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National Geographic Dominates Social Media

According to a new report from the MPA, National Geographic is king of social media. The MPA’s first Social Media Report used SocialFlow data to measure which magazines are the most popular on Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook, something called “Google+,” and Instagram. NatGeo crushed the competition, with 56 million total likes and followers combined.

Time was the runner-up in the MPA report, with 20 million total likes/followers. Playboy (18 million), The Economist (18 million), Vogue (16 million) rounded out the top five.

It wasn’t just the total likes/followers that NatGeo dominated. The magazine was number one in every social network except Pinterest (Harper’s Bazaar was most popular).

If other magazines want to have a chance in the next report, they might want to hire some of NatGeo’s social media team. Either that or start posting more pics of lion cubs. They’re cute now but eventually become quite dangerous!

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Time Inc. Has its Sights Set on TV

timeinc_logo_2.25.10We finally have some insight into how Joe Ripp, Time Inc.’s CEO, plans to save the company. During the Code/Media discussion series, Ripp told Recode that the key to reviving Time Inc. was expanding its offerings, and his inspiration was National Geographic. In other words: Expect Time Inc. brands to show up on your story box in the near future.

NatGeo was once nothing more than a stack of dusty magazines in your grandfather’s study. It’s now a multimedia empire, with multiple TV networks and a successful film studio. If Ripp says NatGeo has provided a blueprint for Time Inc., TV and online videos are definitely on their way.

Ripp was confident enough in his plan that he told the audience to “Check back in six months to see how we’re doing.” We definitely will. Perhaps by turning on the TV.

Morning Media Newsfeed: BBC News to Cut 500 | Networks Book Clinton

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BBC News Division to Cut 500 Jobs (Forbes)
BBC News is preparing to announce 500 more job losses, as part of its ongoing cost-cutting program, and that industrial action could well follow. The Guardian Up to 600 job losses are expected to be confirmed in BBC News, with around 80 posts going in BBC Radio, with full details of the cuts expected to be announced next month. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media The cuts, which will be phased in over a two-year period, will reduce BBC’s staff of 8,000 by roughly 6 percent. The Telegraph It currently employs around 5,400 journalists, all of whom are expected to be assessed under an appraisal system throughout this year. James Harding, director of news and current affairs, has already warned staff the BBC is only half way through its cost-cutting drive, with 14 percent of its budget having to be reduced by 2017. HuffPost In February 2013, BBC journalists went on strike to protest job cuts, which, at the time, were rumored to be around 2,000 lost positions in years ahead. Just last month, the BBC offered a 1 percent pay increase to employees earning less than £50,000 — or around $68,000. The small pay raise was blasted by trade unions, calling it “completely unacceptable” and blaming the company’s poor leadership for the cost cuts. BBC employees have reacted similarly to the stirring rumors of the layoffs ahead.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: CNN Slashes Jobs | Networks Cover Benghazi Emails | Viacom Profit Up

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50 Positions Cut Across CNN (TVNewser)
CNN has eliminated at least 50 positions across several divisions. Employees in New York, Washington, D.C. and Atlanta at CNN Digital, CNN Money, Newsgathering and the CNN Library were told their positions are changing. Thursday’s cuts follow the elimination of 16 positions last month from the image and sound unit in Atlanta. A CNN insider said the changes are related to the integration of television and digital newsgathering. Capital New York There is not expected to be any reduction in employee headcount. While some positions are being eliminated, the same number of new jobs will be created, albeit with different descriptions or responsibilities. CNN is encouraging affected employees to apply for the new jobs, which are expected to start posting as early as this week. TheWrap CNN president Jeff Zucker met with newsroom reporters on Thursday to tell them the bad news. The cuts mainly affect news producers and managers, some of whom will be invited to reapply for new or “updated” positions at lower salaries. The insider said Zucker’s plan is to reduce packaged news stories to three or four per day and described the reaction in the newsroom as “shell-shocked.” Variety Under Zucker, the news network has been placing more emphasis on live coverage of breaking events as well as documentaries, leaving less room for the creation of pre-taped video packages that had been more of a staple on the network. THR / The Live Feed With the Time Inc. spinoff from Time Warner set for later this year, the CNN Money website is planning on separating Fortune magazine into a standalone entity on June 1. Fortune and Money magazines are currently housed on the CNN Money site.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Pulitzers Announced | Google Buys Drone Maker | Relativity Eyes Maker Studios

