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Most Popular FishbowlNY Stories for the Week

Here’s a look at what FishbowlNY stories made the most buzz this week.

  1. Cover Battle: W or Fast Company, Octonber 18
  2. What People Are Saying About Newsweek Ending Print Edition, October 18
  3. Citing Restructuring, AMI Announces Layoffs (left), October 19
  4. Newsweek Ends Print Edition, Cust Expected, October 18
  5. The Newspaper Endorsements, October 22
  6. Media Professor Says WPIX Should Trim 10 P.M. News to 30 Minutes, October 23

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Cover Battle: W or Fast Company

Welcome back to FishbowlNY’s weekly Cover Battle. Today we have W versus Fast Company. The above is actually one of four covers W did celebrating their 40th anniversary. We selected this one because Scarlett Johansson is dressed exactly like every girl we dated in high school. Hey, don’t judge. We were young, and our parents made us do chores when all we wanted to do was write angry poems. Girls who shopped at Hot Topic were the only ones who understood us and our pain.

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Start Up A Contributor Relationship With Inc.

If you follow the burgeoning startup scene in New York, Inc. may have some assignments for you. While Inc. occupies the same shelf space of other business publications like EntrepreneurFast Company and Forbes, the magazine has a distinction that separates itself from its competitors.

“We are a magazine about people who are incredibly passionate and have the will to start a business from scratch,” said Alexandra Brez, managing editor. ”We are different because of our sophistication, as well as our connection to and interest in community events. And we are a very likable brand. People are proud to be featured by us.”

For pitching guidelines and information on open sections, read How To Pitch: Inc.

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Earn $2 a Word for Startup Stories

While Inc. occupies the same shelf space of other business publications like EntrepreneurFast Company and Forbes, the magazine has a distinction that separates itself from its competitors.

“We are a magazine about people who are incredibly passionate and have the will to start a business from scratch,” said Alexandra Brez, managing editor. ”We are different because of our sophistication, as well as our connection to and interest in community events. And we are a very likable brand. People are proud to be featured by us.”

Get pitching guidelines and information on open sections in How To Pitch: Inc.

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Al Jazeera to Bring Children’s Channel to the U.S.

Fast Company is reporting that Al Jazeera is in talks with Comcast and Time Warner to bring Al Jazeera’s Children’s Channel to the U.S. as early as 2012. The channel carries syndicated and original programming – translated  into English – that currently runs on the Arabic-language channel of the same name.

So what kind of programs can people expect? Well, there’s Saladin, a cartoon which tells the story of the Crusades from the vantage point of a Muslim warrior, and a documentary about children living in the Gaza Strip, just to name a couple.

FishbowlNY thinks this is great, the more views of the world provided to children, the better. But since we don’t have kids (and we don’t plan to for a few years mom, so please stop asking) it got us wondering, will parents let their kids watch it? It’s an interesting question, because while people can talk all they want about accepting other cultures, what they do behind closed doors might be an entirely different story.

Henry Luce and the Beginning of Time

Fast Company recently took a look at Henry Luce, the co-founder of Time Inc., and the origins of its flagship title, Time, and its worth a read. The piece by Steven Rosenbaum examines how Luce first imagined Time – a weekly news source for the middle and upper class – and the method by which the magazine achieved that:

As Luce biographer Alan Brinkley tells the story–there were sliced-up copies of The New York Times and piles of foreign magazines everywhere around the offices. Luce’s idea, and that of his business partner, Briton Hadden, was to condense all the news busy people needed to know into one weekly read.

In other words, Time started as a blog, much like FishbowlNY. It aggregated news, briefly analyzed it, and put it all in one spot.

Rosenbaum notes the irony here: Now the very system that brought Time along threatens to destroy it.

Of course, FishbowlNY doesn’t agree that magazines and blogs can’t coexist, it just takes a little finagling, some patience, and a method to the madness. Or a madness to the method, either way.

CosmoGirl‘s Ribeiro Joins The Knot

theknot.jpgThe Knot Inc. has hired magazine vet Michelle Lee Ribeiro in the newly created position of deputy editor.

In her new role, Ribeiro will oversee content across all of the company’s properties including The Knot, The Nest and The Bump Web sites and magazines and WeddingChannel.com. She’ll also be “top editing all features from Real Weddings in The Knot to sex and money stories in The Nest to pregnancy pieces in The Bump,” the company said in an announcement yesterday.

Ribeiro formerly worked for over eight years at CosmoGirl, where she served in multiple positions including deputy editor, assistant managing editor and news director. She also previously worked as senior staff editor at Fast Company.

