Morning Media Newsfeed: 08.18.10
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The Web Is Dead. Long Live The Internet. (Wired)
Two decades after its birth, the World Wide Web is in decline, as simpler, sleeker services -- think apps -- are less about the searching and more about the getting. Chris Anderson explains how this new paradigm reflects the inevitable course of capitalism. And Michael Wolff explains why the new breed of media titan is forsaking the Web for more promising pastures. The Atlantic: Technologies die violent deaths less often than we think. This is the basic problem with the Chris Anderson-anchored Wired cover story, "The Web is Dead." If you think about technology as a series of waves, each displacing the last, perhaps the rise of mobile apps would lead you to conclude that the browser-based Web is a goner, but the browser-based Web is still experiencing substantial growth.
People Magazine iPad App Delayed By Paparazzi (THR)
More than a dozen of the photo agencies that supply celebrity snapshots from the paparazzi are banding together to withhold their prized product unless they can get additional compensation from People magazine. The scuffle has resulted in the postponement of People's iPad app. While the standoff centers on one publication for now, just about any other brand that makes photos of the rich and famous their stock in trade is watching nervously from the sidelines.
Dr. Laura To Leave Radio Amid N-Word Controversy (LAT)
A week after igniting controversy with racially charged comments on her nationally syndicated radio show, advice guru Laura Schlessinger went on "Larry King Live" Tuesday evening to announce that she plans to leave the program when her contract runs out at the end of the year. "I want my 1st Amendment rights back, which I can't have on radio without the threat of attack on my advertisers and stations," Schlessinger said.
Shakeups are already underway at Time Inc. in advance of Jack Griffin's arrival from Meredith as the new CEO. Sylvia Auton, executive VP in charge of Time Inc.'s Lifestyle Group, will end her four-year run in charge of the operation. Evelyn Webster, who was running Time Inc.'s IPC Media in London, will flip-flop jobs with Auton and come to NY as the new CEO of the Lifestyle Group. Meanwhile, Auton goes home to London to take over IPC, a job she held four years earlier.
WSJ Says It Does Not Sell Personally Identifiable Information (Poynter / Romenesko)
In response to concerns that The Wall Street Journal's site sells information about its subscribers, Ashley Huston, Dow Jones & Co. senior director of corporate communications, writes: "WSJ.com does not sell personally identifiable information of its online users or subscribers, and to suggest otherwise is false and unsupportable. We do rent access to names and mailing address of our print subscribers only to other companies for direct marketing purposes, as has been a common practice among many publishers for decades."
Aol's Patch Names Senior Editorial Leaders (WebNewser)
Aol's Patch says it now has its senior management team in place with the appointment of four regional editorial directors who will report to Patch editor in chief Brian Farnham. The four regional leaders are Marcia Parker, Tim Windsor, Anthony Duignan-Cabrera and Sherry Skalko. Patch also says it has 52 regional editors in place in 13 states.
The number of digital media deals exploded in the first half of 2010, up 68 percent to 564 while overall value for those deals jumped 117 percent to $9 billion, according to the "2010 Mid-Year Digital Media M&A Review" from Peachtree Media Advisors. In fact, the only category that showed a decline in the number of transactions in the first half of 2010 was Lead Generation and Customer Acquisition (down from eight deals in first half 2009 to seven), according to the report.
Fortune.com Is No Longer A 'Second Class Citizen' (BI)
"Writing for the Web was definitely not a priority," said a former Fortune.com staffer who worked there when Fortune laid off its entire Web editorial team. "It was a second class citizen," Dan Roth, Fortune.com's managing editor, similarly recalled of his first tenure at the magazine, which lasted from 1998 to 2006. But in bringing Roth back earlier this year, Time Inc. showed it was reinvesting in Fortune.com.
Newsmax Expanding (NY Post / Media Ink [2nd item])
Newsmax, which has a fast-growing monthly magazine and a booming website aimed at the Republican-leaning heartland audience, has a $2 million war chest that it intends to pump into expansion of its editorial staff, primarily with additions to its New York and Washington, DC, offices. Founder Chris Ruddy says he wants to expand the New York office from four editorial employees to 24 to 25 over the next 18 months and to add about a half dozen in Washington, DC.
Health is debuting a new look with its September issue, including 26 new features and columns and an all-new fashion section. Many of the changes Health is introducing are the result of meeting with focus groups and evaluating reader input. The magazine, explains editor in chief Ellen Kunes, wants to remain committed to being viewed as a positive place that tells readers what they can do instead of focusing on restrictions or limitations.
Survey Of Viewers Shows Extent Of TV Time Shifting (Yahoo)
A survey of viewers conducted on the eve of the new fall season quantifies what has become commonplace in millions of American homes: People are putting themselves in charge of their own TV schedule. Sixty-two percent of viewers across the country interviewed in a poll conducted for Comcast said they have used time-shifting technology. Six in 10 people said they owned a digital video recorder.
SportingNews.com Rewrites Its Online Playbook (minOnline)
SportingNews.com relaunched its Web property under the new identity as Sporting News Feed. Publisher and president Jeff Price says the new site is the result of a deep reconsideration of the SN brand among competitors like ESPN, Sports Illustrated and some of the major sports leagues which have themselves become publishers. Rather than go head to head with game footage and hours of TV content the brand didn't have, SN looked for differentiation.
"Our latest infatuation with 'hipster' seems to go back several years, perhaps coinciding in part with the flourishing of more colloquial (and hipper) blogs on our website," writes Philip Corbett. "In 1990 we used the word just 19 times. That number rose gradually to about 100 by 2000, then exploded to 250 or so uses a year from 2005 on." Perhaps that is a bit much, he concedes. "It may still be useful occasionally, but let's look for alternatives and try to give it some rest."
Virgo Publishing Appoints New CEO (Folio:)
Phoenix, Arizona-based trade publisher Virgo Publishing has appointed John Siefert as CEO. Siefert replaces co-founder Jenny Bolton, who is stepping down as chief executive but will stay on as a member of the company's board of directors. Prior to joining Virgo, Siefert served as senior vice president and publisher of the InformationWeek Business Technology Network, a division of United Business Media's TechWeb.
5 Questions With John Byrne Of BusinessWeek, Fast Company, and Now, C-Change Media (WebNewser)
Last week, former BusinessWeek and Fast Company editor John Byrne's new company, C-Change Media, launched the first site in a network he says will become "The Huffington Post of business." The new site, Poets and Quants, combines original and curated content with a social network for MBA students, both current and prospective. The next site on deck, Slingshots for David, will launch later this year with a focus on disrupters. Here, Byrne discusses C-Change -- and why he thinks he has a winning strategy.