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2014 Pulitzer Prizes Announced (FishbowlNY)
The Pulitzer Prizes celebrate the best of the best, and Monday we learned the latest recipients of journalism’s highest honor. TVNewser The Washington Post and the U.S. edition of The Guardian have won the award. They will share the Public Service award for their series of stories on NSA surveillance, as revealed by Edward Snowden, an NSA contractor who gave the top-secret information to the news organizations. The Pulitzer committee said the journalism was “marked by authoritative and insightful reports that helped the public understand how the disclosures fit into the larger framework of national security.” Politico Snowden immediately declared the decision “a vindication.” The reporting on the former government contractor’s leaks was led by journalists Glenn Greenwald and Ewan McAskill at The Guardian, Barton Gellman at the Post, and Laura Poitras, who worked with both newspapers. NYT The Boston Globe won the breaking news prize for its coverage of the Boston Marathon bombing, which killed three people and wounded at least 260. The Post won a second award, for explanatory journalism. Eli Saslow, 31, a staff writer, won for a series of articles on American families that rely on the federal food stamp program. GalleyCat Author Donna Tartt won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction for her book The Goldfinch. The novel about an orphan also won Amazon’s Best Books of the Month “Spotlight Pick” in October 2013 and was shortlisted for 2013 National Book Critics Circle Award.

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Bloomberg News Loses Exec Editor to National Geographic

Susan Goldberg, executive editor for Bloomberg News since 2010, is leaving the company to take on the same role for National Geographic. Goldberg previously served as deputy managing editor for USA Today, editor for the Cleveland Plain Dealer, and executive editor for The San Jose Mercury News.

“I’m excited about staying in the news business and about doing something quite different after 35 years of daily journalism,” Goldberg explained in an email obtained by the Huffington Post. “And I love the idea of giving back at a non-profit where I’ll work with writers worldwide on longform stories for the magazine and breaking news for the web, on issues that mean a lot to me: cultural diversity, the environment, climate change and species preservation, among others.”

Cesca Antonelli will succeed Goldberg as Bloomberg News’ executive editor for the Washington, state and local teams.

National Geographic Leads National Magazine Awards Finalists

The American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) has announced the finalists for the 2013 Ellies, and National Geographic leads the pack with seven nominations. Following up NatGeo is Bon Appétit and New York with six nominations; and GQ and The New Yorker each got five.

Below are the other magazines and digital publications which received multiple nominations:

  • Four Nominations: EsquireHarper’s MagazineMother JonesTexas Monthly 
  • Three Nominations: The AtlanticSaveur, TimeWired
  • Two Nominations: Businessweek, Byliner, Golf Digest, Los AngelesMartha Stewart LivingThe New York Times MagazineOutside, The Paris ReviewReal SimpleScientific American, Slate, Sports Illustrated, W

The Ellies will be given out Thursday, May 2, at the Marriott Marquis. The finalists for magazine of the year will be announced next Monday. For the full list of nominations, click through.

National Magazine Awards Roundup: New York, National Geographic Among the Big Winners

Last night’s ASME National Magazine Awards had more than a few surprises. The evening began with a cocktail hour for a change, where FishbowlNY had drinks with Graydon Carter, Bethenny Frankel, David Copperfield, and other media celebrities milling around the red carpet. We caught up with a few nominees, such as the editor of Audobon magazine: “We’ve been nominated for 5 years,” he told us, “and we haven’t won once. I wasn’t going to attend, but then I thought, what if we win this year?”

They didn’t. Oh, well! Some other choice quotes: we heard from Bethenny Frankel that she always reads her magazine coverage in nail salons, because she is medicated on planes.

The evening began on a somber note, with Graydon Carter acknowledging the many journalists who had died or been detained while reporting in war areas, and presenting a slideshow of the work of Vanity Fair contributor Tim Hetherington, who died in Misrata, Libya.

But the mood lightened as the awards were announced. Some of the big winners of the night were New York Times Magazine, New York, and National Geographic, each taking home a couple of awards, with National Geographic jubilantly winning “Magazine of the Year.”

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The New York Times Honored by Overseas Press Club

The Overseas Press Club is handing out their 72nd annual awards tonight in 26 international categories.

The New York Times is the leading winner with four trophies, including two in their new online categories. Executive editor Bill Keller is named the OPC President’s Award recipient for his career contributions to international journalism.

CBS News, ProPublica, and National Geographic are recognized with two awards each.

War photographers and former OPC Award winners (and Oscar nominated filmmaker) Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros will be honored posthumously. Earlier this month, Hetherington and Hondros were killed while covering the war in Libya.  

The awards dinner takes place this evening in Manhattan.

National Geographic Adventure Folds

adventure.jpgSince it wouldn’t be a week in the “2009 Great Print Die-Off” if another publication didn’t kick the bucket, today’s victim is National Geographic spin-off, National Geographic Adventure.

Days after reporting that the magazine was up for sale, Folio has news that the 10-year old magazine is folding, and laying off 17 people from its editorial and production staff. However, the brand will continue as a Web site and in other “multi-platform” models, including books and mobile apps.

This is just the latest in a string of bad news for the non-profit National Geographic Society, which lost publisher Steve Giannetti and several other employees from its main title in the beginning of October.

Read More: BREAKING: National Geographic Kills Print Edition of AdventureFolio

Previously: Report: National Geographic Loses Publisher Giannetti

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