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Vogue Hires Obama’s Web Consultants

vogueblue.jpg“Can we take a strategy to build a political candidate and apply it to a magazine like Vogue?” posited Tom Florio, publishing director for the fashion title and other Condé Nast pubs, in today’s Wall Street Journal. (Upate: Jezebel, always on the ball, actually broke the story a week earlier than the WSJ.

The strategy in question would be the one designed by Blue State Digital, an online consulting agency that implemented a “relationship ladder” schema for their work with Barack Obama‘s presidential campaign, and is now working with Vogue to identify new ways for the magazine to interact with its audience.

While it might seem like a strange leap to go from political canvasing to couture outreach, Blue State is confident what worked for Obama can work for Anna Wintour.

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TVNewser: Take the poll: Who is the next Oprah?

MediaJobsDaily: The Washington Post Co. laid off staffers today from

Reuters: Hedge fund Harbinger Capital Partners, which now owns a 14.64 percent stake in The New York Times Co., cut its stake from 16.38 percent in September.

Guardian: Rupert Murdoch‘s son James sees a smaller role for newspapers than for TV in the future. “In the business of ideas, which is the business that we are in, we do think journalism plays a role, and we do think there are business models there that will make a lot of sense, albeit perhaps not at the scale of some of our broadcasting businesses and other entertainment businesses,” he said. “Is it going to be as big a role? No. Structurally, television is vastly more profitable and a big opportunity.”

Times Cutting Pension Contributions, More Staff

nyt logo.jpgThere was more bad news for New York Times staffers this week. The paper, which is already planning to cut 100 newsroom jobs by the end of the year, told nonunion staffers this week that it would stop paying into their pension plans at the end of the year, instead choosing to contribute 3 percent of their salaries to 401(k) plans.

What’s more, the Times‘ News Service, which edits Times stories for the wire, announced that it plans to lay off at least 25 employees next year as it moves the service to the Florida paper owned by The New York Times Co., The Gainesville Sun. The staff at the Sun are unionized and their salaries are cheaper, the Times reported, making it cheaper to run the service out of the Florida paper’s offices.

The News Service layoffs were not included in the 100 staffers to be cut by year’s end, who will be made up in part by voluntary buyouts. The Times management offered buyouts to its staff last month and said that if they did not get enough they would turn to layoffs. The buyout deadline is fast approaching, so we’ll keep you posted as the story develops in the next few weeks.

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Earlier: Memo: Times To Layoff 100 Newsroom Staffers

WNYC Throws A Gala To Thank NYT For Selling Classical Music Station


Last night, New York public radio station WNYC threw a gala at Gotham Hall to celebrate its recent acquisition of New York’s classical radio station WQXR and honor its former owner, The New York Times Co.

Hosted by Alec Baldwin, the evening featured performances by folksinger Judy Collins and opera diva Deborah Voigt. David Sanger, a New York Times correspondent and host of the “Washington Report” on WQXR — and grandson of the station’s founder Elliott Sanger — presented the Times Co. with an award, accepted by Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr., commemorating the company’s stewardship of WQXR since 1944.


Later, Baldwin announced that the winner of the evening’s raffle would get a radio — actually, an Internet radio tuned to WQXR. “The New York Times got a piece of glass, for the millions and millions of dollars they’ve coughed up,” he said. “A piece of glass. The winner of the raffle gets a radio.”

(Video and more pictures after the jump)

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PRNewser: Former FishbowlDC founding editor Garrett Graff, now the editor of the Washingtonian, talks about working in PR and then making the jump to journalism.

All Things Digital: Today, Mcgraw-Hill told investors that its sale of BusinessWeek netted the company $5.9 million after taxes.

Worcester Telegram & Gazette: Ralph D. Crowley, Jr., who is looking to buy the Worcester Telegram & Gazette from The New York Times Co., says negotiations might be wrapped up in two weeks.

New York Times: A closer look at Comcast‘s bid for a majority stake in NBC Universal.

On The Menu: Condé Nast Cuts, New And The Ongoing Debate About The Future Of Print


On this gloomy Friday in New York, after a particularly long week for the media world, host Matt Van Hoven, editor of AgencySpy, and special guest host TVNewser‘s Kevin Allocca welcomed FishbowlNY editor Amanda Ernst to the Morning Media Menu to wrap up the biggest news of the week.

Of interest today was news of even more layoffs at Condé Nast — this time at GQ and Vanity Fair. Also discussed, The New York Times Co.‘s third quarter earnings report, out yesterday, which revealed the surprising fact that although advertising revenues have dropped, circulation revenues grew for the company. What does this mean for the publishing world?

