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Digital First Media's Salt Lake Tribune Rouses Activists
New York Times
Activists have begun efforts to block changes to an operating agreement between Digital First Media's Salt Lake Tribune and the Mormon Church-owned Deseret News. Gays and other minorities say the Tribune better represents their concerns, and fear the deal could bring its demise.

New York Times Calls for U.S. Legalization of Marijuana
The New York Times has called for the United States government to end its ban on marijuana. In the first of a series of forthcoming articles on the subject, the newspaper's editorial board said that "there are no perfect answers to people's legitimate concerns about marijuana use."

Tribune Publishing: We Plan to Buy More Newspapers
Crain's Chicago
Jack Griffin, CEO of Tribune Publishing, said he wants to acquire more newspapers. "There are more of these opportunities around the country that are geographically adjacent to where we run big papers and big brands, and over time we can achieve similar kinds of consolidation."

Chicago Tribune to Redo Site Ahead of Metered Paywall
Chicago Tribune
The Los Angeles Times introduced a website redesign in May. This Friday, the Chicago Tribune will relaunch its site, with other Tribune Publishing newspapers relaunching their sites by year's end. The new sites, all employing native advertising, will later add metered paywalls.

Wall Street Journal Taps Journo Flint for Media Coverage
Joe Flint said he is returning to the Wall Street Journal to cover the TV industry after a five-year run with the Los Angeles Times. Flint spent seven years covering the media beat for Journal between 1999 and 2006. He joined the Times as an entertainment industry reporter in 2009.

Hearst to Build 'Netflix Model' Around Magazine Video
Hearst recently launched "Cosmo Body," a daily fitness show, which is advertiser-free and offered on a subscription basis. It is the first of what will be a number of Hearst titles and partners who will be part of a new "Netflix model," according to Hearst Digital exec Chris Grasso.

Rodale Plans Company-Wide Push for 'Bulletproof Diet'
Dave Asprey's "The Bulletproof Diet," a lifestyle title due this December from Rodale Books, has evolved into a national franchise from its origins as a blog. Rodale plans to get the entire organization behind the book, including ads in its magazines and articles on company sites.

AMI Ups Men's Fitness Publisher, Expands Into Events
Men's Fitness was reborn a year ago as an upscale men's lifestyle brand under the leadership of former Men's Health editor Dave Zinczenko and VP-publisher Patrick Connors. Now, with growth in advertising revenue and circulation, AMI is elevating Connors to SVP.

Bloomberg Business to Replace
Talking Biz News
Bloomberg's media unit is said to be planning to rename the Bloomberg Businessweek website as just Bloomberg Business. "The launch of the business vertical, Bloomberg Business, which had initially been targeted for September, was pushed back to the end of the year."

BuzzFeed Fires Writer After Plagiarizing Others' Work
Washington Post
BuzzFeed, which has soared in popularity with a mix of throwaway lists and hard-news reporting, has owned up to an ethical breach as old as journalism itself. The website acknowledged that writer Benny Johnson had plagiarized the work of others in some 500 posts and has been fired.

Reddit Seeks to Make Money Without Alienating Users
New York Times
Reddit, where users find, share and talk about web links and photos, has been trying to jump-start its advertising business, as well as bolster some smaller moneymaking efforts. Its challenge is to figure out how to become a real business without changing the essential nature of the service.

News Corp Phone-Hacking Tabloid Journo Spared Jail
BBC News
Ex-News of the World journalist Dan Evans has been given a 10-month jail sentence suspended for a year. He pleaded guilty in September to phone hacking and other charges. Evans was a prosecution witness against former editor Andy Coulson, which reduced his sentence as a result.

McClatchy Sees Bump in Profits from Online Asset Sale
Sacramento Bee
McClatchy has reported a big jump in profits because of the sale of one of its Internet assets. But the Sacramento, Calif., newspaper publisher continues to suffer the effects of an eight-year slump in advertising. Print ads now account for slightly less than 40% of total revenue.

Advance's Star-Ledger Sells Headquarters in Newark
The Star-Ledger has sold its long-time home in Newark, N.J., where the state's largest daily newspaper was headquartered for nearly 50 years. Many of the company's offices in the building were already vacant because of layoffs, attrition and the move of some operations to other locations.

Financial Times: Digital Growth Offsets Print Weakness
Financial Times
Pearson, the U.K. publisher of the Financial Times, has reiterated its profit forecasts for this year. The FT's total circulation is up 13% year-on-year to more than 677,000 across both print and online. "The strong digital circulation growth offset continued weakness in print advertising."

New York Times Data Chief Aims to Influence Newsroom
Fast Company
The New York Times earlier this year hired Chris Wiggins, an associate professor of applied mathematics at Columbia University, as its chief data scientist. "What we're aiming to do is try to inform product decisions and marketing decisions, as well as potentially newsroom decisions."

Bloomberg Hires Vox Media Veteran for Web Ventures
New York Times
Josh Topolsky, co-founder of the tech website The Verge, will join Bloomberg as the editor of a series of new online ventures it is introducing as part of a revamped journalism strategy. Bloomberg media group CEO Justin Smith aims to reposition the firm as a multimedia destination.

Hearst Digital Operates at Feverish Pace Amid Change
Kate Lewis, Hearst Digital editorial director and content operations VP: "There's news we're gathering from everywhere. It's pretty feverish around here. It's not a snoozy place to be. There is a lot of change. There's a certain level of go-getterness. This is not a place to sit quietly."

Conde Nast Expands Wintour's Power with New Post
Anna Wintour has been named editorial director across all Conde Nast titles. In a memo sent to staff by company CEO Charles Townsend, it was announced that Wintour would replace editorial director Thomas Wallace. With the new position, Wintour is poised to extend her reign.

Time Inc's InStyle Ahead of Vogue in Ad-Page Battle
New York Post
Most of the big fashion magazines reported strong September issues. But after a dismal first half, it has not been enough to push their totals into positive territory for the year to date. Heading into the stretch run, Ariel Foxman's InStyle has a narrow lead over Anna Wintour's Vogue.

Self Magazine Lays Off Employees During Reinvention
Self magazine, which is in the process of reinventing itself, went through another round of layoffs Thursday. This time eight staffers were let go. The move follows a headline-grabbing week for Conde Nast, which reshuffled its execs and quietly turned Golf World into a digital-only property.

Wired Magazine Finds Going Hollywood Has Paid Off
When Wired decided to go to Comic-Con six years ago, the magazine came up with an interesting way to be part of the annual fanfest — open a space that lets you avoid the crowds. The company's Wired Cafe quickly became a respite for celebrities promoting their movies and TV shows.

The Source Magazine Launches Expo, All-Star Concert
Associated Press
Hip-hop magazine The Source plans to celebrate its 25th year with an expo and an anniversary concert. "The Source 360," at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., in September, is being billed as the place "where hipsters meet hip-hop," and will expand to include fashion, fitness and tech.

BuzzFeed Staff Journalist Faces Charges of Plagiarism
BuzzFeed viral politics editor Benny Johnson has been accused of multiple instances of plagiarism. Johnson is said to have "lifted text from a variety of sources," including Yahoo Answers, Wikipedia and U.S. News & World Report. Said editor Ben Smith: "We've corrected the posts."

Conde Nast Shake-Up to Expand Role of Sauerberg
Conde Nast has begun a major shake-up in its executive ranks that has president Bob Sauerberg expanding his duties and two major figures — COO and CFO John Bellando and editorial director Tom Wallace — departing the company. Sauerberg "will assume a leading role."

Time Inc, Conde Nast Impact Retail in Move Downtown
New York Times
As Conde Nast prepares to anchor 1 World Trade Center, the businesses that cater to its staff have been angling for space within walking distance. Retail and dining options are rapidly changing in the area as Time Inc., HarperCollins, the Daily News and other media firms move downtown.

Fashion Media Group Publishing Duo in Business Split
New York Post
Page Six: "Stephen Gan and Cecilia Dean, the duo behind V and VMAN magazines, are splitting up. Gan and Dean have been longtime partners in Fashion Media Group, which publishes V, VMAN, Visionaire and Carine Roitfeld's CR Fashion Book. It's unclear whether the titles will be split."

Reed Elsevier Moves Ahead with Shift Away from Print
Financial Times
Reed Elsevier has reported first-half results ahead of analyst expectations as it drives its business further into digital. Europe's biggest publisher continues to tilt its business towards exhibitions and digitally provided data services such as Lexis Nexis and away from print magazines.

Golf World Magazine Goes Digital-Only, Lays Off Staff
Advertising Age
The 67-year-old Golf World magazine plans to shutter its print edition and shift entirely to digital media, where it will be part of the Golf Digest website. A spokeswoman for the Conde Nast magazine said nearly 10 employees have been laid off as a result of the move.

Mail Online's Ad Revenue Jump Offsets Print Decline
The Drum
The Mail Online has seen its advertising revenues soar by almost 50%, scooping up the falling revenues at print publications Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday, which declined by 5% in the quarter ending June 30. The website's growth is said to have offset a decline in print ad revenue.

Gannett CEO: 'Yes, There Are Newspapers for Sale'
USA Today
USA Today parent Gannett said second-quarter earnings rose 84% from a year ago, boosted in large part by a big increase in broadcasting revenue. "Yes, there are newspapers for sale," said CEO Gracia Martore. Gannett is "laser focused" on "creating additional shareholder value."

Time Inc's Fortune Eyes Cover Ads Amid Editor Switch
New York Post
Fortune magazine has tapped Wall Street Journal veteran Alan Murray to succeed editor Andy Serwer, who is out after eight years at the helm of the business title. Fortune is expected to start running ads on its cover this fall, joining Time Inc. siblings Time and Sports Illustrated in the practice.

Conde Nast: Vogue September Issue's Ad Pages Drop
Vogue, a perennial ad-page leader in fashion magazines' all-important September issues, this year pulled out the best page tally at 631. But that constitutes a 4.5% decline over last year's haul of 661 ad pages. Vogue said the magazine is continuing to build on its "defined position."

Hearst's Good Housekeeping UK Preps Cooking School
Retail Times
Hearst's Good Housekeeping U.K. plans to open a standalone Good Housekeeping Institute in the heart of London's Soho. The Institute, currently housed in the magazine's editorial offices, will open its doors to the public this fall as a demonstration kitchen and cooking school.

Bloomberg Boards Flight to Israel in Show of Solidarity
Daily News
Mike Bloomberg, urging American authorities to lift their ban on U.S. flights to Israel, said he is boarding a commercial flight to Tel Aviv in a show of solidarity with the Israeli people. "I will be flying on El Al to Tel Aviv to demonstrate that it is safe to fly in and out of Israel."

Dow Jones Takes Computers Offline After Cyber Attack
Computer systems containing the Wall Street Journal's news graphics were hacked by outside parties, according to the paper's publisher, Dow Jones & Co. The systems have been taken offline to prevent the spread of attacks, but Journal officials have not found any damage to the graphics.

GateHouse Media Parent to Acquire Providence Journal
Associated Press
The parent company of Gatehouse Media has announced an agreement to buy the Providence Journal and related print and digital assets from A.H. Belo for $46 million cash. New York-based New Media Investment Group said it expects to complete the deal for the paper in the third quarter.

New York Times Magazine Names Wright as Publisher
The New York Times has promoted 17-year company veteran Andy Wright to publisher of the New York Times Magazine. In the new role, Wright takes over responsibility for the title's advertising revenue generation. His appointment comes ahead of the magazine's expected relaunch.

Financial Times Moving FastFT Chief to Washington
The Drum
The Financial Times has named Megan Murphy, currently head of FastFT, as Washington bureau chief to lead the FT's U.S. coverage of politics. Murphy will take up the role in January 2015. Current Washington bureau chief Richard McGregor will shift to working on longer-term projects.

Washington Post Plans to Build International Identity
The Washington Post, flush with cash from new owner Jeff Bezos, has begun its most ambitious stab yet at international expansion. The Post is establishing a sales and revenue team in London. "This will become our international headquarters on the advertising and revenue side."

Mashable Expanding Editorial Beyond Gadgets, Apps
Nieman Lab
Mashable, the website known for social media and tech coverage, has hired nearly 30 editorial staffers since October and, like BuzzFeed before it, expanded into general-interest news. The site aims to focus on topics that its young audience cares about and is discussing online.

Hearst's Houston Chronicle Relocating to New Campus
Houston Business
The Houston Chronicle plans to relocate employees at its downtown facility to a redeveloped campus in southwest Houston. The company will solicit bid requests for architectural and engineering services for the new campus and begin "exploring alternatives" for its downtown facility.

MediaNews Apps Get Updates to Resolve Crash Issues
Talking New Media
Apps from MediaNews Group, part of Digital First Media, have received updates to try and resolve an issue with crashes. Digital First, despite its name, outsources its app efforts. The apps are for newspapers such as the Los Angeles Daily News and the San Jose Mercury News.

Forbes Media Plans Launch of Website for ForbesLife
Talking Biz News
The ForbesLife website will launch the day after Labor Day, according to Lewis Dvorkin, chief product officer at Forbes. "On Sept. 2 we'll launch a luxury vertical. Marketers can engage with an audiences in new ways. We're bringing on 150 contributors to cover the luxury category."

Hearst's Marie Claire Issue 'Unzips' to Reveal Cover
Advertising Age
Marie Claire's denim-themed August issue has arrived at subscribers' homes with an extra cover they "unzip" to open by pulling on a perforated strip. Guess logos wallpaper the inside of the magazine's zipped-down cover, which cost the brand "something in the mid six figures."

Conde Nast Baits Geeks with 'Creature' Online Video
Stream Daily
Conde Nast Entertainment has baited a hook to reel in sci-fi obsessives to its new online video hub The Scene with "How to Make a Giant Creature." Streaming on the Wired channel, the short-form series documents the creation of a 13-foot-6-inch character by Legacy Effects.

Huffington Post Taps Daily Newser for National Editor
The Huffington Post has tapped Katie Nelson to be its national editor. The former deputy managing editor of digital for the New York Daily News will join HuffPost on August 6 and report to managing editor Katie Palmer, who served as national editor before being promoted last month.

Tribune Newspapers Worth $635 Million, Analyst Says
Chicago Tribune
With Tribune Publishing set to spin off on Aug. 4, analysts have begun weighing in as to what the publicly traded newspaper company may be worth. In a report issued by CRT Capital Group, analyst Lance Vitanza pegged Tribune Publishing's equity value at about $635 million.

News Corp's Murdoch Says He Cannot Buy Tribune
Rupert Murdoch said he cannot buy publisher Tribune or its Los Angeles Times newspaper, citing U.S. laws on cross-media ownership. "Sorry can't buy Trib group or LA Times — cross-ownership laws from another age still in place," he said in a tweet posted on his Twitter account.

Forbes Media Touts Brand Extension Plans in Sale
Forbes Media has agreed to sell a majority stake to a new Hong Kong-based investor group. The transaction "allows us to go full bore on brand extension — conferences, hotels and the like," said chief Steve Forbes. "People see the brand as representing entrepreneurial capitalism."

Advanstar Trade Organizer, Publisher Explores Sale
Advanstar, which puts on trade shows in industries such as fashion and healthcare, is said to be exploring a sale that could fetch more than $900 million. The company also owns trade magazines and websites focused on areas such as dental products and veterinary services.

Time Inc, Hearst Appoint Buzzy Contributing Editors
The trend of adding buzzy contributing editors appears to be reemerging in the magazine world. Not only is it a way to bring in new readers, but it’s also less expensive than hiring a slew of new staffers. Time Inc.'s Travel + Leisure and Hearst's Marie Claire are prime examples.

Hearst Moves Magazines from 'Months to Moments'
Faced with the BuzzFeed generation of digital upstarts, Hearst Magazines International chief Duncan Edwards has delivered an edict to his editors. "We are moving from months to moments in our editorial thinking." Cosmopolitan is becoming a "24-hour newsroom" online.

New Yorker Preps Metered Paywall in Website Redo
Capital New York
The New Yorker has unveiled its long awaited, revamped website. When the magazine flips the switch on its paywall in three months, it will restrict access to both articles and blog posts. "The website is creating content that people would be willing to subscribe to The New Yorker to read."

Wall Street Journal's Facebook Account is Hacked
A false report about the loss of Air Force One was posted to the Wall Street Journal's Facebook page on Sunday morning. The newspaper later said its page had been "compromised." It deleted the fake posts, but not before several users captured screenshots of the apparent hacking.

New York Times Investor Calls for Shorter Work Week
Financial Times
We've got it all wrong, said Carlos Slim, the Mexican telecoms tycoon and world's second-richest man: We should be working only three days a week. Slim said it is time for a "radical overhaul" of people's working lives. We should work until we are older – but take more time off as we do so.

Daily News Lays Off 17 Employees Amid Cost Cuts
New York Post
Daily News owner Mort Zuckerman wielded the ax again on Friday, laying off another 17 newsroom employees in a drive to stem losses. The seemingly indiscriminate cuts included a Pulitzer Prize winner, a published author, an award-winning business reporter and an expectant mother.

Forbes Valued at $475 Million in Sale of Majority Stake
The Forbes family, an emblem of American wealth and pioneer of business journalism, has given up control over the media empire it cultivated for almost a century in a sale to a Hong Kong-based group. The deal will hand over Forbes magazine to a group led by Integrated Asset Management.

Time Inc Creates Unit to Develop Native Advertising
Advertising Age
Time Inc. has created an eight-person unit to focus on native advertising, led by a staffer from the editorial side, Sports Illustrated's Chris Hercik, and another from the business side, marketing SVP Priya Narang. The unit will develop native ad programs across Time Inc.'s 25 titles.

Tribune Publishing Confirms August 4 Spinoff Date
Chicago Tribune
Tribune Publishing will spin off from Tribune Co. on Aug. 4, the new publishing company has confirmed. Tribune Publishing has applied to have its common stock listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "TPUB" and expects to begin regular trading on Aug. 5.

National Geographic Magazines to Use Recycled Paper
The National Geographic Society will begin incorporating recycled fiber into its magazine pages as the result of a partnership with Green America and the Natural Resources Defense Council. The program includes NatGeo's flagship magazine, as well as its titles aimed at youngsters.

