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Archives: February 2010

Variety Scraps Bad Movie Review For $400,000, Is Basically Yelp

iron_cross_movie_2.26.10.jpgVariety has a bit of explaining to do after it was revealed that the magazine removed a negative movie review from their web archives for money. The movie in question is Iron Cross, which follows an NYPD cop as he tracks down the SS officer who killed his family during the Holocaust. The film happens to be the last movie by the late Roy Scheider, who passed away during production.

As the Los Angeles Times reported last November, the film’s writer and director, Joshua Newton, struck a deal with Variety in order to position the movie as a possible Oscar contender:

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Survey: B2B Editors Poorly Trained to Handle Digital Publishing

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Despite the increasing importance of digital media for all kinds of publications, many editors of B2B publications consider themselves relative luddites, according to a recent survey.

The American Society of Business Publication Editors along with the Medill School at Northwestern recently asked 273 B2B editors how well they thought they were keeping up with digital innovations in publishing. The results were not exactly encouraging. Eighty percent of respondents said that they took part in one day or less of corporate-sponsored digital training during the last year. Thirty-six percent said they received not a lick of such training.

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The Atlantic Redesigns Web Site

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The Atlantic‘s Web site has a new look, and a few new features. The magazine announced today that it had redesigned its site, and lo and behold, an updated force for news on the Internet.

The redesign adds a few new features, including a navigation panel that organizes stories into various themes, such as “Politics,” “International,” and “Food.” Two new recurring features, “Other Works of Genius,” and “The Interns Recommend,” also make their debut. Beyond that, users should have an easier time posting comments thanks to new software, and they’ll find that when they mouse over some links, the previews of what’s in store will pop up.

The Atlantic has over the past couple years been taking steps to revamp its visual presence, both on and off the Web. Readers may remember back in late 2008 when the print editions got a facelift to mixed reviews.

What do you think of the redesign? Drop us a line in the comments.

The Snowpocalypse Puts A Freeze On NY Media

snow_day_2.26.10.jpgNew York City, for those of you who were not aware, is currently blanketed by approximately 783.4 feet of snow and it. Just. Keeps. Falling. This means that many in New York media have decided to take something of a snow day, a few in both the literal and figurative sense.

Fashion designer Tory Burch put on her Huffington Post Contributor Hat (available at The GAP) today to blog about snow. “Here’s hoping for a snow day,” she mused musingly, “so I can take my boys to Central Park for a snowball fight and then to Serendipity for frozen hot chocolate. As much as I dislike the cold I do love the snow.”

Lindsay Kaplan, Time Out New York‘s publicity manager, announced via Twitter that several of the publication’s departments were taking a snow day, leaving many worried that the staff was busily mushing to their respective corner bodegas for 40s and Hostess cupcakes instead of formally settling age-old debates. When Mediabistro’s own PRNewser responded to the Tweet, Kaplan made it clear that a lil’ snow doesn’t stop TONY.

Then there’s the New York Post, whose photo editors, as the good people at Animal so helpfully pointed out, used a picture of the Philadelphia City Hall to illustrate an article on The Snowmageddonapolypalooza. (Then again, the NY Post does mention that the storm impacted everywhere “from Philadelphia” to Not Philadelphia.)

Stay warm, everyone.

Newsweek’s Clifford Stoll Was No Nostradamus

Three Word Chant! dug up a fun bit punditry failure from a February, 1995 article in Newsweek by science writer Clifford Stoll.

The title of the story: “The Internet? Bah!

Some highlights:

The truth in [sic] no online database will replace your daily newspaper, no CD-ROM can take the place of a competent teacher and no computer network will change the way government works. …

Yet Nicholas Negroponte, director of the MIT Media Lab, predicts that we’ll soon buy books and newspapers straight over the Intenet. Uh, sure.

More prognostication:

Then there’s cyberbusiness. We’re promised instant catalog shopping-just point and click for great deals. We’ll order airline tickets over the network, make restaurant reservations and negotiate sales contracts. Stores will become obselete [sic]. So how come my local mall does more business in an afternoon than the entire Internet handles in a month? Even if there were a trustworthy way to send money over the Internet-which there isn’t-the network is missing a most essential ingredient of capitalism: salespeople.

