Media News / Commentary
- Posted May 23, 2013
- Yahoo Swears It Isn’t Going to Screw Up Tumblr
As the dust begins to settle from one of the most significant acquisitions in web-land since the Facebook/Instagram deal, the warm glow of euphoria created by Yahoo’s $1.1-billion takeover of Tumblr has given way to the harsh reality of blending — or, more importantly, not blending — two vastly different companies and cultures.
- Posted May 13, 2013
- Barbara Walters to Retire Summer 2014
Barbara Walters is saying goodbye to TV journalism. After more than half a century in the industry, the veteran ABC News anchor plans to retire next summer, an ABC spokesperson confirmed to The Times on Sunday night. Walters, 83, is set to make it official Monday morning on “The View.” And the network plans to make good use of her while it can. The legendary TV personality will continue to anchor and report for ABC as well as continue to appear on “The View” and anchor specials throughout the year.
- Newspaper Monopoly That Lost Its Grip
David Carr, New York Times. A year after announcing a plan to reorganize The Times-Picayune of New Orleans into a more digitally focused enterprise that produced a newspaper just three days a week — enraging local residents — its owners have added a new innovation: they will go back to producing a printed product every day. “We are excited about this opportunity to extend our daily reach in print,” an advertising executive at the newspaper said in the announcement. You don’t say.
- Posted May 06, 2013
- For Media Moguls, Paydays That Stand Out
David Carr, New York Times. What’s the difference between a media mogul and a chief executive elsewhere in the business world? About $10 million in compensation, give or take. Leaders in other industries may be well paid, but as the accompanying chart shows, they earn far less than their media counterparts. Consider: the top 20 companies in the United States ranked by market capitalization include no media companies. But according to figures assembled for The New York Times by Equilar, media companies employ seven of the top 20 highest paid chief executives.
- Posted Apr 29, 2013
- Deal Gives News Site a Presence on Cable TV
Brian Stelter, New York Times. The Huffington Post has found a partial home on cable television for its eight-month-old Internet channel, HuffPost Live, courtesy of Mark Cuban. The company announced Sunday night that Mr. Cuban’s cable channel AXS TV, previously known as HDNet, would soon carry HuffPost Live’s programming for six hours a day. AXS and The Huffington Post will try to replicate some of the interactivity of the Internet channel by showing online comments on the right side of the television screen.
- Posted Apr 18, 2013
- Media Shrug at Boston Blunders
James Hohmann, Politico.com. The inaccurate report by CNN and other news organizations about an arrest in the Boston bombing case was arguably one of the most flagrant errors on a story of major national consequence in years. When the news organizations later corrected their mistakes, there seemed to be something missing — any big shows of contrition, or even a sense of the magnitude of the error.
- Posted Apr 15, 2013
- New York Times Wins Four Pulitzers
Christine Haughney. New York Times. The New York Times won four Pulitzer Prizes on Monday, including two awards for its reporting on the actions of companies like Apple and Wal-Mart overseas, and another for an examination of the hidden wealth of the Chinese premier’s family. In a sign of the changing news business, an independent nonprofit organization based in Brooklyn, InsideClimate News, won the prize for national reporting for its coverage of dangers posed by oil pipelines.
The Twitter debate about gun control has taken many twists and turns since the Newtown killings, according to a new Pew Research Report. Source: journalism.org
A Pew Research Report shows that, "aside from a scattering of stations around the country devoted to all-news programming, commercial radio news is mostly relegated to top-of-the-hour news headlines produced by an outside network."
About 450 newspapers, or roughly one-third of the nation’s dailies, now have or plan to implement digital pay plans. Source: stateofthemedia.org
This past week, it was reported that American freelance journalist Austin Tice was captured and is being held by the Syrian government--further evidence of just how dangerous the Syrian civil war has become for those who report on it.
Organized chaos. That’s how Lee Zurik of WVUE in New Orleans describes his work days. And no wonder. He anchors two prime time newscasts every night and also serves as the station’s chief investigative reporter. How does he manage to keep producing award-winning work? Source: Newslab.org.
Susannah Cahalan's life was nicely falling into place. She'd landed a great job at a revered newspaper and was pursuing her dream as a journalist. Almost overnight, however, it all came crashing down as she felt her mind slipping away from her.