Time Out NY Magazine Names Sarandon Guest Editor
Daily News
Maybe Susan Sarandon wants a Pulitzer next to her Oscar. The actress will be editor in chief of the Aug. 13 issue of Time Out New York magazine. Sarandon is set to start her new gig Monday in a day of brainstorming with editorial staff. "She is genuinely going to do it."

Bloomberg LP to Open R&D Lab in San Francisco
Mike Bloomberg plans to open a research and development office in San Francisco for Bloomberg LP to attract software developers. The new facility will house up to 100 engineers. "To remain on the cutting-edge, we need to be able to hire the most talented developers from Silicon Valley."

Craigslist 'Gorgeous' Free Mobile App Unveils Upgrades
AIM Group
Daily, a free mobile app for Craigslist, has added new features. Described as "drop dead gorgeous" and an app that "blows the competition out of the water," Daily lets mobile shoppers use their fingers to cross off listings in which they have no interest and circle their favorites.

Newspapers Advised to Stop Printing Weekday Editions
Too many newspaper execs are fooling themselves by pretending that their business is better than it really is, according to David Boardman, president of the American Society of News Editors. "Move deliberately to one weekly printed newspaper and an array of quality digital products."

New York Magazine Store Presses On as Business Dies
New York Business
Casa Magazines in the West Village is one of the few remaining independent magazine stores remaining in New York City. But it's facing hard times. The Internet is hurting sales, causing fewer people to buy copies of the New York Post, Businessweek and other publications.

NikkiFinke's Battle with Penske Media Gets Even Dirtier
New York Post
The Nikki battle has gone deeper than the restraining order and injunction Finke claims her former boss is pursuing to shut down her new website. Penske Media is also said to be pushing to evict Finke from her corporate apartment where she still pays rent.

Dow Jones, Union OK One-Year Contract Extension
Talking Biz News
The Independent Association of Publishers' Employees, Local 1096 has reached a tentative agreement with Dow Jones & Co. on a one-year extension of the collective agreement covering some 1,500 employees. The extension "guarantees a wage increase for this year."

Wall Street Journal Recalls Gifts for 125th Anniversary
Talking Biz News
A note was sent to Wall Street Journal employees: "Last week many of you received power banks in the WSJ 125 gift bags. This afternoon, there was an isolated incident in which one of these devices appears to have combusted ... We will be instituting an internal recall."

New York Times Ousted Editor Back in Media Spotlight
Jill Abramson, the ousted executive editor of the New York Times, has suddenly turned up everywhere. Abramson gave two interviews on Tuesday, one on WABC 77 AM radio and the other with the nonprofit group the Common Good. "It's true that my departure was abrupt," she said.

Guardian Appoints CEO for Growing U.S. Operation
Guardian News & Media has announced the appointment of Eamonn Store as CEO of Guardian U.S., the New York-based digital edition. Store joins from global media agency MEC where he most recently held the position of president of agency development, based in New York.

The Atlantic Taps NPR News Exec to Run Live Events
Margaret Low Smith has joined The Atlantic as VP and president of its live events business, AtlanticLIVE. Smith, who has been SVP of NPR News since 2011, will oversee all aspects of AtlanticLIVE, which produces dozens of events each year in cities across the country.

Consumer Reports Names Ford Foundation Exec CEO
New York Times
Consumer Reports has hired an exec from the Ford Foundation with an interest in social media and advocacy as its new CEO. Marta Tellado, VP for global communications at the Ford Foundation, will succeed James Guest, who is retiring as chief exec of Consumer Reports.

Conde Nast to Promote Online Video Hub with Print Ads
Wall Street Journal
To help promote its new online video hub The Scene, magazine publisher Conde Nast is taking an old school approach — ads in the print editions of its titles. Starting in September, full and half-page ads will run in Conde Nast magazines including Vanity Fair, Vogue and Wired.

NikkiFinke Gets Hoaxed by 'Exclusive' Hollywood Tip
New York Post
Nikki Finke was the victim of a Hollywood hoax involving one of her recent scoops. The entertainment industry blogger posted an "exclusive" that the son of John Landis was rewriting "Ghostbusters 3" with a three-week turnaround. Landis denied the report, saying it had "zero truth."

BuzzFeed's Peretti Offers Advice to New York Times
Earlier this year, BuzzFeed made waves by publishing the New York Times's innovation report, an internal document outlining the paper's challenges in transforming into a digital media company. "Copying BuzzFeed in general is not a good strategy," said CEO Jonah Peretti.

Corner Media Expands Its Network of Brooklyn Blogs
New York Times
Corner Media, a network of neighborhood blogs, now reaches 250,000 readers every month. Its publishers say their approach — intensely local, intimate and community-based — is the future of hyperlocal journalism. "It makes me sad to look at Patch, because I think it can work."

Hearst Launches Cosmo Subscription Video Service
Wall Street Journal
Cosmopolitan publisher Hearst has launched CosmoBody, an online subscription video service, which will stream workout videos and lifestyle programs on-demand through apps and browsers for $9.95 a month. CosmoBody is the first of such channels Hearst plans to launch.

Conde Nast to Launch Publishing Service in Britain
Conde Nast plans to launch a U.K.-based multimedia bespoke publishing service for private individuals known as Conde Nast Portrait. The new division will debut in August and offer hand-finished books, glossy magazines and digital projects created for clients worldwide.

Niche Media Publisher Sold in Management Buyout
Jane Greenspun Gale and her husband Jeff Gale, through a newly formed company called Greengale Publishing, have acquired Niche Media from the Greenspun Corp. New York-based Niche Media publishes 11 high-end regional titles such as Aspen Peak, Ocean Drive and Hamptons.

New York Times Ups Sulzberger Son to Strategy Post
New York Observer
Arthur Gregg Sulzberger has been named senior editor for strategy, executive editor Dean Baquet announced. Sulzberger, who is the son of publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr., was the lead author of the Times's innovation report that was leaked earlier this year.

Bloomberg Media Nabs New York Magazine Top Editor
Capital New York
Long-serving New York magazine executive editor John Homans plans to leave the publication for the soon-to-launch Bloomberg Media politics franchise built around John Heilemann and Mark Halperin. Homans has served as executive editor at the biweekly since 1994.

Graham's Slate Online Magazine Names New Editor
New York Times
Graham Holdings' online magazine Slate has named Julia Turner its editor in chief, succeeding David Plotz, who will step down after six years in the job. Turner has been Plotz's deputy editor since 2008. Plotz said he was stepping down because he had done "everything I've wanted to do."

Conde's Vanity Fair Gives Prince William More Hair
Prince William appears on the latest cover of Vanity Fair alongside his wife, the Duchess of Cambridge, and their son, Prince George. However, it seems his crowning glory — or lack thereof — wasn't quite to Vanity Fair's liking, so they thickened it up a little with some digital magic.

News Corp Calls for Piracy Crackdown in Australia
News Corp. has called for a toughening of laws in Australia to force Internet service providers to crack down on piracy. The company used a senate submission on a proposed free trade agreement between Australia and South Korea to call for domestic copyright laws to be amended.

New York Times: Billionaire Slim Could Double Stake
Carlos Slim, the Mexican telecoms billionaire, said he could exercise stock warrants in the New York Times Co., which expire early next year, a move that would more than double his stake in the media company. "We look at it like a financial investment that has been very good."

Gannett's USA Today 'Goes Viral' Amid Mobile Growth
New York Times
USA Today has raised its monthly mobile readership to 25.5 million, an increase of about 48% in the last year. Yet, for all the Gannett newspaper's digital growth, publisher Larry Kramer acknowledges that, like others in the industry, he is wrestling with how to make money online.

Hearst's Magazines Boast Biggest September Ever
Summer might not even be halfway over, but magazine publishers are already focused on their big September issues. This year, Hearst is expecting a record-breaking kickoff to the season, having just closed its biggest September ever in terms of print paging and revenue.

Time Inc's Sports Illustrated Wins Online with LeBron
Wall Street Journal
Sports Illustrated landed the biggest sports scoop of the year, when basketball star LeBron James revealed on the magazine's website that he is returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers. managed to keep the big news under wraps despite a breathless few weeks of speculation.

Hearst's Oprah Mag Tries Tiered-Subscription Model
In print's quest to make up for declining circulation and advertising revenue, the possibilities of premium subscription plans have become a source of interest. O, the Oprah Magazine has tested a tiered-subscription model/fan club that exploits its readers' obsession with its founder.

Time Inc's Content Head Discusses Media Landscape
New York Observer
Norman Pearlstine, Time Inc. chief content officer: "If you stand at a checkout counter, you'll see people on their tablets, on their cellphones. Traditional media has to respond to that. The worry, of course, is that none of us have yet created the business model ..."

News Corp's CEO Talks Climate Change, Print News
Rupert Murdoch gave an interview to his Sky News to mark the 50th anniversary of News Corp.'s newspaper the Australian. The paper "has never been better." However, the print version may not be around forever. "There could be a time when it won’t be economical to print."

Time Inc: Travel + Leisure Editor Novogrod to Depart
Travel + Leisure editor in chief Nancy Novogrod has announced plans to step down after more than two decades at the magazine's helm. "I'm too keyed up and energetic and interested in the world to retire," she said. Her next project will be writing a book about powerful women.

Conde Nast's Details Publisher Heads to Rival Maxim
New York Post
Kevin Martinez, publisher of Details magazine, was abruptly booted from Conde Nast headquarters when he announced he was resigning to join Maxim as publisher. There is no word from Conde Nast on who will replace him. Martinez is the first major hire by Maxim's new owner.

AH Belo's Dallas Morning News Drops Paid Website
Dallas Morning News
The Dallas Morning News has shut down its paid website — a nine-month experiment "that didn't work." A free version of will remain. "We've learned a whole lot. We heard from subscribers. Our mobile audience has grown 80%, so we're shifting resources there."

Daily Mail's 'Coverup' Apology Rejected by Clooney
USA Today
George Clooney: "There is one constant when a person or company is caught doing something wrong. The coverup is always worse. The Daily Mail has printed an apology for insinuating religious tensions where there are none. ... They knew ahead of time that they were lying."

BuzzFeed's Peretti Sees Growth in Branded Content
The Drum
BuzzFeed CEO Jonah Peretti said he expects to see more media companies turn to branded content as marketers attempt to engage with audiences without interrupting content consumption. "You need to make content and advertising fit the way that people consume media."

News Corp Said to Prep Bid for Tribune Newspapers
Rumor has it that News Corp. may be mounting a new bid for the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune and other Tribune newspapers. Rupert Murdoch's company was first reported to be interested in a deal when the newspapers were being shopped in late 2012 and early 2013.

Tribune Publishing Can Carry More Debt After Spinoff
Chicago Tribune
Tribune Publishing may have the flexibility to carry more than $350 million in debt after its planned spinoff from Tribune. Tribune Publishing is said to have set Aug. 4 as the target date for spinning off the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times and six other daily newspapers.

Hearst, Cox Among Dwindling Family Owners of Media
Of the 12 wealthiest media families in America, seven have completely divested, according to Forbes. Still, there is no shortage of families who are holding on. The Hearsts – the richest family in media – aren't expected to give up their nearly $35 billion empire any time soon.

Conde Nast Drops Policy Affecting Beauty Advertisers
Advertising Age
A change to a policy at Conde Nast that affects major beauty advertisers is sending waves of anxiety through the likes of Vogue and Glamour. The policy dictated the order in which ads from Revlon, Estee Lauder, L'Oreal and Procter & Gamble appeared in the front of certain magazines.

Glamour Plans Conference Tied to Women of the Year
Glamour is said to be looking to launch a conference around its marquee Women of the Year Awards. The glossy's Women of the Year event typically takes place in November in New York, and draws a crowd that includes celebrities, business leaders, activists and philanthropists.

Vanity Fair 'Confidential' Crime Stories Coming to TV
Investigation Discovery will bring Vanity Fair magazine's crime stories to TV in a new series called "Vanity Fair Confidential." ID will partner with Conde Nast Entertainment and True Entertainment to bring some of the magazine's more compelling stories to viewers.

National Enquirer Publisher Gets $515 Million Bailout
New York Post
American Media Inc., publisher of the National Enquirer, is getting bailed out by creditors in a deal that values the company at about $515 million. The cash-strapped publisher, led by CEO David Pecker, announced the bailout to buy all its outstanding stock in a filing with U.S. regulators.

Study: Readers Don't Trust Ads That Look Like News
Crain's New York
More than half of consumers don't trust sponsored content and 59% believe a news website loses credibility if it runs articles paid for by a brand, according to a study by Contently. And two-thirds are less likely to click on a branded article than on the site's regular editorial product.

BuzzFeed: Media Aren't Working Hard Enough for Ads
The Drum
Media companies are not doing enough for advertisers to distribute and share content amid the content marketing boom, according to BuzzFeed VP of advertising Will Hayward. The distribution of branded content is "vital" and media agencies will suffer if they don't keep up.

Hearst's Cosmo Editor Looks to Expand TV Presence
New York Post
Joanna Coles, editor in chief of Cosmopolitan, has been making the rounds with TV execs after being approached by several production companies to do a reality show based on her life. Coles was a mentor on "Project Runway" when she was editor of Marie Claire.

Conde Nast's New Yorker Alters Web Paywall Strategy
New York Times
The New Yorker plans to overhaul its website and make all the articles it has published since 2007 available free for three months before introducing a paywall for online subscribers. Editor David Remnick said the current system has "long since outlived its conception."

Time Inc's Fortune Starts Newsletter Aimed at Women
Talking Biz News
Fortune has launched a daily online newsletter called the Broadsheet, which will offer news "about the world's most prominent women and touch on hot-button topics that women leaders are buzzing about." The product is an extension of Fortune's Most Powerful Women franchise.

New York Times to Name Deputy Editors for Digital
The New York Times will add deputy editors across nine sections to enhance its digital product, executive editor Dean Baquet has informed staff. The move is "the first of several initiatives designed to increase the energy and imagination of our already strong digital report."

Guardian Planning English Language Launch in India
The Guardian's journalism has plenty more room for growth, including plans to launch in India, according to deputy chief exec David Pemsel. "India is probably the next launch – it's somewhere the Guardian has relevancy. The bigger prize will ultimately be from what we can take globally."

Daily Mail Bashed by Clooney Writing in USA Today
USA Today
George Clooney: "I want to speak to the irresponsibility of Monday's Daily Mail report. I seldom respond to tabloids, unless it involves someone else and their safety or well being. The Daily Mail has printed a completely fabricated story about my fiancée's mother opposing our marriage."

Boston Globe to Launch Catholic Church News Site
Jim Romenesko
The Boston Globe plans an August launch for a website devoted to Pope Francis and the Catholic Church. "Don't think of this site as the place you go to buy statues you bury in the backyard," said Globe CEO Mike Sheehan. "It's going to be news and analysis of all things Catholic."

Texas Monthly Promotes Sweany to Editor in Chief
Texas Monthly has named Brian Sweany its next editor in chief. Sweany replaces Jake Silverstein, who was named editor of the New York Times Magazine in March. Sweany started his journalism career at Texas Monthly as an intern in 1996. He was most recently a senior executive editor.

Maxim's New Owner Hires Familiar Face for Magazine
New York Post
Maxim one-time president Joe Mangione is said to be back consulting with new owner Sardar Biglari, the Iranian-born millionaire who took over the magazine in February. Late Tuesday news surfaced that Biglari had raided Details magazine to hire Kevin Martinez as publisher.

ESPN The Magazine's Body Issue Stirs Fan Backlash
Texas Rangers first baseman Prince Fielder is one of six pro athletes who appears sans clothing on the July cover of ESPN The Magazine's Body Issue. But some sports fans are expressing anything but admiration for how the slugger looks. "You kinda have to see it like a car crash."

BuzzFeed Inspires Time Mag to Boost Social Traffic
In the past three months, Time magazine has grown its Facebook likes by 44%, to 5.4 million. That puts it ahead of social giants like BuzzFeed, the Huffington Post and NPR. "We kind of sat back early and saw the BuzzFeed rise and tried to deconstruct to some extent what they’re doing."

New York Times Former Editor Preps Nonprofit Startup
New York
After 30 years at the New York Times, including the better part of a decade at the top of the masthead, Bill Keller has decided it was time to start from scratch. His new undertaking, coming this fall, is a nonprofit journalism startup focused on the American criminal justice system.

Wall Street Journal Marks 125th Year with Guest Writers
The Drum
The Wall Street Journal has marked its 125th anniversary with exclusive content published globally in print and online, including a cover wrap featuring a reproduction of its first front page. A separate report, The Future of Everything, offers notable guest writers sharing their thoughts.

Village Voice, Employees Reach New Labor Agreement
New York Business
Unionized workers and the Village Voice have agreed to a new contract after staffers protested cuts to health care benefits and other issues. Workers had complained about pay levels and even the quality of coffee. The new deal is said to be giving staffers a raise of $25 per week.

Wenner Media's Rolling Stone Names New Publisher
Following last week's spate of exec departures, Rolling Stone has named a replacement for publisher Chris McLoughlin, who resigned after less than a year on the job. Michael Provus, the magazine’s associate publisher, will take over for McLoughlin as publisher, effective immediately.

Time Inc's People Pays Up for Simpson Wedding Pics
Daily News
People magazine gave Jessica Simpson a wedding present she won't soon forget. The celebrity glossy is said to have shelled out $300,000 for exclusive rights to the performer's July 5 wedding. "There was no bidding war." The only competition People worried about was Instagram.

Hearst Gives Cosmopolitan Website a Major Makeover
Hearst's biggest magazine, Cosmopolitan, has unveiled a digital facelift. The revamp is essentially a template that Hearst will use for the websites of all of its 18 magazines. The rollout will take place over the next 12 months. In short, the site is Hearst's answer to a post-banner world.

BuzzFeed: A Case Study in Media Industry Disruption
BuzzFeed, the web publisher known for its infectious lists and quizzes, has become the subject of a new Harvard Business School case study. And BuzzFeed boss Jonah Peretti said he is doing to the media industry just what Toyota and Honda did to Ford and GM in the 1970s and '80s.

