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Today Poised to Win First Week in 18 Months (TVNewser)
Based on Nielsen national fast program ratings, NBC’s Today show has claimed a rare win in both total viewers and the younger demo as the show originated from Olympic Park in Sochi, Russia. The last time Today won the total viewer measurement was the second week of the London Summer Olympics, the week of Aug., 6 2012. By the following week, Aug. 13, 2012, ABC’s Good Morning America was back on top. NYT While finishing a rare second, GMA had a significant victory during the week in that it won a single morning, Tuesday. Even a daily victory had never happened when NBC has based the Today show at the site of the Olympics. It should be noted, however, that these are the first Winter Games in recent memory when NBC did not routinely lead in the morning ratings. HuffPost The challenge for Today is to ensure that its victory is not a fleeting, Olympics-connected one. Alarm bells were surely raised when GMA beat its rival for the first time ever during the Olympics last Tuesday. It was a sign that, all else aside, the morning race is as competitive as it’s ever been, and that GMA will not go down without a fight. New York Daily News Elaine Stritch doesn’t give an F-bomb. Except she did on live television Tuesday morning. The 89-year-old comedian dropped by the Today show, and gave hosts Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb an earful when she dropped the bad word in casual conversation.
Condé Nast WTC Move Begins in November (Capital New York)
Condé Nast is beginning the rollout of its upcoming move to 1 World Trade Center, the soaring skyscraper where it has agreed to live for at least the next 25 years. In one of the first significant internal communications about the move since Condé Nast signed a lease in May 2011, employees of the magazine publisher were informed Tuesday that the relocation from their long-time offices at 4 Times Square will begin in November, Capital has learned. FishbowlNY Condé Nast CEO Chuck Townsend’s note also gave some details about the new space, including the extra 1 WTC floors the company bought in January of 2012.
U.S. News Deletes Archived Web Content Published Before 2007 (JimRomenesko.com)
A Romenesko reader recently noticed that U.S. News wiped out a good chunk of its archives. He writes: “The way that I stumbled upon this is that I am constantly going back into archives of various publications while doing research. U.S. News back in the day had some of the best political reporting around, and it seems a sin that that just disappears unless you have Nexis (which costs a lot, is not comprehensive, and more difficult to search through).”
Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue Is The Thickest Since The First Bush Administration (Ad Age / Media News)
The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue includes 107 print ad pages this year, an 8 percent increase over the issue last year and the most since 2007, showing again that advertisers will pile into high-profile programming even if they aren’t expanding their spending at other times. Brands including Target, Mattel and Subway have created 15 custom campaigns for the issue, the 50th annual installation of the Swimsuit franchise, publisher Time Inc. said Tuesday as the issue was slated to reach newsstands. Adweek The emphasis on female readers has been growing more evident in recent years. This year, consumers will find brands like Barbie, which is launching an SI Swim doll, and Target, which is promoting its new Black and Gold swimwear line in celebration of the issue’s 50th anniversary, specifically targeting women with custom ad campaigns. A total of 15 brands created custom creative for the issue. FishbowlNY As part of SI’s 50th anniversary Swimsuit Issue, the magazine sent Kate Upton 34,000 feet into the sky in a specially modified airplane that created a zero gravity environment for about 30 seconds at a time. SI then photographed Upton floating around. Please note that any discussion about why, exactly, SI did this is strongly discouraged.
Portions of Forbes Site Still Down After Hacker Attack (Re/code)
Business news site Forbes.com was still recovering Tuesday from the after-effects of an attack by hackers that exposed the email addresses of more than a million of its users and forced it to take its blogging platform down. Lewis DVorkin, chief product officer and the brains behind Forbes’ all-important network of editorial contributors, gave the fullest account yet of the nature of the attack in a post on the site. Describing what he called a “difficult 48 hours,” including a discussion with the FBI that was “sobering, at times a bit scary,” DVorkin confirmed that the attack against Forbes fit the usual profile of those carried out by the Syrian Electronic Army, a hacker group that supports the regime of President Bashar al-Assad and that claimed responsibility for the attack.
Netflix-Traffic Feud Leads to Video Slowdown (WSJ)
Netflix subscribers have seen a lot more spinning wheels lately as they wait for videos to load, thanks to a standoff deep in the Internet. The online-video service has been at odds with Verizon Communications Inc. and other broadband providers for months over how much Netflix streaming content they will carry without being paid additional fees. Now the long simmering conflict has heated up and is slowing Netflix, in particular, on Verizon’s fiber-optic FiOS service, where Netflix says its average prime-time speeds dropped by 14 percent last month.
Salon Media Group Continues to Increase Revenue Through Traffic (Folio:)
Salon Media Group revealed results for its third quarter 2014 fiscal year, which ended Dec. 31. The company earned $1.9 million in net revenue — an increase of 82 percent versus that period from the prior year. Perhaps more significant, the company increased revenue by 70 percent during the final nine months of the 2013 calendar year, when compared to 2012. Salon points to robust traffic increases as a catalyst for its $1.8 million in advertising revenues for Q3 2014.
