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FishbowlNY Editor On The Menu: Layoffs, Glenn Beck and Election Night

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FishbowlNY editor Amanda Ernst joined the mediabistro.com Morning Media Menu podcast this morning, where she and hosts Jason Boog of GalleyCat and AgencySpy‘s Matt Van Hoven talked about the media layoffs and other big industry news.

Of course, Amanda wanted to talk about news of layoffs at Time Inc. and Forbes over the past two weeks. It’s the same layoff story we heard last year, as companies from all industries plan for next year and cut waste in the fourth quarter, she said. Still, it makes for a pretty uncertain work environment for those across the industry.

Jason wanted to talk about Glenn Beck and his effect on the best-seller list. Seems that every thriller that Beck mentions on his show becomes a best seller, Jason explained. “It’s such a big thing for publishers,” he said. “They are looking for options. Book reviews are closing right and left, and the idea that this Conservative talk show host has become the go-to place for thrillers is really kind of amazing.”

Also discussed: Twitter vs. cable news on election night.

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On The Menu: Condé Nast Cuts, New CNN.com And The Ongoing Debate About The Future Of Print

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On this gloomy Friday in New York, after a particularly long week for the media world, host Matt Van Hoven, editor of AgencySpy, and special guest host TVNewser‘s Kevin Allocca welcomed FishbowlNY editor Amanda Ernst to the mediabistro.com Morning Media Menu to wrap up the biggest news of the week.

Of interest today was news of even more layoffs at Condé Nast — this time at GQ and Vanity Fair. Also discussed, The New York Times Co.‘s third quarter earnings report, out yesterday, which revealed the surprising fact that although advertising revenues have dropped, circulation revenues grew for the company. What does this mean for the publishing world?

Lastly, Kevin discussed the newly redesigned CNN.com, unveiled last night. The new Web site has better navigation with the same amount of video content offerings, as well as increased cross-over promotion with Time Inc. brands like Sports Illustrated and Entertainment Weekly, in the hopes of becoming many users’ homepage for news. We’re hopeful that a more visible partnership between CNN.com and the Time publications will help the brands survive the onslaught facing the publishing industry these days.

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On The Menu: CNN’s Don Lemon On The Power Of User-Generated Content

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Today on the mediabistro.com Morning Media Menu podcast, host Matt Van Hoven of AgencySpy and special guest host TVNewser‘s Kevin AlloccaCNN Newsroom” anchor Don Lemon, who discussed user-generated content, Twitter and blogs and how he uses them on his show.

“I’ve been using it on the show now for over a year,” Lemon said of user-generated news. “I think Rick [Sanchez] and I were the first two to use it. I actually had a personal [Twitter] account and sort of pitched it but didn’t do it on the air…We use Twitter, we use Facebook, I use whatever resource is available. I’ll use iReports, I’ll use my own…I went to Blog World last week and took a camera and shoot little vignettes and put them on the air. However I can get material, as long as it can be vetted and its real, I’ll take it from anywhere.”

Lemon also got a chance to tell some stories about his trip to Las Vegas last week for the Blog World Expo, where he focused his coverage on the death of print journalism and the future of newspapers. Lemon also helped to launch the Twitter trending topic #bcancer, which remained the top trending topic on Twitter for four days and helped raise money for breast cancer while creating a Guinness World Record, he said. “It’s really crazy how social media takes the power of an idea to the next level,” he said.

And what happens in Vegas doesn’t stay there for this anchorman. Stay tuned until minute 27 to find out what we mean.

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Talking Times Layoffs And The Yes Men On The Menu

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What does it mean for the industry when a media company like the New York Times Co. announces that 100 people must be cut from the newsroom?

That question led today’s mediabistro.com Morning Media Menu podcast, hosted by AgencySpy editor Matt Van Hoven and TVNewser‘s Kevin Allocca, who welcomed FishbowlNY editor Amanda Ernst to discuss the New York Times‘s announcement of layoffs yesterday.