Meredith Seeks to Expand Allrecipes Into TV Series
Broadcasting & Cable
Meredith's production arm is said to be shopping a trio of TV concepts related to the company's Allrecipes brand. Meredith acquired the recipes website and online forum in 2012 for $175 million. The company began publishing an Allrecipes magazine late last year.

Time Inc's Essence Music Fest Boosts New Orleans
New Orleans mayor Mitch Landrieu said the Essence Music Festival "may be the most important event the people of this city are involved in." Essence magazine's annual fest has become "a huge economic engine." The three-day event generated some $241 million in 2013.

Wenner Media Loses 'Consigliere' as Gruber Departs
Longtime Wenner Media exec John Gruber has resigned. Gruber over the years served in several key roles, including controller and CFO. In 2005, he was named COO, replacing Kent Brownridge, Wenner founder Jann Wenner's consigliere. Gruber is said to be heading to a nonprofit.

Forbes Media Gives Digital Reboot to Its Newsletters
Forbes Media's 35 investing newsletters have been living on a different web platform than Last week, Forbes moved the publications and their premium offerings to the same digital platform "that has propelled to the top of the business media heap."

Newsweek Readers Complain Digital Edition Is Failing
Talking New Media
Now owned by IBT Media, Newsweek has been struggling to please potential readers of its digital edition after changing publishing platforms. The new app apparently does not recognize old subscriptions — and, of course, the old issues simply can no longer be accessed.

Hearst Connecticut Papers in Content Sharing Deal
Connecticut Post
Hearst's Connecticut newspaper group has entered a content-sharing partnership with Westfair Communications, publisher of business publications in the region. "This is a great opportunity to give our readers more news," according to Hearst editor Barbara Roessner.

Star Tribune's New Owner Taylor Explains Acquisition
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Glen Taylor, the new owner of the Minneapolis Star Tribune: "I decided to buy the Star Tribune half with my head, half with my heart. My head says that while the newspaper business is changing, it's still a good investment. Business challenges are stimulating to me."

News Corp Former British Tabloid Editor Heads to Jail
BBC News
Andy Coulson, former editor of the News of the World, has been jailed for 18 months for conspiracy to hack phones. The 46-year-old, who later became communications director for U.K. prime minister David Cameron, was one of four ex-journalists at the tabloid to be sentenced.

HuffPost UK Founding Editor Departs for Global Role
Huffington Post U.K. has lost founding editor Carla Buzasi, who is returning to the world of fashion in a new role for data and insight firm WGSN. The former Marie Claire associate editor had famously tracked down HuffPost founder Arianna Huffington to pitch a U.K. version of the website.

Craigslist Seen as Undisruptable in Online Real Estate
Many startups have attempted to challenge Craigslist's hold on the rental listings market. But so far, no one has made a real dent. Many upstarts "misunderstand what Craigslist is. I would challenge people to find somewhere that has a greater density of buyers and sellers."

DailyCandy Founder Says Comcast Destroyed Brand
DailyCandy was once a hip newsletter that kept subscribers in touch with the latest, coolest entertainment, food and fashion trends. And then owner Comcast ran it into the ground, according to founder Dany Levy. "From my perspective, I watched them destroy a brand."

Hearst Plays with Emotions to Win Traffic from Facebook
Facebook became the No. 1 online referral source to Hearst magazines, driving 25% of traffic, after the publisher made a concerted effort to push stories with "emotional heft." However, if Facebook were to change its model, "the traffic drops would alter the value of the properties."

New York Times to Shutter Many Blogs in Strategy Shift
New York Times
When the New York Times launched its India Ink blog in September 2011, it noted that the service was the paper's "first-ever country-specific site for news and conversation." Now it's gone. "These days, that kind of specificity is no longer the way the Times wants to direct its resources."

Wall Street Journal Cuts Up to 40 Jobs in Reevaluation
New York Times
The Wall Street Journal is said to have cut between 20 and 40 staff members in recent weeks, as part of a reevaluation of its newsroom that came at the end of its financial year. The reevaluation aimed to help "target areas for growth and deploy resources globally."

Financial Times Launches International Learning Forum
Media Week
The Financial Times has launched a global learning forum called "The 125," designed to stimulate fresh thinking among senior execs around the business and political issues of the day. The 125 will be a members-only group named after the FT's 125th anniversary.

Study: Tablet Magazine Ads Match Print Reader Recall
Wall Street Journal
New research has suggested that tablet magazine advertising is just as effective as — and can even add impact to — print campaigns. A study from GfK MRI Starch Advertising Research finds that ads in tablet versions of magazines have the same reader recall as print magazine ads.

Vox Media: We're the Conde Nast for Next Generation
James Bankoff, CEO of Vox Media: "We create high-quality, large media brands for a new generation of consumers that prefer to consume their content digitally." Vox is developing new media titles "in the same way as great magazine companies like Time Inc. or Conde Nast."

Bloomberg Preps Rollout of Digital-Led Media Brands
Capital New York
Bloomberg's media group is said to be planning to launch the first in a planned suite of "digital-led multi-platform brands" in October, with a politics website from high-profile journalists John Heilemann and Mark Halperin, in tandem with a daily TV-web show hosted by the duo.

Guardian Faces More Losses as U.S. Website Struggles
Heavy investment in the United States by the publisher of the Guardian is said to be failing to pay off, as the company prepares to report losses next week. Guardian News & Media has spent six years and tens of millions of pounds attempting to break into the American media market.

National Enquirer Cuts Staffers Amid Move to New York
New York Post
American Media has completed the National Enquirer's relocation back to New York City but with a lot of bloodletting. One source estimated about 40 Enquirer staffers were pink-slipped in Boca Raton, Fla. Insiders said it comes amid a general round of corporate belt tightening.

Maxim Magazine Shakes Up Staff in Bid to Go Upscale
New York Post
Maxim's new owner, Sardar Biglari, has engineered a wholesale shakeup of the magazine that he acquired in February through his San Antonio, Texas-based Biglari Holdings. The 36-year-old investor gave little hint on what the long-term plans may be for the magazine.

Fortune Journo Loomis, Buffett's 'Editor,' Retires at 85
After 60 years at Fortune magazine, journalist Carol Loomis is ready to retire at the age of 85. Loomis is a long-time friend of Warren Buffett and has helped edit his annual letters to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders. She plans to continue writing for Fortune in retirement.

News Corp: Did Hacking Scandal Lead to a Windfall?
Press Gazette
The phone-hacking scandal actually may have been the best thing that ever happened to Rupert Murdoch. It prompted the split of News Corp. into two parts. And media analyst Clare Enders reckons the Murdoch family's holding in News Corp. has increased by $6 billion since July 2011.

MediaFinder: 27 Magazines Shut Down in First Half
Crain's New York
Some 27 magazines ceased publication during the first half of the year, according to MediaFinder, an online database of U.S. and Canadian publications. But the magazine industry continued to generate new titles, if at a lower rate than in the past. Online-only magazines saw a surge.

Johnson's Jet Launches App as Magazine Shutters
Chicago Business
Jet magazine has launched its new digital app. After a 60-year run, the Johnson Publishing title ceased distribution as a print publication earlier this month. Jet editors said fresh content will be added to the app every Friday, including 3D images, video interviews and audio.

Dennis U.S. Preps New Brand After Founder's Death
Capital New York
Felix Dennis, the idiosyncratic owner of namesake publishing businesses in the U.S. and U.K., died at age 67 last week. Dennis U.S. is still looking to expand. will get a redesign later this year. Also, Dennis U.S. is assembling a business plan to launch a new brand.

Conde Nast Begins Relocation to Lower Manhattan
Capital New York
Conde Nast has begun its move to downtown Manhattan. The company's technology group, archives team and Conde Nast Entertainment all started working Monday at 222 Broadway, not far from 1 World Trade Center, where the rest of Conde's workforce will begin moving in November.

Vogue's Wintour OKs Instagram Photos of Wedding
E! Online
Anna Wintour's son Charlie Shaffer married Elizabeth Cordry at the Vogue editor in chief's estate in Mastic, Long Island, on Saturday. Wedding guests were given the green light to share pics on social media with the hashtag "#masticinlove," producing an unofficial wedding album.

Village Voice Staffers Protest New Contract Proposal
New York Observer
The Village Voice's unionized staffers staged a walkout and demonstration on Monday as the union and management negotiate a new contract before the July 1 deadline. "Our demands are very, very simple: better pay, better working conditions ... We also want better coffee."

News Corp Ex-Tabloid Editor Coulson Faces Retrial
BBC News
Ex-News of the World editor Andy Coulson and its former royal editor Clive Goodman are to face a retrial on a charge of buying royal telephone directories from police officers. Coulson was found guilty last week of conspiracy to hack phones and faces a maximum of two years in prison.

Time Inc Wants to Build the Next Facebook, Exec Says
Time Inc. has missed out on launching "transformational digital products" such as LinkedIn, according to digital SVP M. Scott Havens. "Fortune should have been launching a platform that connects execs. But it didn't. We want to build the next LinkedIn, the next Facebook."

Conde Nast Moves Beyond Print Under TV Vet Ostroff
Conde Nast Entertainment, headed by veteran TV exec Dawn Ostroff, has a dozen projects set up at the movie studios and more than 30 in development. On the TV side, three series are already on air or will be shortly, while another 20 or so are in the works. Next up: online video.

Hearst's CDS Global Shuffles Execs Amid Evolution
Hearst-owned CDS Global has announced the promotion of COO Debra Janssen to president and CEO. Former chairman and CEO Malcolm Netburn will continue in his chairman role. The leadership change signals CDS' continued evolution from its magazine fulfillment roots.

AP to Use Robots to Write Some Business Stories
The Associated Press is said to be planning to use automation technology to produce stories about earnings reports. The software means that "instead of providing 300 stories manually, we can provide up to 4,400 automatically for companies throughout the U.S. each quarter."

Drudge: 'Vibrant Media Era' Reflects Divided Nation
Matt Drudge, who has run the Drudge Report for nearly 20 years, believes the divided political opinions on the airwaves reflect divisions that exist across America. In a rare interview, Drudge pushed back against the idea his website is slanted toward a "partisan point of view."

Huffington's 'Thrive' Conferences Are Not Thriving
New York Post
Arianna Huffington's "Thrive" conferences did not thrive enough to fill auditoriums. Huffington and Mika Brzezinski had planned to take their confabs on well-being and personal enrichment to Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., this spring, but "the ticket sales were too low."

RetailMeNot Digital Coupons Prosper Despite Google
Coupons aren't dead — they've gone digital. And at the center of the action is RetailMeNot, a company that got its start as a place where bargain hunters share coupons and discount codes. RMN depends heavily on Google but, despite a recent search algorithm change, is yet to suffer.

Email Newsletters Seen as a Death Greatly Exaggerated
New York Times
Email newsletters, an old-school artifact of the web, are not only still around, but very much on the march. Newsletters are allowing many news outlets to grab readers. Also: Newsletters you might be happy to find in your inbox: Media ReDef, Today in Tabs, I Want Media, and more.

Tribune Publishing Names Head of Communications
Chicago Business
Tribune Publishing, which set to be spun off in early August, has named Matthew Hutchison SVP of corporate communications. Hutchison, who will lead the new entity's overall communications strategy, is a former VP of corporate communications for CBS Interactive.

News Corp Emails Seized by FBI in Hacking Scandal
Daily News
The FBI has seized 80,000 emails from Rupert Murdoch's News Corp., giving the media titan worries on both sides of the Atlantic. The emails include messages former Murdoch protégé Rebekah Brooks sent up the chain of command during the phone-hacking scandal.

Time Inc Sells Mexican Unit Grupo Editorial Expansion
New York Post
Time Inc. made a strategic divestment when it sold its Mexican publishing subsidiary Grupo Editorial Expansion to Latin American-based private equity firm Southern Cross Group. Also: Time Inc. senior editors, especially those of long standing, appear to be racing toward the exits.

Tribune's Chicago Magazine Loses Publisher to Zoo
Crain's Chicago
Chicago magazine publisher Richard Gamble is leaving to take a position as SVP at the Chicago Zoological Society, which operates the Brookfield Zoo. Gamble started at the magazine as a VP of finance and operations in 2002, shortly after Tribune acquired the magazine.

TV Guide to Shrink Print Magazine in Major Redesign
TV Guide has announced a major overhaul for its print edition that will reduce its publication size to 7 by 10 inches. "It's roughly the size of an iPad." The size shift will go in effect for the August 11 issue. The magazine's old dimensions were 7 3/8 by 10 1/4 inches.

New York Times Runs Front-Page 'News Spadia' Ad
Wall Street Journal
Readers of the print New York Times on Thursday might have noticed something different about their front page. Procter & Gamble ran what is known as a "main news spadia" — an ad that wraps around the front of the paper. Ad buyers estimate the ad cost around $300,000.

HuffPost CEO Enjoys Lack of Traditional Media Legacy
Media Week
People now talk about the Huffington Post in the same breath as long-established news brands. And while publishers such as the New York Times "have fantastic breadth and depth," HuffPost has "something else: no traditional media legacy," said CEO Jimmy Maymann.

Time Inc, Net2TV to Partner on Streaming TV Shows
Broadcasting & Cable
Time Inc. plans to offer streaming TV shows based on the company's brands at Net2TV's Portico TV service, which is distributed to 25 million viewers through a variety of devices. Initial shows include "People This Week," "The Week In Time" and "Inside Golf Magazine."

Conde Nast Faces New Austerity Amid Budget Crunch
Conde Nast plans to tighten its belt, as magazine companies grapple with a first half that was less than spectacular. The publisher is said to have asked its magazines to start "correcting" their budgets. This has translated into a hiring freeze through the summer.

News Corp: Hacking Charges Could Be 'Apocalyptic'
Daily News
A lawyer for News Corp. has pleaded with British officials not to file corporate charges in a phone-hacking scandal, arguing it would be "apocalyptic" for the company and put 46,000 jobs at risk. Also: Rupert Murdoch has jetted to London to speak with News UK staff.

New York Magazine's 'Science of Us' Vertical Takes Off
Capital New York
New York magazine has touted its new vertical, The Science of Us, as one of its quickest success stories. The vertical hit 1 million unique visitors — nearly half of those from social media; nearly half from mobile — on day 29, just about doubling internal expectations.

Wenner Media Promotes Jann's Son to Digital Chief
New York Observer
Jann Wenner has promoted his son Gus to head of digital for all Wenner Media titles, which means that the 23-year-old is in charge of the websites for Rolling Stone, Us Weekly and Men’s Journal. "Under Gus's direction, has reached new heights."

Forbes Media Licensing Deal Brings Edition to Japan
Talking Biz News
Forbes said it is launching a monthly issue in Japan, published under a licensing agreement with Tokyo-based Atomixmedia. Forbes Japan will have access to the magazine's stories from around the world and will also feature locally produced content from its own editorial team.

News Corp Rumor Says Brooks Joining Australian Arm
Sydney Morning Herald
News Corp. journalists have been speculating that Rebekah Brooks may be parachuted into a senior position at the company's Australian arm, now she has been cleared of phone hacking and other charges. Brooks could also pop up in New York, home of News Corp. headquarters.

Wall Street Journal Cuts Newsroom Jobs in Evaluation
Capital New York
John Seeley has been let go from his job at the Wall Street Journal, where he was founding editor of the Greater New York metro section. The Journal said it has been "evaluating many areas of the newsroom" in recent weeks. "As a result we will be eliminating certain positions."

Washington Post Sees Cost Cuts Amid Shift to Digital
The Washington Post is in a "Get Big Fast mode" under new owner Jeff Bezos, according to top execs at the newspaper. Bezos, adds publisher Katharine Weymouth, is "not stupid; we still have to cut costs. Over time we have to continue to cut costs as our business shifts from print to digital."

New York Times 'Moves Away' from Publishing Blogs
The New York Times plans to shutter its blog The Lede, and more blog closings are in the works. The Times has been "moving away from blogs" over the past year. Still, "there's little chance that marquee blogs, ones like DealBook, Well, Bits, will be going anywhere anytime soon."

USA Today Tries New Way to Keep Ahold of Readers
USA Today has begun trying a new content discovery tool to keep readers from leaving its website. The newspaper has tapped startup Curiyo, which lets users click on a word or name to find out more information. So far, the links are only available on USA Today's desktop version.

Medium Hires Top Tech Journalist in Shift to Publisher
New York Times
Medium, the online writing system created by Twitter co-founder Evan Williams, has hired Steven Levy, a writer who has worked at Wired and Newsweek, to edit a new tech website. "I will be working with a startup from one of the most talented founders in Silicon Valley," Levy said.

BuzzFeed Denies Using Quizzes to Mine Personal Data
"When you visit BuzzFeed, they record lots of information about you," according to online marketing expert Dan Barker, writing in a blog post entitled "Buzzfeed is Watching." "Most websites record some information. BuzzFeed records a whole ton." This is "scary stuff."

Gawker Media Spreads Rumor of Murdoch Acquisition
Gawker: "So here is an intriguing media rumor: Rupert Murdoch is angling to purchase Gawker Media. Yesterday, at least two media reporters approached at least two Gawker Media employees about a potential sale to Murdoch's News Corp. — or, more likely, 21st Century Fox."

Time Inc, Pro Leagues Kick Off 120 Sports Network
New York Times
The new 120 Sports, a digital sports network, launches Wednesday, aiming to appeal to the shortened attention spans of the mobile and social media generation. "It can't just be what television is," said president Jason Coyle. "It has to move at the speed of Twitter."

Meredith to Launch Parents Latina Magazine in 2015
Meredith plans to extend its Parents publication to speak to the millennial Latina market. The publishing firm will launch Parents Latina in spring 2015. The magazine, which will be in English, will focus on serving U.S. Hispanic young mothers, a growing demographic.

Time Out Produces App for New Amazon Fire Phone
The Drum
Time Out plans to produce one of the first apps for the new Amazon Fire phone, released last week. The magazine app will take advantage of features such as head tracking, as well as the 3D capabilities of the device. Time Out said its audience is "socially active, mobile savvy."

Hachette to Buy Perseus Books in Nonfiction Boost
Crain's New York
Hachette is said to be acquiring independent publisher Perseus Books. The deal is expected to close July 31, and will involve selling off Perseus's print and e-book distribution business. The deal with Perseus will give Hachette more heft in an era of publisher consolidation.