Lastly, Kevin discussed the newly redesigned, unveiled last night. The new Web site has better navigation with the same amount of video content offerings, as well as increased cross-over promotion with Time Inc. brands like Sports Illustrated and Entertainment Weekly, in the hopes of becoming many users’ homepage for news. We’re hopeful that a more visible partnership between and the Time publications will help the brands survive the onslaught facing the publishing industry these days.

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New York Times Co. Reports Ad Revenue Down, Circ Revenue Up In Q3

nytco.pngJust days after announcing that it will eliminate 100 newsroom jobs at The New York Times before the end of the year, The New York Times Co. announced their third quarter earnings this morning — and it’s surprisingly not all bad news.

Exceeding expectations, the company reported a 30.2 percent increase in operating profit for the quarter and 21.6 percent decline in operating costs. The company said it had also worked to reduce its debt by $140 million through aggressive cost-cutting. The company has cut its spending by doing things like revamping benefit plans for nonunion employees (saving them $18 million) and renegotiating the labor agreements with Boston Globe employees, earning $10 million in savings in the second half of 2009 and a projected $20 million next year.

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WebNewser: The Huffington Post launched its new technology section today. It’s being edited by former Washington Post national reporter Jose Antonio Vargas.

TVNewser: CNBC canceled former Forbes managing editor Dennis Kneale‘s “CNBC Reports,” but he’ll still anchor the network’s “Power Lunch.”

Toledo Blade: President Barack Obama said he would be open to a possible newspaper bailout bill. “I haven’t seen detailed proposals yet, but I’ll be happy to look at them,” he told reporters from The Toledo Blade and The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

The New York Times: blogger Andrew Sullivan asked readers to subscribe to the print version of The Atlantic and it worked. “Within two days after last Monday’s post, Mr. Sullivan’s appeal pulled in 75 percent of the subscriptions that the Web site draws in a typical month…The Atlantic expects this month’s subscription orders to be double an average month’s.”

Associated Press: The New York Times Co. has corrected some errors in an SEC filing relating to stock options granted to CEO Janet Robinson and Arthur Sulzberger Jr.

Boston Globe‘s Largest Union’s Members Seek To Remove Union Leadership

boston-globe-logo.jpgJust a few months after agreeing to a renegotiated contract The Boston Globe‘s largest union is seeking to replace the union leadership that saw them through this summer’s dispute with the paper’s owner, The New York Times Co.

The Globe reports today that some of the Boston Newspaper Guild’s members have started circulating a petition to remove the union’s seven-member executive committee, including its president Dan Totten.

“There’s a feeling that the executive committee has made a bad situation worse,” Globe copy editor and union delegate Tim Flynn told his paper.

Earlier this year, guild was the only Globe union to reject a new contract that offered deep cuts in return for keeping the paper alive. After the guild rejected the Times Co.’s proposal on June 8 by a 277 to 265 vote, and the Globe‘s owner instead instituted a 23 percent unilateral pay cut to all guild members.

The two sides then entered into negotiations in the hopes of quickly finalizing a deal that would minimize the effects of the pay cut on union members. In July, the union voted in favor of the proposed cuts, which looked very similar to the Times Co.’s original offer.

As the Times Co. decides whether to sell the Globe and to whom, union leadership, particularly that of the paper’s largest union, may play an increasingly large role in defining the needs of the paper’s employees. And if the union is unhappy with the leadership’s work thus far, it makes sense to speak out now before the paper is sold off to a new owner.

According to the Globe, if 20 percent of the 650 editorial, advertising and business workers represented by the guild sign the petition, a meeting will be called. A majority vote of members present at that meeting could prompt a recall election.

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Earlier: At Least Two Bidders Still Interested In Boston Globe

WNYC To Switch Classical Music Station WQXR To 105.9 With Carnegie Hall Concert

wnyc-graphic.jpgThe FCC has approved WNYC‘s purchase of classical radio station WQXR from The New York Times Co., the public radio giant announced this morning. The classical radio station will move to a new spot on the dial, 105.9 FM, precisely at 8 pm on October 8. The switchover from Univision, which currently broadcasts at that frequency, will occur live on stage at Carnegie Hall and will be simulcast on WNYC 93.9 FM. Univision will shift its programming to 93.6 96.3 FM.

Classical music fans must have been relieved earlier this year when WNYC, the nation’s largest public radio station, emerged as a buyer for WQXR. They intend to transform the WQXR’s operation into a member-supported station and have launched the $15 million Campaign to Preserve Classic Music Radio in New York City.

“WQXR will operate out of WNYC’s new facilities on Varick Street in Hudson Square and the signal will continue to broadcast from the Empire State Building,” says the press release.

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Earlier: WNYC Buys NYT‘s Classical Music Station

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