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What Young People Read

- Graphic via Nieman Lab

– Graphic via Nieman Lab

News industry analyst Ken Doctor writes:

The quick takeaway: This is an audience and a market to be contested by both startups and legacy companies. While millennials may be “detached from institutions” (as Pew put it in a good profile of the population), it’s a generation that isn’t necessarily anti-establishment if legacy media can serve its needs.

* The newsonomics of the millennial movement (niemanlab.org)
* Does Vice really know millennials better than anyone else? (digiday.com)
* Survey says millennials like CNN’s website (fusion.net)


Glenn Fleishman launched a Kickstarter campaign today for The Magazine’s second anthology, magazine and announced that the final issue of The Magazine will be published in December.

The sad truth has been that, while profitable from week one, the publication has had a declining subscription base since February 2013. It started at such a high level that we could handle a decline for a long time, but despite every effort — including our first-year anthology crowdfunded a bit under a year ago — we couldn’t replace departing subscribers with new ones fast enough.

We’re a general-interest magazine that appeals to people who like technology, and that makes it very hard to market.

Fleishman adds on Twitter: “Part of the reason for ceasing publication is because of the huge growth in long-form publishing elsewhere. The Magazine didn’t *cause* it. But, really, there’s so much more good long-form non-fiction to read (and often free via ad support) than two years ago. …I have a huge number of projects, some underway, some about to launch. Life is complicated and fantastic, honestly. Change not failure.”

* The Magazine is coming out with a book – and shutting down (glennf.com)

On Monday morning, Georgia journalist George Chidi posted his piece about DeKalb County Commission candidate Tom Owens.

George Chidi

George Chidi

It noted that “the 62-year-old Vietnam veteran and anti-immigration activist has a years-long history of legal trouble tied to harassment of political figures, acquaintances and romantic targets.”

Shortly after, Chidi reported that a sheriff’s deputy had served him with a “stalking temporary protective order,” barring him from any acts “stalking, harassing or intimidating the Petitioner [Owens] and/or the immediate family of the Petitioner.”

Meanwhile, I am now legally barred from asking questions of a candidate for public office — a public figure by any definition — sharing responsibility for overseeing a $1.2 billion budget, until two weeks before the election ends, if then. I am legally barred from even attending public events at which Owens may appear — the rule is 100 yards.

This morning, I asked the former Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter if there’s anything new with his case. He replied:

My God! 15 minutes ago, the sheriff’s office just dropped off a notice of civil contempt, claiming that I violated the TPO by posting on social media. My attorney said it would be perfectly appropriate to write about the TPO, but that appears to have triggered the motion of contempt.

We’re planning to file an emergency motion to vacate the TPO today, if possible.

* Tom Owens, a man amok (peachpundit.com)
* Journalism is not a crime (georgechidi.com) | Reaction to the order (facebook.com)





Regarding the Greensboro (NC) News & Record:

I sent John Robinson’s tweet to News & Record editor and publisher Jeff Gauger and he replied: “The marriage announcement policy remains as it’s been since shortly after I became publisher. [Robinson worked under a different publisher.] We will publish wedding announcements for any legal marriage, whether same sex or mixed, from any state.”

* Court motion could speed up same-sex marriage in NC (charlotteobserver.com)
* Earlier: N&R publisher Robin Saul opposes gay marriage (jimromenesko.com)

From today’s Providence Journal:
sexlife

* Hockey players pledge to prevent rapes (AP via sfgate.com)


* Frank Deford: “Will female sports fans listen to female sports announcers even if they won’t watch female athletes?” (npr.org)compost
* Sorority sisters are accused of trashing Elmhurst College newspapers (right) that had a story about their hazing. (ecleader.org) | Photo: (ecleader.com) | Sorority investigated: (ecleader.com)
* ABC’s “World News Tonight” team celebrates a win over “NBC Nightly News.” (mediabistro.com)
* Journalists on their lives after taking a New York Times buyout. “Vibrant and scary, risky and rewarding,” says Joe Sexton. (capitalnewyork.com)
* Newspapers prefer running photos of women to go with their same-sex marriage stories. (bloomberg.com)
* Newsweek’s owner says the magazine is profitable. (capitalnewyork.com)
* CBSSports.com’s Gregg Doyel is named Indianapolis Star sports columnist. (indystar.com)
* New York Times beefs up its environmental reporting team. (nytimes.com)
* “Go write your book,” Ryan White was advised after being laid off from the Oregonian last year. He did, and “Springsteen: Album by Album” was just published. (backstreets.com)
* Don’t drink before covering meetings! (dailyindependent.com)
* Goofy from the sun, Florida officials? They want $132,348 to handle a public records request. (publicintegrity.org)
* Piers Morgan: The hottest cable stars “speak their minds in an entertaining way.” (But that didn’t work for you?) (hollywoodreporter.com)
* You won’t find many MarketWatch stories over 400 words. (talkingbiznews.com)
* The Gary Webb story “stands as a reminder of what real shoe-leather reporting can do. But also why good journalism needs to be supported and defended.” (Joe Strupp)
* Miami Herald’s Gary Hart reporting defended. (saintpetersblog.com)
* Alexis Madrigal quits the TheAtlantic.com for cable network Fusion. “There was nowhere else I could expand my vision of the future,” he says. (nytimes.com) | (@alexmadrigal)
* RIP Michael Harris, who “was often physically expelled from sessions that were supposedly open, sometimes under threat of violence.” (sfgate.com)
snacks* Free snacks for Politico staffers! (washingtonpost.com)
* Travel + Leisure editor-in-chief Nathan Lump pink-slips five, including the web editor. (wwd.com)
* You know someone like this: “[He] never met a deadline he couldn’t miss.” (urbanmilwaukee.com)
* Greta Van Susteren has a bowling trophy from 7th grade – as every good Wisconsinite should. (thehill.com)
* Keith K. Kelly previews Vanity Fair’s New Establishment Summit, an “eclectic two-day gathering.” (nypost.com)