Daily Archives: January 31, 2012

When asked if print magazines would last another 20 years, New Yorker editor David Remnick told Kara Swisher: “The New Yorker — you roll it up, you put it in your bag. It’s quite easy; it’s pretty good technology.” But…

Increasingly, Remnick pushes and prods his writers to create online content for the New Yorker’s Web site and apps, whether it’s additional reporting material or a blog post about a news item.

* David Remnick: Paper magazines are “pretty good technology”
* Don’t miss the other Dive Into Media conference chats‘s new $4.99 iPad app hits the iTunes store tomorrow afternoon. “In addition to reading our latest picks, users can subscribe to just the long stories (no blog posts, slideshows, etc.) from dozens of magazines and curators from across the web,” Longform co-founder Max Linsky writes in an email. He goes on:

Articles are delivered in a beautiful, minimalist reading view and are all available offline. …We wanted to build a simple, lightweight app that put a premium on the reading experience above all else.

Check out the screenshots

* Also: New York Observer’s iPad app debuted today

On January 16, Gawker’s A.J. Daulerio posted Brian Williams’ private email to Nick Denton, much to the dismay of NBC News media relations. Eight days later, a crew from “Today” and Williams’ “Rock Center” showed up at Gawker headquarters to do “an overarching profile of Gawker Media.” I asked NBC if this segment is Williams’ way of saying that he isn’t angry about the email posting. (I’ll post their response when it arrives.) I’m told the segment “won’t be out for another couple weeks at least”; I’ve asked NBC for a specific date. || UPDATE FROM AN NBC NEWS PR PERSON: “This shoot had been in the works for months, and as soon as I have an air date, I’ll be in touch.”

According to a Gawker memo, here’s what “Today” and “Rock Center” wanted to find out:

How did Nick create these sites and start his career? Why are they so important and relevant today? What are the big stories we have broken? How do we get our sources? Today Correspondent Jamie Gangel will be reporting. They are NOT looking to get into the details of Powwow, commenters, tech, etc.

The Gawker memo is after the jump. Read More

J-School Buzz has been needling Missouri School of Journalism officials for letting a freshman maintain their Facebook page. (“This news was unsettling to us in the fact that, as one of the nation’s top journalism schools, it is not utilizing a great tool in recruiting students to come to Mizzou,” writes J-School Buzz’s editor.)

I asked the school if it wanted to respond. Here’s what Suzette Heiman, a professor and the j-school’s Director of Planning and Communications, tells Romenesko readers:

Social media are a vital part of life at the Missouri School of Journalism. They are incorporated in significant ways into our curriculum and our real-world news outlets, where students learn how to use these tools professionally. Faculty and staff conduct research on social media. They share their professional expertise through numerous Facebook pages, Twitter posts, blogs and the like. The school is establishing a new Web presence. Once we get this behind us, we’ll discuss other ways to use social media.

In the meantime, some of our more entrepreneurial journalism students may create Facebook pages on our behalf. These are owned and maintained by the students, not the school.

A Romenesko reader writes after reading about Tribune’s $231 million bankruptcy bill: “It would be extremely interesting if you can get an estimate of the total news budgets of the Trib papers to compare to the cost of the lawyers.”

Former Chicago Tribune managing editor and Los Angeles Times editor James O’Shea brings that up in his book, The Deal from Hell. He says the fees in the bankruptcy case will likely top out at more than $300 million before it’s over, and figures that would be enough to run the combined Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune newsrooms for more than a year.

* David Carr: “It’s worth thinking about how many boots on the ground $231 million would buy”

Gracia Martore

“We are in agreement with Warren Buffett’s comments that our content, which is, we believe, engaging and relevant and differentiated in those local communities has value and shouldn’t be given away free.” — Gannett CEO Gracia Martore in Monday’s call with analysts
* Gannett’s CEO discusses Q4 2011 results in earnings call

Maybe Facebook will pay attention to the problem now.

My complaints about Facebook Subscribe were pretty much pooh-poohed last week by Facebook Journalist Program Manager Vadim Lavrusik who told me in an email:

Your post seems to suggest that people are “spammers” because they are from another country and subscribed to you. You have to remember that more than 70% of facebook users are outside the states. They likely found you because of their interest in media.

Sure we deal with some spam, but fight hard to create an authentic environment and users have to be verified. I think that this is simply a result of your expectations not being aligned with results and the fact that Facebook is a global platform.

Today the New York Daily News reports that some journalists are so frustrated by Facebook Subscribe spam and porn that they’ve “shut down their public walls so that strangers can no longer leave or send them messages anymore – effectively defeating the purpose of Subscribe.”

After New York Times media writer Brian Stelter tweeted his complaint this morning about Facebook spam, CBS Miami news director Liz Roldan told him that “omg mine is pure porn.”

Meanwhile, I’d like to welcome a few new subscribers to my Facebook public updates: “Shenash Jecob (Works at No Job Company),” “Mohamed Ismail Firthous (Self Employed at Muslim Army),” and Sina Chel (Works at Best of hacker).” I assume you’ve all been verified by Facebook and you found me because of your interest in media. Right?

* Facebook Subscribe exposes journalists to spam, pornography
* These Facebook Subscribe numbers that are being thrown around are bogus

Offstage Stephen Colbert “was so nice,” says “Fresh Air” host Terry Gross, who appeared on “The Colbert Report” last Thursday. “He warns you beforehand that he’s going to be in character, that he’s going to interrupt you. And you correct him, you tell him where he is wrong. Before the show he came back to the green room and said hello to members of my family and the producers of our show. He’s really just the most gracious person. I love him and I love his show. I was so proud to be on it.”
* Brightest Young Things talks to Terry Gross

Tom Curley (Credit: Richard Drew)

Associated Press CEO Tom Curley, who recently announced that he’ll be retiring this year, discussed challenges facing news outlets — from revenue streams to increased opinions in many newsrooms — and other media matters in an Q-and-A with Joe Strupp.

The 63-year-old Curley told the former Editor & Publisher reporter — now at Media Matters for America — that he has no set date to leave his post and has no definite plans for his future.

What brought this retirement decision about?
Normal transition. When the odometer hits a certain point, you have to consider it and the time seems right. We’re at a stable place, contract, long term contracts are set, all of our major technology will roll out.

What has been the biggest change in media in during your nine years atop AP?
It’s easy to describe the transition from the old broadcast model of many to one to increasingly personalization of media from one to many to many to one, that is the change that we all have to address, increasing customization.

What has seen the most relevant impact? Internet? Cable? Radio?
Customization affects all media platforms, the digital shift obviously enables that, but even the digital players that don’t allow for customization are losing ground. So it’s about personalization. Read More

Doctored? I don’t know. [Update: It wasn’t]

This above image from the Nampa-based Idaho Press-Tribune was sent to me by an Idaho TV journalist who writes: “This dropped on to our Facebook page today… it’s legit. It’s a spadea wrap… clearly wasn’t too carefully laid out.” || UPDATE: “That was not Photoshopped,” managing editor Vickie Holbrook tells me this morning. Albertsons complained about the headline/ad placement, she says, and the paper is making changes so something like this doesn’t happen again. From now on, ad wraps will cover all front-page news content.