News Corp May Face Charges After Trial for Hacking
News Corp. faces possible corporate charges related to phone hacking and bribery, prosecutors said during the trial that led to the conviction of former editor Andy Coulson. Also, London police want to interview chief Rupert Murdoch as a suspect in a phone-hacking probe.

Financial Times Names U.S. Correspondent for Media
Talking Biz News
Shannon Bond has been named U.S. media and marketing correspondent for the Financial Times. Bond will cover content and distribution companies, digital media and the broader advertising and marketing industries. She joined the newspaper in 2008.

Report: Digital News as Popular as Newspapers in UK
Reports of the death of print have been greatly accelerated, judging by research from U.K. telecoms watchdog Ofcom. In the U.K., digital news has just reached parity with news consumed via ink and dead trees. About 41% of people said they now access news on websites and apps.

Tribune Publishing Sets August 4 as Date for Spinoff
Chicago Tribune
Tribune Publishing has set Aug. 4 as the target date for spinning off from Tribune Co. The spinoff date was included in a presentation for lenders conducted by Tribune Publishing in New York. Tribune Publishing is seeking to raise $350 million in conjunction with its planned spinoff.

News Corp: Coulson Found Guilty of Phone Hacking
Wall Street Journal
A British jury has found Andy Coulson, a former spokesman for Britain's prime minister and a former senior News Corp. editor, guilty of conspiracy to intercept phone voice-mail messages. But the jury cleared Rebekah Brooks, a former senior News Corp exec, who also stood trial.

New York Times Revamps Plan for Political Tipsheet
The New York Times has reconsidered its plan to create a morning political tipsheet. "First Draft," a Politico Playbook-style newsletter, was an initiative from former Times top editor Jill Abramson. Sources now say the project is all but dead, while others say it is being "reconsidered."

Time Inc Feels Blow After Source Files for Chapter 11
New York Post
The parent of Source Interlink Distribution, which trucked magazines from warehouses to retailers for Time Inc. and others, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy court protection. While Time Inc. was the hardest-hit by Source's shuttering, the entire industry felt the blow.

Dennis Publishing: No Sale Plans After Chief's Death
Dennis Publishing chief Felix Dennis lost a long battle to cancer on Sunday. The publishing maverick made preparations in case of his death to ensure that his business propel on. "We are still hungry for new launches and acquisitions," said Steven Kotok, CEO of Dennis's U.S. brands.

Atlantic Media's Quartz Faces Stiffening Competition
USA Today
Since launching 20 months ago, the news site Quartz has chipped away toward relevance with a steady stream of posts about the global economy seen through the prism of reporters' topical "obsessions." Still, the site has yet to generate a profit. And it facing new competition.

The New Yorker Attracts Ad Buyout for Print, Digital
The New Yorker has won its first-ever multiplatform ad buyout, thanks to HSBC. The seven-figure deal promoting the relaunch of HSBC's Premier consumer program covers the full print, tablet and phone editions of the magazine's June 30 issue, as well as a good chunk of its website.

ESPN Magazine Offers Sneak Peek at 'Body Issue'
Daily News
Venus Williams might not be the dominating Grand Slam Champion she once was, but the 34-year-old still keeps her body in championship form. Williams, along with 2010 Wimbledon finalist Tomas Berdych, will be featured in the sixth annual ESPN The Magazine Body Issue.

Hollywood Reporter Lands Its First Emmy Nomination
Hollywood Reporter
The Hollywood Reporter has been nominated for its first Emmy Award. The entertainment industry media brand, along with PBC SoCal, PBS for Greater Los Angeles, have been recognized for a Los Angeles Area Emmy for a "Wolf of Wall Street" discussion featuring Martin Scorsese.

News Corp Sells Community Papers to Veteran Player
Crain's New York
New York's community newspaper market has a new, albeit veteran player: Les Goodstein, a longtime exec at both the New York Daily News and News Corp., has bought the Community Newspaper Group, News Corp.'s stable of 11 local newspapers and their companion websites.

Time Inc CEO: We're Not Just a Magazine Company
Bloomberg / Tribune
Time Inc. has thought of itself as in the magazine industry for far too long, according to CEO Joe Ripp. "You're going to see a lot more video and digital content from us." Also: 120 Sports, a new all-digital sports network backed by Time Inc., is set to go live on Wednesday.

Dennis Publishing Founder Dies After Cancer Battle
BBC News
Felix Dennis has died aged 67, after a "long and painful" battle with throat cancer. The publishing millionaire founded Dennis Publishing, which created titles such as The Week and men's magazine Maxim. His office said Dennis died on Sunday, "surrounded by his loved ones."

Ladies' Home Journal Publishes Final Monthly Issue
New York Post
The final monthly issue of Ladies' Home Journal arrives this week. The issue ends 131 years of monthly publication for the Meredith-owned magazine that traces its roots back to 1883. Nowhere on the cover is there even a hint that it is the magazine's farewell issue.

Vanity Fair Preps Pricey 'New Establishment' Confab
New York Times
Vanity Fair will host a conference in San Francisco this fall, becoming the latest publication to enter the field of live events. The conference, which will coincide with the 20th anniversary of VF's annual "New Establishment" list of influentials, will charge attendees $5,000 each.

Sports Illustrated Launches New Design of Website
It has been a busy few months for Time Inc. Not only has the publishing company spun out from Time Warner, it has also revamped the websites for its publications Time, Money and Fortune. Now Sports Illustrated is launching a new website, and new products, too.

The New Republic Expands Policy Coverage Online
Huffington Post
The New Republic plans to launch a domestic policy and politics vertical, to be called Q.E.D. Senior editor Jonathan Cohn considers the new offering to be directly in line with the magazine's century-old mission. Cohn and his team also plan to produce a daily email newsletter.

Variety, Deadline Journalists Chat About NikkiFinke
Peter Bart: "The original Deadline style is no longer relevant to today's market. Hollywood knows that the ground is shifting. What's needed in reporting is objectivity and analysis — not noise." Mike Fleming Jr.: "The thrust of Nikki Finke's new site seems to be Deadline-bashing."

Mail Online Endorsed by Kardashian at Cannes Fest
Mail Online
Kim Kardashian was the guest of honor at a party held aboard a yacht by Mail Online during the Cannes Lions advertising festival in France. Mail Online "is my favorite website," said Kardashian. "I have it on my phone, my computer bookmark. I genuinely love what you guys have done."

Radar Online Turns to 'Game Feed' for New Revenue
Crain's New York
Radar Online now features about a dozen games and quizzes, in addition to its exclusives on celebrities. The new offerings are part of a "game feed," which mobile game distributor TreSensa launched to give media outlets a way to build traffic and boost advertising revenue.

Reuters Website Hacked via Content Platform Taboola
Reuters' website was apparently hacked on Sunday by the Syrian Electronic Army, condemning the news agency for publishing "false" articles about Syria. The group reportedly corrupted Taboola web ads on Reuters articles. Taboola's other online news clients "could be at risk."

Conde Nast Joins Publicis, Google in Luxury Agency
Conde Nast is lending its luxury know-how to a new venture with Publicis and Google. Called La Maison, the service will provide luxury clients with consumer insights, content and technology solutions, with an emphasis on helping brands keep up with digital innovation.

Hearst 'Mindful' of Ads That Run in Dr Oz Magazine
Advertising Age
Dr. Mehmet Oz was scolded during a Senate subcommittee hearing this week for hyping dubious miracle cures on his TV show. The controversy comes as Hearst introduces its newest magazine, Dr. Oz The Good Life. "We are mindful of the advertising we run," said Hearst.

Rodale's Men's Health Eyes World Cup Ad Windfall
Advertising Age
Men's Health has published its first single-topic digital edition, a guide to the World Cup. The issue, which is free on iTunes, includes a geo-locater to find the nearest bars showing matches. Rogaine is the sole sponsor. Rodale said the edition has been downloaded 30,000 times.

Mansueto's Fast Company 'Seeing Decline' Online
Talking Biz News
Fast Company is said to be suffering a "massive decline" in online readership, per comScore data. The drop is "troublesome for a magazine that's supposed to be the leader in innovation, yet can't figure out how to innovate enough to keep its online readership."

IDG's Computerworld Plans to Shutter Print Edition
Talking New Media
The last print edition of Computerworld will be published June 23, just over 47 years after the debut of the International Data Group title. Readers will see the launch a redesigned website later this year. "We are merely taking part in the natural evolution of the media industry."

New York Times, Washington Post Team with Mozilla
New York Times
The New York Times and the Washington Post have teamed up with Mozilla to develop a new platform to better manage readers' online comments and contributions. The platform will be supported by a grant of $3.9 million from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

New York Daily News Set for Newsstand Price Hike
Capital New York
The Daily News is about to get a price bump on the newsstand. The weekday version of the paper, which currently costs $.75 on city newsstands, is said to be going up to $1.25. The price hike is expected to take effect next week for both the city and suburban editions.

Craigslist Founder Joins Poynter Foundation Board
Craig Newmark, founder of Craigslist: "Hey, I just joined the foundation board of the Poynter Institute because of my interest in protecting journalism ethics. As a board member, I'll support the institute as an advisor, an ambassador, and try to be a useful resource."

News Corp Board Extends Provision for Poison Pill
News Corp.'s board of directors has extended a poison pill provision it put in place to prevent hostile takeovers when the company controlled by Rupert Murdoch and his family split from its cable and entertainment properties last year. The provision now lasts until June 18, 2015.

Time Inc Gets Sweet Deal for Downtown Headquarters
Crain's New York
Time Inc. drove a very hard bargain to relocate its headquarters to Brookfield Place in lower Manhattan. The company will put off paying any rent for its new home for three years. When it finally does start writing rent checks, it will initially pay only $50 per square foot.

Conde Nast Chief Buys $6 Million Long Island Home
New York Post
The quaint village of Bellport, L.I., has experienced a renaissance as taste-makers buy up property. Conde Nast chief S.I. Newhouse and his wife, Victoria, spent $6 million on an old house on Great South Bay and the lot next door. "They plan to tear it down and build a new house."

Guggenheim Media Elevates Segall to Group Publisher
Guggenheim Media has promoted Lynne Segall to EVP and group publisher of the Hollywood Reporter and Billboard. Segall previously led advertising sales and initiatives for just THR as SVP and publisher. Segall's new duties include expanding business through digital and sponsorships.

Nylon Names Entertainment Journo Lee as Top Editor
Michelle Lee has been named editor of Nylon and Nylon Guys magazines. Lee has a deep background in entertainment and fashion/beauty coverage. She has served as editor in chief of In Touch Weekly and was a founding editor of Us Weekly. Lee is also a veteran of

National Journal Unveils Redesign of Print Magazine
National Journal
National Journal has debuted a redesign of the magazine covering Washington politics, policy and government, bolstering the title's long-form reporting. The Atlantic Media-owned magazine aims to provide "stories that cover this city in a way that no one else does."

Washington Post Reviews Owner Bezos' New Phone
Washington Post
The Washington Post, owned by Amazon chief Jeff Bezos, has published a review of Amazon's new smartphone: "There's one big problem: It's not a great time to get into the smartphone market, particularly in the U.S. where interest in new smartphones is flat. Who will buy it?"

Sun, Sunday Times Websites Hit by Syrian Hackers
Two News Corp. U.K. newspaper websites, the Sunday Times and the Sun, have suffered a hack attack by the Syrian Electronic Army. News U.K. said its digital team mobilized quickly, pinpointing the area of attack within minutes. "We were back up within 20 minutes."

Mail Online, News Corp Staffers in Fracas at Cannes
The Australian newspaper's coverage of the Mail Online's "lifting" of articles from other news websites appears to have stirred some animosity. At an event in Cannes, Australian Mail Online publisher Martin Clarke "stole" Australian media business writer Darren Davidson's iPad.

Daily Mail Bars News Corp Journo from Cannes Event
The Daily Mail barred a News Corp. Australia journalist from attending its Cannes Lions event for top execs in order to "avoid questions about accusations of plagiarism and exploitation of young journalists." A PR rep for Mail Online told the reporter: "There's no room for you."

New York Times Top Execs' Pay is 'Most Generous'
While the New York Times has shrunk by more than half in the past eight years, the compensation of its top three execs has held steady. Measured against key metrics of financial performance at comparable U.S. media companies, their pay is among the "most generous."

Rodale: We Are Posting Largest Audience in History
Press Release
"Data shows that Rodale has reached an all-time high gross readership. Reporting 37.7 million readers, 1.7 million more than a year ago, the company posted a 5% increase with Men's Health, Women's Health, Runner's World and Bicycling all experiencing print audience gains."

Vogue: Buying Every Item in Issue Costs $343,368
Aspirational magazines could take a toll on readers' wallets. According to one journalist's analysis, buying every product featured in an issue of Vogue magazine would cost a reader $343,368, the priciest of all the periodicals studied. InStyle comes in second place, at $148,909.

Jet's Final Issue Never Reached Some Newsstands
Readers looking for the final print edition of Jet magazine have found it hard to come by after the second largest U.S. magazine distributor suddenly went out of business. "Yes, we are aware of the problem," said Desireé Rogers, CEO of Jet owner Johnson Publishing.

New York Times Veteran Preps Foodie Social Network
Food52 hopes that food lovers will make it their online home. The cuisine-meets-commerce portal, co-founded by New York Times veteran Amanda Hesser, has unveiled features that will turn it into a social network for the culinary-inclined. "Food and cooking are inherently social."

The Onion: How to Make Money from Online Satire
Last week the Onion launched ClickHole, a website that satires successful viral content hubs like BuzzFeed and Upworthy. But ClickHole isn't just a ploy to poke fun at the current state of Internet media — it is built to make money. ClickHole appeals to the "self-aware advertiser."

New York Times Top Editor Baquet Treated for Cancer
New York Times
Dean Baquet, executive editor of the New York Times, had a malignant tumor removed from his kidney on Saturday and will spend about a week away from the office while recovering. Baquet, 57, said he had "minimally invasive, completely successful surgery."

El Diario Spanish-Language Daily Sacks 20 Employees
Crain's New York
Less than two weeks after it debuted a colorful redesign aimed at boosting circulation and attracting more advertising, El Diario La Prensa has laid off 20 employees, eight of them Newspaper Guild members. The move has sparked charges that the newspaper violated its union contract.

Bloomberg Digital Names Wired Veteran as Publisher
Wired and Ars Technica associate publisher Keith Grossman is headed to Bloomberg, where he will take on the newly created title of publisher of Bloomberg Digital and digital products. Bloomberg Media has been undergoing a major strategy overhaul under CEO Justin Smith.

TV Guide Magazine Promotes Brod to Editor in Chief
TV Guide executive editor Doug Brod has been promoted to editor in chief. Brod, who joined the magazine in 2012, is a former editor in chief of Spin magazine. He has effectively been leading TV Guide's editorial team since former top editor Debra Birnbaum was ousted in February.

Hearst's HGTV, Food Network Mags Up Rate Bases
Hearst has announced that both HGTV Magazine and Food Network Magazine will increase rate bases in 2015. "Food Network Magazine continues its upward trajectory." The titles are published by Hearst through partnerships with their respective Scripps cable TV networks.

Conde Nast Preps GQ, Vogue-Branded Eateries, Bars
Conde Nast is exploring ways of extending GQ, Vogue and other brands into restaurants and bars. The company already runs five up-market eateries and lounges in Moscow, Dubai and Kiev. Conde is now "working towards" markets including New York, London, Paris and Milan.

The Economist Claims to Reach 5.3 Million Per Week
Press Gazette
The Economist now claims to reach some 5.3 million readers a week. The figure was arrived at after combining its total weekly print and digital readership totals and then taking out overlaps. The methodology has been rubberstamped by PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Forbes Hits Highest Readership in Its 97-Year History
Forbes magazine seems to be bucking the downward trend for print, with the publication hitting its highest readership level ever in the U.S. after an increase of more than a million readers in the past year. Forbes has been trying to find a buyer since last November.

Business Insider: We Surpassed Forbes in Web Traffic
Business Insider surpassed Forbes in web traffic last month, CEO Henry Blodget has announced. The online business news website said it had 26 million unique monthly visitors in May, while Forbes trailed at 24.7 million uniques. BI also widened its distance with other rivals.

BuzzFeed Raising Massive $200 Million Funding Round
BuzzFeed may raise a new $200 million funding round — its fifth to date. The figure is seen as a median estimate; the round may fall above or below that line. Existing investors NEA, Lerer Ventures, RRE Ventures, Hearst Ventures and SV Angel may participate.

New York Times Tests Subscription Cooking Website
The New York Times began testing a new cooking website to a small batch of users last month, and now, its plans to charge for it are starting to take shape. The service gives users the ability to search the Times's 15,000-recipe archive and save recipes to a recipe box.

Conde Nast Entertainment Enters First-Look TV Deal
New York Observer
Twentieth Century Fox Television has signed a first-look deal with Conde Nast Entertainment, the media company's production arm. The deal means that CNE will develop and produce scripted broadcast shows for Twentieth Century Fox TV. "We think this partnership has incredible potential."

Time Inc Seen as Takeover Target for Rival Meredith
Time Inc. could be acquired by Meredith, another magazine publisher, late next year, according to a Citigroup note to investors. A deal is unlikely to occur earlier "because of the tax-free nature" of Time Inc.'s spin-off. Time Inc.-Meredith "could obtain $175 million in annual cost savings."

Newsweek Editors Bashed in 'Last Magazine' Novel
New York Post
"The Last Magazine" is haunting a number of Newsweek editors, who will recognize themselves as thinly veiled characters. The manuscript for the new book was found among the possessions of reporter Michael Hastings, after he died a year ago in a car crash in Los Angeles.

New York Times Debuts the 'Snowfall' of Native Ads
A native ad that the New York Times created for Netflix's "Orange is the New Black" is getting praise from, of all people, journalists. The multimedia campaign is one of the first to come from the Times's newly formed Brand Studio unit, which was built to create native ads for advertisers.

MailOnline Names Former BuzzFeed Boss U.S. CEO
MailOnline, the world's biggest English-language newspaper website, has named Jon Steinberg as its CEO for North America. Steinberg is joining from BuzzFeed, where he was president-COO for the past four years. MailOnline is "still only really getting started."

