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Archives: April 2010

Oops My Bad: Jim Baumbach Returns To Newsday From The Wall Street Journal

Well, that was nice while it lasted. Yankees reporter Jim Baumbach has returned to Newsday after a (very) brief stint almost-covering the team for the Wall Street Journal‘s new Greater New York sports section.

The Observer hears tell that Baumbach had several disagreements with Journal editors over the direction of the section and decided to head home.

Journal reporter Darren Everson will be covering for Baumbach until a replacement is found.

The Revenge Of Steve Jobs

Because tech blog Gizmodo hadn’t pissed off Steve Jobs enough by showing the world the super-secret iPhone 4g prototype, they asked readers to imagine how the Apple CEO would take his revenge.

The readers did not disappoint.


Full gallery of Jobs’ wrath here.

Previously on FBLA:

  • iPhone Investigation Prompts Seizure of Journalist’s Computers
  • 4G iPhone Debacle, Dilbertized
  • Enjoy Some Warm Wiener Schnitzel | GIANT BABY! | Jenny Sanford Hikes The Appalachian Trail Straight To Your Heart

    dick_farm_4.29.10.jpgFishbowlLA: The Museum of Celebrity Tweets includes illustrations of all the dumb things dumb people you’ve heard of write about on the intertubes. Including stuff about dicks!

    Oddity Central: GIANT BABY!

    FishbowlDC: Jenny Sanford is going to co-host The View. Which is less interesting than news that Elizabeth Edwards is going to host American Gladiators.

    Gawker: Some celebrity is going to come out as gay in the May 5th issue of People. Who could it be! My money is on Dora the Explorer.

    ‘This Recording’ Catalogs All-Time Best Magazine Runs

    TRheader2504292010.jpgAs Time rolls out its 2010 list of the 100 Most Influential People, thoughtful, superlative-prone internet publication This Recording today proffers a meta-take on the “influential list” format by running down the “Finest Magazine Runs in Human History.”

    Esquire‘s 1961-1973 series gets the No. 1 slot, thanks to its nostalgia-inspiring “style and substance.” This Recording laments the glossy’s current efforts to conflate lad-mag sexiness with journalistic seriousness.

    Time from 1939 to 1945 gets second place for being the “most well-written compendium of critical thought ever to enter the public sphere at the time.” Similar to Esquire, though, today This Recording views today’s Time as an “absolute mess.”

    The New York Review of Books 1976-1992, Mad 1958-1963 and National Lampoon 1971-1979 round out the top five. Honorable mentions include Ranger Rick, The Believer and Cat Fancy.

    Check out the whole thing. It’s a fun read.

    Drill, Baby, Drill: ABC’s “News Drills” Results In Twitter Confusion

    jake_tapper_tweet_4.29.10.jpgABC’s tendency to perform routine “news drills” resulted in a confusing Twitter mix-up involving ABC News’ own Jake Tapper.

    @ABCWorldNews tweeted “President Obama will name Elena Kagan his nominee for the Supreme Court, @jaketapper reports.” Which would have been very exciting news indeed had it been true. Unfortunately, Jack Tapper never reported such a thing. He immediately responded via Twitter, writing “@ABCWorldNews no I dont” and then responding to others who had re-Tweeted the news.

    ABC later deleted the original Tweet and issued an apology, writing “@ABCWorldNews: Disregard Supreme Court tweet – Big mistake on our part here. A misunderstanding within the building. @lensmith22.”

    So what was this misunderstanding? What happened was that ABC, as it does from time to time, set up a “news drill.” They explained to Mediaite that an enthusiastic DA prematurely Tweeted (haha, ew) news that was only meant to provide practice on how to report on a breaking story:

    Tapper, and others, were reporting a fictitious news event over an internal loudspeaker. The “report” was preceded by DRILL DRILL DRILL FOR DRILL PURPOSES THIS IS NOT TRUE followed by the “story.” Apparently, a DA whose responsibility it was to “cover” this only heard the “report” part and tweeted it thinking it was real.

    Womp womp.

    Midwest Newspaper Publisher Develops Mobile Apps

    Android_Schedule04292010.jpgLooks like smartphone/Foursquare/tweeting devices aren’t just for coastal, big-city newspaper publishers anymore. Lee Enterprises (LEE), which publishes more than 50 dailies across the country but mainly in the flatlands, announced today that it will partner with software programmer Handmark develop mobile applications for its newspapers.

    Lee’s St. Louis Post Dispatch currently offers an application devoted to the town’s Cardinals baseball team for $2.99. Lee intends to unveil additional sports apps tied to other local papers in coming months.

    Handmark currently provides apps for The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Thomson Reuters, the New York Daily News, CBS, The Associated Press and others.

    Press release after the jump.

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    FishbowlNY Interviews ImageSearch Chief Executive Officer Kurt Garbe On The Future Of Licensing Content


    Kurt Garbe has recently stepped in as chief executive officer of ImageSpan Inc., the creator of LicenseStream. We’ve previously mentioned ImageSpan’s role in helping the Chicago Tribune license its archived photos to interested journalists, companies, and publications. Yesterday, we spoke with Garbe to discuss what he has in store for the company, as well as what a simple, streamlined method of licensing images might mean for the future of reporting (… and “borrowing” images from the web, as many online writers are wont to do).

