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Archives: October 2009

Share Your Gory Details

The human body is a disgusting thing. If you live long enough, something truly horrifying will happen to yours. And when it does, well, you wanna talk about it.

Your friends may be sick of listening to your tales of shattered pelvises, festering boils and dislocated eyeballs, but that doesn’t mean you’re tired of telling them. Local performance troupe Art of Bleeding wants to hear all about it. The group is building a library of real-life medical horror stories and offer a toll-free hotline to anyone who wants to spill their guts. An audio archive of scary stories is available online.

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Stewart vs. Fox News|WaPo Co. Sees Income Rise|Beckman Takes Control Of W|Meacham’s Take On Print Media

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TVNewser: Jon Stewart and “The Daily Show” devoted nearly 12 minutes last night to discussing the Fox News vs. White House feud and a mocking analysis of Fox News’ distinction between news and opinion programming.

MediaJobsDaily: Reporting its third quarter earnings, the Washington Post Co. posted a $7 million increase in income while revenues at the company’s newspaper decreased 20 percent to $156.3 million.

WWD: Richard Beckman, president and CEO of Conde Nast‘s Fairchild Fashion Group, which publishes WWD and Footwear News, is taking over control of W as well.

Daily Intel: Days after Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger compared print media to the Titanic, Newsweek editor Jon Meacham tried a different analogy: “Forgive my possibly overly facile analogy here, but when we are looking at the digital delivery of the printed word, we are kind of where the Sony Cassette Walkman was,” he said. “There will be, I think, an interim step that will be a CD Walkman. And then it seems to me there’s going to be an iPod.”

BusinessWeek Prez Steps Down From Mag, Stays On At McGraw-Hill

Keith_Fox.jpgWe made it through almost a whole week without any other higher-ups dipping out of BusinessWeek now that it’s been bought by Bloomberg LP. But nothing good lasts forever, especially not in the world of business magazines, and today BusinessWeek president Keith Fox announced he is stepping down from his position.

Unlike the other staffers who have jumped ship since news about the sale broke mid-October, Fox will be staying on with the magazine’s former publisher, McGraw-Hill.

Fox’s official statement about his departure, after the jump.

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Indie Pub Death + Taxes Tries Interactivity

cover_redux.jpgEsquire might be testing out augmented reality, but it’s not the only magazine trying to get its readers to interact with the magazine online and off.

Indie music pub Death + Taxes has paired with Mobot — a visual image search company — to create an interactive version of its November/December issue, on newsstands next week. Mobot’s technology can be activated by readers to create an interactive experience with 10 stories in the issue.

This is how it works: take a photo with the camera on your phone of a page from one of the interactive stories and text or email the image to D+T. In response, you’ll get access to additional content available for download. For example, take a photo of guitarist Marnie Stern and you’ll unlock this video of her playing.

Mobot has used its technology for advertisements before, but this time the project is completely edit-driven. And the whole project is funded by Scion, with no additional cost going to the readers. The technology may only reach D+T‘s small audience (it has circulation of 54,000 with 135,000 total readers), but it may not be long until we see some bigger titles testing out this interactive option or something similar.

Related: Esquire Continues To Bring Multimedia to Print Issues

Paying Respects To WSJ‘s Boston Bureau

boston.jpgYesterday, The Wall Street Journal announced that it was closing its Boston bureau.

“That there has been truly great reporting under the generalship of Gary Putka out of Boston over many, many years is not in doubt,” Journal managing editor Robert Thomson said in a memo yesterday. “But we remain in the midst of a profound downturn in advertising revenue and thus must think the unthinkable.”

The bureau’s contributions to the business paper, and journalism, won’t be quickly forgotten. The bureau contributed many long-form investigative pieces for the business paper and covered Boston-based mutual-fund firms, education and other local industries like biotechnology. And several reporters based there were part of team that was awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 2007 for article about stock-option backdating.

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Gavin Newson Drops Out Of Governor’s Race

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom has withdrawn from the 2010 race for California Governor. Earlier this year Newsom formally announced his candidacy on Twitter. Today Facebook helps him end his campaign-

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Newsom hasn’t updated his Twitter page yet.

HuffPost Introduces Nominees For Game Changers In Media

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The Huffington Post has asked its readers to help pick the top 100 “game changers”: people who are “using new media to reshape their fields and change the world.” But as the site has revealed two new lists each week, we were surprised not to see founder Arianna Huffington on any of the them, especially this week’s list, Media Game Changers. We thought that HuffPost not putting its founder on the list rings just a little bit of false modesty. Come on, if Arianna isn’t at least one of the top ten game changers in media, who is?

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Dominick Dunne Memorial

200dommm.jpgYesterday would have been Dominick Dunne‘s 84th birthday. Friends of the recently deceased journalist gathered last night at the at the Chateau Marmont to celebrate his remarkable life. Steven Mikulan was in attendance, and writes about the memorial on his blog L.A. Noir:

Thursday night’s toast to Dunne was attended by a mix of the people he knew from Hollywood and the courts, and also by the street reporters he met and befriended during the first Phil Spector trial – Ciaran McEvoy, Peter Hong, Harriet Ryan and the court blogger Betsy Ross, aka “Sprocket.”

Dunne’s actor son, Griffin, recalling that as a child his parents would visit friends in this very same suite, related how Dominick gave his kids firecrackers to toss at the police down on Sunset Boulevard during the curfew riots of 1966.

Author Lawrence Schiller praised Dunne for raising social issues usually kept out of polite conversation, while former Los Angeles D.A. Ira Reiner spoke of Dunne’s uncanny ability to attract sources of information during O.J. Simpson‘s first trial.

TMZ founder Harvey Levin recounted how Dunne’s righteous indignation over the judicial miscarriage following the murder of his daughter, Dominique, inspired Levin, then a KNBC reporter, to relentlessly delve into the trial, while keynote speaker Linda Deutsch of Associated Press described Dunne’s unshakable personal loyalty to colleagues.

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An Inside Look At Time Inc.’s Assignment Detroit

Earlier this week, we got a chance to chat with Steven Gray via Skype. Gray is a Time magazine correspondent based in Time Inc.‘s new Detroit bureau, established earlier this year in a house in the Motor City.

Gray is the only person living full time in the house, but many reporters from across the company come and go to work on stories as part of Assignment Detroit. The project is year-long commitment to living in and reporting from the city, with reports appearing in various Time Inc. publications and Web sites, including Time magazine, Time.com, Fortune, Fortune.com, CNNMoney.com, Sports Illustrated, SI.com, Money and Essence magazine.

Gray gave us some background on the project, talked about what he’s been working on and told us what it’s like to live and work in the house/bureau. In the clip above, he talks about covering Detroit and blogging for Time.com. “Detroit offers one of the few places in the country where I can write about all of the issues that I care about personally, in terms of writing about society and politics and business and the economy,” Gray said. “So why not Detroit?”

More of our interview with Gray, after the jump

Related: Time Inc. Launches Assignment Detroit

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