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Led by Celebrity Titles, Magazine Newsstand Sales Slide (NYT / Media Decoder)
As the magazine industry continues to suffer from declining circulation, celebrity gossip magazines and young women's titles have taken some of the biggest hits. WSJ Newsstand sales of consumer magazines dropped 8.2 percent in the second half of 2012 from a year earlier, while paid subscriptions saw modest growth of 0.7 percent and digital editions continued to expand their presence in the industry, according to the latest figures from the Alliance for Audited Media. Bloomberg Time Inc., the largest magazine company in the U.S., lost 11 percent of its newsstand sales in the second half of last year as readers lost interest in two of the biggest U.S. publications. People and Time were among the Time Warner Inc. unit's titles with the biggest drops at the newsstand, based on an analysis of data released Thursday by the Alliance. Subscription sales rose 3 percent, helping boost total circulation 1 percent to 32.9 million. HuffPost The 25 magazine titles with the highest circulation generally stayed consistent over the past year. Circulation for Woman's Day and Family Circle saw the greatest changes within the top 25: Woman's Day decreased 13.2 percent, while Family Circle increased 7 percent. FishbowlNY According to the report -- which gathers data on 402 magazines -- digital subscriptions more than doubled in the last six months of last year, compared with 2011. In the second half of 2011, magazines reported only 3.2 million digital copies sold. Last year that number jumped to 7.9 million

L.A. Cop Murder Suspect Cites a Slew of TV News Hosts in Manifesto (TVNewser)
CNN says that it received a package from Christopher Jordan Dorner, a former Los Angeles police officer turned murder suspect. The package was addressed to Anderson Cooper. "Inside was a note, DVD, and a coin shot thru with bullet holes," Cooper tweeted. HuffPost "The package arrived on the first of February and was opened by Cooper's assistant," Wolf Blitzer reported. It contained: a hand-labeled DVD with a yellow Post-It note that read, "I never lied," which Blitzer said appeared to be referring to Dorner's 2008 dismissal; a coin wrapped in duct tape, which was inscribed with "Thanks but no thanks, Will Bratton" -- the former chief of the Los Angeles police department -- and "IMOA" (which commonly stands for "Imagine a More Open America"). Politico / Dylan Byers on Media In the document attributed to Dorner, the man accused of killing three people promises to "bring unconventional and asymmetrical warfare to those in LAPD uniform whether on or off duty" and also praises several journalists: "Chris Matthews, Joe Scarborough, Pat Harvey, Brian Williams, Soledad Obrien [sic], Wolf Blitzer, Meredith Viera [sic], Tavis Smiley, and Anderson Cooper, keep up the great work and follow Cronkite's lead. I hold many of you in the same regard as Tom Brokaw and the late Peter Jennings. Cooper, stop nagging and berating your guest, they're your (guest). Mr. Scarborough, we met at McGuire's pub in P-cola in 2002 when I was stationed there. It was an honor conversing with you about politics, family, and life." THR CNN's Fareed Zakaria, he writes, has never "uttered a positive word about America" and thus deserves to be deported, while Piers Morgan deserves "indefinite resident alien" status. "I want you to know that I agree with you 100 percent on enacting stricter firearm laws," Dorner writes in a moment of stunning irony.

NBC News Shutters EveryBlock (TVNewser)
NBC News Digital has shuttered EveryBlock, the hyperlocal news startup it acquired in 2009. "As we continue to grow and evolve the NBC News Digital portfolio, we are focused on investing in content, products and platforms that play to our core strengths," wrote NBC news chief digital officer Vivian Schiller in an email to staff. "The decision to shut down the site was difficult, but in the end, we didn't see a strategic fit for EveryBlock within the portfolio." NYT / Media Decoder Hundreds of its users posted comments bemoaning the closure and wondering why it had happened without warning. NBC characterized the decision as hard but necessary, reflective of the challenges the owners of other community websites have faced in recent years.

Judge Judy Ruling Daytime TV (NPR / AP)
Sixteen years into her career as television's chief justice, Judy Sheindlin is as comfortable in her role as the nation appears to be with her. Judge Judy is such a familiar part of daytime TV that now, in the post-Oprah Winfrey syndication world, it's easy to overlook how dominant it is. The show averaged 10.1 million viewers each day during the third week of January, a typical week, more than the next three courtroom shows combined, the Nielsen company said. TVNewser Two years ago this week, NBC's Today led ABC's Good Morning America by 870,000 viewers. In the latest Nielsen ratings, things have swung the other way, with Good Morning America holding a 605,000 viewer lead on Today. GMA has now led the way for six straight months in total viewers, which it hasn't done in 20 years.

