Morning Media Newsfeed 01.11.13
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A.J. Daulerio Out As Gawker Editor; John Cook to Step Up (New York / Daily Intelligencer)
Gawker editor-in-chief A.J. Daulerio will no longer run the site after a year on the job, Daily Intelligencer has learned. Daulerio jumped across the Gawker Media network from Deadspin and took over for Remy Stern at the start of 2012. "Yes, you heard right. A.J.'s leaving," Gawker Media owner Nick Denton confirmed via email. Reporter John Cook will be the new editor, he said. FishbowlNY "John Cook is the most experienced reporter on the team, a surprisingly powerful opinion writer and a gossip of the most refined kind," wrote Denton, in a memo. "He has natural authority. John will preserve the crew and build on the success of 2012. I'm grateful to A.J. for leaving Gawker in such great shape and I can't wait to see what John and his colleagues will do in 2013. Roger Ailes' excitement may be more muted." NYT / Media Decoder In an internal memo, Denton said that Daulerio's tenure at Gawker "has been much like him: bold, infuriating, unpredictable... and often brilliant." The New York Observer Sources told the Observer Daulerio had recently asked Gawker head honcho Denton to take a higher position overseeing multiple blogs at the Gawker Media network but was told by Denton that he was not "responsible" enough. In spite of this, other sources at the company say he quit and was not fired by Denton. Adweek Never a stranger to controversy, Daulerio has received a fair amount of praise while at the helm of the New York gossip site. While continuing to draw traffic, Daulerio is noted for weening his writers off a pageview-centric blogging approach to cultivate longer, investigative pieces. The Wrap / Media Alley Cook has long been one of the media gossip site's most doggedly blunt writers and reporters. In August, he published a trove of hundreds of internal memos from Bain Capital, GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney's former private equity firm.
New York Times Makes Hall of Fame Statement with Blank Cover (USA Today / Game On!)
One of the most striking statements following the failure to induct any new members into the Baseball Hall of Fame Wednesday came from Thursday's New York Times, which decided to devote a blank space where a usual story would have gone. Adweek Rather than join in on the chatter, The New York Times opted to go in a decidedly more minimalist direction. The front of the newspaper's Sports Thursday section featured the headline "And the Inductees Are..." followed by a block of blank space nearly the size of the page. (If you look closely, there's a list of several nominated players and the vote percentage they received at the bottom of the empty box in miniscule type.) Bleacher Report That grand landscape of nothing perfectly encapsulates the lunacy of the day. The Hall of Fame will, for the most part, be a barren wasteland as far as inductions are concerned. The Wrap / Media Alley "Wayne Kamidoi, our boundary pushing art designer, came up with the idea, and Jay Schreiber, our baseball editor, saw the chance to capture the very old, very dispiriting story of steroids in baseball in a freshly powerful way. Yes, it was not a surprise that Bonds and Clemens didn't make it," Times sports editor Joe Sexton told The Wrap in an email. "But felt like history had spoken. How to convey that to our readers? I think we did it -- a striking, profound emptiness."
Ben Affleck's Oscar Snub and More Surprises from the 2013 Oscar Nominations (HuffPost)
The 2013 Oscars were not without some major surprises. From Leonardo DiCaprio and Nicole Kidman to Ben Affleck and Kathryn Bigelow, some of awards season's best and brightest were left by the wayside, doomed to join Michael Fassbender, Albert Brooks and Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight in the annals of Oscar snub history. FishbowlLA But that was nothing compared to what happened when the nominees for Best Director were announced. The tweets quickly started flying as west coast entertainment journalists rustled up at the break of dawn reeled in the face of the omission of Ben Affleck (Argo) and Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty). Tom Hooper was also passed over in the category for Les Miserables, but that was something a number of pundits had actually been expecting. Ad Age / Media News Advertisers are paying more to appear in the Oscars than they have in some time -- a signal that they hope the event, which will be hosted by an unorthodox celebrity, will have more power than it has been able to muster in recent years.
Time Inc. CEO Lang Grinches Staff (NY Post)
Time Inc. CEO Laura Lang nixed pay raises across the board for 8,000 staffers while the publishing giant gets ready to swing the ax. Sources say that a flurry of pink slips, which many feared would fly next week, has been pushed off until early February -- closer to the date when Time Warner is set to announce fourth-quarter earnings. Adweek In an unusual step for Time, the newsweekly is publishing three fewer issues this year, for a total of 48. Time usually only had one double issue, its year-end Person of the Year issue. This year there will be three. Cutting issues is one sure way to improve a magazine's financial picture (and ultimately, the parent company's). Time is said to be profitable, but much less so than it used to. Variety Time Inc. revenue fell 6 percent for the nine months ended in September to $2.5 billion. Profit dropped 14 percent to $220 million. During that period, it dominated 21.5 percent of overall domestic magazine advertising.
