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Archives: April 2010

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AgencySpy: Here is a military-grade fart smuggler for your partner’s chemical weapons-grade flatulence. Although, true story, I accidentally dutch ovened myself in my own cold lonely bed this morning. So, thanks, infomercial, for allowing me to feel not only totally disgusting, but also chronically alone.

Founditinabar: Oh man. I know what I’m going to be reading as I drink by myself in front of my laptop tonight!

FishbowlDC: The White House Correspondents’ Dinner has an awkward seating arrangement. Who is going to get a booster seat for Justin Bieber? Or Sally Quinn?

Bitch: Blogging while female is tough. It seems our only choices are to tell TMI-ified personal anecdotes (like, say, fart stories), blog about fashioooooon, or have been famous to begin with. So glad I went with option 3.

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Weekly Media Stocks Roundup: The Sector Takes a Hit As Earnings Reports Stream In

wall_street_cover03262010.jpg Shares in media companies fell nearly across the board as the broader market lost serious ground thanks to the SEC investigation of Goldman Sachs and uncertainty over financial reform. The S&P 500 lost 2.6% to end at 1186.68.

Earnings season continued, offering investors additional insight into the health of the media space. Financial Times publisher Pearson (PSO) on Friday announced first-quarter revenue growth of 7%. Shares nevertheless lost 1.2% on the week to end at $15.97.

Shares of The Daily Beast operator IAC/Interactive (IACI) lost 4.6% to close at $22.45. The company on Wednesday announced a first-quarter loss that had narrowed compared with the first quarter of 2009. In a conference call with analysts, CEO Barry Diller said the iPad would play an important role in the company’s future. Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia (MSO), also posted a narrowed first-quarter loss on Wednesday. Shares fell 2.3% to $6.68.

Meredith Corp.
(MDP), which publishes Family Circle and other consumer titles, announced it made a fiscal third-quarter profit that climbed 31% year over year. Shares nevertheless fell 3.2% to $35.93.

Weekly stock results for The New York Times Co., Gannett, Lee Enterprises and more after the jump.

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The Huffington Post Introduces “The Kathleen Show” Weekly Audio Interviews

kathleen_huffpo_4.30.10.jpgThe Huffington Post this week debuted a new audio blog featuring interviews from “The Kathleen Show” – a nationally syndicated radio program hosted by Kathleen Slattery-Moschkau. We spoke a bit with Kathleen to learn a little more about the program and what we can expect to hear.

A filmmaker and health advocate, Kathleen’s show focuses on empowerment and, as she tells us, “going for it.” Going for it, as it were, could mean delving into myriad topics including food, spirituality, the green movement, film, literature, and health care – which Kathleen hopes to discuss in a way that brings attention to alternative, and not necessarily Western, means of medical practices and techniques. Kathleen told us she also hopes that her show will help show people that prevention and living a healthy lifestyle are sexy rather than boring. As if regular colonoscopies are ever boring or unsexy.

Kathleen refers to her interviews as “raw, solid,” and a listen at the first interview and write-up she placed on the newly-launched blog, “God gets a makeover,” fits that description quite nicely. She talks with William Paul Young, the author of the New York Times bestseller The Shack [Which, if I'm not mistaken, is a book that made my dad cry just a little]. Both interviewer and interviewee tear up a bit at some point in the process, which is usually a sign that the interview is going either well or terrible or terribly well.

Each week, although not on any specific day, Kathleen will choose one interview from her radio series along with a roughly 300-word write-up that offers either a personal take on the subject matter discussed, or a behind-the-scenes look at the show.

Given that the slogan for her radio show is “Grab Life by the Ovaries” (Bruising!), we asked Kathleen whether her series and accompanying blog posts would be primarily skewed towards female visitors. Kathleen told us that the theme of “going for it” is universal and that, although her audience is 60 percent comprised of women, she does and will focus on both gender-neutral and males-specific shows – like, for example, how to prevent prostate cancer. In ways that are, naturally, sexy and not boring.

Audio content, Kathleen believes, is an interesting form media to people that will add a new layer to HuffPo’s multimedia coverage. And she hopes that Huffington Post visitors will be able to listen to her segments at their leisure, interact with her and one another via online comments, as well as share stories that interest them via social networks like Facebook and Twitter.

