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Posts Tagged ‘Gabe Sherman’

Politico‘s Fast Rise to D.C. Dominance Irks Some

NewPolitico_Logo.gifThe ubiquitous Gabe Sherman has a nice, lengthy piece up over at TNR about the spectacular rise of Politico. A rise made all the more spectacular for having occurred during the same time frame that has seen the demise of print journalism everywhere.

“There’s no question they had a singular impact. They came out of nowhere in a matter of months and forced themselves into the conversation,” says the Times‘ Baker. “Politico occupies a space The Washington Post should have occupied. If there is anyone who writes obsessively about politics, it should be the Washington newspaper.”

This ‘occupation’ however appears to be rubbing some people the wrong way. The New York TimesBill Keller had this not so flattering thing to say about Politico‘s approach to reporting:

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How Will We Pay for The New York Times?

online.jpgLast month the media topic du jour was ‘Will the New York Times survive?’ In the last week or so the conversation appears to have shifted to ‘How will the Times survive?’ CEO Janet Robinson says “As other newspapers cut back on international and national coverage, or cease operations, we believe there will be opportunities for The Times to fill that void.” But how? It seems likely that paid content of some sort is on the way, but what it might look like is very much up for discussion.

Over at Slate Gabe Sherman is arguing that the i-Tunes micropayment formula, most recently suggested by Time‘s Walter Isaacson, won’t work.

Put simply, journalism is not music. Yes, Jobs convinced consumers to pay for music in digital form. But unlike an individual newspaper link, an iTunes purchase becomes digital property a music lover can enjoy for life…Compare that to a dispatch from Baghdad or an analysis of the stimulus bailout. No matter how illuminating and engaging, journalism is fleeting by comparison.

Meanwhile Steve Brill says the Times is wasting its time sticking to a free model.

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NYT Co. Shareholders Meeting: Was ‘Pinch’ ‘Strong’ Or ‘Chastened’?

pinchometer.jpgFallout from yesterday’s fiery annual New York Times Co. shareholders meeting — you know when the Times itself refers to their “growing displeasure” with management that it was a doozy:

Shareholders of The New York Times Company gave voice yesterday to their growing displeasure with the company’s management and financial performance by withholding votes representing 42 percent of the Class A shares at the annual meeting.

The Times, though, made sure to point out Arthur Sulzberger Jr.‘s fortitude in the face of angry shareholders:

At yesterday’s meeting, Mr. Sulzberger put on a strong face. Surrounded by the other 12 directors, top management and family members, including his father, Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, he defended his tenure and the company’s strategy of developing its fast-growing digital properties.

The New York Post, though, had a different take:

A chastened Sulzberger acknowledged the investor unrest at yesterday’s annual meeting, where the damning “withhold” vote was tallied.

Still, the Post was probably a bit premature with its Pinchometer KO’d graphic. Too soon, too soon. So says Portfolio‘s Gabe Sherman:

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