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In Other News, the Future of Print Still Looking Dim

newspapers3.jpgHey! There actually is news that has nothing to do with tomorrow’s election! Of course it mainly has to do with the demise of print media, which is sadly not a story that is going to disappear after 11pm tomorrow night when the last polls close. Seems that even after last week’s black media week, some industry hopefuls are apparently holding on to the theory that print will make some kind of recovery in the next two years as the economy eventually picks up and advertisers return. To this we can only respond: Seriously? This ship is sinking! Not to be pessimists but we suspect Nat Ives‘ worst case scenario projection is somewhat more accurate:

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Print Journalism Officially in a Crisis, Or, Put Your Hand in the Hand of Your Strongest Competitor?

Maybe just to make it all official, a recent study was conducted on the effects that recent layoffs and budgets cuts are having on the country’s newsrooms (spoiler alert: it’s bad). The study concluded that newsrooms are smaller despite a greater online need for content, there is less foreign news now than there was three years ago (Lara Logan fans will already be aware of this), and there is even less national news (though as New Yorkers one wonders how long it would take for us to notice this). The good news? Well, there isn’t much except that smaller papers seem to be doing better than larger ones.

Meanwhile, over at AdAge Arthur “Punch” Sulzberger Jr. is talking to Nat Ives about how the New York Times is navigating these treacherous waters. In a word, co-operation. Starting this fall the Times plans on “automatically displaying links to competitors’ takes on big news” on its home page, no less (how very HuffPo) as well as expanding its online business coverage a la Andrew Sorkin‘s DealBook model: “each one will include original reporting and commentary from a dedicated staffer, news aggregated from elsewhere, relevant tools, e-mail newsletters, mobile applications and more.” And while Sulzberger has been the recipient of much criticism of late, particularly after NYT stocks fell to a record ten-year low last week, he has garnered some praise for keeping the Times in the family, “The fecklessness of the Bancrofts reflected that Arthur had sharp values…He may not be a business visionary, but he is stalwart in a way that they were not.”



Every year, the American Magazine Conference — the annual pow-wow of magazine executives — has a theme. Last year it was “transformation.” We just received our invitation to this year’s conference, slated for October 28-30 in Boca Raton. The theme?

“Magabrand Revolution.”

What is “magabrand,” you ask? We’ll let the Magazine Publishers of America and conference chairman David Zinczenko explain:

A magabrand is … a magazine brand that expands into every media nook and cranny that exists today — newsstand, TV, radio, Web, e-newsletter, podcast, Webcast, cellcast, live event and maybe even a few that haven’t been invented yet. And that means wherever your readers, viewers and listeners go, they can find you, tap into you, build their commitment to you. It’s like the air they breathe — a sustaining presence everywhere they go.

Whether or not this latest catch-all will work remains to be seen. But, remember: this, of course, is the same organization that brought us “Captain Read,” the magazine superhero who visited ad agency offices last summer in the hopes of sparking renewed interest media buyers.

As AdAge‘s Nat Ives wrote, it didn’t “fly well.”


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  • FishbowlNY Summer Music Preview: Who Was Your First?

    With the 2007 summer concert season upon us — one marked by the heralded return of rock relics like the Police and Genesis — FishbowlNY (inspired by Concert.TV‘s tagline) asked selected media types to recount their first time … at a live show, that is. Drop us a line with your own boozy, hazy recollections, and we’ll post them here throughout the summer. And, uh, rock on.

    “My first concert was Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation show in Calgary, Canada. It was so awesome! I went with my dad and for months after I wore keys on my hoop earrings just like her! I was like 10.”
    — Kate Frank, US Weekly

    “My first show was the Grateful Dead — ’81 I think — Nassau Coliseum. I was rather young and we went in expecting to hear “Casey Jones,” “Truckin’,” “Uncle John’s Band,” etc. Instead we got jam after jam. I didn’t know what was going on — but still loved it! This was quickly followed by Jethro Tull and The Who (on one of their many farewell tours). Was a great summer!
    — Ed James, Cornerstone

    “The Monkees reunion tour. Madison, Wisconsin. Seriously.”
    — Jeff Bercovici, Radar

    “The Ramones at SUNY Stony Brook. It scared the shit out of me.”
    — Dan Bova, editor-in-chief, Stuff

    “First club show was Black Uhuru at the New Ritz in NYC. First big stage show was Sinead O’Connor at Jones Beach.”
    — Heather Tesoriero, Wall Street Journal

    “Stephen Stills at the Spectrum in Philly. I wish I had a cooler one. My kids will be able to say Radiohead at MSG.”
    — Devin Leonard, Fortune

    “AC/DC, May 27, 1991, Charleston Civic Coliseum, Razor’s Edge Tour
    — Michael Shimbo, founder, CONCERT.TV

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    Inside The Time 100 Party

    America Ferrera and John Mayer

    It’s arguably the most exclusive magazine party of the year. (Graydon Carter‘s Vanity’s Fair Oscar party perhaps being the other.) John Edwards mingled with John Mayer. Sir Richard Branson (just back from dogsledding in Alaska) commandeered the corner of the bar like a Virgin spaceship, and allowed Henry Kissinger to ride co-pilot. Craigslist’s Craig Newmark chatted up Wikipedia’s Jimmy Wales. New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick walked through the cocktail hour unrecognized. Michael J. Fox, too, virtually unnoticed, chatted with Elizabeth Vargas near the glass window overlooking Central Park. Arianna Huffington was noticed. (Line uttered in every pre-dinner conversation: “Is that someone? It looks like someone, I don’t know … do you?”)

    Time Warner execs — like Richard Parsons and Jeffrey Bewkes — buzzed along the edges as the usual media-on-media action (including Ad Age‘s Nat Ives, WWD‘s Stephanie Smith, Jossip’s David Hauslaib, New York mag’s Jesse Oxfeld, Gawker’s Lockhart Steele and Doree Shafrir, ETP’s Rachel Sklar, Glynnis MacNicol, Julia Allison, Radar‘s Jeff Bercovici, NYO‘s Michael Calderone) made nice use of the open bar.

    But as much firepower as there was at last night’s Time 100 party at Jazz at Lincoln Center, just 36 of the 100 to make 2007′s “most influential people in the world” list made it, and there were plenty of notable no-shows: No Obama. No Borat. No Queen of England. Rosie. No Leo. No Gore. No Timberlake. No Tyra.

    But impassioned speeches — delivered over dinner by Elizabeth Edwards, Brian Williams, Bloomberg (with an ode to late Boston Celtics’ exec Red Auerbach — huh?) Branson and others — and a three-song set by Mayer more than made up for the relative lack of A-listers.

    Others spotted during cocktail hour: Cate Blanchett, Mayor Bloomberg, Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of Jordan, Simon Fuller, Charlie Rose, Tina Fey, Mario Cuomo, Martha Stewart, Brian Grazer, Gayle King (no Oprah), Matt Lauer, Chris Matthews, Brian Williams, Ziyi Zhang, Police Commisioner Ray Kelly, Suzanne Vega, Harvey Weinstein, David Lauren and Lauren Bush.

    FishbowlNY’s Coverage Of Last Year’s Time 100:

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