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12:10 PM ET, June 16, 2010


 Top News: 
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Condé farms out shoestring magazine launches  —  Conde Nast has turned out the lights on high-end magazine development, but other wings of the media giant controlled by the Newhouse family seem to be incubating magazines on shoestring budgets.  —  The latest mag out of the gate is MensWear …
Discussion: The Wire
Lauren Goode / Digits:
Internet Is Set to Overtake Newspapers in Ad Revenue  —  The Internet is poised to overtake newspapers as the second-largest U.S. advertising medium by revenue behind television, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers' Global Entertainment and Media Outlook for 2010 to 2014.
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Memo to Media Cos.: Disruption?  You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet  —  The media and entertainment industries have been through an unprecedented amount of upheaval over the past several years, as content has become increasingly digital, consumers have correspondingly moved their attention online and advertisers have begun to follow.
Nat Ives / AdAge:
New York Times Plans Public Beta Site for Its Experiments  —  A Place to Test Products Without Disrupting the Main Site  —  NEW YORK ( — The New York Times is building a public beta testing site where it will experiment with new ideas and applications before deciding whether they deserve to go live on
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Fox News Seals New Contract for Greta Van Susteren  —  The Fox News Channel has sealed a new contract with its 10 p.m. anchor, Greta Van Susteren, giving its hugely popular prime time line-up an added measure of stability.  —  The contract for Ms. Van Susteren, an interviewer …
Nicholas Carlson / The Wire:
The Inside Story: How Yahoo Bought Associated Content (YHOO, AOL)  —  Last month, Yahoo bought Associated Content, a Web publishing startup with thousands of semi-pro freelance writers, for around $100 million.  —  $100 million isn't much for a company like Yahoo (YHOO) …
Discussion: eMedia Vitals
Steve Rosenbaum / The Wire:
Content Is No Longer King: Curation Is King  —  “Content is King” — no longer.  Today, the world has changed.  “Curation Is King.”  —  Ok, I hear all the content-makers sharpening their knives to take me on.  —  I'm ready.  —  First, why content is dead:
Discussion: Kirk LaPointe's …
WWD Media Headlines:
HuffPo Wants it All... Next Issue Media's New Ringmaster...  HUFFPO WANTS IT ALL: The Huffington Post thinks the world wants to know more about the arts in all their forms.  The site is launching yet another section today, this one called HuffPost Arts, which will cover everything from fine art and sculpture to opera and filmmaking.
Discussion: Romenesko
Alexandria Symonds / New York Observer:
A Few Good Men  —  According to Michael Rideout, the 37-year-old founder of Rideout Media Group, magazines have it all wrong.  “I actually saw a 30-second ad for someone to subscribe to a magazine the other day,” Mr. Rideout said last week over a bowl of asparagus soup at a Lower East Side diner.
Discussion: New York Magazine and Romenesko
Leon Neyfakh / New York Observer:
Skim, Freak, Purge  —  Justin Wolfe gave up on the London Review of Books this weekend.  The experimental blogger, known to his New York fans as Firmuhment, had been subscribed to the feed for about six months, starting when he saw one of their articles linked to on The Awl.
Discussion: Choire Sicha
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Interview: Mario Garcia: ‘Print Is The Mother Milk Of The Tablet’  —  Dr. Mario Garcia is dapper, elegant—and as blunt as a sword that has been used to hack a tree when it comes to what it will take to change some newsroom attitudes.  “We will probably have to wait for many editors to die …
James Rainey / Los Angeles Times:
Financial Times charges into future  —  (Oli Scarff, Getty Images / May 10, 2010)  —  Its strategy, including charging for online access, seems to be working.  —  At Bar Marmont late Monday and into Tuesday's wee hours, the Chivas flowed, tuxedo ties came loose and conversation burbled.
