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Archives: June 2009

Al Franken Wins! (Again)|Ex-FoxNew.com Columnist Sues News Corp.|There May Be Jobs In Atlanta|OK! Paid $500K For MJ Photo

FishbowlLA: The Minnesota Supreme Court certifed Al Franken as the Senate winner after close to a year of fights put up by Republican rival Norm Coleman. Finally!

TVNewser: FoxNews.com entertainment columnist Roger Friedman has sued his former employer for wrongful termination.

MediaJobsDaily: A new tool created by WANTED Technologies shows that reporters should move to Atlanta, Dallas, Los Angeles or New York in order to find work. Well, we all know how crappy the job market is here, so maybe you’ll have more luck in one of those other cities.

Mediaweek: Sources say that OK! magazine paid $500,000 for the picture of Michael Jackson en route to the hospital it ran on its cover.

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Wrapping Up At The Personal Democracy Forum

pdf.pngThe past couple days have been filled with a flurry of panels and presentations about technology, politics and new media. There’s been so much information flying around, its hard to sort through all the noise. That’s why we were so pleasantly surprised by Kansas State University professor Michael Wesch‘s presentation at the Personal Democracy Forum this morning about YouTube and the new media generation.

As a cultural anthropologist, Wesch examines how YouTube — and social media Web sites like Twitter and Facebook — have made people voyeurs and over-sharers. His entrancing presentation, which included some popular YouTube videos and their tributes, remixes and satires, drew the only standing ovation we saw at PDF.

This afternoon, we sat in on a panel about how the “Internet Ecosystem” can improve journalism — a topic we have ruminated upon ourselves. Moderated by PDF founder Andrew Rasiej, the panel included Frank Rich of The New York Times, Time magazine’s Karen Tumulty, Dan Gillmor of the Center for Citizen Media and NPR’s Scott Simon.

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Hiring News: TPM Looking For Writers, Bloggers

tpm.pngHey all you unemployed writers, reporters and editors, Josh Marshall‘s Talking Points Memo Web site has announced several openings that is it hiring for in its New York and Washington, D.C. offices — so get those resumes cleaned up and ready.

There are four open positions in New York, including a reporter/blogger post for the site’s Muckraker section, a news writer, a senior news writer and a night/weekend editor. They are also looking for interns.

Good luck!

Journalist And Author Alyssa Katz Talks Real Estate On The Menu

mmm_2-3.gifToday on the mediabistro.com Morning Media Menu, hosts Jason Boog of GalleyCat and AgencySpy’s Matt Van Hoven welcome Alyssa Katz, freelance journalist and author of the new book “Our Lot: How Real Estate Came to Own Us.”

Her book talks about the housing bubble and the mortgage mess, but today she talked about how many main stream journalists missed the building drama. “No one else at the time was connecting these mass foreclosures in Ohio to this booming market in mortgage securities on Wall Street,” she said.

Now the places in the country that are doing the worst — still — are inland California, Florida and the Cleveland area, Katz said. “I think we have to look very closely about what’s happening in Washington and what isn’t happening there,” she said. “Right now why some areas are being hit so hard is that we’re in a zero sum scheme. Basically its the lenders and the financial institutions that finance them and the lenders on the other side. And anything that is done without direct government money to help homeowners means that the banks lose. And as you know our banking system is in very precarious.”

Also discussed: author Alice Hoffman‘s dispute with a book reviewer on Twitter (a follow-up from yesterday’s discussion) and OK! magazine paying $500,000 for Michael Jackson‘s last photos.

You can listen to all the past podcasts at BlogTalkRadio.com/mediabistro and call in at 646-929-0321.

Another Magazine Death: Vibe Reportedly Closing

vibe.pngJeff Bercovici at AOL’s DailyFinance is reporting that music magazine Vibe is ceasing publication.

Just last month, the magazine’s parent company, Vibe Media Group, announced the launch of spin-off The Most!, a “celebrity fashion, lifestyle, red-carpet moments, travel, and news” publication that was due to hit newsstands earlier this month. There’s no word on whether Vibe‘s shut down will affect that publication as well.

Publicists at the magazine were unavailable for comment, but we’ll keep you updated as the story progresses. If you have any information, leave it in the comments below or email us.

Vibe‘s closure leaves The Source as the one remaining one of the few remaining magazines covering hip hop and R&B, after Blender folded earlier this year. (A commenter kindly pointed out that Giant and XXL still cover the industry, and there might be others that we don’t know about.)

