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Paul Lienert Joins Reuters

Reuters has named Paul Lienert its new Detroit bureau chief. Lienert has an extensive background in the automotive industry.

He has held various editorial positions for such publications as Automotive News, Autoweek, Road & Track, Motor Trend and Car and Driver. Lienert was also the auto columnist for the Detroit Free Press for 10 years and the Detroit News for 13 years.

See below for the memo from Jim Gaines, welcoming Lienert to Reuters.

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Reuters Names Paul Ingrassia Deputy Editor-in-Chief

Thomson Reuters just announced that they’ve hired Paul Ingrassia, a former Dow Jones executive, as its new Deputy Editor-in-Chief. Joining Ingrassia is The Daily’s Managing Editor, Jim Gaines, who will leave the digital newspaper to become an Ethics Editor at Reuters.

The big time moves are part of Reuters revamping its news operations. The company is hoping to make better use of its vast resources and restructure so that its reporting is more efficient.

Reuters Editor-in-Chief Stephen Adler explained in a company press release, “We must be second to none in speed, accuracy, relevance, and fairness, but also – and crucially – in enterprise, insight, analysis and originality.”

Jim Gaines’ New Project

Jim Gaines.jpgFishbowlNY has learned exclusively that Jim Gaines, the editor-in-chief of interactive publication FLYP Media, is leaving to start a new interactive media company.

Gaines, the former managing editor at People, Time and Life magazines, and ex-corporate editor of Time Inc., has found a financial backer for a new company that he’s hoping to launch March 1. Called Story River Media, the company will work with government entities, non-profits, and corporations “to try to bring interactivity and multimedia to their online efforts,” Gaines told us.

One example Gaines can envision: working with the State Department to create multimedia curricula about the United States to export to foreign nations’ school systems. “A great multimedia curriculum, whether its on American history or on the American songbook, in all languages at once, would be easier to distribute everywhere all at once, with the added function of video, and audio and all the aspects of learning that interaction can bring,” he said. There are also endless uses for Story River’s technology for corporations (imagine interactive financial report meetings), public media and textbook publishers.

“We’re going to focus on how to combine media in a way that makes the experience fluent on behalf of one subject at a time,” Gaines said. “I’m trying to create a business model and company that allows us to stay at the leading edge of what is going on in technology. We’ll be on the leading edge of all the software and hardware until it becomes apparent what new products will be the most thrilling or magical in this new world.”

Heading towards the launch, Gaines is looking to staff up. He’ll be looking to hire videographers, multimedia producers, flash designers, and HTML programmers, among other roles, in the coming weeks. “There’s a lot of recruitment to do, particularly for the senior roles,” he told us. “I’m really looking for lead design people and I suspect we’ll start taking contracts March 1.”

Previously: FTC Conference: Panelist Jim Gaines Checks In Pay Wall: Media CEOs, Editors And Bloggers Weigh In

nytimescom.jpgWith The New York Times‘s pay wall a year away and its details vague, there are many questions still left to be answered. What will this metered system really look like? What will it actually cost? Will it send bloggers to link to other news sources and deter readers and advertisers? Although they don’t have all the answers, media insiders have their opinions, so we went to them for feedback on the Timesannouncement today. Read their thoughts below.

Arianna Huffington, editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post:

“This announcement is about a change of policy that is a year away — which is a lifetime in Internet years. The Huffington Post remains committed to the linked economy, and to building a sustainable business that gives our bloggers, editors, and reporters the widest possible audience for their work.”

Caroline Little, CEO North America of Guardian News & Media:

“If the Times begins to charge consumers for their content, I am sure they will do it in a way to maximize traffic from Google and the like. No doubt they will lose some of their readers, but they are most likely to be focusing on keeping their loyal readers, not the ones who come in and out of the site who don’t even know they are on the site. One word of caution: charging for content seems to be the new answer for a weakened industry but it’s not the silver bullet. It is going to take new revenue streams, continued reduction in costs and a strong ad market.”

Alan Meckler, CEO of WebMediaBrands:

“This is not a huge game changer. One can still see big parts of the Times for free. If you are a print subscriber you have total access. NYT will get extra revenues online without greatly hurting its online readership. I have to presume that should the 2011 test work well that the NYT might go further in 2012 by increasing charges and paid online use.”

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How Citizen Journalism Helps A Story Live On

Gaines_Jim.jpgAs we cover the media trends we’re looking forward to in 2010, today we’re focusing on citizen journalism and crowdsourcing — two similar concepts that promote engagement between reporters and people involved in the stories they’re covering.

To get us started on this topic, we spoke to Jim Gaines, the former managing editor at People, Time and Life magazines and current editor-in-chief of digital publication FLYP, about the possibilities of citizen journalism and the future of journalistic storytelling.

Gaines is a big proponent of using journalism to start a conversation, and using collaboration from readers to continue that conversation and coverage of a story. Although his own pub FLYP doesn’t have the infrastructure in place yet to accomplish his vision, Gaines thinks collaboration is the wave of the future.

“I think 2010 is going to be enormously important as a turning point for digital publishing in general, citizen journalism in particular, because the facility — and by that I don’t just mean the software and hardware, I mean the culture and other supportive elements — are just getting into place,” Gaines told us.

