We live in a strange America now. On the one had we are suffering from nearly lifeless job growth, and yet startup companies are popping up all over the country in cities like New Orleans, Washington D.C. and Los Angeles. The latest U.S. Jobs Report breaks down all the numbers. In any event, we know that in December 2013, only 78,000 jobs were created and that in January 2014, only 113,000 were. This is cannot be good news, although people seem to want to see it as “growth”. For those 63% of Americans who are participating in the labor force, [Read more…]
It’s that time of the month! While you were hunched over your keyboard writing articles and SEO-ing the heck out of your blog, you may have missed these industry nuggets: You may have heard that Editor & Publisher will cease publication at the end of the year, but you may have missed this great Q&A between Greg Marx of Columbus Journalism Review and Editor & Publisher’s editor-in-chief Greg Mitchell. Like eating? Like blogging about eating? If you can articulate the difference between nutmeg and cinnamon you may be interested in learning: Spanfeller Preps Foodie Launch for Web from AdWeek. What [Read more…]
It’s the end of the month so it’s time to recap some of the stories you may have missed: The Columbia Journalism Review had a rather interesting blog post commenting on ZDNet’s post about printing and things that are making offset printing obsolete. Lauren Kirchner’s “Don’t Get Your Printing Advice from a Printer Manufacturer” is great, if not for the great analytical content, then simply for this: “So essentially, I realized, I was reading and analyzing a blogpost written by someone like Microsoft’s Clippy.“ Hilarious. Al Qaidia entered the magazine business this month with the Inspire web mag. Designed to [Read more…]
Back again! Here’s media news you may have missed this week: Edmund Lee from AdAge has a great post about papers/publishers using “content mills” to supplement their news and opinion articles. Demand Studios and Associated Content are mentioned: More Publishers Trying Outsourced Journalism Thomas K. Zellers talks about: Paper or Pixels? NewsCorp is taking steps to be carbon neutral by the end of the year. Folio.com reports: “Women’s Publishers See Positive Signs Over First Three Months of 2010” Editor and Publisher: “Press Freedom Marching Backward Around the Globe, Freedom House Survey Says” The New York Times: “Stefano Tonchi to edit W [Read more…]
Happy Easter FWJ crew! If you don’t celebrate Easter then, of course, happy Sunday. It’s been good week in media news: Where are the Women? – Alicia Shepard asks an all important question about NPR & it’s diversity or lack of in some areas. A dangerous assignment gone really, really bad -”Paul Raffaele, a top flight freelancer for Smithsonian magazine, was badly injured in a suicide bombing while on assignment in Afghanistan in 2008. Raffaele says the magazine agreed to insure him but he has nothing in writing. The two are now at an impasse. Writer Katie Rolnick tells the [Read more…]
Earlier this week I gathered up a bunch of interesting media and industry news from the past week for the FWJ community: “This Week in Media News.” While several stories are worth delving into, one story in particular had kept my interest since coming across it. This past week The Plain Dealer, a newspaper in Cleveland Ohio, investigated, uncovered and revealed the name of an anonymous poster from their web site. This poster,”lawmiss,” had commented many times, but one comment, aimed at a Dealer reporter’s family member raised eyebrows and led to the investigation. It turns out the username’s, registered [Read more…]
There was a lot of media news this week from trouble at the New York Times to The Plain Dealer’s ethics quandry, here’s my weekly recap. New York Times Staffers Furious Over The Huge Raise Executives Gave Themselves – Gillian Reagan reports for Business Insider the $12 million in executive bonuses the paper paid out is not going over so well with the staff at NYT. Perhaps cutting staff by 100 and giving yourself a raise isn’t the best way to get on their good side… Magazines Use the iPad as Their New Barker – Magazines including Conde Naste are [Read more…]
Industry News You Can Use: Memo Pad reports: In order to save Men’s Vogue after shrinking the pub dates to twice a year, Conde’ Nast is going to put the Spring issue of Men’s Vogue on the back of the April issue of women’s Vogue. Media Week reports: Country home is folding with the March issue and the Boston Globe is joining the NYTimes in offering front page ads.