Discussion: Romenesko
Douglas Rushkoff / Nieman Reports:
There's More to Being a Journalist Than Hitting the ‘Publish’ Button  —  For better or worse, the Internet is ‘biased to the amateur and to the immediate.’  —  First they came for the musicians, and I did not speak out—because I am not a musician.  Then they came for the filmmakers …
Discussion: Kirk LaPointe's …
Yahoo! News:
NYT reporter defends Afghani minerals piece, lashes out at critics  —  New York Times reporter James Risen is fighting back against critics who have cast a skeptical eye on his Page One story yesterday about Afghanistan's mineral deposits.  In an interview with Yahoo! News …
Felix Gillette / New York Observer:
Sorting the Tweet from the Chaff  —  On the afternoon of Monday, June 14, a young man in a ski mask, white wig, top hat and Groucho Marx-style fake nose, mustache and glasses stared out over an auditorium of onlookers at the Hilton hotel in midtown.  “The first thing you need to do to get big …
Jeremy W. Peters / Media Decoder:
A New Publisher at Bloomberg BusinessWeek  —  Bloomberg continues to poach top-tier talent from rival news organizations, announcing on Wednesday that it has hired a top executive from Fortune as the publisher of Bloomberg BusinessWeek.  —  Hugh Wiley, who has led the business side at Fortune since 2007 …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
David Kaplan / paidContent:
Re-Targeter Magnetic Raises $5 Million First Round  —  Just when you were wondering what the next big thing in online advertising would be after demand-side platforms, one possible answer is firms that use search data to retarget users for an ad campaign.  Magnetic is one company that specializes …
Discussion: MediaPost
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
The Atlantic Learns To Out-Innovate Itself  —  Last year, in doing my two minute video presentation on the innovator's dilemma, my final point in the video was that “out-innovating yourself, always beats being out-innovated by someone else.”  This isn't an original idea, certainly …
Nielsen Wire:
Social Networks/Blogs Now Account for One in Every Four and a Half Minutes Online  —  The popularity of social media is undeniable - three of the world's most popular brands online are social-media related (Facebook, YouTube and Wikipedia) and the world now spends over 110 billion minutes on social networks and blog sites.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Finally, Google TV Explained In A Clear, Concise Manner [Video]  —  When Google TV was announced at Google I/O there was a lot of excitement surrounding it.  Unfortunately, there were also a lot of questions.  And the glitchy demo they did on stage certainly didn't help matters.
Jim Romenesko / Romenesko:
Democrat-Gazette limits use of its reporting by Little Rock AP members  —  Little Rock news outlets are no longer allowed to publish Associated Press stories on their websites if the news came from the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.  The paper recently invoked its right under the AP bylaws …
Judith Townend /
New report aims to put journalism unions ‘in touch’ with industry's future  —  A new report by the International Federation of Journalists calls for more activism from union members and “fresh solidarity” within the industry.  —  The report [PDF link] addresses the effect of technological development …
Mark Walsh / MediaPost:
One-Third of Internet Users Watching Web TV  —  Web video isn't just for snacking anymore.  A third of adult U.S. Internet users will watch full-length television shows online this year on a monthly basis, according to new data from market research firm eMarketer.
Jim Romenesko / Romenesko:
NPR affiliate WRNI aims to be a major media player in Rhode Island  —  The station, which has five reporters vs. Providence Journal's four dozen, tries to compete with the paper on the three to five biggest stories of the week.  General manager Joe O'Connor tells David Scharfenberg that he hopes …
Christine Egan / Blisstree:
Exclusive: Founder Laurel Touby on Making Millions, Marriage, and Moving Forward  —  Some family members have been calling with all kinds of investment schemes, and while it's hard to say no to your family, you don't want to risk what you've worked for your entire adult life.
Discussion: Runnin' Scared
Steve Krakauer / Mediaite:
Lawrence O'Donnell Will Host New 10pmET Show On MSNBC  —  MSNBC announced today it would begin working “immediately” on a new 10pmET show hosted by Lawrence O'Donnell.  —  O'Donnell had been Keith Olbermann's primary fill-in on Countdown, a point made by Olbermann in his tweet about the news.
Steve Krakauer / Mediaite:
The Salahis Will Be On Real Housewives; White House Crashing Will Be Part Of Series  —  Confirming what many believed was an inevitable outcome, Bravo will announce today the first season of Real Housewives of D.C. will debut August 5, and Michaele Salahi is part of the cast (and her husband Tareq Salahi is part of the show too).
Katherine Rosman / Wall Street Journal:
Power Lunch: Feeding Twitter  —  Report from the Department of Inevitabilities: Michael McCarty, the 57-year-old owner of the eponymous New York City restaurant that feeds $36 Cobb salads to the expense-account-fortified media elite, is getting into the content generation business.
Cory Bergman / Lost Remote:
Blogger said Patch tried to poach him away  —  The publisher of a Los Angeles neighborhood blog,, says he was approached by Patch with an offer to lure him away to create a new Patch site in the same neighborhood.  Calling the AOL local news startup “Poach” instead of Patch …
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