The Guardian Corrects: Sir Patrick Stewart Isn’t Gay (Poynter / Regret The Error)
A Guardian contributor mistakenly cited Sir Patrick Stewart as being gay, resulting in this correction: “This article was amended on 17 February 2014. The third paragraph originally said ‘Some gay people, such as Sir Patrick Stewart, think Page’s coming out speech is newsworthy.’ This should have read ‘Some people, such as Sir Patrick Stewart, think Page’s coming out speech is newsworthy.’” Stewart later responded: “Well, @guardian it makes for a nice change… at least I didn’t wake up to the Internet telling me I was dead again.”
Fired Donald Trump Aide Thought BuzzFeed Profile Was ‘Fantastic’ (Politico / Dylan Byers on Media)
Sam Nunberg, the Donald Trump aide who was fired in the wake of a critical BuzzFeed profile about his boss, has been on a warpath of late. He has called the article a “pejorative hit piece,” filled with “rife inaccuracies” and “mean spirited tone,” and even suggested that its author, McKay Coppins, may have ruined his career as a political reporter. Nunberg had a different reaction to the piece before he was fired. In an email to Coppins, which the reporter forwarded to Politico, Nunberg called the profile “fantastic” and followed up by suggesting that Coppins come over for dinner. “I think this is fantastic. Wow,” Nunberg wrote to Coppins on Feb. 13, just 30 minutes after the piece was published.
Candy Crush Maker, King, Seeks IPO to Further Its Momentum (NYT / Dealbook)
The maker of the white-hot Candy Crush mobile game is hoping to cash in before players get a toothache and move on. Since it was introduced in April 2012, the puzzle game has captivated the public and held everyone’s attention. Personal bests — you made it to level 202?! — have been shared and compared on social media by fans around the globe. Whether the company can sustain the same sort of excitement among investors, and find a way to avoid the pitfalls of other fading game makers, remains to be seen. The Guardian But the filing to go public also reveals that King’s fortunes are currently closely tied to the continued success of Candy Crush. The game accounts for 78 percent of Kings total gross bookings, according to the filing. Its second most popular game, Pet Rescue Saga, had 15 million daily active users in December, a fraction of Candy Crush’s 93 million. Guardian Liberty Voice Lingering questions surround the origins of Candy Crush, with the developer of a strikingly similar game called Candy Swipe claiming that King stole his original idea, crushing the developer’s dreams of earning a living off of his own hard work.
Gannett Blog Shuts Down After Almost Seven Years (NY Post / Media Ink)
Gannett Blog, a nonprofit site being run by an ex-Gannett editor, has shut down after nearly seven years. The site was launched by Jim Hopkins, a former reporter and editor at USA Today, and was probably the foremost tracker of the tumult and the repositioning that was under way inside the nation’s largest newspaper chain. During the site’s lifespan, Gannett cut its payroll by 40 percent, to 30,000.
What it Was Like to Be The Only Woman in The Newsroom (Medium / Adrienne LaFrance)
Nina Totenberg’s voice is one of the most familiar sounds in public radio. Her work is so well known that NPR even sells a “Nina Totin’ Bag,” which pays homage to the legal affairs correspondent and pokes fun at public broadcasting for its classic pledge-drive gift. Totenberg began her career at NPR nearly 40 years ago, and she was covering the justice system for The National Observer even before that. When she began reporting about the Supreme Court — long before any woman had been appointed a justice — she was the only woman working in her newsroom.
Will John Henry Save The Boston Globe? (Boston Magazine)
Just days after striking a deal to buy the Boston Globe from The New York Times Company last summer, John Henry walked into the paper’s newsroom as the city’s most important private citizen in decades — maybe centuries. He already owned one great Boston institution, the Red Sox, and now, for a mere $70 million, he’d bought a second. As he made his way around the room to greet reporters and editors, neither party knew quite what to make of the other. “He was standing, hovering over my desk with an outstretched arm. It was really weird,” one reporter recalls. “Like, ‘Hi, I’m John Henry.’ ‘Oh, hello.’” Nieman Journalism Lab BostonGlobe.com is moving to a metered paywall. That’s one of the takeaways from this long profile of the John Henry-era Globe by Jason Schwartz in Boston Magazine. The Globe famously split its Web presence in 2011 into a completely free Boston.com and a mostly hard-paywalled BostonGlobe.com. Stories that appear in the newspaper (with a few exceptions) only appear on BostonGlobe.com, while Boston.com is the land of slideshows, blogs, wire stories and weather.
In Defense of Upworthy (Medium / Len Kendall)
Every good debate requires empathy and a valid argument from both sides. You might not think that one of the guys behind Headlines Against Humanity would be someone arguing for Upworthy, but anyone who pokes fun must also be willing to poke holes in their own position. With that said, let’s look at why the Upworthy critics are being unfair.
What Your Teen Is Really Doing All Day on Twitter And Instagram (Fast Company)
For all the ways that adults enhance real-life relationships with social media, many have a hard time believing that online connectivity is anything but terrifying in the hands of teenagers. In her new book It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens, Microsoft principal researcher Danah Boyd addresses the fears and misconceptions that adults have about teens’ use of social media, revealing that online networks can be a lifeline and a safety valve for a generation under extreme pressure.
ryanlwilliams Profit-sharing or shares would be nice. Too many people work to build brands and are fired before a $$$ sale
TheBalancingMom No, but I know ppl who say yes
momzilla54 short answer – no.
vjHughesWrites absolutely not!
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