Amanda reminded listeners that the Times laid off 100 people in 2008 through the same voluntary buyout process. “When companies make layoff announcements like this, they kind of couch it,” she said. “They give you a number and you don’t know really know what’s going to happen. And you kind of just have to wait and see.”

Kevin dug up some statistics about the Times: the paper had a little over 1,300 newsroom staffers before the last round of cuts, and now they have around 1,250. But no other U.S. newspaper has more than 750 staffers. Overall, it’s been estimated that 14,000 newspaper staffers have lost their jobs this year.

Also discussed: the Yes Men’s recent hoax involving the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

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The Atlantic Publisher Jay Lauf Talks Digital Content And “Airport Cred” On The Menu

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On this gloomy day in New York City, today’s media-bistro.com Morning Media Menu podcast was brightened by a very special guest, Jay Lauf, publisher of The Atlantic.

Jay joined hosts Matt Van Hoven of AgencySpy and FishbowlNY editor Amanda Ernst (filling in for GalleyCat’s Jason Boog) to discuss the 152-year-old magazine’s decision to keep all its content online for free, the recently launched spin-off site The Atlantic Wire and selling a prestigious brand with intellectual cache to advertisers.

Amanda and Matt asked Jay to discuss whether readers are subscribing to The Atlantic more as a coffee table display instead of actually reading it. Jay said that prior to the magazine and Web sites redesign last year, there were a lot of focus groups conducted on the matter, and the company “actually found that the exact opposite was true.”

“A couple of the magazines that would be classified in our category of thought leadership, deep engagement, etc., what we found is that the readers of those magazines really wore them as a label, carried them through the airport facing outwards so that you can see that I’m a reader of ‘X’,” he added. “Whereas Atlantic readers were actually the ones who were deep dive reading but they didn’t care whether anybody knew whether they were reading or not.”

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Related: Opinion Aggregator Atlantic Wire Launches

On The Menu: Writing A Travelogue That’s More With Help From Google Earth

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Author John Higham, a writer who used Google Earth as a tool to help write his book, joined this morning’s mediabistro.com Morning Media Menu podcast, to discuss his one-year quest traveling to 28 countries. Higham explained to hosts Jason Boog of GalleyCat and AgencySpy‘s Matt Van Hoven how he and his wife quit their jobs, took their two kids out of school, and traveled around the world for 52 weeks, and how his book, 360 Degrees Longitude, developed out of their explorations.

The trip that Higham set out on was something he had been planning for years with his wife, although the trip wss still filled with unplanned surprises that are peppered throughout his book.

“When I sat down to write my book, I wanted it to be more than a travelogue,” Higham said. “It’s more a memoir than a travelogue. But more than that, I wanted the reader to see the story come off the page and allow them to step into it.” After geotagging his photos using Google Earth throughout his trip, Higham decided to use that information as a backdrop for his book. The book frequently mentions links to the its Web site, inviting readers to put down the book and visit the site to “participate” in the trip and view photos.

Read more about 360 Degree Longitude and buy the book here.

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On The Menu: Examining E-Mail With John Freeman

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The newly named editor of Granta magazine, John Freeman, joined today’s mediabistro.com Morning Media Menu podcast, to talk to hosts Jason Boog of GalleyCat and AgencySpy‘s Matt Van Hoven about his new book, The Tyranny of E-mail.

“I found [e-mail] was just getting in the way of pretty much everything in my life,” Freeman said. “I couldn’t read if I was attached to the computer, it was changing my emotional make up, and it just felt like it was time to step back and have a considered look at what just happened in the last 10 years with e-mail and how it’s reorganized our days and our lives.”

But the book Freeman ended up writing was not just about e-mail and how much there is to deal with every day, but about the history of mail and “information overload,” which started with the telegram, he said.

Also discussed: e-books and the future of publishing.