    Garbe — who formerly held positions as the CEO of SolutionSet, chief operating officer of USWeb, entrepreneur-in-residence at Adobe, CEO of Movaris and COO of Asera — told us that he is looking forward to helping the company experience continued growth and expansion as more and more media outlets begin to discover that monetizing content has transformed from a “nice extra” to a must for media owners.

    In addition to the Chicago Tribune, ImageSpan’s LicenseStream has entered into relationships with Digimarc, PhotoShelter, the McEvoy Group (whose brand media properties include Spin magazine and Chronicle Books) and the Missouri History Museum (which Garbe says has received photo licensing requests from as far away as Australia).

    ImageSpan’s platform allows owners of digital content, like scanned photographs, to license, share and monitor all forms of electronic media. Garbe explained that there are two simple ways for interested consumers to acquire a licensed image or video. One could, for example, go directly to, view a photo series of a concert and easily look up the licensing information for the desired images. Alternately, one could perform an “accidental discovery,” by, say, doing a Google Image search for concert photos, happening upon images that appear on, and then going about acquiring the licensing info through a streamlined online process.

    We were especially interested in how ImageSpan is able to monitor who purchases their electronic media and how they go about responding to those who, to put it diplomatically, “creatively borrow” their content without first filling out the appropriate licensing forms. Garbe admits that unauthorized use of their content is a “perpetual problem,” so ImageSpan performs a periodic scan of places using their content, and compare these to places that have actually bought licensing rights. Their process for dealing with content-nabbers (“bloggers”) is then automated, allowing the company to easily find a user’s whois info, email address, etc. so that ImageSpan can send a notice alerting major companies that they should, you know. Probably pay for that content.

    LicenseStream allows the content owner to determine what type of route they want to take when it comes to dealing with people using unlicensed content. They can choose, for example, to email a request for the image in question to be removed, invite the user visit the content owner’s site and choose additional images for a fee, reuqest that the image or video be properly sourced, etc.

    In the case of bloggers, Garbe says many content owners are more inclined to be lenient and may simply ask that writers source the information in question and/or provide a link back to the owner’s site. After all, he says, it benefits these companies to have readers, and potential customers, realize they’re out there providing this service even as ImageScan ensures their customers’ content is able to remain protected.

    Country Living‘s ‘House of the Year’ Will Have a New York Home

    COUNTRY_LIVING04292010.jpgPeople who care about the environment and tasteful home design, take note. Country Living announced today that its 2010 House of the Year will undergo construction in lower Manhattan’s World Financial Center.

    Dubbed “Home Green Home,” the project endeavors to equip the house with “compelling style and ‘green’ products and features for every room.” The home will be a two-bedroom, 2 1/2 bath, 1,600 square foot cottage with a 1,100 square-foot wrap-around porch and trimmings selected by Country Living‘s editors and decor by Kate Ridder. The house will stay in the World Financial Center until mid-June. After that, the house will move (how, we are not sure) to New Jersey.

    Country Living publisher Hearst, in partnership with New World Home, is also sponsoring a “Country Living Collection” of LEED-certified homes, available for purchase by Country Living readers. The collection includes this year’s House of the Year.

    This marks the first time the Country Living house will be built and “temporarily set” in the World Financial Center. The house will be open for public viewing starting June 4. Tickets are free.

    Press release after the jump.

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    Mediabistro Blog-Family Roundup


  • CNN, MSNBC Carry Obama’s Remarks at Dorothy Height Service; Fox News Does Not – TVNewser

  • U.S. Subpoenas NY Times Reporter Over CIA Book – FishbowlNY
  • Amazon Launches “Most Highlighted Passages of All Time” List – eBookNewser
  • Good Grief! Rights to Peanuts Characters Are Changing Hands – UnBeige
  • What Does A Social Media Specialist Do? – MediaJobsDaily
  • Associated Press Elects Two New Board Members

    ap04292010.jpgThe Associated Press today named New York Times Co. vice-chairman Michael Golden and Washington Post publisher Katharine Weymouth to its board of directors.

    Two directors, Bo Jones of The Washington Post Co. and former president of Media General‘s publishing division H. Graham Woodlief, are stepping down following completion of the maximum permitted nine years of service.

    The AP also voted to keep several incumbents on its board:

    • Lakeway Publishers CEO and Morristown, Tenn., Citizen Tribune publisher-editor Jack Fishman
    • Lee Enterprises CEO Mary E. Junck
    • Advance.Net chairman and editor of the Jersey City Jersey Journal Steven O. Newhouse
    • Schurz Communications senior vice president for newspapers Charles V. Pittman

    The AP board consists of 18 directors, chosen by AP members in groups of six a year at the press cooperative’s annual meeting. If it wants, the board can name six additional directors.

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