Business Insider Sketches Out Expansion Into Europe
Business Insider's European strategy is coming into focus. The 5-year-old business news website is putting the finishing touches Business Insider Europe, its seventh international expansion, which it plans to launch in the next few months, with reporters headquartered the U.K.

Penske Threatens to Shutter New NikkiFinke Website
Nikki Finke: "Last night my lawyers received a nasty legal letter from Jay Penske trying to shut down my new website. He also doesn't want me exercising my right to free speech. Jay doesn't scare me. He never went to arbitration on anything he was supposed to."

Maxim Magazine Sues Modeling Agency Over 'Rip Off'
Daily News
Maxim magazine has filed a $5 million lawsuit against a modeling agency it claims ripped off its name "in connection with" an adult-content website. The men's magazine said the owners of Maxim Modeling are "improperly and misleadingly (using) the Maxim trademark to solicit young women."

Tribune Publishing Spinoff to Carry $350 Million Debt
Chicago Tribune
Tribune Publishing will carry $350 million of debt when it spins off as a stand-alone company, $25 million higher than previously stated. The increased debt load was included in a newly filed amendment with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

News Corp's Community Newspapers Hit by Layoffs
Capital New York
Layoffs have hit News Corp.'s Community Newspaper Group, where a sale is said to be pending. The chain, which includes titles like the Brooklyn Paper, the Brooklyn Courier and the Bronx Times, has been on the block for months. The total number of layoffs is unclear.

New York Times Ousted Editor to Teach at Harvard
New York Times
Jill Abramson, former executive editor of the New York Times, plans to teach undergraduate courses in narrative nonfiction at Harvard this fall. Abramson's abrupt firing last month came less than three years after she was appointed the paper's first female executive editor.

Time Inc Magazines Debut Interactive Cover Flap Ads
The June issues of six Time Inc. magazines feature a cover flap advertisement from paint company Sherwin Williams. The flap and accompanying advertorial are designed to interact with the issues' cover designs. The project required collaboration with editorial teams.

Conde Nast to Join Samsung Tablet's 'Papergarden'
Samsung is partnering with Conde Nast, National Geographic and Marvel comics to highlight the graphics of its new Galaxy Tab S device. Magazine content will be rolled into a new feature called "Papergarden." The move will "take the digital magazine to the next level."

Hearst Creates a Centralized News Desk for Digital
Hearst Magazines is building a centralized news desk to supply digital content to its 18 titles. The idea is to cover stories that have applicability to multiple brands. Said Hearst Digital VP Kate Lewis: "When Taylor Swift cuts her hair, I do not need six editors writing that story."

SpinMedia Names Veteran as Top Editor of
Advertising Age, the music website, has named Craig Marks as editor in chief. Marks was executive editor of Spin magazine in the 1990s before helping to introduce Blender magazine. "I've always been involved in music journalism. Spin is the best place I could possibly be for that."

BuzzFeed's Facebook Traffic Drops as Quizzes Decline
Business Insider
BuzzFeed gets a lot of traffic from Facebook. Recently, however, shares and likes from the social network appear to be down drastically for the digital media company. What happened? The drop-off "seems to be caused by a decrease in quizzes produced by BuzzFeed's staff."

Study: Growth Stalls in Readers Paying for Web News
Financial Times
The media industry failed last year to persuade more customers to pay for its online news services, in spite of experimenting with new ways of charging for content, according to a survey by the Reuters Institute. "For many, this remains a battle for survival," researchers said.

NikkiFinke Website Launch Heralds Reporter's Return
New York
After seven months off the grid, veteran show-business reporter Nikki Finke is back. "I want to be your cruel and quirky alternative to Deadlame and Valiety and The Hollywood Unreported and TheCrap," said Finke in her introductory post on the newly launched

Kickstarter, Guardian Team Up to Boost Journalism
The Drum
Kickstarter has joined forces with the U.K.'s Guardian to publicize a new journalism category on its website. The functionality will allow journalists to seek financial backing for key projects just as the crowdfunding platform currently does for those in tech and film.

News Corp Phone-Hacking Jury Starts Deliberations
After seven months of testimony and legal arguments, jurors in the News Corp. phone-hacking trial have started deliberations. "You are under no pressure of time," judge John Saunders told the jurors. "You have to reach your verdicts according to the evidence."

Gannett Hires Tremor Video Chief Revenue Officer
Wall Street Journal
Randy Kilgore, chief revenue officer of video advertising network Tremor Video, has been named president of national sales at Gannett. Kilgore will oversee sales for USA Today, Gannett's digital brands and its U.S. Community Publishing efforts, among other properties.

New York Times: Sulzberger Son Sees His Star Rise
Capital New York
Arthur Gregg Sulzberger, the 33-year-old son of New York Times chief Arthur Sulzberger Jr., has seen his stock rise after the release of the digital "Innovation Report" he helped prepare. "Everyone is very impressed with him. I'd feel comfortable with this guy in the driver's seat."

Wall Street Journal, Other Papers Dumped by Trump
Crain's New York
Trump Hotels will offer free digital access to the Wall Street Journal, New York Times and other publications instead of the print products. The move cuts the number of newspapers the hotels purchases each day by 80%. Many papers were "tossed aside and never opened."

Advance Quietly Seeking to Sell Parade Magazine
New York Post
Parade, the Sunday magazine, may be getting ready to march out of Advance Publications. The company is said to be quietly shopping the 73-year-old title to prospective buyers. The effort comes at a time when Advance has been busy pruning its newspaper empire.

New York Times App Bash Attracts Adult-Film Stars
New York Post
The New York Times threw a launch party for its newly launched opinion pages app that brought together such heavyweight thinkers as Bill de Blasio, David Geffen, Bob Kerry, Mia and Ronan Farrow, Arianna Huffington — and adult-film performers Stoya and James Deen.

Bloomberg Hires Ad Exec Kelley for Media Business
New York Times
Bloomberg has hired advertising exec Jacki Kelley as chief operating officer of its media business. Kelley, who was CEO for IPG Mediabrands North America, previously worked in sales and business roles at USA Today, Yahoo and Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia.

Time Inc CEO Sees Many Opportunities Beyond Print
Time Inc. chief Joe Ripp: "There's no reason we can't create blueberry muffin recipes for Kraft. So there is a range of opportunities to interact with advertisers. ... Time magazine should have more of a contributor network. Fortune should do events every year ..."

Conde Nast: We Top the Industry in Audience Growth
Press Release
"Today's release of the GfK MRI Spring 2014 data showed significant audience gains for Conde Nast. The company posted a 3.1% increase, significantly outpacing the industry. The company has the youngest and most affluent consumers among its competitive set."

Forbes, Rodale Magazines to Go Digital, Shoppable
ForbesLife magazine plans to launch its own website and app, coinciding with the luxury title's 25-year anniversary this fall. Native ads and e-commerce will soon follow. Men's Health, from Rodale, has rolled out a World Cup digital edition, which includes shoppable ad content.

New York Times Magazine Names Wasik Deputy Editor
New York Observer
Bill Wasik has been named deputy editor of the New York Times Magazine, new editor in chief Jake Silverstein has announced. Wasik is moving to New York from San Francisco, where he is currently a senior editor at Wired. He previously was a senior editor at Harpers.

Philadelphia Inquirer's Katz to Sell Stake in Company
Just 10 days after a plane crash took the life of his father, Drew Katz has confirmed that he plans to sell his stake in the Philadelphia Inquirer, Daily News and to philanthropist H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest. The sale will make Lenfest the sole owner of the media company.

Mashable Enters Access Deal for Viral Prediction Tool
Wall Street Journal
Mashable is giving Dentsu-owned digital agency 360i access to its technology that predicts what stories will go viral, the first time the publisher is opening the gates to the tool. The deal comes as more marketers look to reach consumers through relevant online content.

The Dish Turns to Video Ads to Attract Subscribers
Wall Street Journal
Andrew Sullivan, who turned his blog the Dish into a subscriber-funded website, will begin to run ads, he wrote in a blog post. But there's a twist — the video ads will be shown to non-subscribers as an inducement to get them to sign up. "We'll be dipping our toe into the ad market."

U.S. Judge OKs E-Database Settlement with Writers
A judge in New York has signed off on a revised class action settlement between publishers and freelance writers, who claimed their work had been reprinted in online databases without permission. The settlement, worth at least $10 million, was called "fair, reasonable and adequate."

Survey: Publishers Predict a Major Shift in Revenue
Folio: conducted a brief survey with its audience to gauge publishers' revenue mix and growth prospects. While the pattern of priorities remains predictable — print is still currently the major revenue source — results show the next five years hold some dramatic changes.

Time Inc Shares Dip Even as New CEO Sees Growth
Shares of Time Inc. ebbed in the magazine publisher's first trading session since its spinoff from Time Warner, even as CEO Joe Ripp vowed to expand a business he said had been starved of capital for years. "You're going to be seeing lots of acquisitions from us."

New York Times Ousted Editor Turns to Vanity Fair
Politico Playbook: "Spotted, dining with Graydon Carter at Il Cantinori, in Greenwich Village: Jill Abramson, who may do some pieces for Vanity Fair." Separately, the New York Times tonight will host a "super-A-list" party for opinion leaders to celebrate the launch of NYT Opinion.

Vanity Fair Brings Wit to New Internet Video Series
Michael Carl, Vanity Fair's fashion market director, has capitalized on his witty social media presence, translating it to video. Produced by Conde Nast Entertainment, Carl's new series, which appears on YouTube, is basically his Twitter handle, @CarlsCrush, come to life.

Glamour Goes 'All American' in Magazine Rebrand
Glamour publisher Connie Anne Phillips is unveiling a recasting of the magazine with a new brand campaign. At the core is a new tagline — "Live the life, fill it with Glamour" — and a manifesto describing the title as "unmistakably American, unwavering in its optimism."

Epicurious Makes New Hires Ahead of Relaunch
Epicurious is continuing its evolution with a slate of new hires, as Conde Nast's recipe-centric website gears up for a relaunch this summer. Said Editor in chief Nilou Motamed: "We are already seeing traffic increases as a result of our expanded content, and we're just getting started."

Politico Owner Eyes News Expansion to Brussels
Allbritton Communications, parent company of the Washington, D.C., politics website and newspaper Politico, is said to be planning an ambitious expansion to Europe, launching a news organization in Brussels on the same model it recently exported to New York.

Rookie Mag Founder Gevinson Heads to Broadway
T Magazine
Tavi Gevinson, the famous tween fashion blogger and founder of the online Rookie magazine, is turning to theater. She will soon perform in Kenneth Lonergan's play "This Is Our Youth" in Chicago. Gevinson plans to move to New York in August, when the play goes to Broadway.

BuzzFeed: 15 Crazy Facts That Will Blow Your Mind
T Magazine
No. 1: Viewers have spent 42,972 years on BuzzFeed since it was started in 2006. No. 6: Seventy-five percent of BuzzFeed's traffic comes from social media. No. 13: Last year, BuzzFeed employees consumed 5,000 gallons of coffee at the company's N.Y.C. headquarters.

Bloomberg Eyes Virtual-Reality Headset Oculus Rift
Bloomberg LP has built a prototype of its data terminal hooked up to the virtual-reality headset Oculus Rift. The company plans to show off the technology — still a long way from becoming a real product — at the Bloomberg Next Big Thing Summit in Sausalito, Calif.

News Corp Threatens to Sue Mail Online for 'Snatching'
News Corp. has threatened to sue the Mail Online's owner, Associated Newspapers, for breach of copyright and intellectual property if it does not stop "blatantly lifting content" from the company's Australian newspapers. The Mail Online "is acting like copy snatchers and parasites."

Time Inc Editors Told to Cut Expenses by 25 Percent
New York Times
On Monday, Time Inc. will begin trading as an independent company with $1.3 billion in debt. Some of the company's magazines could be sold. Time Inc. leaders are said to have told editors of the company's publications that they are to make deep cuts in staffing and other areas.

Hearst Names Insider as Editor in Chief of Redbook
New York Post
Hearst stayed low key and picked an insider as the new editor in chief of Redbook. Meredith Rollins, who has been the executive editor since 2010, is replacing Jill Herzig, who was recently tapped to be the top editor of Dr. Oz The Good Life, Hearst's title with celebrity doctor Mehmet Oz.

Conde Nast's Vanity Fair Unveils 'Curious' Campaign
New York Times
Vanity Fair is introducing a brand campaign that promotes the readers of its print, digital video and online editions as "born curious." The effort includes print, video and online, as well as a presence in social media like Facebook, Tumblr and Twitter, with the hashtag #vfborncurious.

Atlantic Media's Mobile-First Quartz Launches in India
Atlantic Media's mobile-first digital publication Quartz has gone live with its edition in India. The company said Quartz India will provide both global and India-specific business news and features. Quartz claims that its readership in India has grown some 200% year-over-year.

New York's Observer Media Shutters Scene Magazine
New York Post
Observer Media Group's Scene magazine, which focused on New York City power players, has shuttered, reportedly due to financial reasons. "Scene wasn't growing, and it was best for Observer Media to focus on other resources," said former editor in chief Peter Davis.

New York Times Names Journalist to Cover Publishing
Talking Biz News
New York Times media editor Peter Lattman: "I am pleased to announce that Alexandra Alter will join the Times as our publishing-industry reporter. Alexandra has covered books and publishing at the Wall Street Journal for the past five years, focusing on features and analytical pieces."

Salt Lake Tribune Acquisition Mulled by Huntsman Sr
Associated Press
Jon Huntsman Sr., the industrialist and philanthropist, has expressed an interest in buying the Salt Lake Tribune, saying its independent news voice is crucial to Utah. But he said the Justice Department has put a clamp on any negotiations amid changes to a joint operating agreement.

Gannett Breakup Seen Likely as Media Splits Pay Off
A breakup of Gannett "is really just a matter of Time." The $6.6 billion owner of USA Today and other newspapers "isn't getting much credit for its TV transformation." As Time Warner sets free its publishing arm this week, an analysis suggests Gannett should do the same.

Time Warner's Time Inc Spinoff Faces Test in Digital
Time Inc. debuts Friday as the only U.S. public company focused just on magazines, putting more pressure on the publisher to adapt quickly to the Internet. The company won't have the help of other business lines that might shore up its still-falling advertising and circulation revenue.

Time Inc CEO to Ring Opening Bell at Stock Exchange
New York Post
Time Inc. CEO Joe Ripp will ring the opening bell of the New York Stock Exchange on Monday — the first day of trading for the new public company. It will be the first time that Time has been a public stock since its 1990 merger with Warner Communications created Time Warner.

Johnson Publishes Final Print Issue of Jet Magazine
Chicago Business
The final print issue of Jet magazine will hit newsstands on June 9. Parent Johnson Publishing has released the cover layout for Jet's final issue. The cover salutes the magazine's history with images of covers throughout the title's 63-year history. Jet's new app launches June 30.

Curtis Hires Bank for Sale of Robb Report Magazine
New York Post
The Robb Report, the small magazine for the super elite audience, is on the block. The company has been owned since 2002 by William Curtis, a magazine entrepreneur who at various times owned Worth magazine and various regional magazines in upscale communities.

Dennis Requires Writers to Create Native Ad Content
Dennis Interactive has rewritten writer contracts at the company to include the requirement to produce commercial content. "What we found best is when the [sponsor] content is produced by the existing editorial teams. A lot of people keep it separate. That's missing the point."

Atlantic's The Wire News Website Names Top Editor
New York Observer
Dashiell Bennett has been named editor of The Atlantic's news website The Wire. The position has been vacant since Gabriel Snyder left in January. "We looked long and hard for the best person," Atlantic co-presidents James Bennet and Bob Cohn said in an announcement.

New York Times Releases Opinion Subscription App
Next Web
The New York Times has unveiled NYT Opinion, a new digital subscription that offers readers a cheaper bundle of articles focused on commentary and analysis. For $6 per month (or $1.50 per week) news junkies can access all of the articles in the publication's online opinion section.

Time Inc Could Revisit Magazine Merger with Meredith
In early 2013, Time Warner held talks with Meredith about selling Time Inc. magazines to its rival. While the deal fell apart, it could make more sense after Time Inc. is spun off. The two companies "could revisit" merger talks. A Time Inc.-Meredith union "makes a lot of sense on paper."

News Corp UK Phone-Hacking Trial Nearing the End
Wall Street Journal
The judge in the phone-hacking trial of former News Corp. exec Rebekah Brooks and six others has begun his summary of the proceedings, marking the final phase of the trial. The jury is expected to retire to consider its verdict next week. The trial began last October.

Hearst Names Yahoo VP to Digital Magazine Position
Lee Sosin has been named SVP of Hearst Magazines Digital Media, which is comprised of 18 magazine websites. Sosin most recently was VP of strategic solutions at Yahoo. Sosin "has the creativity, talent and experience to create branded content that entertains our audience."

Conde Nast's Wired Mag Retreat to Host Yahoo CEO
Wired editor in chief Scott Dadich has found another way to fete the intersection between design and culture. The magazine will launch its October design issue with a two-day retreat held in Marin County, Calif. Scheduled participants include Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer.

Time Inc's People Raises Eyebrows with Hillary Cover
Wall Street Journal
Hillary Clinton's appearance on the cover of the People magazine has raised eyebrows — and not for her comments on a potential U.S. presidential run. Due to the way the cover was cropped, Clinton's pose at first glance could resemble that of someone leaning on a walker.

Hearst's UK Elle Bashed Over 'Racist' Pharrell Photo
Daily Mail
The U.K. edition of Elle magazine has come under fire for its latest cover, which features music star Pharrell Williams sporting a feathered headdress. Social media users have branded the "racist" because the headpiece is a sacred symbol for Native Americans.

American Lawyer Publisher Sold Back to Wasserstein
American Lawyer publisher ALM Media, which was once controlled by Bruce Wasserstein, has been sold to the late Wall Street dealmaker's investment firm Wasserstein & Co. ALM, which in 2005 changed its name from American Lawyer Media, was formed by U.S. Equity Partners.

Washington Post Hires Editor for New Mobile Initiative
Kerry Lauerman is joining the Washington Post as a senior editor to lead a new mobile project. Lauerman, a former editor in chief of, "is especially well-equipped for an initiative focused on the fast-growing mobile readership." He has the "journalistic chops."