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On The Menu: Taking Up The Mantle Of A Beloved Fantasy Series

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Today on the media-bistro.com Morning Media Menu podcast, hosts Jason Boog of GalleyCat and AgencySpy‘s Matt Van Hoven welcomed fantasy author Brandon Sanderson.

Sanderson has been given the enormous task of completing the late Robert Jordan‘s lengthy Wheel of Time book series, which is based on the idea about what it would be like to be told that you are the one who will save the world.

Jordan, who died in 2007, left behind a copious amount of notes and asked his wife to find someone to replace him and finish his series. She picked Sanderson, who decided to take Jordan’s remaining notes and create a trilogy to round out the series. His first book in the series, The Gathering Storm, will be out later this month.

Sanderson said he decided to take Jordan’ notes and create a “trilogy that brings us up to this final conclusion,” he said. “[Jordan] wrote the very last scene of this series before he passed away, and I’m just trying to get there to give the readers what they’ve been waiting for.”

He also discussed how he approached taking up where Jordan left off. “I couldn’t try to imitate Robert Jordan’s style,” Sanderson said. “I felt that if I did that it would stray into parody. And rather than focusing on the story and the characters I would focus on, is this word right, is this a word he would use. I felt I would never get beyond a single chapter if I spent all my time trying to analyze that. In the end I have my own distinctive style for Wheel of Time…In the end there is this weird hybrid that is going one, which I think works pretty darn well. It’s my own voice adapted to the Wheel of Time’s style, rather than my voice imitating Robert Jordan’s style.”

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Speedy Publishing On The Menu

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Today’s media- bistro.com Morning Media Menu podcast focused on the biggest news in publishing today: Sarah Palin‘s upcoming memoir and Tina Brown‘s new book imprint.

Hosts Jason Boog of GalleyCat and AgencySpy‘s Matt Van Hoven discussed former Vice Presidential candidate Palin’s upcoming book Going Rouge, whose publication date was just moved up to November.

They also talked about Brown’s announcement about her joint venture with Perseus Books, Beast Books, which will give writers for her online publication The Daily Beast one to three months to churn out books that will first be put into an e-book format and then published in hard copy. What will this fast turn around mean for the publishing industry? Jason admitted that sometimes the industry’s vast infrastructure can quickly turn around books in the face of an important news event, like Michael Jackson‘s death, but Brown’s format is bound to cause a dust up among traditional publishing companies.

Also discussed: New “Saturday Night Live” actress Jenny Slate‘s f-bomb screw up.

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Time Managing Editor Richard Stengel On The Menu: “One Or Two Brands Will Always Survive”

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It was a big show for a Monday morning on today’s mediabistro.com Morning Media Menu podcast.

Time magazine’s managing editor Richard Stengel joined hosts Jason Boog of GalleyCat and AgencySpy‘s Matt Van Hoven to talk about the media industry, Time and surviving the recession.

Despite talk of the impending death of weekly news magazines, Time has been doing well recently, no doubt thanks to this summer’s two “bookazines” about Michael Jackson and Sen. Ted Kennedy.

“In so many industries…one or two brands will always survive,” Stengel said about Time‘s success. “The combination of having a very strong brand and doing something that is very valuable, and even indispensable to some people, is making us very strong right now.”

Stengel also talked about Time‘s commitment to national service. The magazine is promoting the cause and dedicating an issue of the magazine to it.

“I certainly think of Time as a public trust, and I think what we do as journalists is a form of service and a form of civic engagement,” he said. “I’ve thought from the beginning, when I became editor, that this is one of the ideas that we can embrace. It has nothing to do with a political party or political persuasion. It has everything to do with citizenship…And we could also cover the movement and how service is changing. It doesn’t affect the way we cover the news at all, but it does put a halo around your brand in a sense.”

Also discussed: Stengel’s take on the Time brand and its audience in today’s media environment. “Whatever form something takes from the Time brand…it has that essential DNA of Time,” he said.

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