Some interesting things I have just found out, thanks to the May 4th edition of morning feed from Media Bistro…

-According to Nielsen data, 56.5 million people tuned into President Obama’s address to the country on Sunday night.

-On the second day of media coverage of bin Laden’s death, CNN’s Anderson Cooper and Fox News have the strongest ratings

-Years ago, in 2005, Christiane Amanpour made an “eerie allusion” on ‘Real Time with Bill Maher’ about bin Laden hiding in a “nice comfortable villa”

– On Sunday night, between 7:30 and 8:30pm, Google reports having a 1 million percent increase in searches containing ‘bin Laden’

Good news for those looking to get into the magazine business, The New York Time’s Magazine has recently reported that they saw “double-digit” increases in ad revenue during the first quarter of this year. The earnings were reported by Times Company chief executive, Janet Robinson, in an earnings conference call on Thursday, April 21st.

If you are wondering why such an increase in ad revenue, Robinson came up with some reasonings. First, she credited the magazine’s editor, Hugo Lindgren, for the relaunch and redesign. Lindgren, she said, also encouraged a “strong showing” from advertisers, especially in the health care, real estate, and financial services.

Ad pages were up by 10.5% and the total ad pages were at 509, which brought it back to its levels in the first quarter of 2009.

I just found this piece, a great great piece, on photographers covering stories in conflict zones, most notably and recently, Libya, Syria, and Egypt.  The story is about Guy Martin, whom the New York Times calls “an emerging photojournalist,” and his life as a photojournalists who always found a way to be in the middle of the action. The piece includes details given to the Times by close friends. Martin was recently injured in the attack that killed Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros, as well as injuring Michael Christopher Brown. Due to his injuries sustained in the attack, Martin had to undergo extensive  surgery.

Click the link above to read the entire piece and to see Martin’s work in Libya, among other countries.

The St. Louis Beacon, a not-for-profit news organization covering the St. Louis region and publishes primarily online, has announced recently that it has over $2.6 million in local pledges.

The largest gift came from Emily Rauh Pulitzer, a former board member and major stockholder of Pulitzer, Inc., who donated $1.25 million to the news organization.

The St. Louis Beacon was sold by Pulitzer to Lee Enterprises for $1.46 billion in 2005.

Announced yesterday night at a talk by Krishna Bharat at Columbia’s J-school, Google News story pages will now have story-related tweets. Bharat, the founder of Google News, is also working on an update to its user interface. The update, according to Bharat, will be “a slider system of some kind” and will launch soon.

Bharat was pushed by Columbia J-school’s Dean of Students, Sree Sreenivasan, about a more concrete release date, but Bharat said he did not want to comment on it.

Photo courtesy of the Austin Chronicle

 

 

Recently, on March 7th, Arianna Huffington sat down for an interview with Andrew Goldman, even though Bill Keller, the Executive Editor of the New York Times, attacked the Huffington Post in the magazine. This interview left many wondering why Huffington would agree to be interviewed.

It was recently revealed, though, that Huffington sat down with the New York Times Magazine, prior to Keller’s piece being published on March 10th. Huffington Post spokesman Mario Ruiz also revealed that there was a follow-up discussion after the Keller piece ran.

 

Two days ago, Fox put enough pressure on Time Warner to remove the ability to stream their videos using the TWCable TV iPad app.  Although Fox was not alone in asking to be removed from the app, the decision forced Time Warner to remove 20 channels from their app.

This incident has left Time Warner bitter, judging from a quote from their blog below:

And as you may have heard, the aforementioned programmers would like for us to pull the feeds for channels that they own from our iPad app. They are willing to threaten to sue over it, too. They also don’t want us to talk about this publicly for fear of bad PR — as though our customers are incapable of Googling a few news stories and cross-referencing them against a thinning channel lineup.”

Ouch. Time Warner also has a website on the app, called IWantMyTWCableTVApp.com, which if you visit the site you will be able to find a list of all the channels that Time Warner was forced to take down.