Getting The Skinny On The BusinessWeek Deal As Bid Deadline Looms

businessweek.jpg After tracking the upcoming BusinessWeek sale all summer, the magazine’s own media columnist Jon Fine has compiled all the known information about the transaction and put together this helpful guide.

So what do we know? The deadline for any interested parties to place a bid for the magazine is tomorrow. And Fine knows of at least seven potential bidders who have gotten debriefed by BusinessWeek execs and the management of the magazine’s owner, McGraw-Hill:

“They are New York Magazine owner Bruce Wasserstein; Fast Company and Inc. owner Joe Mansueto; and four private equity firms: Platinum Equity, Warburg Pincus, OpenGate Capital, and ZelnickMedia. The seventh player is Bloomberg LP, which despite having previously rebuffed McGraw-Hill in talks regarding a deal for BusinessWeek, apparently got very interested very quickly and is expected to meet with BusinessWeek management Monday, Sept. 14.”

Fine also said there are as many as three other unnamed parties who have shown interest, although he has been unable to dig up any info about them. (Know something? Send us an email.)

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Afar Publisher John Sheehy: ‘Downturn Is Actually Helping’ Travel Mag Launch

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The Afar team celebrates the mag launch at 632 Hudson last night in NYC. From left: Co-founder Joseph Diaz, editor-in-chief Susan West, publisher John Sheehy, founder and CEO Greg Sullivan, and executive director of travel Claude Girard. Photo by Shawn Ehlers Photography.

Filling an opulent townhouse with Moroccan fare, Basque wine and didgeridoo and capoeira performances, niche travel mag Afar introduced itself and its mission to deliver international editorial content for the “experiential traveler” at last night’s launch party in the Meatpacking District. In an era of cancelled conferences and Christmas parties, folded magazines and company-wide layoffs, the party certainly was transporting.

We spotted some familiar faces in the crowd, including Samir Husni (a.k.a. Mr. Magazine), EntertainmentWeekly.com’s Cyndi Stivers, and TheWrap.com’s Dylan Stableford. We caught up with Afar‘s publisher, John Sheehy, a former Time Inc. publishing director who consulted on Dwell‘s launch, to hear first-hand why anyone would launch a print publication in this economy. Apparently, the industry’s current financial turmoil is of little concern to Sheehy: “The downturn is actually helping [Afar], because people are more selective about travel.” Ad pages account for 25 percent of Afar‘s 100-page launch issue, and Sheehy is bullish about the future. The bimonthly magazine hits newsstands August 18, and a Web site and social network component to the print pub is set to debut in early 2010.

Afar co-founders Greg Sullivan (CEO) and Joe Diaz said they came up with the concept for Afar after a five-week stay in India with no set agenda. Sullivan said they realized that this “beneath the culture” travel had no media representation, and they believe Afar can fill that niche need in the crowded travel mag market. Said Sullivan, Afar “should be a media brand that inspires this kind of [experiential] travel,” he said.

But can another travel mag really endure the journey to success in these hard publishing times? Sullivan (who, by the way, sank $10 million of his own money into this project) seems to have no doubts, saying, “It sure seems like we’re touching a chord here… We really think this could be a big thing.”

Check out photos from the event (didgeridoos included) after the jump…

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Mansueto Eyes BusinessWeek

bw.pngOver the past few weeks, BusinessWeek‘s own media columnist Jon Fine has been tracking the efforts by the magazine’s owner, McGraw-Hill, to sell the business pub.

Yesterday, he reported another possible bidder has entered the fray: Jon Mansueto, whose Mansueto Ventures also owns Inc. and Fast Company.

Mansueto has a history of buying magazines when they’re a good deal, Fine said. “In 2005 Mansueto bought Inc. and Fast Company from Gruner & Jahr for around $35 million in cash plus the assumption of certain liabilities,” he said.

Mansueto’s interest in BusinessWeek might have another explanation as well. John Byrne was editor of Fast Company when Manseuto purchased the magazine and he helped broker the deal that brought Fast Company and Inc. under Mansueto’s control. He left the company shortly thereafter to return to … BusinessWeek. He currently serves as executive editor of the magazine and editor-in-chief of Businessweek.com.

Meanwhile, as Fine previously reported, other parties are also interested in possibly making a bid for BusinessWeek and have taken meetings with the magazine’s management. New York magazine owner Bruce Wasserstein met with BusinessWeek insiders earlier this week, and three private equity firms have also shown an interest.

Read the whole story here.

Earlier: BusinessWeek Update: There Are Interest Parties

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