Update: The New York Times has word from Vibe‘s publicist that the magazine will close down operations today, although there is no word on how many people will be losing their jobs. And here is part of an internal memo sent by Vibe Media Group CEO Steve Aaron to staffers today: “It is with a heavy heart that I share some tough news, VMG is closing down effective today, June 30 due to lack of additional financial investments.” So, it looks like Vibe won’t be the only publication to go. If the whole media group is closing up shop, it looks like The Most! is dead, too.

Lastly, Ron Mwangaguhunga spoke to Vibe editor at large Rob Kenner for his blog The Corsair. Kenner revealed that the magazine had been working on a Michael Jackson tribute prior to its demise. How much more depressing can it get? The magazine’s own death prevented it from celebrating the death of the legend who was so influential to the music that Vibe covered.

Beckman Continues To Build His Team: WWD Gets Three New Associate Publishers

wwd.pngFairchild Fashion Group CEO Richard Beckman is at it again.

After appointing a new CRO to the group, which publishes trade pub WWD, last week and assigning a new publisher to Footwear News the week before that, Beckman yesterday named three new associate publishers to the women’s wear publication.

Erica Bartman, Paula Fortgang, and Elizabeth Webbe Lunny will all take on roles of associate publishers at WWD starting July 13. All three women join Fairchild from various positions at Conde Nast, which owns the smaller fashion trade publisher. They have all worked with Beckman during his career there, he said.

“Erica, Paula, and Elizabeth are some of the best professionals I have worked with in my time at Conde Nast,” Beckman said in a release about the appointments. “Each will bring great intelligence and intensity to their new positions at Women’s Wear Daily.”

Full release and more background information about the new associate publishers after the jump.

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CyberFrequencies Interview With Nikki Finke

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Queena Kim and Tanya Jo Miller interview Nikki Finke. They mention Sharon Waxman‘s estimate of her selling her site for $14 million. Gawker’s Managing Editor Gabriel Snyder is also on this episode.

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Al Franken Wins Senate Seat…Again!

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Geez, Norm Coleman, it’s nearly July. How much foot-dragging were you planning on doing?

AP reports:

The Minnesota Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered that Democrat Al Franken be certified as the winner of the state’s long-running Senate race.

The high court rejected a legal challenge from Republican Norm Coleman, whose options for regaining the Senate seat are dwindling.

Justices said Franken is entitled to the election certificate he needs to assume office. With Franken and the usual backing of two independents, Democrats will have a big enough majority to overcome Republican filibusters.

Anyway, the important thing about this – besides a comedian being in the senate instead of the other way around, is election oracle, blogger, Nate Silver was also right about this one.

Previously on FBLA:

  • FBLA Meets Al Franken…and Other Politicos
  • Al Franken Wins…A Senate Seat!

  • Viewing of Jackson’s Body This Week at Neverland Ranch

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    It’s the perfect macabre ending to a perfectly macabre story: The rumored/threatened to be foreclosed and auctioned off amusement palace near Solvang, also known as Neverland Ranch will be used for fans to view the thin, gray shell of the former mega super icon star Michael Jackson, CNN reports.

    Will there be a cover charge?

    According to our sources there is conflicting info about this event. Some say the viewing is Friday, some say Thursday. Santa Barbara officials are peeved.

    And we thought the trial was the weird chapter…

    What’s Next In Citizen Journalism: 4 Questions For ProPublica’s Amanda Michel

    amanda2.jpgNewspapers are dying, magazines are closing and more journalists are finding themselves without paying gigs every day. Everyone is wondering: what does the future hold for the media? We brought the questions to the front lines, asking leaders in the field to tell us: what’s next?

    Amanda Michel, editor of distributed reporting at nonprofit investigative journalism organization ProPublica.org, has helped shape the emerging world of citizen journalism with her work at The Huffington Post‘s Off The Bus project. Off The Bus became an integral part of the election season’s news and helped break a number of important stories about the candidates and their campaigns. Now Michel is working on a project for ProPublica that tracks the stimulus money and where its being used and whether promises made by government officials hold water.

    FishbowlNY: Why did you decide to use citizen journalists for some of ProPublica’s projects?

    Amanda Michel: We believe that the better the relationship we have with the public the better we can do our work. By working closely with your readers you can expand access to information. There are also ways in which you can serve the public. For example, you can show them to look at things critically or give them the tools to do that.

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