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Matt Haber Leaves Media Beat Behind

train.jpgCalling covering the media “futile,” Matt Haber, currently writing about the industry at Portfolio.com, said today that he is leaving his post — and his position as a media reporter. We can’t say we don’t know how he feels.

Explained Haber, eloquently, of course:

“Reporting, blogging, aggregating, and thinking about the media on a daily basis feels increasingly like a fool’s errand. Tracking the narrative — not just of an industry’s decline but of all the incremental steps being taken to revive whatever remains salvageable for the platforms and consumer habits of the future — is futile, at least for the time being. In order to get a little perspective — and, to be honest, some rest — I’ll be stepping away from the daily media beat, at least for the foreseeable future.”

Haber is no stranger to the horrors of 2009 that claimed countless jobs this year, having been among the ranks of those laid off. He told us “All’s well,” after The New York Observer axed a slew of reporters in June, and then started writing for Portfolio.com, the revived Web site of the shuttered Condé Nast business pub, later this summer. In his parting missive, Haber doesn’t miss a chance to comment on the existence of the site where he ended up:

“The very existence of this website after the spectacular 2007 rollout and 2009 fold up of Condé Nast Portfolio is proof that sometimes the damsel does get saved before the train runs her over.”

The train doesn’t seem to have missed Haber this time around. We’ll be pouring one out for him tonight.

Pressing On –Portfolio.com

Previously: Breaking: Layoffs At The Observer

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Recessionwire Founder And Former Portfolio.com Lifestyle Editor Moves To Post

Another Portfolio vet has scored a sweet gig.

Sara Clemence, the former lifestyle editor of Portfolio.com and co-founder of Recessionwire.com, has been appointed deputy business editor at The New York Post.

According to her Recessionwire bio Clemence’s job at Portfolio.com disappeared in a round of layoffs at the magazine at the end of last year. She was moved over to Conde Nast publication, shelter magazine Domino, which folded the same day. Clemence then went on to found Recessionwire with another former Portfolio.com staffer Laura Rich and freelance writer Lynn Parramore.

Clemence formerly worked for Forbes.com, The Albany Times Union and The Anniston Star. After working for the past few years in online media, it will be interesting to see what changes Clemence will bring to bear at New York’s News Corp.-owned tabloid paper.

Related: Former Portfolio.com Staffer Lands TV Gig

Former Portfolio.com Staffer Lands TV Gig

Colarusso_8.18.phpBloombergTV has brought on online and print veteran Dan Colarusso to serve as managing editor of U.S. television for the network, TVNewser reports.

Colarusso previously worked as managing editor for Portfolio.com, the Web site for doomed Condé Nast business publication Portfolio, which was shuttered earlier this year.

Prior to joining Portfolio.com, Colarusso worked as a business editor and metro editor at The New York Post, although his depature from the paper was fraught with drama. He has also contributed to The New York Times, Barrons and The Daily Beast.

The news comes one day after we learned that another Portfolio cast-off, Jim Impoco, had taken a somewhat non-traditional role at Reuters as enterprise editor. As traditional journalism models fold and evolve, we will probably be seeing more print journalists moving to the Web and then working in multimedia or, like Colarusso, television. It’s possible that the print jobs that have disappeared in the past year won’t return, so it’s more important than ever to be dynamic.

What do you think about this shift?

Earlier: So What Happened With Dan Colarusso’s NY Post Exit?

Related: Portfolio.com Media Blogger Moving On

CNN Avoids Booking Talk Radio Hosts|Playboy and Maxim Go Well Together|MTV Reveals Revamped Schedule|Portfolio.com Returns|Conn. Paper’s Publisher Emerges From Ch. 11

TVNewser: CNN/U.S. president Jon Klein yesterday asked his show producers to stop booking talk radio hosts on their shows, calling their views “all too predictable.”

PaidContent: Can Playboy and Maxim survive if they’re combined?

Hollywood Reporter: A look at the revamped MTV and its upcoming show schedule, which includes the network’s first single-camera comedy series, “Hard Times.”

Gawker: Portfolio.com is back!

Associated Press: The publisher of Connecticut newspaper The New Haven Register has emerged from bankruptcy after only six months in Chapter 11.

