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Archives: January 2010

FishbowlNY Readers Respond: Split Over New York Times Pay Wall

2nytpoll.jpgLast week The New York Times announced that they would be introducing a metered pay wall to NYTimes.com by 2011, allowing readers to view a certain number of articles on the Web site before they were prompted to pay. Since the issue of paying for online content has been at the forefront of discussions about media lately, we asked our readers: Would you be willing to pay the price to access NYT articles?

Your response? The majority votes nay.

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What Is The Future Of Magazines On The iPad?

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Before Apple’s big tablet computer unveiling yesterday, all people in the magazine industry seemed to be talking about was “the tablet” and all the promises its full color touchscreen held for in store for declining newsstand sales and waning advertiser interest.

But, we were surprised to see that not one magazine was included in Steve Jobs‘ presentation yesterday. While publishers like Time Inc. and Bonnier had developed tablet concepts for what they thought Apple’s product was going to look like, it seems like no one was willing (or asked?) to make an iPad-ready app in three weeks like The New York Times did.

So today, we wonder, will there be magazine apps ready when iPad is ready for purchase later this year? What issues will publishers be facing as they rush to put out something in the coming months?

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Charlie Brooker on How to Report the News

This is very informational. Charlie Brooker clues us in on how it’s done.

Via Reddit

Tribune Bonus Ruling Leaves Union “Disappointed”

nqewspaper222.jpgYesterday we reported that a Delaware court had ruled that Tribune Co. would be allowed to dole out $45 million in executive bonuses during a year when the company was mired in bankruptcy.

Obviously this has ruffled the feathers of not only Tribune employees, many of whom took the brunt of the revenue shortage, but of the Newspaper Guild-Communications Workers of America, which represents the company’s staffers. The union put out a statement about the court’s decision yesterday, saying they were “disappointed.”

“Although Tribune says its executives wouldn’t be motivated to work hard without bonuses, we think more highly of our bosses,” the guild said.

After the jump, the guild’s full statement.

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Why The LAFD Rescued That Dog

270dogrescue.jpgThe decision of the Los Angeles Fire Department to use their tax-payer-funded resources to rescue a German Shepherd from the L.A. River has received some criticism. But the LAFD is unrepentant, and their spokesman Steve Ruda makes a clear case for the choice to save the animal. From L.A. Now:

One was the concern that someone would risk his or her life to save the dog.

“If we did not do anything, there was potential for another human being to enter the river,” Ruda said, citing national statistics showing that of 900 people who die in drownings each year, a third involve would-be rescuers.

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Although the current was moving quickly, firefighters determined the water was not that deep, Ruda said. He said it also was an opportunity for rescuers to hone their skills. Even though firefighters train for such incidents, it’s no substitute for real-life conditions.

“Any time we get a chance to practice our craft, it sharpens our skills,” Ruda said. “They felt it was low risk and high return.”

Ruda said he hopes people realize the rescue was rooted in what firefighters consider their most important calling, saving lives.

“It was an animal life,” he said. “It is a life.”

The owner of the dog, an elderly Maywood woman, has come forward to claim her pet. The lucky pup’s name is Spikey.

Photo by Mark Boster for the L.A. Times

Previously on FBLA:
Fire Crews Save Dog From L.A. River

The Week Taps New National Sales Director

week.jpgWith ad sales at a premium, it’s more important than ever for publications to have a stellar sales team in place.

That’s why it comes as no surprise that The Week, the opinion and commentary magazine, has brought Timothy Koorbusch to lead its national sales team. Koorbusch, who formerly worked as New York sales director for the Sports Illustrated Golf Group at Time Inc., has joined The Week as national sales director, where he’ll lead the magazine’s print and digital advertising teams.

Prior to his work at the Sports Illustrated Golf Group, Koorbusch worked at Sunset magazine, Fortune, Fortune Small Business and National Review.

Full release after the jump

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FBLA’s Top 5 Stories Yesterday

Wall Street Journal Launches Travel Service

356008.jpgWe wonder how the Bancroft family would be feeling about this (if they weren’t too busy enjoying their $60 per share right now): News Corp.‘s Wall Street Journal has launched a travel service called WSJtravel, which will offer over 50 “premiere” travel packages to such exotic locations as Vietnam (for a study in local food), Tuscany (to stay in 1,0000-year-old castle and take seminars on books), and Napa Valley (to get wasted with class).

While we’ve been talking about Condé Nast possibly lending out its name for product licensing, it almost seems ingenious for The Wall Street Journal to pair with a travel agency and do it first. We’re happy to see media companies trying out new sources of revenue. And if it works, so much the better.

Full press release after the jump.

Previously: How To Lose Your Brand Identity And Influence Consumers: A Conde Story

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Audrey Niffenegger Reading At Skylight Books

190herfear.jpgThe best-selling author of The Time Traveler’s Wife will be reading from her latest novel tonight in Los Feliz. Audrey Niffenegger‘s reading of Her Fearful Symmetry will begin at 7:30 at Skylight Books – 1818 North Vermont Ave.

The New Yorker says of Her Fearful Symmetry:

The endurance of love animates this gothic story set in and around Highgate Cemetery in London. Niffenegger’s prose can be wearyingly overblown, but she has a knack for taking the romantic into the realm of creepiness, and she constructs a taut mystery around the secrets… It’s no small achievement that the revelations are both organic and completely unexpected.

Marie Claire‘s Nina Garcia Is In

garcia.jpgLast week, we were so excited about Marie Claire‘s new publisher, Nancy Berger Cardone, we completely missed this interview on mediabistro.com with the women’s magazine’s fashion director, Nina Garcia.

Garcia talked to FishbowlNY contributor and Lunch columnist Diane Clehane about juggling Project Runway and her fashion director responsibilities, leaving Elle for Marie Claire back in 2008, and advice for aspiring magazine fashionistas.

Our favorite quotes, after the jump

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