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Si Newhouse’s Secret Tattle Tales

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Condé Nast‘s anti-fraud hotline is actually working, as it turns out. Although Si Newhouse wouldn’t point any fingers to the actual press, Keith Kelly reports today that a Wired employee was fired for poaching stuff from the company store, someone may have pocketed an extra $10k off the record, and there is an ongoing investigation into an employee taking cash in exchange for writing certain fashion tips. A lot of blind items to go on, and it can’t help the image of Condé headquarters being filled with backstabbers in stilettos that can now pick up the phone whenever they’re holding a grudge.

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Tribune Co. Awards $25k For Employee’s Good Idea

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Well see, this is why the company can’t get out of bankruptcy (just kidding!): Tribune Co.‘s paper The Sun Sentinel just handed $25,000 and a free Caribbean cruise to Bob Simons, a production manager who suggested a cheap supplier for some office equipment. No, that’s not a joke. Tribune CEO Randy Michaels and COO Gerry Spector said that Simons’ idea saved $1 million for the newspaper alone. Reminds us of that moral-boosting plan at Condé Nast‘s to pay out $10k to forward-thinking employees each quarter…though with Tribune currently trying to restructure itself out of bankruptcy while fighting off creditors, giving $25k away to one employee (and promises of more “spot bonuses in the months ahead) might be sending the wrong message…no matter how good the company’s intentions are.

Memo from Michaels and Spector after the jump.

Read More: Sun Sentinel production employee gets $25,000 bonus for his million-dollar suggestion — Poynter

Previously: Conde Nast Promises $10K A Quarter For Innovative Ideas, Tribune Creditors Pissed, Natch

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Tracy Morgan On Letterman| McClatchy Bucks The Trend | Bayh-be, Bayh-be Not | Teaching Old Media Dogs New Tricks | Wired Vs Weird

Huffington Post: Tracy Morgan continues to battle Joaquin Phoenix for craziest talk show guest in history award.

Editor & Publisher: McClatchy is expanding its Sunday Select program so more non-subscribers can read its newspapers for free.

New York Observer: Condé Nast, MTV rebrands. A sign of the times?

TVNewser: What should be Evan Bayh‘s next career move? Voe here.

FishbowlLA: Sarah Silverman versus Wired‘s TED conference organizer Chris Anderson in a Twitter flame war? Lets all meet behind the school after math class and watch them fight!

Canada Gets The Finger | Newhouse Gets Fashion-Happy Feet | Media People Become Politicians, Possibly | Buzzkill

New York Post: Condé Nast publisher Si Newhouse was present with the Glamour dancers practicing in the company cafeteria for Fashion Week, and was even seen “bobbing his head” to their Lady Gaga routine. Human after all!

New York Times: Is Mort Zuckerman going to run for senator?

• FishbowlDC: Is Jake Tapper running for D.C. mayor?

Reuters: Google’s new Buzz platform is already causing some privacy issues that the company needs to address.

Ana Marie Cox Named GQ D.C. Correspondent

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Congrats to Ana Marie Cox, who has had no trouble finding a new job after her gig as correspondent at Air America expired when the media company shuttered in late January. The frequent Rachel Maddow guest (and substitute host) will be putting her prolific knowledge of the D.C. scene to good use as the new Washington correspondent for G.Q., helping shape the magazine’s D.C. Power List to be “less like a best-dressed list, and more like a Billboard 100,” as she told Politico‘s Michael Calderone this morning. This will be Cox’s first time working at a monthly magazine, though before the Condé Nast title she was Time.Com‘s Washington editor. Cox is perhaps most famous for founding the D.C. political snark blog, Wonkette.

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Michelle Myers Returns To Condé Fold

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Lucky day for Condé Nast publication Lucky: the magazine has just hired back publisher Michelle Myers to the company from Time Inc., where she’s been publisher of People StyleWatch for the past two and a half years. Prior to that, Myers had worked as the publisher of Star magazine, as well as associate publisher of Allure and Shape. In her new role at Lucky, she will also be serving as vice president to the title. Said Condé CEO Chuck Townsend, “We know she will bring her energy and excitement to the Lucky brand and we are pleased to welcome her back to the company.”

Full press release after the jump.

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Condé’s New Name|National Enquirer|Paid Subs Rise For Women’s Mags|Lower Sub Prices Were A Bad Idea|AOL’s New Content Chief

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New York Post: Condé Nast has officially dropped “Publications” from the end of its name — to suggest the venerable magazine publisher is finally emphasizing its digital arm.

Gawker: The debate over whether The National Enquirer should win a Pulitzer for its John Edwards scandal coverage continues.

Folio: Good news: paid subscriptions are up for women’s magazines based on data from the second half of 2009.

Ad Age: Maybe cutting subscription prices wasn’t such a good idea after all.

Variety: AOL has brought on former Google exec David Eun as content chief.

Five Magazine Publishers Plan To Launch Ad Campaign Next Month

magazines newsstand.jpgCondé Nast, Hearst Corp., Meredith Corp., Time Inc. and Wenner Media are working together to fund and launch a magazine marketing campaign starting next month, Mediaweek reports.

More details about the campaign, which will promote the magazine medium, will be introduced next month, with the publishers featuring ads in their titles starting in April.

Meredith’s Jack Griffin told Mediaweek:

“The message is this: Industry leaders are joining forces to solve problems. I think it’s an opportunity to speak up at a time when the media landscape has gotten very confusing, and I think the campaign asserts the intrinsic value of the magazine medium.”

This agreement is different from the magazine consortium between four of those publishers and News Corp., Next Issue Media, which have combined forces to launch some sort of digital e-reader format.

Read more: Magazine Marketing Pact to Roll Out in April

Previously: New Publisher Consortium Gets A Name

Condé Nast’s First iPhone App Teams Up with Loreal

It took this long for Si Newhouse to come up with an iPhone application for one of his Condé Nast titles? (edit: Condé has 10 other apps out for various other magazines, but this will be the first for Vanity Fair.) Well, no one is going to accuse the media titan of knowing too much about the Internet, but at least he can make Vanity Fair on par with, say, The Onion in terms of techno-savviness. As of today, you can officially get the Vanity Fair Hollywood App for free, which allows you to pick who you think will win the Academy Awards, and share that information with your friends. Sounds like a half-baked project in social media? Probably, but it’s a good start. The project teams up with L’oreal Paris cosmetics to provide specials via the “gift-bag feature” of the app.

Full press release after the jump.

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Observer Hires New Digital Managing Editor

tylert.jpgThe New York Observer debuted a revamped Web site today, so it’s fitting that the paper also announced the appointment of a new editor to oversee its online content.

Tyler Thoreson, the former executive editor of Condé Nast‘s men.style.com, has been named managing editor of Observer digital, where he will oversee Observer.com and the Observer Media’s Group’s online venture VSL. It looks like new editor Kyle Pope, a former Condé Nast-er himself, has wasted no time installing a new staff at the top of the Observer‘s masthead, after appointing his former Portfolio colleague Christopher Stewart deputy editor in December.

Thoreson, who is starting at the Observer on February 15, first worked for the paper back in 1996 as a fact checker, the paper said today.

Read more: Observer Hires New Managing Editor for the WebThe Observer

Previously: Newsday, Observer Name New Editors

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