This year, those companies were imperiled, struggling to survive like many other companies around the world. But as print media disputed declarations that its days were numbered, these once-great companies that made their money from print pubs were fighting hard to keep their heads above water. In order to do that they made some decisions — like bringing in new investors, closing publications and selling them off. It was in no way a big year for media deals, but there were a few. Below, our list of the biggest business stories to come out of the New York media world this year.
David is leaving his full-time gig at Crain’s to become the director of the business and economics program at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. “I have been teaching there for three years and it is an exciting opportunity,” he said in an email today.
However, David said he will still write a weekly column in Crain’s print edition as well as a daily blog on the Web site, and “may do other editorial projects from time to time,” so he won’t be far from the pub. He’s also planning on making media appearances on WCBS Newsradio 880 and WNYC, giving speeches and moderating panels in addition to his duties at the journalism school.
Last week’s tragedy at Fort Hood, so close to Veteran’s Day, left the public scared and confused — not only because of the senseless nature of the crime which left 13 dead, but because some of the information that leaked out about the event from the ground turned out to be false.
After US Airways Flight 1549 fell into the Hudson River last year — and the first photo of the event landed on Twitter — people have looked to Twitter to provide first-hand accounts and early information about breaking news. But what if the information from these citizen journalists (if that’s what they are), isn’t accurate?
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.”
The morning news show’s producers today announced that starting Monday frequent guest co-host Celeste Headlee will be joining John Hockenberry on the drive time broadcast.
Most recently, Headlee worked as the Midwest correspondent for NPR’s “Day to Day.” She has also worked as a reporter and anchor on public radio stations in Detroit and Flagstaff, Ariz.
Former “Takeaway” co-host Udoji left the show in April to spend more time with her husband and newly adopted baby girl. In June, MSNBC‘s former VP of daytime programming Mark Effron became executive producer of the show.
The 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.
We’ve been keeping an eye on Stars & Stripes‘ coverage of The Rendon Group, a private public relations company that profiled reporters who requested embeds with the military in Afghanistan. Now, they report that the Pentagon has canceled its $1.5 million contract with the company.
In an article on Monday, the military publication reported that U.S. public affairs specialists in Afghanistan revealed that all reporters were profiled by Rendon prior to being embedded. But there were mixed reports all week as to whether or not journalists had been denied an embed based on their previous coverage.
On Friday, Stars & Stripesreported that the background reports were “used by military officials to deny disfavored reporters access to American fighting units or otherwise influence their coverage as recently as 2008.” But other military officials are still denying that report.
As PRNewser reports even after news of the contract cancellation came out, one military spokesperson said in NPR interview that the practice of denying reporters embed positions based on their background reports was “flat out incorrect.”
Update: New York public radio station WNYC points us to an August 7 interview on its “On The Media” program. During the interview, Matt Mabe, a journalist and soldier in the U.S. Army, revealed the military’s use of background checks:
“The military is now commissioning private companies to research, profile and make assessments about reporters’ previous military coverage. They rate it using pie charts and graphs…and finish it off with a summary evaluation, which to me carries an almost Orwellian overtone.
“For example, we have a reporter on the ground right now, and his assessment reads like this: ‘Given his neutral to positive sentiment typical in his narrative reporting, as well as the characterization of his media outlet, which is politically center right, one may expect this reporter to produce coverage that is, at the least, neutral in sentiment and representative of the military point of view of events, if not neutral to positive.’
“Now, the idea here is to figure out the best place to put them or prevent them from embedding at all. And, in my opinion, this just counters the ideals that we who wear the uniform are expected to represent.”
Since Taibbi’s article appeared in the July 9 issue of Rolling Stone, it has inspired ire and praise. But the Sidney’s panel of judges felt that the article represented what the award seeks to honor: “an outstanding piece of socially-conscious journalism in any medium that seeks to foster social and economic justice.”
“Taibbi is the first journalist to use the right combination of history, intelligence, investigation and moral outrage to chart the remarkable depth and breadth of Goldman’s role in creating America’s financial meltdown,” Sidney award judge Charles Kaiser said.
For his efforts, Taibbi will receive $500, a certificate designed by New Yorker cartoonist Edward Sorel, and a bottle of union-made wine.
It’s a sweet story that touches on the lows of Cruz’s struggles to hide her sexuality and relationship from her grandmother and the highs of her senior prom. Throughout, she maintains a youthful perspective on a serious, adult topic of same-sex love.
“Teachers, classmates and people outside tell us we’re perfect, but we’re not,” Cruz says in her piece. “We go through the same mistakes other relationships go through. Disagreements — a lot of those, oh my God.”
New York public radio station WNYC just announced that it has purchased classical music station WQXR from The New York Times, promising to maintain its classical format and transform it into a public radio station.
As part of the deal, Univision Radio Inc. will pay $33.5 million to swap its FCC broadcast license for 105.9 FM and transmitting equipment for the New York Times Co.‘s license, equipment, and signal at 96.3 FM. Then WNYC will pay the Times Co. $11.5 million for 105.9 FM’s FCC broadcast license, transmitting equipment, WQXR’s call letters and Web site.
WNYC, the largest AM/FM radio station in the U.S., will maintain WQXR’s 73-year history of broadcasting classical music, but will move the station to 105.9 FM. Univision will be moving its WCAA station to 96.3 FM, a move that Gary Stone, president and COO of Univision Radio said would give “the Hispanic population of New York and the surrounding area…more diversity in music, entertainment and news, while classical music will continue to have a home.”
The $45 million deal, which is subject to FCC approval, is expected to close during the second half of the year and WQXR is expected to begin airing at its new spot on the dial in October.