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Archives: July 2009

Daily News Seeks Social Media Manager

Media companies are starting to recognize the importance of social media. Earlier this year, The New York Times announced the creation of a social media editor position, which was filled by Jen Preston. In Texas, the Austin American-Statesman recently appointed Internet Editor Robert Quigley social media editor and National Geographic has also bought on a VP for social media, Robert Michael Murray.

Now, the New York Daily News is looking for a social media marketing manager, a full time position that “will create and manage social media opportunities to develop increased awareness, and extend our reach,” the company’s ad on mediabistro.com says.

Note to unemployed journalists: get on Twitter and start learning those social media skills now. They’ll definitely come in handy as you job search.

FBLA’s Top 5 Stories Yesterday

20th Century Props is Going Out of Business – Everything Must Go

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Well film and pop culture dorks, now is your time. You thought it was Comic Con – that was so last week. 20th Century Props in North Hollywood one of the biggest prop houses in town is closing its doors and according to the LA Times, auctioning off everything the have.

Auction is here. LA Times blurb is here.

Photos by Mel Melcon/Los Angeles Times

Anna Wintour Doesn’t Care About Antitrust Laws

vogue.pngThe fashion industry in the U.S. — and the magazines that cover it — has suffered throughout the recession. But the industry’s leaders are not ready to take their hits lying down.

Earlier this week, the Council of Fashion Designers of America held a town hall meeting to discuss Fashion Week and its dwindling relevance. A number of suggestions were brought up during the meeting, like CFDA President Diane von Furstenberg‘s idea to have two Fashion Weeks — one for trade and one for shops — and designer Betsey Johnson‘s suggestion to hold a public fashion show in Madison Square Garden.

But the craziest idea was brought up by Vogue editor Anna Wintour. “Could someone lead a committee that would make ground rules for retailers of when the discounting starts, and then all the retailers can agree to it?” she said, according to the New York Observer.

After von Furstenberg pointed out that Wintour’s idea would violate U.S. antitrust laws, the editrix offered, “Is that something we can change? We have friends in the White House now!”

Clear Channel Passed on Palin Radio Show

Sarah-Palin-smile.jpgPaige Albiniak at B&C writes:

My own sources say much what they said when asked about a TV show for Sarah Palin: Don’t think so. While you might assume Palin would be a better fit for conservative radio than the less partisan world of syndicated broadcast TV, my sources say the country’s biggest radio conglomerate, Clear Channel, has already passed on her.

Yeah, radio would have been a great fit for Palin. You couldn’t see her but you could hear her. She’s a looker people, not a talker. We recommend silent films maybe or miming. Something where abnegating is an asset – like a nicotine patch spokesperson.

A miming nicotine patch spokesperson! That’s it. For special needs children.

via IWantMedia

The FishbowlNY Newsstand: Your Morning Glance

Is Obama Administration Killing Newspapers?|Why Mags Will Never Get Their Ad Pages Back|GossipCop.com Launches|Local N.Y. Paper Ditches Free Website Model|J-School Grad Are Still Hopeful

FishbowlLA: Is the Obama Administration trying to kill newspapers? A USA TODAY report said the Department of Homeland Security “is consolidating subscriptions to professional publications and newspapers, and, where possible, encouraging the use of free online publications rather than purchase the print version.”

Ad Age: Why magazines will never recover their lost ad pages.

Mediaite: Dan Abrams launched a new site today, GossipCop.com, which promises to “investigate the accuracy of the daily anecdotes, the rampant rumors, and the cubicle grist known as celebrity gossip.”

Albany Times Union: Schenectady, N.Y. paper ends free Website access experiment because the Web advertising revenue was not enough to “enough to justify the perceived threat to its print publication.”

Village Voice: J-school grads remain optimistic, for some reason.

Sales Team Moves At Bonnier, MSLO

Balis-b1.jpgThere’s news of two moves among sales teams at magazine publishers Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia and Bonnier Corp.

MediaDailyNews reports that MSLO has brought on Janet Balis (left) as executive vice president of media sales and marketing. She will oversee sales across the publishing, broadcast and digital properties and will report to MSLO’s executive chair Charles Koppelman. Balis joins MSLO from her own consutling company Digital Media Strategies, where she has worked for the past year and half. She also previously worked for Time Warner, where she served in positions at Time.com, People.com and AOL.

Over at Bonnier, Chris Allen, VP of group publishing and corporate sales for nine of the company’s travel, shelter and lifestyle titles, is departing after less than a month on the job, Mediaweek reported. Allen was hired to serve in one of two group publishing roles created by Bonnier when it acquired five titles from Hachette Filipacchi last month.

Mediaweek said Allen, who had previously served as publisher for Cooking Light, is leaving without another job lined up.

“It was more of a three- to four-week consulting trial,” Allen told Mediaweek. “I just think the nature of the job to be done on the particular titles was not what I expected it to be. I think I thought it was a larger, more strategic task than it was.”

Photo via MediaDailyNews

MPA Releases Web-Sourced Mag Subscription Projections

The Magazine Publishers of America released data from a study yesterday that forecasts an increase in the number of magazine subscriptions sold online this year.

According to the MPA, subscriptions that originate from the Web will make up 22 percent of new business sales for MPA member magazines this year. Last year, 21 percent of new subs came from the Web, with 17 percent and 13 percent coming from the Web in 2007 and 2006, respectively.

The information, which was drawn from a survey of MPA members and their actual and projected sales for this year, also revealed that 14 percent of total subscriptions sales — both new subscriptions and renewals — will come from the Web this year, with a majority coming from magazines’ own sites. Also, subscriptions coming from Amazon.com are projected to increase 35 percent this year.

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Lily Burk & Parole Policy On ‘Which Way LA?’ Tonight

180wwla.jpgTonight at 7, journalist Celeste Fremon and LA Police Protective League President Paul Weber will be on KCRW’s ‘Which Way LA?‘ with Warren Olney. According to Fremon they will be “talking about the tragedy of Lily Burk‘s death, the media coverage of the crime, and whether or not it’s being used as a political football.”

We’re interested to hear what Fremon has to say. She has been one of the few bloggers in LA media doing actual reporting on the case instead of using the tragedy to promote a political agenda. We highly recommend her blog Witness LA.

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