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Mediaite.com’s Colby Hall On The Menu: His Site’s Success, Obama’s Op-Ed And HuffBook

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Today, Mediaite.com managing editor Colby Hall joined hosts Jason Boog of GalleyCat and AgencySpy‘s Matt Van Hoven on the mediabistro.com Morning Media Menu podcast.

Colby let Matt and Jason in on the success of Mediaite so far. He said the site has had “solid” traffic, reporting 1.2 million page views and about 300,000 unique visits during its first month. “We’ve been really, really pleased with the way everything’s gone so far,” he said. “Through the magic of viral media that we work in, we’ve spent literally next to nothing on any marketing and promotion. A lot of that helps because of the visibility of Dan Abrams, our founder and publisher. There was a ton of buzz about our launch and part of that was because there was this perceived controversy…and it kind of served us well because it gave us attention. And it’s funny, now that we’ve been live for six weeks, that whole notion that we’re going to be promoting…Abrams Research, that has all gone away.”

Colby, Matt and Jason also talked about the biggest media headlines of the day, starting with President Barack Obama‘s op-ed in The New York Times about health care. Colby said the op-ed showed that the president wants to speak directly to the readers, although his message probably didn’t reach those that oppose his ideas.

“If you’re picking up the New York Times and you’re reading this, you’re probably prone to say ‘Wow, that’s great,’” Colby said. “But if you are the opposition and you hear that Obama writes an op-ed in the New York Times, it probably only underlines your own suspicions that the Obama administration is in cahoots with the New York Times and they have a left-leaning bias…We live…in a time when opinion journalism is so successful that people only really consume media that reinforces their own opinions. So people just completely dismiss anything that’s in the New York Times…without really even judging the merits of what he’s saying.”

Also discussed: the Huffington Post‘s new venture with Facebook that will allow readers to aggregate and share HuffPo content with their Facebook friends. Matt predicted that the platform will fail. “Everyone wants to DJ, but not everyone is a good DJ,” Colby said.

You can listen to all the past podcasts at BlogTalkRadio.com/mediabistro and call in at 646-929-0321.

Janice Min Set To Depart Us Weekly

us_weekly_min2.jpgJanice Min, longtime editor of celeb magazine Us Weekly said yesterday that she will be leaving her post when her $2.5 million contract expires at the beginning of next month.

Min told The New York Times she didn’t know what she would do next, “But I’m 39 and I’d like to have another career. I felt like I’d done every possible thing at Us Weekly to make it successful.”

In a letter to her staffers, obtained by Mediaite.com, Min said she had “decided it was time to try something else in my life, do a little Gosselin detox and occasionally go out on Monday nights.”

Executive editor Michael Steele will be taking over Min’s spot, the magazine’s owner Jann Wenner told the Times.

Former Us editor Bonnie Fuller hired Min as her number two in 2002, and Min took over the magazine’s top editor slot when Fuller left for Star a year later. Last week, Fuller was named editor-in-chief at celebrity Web site HollywoodLife, becoming the latest big name journalist snapped up by the site’s owner Jay Penske for his growing media empire. Might Min be eyeing a spot on Penske’s team? Or, conversely, does Penske have a place for the successful editor? It’s certainly possible, but no matter where she goes next, all eyes will be on her.

Trying To Find A Business Model That Works

IMG_1821 - Version 2.jpgLast night’s panel produced by Mediabistro.com and sponsored by Demand Studios focused on finding a business model for news on the Web but — like most panels of its kind — no real conclusions were reached.

The panel was moderated by BusinessWeek columnist Jon Fine, and featured (in photo from left to right) “rogue girl blogger” Maegan Carberry, NYU professor Jay Rosen, Mediaite.com Editor at Large Rachel Sklar and NewJerseyNewsroom.com‘s Matt Romanoski.

Moderator Fine started the panel off with some scary statics — comparing the amount of ad sales money generated by the New York Times versus the Huffington Post. The Times made over $1 billion in ad revenue last year. he said. How can an online media company compete with that?

Some suggestions were tossed around, including asking readers to pay for content. Sklar suggested that media companies should make it easy for readers to purchase access to information, replicating the “buy” button on Amazon.com or iTunes that is connected to saved credit card information. She also suggested charging for “freemium” or extra content, and said she wouldn’t mind paying a few dollars a month to use Twitter, Flickr or YouTube.

“I wouldn’t mind paying for Twitter because they I would own my Tweets if anything ever went wrong,” she said.

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Oprah Tops ForbesWoman‘s List Of Media’s Most Powerful Women

proah.pngLong before Mediaite.com was just a twinkle in Dan Abrams‘ eye, Forbes was ranking the richest people in the world, the most powerful celebrities and just about anything worth ranking.

Today, the business magazine’s sister publication, ForbesWoman has put out its list of the 30 most influential women in the media world.

Not surprisingly, Oprah Winfrey tops the list, earning an unmatched $275 million last year. But earnings alone don’t translate to power, as the top five can contest. Joining Oprah are Diane Sawyer, Barbara Walters, Ellen DeGeneres (the number two earner with $35 million last year) and Tyra Banks — the third top earner on the list with $23 million banked (ha) last year. Television journalists Sawyer and Walters pushed ahead of the top-earning talk show hosts thanks to the massive audiences they reach with their regular hosting gigs and primetime specials.

