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BUZZMEDIA Adds Quartet of Punk Rock-Focused Websites

This morning, Jason Tate, founder of the Portland, Oregon BUZZMEDIA owned website absolutepunk.net, heralded the expansion of his Pacific Northwest stage dive empire under the headline “Dear World, Meet: Absolute Voices:”

Today is one of those special days where I get to say a new part of the dream I’ve had for the past 12 or so years is coming true. It comes with great pride that we can announce something that I’ve been working on behind the scenes for over a year: the formation of a new publishing group that we’re dubbing “AbsoluteVoices” (yeah, I’m not all that creative with names)…

I’d like to officially welcome and thank PunkNews.org, PropertyOfZack.com, UnderTheGunReview.net and AlterThePress.com for agreeing to be part of a vision for what the future of music blogging and the publishing world can look like online… Over the rest of the week I’ll be posting some interviews with each of the site’s main editors to talk more about how we will all be working together.

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Report: BUZZMEDIA Scoops Up SPIN Magazine

It appears that the rumors recently tapped by Advertising Age media editor Nat Ives were accurate. Per his June 13 item, sister publication Billboard is reporting tonight that BUZZMEDIA will indeed announce tomorrow that it has acquired SPIN magazine:

According to the source, BUZZMEDIA will evaluate the viability of the print magazine, adding that there is an expectation that the September/October issue of the magazine – with a planned Azalea Banks cover – may be its last in print before becoming a digital-only brand.

This newest acquisition would fall under the purview of music VP & GM Bill Jensen, recently hired away from Village Voice Media, where he was director of new media. In May, BUZZMEDIA acquired San Francisco-based electronic dance music and culture online mag XLR8R.

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Enter MediaJobsDaily’s Contest To Win A Free Copy Of Hacking Work

Have you ever wondered what would happen if you just ignored the standard office policies and played by your own rules at your job?  Did you ever think that by bypassing the “appropriate channels” you could actually increase your productivity at work?  If you haven’t considered this rebel behavior yet, don’t worry — Bill Jensen and Josh Klein have got you covered in their new book Hacking Work.

Jensen and Klein’s ideas on “breaking stupid rules for smart results” can be yours for free just by entering MJD’s Hacking Work contest.  You can participate by sharing your favorite workplace hack in the comments section of this MJD article or through Twitter (@MediaJobsDaily).  Entrants are encouraged to discuss their best time-saving tricks, computer shortcuts, and early weekend exit strategies to avoid the boss to name a few.

Act fast because you only have until tomorrow (Oct. 15) to enter.  There’s no need to enter your real name to participate as MJD understands that you would probably want to keep your personal information confidential from your boss.  The winner will be chosen randomly from all submissions and receive a free copy of Hacking Work after confirming their name and details with MJD.  Good luck and happy hacking!

Village Voice Media Reports Their Blogs Get 40 Percent of All Pageviews

village-voice-media.gifAlmost half of all pageviews for Village Voice Media papers (which include the LA Weekly) are from blogs. That’s a big reveal on the future of the alt weeklies.

From Erick Schonfeld at TechCrunch:

Bill Jensen, the director of new media who oversees all the Village Voice Media sites tells me that 40 percent of pageviews comes from the blogs on the sites, up from 20 percent a year ago. Some of the more popular ones include columnist Michael Musto‘s blog, Nikki Finke‘s Deadline Holywood Daily, and Topless Robot.

Of course, the sites feature music listings, restaurant reviews, and articles from the print editions as well, but the blogs are driving an increasing portion of the traffic. The online and print newsrooms are combined and everyone is expected to post on the Web. Long gone are the days when a music reviewer could attend a rock show and turn in his copy three days later. “I don’t care how drunk you are,” says Jensen, “you post by 9 AM.”

Via IWantMedia.com

Previously on FBLA: Police Chief Bratton Says LA Weekly’s McDonald is ‘Smoking a Little Weed’

Village Voice Media Launches Four New Blogs

nti_header.gifVia our sister blog FishbowlLA comes word that Village Voice Media is in the process of launching four national blogs. FBLA’s tip was confirmed by VVM internet head Bill Jensen who said that the blogs “won’t be under the Village Voice URL,” and that a number of them have already had a soft launch.

This includes ToplessRobot (“boy geek news” and “self-loathing”) and HeartlessDoll (“grrl geek news”) and Joystick Division (video game news…”updated daily by a Voltron-like team of Village Voice Media writers”). Not numbered amongst the new launches is Nikki Finke‘s Deadline Hollywood, which is owned by Finke but “promoted and assisted” by VVM. Also on the horizon a “rumored True Crime Blog.”

FBLA Exclusive: Village Voice Media Launching National Blogs

nti_header.gifWe got a tip that Village Voice Media is going to launch four national blogs.

Bill Jensen, described as ‘the internet top guy’ at VVM confirmed the tip. “They won’t be under the Village Voice URL.” Jensen explained. There has already been a soft launch for two of these sites, ToplessRobot.com (boy geek news) and HeartlessDoll.com (grrl geek news).

It should be noted that Nikki Finke‘s Deadline Hollywood Daily went ‘national’ organically. That site is owned by Finke – promoted and assisted by VVM. The other sites are being built from scratch.

When asked if Finke’s site was included in the four blogs being launched, Jensen said, “There’s more to come.”

The other confirmed blog is Joystick Division. There’s also a rumored True Crime Blog.

Minority Voice Writer Laid Off Day After Meeting

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More on that now-infamous Wednesday edit meeting that led — at least in part — to the undoing of editor David Blum at the Village Voice, courtesy of Eat The Press’ Rachel Sklar (who, you’ll recall, wrote a feature on SNL for Blum last fall):

The day after last week’s Village Voice staff meeting at which concerns about newsroom diversity were raised, Village Voice Media laid off minority writer Corina Zappia. Zappia, who is half-Filipino half-Italian, worked for the internet division and reported directly to Bill Jensen, Village Voice Media Director of New Media and interim editor of the Village Voice following the dismissal of David Blum last Friday afternoon. Jensen fired Zappia on Thursday afternoon.

Jensen, by the way, wrote the bizarre intro essay to the paper’s “Pazz & Jop” issue that Blum ultimately rejected.

BACKGROUND:

  • Village Voice On Blum Ousting: ‘Increasing Concerns About The Management Of The Paper Intensified’
  • Voice Snags Sun Editor
  • Sun TV Critic Blum Named Editor Of Village Voice
  • Did the Voice Refuse to Show Wemple the Money?
  • Wemple Withraws From Voice Editor Gig
  • Village Voice On Blum Ousting: ‘Increasing Concerns About The Management Of The Paper Intensified’

    **STATEMENT FROM THE VILLAGE VOICE**
    **REGARDING THE TERMINATION OF DAVID BLUM**

    David Blum‘s position as editor-in-chief of the Village Voice newspaper has been terminated effective today.

    The decision was reached based on increasing concerns about the management of the paper, which intensified this week. Newsroom employees at the Voice were notified of the decision at a staff meeting this afternoon.

    Village Voice Media’s Bill Jensen, the company’s current director of new media, will serve temporarily in the position until a permanent replacement is found.

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    EARLIER:

  • Confirmed: Editor Blum Out At Village Voice