TVNewser FishbowlDC AgencySpy TVSpy LostRemote PRNewser SocialTimes AllFacebook 10,000 Words GalleyCat UnBeige MediaJobsDaily

Posts Tagged ‘Steven Brill’

NY Press Club Award Winners Announced

The 2014 New York Press Club Award winners have been announced, with Steven Brill taking home the most prestigious honor — the Gold Keyboard. Brill won for his Time piece “Bitter Pill: Why Our Medical Bills Are Killing Us.” The winners will be celebrated at a ceremony June 9 at the Water Club.

As for organizations, The Wall Street Journal has bragging rights. It won the most awards with nine. Bloomberg News (which included Businessweek, Bloomberg Radio, WBBR and Bloomberg Television) was the runner-up with eight awards. Time came in third with six.

Below is the full list of winners. Congrats to all.

Read more

Mediabistro Course

The Art of the Book Review

The Art of the Book ReviewStarting August 4, learn how to get paid to write reviews that will influence the publishing landscape! Taught by a Publishers Weekly book critic, you'll learn how to recommend a book to its audience, write reviews of varying lengths, tailor a review to a specific publication and more! Register now!

Inc. Media Welcomes New Editor, Publisher

Inc. Media is into its fourth decade now. The company was founded in 1979 and acquired in 2005 by Mansueto Ventures, Inc. In addition to the monthly magazine, it currently counts an average of more than six million monthly unique visitors via Inc.com and The Build Network.

Portrait of Reuters staffer XXX, in New YorkToday is another sterling day for the brand. The company has announced James Ledbetter (pictured) as its new editor and John Donnelly as publisher. As part of these changes, Eric Schurenberg has moved over to the twin posts of president and editor-in-chief. From the announcement:

Most recently, Ledbetter spent more than three years at Thomson Reuters as its op-ed editor, working with notable names such as Lawrence Summers, Mohamed el-Erian, Steven Brill, Jack Shafer and Bethany McLean. He founded and ran Slate’s financial news site, The Big Money, from 2008 until 2010.

Read more

Time Cover Story Longest by Single Writer in Magazine’s History

Steven Brill just set a Time record. His 36 page cover story titled “Bitter Pill” — a thorough investigation into every aspect of health care pricing — is the longest single piece ever published in Time magazine’s history.

In the article, Brill wonders, “When we debate health care policy in America, we seem to jump right to the issue of who should pay the bills, blowing past what should be the first question: Why exactly are the bills are so high?”

The entire piece is online, but it is 36 pages, so better set aside a good chunk of time to read it.

More Details On Journalism Online’s Pay Wall Plans

For months, we’ve been hearing more and more about Journalism Online — a new company launched by Steven Brill and L. Gordon Crovitz in the hopes of offering a standard pay wall plan for a variety of different news outlets.

Today, The New York Times has even more info, including the names of some pubs that are hoping to launch Journalism Online’s system in the next few months.

Some of the outlets that are soon unveiling Journalism Online’s software, which they’re calling Press+, include The Intelligencer Journal-Lancaster New Era in Lancaster, Penn., The Fayetteville Observer in North Carolina and online news outlet Global Post. Each pub is taking Press+, adapting it to its own needs, and integrating it into its Web site, paying Journalism Online 20 percent of their pay wall earnings in the process.

For the Lancaster paper, adapting Press+ means only charging those outside of its local area for access to certain content, like obituaries. But Global Post’s use of the software may be more far reaching; the Web site is planning to make paying for content optional, but hopes to have “tens of thousands of paying readers by year’s end,” after a debut next month.

The upside for using Journalism Online’s pay wall product is that these publications don’t have to put the time and effort into developing their own system. If it doesn’t work, no harm, no foul. And if it pays off, a couple of a reporters get their salaries paid for by their readers. And if it all works out, that’s even better news for Brill and Crovitz, who will undoubtedly attract more business as their product’s visability goes up and its success becomes measurable. But the ultimate question on everyone’s mind — from Newsday to The New York Times — is now: will readers pay?

Read more: Some News Outlets Ready to Try Charging Online ReadersNew York Times

Previously: Journalism Online Offers Alternative To Pay Wall

News Corp.’s Carey: Consistency For Pay Walls Is Key

carey.jpgWhen Chase Carey speaks, the media world listens. And rightfully so. As Rupert Murdoch‘s number two, News Corp.‘s COO’s opinions do have a certain amount of clout.

This morning, at the Media and Money Conference, hosted by Nielsen and Dow Jones, Carey spoke about a number of topics — from Comcast seeking majority ownership of NBC Universal to the future of network television to pay walls for online journalism.

Carey said he thought the NBCU deal “makes sense for Comcast,” adding that it is a “pretty smartly structured deal” for the company. He also seemed pretty excited about the fact that the deal would test the regulatory waters under the new administration, perhaps setting the stage for or heading off other deals in the future. “These are uncharted waters with major issues with two big companies,” he said.

Carey seemed positive that the major players involved would be left with “regulatory baggage” after the deal was completed, although he doubted any assets would have to be sold.

As for pay walls, which News Corp.-owned Wall Street Journal has excelled at and Murdoch has pushed to extend across all his brands, Carey emphasized consistency. He said he was interested in “creating a great experience around content itself,” adding that people will pay for value and a good experience. “Quality journalism has value,” he said.

Later, when a reporter quizzed him about Murdoch’s plans to take his sites off Google and the Journal‘s leaky wall, Carey said he wanted the pay wall to remain consistent — if only subscribers can access certain content on WSJ.com, then others shouldn’t get it for free. But, there is some content you can get for free on the site, Carey pointed out. He didn’t outline any plans for creating the consistency he championed.

More from the Media and Money Conference, after the jump

Read more

Journalism Online Offers Alternative To Pay Wall

journalism.jpg

With Newsweek NewsDay about to begin charging access to their online articles via a pay wall, we’re beginning to wonder if there is any other alternative for print publications to make money off the web. Obviously, ads aren’t cutting it, and if you aren’t charging readers access, then you’re giving your content away.

Journalism Online – a new media consulting agency formed by media gurus Steven Brill, Gordon Crovitz, and Leo Hindery, Jr – is offering what might be the best solution yet to this problem: In the next month or so, 10-15 publishers will roll out the media consulting site’s pay model, which involves a gradual, not abrupt, dip into the charging-for-content sector.

Read more

Journalism Online Has Deals With 506 Papers & Mags|Some iPhone App Ideas For Mags|Nina Garcia’s New TV Role|Reader’s Digest May Miss Debt Payment|Too Many Media Gossip Sites? Never.

WebNewser: Journalism Online, the start-up founded by Steven Brill, Gordon Crovitz and Leo Hindery Jr. aimed at helping media outlets monetize content on the Web, claims that it has made deals with 506 newspapers and magazines. Each publication will reveal its association with the company in separate announcements, the owners said.

minOnline: Some iPhone app ideas that magazines should totally steal.

Fashion Week Daily: Marie Claire fashion director Nina Garcia has a role in the new TV drama about models called “The Beautiful Life,” which also stars Mischa Barton and Elle Macpherson.

Folio: Uh oh. Sources tell Folio that Reader’s Digest might not be able to make an interest payment on its debt due next week.

True/Slant: This blog post by Marcelo Ballve claims there are too many media gossip Web sites. No comment.