The whole list is a nice mix of traditional media and online media personalities and bloggers, like Arianna Huffington (number 12), Tina Brown (25) and mommy blogger and dooce.com founder Heather Armstrong (26).

Related: Amy Poehler, Rachael Ray and MTV’s McGrath Headling Gracie Awards

(Photo via Oprah.com)

SCOTUS Reporters Reveal Feelings About The Biggest Story They’ll Cover All Year

sotomayor hearings.pngFor the past couple days, the network and cable news channels have looked more like CSPAN, thanks to the nonstop coverage of Sonia Sotomayor‘s Supreme Court confirmation hearings. Although the hearings have been rigidly structured, stuffy and sort of dry, there is always something to keep the media watchers watching.

On Monday we sat nervously awaiting new senator and former “SNL” cast member Al Franken’s opening remarks — and they were actually pretty good. And yesterday, we were riveted by Sotomayor’s rapidly blinking eyelids and serious note-taking, and we lost count of the number of times the judge was asked about nunchuks or her “wise Latina” comments.

But after Sotomayor is — seemingly inevitably — confirmed, we will all go back to our regular lives of reading Page Six and watching Kathie Lee drink too much on the “Today” show, while a handful of dedicated reporters who cover the Supreme Court of the United States will continue to track the movements of the High Court and the integration of its new member.

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Web Journalists To Debate Business Model At Upcoming Mediabistro Panel

keyboard.jpgNext week, mediabistro will be hosting a panel that will discuss how social media is changing the face of journalism, whether an online business model is on the horizon and what that business model may look like.

We suspect this panel, moderated by BusinessWeek media columnist Jon Fine, will be similar to last week’s Reuters <a href="panel or this week’s Gotham Media panel about the media in crisis. However, while Reuters and Gotham Media offered insight from “old media” editors like Lawrence Ingrassia from The New York Times, the Financial TimesChrystia Freeland and Andrew Edgecliff-Johnson and Air America‘s Bennett Zier, next week’s panel will have a distinctive point of view from panelists with vast online experience including NYU journalism professor and blogger Jay Rosen, Mediaite.com Editor at Large Rachel Sklar, blogger Maeghan Carberry and former Star-Ledger staffer Matt Romanoski, who helped found NewJerseyNewsroom.com.

In the hopes of learning a little bit more about what this panel will focus on, we picked moderator Fine’s brain for a bit. “There isn’t an answer,” Fine said of the ever elusive online business model question for media companies. “But if you can get people to pay for something you’re in good shape.”

Expect panelists to wrestle with this conundrum, offer suggestions and advice and describe their own experiences. It all goes down July 16.

(Photo via flickr)

On The Menu: Mediaite Editors Stop By To Talk Power Grid And NY Media

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Today on the mediabistro.com Morning Media Menu podcast, hosts Jason Boog of GalleyCat and AgencySpy‘s Matt Van Hoven were joined by editors from the newly launched media Web site Mediaite.com, Senior Editor Glynnis MacNicol and TV Editor Steve Krakauer.

Steve and Glynnis, the two original co-hosts of mediabistro’s Menu, talked about their new site, particularly it’s unique Power Grid ranking section. They also discussed plans for upcoming events and live-blogging the Michael Jackson memorial yesterday along with TVNewser editors Chris Ariens and Kevin Allocca.

Also discussed: Mayor Michael Bloomberg‘s plan to save the media industry and whether New York is the center of the media world.

You can listen to all the past podcasts at BlogTalkRadio.com/mediabistro and call in at 646-929-0321.

TVNewser Live Blogging Michael Jackson Memorial

TVNewser editor Chris Ariens is live blogging the Memorial of the Century with some help with Mediaite.com editors Rachel Sklar, Steve Krakauer and Glynnis MacNicol and brand new TVNewser editor Kevin Allocca. Check it out here.

Mediaite Launches To Server-Crashing Traffic

mediaite.pngThe hotly anticipated Mediaite.com, the media blog brainchild of consulting company Abrams Research, launched early this morning. The site, which has sections for TV, online and print media news and criticism in addition to columns from media heavy weights like former Us Weekly and Star editor-in-chief Bonnie Fuller and ex-Portfolio deputy editor Jim Impoco, was quickly inundated with readers furiously clicking — consequently giving visitors some viewing problems. (We couldn’t load the site while we were writing this post, although we got a glimpse earlier in the day.)

“We were getting an overload in simultaneous users trying to access the site,” explained Senior Editor Glynnis MacNicol, noting that problems started happening around 9 a.m. around the time people started getting to work. “While we were prepared for heavy traffic and had a back up CDN, we still managed to overload. Things are running right now, but slow for certain people. I think it also had to do with the type of traffic [we were getting]. People were flying around the site, spending [more time] and clicking on more pages.” They are working to correct the problems right now, MacNicol added.

Once visitors can access the site problem-free, the biggest draw to Mediaite will undoubtedly be its rankings of media pros. The ranks are broken down into categories: television anchors/hosts, TV reporters, media moguls, “TV Titans,” magazine editors, TV pundits, newspaper/online editors, radio hosts, TV execs, print/online reporters, print/online editors and “Magazine Titans.” Members of each group are ranked based on various factors such as ratings of their shows or circulation of their magazines, number of Twitter followers and the amount of “Buzz” on blogs or in print.

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