Give her show a listen and let us know what you think. And her accent? Is Wisconsinian. In case you were wondering.

San Diego Reader And Printing Company Suing The Bejeesus Out Of Each Other

The San Dieguito Printer company filed suit in January against the San Diego Reader for a breaking a 10 year exclusive contract. Now the alt-weekly’s publisher Jim Holman is counter-suing the printers for fraud. San Diego CityBeat has details from the suit:

Holman, dba San Diego Reader, was induced to enter into the contract, and to pay the prices specified therein, by the following statement made to Holman and Howard Rosen, the operations manager of San Diego Reader, by a principal and agent of SDP, Richard Lapham, acting in his capacity as an agent for SDP.

Prior to entering into the contract, Lapham told Holman and Rosen that the color rates specified in the contract, and the general printing rates charged by SDP, were the lowest possible rates that SDP could charge and still make a minimal profit on the work SDP did for Holman.

Holman has since learned that the rates charged by SDP are significantly higher than those charged by other printers.

It’s a messy divorce after a long relationship – SDP was the Reader’s printer for 35 years.

Good thing printers and the alternative press have plenty of money for lawyers!

FBLA’s Top Stories This Week

Bill Murray’s Construction Site Poetry Reading

Our sister site UnBeige brought our attention to this video of Bill Murray at the building site for Poet’s House in Manhattan, reading poetry to the construction workers.

New York Times Puts David Firestone on Editorial Board

new-york-times-logo04302010.jpgThe New York Times has placed David Firestone on its editorial board, according to a memo from editorial page editor Andrew Rosenthal published by Romenesko.

Firestone — who has been a deputy national editor, national correspondent and Queens bureau chief, among other things — replaces Adam Cohen, who will soon be teaching at Yale Law School. News of Cohen’s departure emerged in early March.

You can read the full memo here.

Mediabistro Blog-Family Roundup


  • Paying Sources Isn’t Wrong, Just Expensive – FishbowlNY

  • AP to Launch Content Protection Program in July, College Football Microsite in August – WebNewser
  • More Than One Million Could Lose Jobless Benefits – MediaJobsDaily
  • Analyst Defends eBook Windowing – GalleyCat
  • Microsoft Kills Its iPad Killer, The Courier – eBookNewser
  • AP’s Feller, Washington Post‘s Jaffe Win Gerald Ford Awards

    fordfoundation04302010.pngYesterday, the Gerald Ford Foundation announced the winners of the 2009 Gerald Ford Awards for Distinguished Reporting.

    Associated Press White House correspondent Ben Feller won the Gerald Ford Prize for Distinguished Reporting on the Presidency. The award recognizes that he broke news that Obama had chosen to nominate Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court and for quickly filing stories that gave insight into the president’s character. Feller joined the AP in January 2003.

    Greg Jaffe, who reports on the military for The Washington Post, won the prize for National Defense for his reporting from the battlefields of Afghanistan. Jaffe joined the post in March 2009. He has also worked for The Wall Street Journal and written a book titled The Fourth Star.

    Each writer took home $5,000 for his efforts.

    (h/t Romenesko)

    Todd McCarthy Finds New Home at indieWIRE

    Since being cut loose from Variety a couple months back as a “cost-saving measure,” film critic Todd McCarthy has enjoyed an outpouring of support and praise from colleagues and readers. From his introductory blog post at indieWIRE:

    Happily, along with all this came some intriguing proposals to venture out in new professional directions, offers I imagine would never have been advanced had I remained ensconced at Variety. Needless to say, there were no invitations to become a critic at what used to be called major metropolitan newspapers or national magazines; such jobs barely exist anymore and the few critics who have them know how lucky they are but still may find their minds wandering during boring movies to thoughts of alternate future careers.

    No, the majority of possibilities lay in the electronic world, a domain I felt no need to embrace early on but which now clearly represents the only expanding arena for the written word.

    Previously on FBLA:

  • Todd McCarthy and David Rooney Out at Variety
  • Leonard Maltin on Todd McCarthy’s Variety Exit
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