Coming Soon: A Juniors' Edition of The New York Times? (Forbes / Mixed Media)
A new CEO is supposed to bring a new way of looking at problems. So how's this for some new thinking from New York Times Co. chief Mark Thompson: He's looking at launching an edition of the paper just for youngsters. HuffPost / Reuters The New York Times Co. on Thursday reported higher quarterly revenue as more people paid for its news products. Total fourth-quarter revenue was $575.8 million, a 5.2 percent rise from the same quarter a year ago. Analysts were expecting revenue of $570.42 million, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. The revenue increase also came after an additional week in the quarter.

Reagan Arthur Named Publisher of Little, Brown (Publishers Weekly)
Reagan Arthur has been chosen to fill the top perch at Little, Brown. Arthur, who has an eponymous imprint at LB, is filling the publisher position left open when Michael Pietsch was named CEO of Hachette in September. Arthur, whose official title will be senior vice president and publisher, joined LB in 2001, and was named vice president and editorial director of Reagan Arthur Books in 2008. GalleyCat Mary Ann Naples will be the next publisher of Rodale Books, starting in her new post on March 4, 2013. Previously, Naples served as chief of business development for Zola Books.

Robin Roberts to Return to Good Morning America on Feb. 20 (LA Times / Show Tracker)
Robin Roberts will permanently return to Good Morning America on Feb. 20, co-host George Stephanopoulos announced Thursday morning. "She's met with her doctors, they've cleared her to come back to the show," he said, noting that Roberts would be returning five months to the day after she took a leave of absence for treatment of a rare blood disorder called myelodysplastic syndrome.

Use of Generic Photos Can Be Dangerous for Illustrating News Stories (Poynter)
"The use of stock photography without any photographic attribution of obvious credit is a very misleading practice that contributes to the public/audience mistrust of the media," Poynter senior faculty for visual journalism Kenny Irby told me. "What they are doing is inaccurate, and while it may be seen as the expedient thing to do for immediate visual representation, the long-term impact on credibility is much worse in my view."

The Boston Globe Tightens Up as Executives Seek 'the Optimal Balance' Between Free and Paid (Nieman Journalism Lab)
The flexible paywall that The Boston Globe introduced for its subscription website about a year and a half ago has slowly gotten a little less flexible. Fewer Globe stories are available on the paper's free site, and restrictions have been placed on social sharing. The reason, according to Globe spokeswoman Ellen Clegg, is that the paper's executives are still trying to figure out how to get paid online journalism right in a world awash in free news.

Mindful Magazine Hits Newsstands (Adweek)
The practice of mindfulness --which generally involves meditation and self-awareness -- is infiltrating the mainstream. (Even Arianna Huffington is tweeting about it!) And starting this week, the mindfully-inclined have their very own magazine that caters to every aspect of the mindfulness lifestyle.

No, the Press Release Is Not Dead (PRNewser)
We've recently noticed a good deal of dialogue about the future of the press release. Some seem to feel that the press release -- with its self-lauding and company-specific spin -- is, for all intents and purposes, irrelevant in a media world that runs on in-the-minute social media. Others, however, feel that PR professionals may simply need to tweak the way they approach both the releases themselves and the journalists they pitch. We tend to find ourselves in the second camp.

Hachette eBook Sales Up, Revenues Down in 2012 (AppNewser)
The Hachette Book Group reported Thursday that the company's net sales for the fourth quarter 2012 were down 5.7 percent. The company's net sales dropped 3.4 percent for the entire year of 2012. The increase in eBook sales drove net sales down, as eBooks bring in less revenue, the company explained in a press release. Despite the drop in net sales, volume sales were up 1.2 percent for the year.

A Fish, Er, Storm Named Nemo (NYT / Media Decoder)
"We're ready for Nemo," the Twitter account for New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg wrote on Thursday before listing all the tools at the city's disposal for the blizzard that is expected to form on Friday. Wait -- Nemo? Yes, The Weather Channel's new names for winter storms are catching on, much to the chagrin of the National Weather Service, which has advised its forecasters not to follow the channel's lead.

Incoming News Corp. CEO Says The Daily Was 'A Great Success, Revenue Aside' (Forbes / Mixed Media)
It burned through at least $40 million and never came close to turning a profit, but that doesn't mean The Daily was a failure, according to Robert Thomson, the soon-to-be CEO of News Corp.'s publishing spin-off. "It was actually a great success in most respects, revenue aside," Thomson said at the Desilva + Phillips Dealmakers Summit in Manhattan Thursday morning.

CBS Warns Grammy Performers: No Boobs, Butts or Crotches (PRNewser)
To PR News's "7 Media Relations Tips for Joe Flacco" list we'd like to add: Don't drop the F-bomb on live TV! The uptight ninnies at the FCC got a little upset about Flacco's apparent resemblance to a drunken sailor after the Parents Television Council insisted that they investigate CBS for failing to bleep the offending word. CBS is also airing the 55th Grammy Awards this Sunday, and we're guessing that the Flacco incident may have inspired the network's standards and practices department to issue this ridiculous email warning to the performers' managers and publicists.

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