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Editor & Publisher Revamping Its Website

Editor & Publisher has tapped Mediaspan, a digital content management company, to help improve the magazine’s website and increase its traffic. According to a press release, the changes will be focused on achieving better organization of the website’s vast archives, and allowing staff to concentrate on content, rather than upkeep. Mediaspan currently counts other media giants like Sun Media and Gannett among its clients.

Adam Tessin, Technology Director for the magazine’s site, said of working with Mediaspan, “We are confident it will not only improve the appearance and functionality of our publications, but also increase the productivity of our staff.”

Some additions expected include more photographs, a New York Stock Exchange ticker and obituaries in the Newspeople section. Obituaries in a journal covering the newspaper industry is pretty fitting, if you ask us.

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New York Post: As Comcast CEO Brian Roberts prepares to take over NBC Universal, he’s been meeting with ex-NBC exec Randy Falco to learn which execs he should keep and who he should dump. Is Jeff Zucker‘s job safe?

Advertising Age: Is radio making a comeback?

Daily Intel: Steve Jobs holds secret iPad meeting with New York Times execs.

E&P In Exile: Looks like the resurrected Editor & Publisher is still using ex-editor Greg Mitchell‘s name to sell renewals.

Bankrupt Tribune Company Hands Out $45 Million In Bonuses

I8D60Q6L6NJVC9H5L8D.gifFor the last several months, Sam Zell and Tribune Co. have been petitioning a Delaware court to let them handle their own bankruptcy management instead of handing the company over to creditors. Zell, who bought Tribune in 2007 and then promptly ran it into the ground, has outlined a plan that will get the company that owns papers like The Los Angeles Times and The Chicago Tribune back out of bankruptcy by May.

But now we know why Zell and other top brass at Tribune don’t want to turn management over to the creditors: that way they wouldn’t be able to pay themselves millions of dollars in bonuses after two years when many of their employees went on strike because of job cuts and poor working conditions.

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Former E&P Editor On His Dimissal|Conan Fights For Staff|Entrepreneur To Launch New Site|Halderman Case Continues|No Summer Breaks For Broadcast Nets

Huffington Post: Ousted Editor & Publisher editor Greg Mitchell recounts his lay off. Since he was tossed out with senior editor Joe Strupp, “That meant that the magazine would lose the two staffers who had been responsible for roughly 80 percent of the magazine’s news-making and traffic-driving ‘scoops’ over the past 11 years — at a time when Web impact needs to be expanded,” Mitchell writes. “I wish my salary was so high that cost-cutting alone would explain it.”

New York Times: Negotiations over Conan O’Brien‘s buyout with NBC are being held up as the late night host tries to negotiate better severance deals for his soon-to-be-unemployed staff.

Folio: Entrepreneur magazine is planning to take on AARP magazine with the launch of a new Web site, SecondAct.com, this spring.

TVNewser: A judge has refused to dismiss the case against David Letterman‘s alleged extortionist, Joe Halderman.

Broadcasting & Cable: Broadcast TV channels are not planning to take a break over the summer by running reruns.

Reader’s Digest Gets Reorganization Plan Approved|MediaNews Plans For Bankruptcy|McIntosh On Buying E&P

Bloomberg: A bankruptcy court has approved Reader’s Digest Association‘s reorganization plan, which will allow the company to cut its debt by 75 percent.

Wall Street Journal: Newspaper publisher MediaNews Group said Friday that its parent company will seek bankruptcy protection.

Folio: Why would the publisher of boating publications want to purchase newspaper trade Editor & Publisher? Duncan McIntosh tells Folio the impetus behind his decision.

Breaking: Editor & Publisher Finds A Buyer But Sheds Staff

It looks like 2010 has given a new life to Editor & Publisher, which was shuttered two weeks ago. We noticed that new content was being published on E&P‘s website earlier today, and former editor Greg Mitchell has just confirmed that the publication has been bought, though he is no longer on staff. Some employees will be kept, we are told, though not all. Check back for updates as they develop.

Update: E&P announced on its Website that it has been sold to Duncan McIntosh Co. Inc., an Irvine, Calif.-based magazine and newspaper publisher that owns publications such as Boating World. Charles McKeown will be staying on as publisher of E&P and Mark Fitzgerald will be taking over the editor post from Mitchell. Senior editor Joe Strupp is also out.

On his blog, Mitchell writes, “One week ago in a meeting [the] new owner told me flatly, ‘Extremely impressed with your great work and definitely will retain you.’”