Portfolio.com Media Blogger Moving On

Jeff-Bercovici.jpgEarlier this month, we noticed that Portfolio.com media blogger Jeff Bercovici had posted an item on NYMag.com‘s Daily Intel shortly after the Condé Nast business magazine folded.

Since then, we’ve spotted Bercovici’s byline on a handful of Daily Intel posts, including one yesterday discussing a meeting between Rolling Stone owner Jann Wenner and Condé exec David Carey. So we wondered, is Bercovici seeking a permanent spot at NYmag.com?

No, Bercovici told FishbowlNY, “I don’t have any formal arrangement to write for Daily Intel on a regular basis — I just happened to have a string of ideas that worked for them.”

Nor is Bercovici returning to his old stomping grounds, Portfolio.com, which will soon be resurrected by American City Business Journals. However, he has signed on for a new job that he’s keeping under wraps until next month. Rest assured, we will be staying on top of his next move.

Update: It looks like Bercovici will be covering the media industry for DailyFinance.com starting June 1.

Portfolio.com Survives|Larry Kramer Talks Media|Americans Are Really Unhappy With Their Newspapers|Why Journalists Deserve Low Pay|HBO publicist Chandler Dies

FishbowlDC: Condé Nast passes Portfolio.com, the last remaining vestiges of the now-defunct business magazine, on to its American City Business Journals group.

MediaBistro: Polaris Ventures Senior Adviser Larry Kramer talks about the changing business model of traditional media companies.

BusinessWeek: A survey shows that Americans are more satisfied with airlines and cell phone companies than newspapers.

Christian Science Monitor: Journalists aren’t producing much value today, so they deserve low pay.

Variety: HBO publicist Tim Chandler died last week.

Portfolio.com Media Blogger Writes for NYMag.com

Jeff-Bercovici.jpgLast night, former Portfolio.com Mixed Media blogger Jeff Bercovici had a byline on a post NYMag.com‘s Daily Intel. We emailed Jeff to find out if he was becoming a regular contributor.

“Thanks for noticing. I’d certainly love to do some more writing for them, but there’s no formal arrangement as yet. Just keeping my pen sharp.”

New Hires and Blog Launches at Portfolio.com

gggportfoliaa.gifLooks like Portfolio.com is kicking back into gear. Jeff Bercovici is reporting that the site, which took some hits last fall amidst the Conde layoffs, and recently lost big name financial blogger Felix Salmon to a Reuters startup, has made some new hires.

To begin they have brought Ryan Avent on board to fill Salmon’s spot. Aven has been writing The Economist‘s Free Exchange blog for the past two years.

On the blog front they are adding The Weiss File, which will be written by Portfolio contributing editor and author Gary Weiss. “Weiss will peel the lid off some of the less-savory practices of Wall Street and Corporate America, and still give atta-boys when deserved.” Also, there will be a new business-travel blog, which wil be called Itineraries and be written by Portfolio.com’s deputy editor, J. Jennings Moss.

On the business (and magazine) side, Michael Carroll has been named National Sales Director of Conde Nast Portfolio. Carroll joins Portfolio from The Wall Street Journal where he most recently he served as Director, Multimedia Advertising Sales, specializing in luxury goods and financial services.

Men’s Vogue and Portfolio: The Morning After

Yesterday was one of the darkest days yet for print media, and is some cases online, too — one Conde staffer told us that during the meeting to announce the layoffs and scale backs at Men’s Vogue even Anna Wintour choked up. And there’s till no word yet on how many people are being cut from Portfolio.com or when the cuts will take place. Rumor has it they are taking their time informing staffers. It’s also unclear why the website is being scaled back so drastically since staffers were recently told that they have been “meeting their revenue goals for 2008 while the magazine has not.” And then there was this bit of forward-thinking:

According to a person who attended the meeting, one of the staff’s braver souls asked why the Web site was being punished more severely than the magazine. “He gave a sort of corporate-speak answer, and what it appeared to boil down to is, is ‘This is a magazine company,’…And it left the impression that the Web site was sacrificed to save the magazine.”

Hard to believe magazines are faltering under that sort of leadership! Meanwhile over at Men’s Vogue publisher Marc Berger is reportedly leaving the company, while editor-in-chief Jay Fielden will stay on.