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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.

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.

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.

Photo courtesy of Greg Sandoval/CNET

 

Only six years after Chad Hurley, Steve Chen and Jawed Karim created the popular video-sharing site, the Hurley and Chen clunked heads together again to see if they can come up with the next internet phenomenon, announced by Hurley on March 24th at a discussion he participated at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in Manhattan.

Not one to reveal much details, when asked by a member of the audience, he only replied that they’re looking at what might be done with “the basic components that every Web site needs to get off the ground.”  He also said that he has contemplated ideas on what do to with indexing videos.

 

I attended the panel on Thursday, “Separating Fact from Fiction in the Digital Age,” which was hosted by Andrew Heyward. The panelists included Dan Gillmor, Tom Rosenstiel, Jeff Jarvis and Melinda Wittstock.

The discussion that the panelist was very interesting but they all said something that I can’t get past and that is that this is the best time to get into the journalism field. All of them were very positive saying that we would create our own jobs and save the journalism business from becoming non-existant. I understand where they are coming, don’t get me wrong, it’s just that I don’t think I’ve seen anyone more positive than the four panelists.  And because of this, I am having very mixed reactions. Part of me is very exciting that the top journalism heads who have years of experience are telling me not to worry, that I will create my own jobs. The other part of me is more nervous after the panel than I have ever been before. Saving the journalism business and creating my own job is not an easy task. They way they said it, though, was like it was no big deal; that I shouldn’t even be worried about it.

Part of me wants to put on my superhero costume and go out and save the news business, the other part of me wants to hide forever.

I can’t decide if this is a new kind of desperate or a really brilliant idea.

The Detroit Media Partnership has announced this morning that it will give away $10,000 in prize money to the two best ideas that will allow the Detroit Free Press and Detroit News to serve their community better and will also allow them to increase the number of people readings those papers.  The public and employees of the two papers are encouraged to send in their ideas by March 31st.

After writing the paragraph above, I sat and stared at this screen for about 20 minutes. I still can’t decide whether or not this is brilliant or incredibly desperate. One thing I do know is that I am very interested in who will win the prize money and what their ideas will involve.