Bloomberg Taps Wall Street Journal Online Veteran
Capital New York
Bill Grueskin, a Wall Street Journal veteran and academic dean at the Columbia Journalism School, is joining Bloomberg L.P. in a role that will help streamline how news offerings are presented to the company's financial subscribers and consumer audience.

Daily Beast CEO to Depart Amid Leadership Changes
Capital New York
The Daily Beast is making management changes, five months after parting ways with founding editor Tina Brown. CEO Rhona Murphy plans to leave her post this summer. Owner IAC is bringing in Sarah Chubb, who recently left the e-commerce firm Gilt, as a senior advisor.

Vice Media Eyed by Law Firm Over Unpaid Interns
Capital New York
The law firm that sued Conde Nast, Hearst, NBCUniversal and others for using unpaid interns has set its sights on Vice Media. "We believe that Vice may have violated federal and state wage and hour laws by using interns to perform work and failing to pay them wages."

BuzzFeed Editor Bests New York Times's on Twitter
Most U.S. newspaper editors don't have thousands of social-media followers like the editors of BuzzFeed. New York Times top editor Dean Baquet has not tweeted yet, despite having 6,000 followers. BuzzFeed top editor Ben Smith has tweeted 81,000 times, boasting 178,000 followers.

Conde Nast to Create College Courses, Credentials
Inside Higher Ed
Conde Nast magazines plan team up with universities to create a set of accredited certificate programs and eventually master's-degree programs. Conde writers and editors will contribute subject matter expertise and the publisher will provide financial backing to the partnerships.

Time Inc's People Cuts Jobs, All You Publisher Exits
Advertising Age
People magazine is said to have lost roughly a dozen staff members to layoffs and buyouts. Also, Diane Oshin, group publisher of All You and Cooking Light magazines, is exiting. The moves come just before parent Time Inc. starts to trade independently of Time Warner on Monday.

Hearst Nabs Conde Veteran for New Travel Magazine
Former Conde Nast Traveler editor in chief Klara Glowczewska has a new gig at Hearst. The rival publisher named Glowczewska travel editor at large at Town & Country. Beyond contributing to the magazine, Glowczewska will play a role in the relaunch of the new Town & Country Travel.

Playboy Names Chiefs for Revenue, Digital Content
Playboy has hired two key execs for new roles. Matthew Mastrangelo has been named as chief revenue officer and Cory Jones has been tapped as SVP of digital content. Mastrangelo is a veteran of Self, Rolling Stone and Men's Journal. Jones was most recently with

Domino Splits Up Editing Duties of Relaunched Brand
New York Post
Michelle Adams, editor in chief of the relaunched Domino, is packing it in and heading back to Michigan. The print and online editing jobs that she was doing will be split in two. Domino is minority owned by Conde Nast, the magazine's original publisher before it folded in 2009.

GQ Editor's 'Horrible' Hollywood Boss Strikes Back
Hollywood Reporter
When GQ top editor Jim Nelson wrote "The Horrible Bosses of Hollywood" — a "Devil Wears Prada"-esque memoir in the magazine's May issue — he hid the identities of the two TV showrunners he worked for 25 years ago. But just barely. Other TV writers quickly deciphered their identities.

Bauer Media Launches UK Dating Website Flirtify
The Drum
Bauer Media has launched an online dating service called Flirtify. The service is aimed at "modern, tech savvy singles" in the U.K. and will target its audience through social media and blogs. Flirtify will "combine an on-the-go mobile platform with a traditional dating website."

Washington Post Digital Video Heads to Europe, LatAm
Online video news network Zoomin.TV has announced a licensing agreement with the Washington Post to deliver video produced by the newspaper's digital video channel, PostTV, in Europe and Latin America. The Washington Post launched its video initiative last summer.

Orange County Register Announces Buyouts, Layoffs
Orange County Register
The owner of the Orange County Register has announced a major restructuring that includes staff furloughs, voluntary newsroom buyouts, layoffs and the consolidation of the company's Long Beach, Calif., newspaper with the Los Angeles Register six days a week.

Byliner Digital Publisher Seeks Partners Amid Struggles
New York Times
Byliner, a three-year-old company that publishes literary journalism and fiction online and as e-books, has told its contributors that it has been struggling and is seeking partners to ensure its future. "We've struggled to reach the level of growth we'd been hoping for the business."

Conde Nast Moving 200 Staffers Downtown This Month
Capital New York
Conde Nast is said to be moving 200 employees to lower Manhattan this month ahead of a bigger migration this fall, when the rest of its workforce will begin populating 1 World Trade Center. Members of the tech group, archives team and Conde Nast Entertainment will begin relocating.

Time Inc to Acquire Family Organizer App Maker Cozi
Geek Wire
Time Inc. has acquired Cozi, a Seattle-based tech company with a portfolio of mobile and digital family organizing tools, for an undisclosed amount. The company, with about 10 million users, developed a website and mobile app designed to help families better schedule activities.

Sports Illustrated to Kick Off 'Planet Futbol' Website
Just in time for the World Cup, Sports Illustrated will expand its soccer blog, Planet Futbol, into a stand-alone website. SI made a similar move last year when it launched MMQB, a spinoff site based on football writer Peter King's Monday Morning Quarterback blog.

Rolling Stone Launches Country Music Website, Issue
Rolling Stone has gone country. The new Rolling Stone Country website will be run by head Gus Wenner. "We're starting Rolling Stone Country out of a deep love for the music," he said. The next Rolling Stone issue hitting newsstands will be the title's first-ever country issue.

Vogue Partnership Makes Instagram Feed Shoppable
Those in the market for a new scarf can now save themselves a trip to the store and buy one directly from a Vogue Instagram post. One of the most iconic names in fashion publishing has found a way to monetize its brand on Instagram. The title's Instagram feed is now shoppable.

WSJ Magazine Preps Launch of Latin American Edition
WSJ. Magazine is turning its gaze to Latin America. The title, which is included in the Wall Street Journal 12 times a year, will launch a Latin American edition this fall. Translated in both Portuguese and Spanish, the magazine will be distributed four times a year, starting Oct. 10.

New York Times Journalist Faces Jail Over CIA Leaks
New York Times
The Supreme Court has turned down an appeal from James Risen, a reporter for the New York Times facing jail for refusing to identify a confidential source. The court's one-line order gave no reasons but effectively sided with the government in the confrontation.

Philadelphia Newspapers Former CEO Tierney Returns
Philadelphia Daily News
Former Philadelphia newspapers CEO Brian Tierney is coming back to advise the new ownership of the Inquirer and Daily News on gaining more advertising — one of a flurry of personnel moves announced in the wake of the private-jet crash that took the life of co-owner Lewis Katz.

Huffington Slams 'Double Standard' in the Workplace
Successful women are stigmatized as "abrasive, difficult and demanding," according to Arianna Huffington. "There is no question that there is still a double standard, where words that are being used around successful women are not being used around successful men."

Bloomberg Hires Time Inc Veteran for Revenue Chief
Wall Street Journal
The terminal business may be Bloomberg's main moneymaker, but Justin Smith, the newly-minted CEO of the company's media unit, has promised a "new direction" to lure ad dollars to Bloomberg's financially beleaguered news side. Now Smith has the man he hopes can do it: Paul Caine.

Gannett's Shares Could Rise 40% on Local Gambit
Gannett's media outlets are spread across the country, with TV stations in 22 states and newspapers in 30 states. Local is seen as a key ingredient by both company management and investors. "Gannett has a set of toll bridges that you have to cross to get to 35% of the U.S."

Philadelphia Inquirer Owner Katz Dies in Plane Crash
Philadelphia Inquirer
Lewis Katz, co-owner of the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News, died Saturday night in the crash of a private jet at a Massachusetts airfield. Just last week, Katz and H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest bought out their partners in the company that owns the newspapers for $88 million.

Washington Post Former Chief Buys Into Screw Jacks
Washington Post
Graham Holdings, run by former Washington Post chairman Donald Graham, has acquired Joyce/Dayton, an Ohio-based manufacturer of screw jacks and related products. Graham Holdings said it is "investing in companies with demonstrated earnings potential."

Time Inc, Conde Nast Ditch Swanky Offices for Savings
Time Inc. and Conde Nast, stalwarts of the midtown New York media scene, plan to relocate to new offices downtown, where they will join other emigrants like Newsweek, the Daily News and American Media Inc. The Time & Life Building "no longer holds historic resonance."

Conde Nast Among World Trade Center's Few Tenants
Only 55% of One World Trade Center, the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, has been leased. And with its grand opening just months away, the building's owners plan to cut rent prices. Conde Nast is among four businesses that have taken space so far.

Source Interlink Magazine Distributor to Cut 6,000 Jobs
Wall Street Journal
Source Interlink, one of the biggest U.S. distributors of magazines, said it will soon end "substantially all" of its business operations, putting its 6,000 employees out of work. "Consumers are buying fewer magazines at newsstands today, which is the primary issue."

Time Inc Prepares for Life on Its Own with Digital Push
Wall Street Journal
Time Inc. will become a stand-alone company on Friday. In preparation, CEO Joe Ripp has cut the staff, added digital experts and plans more online video. The company's plans include a digital streaming network called 120 Sports that is intended for younger viewers.

Fortune, Money: It's Time to Launch New Websites
New York Post
Fortune and Money, losing their anchor positions at CNNMoney, have launched new websites. "We were never able to optimize the Fortune brand on the web," said Fortune top editor Andy Serwer. Monday is Fortune 500 day, which should boost traffic to the new site.

CNNMoney Grows as Website Loses Fortune, Money
Talking Biz News
CNNMoney has introduced major changes to its website as a result of its parent company spinning off its magazine operation. The changes include new sections covering luxury and media news, an expanded tech news section and an increased emphasis on digital video.

Conde Nast Traveler's New App Aims to Strike 'Gold'
Conde Nast Traveler has created a new app called the Gold List, which highlights the best hotel and resort properties and cruise lines, bars and restaurants worldwide. The app follows the magazine's new direction under Pilar Guzman, who was named editor in chief in September.

Vice, Gawker Engage in Hipster Digital News Battle
Vice and Gawker both do journalism in new and unconventional ways. Would you be shocked to learn they don't get along? Vice, en-vicened by a Gawker item, has lashed out at the website, saying it "openly traffics in rumor, innuendo and in many cases straight-up bulls----."

Huffington Post to Put Emphasis on 'Leaning Back'
News and politics remains the Huffington Post's No. 1 content category, but lifestyle and well-being has grown to become No. 2. HuffPost has transitioned from "primarily a politics and news site" into "a thought leader in how we live our lives," said boss Arianna Huffington. Hollywood Website Launch Delayed
According to a tweet posted on the @NikkiFinke account on Twitter: "Nikki Finke's Hollywood coverage will go live on June 12th, due to late-breaking developments." The journalist's dormant, self-named website had earlier posted: " goes live 6/2/2014."

BuzzFeed to Clearly Designate Sponsored Content
BuzzFeed has revamped how it specifies sponsored content. The website will now label branded content with a small, bold yellow box stating it is "promoted by" a particular marketer, and brand pages will be labeled "brand publisher" instead of "featured partner."

Scripps Spelling Bee Names Two Boys as Champions
Associated Press
For the first time in 52 years, two spellers were declared co-champions of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Sriram Hathwar, age 14, and Ansun Sujoe, age 13, shared the title after a riveting final-round duel in which they nearly exhausted the 25 designated championship words.

New York Times Editor Discusses Firing of Abramson
Dean Baquet, the new executive editor of the New York Times, said that the firing of his predecessor, Jill Abramson, had hinged on failed relationships with her boss and her deputies. "I mean it when I say that three years from now nobody is going to remember this."

News Corp: Summary Due in UK Phone-Hacking Trial
Wall Street Journal
The judge in the U.K. phone-hacking trial is expected next week to begin summarizing seven months of testimony, the final step before the jury retires to reach a verdict. Former News Corp. editors Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson have pleaded not guilty to charges.

Source Interlink Folds 12 Magazines, Lays Off Dozens
Advertising Age
Source Interlink Media, publisher of Motor Trend and Automobile magazines, has folded 12 titles as part of a broad restructuring that claimed dozens of employees, including half the editorial staff at Automobile. "We're no longer in neutral. We're now in gear."

Time Inc's People Boosts Coverage of Digital Culture
Capital New York
People magazine is about it get its first significant overhaul since Jess Cagle took the reins of the celebrity title five months ago. People's front-of-book section, "Picks and Pans," will be replaced with a new franchise that better reflects the ways people consume culture online.

Prometheus to Buy Mediabistro Assets for $8 Million
Crain's New York
Prometheus Global Media, which has made a business out of revamping vintage media properties like The Hollywood Reporter, has agreed to buy certain assets of Mediabistro. The $8 million price tag marks a steep discount on the $20 million that was paid for the company in 2007. Hollywood Site to Go Live on Monday
Nikki Finke is said to be ready to return, after being in purgatory for seven months since a public split from Deadline, the website she founded, and its parent company, Penske Media. Last week, her dormant, self-named website posted: " goes live 6/2/2014."

Huffington Calls On Media, Marketers to Fight Burnout
"The marketing industry, like the media industry, is 24/7," said Huffington Post boss Arianna Huffington. "There's nothing that kills creativity faster than burnout. We are undermining ourselves by buying in to the myth, the collective delusion, that burnout is the way to succeed."

Survey: Execs Prefer Email Newsletters to Get News
Nieman Lab
A survey of business execs from Atlantic Media's Quartz has found that one of the oldest digital formats — the email newsletter — remains one of the most popular ways they get their news. The survey also found that only 40% of media execs said they pay for digital news.

News Corp Former Digital Exec Joins Spark Capital
Wall Street Journal
Spark Capital, an early-stage venture investor whose hits include Twitter, Tumblr and Oculus, has raised a growth-stage fund with former News Corp. exec Jeremy Philips as one of the partners. Philips led the digital acquisition strategy at News Corp. He left in 2010.

Hearst Mags Former Chief Joins Board of PubMatic
Cathie Black, former chairman and president of Hearst Magazines, has joined the board of PubMatic, the supply-side platform. "I'm drawn to companies whose missions are aligned with the interests of publishers," said Black, a former president and publisher of USA Today.

Tribune Puts Chicago Riverfront Property on Market
Crain's Chicago
Tribune CEO Peter Liguori's plan to squeeze more value out of the company's real estate has been taking shape, with the Chicago Tribune seeking to lease or sell a five-acre property on the Chicago River that had been a major newspaper distribution facility.

Conde Nast Drafting a 'Magna Carta' for Native Ads
Advertising Age
Conde Nast has asked its editors and publishers to review a 4,000-word document that lays out how the company will handle native advertising. In codifying its handling of the tactic, Conde is breaking from rivals Hearst and Time Inc., which have avoided putting policies on paper.

Newsweek Strikes Deal to Expand Foreign Editions
Capital New York
Newsweek has entered a partnership with global media consultancy Empirical Media to strike new foreign licensing agreements for the print magazine and its website. The company said it is "seeing increasing interest" in its editorial since the brand's re-launch.

Cosmo Puts Perry on Cover of 62 Foreign Editions
Daily News
Katy Perry will be featured as Cosmopolitan's cover girl for 62 editions all over the world for the month of July. The pop star is the first person ever to receive this recognition from the magazine. "Katy's music and attitude have universal appeal to young women everywhere."

Forbes: Oprah is 'Most Powerful Woman' in Media
Is Anna Wintour more powerful than Diane von Furstenberg? According to Forbes's "100 Most Powerful Women" list, the answer is yes. The rankings are based on money, media presence, spheres of influence and impact. Oprah Winfrey, at No. 14, is the "most powerful woman" in media.

The Hill to Add Hundreds of Online Contributors
The Hill has launched a "Contributors" section on its website, aiming to host hundreds of policy experts with a broad range of political viewpoints. The Washington, D.C., policy publication insisted the new section will not change the shape of its original reporting and analysis.

Washington Post Signs 100 Newspapers to Program
Some 100 newspapers across the U.S. will participate in the Washington Post's new partner program, which makes the paper's digital content available for free to paid subscribers of other publications. The program was begun after the Post was acquired by Jeff Bezos last year.

News Corp's Sun No Longer Most-Read UK Newspaper
Press Gazette
The Mail has become the most-read newspaper brand in the U.K., according to a new national readership survey. A year ago News Corp.'s the Sun was the most read U.K. newspaper, but it has seen a significant readership decline. The Sun added an online paywall in August.

Amazon Won't Talk to Washington Post for Article
Jeff Bezos's Amazon did not respond to requests for comment from the Washington Post, the newspaper he owns, regarding a dispute between the bookseller and publisher Hachette. When the Post reached out to the boss's company for a story, Amazon "would not comment."

Washington Post: Amazon's Bezos is Investing in Us
New York Post
Martin Baron, executive editor of the Washington Post, said that his contacts with the newspaper's new owner, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, are "pretty constant, but it is not as if he is running the business day to day." Baron was speaking on a media panel held by I Want Media.

Philadelphia Inquirer in Sale Deal with Minority Owners
USA Today
The ownership of Philadelphia's two largest newspapers changed hands again after minority owners Lewis Katz and Gerry Lenfest emerged victorious in a bidding war against other owners. Katz and Lenfest won the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News with an $88 million bid.

Gannett Buys Authenticated Hotel Review Site HotelMe
Digital Media Wire
Gannett has acquired HotelMe, a website providing authenticated user-generated hotel reviews. Launched as a joint venture between Gannett, USA Today Travel Media Group and District Hospitality Partners, HotelMe verifies whether writers stayed at the properties they reviewed.

News Corp Aussie Paper Shows Kate's Bare Bottom
One of Rupert Murdoch's Australian newspapers has published a picture showing the bare bottom of Prince William's wife Kate, refusing to follow a "ridiculous" ban imposed by British media. The image ran in the Sydney Daily Telegraph a day after it appeared in German tabloid Bild.

Time Inc Halts Sales to Leading Wholesale Distributor
Dow Jones
Time Inc. said it will halt sales to its second-largest wholesale distributor because it hasn't been paying the magazine publisher. As a result, Time expects to post about $7 million in bad-debt expense and won't be able to recognize roughly $19 million of net sales for the second quarter.

