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The Past Week in Media
This & That: The Past Week in Media

Jan. 2: From Poynter: Newspapers are dying? Perhaps Wall St. isn’t buying that idea any longer, because investors of six of eight newspaper companies bid up share prices accordingly … From Politico: Executive editor David Jackson says the Washington Times plans to become a “digital-first” publication in 2013 ... From Jim Romenesko: Hearst Magazines president David Carey says his company had 800,000 monthly digital subscriptions in the U.S., the highest totals in the industry … From E-byline: Do “daily deals” really work? Maybe, maybe not. Here’s a good look at some best practices from around the industry.

Jan. 3: From Forbes.com: Will Twitter, which is planning an IPO for 2014, make the same mistakes Facebook did when it went public, or is the company poised to avoid the missteps? … From The Wall Street Journal: Has the E-Reader revolution ended before it began? Plummeting sales of devices like Nook and Kindle might share the answer … From Net News Check: The Washington Post announced it will roll out an online video channel in the summer dedicated entirely to politics.

Jan. 4: From the Associated Press: Google scored a major victory in a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), meaning it won't have to change its search formula, considered to be the company's crown jewel … From lohud.com: In a story from the Journal News, the paper’s staffers went back to work after police determined a suspicious white powder mailed to the paper to not be a threat. The paper drew national attention by published the names and addresses of firearm owners in New York state’s Westchester and Rockland counties on Dec. 24 …From Editor & Publisher: How do catchphrases like “binders full of women” and memorable words like “Big Bird,” affect voters and viewers? University of Missouri communication professors Mitchell McKinney and Brian Houston examined how debate watchers were responding to the candidates on Twitter.

Jan. 7: From AdWeek: ESPN rolled out a new wallpaper ad designed to cure the dreaded “Banner Blindness” … From The New York Times: After publishing names and home addresses of registered gun owners, The Journal News is fielding death threats … From Free Press: Think media consolidation is a good idea? Josh Stearns says consolidation is to media as toxic assets are to banks.

Jan. 8: From Smart Money: CEO Tim Armstrong said only 100 of AOL’s 900 Patch sites are profitable; the 1-in-9 profit formula is part of the costly turnaround effort …From RTDNF: And the winner of the organization’s 23rd annual First Amendment Award is … Twitter! Surprised? … From Media Post: Are tablets on the verge of replacing laptop and desktop solutions? A survey of 59 CIOs finds that 57 percent plan to invest and deploy tablet computers in their organizations in 2013.

Jan. 9: From Neiman Journalism Lab: AP is using Twitter to sell ad space to be seen by 1.5 million followers — via what is called a “SPONSORED TWEET” — and Twittersphere has responded positively and negatively … From BBWAA: Just 102 writers shared their Hall of Fame ballot, and only one was from an MDDC paper. The Washington Times’ Marc Lancaster … From Eater.com: The Washington Post is discontinuing their award-winning foodie blog, All We Can Eat, which won “best food blog” in 2010’s Association of Food Journalist awards. For now, food, dining and chef content will be placed within the paper’s Going Out Gurus blog.
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