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Newsweek Plans Return to Print (NYT)
Newsweek, the struggling weekly magazine that ceased print publication last year, plans to turn the presses back on. The magazine expects to begin a 64-page weekly edition in January or February, said Jim Impoco, Newsweek’s editor-in-chief. Impoco said in an interview that Newsweek would depend more heavily on subscribers than advertisers to pay its bills — and that readers would pay more than in the past. “It’s going to be a more subscription-based model, closer to what The Economist is compared to what Time magazine is,” Impoco said. CNNMoney The announcement is a remarkable twist in Newsweek’s evolution, coming less than a year after its previous owner, IAC, stopped printing the magazine. The brand was basically left for dead — but now the cover of IAC’s final edition, with the phrase “#LastPrintIssue” rendered as a Twitter hashtag, seems decidedly premature. TheWrap The magazine, which had published weekly since 1933, ran what was expected to be its last print issue on Dec. 31, 2012. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Newsweek’s ride the past few years has been anything but easy. The Washington Post Company sold the magazine to Sidney Harman for $1 plus liabilities in 2010, upon which Harman joined forces with Tina Brown’s former online publication, The Daily Beast, which is owned by Barry Diller’s IAC/InterActiveCorp. Despite generating some controversy, Brown was never able to bring the magazine back to life. After the print edition folded at the end of 2012, top staff started heading for the exits. Adweek The move runs counter to prevailing print media trends. This week, weekly New York magazine announced it would cut back to a biweekly frequency; other weeklies have generally curtailed their publication schedules over the years amid shrinking print revenue and soaring paper and postage costs.
The Sad Final Demise of The Daily Download (BuzzFeed)
The Daily Download, the much-scrutinized project of media personalities Lauren Ashburn and Howard Kurtz, appears to be no more. The website for the media commentary project hasn’t been online in more than a month according to the Internet Web Archive. The Daily Download’s YouTube account was also taken down. That account was online earlier Tuesday but disappeared during the day. Slate / Weigel What elevates this from farce to scandal (OK, a very small scandal) is the appearance, in every adviser’s story, of Kurtz. Kurtz was the star who attracted its investments. Why’d he ever imply otherwise? Why, in 2012 and 2013, was he going to the mat for a sort of rinky-dink site founded by — let’s be honest — a pretty bland pundit with no real profile in D.C., Lauren Ashburn? Why, when confronted about his role promoting the site, did he dissemble? Why, when he moved to Fox this year, did he give a semi-co-hosting role to Ashburn, who has almost nothing to say about anything?
Lisa Kennedy Montgomery Named Primetime Host on Fox Business Network (TVNewser)
Lisa Kennedy Montgomery will debut as host of the new Fox Business Network primetime show The Independents at 9 p.m. ET on Monday, Dec. 9. The show will air Monday through Wednesday and Friday at 9 p.m., with Stossel remaining on Thursday at 9 p.m.. Expect a roundtable discussion about protecting economic and civil liberties hosted by the libertarian-leaning Montgomery and co-hosts Matt Welch of Reason magazine and America’s Future Foundation’s Kmele Foster. THR / The Live Feed The move is bound to make many a Gen-X-er feel a little old with the network tapping ’90s MTV VJ Kennedy to host a primetime series about economics. The new hour marks another programming expansion for FBN, which currently airs an encore of Gerri Willis’ Willis Report in the hour. Variety Kennedy joined FBN as a contributor and special correspondent to Stossel in 2012.
Guardian Editor Defends Publication of Snowden Files (The Washington Post / Europe)
Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger on Tuesday vigorously defended his decision to publish a series of articles based on the secret files leaked by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, telling a parliamentary committee that the right to continue pursuing the story goes to the heart of press freedoms and democracy in Britain. NYT At one point during the hearing, Rusbridger was asked, to his evident surprise, whether he loved his country. He answered yes, noting that he valued its democracy and free press. Reuters British police are examining whether Guardian newspaper staff should be investigated for terrorism offenses over their handling of data leaked by Snowden, Britain’s senior counter-terrorism officer said on Tuesday. PandoDaily With Edward Snowden becoming a leading candidate for Time magazine’s Person of the Year, it is important to remember that he is the central character in not one but three distinct stories: the story of what his disclosures tell us about the U.S. government’s surveillance system, the story of what the treatment of him and the reporters publicizing his disclosures says about attitudes toward whistleblowing and First Amendment protections, and the story of the rapidly changing power dynamics in the age of digital media.
Chicago Sun-Times, Union Deal Would Bring Back Four Photographers (Chicago Tribune)
Sun-Times Media, publisher of the Chicago Sun-Times, has agreed to hire back four fired photographers as part of a new collective bargaining agreement, according to a union spokesman. The tentative three-year agreement with the Chicago Newspaper Guild, which was ratified Monday night by employees at the Chicago Sun-Times and Northwest Indiana Post-Tribune, also includes a lump sum payment of $2,000 for fired photographers not rehired.
Gawker Boss: We Got Overtaken by BuzzFeed, Smarmy Upworthy Is Nipping at Our Heels (JimRomenesko.com)
Gawker Media employees got a memo from the boss Tuesday morning: “The bad news… We got overtaken by BuzzFeed in November. They surged to 133 million global uniques. Damn. That’s impressive. And Upworthy — even smarmier than BuzzFeed — is nipping at our heels. They’ll likely stay ahead until Kinja comes into its own next year. The race is on.”