Bloomberg Businessweek Resets Its Creative Team
After Richard Turley vacated the creative director role at Bloomberg Businessweek for a job at MTV, editor Josh Tyrangiel was left with an open spot on his roster and a chance to shake up his creative team. Tyrangiel has promoted two staffers, including Rob Vargas to creative director.

Cosmopolitan to Launch Fun Fearless Life Conference
Cosmopolitan magazine plans to expand its reach with the launch of Fun Fearless Life, a two-day conference. The event is geared toward women in their 20s who are looking for career advice and inspiration. The first conference will take place in New York in November.

Men's Health, Maxim Linked to 'Unwanted Behavior'
Seattle Weekly
A researcher at Washington State University has released a joint study linking men's magazine readership to a higher likelihood of "unwanted behavior" between men and women. "Plainly, young men who read these publications are less likely to respect another's boundaries."

News Corp to Publish Print Newspapers for 'Decades'
News Corp. has committed to publishing its newspapers in print for many "decades," as part of a multiplatform proposition spanning the web, smartphones and tablets, according to CEO Robert Thomson. "People have failed to articulate enough the power of print as a platform."

Axel Springer Tabloid Publishes 'Bare' Middleton Photo
Daily Beast
German tabloid Bild has published a photo of Kate Middleton’s apparently bare backside, revealed when a gust of wind blew her skirt up on tour in Australia. The publication said, "Photos show our favorite duchess." The photo was offered to U.K. media, which dutifully turned it down.

New York Times Bashed on Billboard Over Abramson
New York Post
The New York Times doesn't have to look far to realize the Jill Abramson drama is not going away anytime soon. A pro-Israel group has put up a gigantic sign across from the Times's headquarters, calling out the Grey Lady for being unfair to its ousted editor.

Washington Post Signs Lease for New Headquarters
Washington Post
After a more than year-long search, the Washington Post has finalized a lease for its new headquarters at 1301 K Street NW. Called One Franklin Square, the building is about three blocks from the offices at 15th and L Streets NW that the newspaper has called home since 1950.

Dow Jones: Barron's Preps Launch of Edition in Asia
Talking Biz News
Barron's, the weekly financial newspaper from Dow Jones & Co., plans to launch an edition in Asia this fall. A managing editor will be based in Hong Kong and oversee Barron's Asia, an English-language paid website written for investors in both Asia and the United States.

Time Inc's Spinoff Prospects Make for Good Reading
Barron's / USA Today
Time Inc. could be in a position to return increasing amounts of cash to shareholders. And there is a chance that a strategic or a financial buyer might one day show up and buy the whole company. Also: Time Warner "doesn't want Time Inc., but there are many savvy buyers who do."

Conde Nast, Meredith Won't Put Ads on Mag Covers
Wall Street Journal
Don't expect many other publishers to follow Time Inc.'s lead in deciding to put ads on the cover of its magazines. Spokesmen for two other leading magazine companies, Conde Nast and Meredith, said they don't have any plans to put ads on their publications' covers.

Hearst Magazines Veteran Editor Mazzola Dies at 90
Anthony Mazzola, former editor in chief of Town & Country and Harper's Bazaar, and the curator of Hearst's fine art collection, has died in New York at age 90. Mazzola "was a dynamic member of the Hearst Magazines family for more than 65 years," said Hearst CEO Steve Swartz.

Time Inc Subsidiary Sees Mags as 'Burning Platform'
British magazine bosses heard a rallying cry to transform their business at an annual industry conference. Marcus Rich, CEO of Time Inc. U.K. subsidiary IPC Media, told his peers that it is imperative for magazines to be transformed from a "burning platform into a growth business."

Medium Blogging Platform Evolves Into Online Mag
New York Times
Medium, the blogging platform from Twitter's Evan Williams, aims to be a place for both professional writers and hobbyists. Medium "now tracks as a kind of online magazine." Parts of the site could eventually operate under a subscription model, or brands could pay to publish there.

BuzzFeed to Shutter Partner Network in Video Push
BuzzFeed said it has decided to wind down its partner network: "Its place has changed as the industry has evolved. We are focused on BuzzFeed Video, and will be shifting the structure of the partner network to a select group of new partners, solely focused around video."

I Want Media Forum: Media Pros Offer Notable Quotes
Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes proclaimed his distaste for the term "media" at an I Want Media-sponsored "Future of Media" panel discussion. Given the many formats and delivery mechanisms media come in, it may be understandable to not want to lump them all together.

Conde Nast, Google Team for Programmatic Ad Deals
Advertising Age
Conde Nast is tightening its ties with Google as it attempts to transact more of its ad sales through "programmatic" technologies. The publisher was an early-adopter of this technology, but now it's doubling down. "We are merging programmatic and direct digital sales together."

Time Inc in 'Incentive' Deal for Move to Lower Manhattan
Daily News
Time Inc. will get $10 million in taxpayer subsidies to relocate from its iconic Midtown office to a new space at Brookfield Place in Lower Manhattan in 2015. The deal is part of an "incentive package" by state economic development officials to keep the company in the city.

Playboy Sues Blog Over Magazine Images of Kate Moss
New York Post
Playboy has slapped the culture blog Black Book with a copyright lawsuit in Manhattan federal court, alleging the website reproduced images of model Kate Moss without consent. The pictures used were art of Moss's cover spread in Playboy's 60th-anniversary special in December.

News Corp's Only U.S. Phone-Hacking Lawsuit Dismissed
A judge has dismissed the U.S.-based phone-hacking lawsuit against News Corp. filed last June by a stunt double for Angelina Jolie. News Corp. lawyers had argued that the case should be tossed from U.S. courts because plaintiff Eunice Huthart was using a U.K. mobile phone.

New York Times Publisher Sulzberger Engaged to Marry
New York Post
New York Times chief Arthur Sulzberger Jr. is said to be engaged to girlfriend Gabrielle Greene, with a wedding set for summer. Greene is a partner at private-equity firm Rustic Canyon/Fontis Partners. The engagement happened before Sulzberger fired editor Jill Abramson.

Financial Times Tests Selling Advertisers 'Blocks of Time'
The Drum
The Financial Times is set to begin selling "blocks of time" to advertisers. The newspaper publisher has been testing a method in which the amount of time users are exposed to ads is measured and clients can buy inventory using a currency of ad time rather than ad space.

Mail Online's Soaring Revenues to Offset Print Ad Decline
Mail Online has increased its revenues by 45% in the six months to the end of March, offsetting the decline in sales and advertising at the Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday. The Mail Online juggernaut shows no sign of slowing — helped by an expected doubling in revenues at its U.S. business.

Time Inc to Start Running Ads on Magazine Covers
Advertising Age
Time Inc., the nation's largest magazine publisher, is running Verizon Wireless ads this week and next on the cover of two of its most iconic titles, Time and Sports Illustrated. The ads are tiny, but their arrival puts a big crack in the longstanding tradition that kept ads off magazine covers.

Hearst's Esquire Embraces Online Sponsored Content
Rather than treating sponsored content like an embarrassing and unsightly relative, Esquire heralds it as the key to unlocking the Hearst publication's creative potential. "We work very closely with the editors about what content they would be willing to have sponsored."

Conde Nast's Youngest Mag Editor 'Likes' Social Media
Eva Chen, Lucky magazine's editor in chief, said she reaches for her phone when she first gets up every morning. "I look at Twitter to see the headlines," said the 34-year-old Chen. "It's become my news aggregator. Then I check my Instagram. I need to be connected to the Internet 24/7."

Huffington Post Shifts Editors Ahead of Debut in India
Capital New York
The Huffington Post has reshuffled its masthead, replacing managing editor Jimmy Soni with national editor Kate Palmer. Soni will leave the No. 3 editorial position and head to India, where HuffPost plans to launch a new edition. "It has been Jimmy's dream to spearhead the launch."

Bloomberg Names Managing Director for Asia-Pacific
Talking Biz News
Parry Ravindranathan has been appointed as the first managing director of Bloomberg Media Asia Pacific, responsible for leading Bloomberg’s entire platform of web, mobile, television, digital video, print magazines and live events. Ravindranathan will be based out of Hong Kong.

Halifax Media to Buy Worcester Telegram & Gazette
Telegram & Gazette
Halifax Media has agreed to buy the Worcester Telegram & Gazette from John Henry, owner of the Red Sox and the Boston Globe. The deal ends a bidding process set in motion last November when Henry said he would sell the newspaper, which he acquired along with the Globe.

New York Times Ousted Editor Contributes to HuffPost
Washington Post
Jill Abramson, the recently deposed New York Times top editor, has written a remembrance of Arthur Gelb for the Huffington Post. Abramson was not paid for her writing. HuffPost offers a "platform for views and opinions for which we do not offer compensation," said a spokeswoman.

New York Times Report Eyed by Fellow Publishers
The New York Times's Innovation report was meant for employees alone, but since the document leaked last week, it has reverberated throughout the publishing industry. "We should thank the Times for doing months of expensive work for the rest of us!" said one magazine editor.

Time Inc Unvested Staffers to Lose Options in Spinoff
New York Post
Time Inc. people were told late last week that any unvested Time Warner stock options will be forfeited once the publishing operation is spun off and begins trading as its own company on June 6. Stock options are usually made to build loyalty among long-term employees.

Conde Nast Traveler Hopes to Add 1,000 Contributors
Some publishers are finding that the easiest way to build audience scale is by opening up their websites to outside contributors. Conde Nast Traveler plans to start with 25 outside contributors when it relaunches its site this summer, and aims to increase that figure to 1,000 over time.

BuzzFeed Among Web Publishers Launching in India
BuzzFeed has announced plans to expand the company into India with an office opening in Mumbai. But it's not the first U.S. digitally-native publisher to move into the territory. Quartz India launches next month; Business Insider has been in India since last September.

First Look Media to Launch Investigative News Website
First Look Media, founded by Pierre Omidyar, plans to launch a website investigating corporate and political corruption, led by former Rolling Stone journalist Matt Taibbi. The as-yet-unnamed site is due to launch later this year, drawing on Taibbi's experience reporting on Wall Street.

Minyanville Seeks Buyer, Says Online Model is 'Broken'
Wall Street Journal
Todd Harrison, who 13 years ago founded Minyanville, an independent financial news and commentary website, said he is tired of "fighting for the next click." The online media model is "broken." In a post on his website, Harrison said that he is putting Minyanville up for sale.

Drudge Deletes All of His Tweets, Leaves One Message
Washington Times
If Matt Drudge was going for mystery, he hit it. The world-known web news headliner has cleaned his Twitter account of all tweets, except for a single, solitary message that strikes a somewhat ominous tone: "In this manic Digital Age ... It's vital ... To clear your mind ... Constantly."

Guardian Grabs Top Digital Exec from New York Times
Aron Pilhofer, a senior digital exec at the New York Times, has been appointed to the role of executive editor of digital at the publisher of the Guardian newspaper and Pilhofer is "terrifically talented" and "clearly understands the future of digital journalism."

New York Times Chief Praises Ousted Editor Abramson
Arthur Sulzberger, chairman of the New York Times, has praised Jill Abramson as a fighter for freedom of the press, a week after dismissing her as top editor. "Jill Abramson is a powerful and outspoken advocate for freedom. I will always admire Jill's commitment to this issue."

New York Post, Daily News Headlines Bashed by Mayor
New York Times
New York mayor Bill de Blasio has issued an unusual and stern rebuke of the city's tabloid newspapers, calling on them to apologize for publishing front-page headlines that suggested his wife had admitted to being a reluctant mother. The mayor called the coverage "disturbing."

Glamour to Launch Title's 17th Global Edition in Iceland
An Icelandic edition of Glamour magazine will launch next year under license with 365 Media Group, the island's leading print, digital and broadcast media company. "Iceland is a dynamic market, and we believe there will be a strong demand for the brand in print and digitally."

Vogue's Wintour to Host Fundraiser Featuring Obama
President Obama will be the star attraction at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser hosted by Vogue editor Anna Wintour. Invitations to the Wintour-hosted fete on June 17 were recently distributed. Wintour was one of Obama's fundraisers during his 2012 reelection bid.

Allure Taps YouTube Talent for Beauty Video Network
Conde Nast has launched an initiative to spruce up one of its newest offerings. The new Allure Insiders network consists of beauty experts who will provide content for Allure's online video channel. The magazine has included YouTube talent in its group of style influencers.

Glamour Dayparts Digital Content Like Broadcast TV
Glamour has examined traffic to its website and found that at different times of day, people are visiting for different reasons. So rather than have writers file all stories at night for posting in the morning, Glamour has finessed its approach, not unlike dayparting in broadcast TV programming.

Playboy to Offer 60 Years of Models on
Playboy is celebrating its 60th birthday this year. So far the celebration has included a robust anniversary issue that kicked off 2014 and a rerelease of its inaugural issue. Now, the magazine has launched, dedicated to the history of the brand's iconic Playmates.

Vogue Creative Chief Kicked Off Instagram Over Sketch
New York
Vogue creative director Grace Coddington was temporarily banned from Instagram for posting a self-portrait sketch of herself reclining in a beach chair without a top, promoting her Paddle8 "No Clothes" auction. Her account was removed for violating an Instagram clause.

'Paywall' Among Words Added to Webster's Dictionary
Wall Street Journal
You probably know what a "selfie" is, but what about "gamification"? Both words from the worlds of technology and social media are among the 150 that Merriam-Webster said it is adding to its collegiate dictionary. Other additions: "paywall," "crowdfunding," "hashtag," "unfriend."

Bloomberg Media Hires Guardian Veteran for New Role
Bloomberg Media has named former Guardian commercial leader Adam Freeman as its first managing director for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. In his new role, the London-based Freeman will be responsible for leading Bloomberg's multi-platform media operation.

Time Inc, Hearst Jumpstart Apps with Freemium Model
Time Inc. now offers several apps that let users access a top layer of content for free but requires them to shell out for a deeper dive. "You have to establish a value proposition." Other publishers are following suit. Hearst is in the early stages of developing its own freemium products.

Tribune Publishing Spinoff Likely to Bring Asset Sales
Crain's Chicago
Shares of spinoff Tribune Publishing are expected to start trading around midyear. The stock, which will trade on the New York Stock Exchange, likely will attract speculators banking on CEO Jack Griffin auctioning off the newspapers, either one at a time or in a block.

Pittsburgh Newspaper Publisher Says He Has Cancer
Associated Press
Richard Mellon Scaife, publisher of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, said he has an untreatable form of cancer. Scaife, who is also owner of Trib Total Media, learned of his diagnosis recently. He is an heir to the Mellon banking fortune and a notable backer of conservative causes.

New York Times New Editor to 'Move with Urgency'
As Dean Baquet takes over as top editor of the New York Times, a looming question hovers beyond the scandal surrounding Jill Abramson's ousting: How will Baquet handle the digital transformation? Baquet has told staff he will "move with urgency" on the internal digital "innovation" report.

New York Post Faced Threat of Murdoch Audiotape
Media critic Michael Wolff claims he stopped a flurry of negative New York Post articles targeting him by threatening Rupert Murdoch with the release of audiotapes he made with the media mogul. "My threat of wide distribution of the tapes killed the Post story at once."

New York Times Nabs Financial Times Media Journo
Talking Biz News
New York Times media editor Peter Lattman sent out the following announcement on Friday: "We are pleased to announce that Emily Steel will join the Times as a media reporter covering the television industry. Emily spent six years at the Journal and the last two at the FT."

Vox, Circa Among Startups Scaring New York Times
A New York Times "innovation" report highlights the brash new media companies that are giving the newspaper's management fits. First Look Media, Vox Media, Circa, Yahoo News, ESPN, Flipboard and BuzzFeed are among the companies that have grabbed the Times's attention.

Politico's Abramson Story Turns Out to Be Prescient
A Politico article published more than a year ago about Jill Abramson's alleged flaws as a manager appears to have been prescient. At the time, journalist Dylan Byers's story on the New York Times top editor's divisive management style was derided as a "hatchet job."

BuzzFeed President Steps Down After Disagreements
Business Insider
Jon Steinberg, president and COO of BuzzFeed, decided to step down from his day-to-day role at the media startup after the company passed on an exit opportunity to sell to Disney, according to insiders. "The, 'Should we sell?' 'No, we shouldn't,' caused some angst."

Huffington Post Attacked Over 'Lack of Standards'
Washington Post
The New Hampshire Republican State Committee is unhappy with Ryan Grim, Washington bureau chief of the Huffington Post and author of a recent article on New Hampshire politics. "A legitimate news organization would have disciplined the author and retracted this false story."

Patch Hyperlocal News Sites Turn Corner After Sale
New York Times
Patch's new controlling owner took over in January, and soon after, only 15% of its news staff was left. It has managed to turn a profit in the last three months. "We've eliminated a great deal of corporate bureaucracy from the AOL model," said Hale Global founder Charles Hale.

Nikki Finke Plans Return to Showbiz Reporting in June
"Tired of bland and boring Hollywood coverage? I return June 2nd," tweeted Nikki Finke. The veteran showbiz reporter left Deadline, the news website she founded, last year, saying she planned to start a new online venture chronicling the ins and outs of Hollywood.

Conde Nast Parent Invests in YouTube Startup DigiTour
DigiTour Media, a startup that produces concerts and events featuring YouTube stars, has received funding from Ryan Seacrest and Advance Publications, parent company of Conde Nast. L.A.-based DigiTour stages events with YouTube music performers and comedians.

Time Inc Employee Stock Options Impacted in Spinoff
The Wire
Time Warner has told employees of Time Inc. that all "unvested stock options will be forfeited as of June 6." The company is also issuing a blackout period for vested stocks. Vested stock options are a claim on future assets, an incentive for employees to stay at their company.

Ziff Davis Back from the Dead by Embracing Ad Tech
The Wire
It's the big question in digital media: how to make money amid a sea of competing websites and declining ad prices. Vivek Shah thinks he has the solution. As head of Ziff Davis, Shah has turned the onetime pioneer of tech media into an ad-tech company in the shape of a media outfit.