Wow. Two typos and analysis that finds a way to make Bill Kristol look prescient by comparison. Unlike Kristol, though, Stoll at least seems to have realized the error of his thinking. According to his Wikipedia page, Stoll now makes a living selling glass Klein bottles on the Web.

H/T Unlikely Words

Photo Gallery: USA and Vanity Fair ‘Character Approved’ Award Party

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Jeff Goldblum!

americanidiotsmall.jpgLast night, the USA Network partnered with Vanity Fair to celebrate its “Character Approved” award nominees in New York’s IAC building. Several famous folks, like Jeff Goldblum, braved the snow to attend. We also saw “Royal Pains” star Mark Feuerstein and fashion designer Narciso Rodriguez. Not to mention the cast of the upcoming Green Day “American Idiot” musical also put on a winning performance.

More photos after the jump.

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American Icons And American Idiots: A Look At USA And Vanity Fair‘s “Character Approved” Awards Party

usa_characters_approved_2.26.10.jpgLast night, while most of New York was firmly ensconced in their homes during the early stages of The Great Snow of 2010, FishbowlNY made the icy trek to Vanity Fair and USA network’s “Character Approved” Awards party at the IAC building. And, friends, it was worth it for the hors d’oeuvres alone.

The party was thrown to honor award recipients in the fields of art, architecture, design, fashion, film, food, giving, music, new media and writing. Find out more about the honorees — and the food — after the jump.

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Survey: Frat Bros Read Sports Illustrated, Sorority Chicks Read Cosmo

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Occasionally, scientific inquiry reveals that young men and young women approach the world in different ways. More often, media research accomplishes this, as is the case with a recent nationwide survey by Student Monitor on undergraduates’ magazine-reading habits. The result: Boys like Sports Illustrated, girls favor Cosmopolitan. Shocking!

In a nationwide survey, Student Monitor interviewed 900 undergrads, 150 men and 150 from each grade. The goal: to see what, if any, magazines this crucial demographic reads between games of beer pong and screenings of The Big Lebowski.

Perhaps the most revealing stat from the survey, conducted in October 2009 and released to Student Monitor’s clients three weeks ago, is Sports Illustrated‘s dominance among males and Cosmopolitan‘s hold over females.

In subscriptions, SI was far and away the best at getting young men to pay for magazine delivery; twelve percent said they subscribed. (Is the swimsuit issue that compelling?) Next was Men’s Health (7.5%), then ESPN (6.5%).

Cosmopolitan held a tight grip on women, with 12% of respondents saying they subscribed. That placed the glossy well ahead of runner-up Seventeen (7.6%).

Student Monitor also found that 74% of all students read at least one magazine from a provided list of 31 general circulation titles. Meanwhile, 37% say they subscribe to at least one magazine.

More highlights from the report after the jump.

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Newsweek Is Having An Identity Crisis

newsweek_logo_2.26.10.jpgIt would seem that Newsweek CEO Tom Ascheim and editor-in-chief Jon Meacham‘s decision to turn the magazine into a lower-circulation (dropping from 2.6 million to 1.5 million) weekly is not exactly proving to be a profitable one, despite massive restructuring throughout the past year.

According to Newsweek‘s parent Washington Post Company‘s fourth quarter earnings report, the company’s magazine unit, made up solely of Newsweek and Budget Travel, experienced a loss of $29.3 million in 2009. Budget Travel lost a reported $1.2 million, leaving Newsweek‘s new manifestation responsible for a loss of $28.1 million in its first year of change.

Ascheim points out that the fourth quarter was actually the best for Newsweek and that he expects to experience smaller losses through 2010 before “breaking even” in 2011.

Post: Paterson Not Seeking Full Term

patersonleftalign.jpgThe New York Post is now reporting that New York Governor David Paterson will not be seeking a full term in an upcoming election.

Citing “multiple sources,” the Post says Paterson will announce between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. today that he’s dropping out of the race.

Today, several New York papers, including the Post and the Daily News, published editorials calling for Paterson’s resignation in light of Wednesday evening’s New York Times report that said he called a woman alleging assault against one of his aides, shortly before the woman was slated to appear in court to press her case. The story also revealed that State Police officers from Paterson’s security detail, who had no jurisdiction over the matter, visited the woman regarding her case.

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