At Peter Kaplan’s Funeral, Mourning The Master of The Masters (NYT)
Manhattan publishing took a very sad holiday on Tuesday. Many of its better-known practitioners traveled by train, car and, in some cases, chartered bus, to Larchmont Temple in Westchester County to say farewell to one of their heroes, Peter W. Kaplan. Kaplan died last Friday of lymphoma.
‘Native’ Ads to Drive Digital Media Growth: Report (NY Post)
The Interactive Advertising Bureau is releasing its white paper on native advertising Wednesday morning, just as Federal Trade Commission chairwoman Edith Ramirez is slated to start day-long town hall hearings on the matter in Washington, D.C. “Native advertising is going to fuel the growth of digital media, but we may never be able to bucket it out,” said Peter Minnium, head of branded advertising at IAB, who said nailing down a precise dollar amount is difficult.
Charleston Gazette Photographer Alters Image to Obscure TV Station’s Logo (Poynter / MediaWire)
The Charleston Gazette offered a frank apology via Facebook Tuesday morning after one of its photographers digitally altered a front-page news photo to obscure the logo of a TV station.
Shady Marketing Firms Are Still Quietly Bribing Bloggers (Gawker)
In 2011, I was approached by a shady online marketing firm that offered to pay me to quietly insert links to their clients’ websites in Gawker posts. We imagined that exposing the practice might end it. Not at all! It’s happened again. PRNewser This shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to anyone, but we are a little shocked by the marketer’s insistence and his willingness to provide links to clients’ content when he should have known right away that Nolan would shame him in public by reprinting all of his emails.
If You Want Reporters to Check Stories Before They Publish, You’re A Hater (DaveWeigel.com)
Instead of doing something productive, like finishing chapter two of my book, I spent about an hour Tuesday noticing how the Internet had fallen for yet another hoax. Elan Gale, a producer for The Bachelor and thereby one of the worst people on the planet, spent part of Thanksgiving live-tweeting what he said was a feud with an irritating woman “in mom jeans” who complained too loudly about her flight delay. Gale sent her drinks and notes telling her to shut her mouth and “eat a d*ck.” The Internet loved it, especially BuzzFeed, whose Rachel Zarrell aggregated Gale’s tweets and photos. Her post, on one of the year’s slowest news cycles, got nearly 1.4 million reads. One problem: Gale’s story was bullsh*t.
Most Female Journalists Have Been Threatened, Assaulted or Harassed at Work — Here’s Why We Don’t Talk About It (Slate / The XX Factor)
This week, the International Women’s Media Foundation and the International News Safety Institute released the results of an online survey asking female journalists around the world to detail the abuse they’ve experienced on the job. Sixty-four percent of the 875 respondents said they had experienced “intimidation, threats or abuse” in the office or in the field. Most of the abuse was perpetrated by the journalists’ bosses, superiors and co-workers.
Katie Couric Promotes Dangerous Fear Mongering With Show on HPV Vaccine (PLOS / The Panic Virus)
On July 10, 2012, I received an email from a producer at Katie, Katie Couric’s daytime talk show, about a show the program was planning on vaccines. Over a period of about a month, the producer and I spoke for a period of several hours before she told me that the show was no longer interesting in hearing from me on air. Still, I came away from the interaction somewhat heartened: The producer seemed to have a true grasp of the dangers of declining vaccination rates and she stressed repeatedly that her co-workers, including Couric herself, did not view this as an “on the one hand, on the other hand” issue, but one in which facts and evidence clearly lined up on one side — the side that overwhelmingly supports the importance and efficacy of vaccines. Apparently, that was all a load of crap.
What’s Wrong With America’s Newspaper Opinion Columnists in One Chart (Gawker)
Why are newspaper opinion columnists so consistently baffled by the politics, technologies and social mores of the 21st century? We’ve crunched some data, and we think we’ve figured out the answer: They’re old as hell. FishbowlNY Gawker is wrong. The fact that the average and median ages of columnists is 60 is not a big deal. The fact that most are men? That’s a big deal. But older people have this thing called experience. This is why they get columns.
HuffPost’s Gut-Wrenching Poverty Editorial That Went Viral A Hoax (Mediaite)
In October, Linda Walther Tirado wrote a painful and heart-rending post entitled “Why I Make Terrible Decisions, or, Poverty Thoughts,” which chronicled her struggles with near abject poverty. This week, the post was republished in The Huffington Post where it spread like wildfire across the Internet and made the jump from the Web into cable news. On Tuesday, however, it was revealed that Tirado’s claims were a dramatic exaggeration.
cassman4 I think it’s ridiculous that this is stirring up a media hype and posing as a problem.
VictorBalta More offensive than Cuomo intv brother, this quote: “Critics say my intv was no diff than any other” Then why do it?
Dennis Furlan He thought he was being a pro. I don’t think he was.
Al Quarles That’s like NY FOX News reporter Greg Kelly interviewing his father NY Police Commissioner Ray Kelly. Not uncommon in NY.
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