Atlantic Cities Relaunches as Standalone Site CityLab
The Atlantic Cities has grown up and headed out on its own, with its own URL. Following in the footsteps of sister property The Wire, the three-year-old urban-planning website has relaunched with a new name, CityLab, as well as a major redesign and expanded editorial mandate.

Tribune, Gannett Newspapers Also Want Upfront Love
Wall Street Journal
The upfront and NewFront season may focus on who gets the big TV ad dollars, but the newspaper industry also wants a piece of advertisers' attention. The Newspaper National Network has put together its own "sizzle reel" on YouTube to make a case for the impact of newspapers.

New York Times Abramson Firing Immaterial to Analysts
Wall Street could care less about the dismissal of New York Times top editor Jill Abramson. Analysts covering the company's stock haven't changed their ratings. But they may be wrong to disregard the firing. An in-house report said the Times believes it has fallen behind in digital.

New York Post Cover Displays New York Times Editor
New York Post
The cover of Friday's edition of the New York Post showcases the New York Times's newly fired Jill Abramson enjoying her "badass new hobby." The full-page cover image reprints a photo posted on Instagram by the editor's daughter showing Abramson in boxing gloves.

Financial Times Names Tett as U.S. Managing Editor
The Financial Times has named Gillian Tett as U.S. managing editor. Tett had held that position until 2012, when she was succeeded by Martin Dickson. She then took on the role of columnist and assistant editor. "Her role will be crucial as we continue to transform."

Tribune Poised to Become Comeback Story in TV, Print
Tribune is on the verge of turning its "sleepy assets into big moneymakers." The company's WGN may soon have more appeal to cable companies, thanks to its new original series. Also, its print business, while not likely to grow much, could provide a surprise windfall.

Gannett Buys Six TV Stations in Move Away from Print
USA Today
Gannett plans to buy six TV stations from Dallas-based London Broadcasting for $215 million, deepening its presence in Texas. Once the deal closes, the company will own or operate 46 stations, reflecting the corporate strategy of reducing its dependence on print media.

New York Times Ousts Top Editor After Publisher Clash
New York Times
The New York Times has dismissed executive editor Jill Abramson, citing "an issue with management in the newsroom." Abramson and publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. had "serious tension." New top editor Dean Baquet said he has no plans for significant changes to news coverage.

News Corp Former Editor Admits to Hacking Royals
BBC News
A former News of the World royal editor hacked Kate Middleton's phone 155 times, a court has heard. The British phone-hacking trial was told Clive Goodman first hacked Middleton's voice mail in 2005. He also hacked Prince William 35 times and Prince Harry on nine occasions.

Washington Post Eyed Over Coverage of Amazon
The Washington Post has drawn attention from critics who question whether owner Jeff Bezos has influenced the paper's coverage of Amazon. After other news outlets reported on a dispute between Bezos's company and book publisher Hachette, the Post has yet to cover the story.

Financial Times to Open Video Studio in New York
The Financial Times plans to expand its U.S-based video production, aided by a new video studio slated to open at the newspaper's New York headquarters in June. In the first quarter of 2014, the FT produced about 152 videos per month. The goal is to get that up to 200.

MarketWatch Names News Corp Veteran New Editor
MarketWatch personal finance editor Jeremy Olshan has been named editor of the financial-news website, replacing Glenn Hall, who is taking on the role of the Wall Street Journal's U.S. news editor. Olshan has held positions at and the New York Post.

Hearst Taps Redbook Editor to Run Dr Oz Magazine
New York Post
Buoyed by strong sales of the first two issues of Dr. Oz's The Good Life, Hearst has increased the magazine's publication frequency and moved Jill Herzig from Redbook to be editor in chief. Herzig replaces launch editor Alison Brower, who is rejoining The Hollywood Reporter.

Time Inc Says Goodbye to CNNMoney and Its Profits
When Time Inc. splits off from Time Warner next month, it will also say goodbye to CNNMoney, the financial news website it ran as a joint venture with the cable network. CNN is keeping the site in the divorce. In the first quarter, CNNMoney generated $9 million in revenue.

Atlantic Media's Quartz Appoints Technology Editor
Talking Biz News
Quartz editor in chief Kevin Delaney sent out the following staff hire announcement: "Dan Frommer is joining us as technology editor in New York. Dan is an experienced tech writer, beginning at Forbes and then from 2007 as one of the founding staff of Silicon Alley Insider."

TMZ Spends $250,000 on Jay Z Hotel Elevator Video
New York Post
New York's Standard Hotel has fired the employee who released the video of Solange Knowles attacking Jay Z in an elevator. The hotel "will now be pursuing civil and criminal remedies." The employee had shopped the video around for five days before selling it to TMZ for $250,000.

New York Times Replaces Executive Editor Abramson
New York Times
Jill Abramson, executive editor of the New York Times, is unexpectedly leaving the position and will be replaced by Dean Baquet, managing editor of the newspaper, the company said. Abramson was the first woman to serve in the top job. The reason for the switch was not immediately clear.

Report: Euro Publishers Plan Lawsuit Against Google
The Open Internet Project, a trade body representing European media companies, is about to announce that it is suing Google for quasi-monopolistic practices, according to the media newsletter Satellinet. OIP members are said to include Lagardere and Axel Springer.

News Corp PAC, Murdoch Son Donate to McConnell
James Murdoch and News Corp.'s PAC have both made donations to the reelection campaign of U.S. senator Mitch McConnell, according to his most recent campaign filing report. Murdoch donated $2,600 to McConnell's primary and $2,400 to his general election fund.

Time Inc Execs Won't Share Pain as Layoffs Begin
New York Post
As Time Inc. insiders brace for a new round of pre-spinoff layoffs that are expected to begin next week, recently unveiled numbers show the top brass at the publisher are not sharing in the pain. Norman Pearlstine will earn a base salary of $900,000, plus a bonus of $1.4 million.

Vanity Fair's Website Taps Salon Staffer as Editor
Katherine Goldstein will be joining as editor, succeeding Chris Rovzar who left to join Bloomberg. Goldstein, currently director of social media and traffic at Slate, will be responsible for developing's editorial voice and identifying growth opportunities.

Forbes Says Half of Its Readers Come from Mobile
More than half of Forbes magazine's readers now come from mobile, according to product chief Lewis Dvorkin. "In April, we had the same number of readers visit our home page via smartphone as we did the desktop. During the first weekend of May, 51% of visits were mobile."

People Magazine Sued Over Google Photo Blunder
Daily News
A Manhattan woman said People magazine incorrectly identified her as the mistress of Google co-founder Sergey Brin. In court papers, Nathalie De Clercq claimed the magazine ran a picture of her wearing Google Glass and identified her as alleged Brin girlfriend Amanda Rosenberg.

New York Magazine Unveils Human Behavior Website
New York
"Welcome to Science of Us, a new site designed to stoke your fascination with human behavior. Why do humans go to war? Why do they fall in love? The goal is to offer up interesting insights into questions like these, as well as tips on how to live better, happier lives."

New York Times Launches Beta of Cooking Website
New York Times
The New York Times has begun a private beta test for a cooking website: "Welcome to our private beta test for the NYT Cooking website. With an exclusive collection of 15,000+ Times recipes, NYT Cooking will help you discover, make and organize trusted recipes."

Washington Post Gets a Boost from Bezos's Cash
Jeff Bezos has begun reinventing the Washington Post. The Amazon founder is pumping cash into the company's IT infrastructure. The new leadership has put 25 computer engineers into the newsroom, helping reporters craft multifaceted digital stories for mobile devices.

Vice, Quartz Team on Twitter Account About Ukraine
Pando Daily
Quartz, Mashable, Digg, Mother Jones and Breaking News Online have teamed up with Vice News to run a joint Twitter account focused on the crisis in the Ukraine. "Ukraine is a complicated story." The new service will allow readers to "follow along and get a more complete picture."

Washington Post Hires 50 Employees in Expansion
Huffington Post
The Washington Post has reached a milestone that would have seemed unthinkable amid the succession of newsroom buyouts in recent years: 50 new hires in 2014. Such growth has been possible since billionaire Amazon chief Jeff Bezos purchased the newspaper last fall.

Reuters, AP Instruct Editors to Make Stories Shorter
Washington Post
The Associated Press has issued a memo demanding that editors limit most stories to a length of between 300 and 500 words. "Our regional desk editors are spending a lot of time cutting stories." Similarly, Reuters has told its editors to limit most stories to fewer than 500 words.

Vanity Fair Returns to Cannes Film Festival with Event
Giorgio Armani and Graydon Carter will be upping the fashion and glamor ante on the Cannes party circuit this year. The designer and Vanity Fair's editor in chief will host an event celebrating the Cannes Film Festival. The magazine is returning to the festival after sitting out last year.

Hustler Magazine Revamps Website for 40th Birthday
Hollywood Reporter
Hustler has unveiled an overhaul of its website, a revamp that comes as Larry Flynt's adult-content empire celebrates its 40th anniversary. To lure potential paid subscribers to the all-new, Flynt is offering an archive of every issue in the magazine's history.

BuzzFeed President to Depart for 'New Challenges'
Business Insider
Jon Steinberg, BuzzFeed's COO and president, is leaving the company. He will continue to serve as an advisor to the viral news website, as well as to backer Lerer Ventures. Steinberg said he plans to figure out what he wants to do next. "I'm definitely going to do something exciting."

TMZ: Video Leak of Jay Z Family Fracas to Be Probed
The Standard Hotel in New York said it was investigating how a recording of a security video that purportedly shows rapper Jay Z being attacked by his sister-in-law, R&B singer Solange Knowles, was leaked to celebrity website TMZ. The video quickly became an Internet sensation.

Online Publishers Association Names Kint New CEO
Talking New Media
The Online Publishers Association has named Jason Kint as the organization's new CEO. Kint will take over duties from Pam Horan, president since 2006. Kint most recently was with CBS Interactive, where he served as SVP and general manager of its sports division.

News Corp Continues to Pay for UK Tabloid Scandal
Wall Street Journal
News Corp. said last week it spent another $46 million in its fiscal third quarter over the ongoing investigation into scandals arising from misconduct at a now-defunct tabloid. The company has spent more than $400 million grappling with charges since the scandal erupted in 2011.

Hearst's Manilla Bill Management Startup to Shut Down
Manilla, an account management startup incubated and backed by Hearst, said it will shut down on July 1. The service "was unable to achieve the scale necessary to make the economics of the business viable." Manilla aimed to provide a single website where users could pay bills.

Conde Nast: Rumors of Torch Passing at Vanity Fair
USA Today
Vogue's Anna Wintour "has been telling people" that she will pick the next editor of Vanity Fair. That, reportedly, has moved Graydon Carter to consider delaying his retirement. Among the names on the shortlist of successors: Geordie Greig, Dylan Jones, Johanna Coles, Janice Min.

Time Out Group Acquires Digital Event Guide Hugecity
Media Week
Time Out Group has acquired the U.S.-based event discovery platform Hugecity. Described as a crowd-sourced event guide, the service has seen rapid growth. Hugecity's founders will join Time Out to create an arm called Time Out Labs for developing new products for readers.

Atlantic's Quartz Debuts Website Covering TV's Future
Atlantic Media digital publication Quartz has launched a companion website called Glass, covering the future of television and video. "The best way to understand media is as a competition for attention on glass-paneled screens connected to the Internet," said senior editor Zach Seward.

TV Guide Parts Ways with Celebrity Chef Sandra Lee
New York Post
TV celebrity chef Sandra Lee has dropped her alliance with TV Guide and broken away to form her own publishing company, Simply Living Publishing. Last fall, TV Guide's then-CEO Jack Kliger was optimistic that a deal would be hammered out. Kliger exited TV Guide last week.

Rolling Stone Showing More Skin with Racier Covers
In less than a month, Rolling Stone has published two "sans clothing" covers, with Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Neil Patrick Harris. In March, the magazine featured a shirtless Justin Bieber. "There's been more skin on RS covers in the first half of 2014 than there was in all of 2013."

TMZ Celebrity News Website Sued for Discrimination
A former writer for TMZ has filed a lawsuit against the company over charges including discrimination and wrongful termination. Catherine "Taryn" Hillin alleges that the celebrity news website was a "boys club," with one employee telling her, "Good luck being a girl writer."

Time Inc Rethinks the Drab Corporate Media Website
Time Inc., preparing for its investor roadshow ahead of its spinoff, is taking the wraps off a brand new corporate website design that has the visual aesthetic of a consumer site. "We're going to be much higher profile when we're separated. It's putting our best foot forward."

Tribune Publishing Buys McClatchy Stake in Venture
Chicago Tribune
Tribune Publishing has acquired McClatchy's 50% stake in McClatchy-Tribune Information Services, giving it full ownership of the news and information business. MCT will consolidate operations in Chicago and become part of Tribune's syndication and licensing business.

Dow Jones Appoints Lewis CEO After Interim Period
News Corp. has named William Lewis CEO of Dow Jones. Lewis has been interim CEO of Dow Jones since January following the departure of Lex Fenwick. Prior to that, Lewis was News Corp.'s chief creative officer. Dow Jones is the parent company of the Wall Street Journal.

News Corp Earnings Hurt by Newspaper Ad Weakness
Dow Jones
News Corp. has reported better-than-expected earnings for the March quarter that were hurt in part by continued declines in newspaper advertising. Much of the decline occurred at the Australian titles, where revenue fell 21%. "Our Australian newspapers are challenged."

New York Times Report Recommends Digital Changes
Capital New York
Gregg Sulzberger, New York Times metro reporter and son of publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr., has prepared an "innovation report" for the newspaper. It concluded that "the masthead needs to make further structural changes in the newsroom to achieve a digital first reality."

Time Inc Expects Layoffs as Company Preps Spin Off
New York Post
The official spin-off date when Time Inc. will become a stand-alone company is June 6. Time Warner's filing acknowledged that the 500 people cut in February will not be the end of downsizings. "We anticipate additional head-count reductions and real estate consolidations in the future."

Survey: Nearly Half of Media Employees Would Resign
Nearly half of staffers in media companies would leave their job tomorrow if they were offered another position, according to a survey from the company behind the U.K. Sunday Times Best Companies to Work For list. The media firms that best retained talent excelled at "building relationships."

Reader: Shrinking News Hole in Newspaper Is Irritating
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"I love the news," said a letter to the editor of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "But as each week goes by, the paper becomes thinner and thinner, with less and less news. Can you give me a reason to renew my subscription rather than get 10 times the information for free on the Internet?"

News Corp: Phone-Hacking Trial Starts Wrapping Up
Associated Press
The lead prosecutor at Britain's phone-hacking trial said there was "a rotten state of affairs" at the top of the News of the World, and jurors will have to decide who knew about it. Andrew Edis began summing-up at a trial that has lasted six months. Did editors "know what was going on?"

Twitter Accounts for Magazine Brands Spark Confusion
The Twitter accounts @Esquire, @GQ, @Vogue and @Glamour weren't registered by their respective magazine brands. The Florida man who registered @Esquire said he would happily relinquish the handle if the magazine wanted him to. However, the publication has never asked.

Gannett Mulls Bid to Acquire Auto Website
Gannett, one of the five newspaper owners behind, is said to be exploring a bid for all of the auto sales website and has discussed teaming up with private-equity firms in a deal that could reach $3 billion. helps people buy and sell cars on the Internet.

TV Guide Magazine Chief Exec Jack Kliger Resigns
Barely six months after being named CEO of TV Guide magazine, veteran media exec Jack Kliger has resigned. "As part of a planned transition," COO David Fishman had been promoted to CEO, while Kliger will step down "to focus on media investment opportunities."

Ebony Gets New Emphasis as Jet Shifts to All Digital
Crain's Chicago
Johnson Publishing's decision to shift Jet magazine to an all-digital format has been seen as a bid to shore up a faltering business built around its bigger magazine brand, Ebony. The company doesn't currently deliver Ebony in the kind of app format it's rolling out for Jet.

Shape Magazine in Hot Water Over Weight-Loss Photo
Daily News
An Illinois woman who lost 170 pounds was told to cover her stomach in her "after" photo if she wanted to appear in Shape magazine. Her stomach had the loose skin common for people who lose a vast amount of weight. Shape described the incident as a "misunderstanding."

BuzzFeed CEO: Media History is Repeating Itself
Jonah Peretti, CEO of BuzzFeed, in a memo to staff: "Traditional media companies like Time Inc., CBS, and the New York Times were once small startups. In those early days, they had many similarities to BuzzFeed and other new web startups that are emerging today."

Tribune Names Griffin CEO of Publishing Spin Off
Chicago Tribune
Tribune has named the leaders for Tribune Publishing, which will spin off as a separate newspaper company later this year. Eddy Hartenstein, publisher and CEO of the Los Angeles Times, will serve as non-executive chairman; former Time Inc. CEO Jack Griffin will become CEO.

Gannett Blog to Shut Down After Six-Year Run
Gannett Blog
Jim Hopkins, publisher and editor of the Gannett Blog, an independent website tracking activities at media company Gannett, plans to stop updating the site within the next week. The former USA Today journalist said he is at "a turning point to pursue new adventures."

Deadline Hollywood Says Finke to Exit Website
Los Angeles Times
Nikki Finke has severed ties with Deadline Hollywood, the entertainment industry news website she founded. Finke is leaving after clashing with Jay Penske, who purchased the site in 2009 and also owns Variety. "I'm so happy," said Finke, who plans to start a new site.

Newsweek's New Editor Releases Inaugural Issue
Capital New York
Jim Impoco became the latest editor of Newsweek just three weeks ago, after IBT Media bought the digital-only title from Barry Diller's IAC. In that time he has hired nearly two dozen staffers, rethought the magazine and, in the early morning hours Friday, released his inaugural issue.

Washington Post's Bezos to Help 'From a Distance'
Jeff Bezos, whose purchase of the Washington Post shocked the media world in August, said he is happy to give the paper a chance to experiment and will help "from a distance." But the Amazon chief is frustratingly short on specifics. "I'm optimistic about its future."

New York Newsstand Owner: The Last King of Print
New York Times
"I am sad," said Mohammed Ahmed, manager and part-owner of Casa Magazines, regarding Newsweek's imminent departure from print. "Everything is going digital." Ahmed, whose store in New York's West Village stocks 2,000 titles, said he is scared about industry changes.



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