Archives: September 2009
It’s been a challenging year The Star-Ledger, New Jersey’s largest circulation daily paper.
One year ago, the paper, owned by the Newhouse family’s Advance Publications, shed more than 200 staffers through buyouts in order to keep the publication afloat. Yesterday, Jim Willse, the editor who has led the Star-Ledger for the last 15 years, announced he will retire next month. Managing Editor Kevin Whitmer will be succeeding him, Willse said.
In addition the buyouts last year, the Star-Ledger also implemented pay cuts and decreased payments for health care benefits just a few months ago.
While the paper has been dealing with these set backs, its former employees have been cooking up some competition for the Star-Ledger. In April, a group of employees who had taken buyouts last year launched a local news Web site, NewJerseyNewsroom.com.
Star-Ledger Editor Jim Willse announces retirement, names successor –The Star-Ledger
Mark your calenders!
What: Drinks and conversation
Who: Media professionals
Why: To bring about greater community among media professionals, and because it’s fun!
When: Thursday, October 1, 7:00 – 9:00pm
The Crocker Club
453 South Spring Street
between 4 and 5 Streets
Los Angeles, CA 90013
Food/Drink: Cash bar
From their release:
The Associated Press announced that a 2009 AP Stylebook app is now available on the App Store. The app lets writers and editors easily take the Stylebook with them on their iPhone or iPod touch wherever they go.
“AP Stylebook fans have been asking for a mobile application so they can have style guidance wherever they go,” said Colleen Newvine, who manages the AP Stylebook product group. “Journalists never know when they will need to run out the door to chase a story, so as long as they have an iPhone in their pockets when they go, the Stylebook can go with them.”
Okay, that is totally awesome. Now if you have a job where they would pay for it – even better.
Previously on FBLA:
Nine hours? Fifty-five dollars cash? Reporter? Star Trek?! Huh?
From the always wishful Craiglist:
Reporter needed on Set Tomorrow! (Glendale)
Date: 2009-09-28, 10:54AM PDT
Reply to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Entertainment website needs a reporter to cover a story tomorrow on the set of a game show.
If you are a fan of “Star Trek”, you’ll love this one!
Please submit your availablity (sic) and contact info. You are allowed up to 3 guests who
will also receive cash payment.
This job requires you to be on-set from 12noon- 9pm
Pays $55 cash, plus $5 per blog post.
* Location: Glendale
* it’s NOT ok to contact this poster with services or other commercial interests
* Compensation: $60
If anyone took this gig – please email us!
Time Warner is completing its spin-off of AOL later this year, a deal that has led many to speculate that the media company might jettison its Time Inc. magazine division, from which its prestigious media name is derived.
Adding to the speculation, last week Gordon Crawford, the managing director of Time Warner’s largest shareholder, The Capital Group, stated that plan as fact during a discussion at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication.
“Time Warner just spun off their cable division, they are going to sell their print division, they are going to spin off AOL and they’re just going to be Warner Brothers, HBO and the Turner Networks,” Crawford said, according to a Reuters report.
“The body language from Time Warner executives in recent months makes me think they intend to keep at least part of their magazine business in the family. More than body language, actually: ‘Time Warner without People? I can’t imagine it,’ one well-placed Time Warner official told me recently.”
Yes, Time Inc. has faced tough times in the past year — even laying off 600 employees last year. But all magazines have experienced the same challenges. Although it’s possible that Time Inc. is looking to dump some of its 23 titles, the company most likely wants to hold on to its flagship magazines, Kafka asserted. Time Warner might also look to dump its IPC Media unit, based in the U.K. “But I’d be surprised if he got rid of Time Inc. and its iconic brands altogether,” Kafka concluded.
And don’t forget: Time Inc. showed its commitment to its brands by recently investing in a bureau in Detroit to closely monitor the city for the next year.
Time Warner Dumping Its Magazines? Not So Fast. –All Things Digital