McDonald's Includes Books with Happy Meals in Britain (San Francisco Chronicle / Hot Topics)
Would you like some obesity with your literacy? McDonald's restaurants in the United Kingdom have started giving away books instead of toys with Happy Meals. The restaurant says that by 2015, it will be the largest distributor of children's books in the country.
Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy Coming in Hardcover Editions (GalleyCat)
Doubleday will release E L James' Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy in $26.95 hardcover editions on Jan. 29. The first combined print run will be 200,000 copies. Ever since Vintage published the formerly self-published series last spring, the trilogy has sold more than 35 million copies in the United States and 65 million copies worldwide (counting both paperback and digital sales). USA Today Why the new format? "As interest in the Fifty Shades trilogy has grown, readers have been asking for hardcover editions of the books," said James' publisher Anne Messitte in an email. "These new hardcovers include unique production elements, making them the ultimate collector's editions for readers of the trilogy." The New York Observer The hardcover editions of the insanely successful series will include notable extras such as "themed endpapers (ties, masks, handcuffs)," "rough front pages" and "red silk ribbon markers" -- making them the perfect collectible Valentine's Day gift for the serious Fifty Shades fan.
The Atlantic Wire Launches Web App (FishbowlNY)
The Atlantic Wire has a new look. On the iPad, at least. The site has launched a new HTML5 Web app -- touch.theatlanticwire.com -- that is specifically designed for the Apple tablet. The Atlantic Wire decided to venture into iPad a Web apps because its audience increasingly comes via iPads and other tablets. According to internal stats, from 2011 to 2012, the number of readers visiting The Atlantic Wire via a tablet increased by 210 percent.
Vice President Cites Need for Studies on Videogames and Shootings (Variety)
Vice President Joseph Biden met with entertainment industry representatives on Thursday evening as he prepares to give President Obama a set of policy proposals on gun violence early next week. Few details immediately emerged from the two-and-a-half-hour meeting, which was closed to the media. Some industry sources said it was their understanding that it was a session to gather ideas or to listen to what Biden had to say about violence in movies and TV shows.
On Second Night in New Slot, a Ratings Slide for Kimmel (NYT / Media Decoder)
Not that anyone should have expected Jimmy Kimmel to stage an immediate late-night ratings coup, but on his second night in a head-to-head-to-head contest with Jay Leno and David Letterman, Kimmel fell slightly in the ratings, while both other hosts added viewers.
Politico Reporters on Edge: Scenes from the Newsroom (FishbowlDC)
Wednesday morning was not a calm scene inside Politico's newsroom. While at least three members of the newsroom staff have lost their jobs as of late, due to, in some cases, merit and the natural course of restructuring post election, some rank and file reporters and even those in higher posts are exhibiting a case of the jitters, wondering, are we next?
Larry King: Piers Morgan Is 'So Different from Me' (HuffPost)
Larry King criticized Piers Morgan's CNN show in an interview with HuffPost Live on Thursday. It has been two years since Morgan took over King's 9 p.m. time slot on CNN. Speaking to HuffPost Live's Marc Lamont Hill, King pointed out that he and his successor have two very different approaches to their shows. "I never gave opinions," King said. "Piers gives his opinions. The show is a lot about him as much as the guests... He's so different from me."
Why Are Bob Woodward's WH Sources -- or Woodward Himself -- Not on Trial Next to Bradley Manning? (The Guardian / Glenn Greenwald)
There are numerous travesties defining the ongoing prosecution of accused whistleblower Bradley Manning, but none more dangerous than the accusation that by leaking classified information, he "aided and abetted the enemy" (al-Qaida) -- a capital offense. Not even the government claims he intended to help al-Qaida. The theory is that, even though it was not his intent, the information Manning disclosed may end up being of value to the terrorist organization: a claim that applies to virtually every leak of classified information to any media organization, thus transforming standard whistle-blowing into the equivalent of treason.
WSJ Memo Doubles Down on Scoops (CJR / The Audit)
Fresh over the transom, a new memo from the Wall Street Journal's hierarchy on the importance of scoops to reporters' careers as well as the importance of gaining access to top executives for interviews. This, as I've written before, has huge ramifications for resource deployment at my old paper and, ultimately, what the public reads every day. This is how "news" is defined.
If Pandora Can't Monetize Mobile, Can Anyone? (Ad Age / Digital)
Every major digital-media company -- Facebook, Apple, Google and Microsoft, just to name a few -- insists that it is also a mobile-media company. But one has a better claim to that title than probably any other: Pandora, where more than 80 percent of listeners use the service on their mobile devices. It is by far the most heavily indexed major U.S. media property on mobile devices, according to a recent study from data analysis firm comScore. That doesn't mean Pandora is thriving, however, and its challenges illustrate the difficulties facing all media companies hoping to create sustainable revenue streams from mobile-ad revenue.
Amazon's Recommendations Engine Doesn't Get Irony (Forbes / Mixed Media)
Amazon has built the world's smartest, most sophisticated recommendations engine, but it can't tell the difference between a user who is shopping in earnest and one who's browsing a product just to laugh at it.