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Folio: Mr. Magazine names his most notable magazine launches of the year with Food Network Magazine taking the top prize. Other noted launches include Afar, Prestige and another food mag Sandra Lee’s Semi-Homemade.

New York Observer: New York Times writer Jodi Kantor used her Sunday magazine story about to the Obamas’ marriage to score herself a seven-figure book deal.

Nieman Journalism Lab: The now-defunct newspaper The New York Sun, is slowly mounting a comeback online led by editor Seth Lipsky.

paidContent: The New York Times is phasing out its Times Extra aggregation tool.

TV Guide magazine: It looks like Aaron Sorkin is plotting a return to TV, and he’s planning to write another series taking place behind the scenes of a television shows, much like previous shows “Sports Night” and “Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip.”

Poynter: “Daily Show” producers are serious about creating real media criticism along with the fake news.

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‘Midas Watch’ Columnist Thomas Leaves Observer, Says Kushner is One of ‘The Bad Guys’

thomas.JPGMichael M. Thomas, New York Observer columnist, Forbes.com and Daily Beast contributor and author of several books including the recently published “Love & Money,” has decided to leave the salmon-colored paper after 22 years.

Thomas, a recent Morning Media Menu podcast guest, wrote about his decision to leave the Observer on his personal blog Midas Watch (which has the same name as his Observer column) on Sunday, and sent a letter out to friends.

“It looks as if the NY Observer and I are parting company for good,” he said. “The new owner stands pretty much squarely on the side of those whom I consider the bad guys in the great civic and financial equations that govern our parlous existence. That his prospective father-in-law is Donald Trump, a person known to earlier readers of the NYO ‘Midas Watch’ as ‘the Prince of Swine,’ only adds to the confusion.”

Thomas said he’ll stick to blogging, about “books, food, the media, golf, music, Wall Street, manners, the writer’s trade, Brooklyn, local politics, the Hamptons,” and anything else that interests him.

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Nation Says NY Sun Is Bleeding $1M A Month; Sun Has No Comment

nysun_06102001.jpgThe left-leaning Lotharios at the Nation fired a pointed shot across the bow at the conservative New York Sun yesterday with a thrashing column by Scott Sherman:

When the Sun was born in 2002, media soothsayers predicted that it would never find a permanent place in New York’s brutally competitive newspaper market and that the hearse would arrive within two years. But the Sun is still here, and on April 16 it will mark its fifth anniversary. Although it is funded by a coterie of wealthy individuals, published on a shoestring and edited by a tenacious journalist, Seth Lipsky, the paper is not a financial success: Last year Lipsky told journalism students at Columbia that the Sun lost $1 million a month. But those losses amount to pocket change for the proprietors, whose investment and ongoing commitment have yielded something else: a broadsheet that injects conservative ideology into the country’s most influential philanthropic, intellectual and media hub; a paper whose day-to-day coverage of New York City emphasizes lower taxes, school vouchers and free-market solutions to urban problems; a paper whose elegant culture pages hold their own against the Times in quality and sophistication; a paper that breaks news and crusades on a single issue.

That issue? Sherman calls the a paper “that functions as a journalistic SWAT team against individuals and institutions seen as hostile to Israel and Jews; and a paper that unapologetically displays the scalps of its victims.”

FishbowlNY asked the Sun for a response, but they declined to give us one.

Fine, but let’s do a little media extrapolation, shall we? So, the Sun loses $1,000,000 month, which is about $50,000 per issue (assuming they put out 20 per month). According a bit below in the article, the circulation is approximately 100,000 daily (with 85% given away for free). So for every newspaper the Sun prints, they lose 50 cents.

No wonder people in newspapers say the industry’s f*cked.

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