The February issue will be published as planned.

Previously: New Life For E&P?

New Life For E&P?

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We’ve noticed that there are three new stories posted today on the now defunct Editor & Publisher‘s homepage.

Although former E&P staffers have been blogging at E&P In Exile since the pub closed up shop two weeks ago, no new stories have been posted on the site since late December…until today. The mag’s Twitter feed is up and running again, too!

We’ve put in a query to editor Greg Mitchell asking just what’s up, and we’ll keep you posted if we hear of any good news. If you know anything, send us an email.

Previously: Holding Out Hope for E&P‘s Revival In The New Year

Kirkus Reviews May Have Found Second Life

kirkus_reviews-712295.gifWhen Editor & Publisher was nixed by Nielsen Business Media, hope became slim for a potential recovery of the publication, though the pub’s former employees — who have rallied around a new blog — are still holding out for an investor.

That may not be as a crazy as it sounds: another former Nielsen title, publishing industry publication Kirkus Reviews, is hinting that they may have found a buyer. Folio reports:

“In an e-mail to Folio, Kirkus managing editor and nonfiction editor Eric Liebetrau said he is unsure who the buyer is or how far along the process might be but said the magazine’s staff ‘is set to return.’ A Nielsen spokesperson did not immediately return a request for comment.”

We hope for the best for Kirkus Reviews: if there’s one thing we could use in the new decade, it’s better news for the news industry.

Read More: New Life for Kirkus Reviews, Editor & Publisher?Folio

Previously: Holding Out Hope For E&P’s Revival In The New Year

Holding Out Hope For E&P‘s Revival In The New Year

epOct09.jpgIn today’s Editor & Publisher deathwatch news, editor Greg Mitchell revealed today that there are parties interested in buying the now-defunct newspaper trade, but a deal is not likely to happen for a few weeks.

“Several possible buyers have stepped forward but any final agreement, we’re told, is at least two weeks away. There appears to be a good chance that Editor & Publisher will resume but we cannot say when or in precisely what form.”

Since the magazine’s staff was unable to find a buyer before they were scheduled to vacate E&P‘s offices today, the pub has suspended its operations and staffers are packing up as we speak. Mitchell said E&P‘s Web site and its two blogs — “Fitz & Jen” and “The E&P Pub” — will stay still be online, but won’t be updated.

However, it looks like the staff will be updating a new blog, E&P In Exile. Launched today, the site tells readers, “Stay tuned here for news, links and commentary by once and we hope future E&P staffers.”

Hopefully the New Year will bring better news for Mitchell and the rest of the E&P staff.

E&P Suspends Operations — Good Chance for ReturnEditor & Publisher

Previously: E&P Staffers Prepare To Vacate Offices This Week

E&P Columnist Pens Parting Blows

citizenkkane.jpgWhen it was announced earlier this month that Editor & Publisher would be closing after over a century of publishing, it was the crappy cherry atop an awful year for news organizations shuttering titles, going bankrupt or closing completely. As we go towards 2010 with one foot still in 2009, it’s always fun to take a good, hard look back at what happened and ask ourselves, “Whose fault is this?”

At least that’s what Steve Outing is doing. In his final column for E&P, Outing writes that 15 years ago he would never imagined that “the newspaper industry would fail to benefit from the Internet, and bequeath opportunities to eager entrepreneurs who did capitalize, big time, at the expense of newspapers.”

Wait, what? What entrepreneurs are we talking about here, exactly? Media moguls like Nick Denton and Rupert Murdoch (the latter of the two still trying to figure out how to capitalize his newspaper holdings digitally)? Outing imagines a recreation of newspaper’s inglorious history, one in which (among other things) publishers don’t try to buy out the competition in the early aughts, but instead focus on expanding their digital space despite the Internet bubble bursting.

By the time we hit where we are now, Outing suggests, “the late-2000s recession is ridden out by newspaper companies because they have diversified and grabbed the digital opportunities as they arose early on. There’s still room to invest and focus on the next big media opportunity: mobile content and services.”

So the issue here isn’t that news orgs were greedy in a dramatically ironic Citizen Kane sort of way, but that they weren’t greedy in the right medium? That again leads us back to the question of what eager entrepreneurs Outing is talking about, and if they aren’t, in fact, the idealization of what he imagined to be the perfect publisher?

Read More: Goodbye, for Now: Looking ForwardEditor & Publisher

Previously: Could E&P Have Been Saved?, E&P Staffers Prepare To Vacate Offices This Week

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