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Posts Tagged ‘Steve Smith’

An EIC Promotion That Was a Long Time Coming

JohnLaposkyPicAll good things come to those who wait. And wait. And… wait.

When John Laposky joined This Week in Consumer Electronics as managing editor, the consumer electronics horizon did not yet include the iPhone and high-definition TV. The year was 1995, and now, roughly 936 weeks later, Laposky has graduated to editor-in-chief.

From today’s announcement:

Laposky takes over the position from Steve Smith, who transitioned to editor-at-large at the end of July.

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Which Magazine’s iPad Apps are Making Money?

Steve Smith at MIN has a report today on which magazine iPad apps are actually making some money for their publishers. The big winner is People, which ranked as the 34th top-grossing app across all categories. To find the next title, you have to go all the way down to 85th place, where O, Wired and The New Yorker start showing up.

As for specific categories, in Entertainment, People is ranked second, then Vanity Fair and Maxim at 13th and 14th place respectively. In News, Wired takes first place, followed by Time at seventh place and The Economist in eighth. In Lifestyle, GQ is ranked eighth, and in Sports, Sports Illustrated is in the top slot, followed by Golf Digest at number three.

As much as publishers want their apps to do well, it looks like they all still have a lot of work to do. Or maybe mags like People can just hope for Angelina Jolie to adopt 43 more babies, and then consumers would buy the thing just to see if there are any white kids among the bunch.

Steve Smith’s Resignation Resonates

mug_smidddth.jpg It’s rare to find an editor who will put his money where his mouth is when talking about newsroom cuts, but Steve Smith, editor of the Spokane, Wash. Spokesman-Review, has resigned from the paper to do just that.

Smith tells Knight Digital Media Center: “It is no longer my job or our job to save newspapers. Our job is to save journalism and the values that underlie newspaper journalism,” such as the free flow of information and aggressive coverage of government.

Smith sounds as though he’s daring other editors and reporters to follow suit, saying, “It is time to stop standing behind our salaries, our bonuses and our pensions and stand up and say what needs to be said” — that short-term thinking and cutbacks are “dooming our organizations to irrelevance and causing irreparable harm to our systems and society without consideration of the larger loss.”

True statements, all of them. But how will leaving the paper help save journalism? Smith explains: By resigning, Smith says, “I regain my voice.” Smith said he has not felt free to speak out about the journalistic decline that comes from cuts in an industry environment that promises more with less. “I simply wasn’t willing to stand up and tell people things would be better or even OK. And our publisher needs someone who can do that.”

–Via Stress-Telegram