Morning Media Newsfeed: 04.15.10
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Journal Strategy Depends on Readers Still Looking at NYTimes.com (NY Mag/Daily Intel)
The Wall Street Journal's managing editor, Robert Thomson, has this advice to New York Times readers: cancel your subscription to the Times, read it on the Web for free, and buy the Journal. But how well will this strategy work once the NYT begins enacting pay walls? NYO: The Journal's local New York report will almost entirely be behind a pay wall. "Nothing," said Thomson when asked what would be free. "Virtually nothing."
Washington Post Senior Editor Coleman Elected To Lead ASNE (AP)
Milton Coleman, senior editor of the Washington Post, was elected president of the American Society of News Editors yesterday. Coleman, 63, succeeds Martin Kaiser, editor of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Chicago Tribune Walks (CJR)
A just-revealed document, laying out the federal government's evidence against former Governor Rod Blagojevich, has given the Tribune Co. a clean bill of health on their response to an alleged extortion attempt from the governor's staff. According to the proffer, no one from Tribune was ever even offered the deal.
Anyone who can take a newspaper from a loss of more than $80 million in one year to a profit in the next year deserves some kind of prize. And that's exactly what the Journal says Les Hinton did, sort of. How? The simplest explanation would be if that $80 million included the $60 million Murdoch reportedly spent to relocate the Journal.
Lynn Hirschberg Leaves The New York Times (WWD)
Insiders say that Lynn Hirschberg has left the Times, where she was editor at large of the Sunday Magazine and T, to join former T editor Stefano Tonchi at W, presumably in an entertainment director role. A spokesperson at the Times only confirmed that Hirschberg is indeed resigning.
Bauer Publishing Names Michelle Lee Editor in Chief of In Touch (FishbowlNY)
Michelle Lee has been named In Touch Weekly's new editor in chief, announced Bauer Publishing CEO Hubert Boehle. And it seems she has Michelle "Bombshell" McGee -- and the resulting Sandra Bullock cover story -- to thank for it.
Twitter is set to donate their entire archive of public Tweets to the Library of Congress for preservation and research. Only after a six-month delay can the Tweets be used for internal library use, for non-commercial research, public display by the library itself, and preservation.
Elizabeth Graves Returns To Martha Stewart (WWD, second item)
Former Blueprint editor Elizabeth Graves clearly doesn't hold a grudge about her magazine being shuttered. Graves is returning to Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, which closed Blueprint in December 2007, as the editor-in-chief of the quarterly Martha Stewart Weddings. Graves rejoins MSLO from Real Simple, where she served as beauty and health director since May 2008.
Local TV Stations In Venture For Mobile Programming (NYT)
Determined not to get left behind as television migrates to mobile devices, a formidable group of local television stations is forming a joint venture for what it calls a "national mobile content service." The joint venture includes NBC and Fox stations, stations owned by Ion Television, and nine other local groups.
The new D.C. local news site from Politico parent Allbritton still doesn't yet have a name, an official launch date ("June-ish"), or a solid staff of reporters in place. But by the end of the week, it'll have the first five members of a seven-person "engagement" team hired.
ESPN Starts Rolling Toward The World Cup (Mediaweek)
ESPN's John Skipper said the network will "leave no soccer ball unturned," as it begins its road to the 2010 World Cup, which it will televise live from South Africa beginning June 11. In a preview to the media, Skipper reviewed the editorial and promotional content the network will televise over the next 57 days before the first match.
Financial Site Seeks To Lift Ban On 'Hot News' (MediaPost)
The financial newsletter TheFlyonthewall.com says that it's losing subscribers due to a court order banning it from posting early morning summaries of banks' stock recommendations. The company has written a motion asking U.S. District Court Judge Denise Cote in New York to stay her order while it pursues an appeal.
This week cartoonist Mark Fiore made Internet and journalism history as the first online-only journalist to win a Pulitzer Prize. But, in December, Apple rejected his iPhone app, NewsToons, because his satire "ridicules public figures, a violation of the iPhone Developer Program License Agreement.
Janice Min Heads West (FishbowlNY)
Janice Min, former Us Weekly editor, has sold her New York apartment for a cool $7.3 million and is moving to L.A. Min was most recently rumored to have been pitching a celebrity-focused site for moms along with former NBC exec Ben Silverman. She's also set to publish a book titled From Mousewife to Momshell.
Google And Weekly Paper Ordered To Identify Online Posters (The Globe And Mail)
A judge in Halifax, Nova Scotia has lobbed in a reminder that Internet anonymity has its limits. After considering for only a few minutes, the judge told Google Inc. to give up information about a person who had used a Gmail account to disseminate allegedly defamatory information about senior fire officials.