteran AP Staffers Take Buyouts

The list after the jump.

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Mediabistro Blog-Family Roundup

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  • A list of AP buyout takers – FishbowlNY

  • So, where does that Lou DobbsBill O’Reilly booking stand? – TVNewser
  • Gawker, publishing, and the creative underclass – GalleyCat
  • An early look at MoMA’s Tim Burton retrospective – UnBeige
  • Consumer privacy advocate eyeing Microsoft-Yahoo deal – BayNewser
  • NYT Night Rewrite Desk Becomes Part Of Web Newsroom

     times logos.pngIn a move that shows the increasing importance of the Web as a source of news for readers, The New York Times said today that it’s night rewrite team would be moved off the Metro desk to become part of the Web newsroom and the Continuous News Desk.

    Nieman Journalism Lab
    has the memo sent today by Digital News Editor Jim Roberts and Deputy Political Editor Gerry Mullany announcing the change.

    The transition of the Times Continuous News Desk will be led by Anahad O’Connor, Derrick Henry and Sarah Wheaton — “One of them will be on duty each night of the week,” the memo promises.

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    Ex-NYT Execs Launch Marketing & Ad Company

    larosa.png Two former ad executives from The New York Times have joined forces to launch a marketing and advertising sales rep company with an international focus. But they’re not just throwing around their former employer’s name just to get publicity for their growing company — the Times is also one of their first clients.

    Founders Claire LaRosa (left) and Warren Ho said their company, Media Sales International, will initially focus on Latin America before expanding into other foreign markets. The company will be producing special advertising economic reports for the Times‘ digital and print editions.

    ho.pngLaRosa worked at the Times for 31 years in various ad sales management positions. Ho worked alongside LaRosa for 10 years selling advertising for the Times, and he has also worked for Conde Nast Traveler and The Los Angeles Times.

    “We have the expertise to help clients outside the United States target and reach key audiences, such as leaders in business and government in the States,” LaRosa said. “The New York Times and nytimes.com provide extremely effective venues for reaching influential, decision-maker audiences. And the net combined audience of more than 20 million is a powerful story and offer.”

    (Photo via Media Sales International)

    Rodale CEO Leaves, Replaced By Founder’s Granddaughter

    rodale.pngPennsylvania-based magazine and book publisher Rodale Inc. said today that president and CEO Steven Pleshette Murphy has decided not to renew his contract and will be leaving the company at the end of the summer. He will be replaced by Rodale’s chair, and granddaughter of company’s founder, Maria Rodale.

    Murphy joined Rodale in 2000 as president and COO, and was promoted to CEO two years later. “After a wonderful decade at Rodale, I have decided not to renew my contract and to take time off to pursue my own creative interests,” he said in a statement. “Now is the perfect moment for Maria to lead the company forward by adding the top managerial responsibility to her role as chairman.”

    Maria has worked for the company founded by her grandfather, J.I. Rodale, in various capacities since 1987. She is currently the editor-in-chief of Rodale.com and writes a blog, “Maria’s Farm Country Kitchen,” which is also published by the Huffington Post. She has served as chairman of the board since 2007, when she succeeded her mother. She has also written three books.

    “I have been preparing my whole life to lead Rodale,” Maria said. “As chairman and CEO, I will work to build on the strong foundation we have established during the past ten years to take this incredible company to even greater heights…The entire Rodale family thanks Steve for his expert leadership, in particular his ability to ensure the company’s stability during a most challenging time. He will forever hold a place in Rodale’s history as both a creative innovator and a disciplined executive, all the while staying true to our company’s unique mission.”

    Full release after the jump

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    On The Menu: How To Make It In NYC & Gawker’s Hamilton Nolan

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    Today on the media- bistro.com Morning Media Menu podcast, hosts Jason Boog of GalleyCat and AgencySpy‘s Matt Van Hoven were joined by Gawker‘s Hamilton Nolan, who came on to talk about the day’s media headlines.

    First on the docket, yesterday’s Village Voice article about the optimism of just-graduated journalism students. “I think the best quote in that Village Voice story was the girl who had just graduated from j-school and she was like, ‘We’re optimistic, and maybe a little crazy,’” Hamilton said. “That pretty much sums up the qualities you have to have to go to j-school today.”

    Hamilton also talked about his employer, Gawker, where many j-school grads probably hope to work in the future. “Gawker is probably one of the companies that employs more full-time bloggers than just about anybody,” he said. “But there is no reason why there can’t be more and more companies like that. Huffington Post is obviously big enough to do something like that, except that’s not really their business model.”

    Also discussed: the New Hampshire newspaper editor who was accused of running a prostitution ring, the approaching deadline of Google’s settlement with authors and the backlash of “Julie & Julia.”

    You can listen to all the past podcasts at BlogTalkRadio.com/mediabistro and call in at 646-929-0321.

    Breaking: Reed Elsevier To Sell Part Of U.S. Business

    pw.pngIn a memo to staffers today, Reed Business Information Global CEO Keith Jones revealed a plan to divest a bulk of the company’s U.S. publications. RBI will hold on to Reed Construction Data US & Canada, RS Means, Variety, Marketcast, LA411 and Buyerzone, Jones said. The rest of the U.S. titles will be sold, including Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, Broadcasting & Cable and Multichannel News.

    “We have decided to focus our efforts and investments on a narrower range of brands and markets, and with this in mind we are announcing today our intention to divest a significant part of the RBI US business,” Jones said in his memo. “This has been a difficult decision to reach as there are many strong brands here, with very experienced and professional teams running them, but we have concluded that they are less well suited to RBI’s strategy going forward.”

    Jones also added that Tad Smith, CEO of RBI’s U.S. business, has resigned “to pursue a new job challenge.” He will be replaced by EVP and CFO John Poulin, who has been appointed acting CEO.

    Jones’ memo is below. We will keep you posted as news develops. And, as always, your tips are welcome.

    Update: RBI’s parent Reed Elsevier has put out a statement and a full list of those properties that have been put on the block — nearly 50 publications plus their related international editions and online products. “We have had to contend with a far harsher advertising environment than any of us have experienced before and, in such a climate, we have to focus not just on innovation and efficiency, but also on ensuring that our portfolio is well-matched with our long-term ambitions,” Jones said.

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