Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Tuesday Morning Linkage

Bronstein Comes to Aid of Former Rival Roberts - Editor & Publisher
Fast forward five years and either time, distance, or journalistic ethics have brought the two former competitors together for a unified cause. Bronstein plans to be one of several speakers at a fundraising roast for Roberts, who is raising money to fight an arbitration case filed against him by owners of the Santa Barbara News-Press, his former employer.

Nikki Finke to Return to the LAT? - Fishbowl LA
Los Angeles Magazine has a few suggestions for "fixing" the LAT -- one of them being that the paper of record lure Nikki Finke away from her post at LA Weekly.

Old Media, New Media - Broadcasting and Cable
U.S. media companies announced they were slashing a total of 17,809 jobs in 2006, 88% more than in the year before, according to Challenger, Gray & Christmas, a New York-based global outplacement firm that tracks layoffs. The cuts reflect a grim reality for these media giants: Staying ahead often means cutting heads. As viewers shift their media-consumption habits, TV operations are forced to take a hard look at how they have been run and staffed for years. And in many cases, they've realized, they just don't need the same people they used to.

I Left My (New Delhi Freelancer) in San Francisco - East Bay Express
Sunday’s San Francisco Chronicle will include a special advertorial supplement with articles penned by freelancers operating out of India. The stand-alone annual supplement, Perspectives, covers different business segments such as automotive, health, fitness, education, and retail (this year’s supplement includes biotech). This will mark its fourth year of publication, but the first time the content has been produced offshore.

False Profits - Slate
When McClatchy Co. sold its Minneapolis Star Tribune to a private equity gang for $530 million at the end of 2006, the teensy price paid stunned even the self-pitying newspaper industry: It was less than half the $1.2 billion McClatchy had paid for the paper in 1998.

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