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Janice Min Takes Over Billboard

In honor of vinyl, the medium that along with radio cemented Billboard‘s place in the media firmament, we’ve got an A-side and B-side for this story.

BillboardLogoThe A-side is a gargantuan press release (and mirrored article version) blasted out last night announcing that Janice Min has been promoted to co-president/chief creative officer of the Entertainment Group of Guggenheim Media. In partnership with John Amato, formerly overseeing Backstage, her duties will now also encompass the re-invigoration of Billboard:

“The combination of Billboard and The Hollywood Reporter under one editorial voice creates a true entertainment super-brand,” said Min. “I’m excited to be at the center of two organizations so influential in driving the conversation in popular culture. The breaking news, personalities and glamour — all wrapped in a sophisticated media environment – that the two brands deliver make for a thrilling combination.”

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David Carr to Join Boston University

DavidCarrHeadshotDavid Carr, media columnist for The New York Times, is joining the Boston University faculty. Carr will spend two days per week at BU teaching a class per semester in its College of Communication. He’ll also take part in public events.

While at BU, Carr hopes to encourage students to think outside the box. “I think a lot of journalism education that is going on is broadly not preparing kids for the world that they are stepping into,” Carr told the The Boston Globe. “It’s a great time to be involved in journalism, but people have to be warmed up in the right way.”

Carr will fill an endowed chair “dedicated to exploring creative business models to support journalism in the digital era,” reported the Globe.

Bloomberg Businessweek on the Franchising of Politico

CapitalProLogoFor major U.S. media markets such as Chicago and Los Angeles, there’s a lot riding on the Allbritton Communications purchase and re-branding of Capital New York. Per a feature article by Bloomberg Businessweek staff writer Felix Gillette, success here could pave the way for circa-2015 sites like Capital Chicago and Capital Los Angeles:

If the experiment succeeds, the Politico colonization will spread to other cities. “Essentially, this is the first experiment of taking Politico and exporting it somewhere else,” says [Politico/Capital New York CEO Jim] VandeHei.

Gillette shares some interesting numbers. Politico’s monthly Web traffic is, as one would expect, currently much more substantial than Capital New York’s (five million to 184,000). The more capitally important stats are those of Politico Pro, the subscriber service launched two years ago by Allbritton in D.C.

That’s where Capital New York is headed after the site’s Pro services free-trial period ends January 31. According to Gillette, around 80 full-time staffers deliver Politico Pro content and event streams to a base of 1,300 subscribing D.C. companies.

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NYT Correspondent: A Watergate Scandal Would Never Be Uncovered by Journalists Today

MarkLeibovichThisTownIn recent years, as Ken Auletta discussed not too long ago on PBS NewsHour alongside David Carr, The Guardian has broken three massive, Woodward & Bernstein-like stories. But over in D.C., at least according to New York Times Magazine chief national correspondent Mark Leibovich, it’s a much sadder story.

Liebovich spoke on Wednesday to students at the University of Montana as part of the President’s Lectures Series. Per a report in the Montana Kaimin by Andrew Visscher, he says it all has to do with the rise of D.C. self-congratulation:

The media provides the fuel necessary for this new order of self-seeking politicians, Leibovich said. He claims a journalistic takedown like Watergate could never happen in modern times, where journalists are often more focused on Facebook statuses and Twitter followers.

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Compelling Narratives Land $1 A Word at Hemispheres

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United Airlines’ Hemispheres doesn’t like to think of itself as just another airline mag. For one thing, it reaches more than 12 million fliers a month, and has attracted big name writers like The New York TimesDavid Carr and Esquire‘s Tom Chiarella.

The pub’s content is 80 percent freelance, and they are always looking for new writers with strong ideas:

“I think of us as a general-interest magazine, as opposed to something that’s more strictly in the travel category,” said Jordan Heller, Hemispheres‘ new editor-in-chief. Yes, the mag’s signature “Three Perfect Days” feature is still there, which highlights the ideal weekend travel itinerary in destinations across the globe, but in keeping with the vision of the EICs who came before him, Heller leans toward the kind of informative, well-reported, non-niche journalism one might find in Vanity Fair or Men’s Journal.

To hear more tips and editors’ contact info, read: How To Pitch: Hemispheres.

– Aneya Fernando

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David Carr Urges BU Students to Eat Their Wheaties

DavidCarrHeadshotThat’s just one of several great quotes relayed by journalism major Carly Sitrin in her report about the New York Times media columnist’s Monday talk with BU College of Communication students. The Wheaties crack was in reference to students needing every bit of energy to manage and survive today’s frenetic multi-platform world.

Another choice tidbit provided by New Jersey native Sitrin, set to graduate in 2017, is this one:

Despite the herculean task of reporting the news quickly and accurately, Carr remained optimistic. “We are living in an age where the Web is a self-cleaning oven” he said, adding that no matter what, the truth inevitably comes out.

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Forbes Chief Product Officer Shares a Spectacular Graph

Lewis Dvorkin has an intriguing follow-up to last week’s David Carr article about the increasing role being played on the Web by native advertising, for which he was interviewed. The Forbes chief product officer shares a bunch of Forbes Web stats, but it’s the graphic below that really caught FishbowlNY’s attention:

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Not only has Forbes‘ digital audience grown by leaps and bounds over the past few years with Dvorkin nurturing an ever-expanding blog network. More recently, per the Alliance for Audited Media (AAM) figures above, newsstand sales have increased 17.5% in the first half of 2013 as compared to the same period a year ago.

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David Carr Gets a Phone Call from Nikki Finke

The most noteworthy element in David Carr‘s summary of the latest Sharon Waxman-Nikki Finke coup de guerre is his claim that Finke’s contract does not, as reported elsewhere, allow her to opt out starting this month. Rather, the New York Times media columnist says Finke’s obligations to PMC run through 2016 and that it is only next year, 2014, that an opt-out clause can be exercised.

Carr also details his efforts to check in with Finke to get her version of the past week’s events. That portion of the article begins as follows:

I buckled up and sent an e-mail to Ms. Finke, and in a subsequent phone call she did not disappoint. After chewing me out for 15 minutes over a four-year-old story she didn’t like, she turned to the matter at hand.

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David Carr: ‘We Want CNN to Be Good’

In his latest column, The New York Times’ David Carr takes on the bumbling CNN. Carr explains that Americans want the network to be the news station it claims to be. “We want CNN to be good, to be worthy of its moment,” writes Carr. But then, as we all noticed, it never can seem to do that. Carr goes through a few examples:

The biggest damage to CNN has been self-inflicted — never more so than in June, when in a rush to be first, it came running out of the Supreme Court saying that President Obama’s health care law had been overturned. It was a hugely embarrassing error.

On Wednesday at 1:45 p.m., the correspondent John King reported that a suspect had been arrested. It was a big scoop that turned out to be false.

Mr. King, a native of the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston, was deeply sourced with local law enforcement officials, but people covering the story suggested those sources were out of the loop by Wednesday.

Throughout the week, I saw anchors and reporters staring at their phones, hoping a new nugget might arrive to give them something to say.

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Happy Birthday, David Carr’s Daughters

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David Carr‘s twin daughters Erin and Meagan turned 25 today.

Indeed,  the effect the twins had on his drug-addled life as a part-time reporter, part-time crackhead in Minneapolis in the late 1980s is well documented.

Here is part of an essay published in the New York Times Magazine, where Carr is the marquee media reporter and columnist, from 2008, just before his memoir “The Night of the Gun” was published:

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