“Google Wave is a wonderful example of a collaboration, but there are so few people on it that it has no scale. I think that it is an interesting model for the storytelling of the future, which is not going to be a one-way story told. A story is going to be the beginning of a conversation and that story will be modified by the conversation that follows. I don’t know exactly what that model is going to look like because the experimentation is only beginning. But it’s very exciting.”

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FTC Conference: Panelist Jim Gaines Checks In

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We weren’t able to make the trip to Washington, D.C. ourselves for the Federal Trade Commission’s two-day conference discussing the future of journalism on the Web, but we wanted to get a sense of what was going on down there anyway. So we turned to Jim Gaines, the editor-in-chief of digital multimedia publication FLYP Media, who attended the conference and spoke on a panel yesterday entitled, “Engaging and Informing Consumers in the Internet Age.”

Not one to shy away from giving his opinion about the current state of the media industry, the former managing editor of People, Time and Life magazines gave us the skinny on what went down before the FTC over the past couple days, including his firm belief that the media should not get a bailout from the government.

FishbowlNY: What was the general feeling at the conference?

Jim Gaines: I’m not sure there was a general feeling. It seemed to be divided between legacy news businesses, which seem to be just digging in and starting to feel that the fate of the republic is dependent on their commercial success, and the entrepreneurial start-ups and foundation- and publicly-funded media, which were all thinking about the great possibilities of the future. That said, I thought I detected a little legacy mind set, too, in Arianna Huffington, whose opposition to paying for content seemed a little over-determined. Of course people will pay for what they want, as they always have. Whether they will pay for what Rupert Murdoch provides is another question.

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Former Time Inc. Exec On Recent Cuts: Positioning For A Better Future

fortune cover.jpgThe expected cuts at Time Inc. started this week, with layoffs at Sports Illustrated, Entertainment Weekly and, Essence and The company has shuttered FSB, resulting in more staff cuts, and is seeking volunteers for buyouts at People, Time and Fortunewhich could lose as many as 40 staffers.

As Time Inc. prepares to shed upwards of 280 jobs, we wanted to take a closer look at these layoffs. Could they have been avoided? What do they mean for the future of Time Inc.’s publications?

We asked Jim Gaines, who spent most of his career at Time Inc., to shed a little light on the situation. Gaines, who is currently the editor-in-chief of FLYPmedia, formerly served as Time Inc.’s corporate editor and was once managing editor at People, Time and Life magazines. Here’s what he had to say:

FishbowlNY: Is there any way Time Inc. could have avoided these layoffs, as well as those last year? What could the company have done differently over the years?

Jim Gaines: I’m not sure anybody, even Time Inc., could have avoided the drastic altering of the media landscape that we have seen in the recent past. It’s a fundamental disruption for which no one was adequately prepared. Certainly, there were moments when all of us in the media industry should have realized the tremendous opportunities that exist within digital media. Hindsight is great. BUT there is no major publishing business that is not facing what Time Inc. faces today.

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The Experts Weigh In On Condé Nast Closures

4 times square.jpgIn the day following the news that Condé Nast has decided to shutter four magazines, including Gourmet and Cookie, we reached out to some experts in the field to get their reactions. Here’s what we’ve heard:

“It made sense for a company that had two rival magazines to close one of them. It has been a very competitive year for magazines in the epicurean category, and we have had a lot of success. But Gourmet saw newsstand sales fall by 25 percent.”

Merri Lee Kingsly, publisher of Gourmet rival Saveur

“Seeing a major media company like Condé Nast blindly shutting down four prominent publications without even trying to first migrate them to digital is a prime example of how out of touch many media companies are. Folding Gourmet, a magazine with over six decades of a strong readership, is the ultimate proof that the management of Condé Nast is very short-sighted when it comes to understanding the opportunities that exist within the digital publishing landscape. This is truly a sad day for magazines. I have this to say to all print publishers: Don’t kill off another publication! We have the opportunity reshape our industry with digital publishing. Major media companies need to have the vision to realize this.”

Jim Gaines, former editor at Life, Time and People, and current editor-in-chief of digital media company FLYP

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Former Time Editor Jim Gaines: Did You Get the Memo?

Gaines_Jim_color_cropped.jpgJim Gaines is the editor-in-chief of FLYPmedia, the first true digital multimedia publication. Gaines was the former managing editor at People, Time and Life magazines, and also served as the corporate editor of Time Inc. An advocate of storytelling and the widespread use of technology and multimedia within publishing, Gaines blogs about the evolution of the media industry at Crashing Into Media.

In this special FishbowlNY post, Gaines envisions what an established media company, like Time Inc. or Condé Nast, might tell employees if it decided to abandon all its print operations and embrace the future of multimedia publications. Could this be the future for media?

To: The Staff
From: Print Media Conglomerate
Re: The Strongest Rumor You’ve Heard Yet
Date: September 10, 2010

Following on events in our industry with which you are familiar, we have today given notice to our printers, paper manufacturers, ink suppliers, newsstand wholesalers and subscription-fulfillment agencies, as well as the Newspaper Guild and the U.S. Postal Service, of our intent to become the first fully migrated print-to-digital publisher in America.

Once this transformation is complete, all of our brands will be multimedia titles, utilizing audio, video, animation and full-motion information graphics, brought together by a state-of-the-art platform and the most advanced design and communications software in the industry, which we have been developing off-site over the past eight months and about which you will learn more in the days and weeks ahead. Thanks to these innovations and the now virtually ubiquitous Digital Online NUmedia Tablet (DONUT®), all print publication will cease as of July 1, 2011.

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