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Vice Media CEO: 'Have We Unleashed a Monster?'
New York Times Magazine
Vice Media chief Shane Smith, on the new Vice News: "Through YouTube, we learned that our audience wants more news. So news is going to be its own offering. It's a new site with long-form video, short-form video, shows on the environment, economics, conflict."

USA Today, Yahoo Strike Deals in Sports Content
Sports video is a perennial favorite for advertisers trying to connect with male viewers, and this week brought several new content-sharing deals for major online publishers, including a partnership between USA Today and NeuLion and another tie-up between Yahoo and Stack.

Wall Street Journal Accused of Violating Video Law
Dow Jones has been hit with a potential class-action lawsuit accusing it of violating federal video privacy laws with the Wall Street Journal's Roku app. A Georgia resident alleges that the app automatically transmits data about the Wall Street Journal Live clips that users view.

Mail Online Publisher Wants Website to Get Bigger
New York Observer
Martin Clarke came to New York in 2011 to expand the U.K. Daily Mail online. The site now posts nearly 600 articles and 2,000 pictures per day. "We would like to be one of the most-read English language news sites in the world. We already are, but we would like to be bigger."

Huffington Post Eyes Move Into Charging for Content
Huffington Post CEO Jimmy Maymann said he is open to the idea of charging for some of the news aggregation and blogging site's content. HuffPost's move into "some sort of metered access" is likely to happen within the next five years. "I believe in paid journalism."

Conde Nast Launches Video Channel for Gold Digest
With eight brands down, Conde Nast Entertainment is continuing to roll out digital video channels for the company's numerous lifestyle titles. The latest, Golf Digest, is a bit of a departure from the typical Conde fare as the video network's first — and only — sports channel.

Time Inc Shakes Up Marketing, PR Ahead of Spin-Off
Time Inc. has continued to tweak its business in preparation for its spin-off in the second quarter. On the marketing side, Susan Parkes will assume the SVP of marketing and strategy role. In communications, SVP Nancy Valentino will now oversee news, sports and entertainment titles.

SI for Kids Editor Replaced by Sports Illustrated Boss
New York Post
Bob Derr, managing editor of SI for Kids for the past eight years, is departing and will be replaced by Mark Bechtel, a senior editor from Sports Illustrated. Bechtel worked on SI's tablet launch. Sports is one area where Time Inc. CEO Joe Ripp hopes to hatch new products.

The Atlantic Hires Columnist Frum as Senior Editor
The Atlantic has hired conservative columnist David Frum to serve as a senior editor, writing for the website and the magazine. Frum is a veteran of the Wall Street Journal editorial page, the Weekly Standard and the National Review. "David is a gutsy, heterodox thinker."

Rolling Stone Founder's Biography Due Out in 2017
Crain's New York
Jann Wenner, founder and publisher of Rolling Stone, will soon have his own tale told. Joe Hagan, a contributing editor at New York magazine, will write a biography of Wenner for Penguin Random House's Knopf imprint, published in time for Rolling Stone's 50th anniversary.

Bloomberg Media CEO Preps Multi-Platform Strategy
It has now been 100 days since former Atlantic Media CEO Justin Smith took over as CEO of Bloomberg Media. He has used that time to craft his vision for where Bloomberg goes next. "The strategy calls for a portfolio of multiple brands with digital at the center," said Smith.

News Corp Paper Hacked Phones on 'Industrial Scale'
News Corp.'s News of the World hacked phones on an "industrial scale," said former reporter Clive Goodman, who was sent to prison for the crime in 2007. Goodman told a London court that he discussed monitoring mobile phones with editor Andy Coulson as far back as 2005.

Gannett Exec Named Chief of Newspaper Association
Bob Dickey, president of Gannett's U.S. Community Publishing, has been elected chairman of the Newspaper Association of America, the newspaper industry trade group. Dickey began his career with Gannett 21 years ago as retail advertising manager in Reno, Nev.

Washington Post to Expand Digital Presence in Test
Wall Street Journal
The Washington Post, acquired last year by Jeff Bezos, will test a partnership through which it will make its web content available free to subscribers of a half-dozen U.S. metro newspapers. The partnership could be extended to other outlets, such as music services.

New York Observer Becomes More Like a Magazine
New York Times
The New York Observer rose to prominence as a salmon-colored broadsheet newspaper. Starting Wednesday, when a redesign begins, it will be white, tabloid-size and stapled like a magazine. Its website will get a redo to display one major story and a summary of other stories.

Forbes Chief: I'll Keep Company Stake After Sale
New York Post
With the troops getting restless for news on a deal, Forbes Media chairman Steve Forbes, for the first time, told employees he will keep a minority stake in the company after it is sold. He made the announcement at a company-wide town hall meeting. "He was pretty adamant."

Town & Country Signs McInerney for Wine Column
Town & Country magazine has added a well-known contributor: Jay McInerney. He will pen a monthly column primarily on wine, a subject he has covered for the Wall Street Journal since 2010. McInerney decided to leave the Journal, citing "more freedom" at Town & Country.

Billboard Magazine Adds Chart-Topping Staffers
The sweeping hand of Janice Min is at it again. In a memo to staff, the Guggenheim Media Entertainment Group exec announced an impressive roster of hires for Billboard. Among them, Conde Nast Traveler veteran Rob Hewitt is the publication's new design director.

Bloomberg LP Settles Lawsuit Over Overtime Pay
New York Post
A lawsuit by contract representatives claiming that they were denied overtime pay by Bloomberg LP has finally been resolved. About 428 employees will be splitting $5.4 million — or a little more than $12,600 apiece, on average. "OT checks should finally be on their way."

Hearst CEO: We're Still Trying to Figure Out Tablets
Hearst CEO Steve Swartz: "We are still working on what is the best format for paid magazines on the tablet. We've seen decent growth, but we are still figuring out what people want. We believe that the more immersive tablet offerings are, the more they can be a paid product, but we will see."

New York Times: Ochs-Sulzberger Holding Declines
Wall Street Journal
The Ochs-Sulzberger family's total shareholding in the New York Times edged down to 12% from 13% in the past year, the company disclosed in a regulatory filing. While the decline was relatively small, it is part of a continuing reduction in the family's overall stake.

Miami Herald Publisher Landsberg Exits for Goodwill
CBS Local
David Landsberg, president of the Miami Herald, has announced his resignation. Landsberg has been with the company for 30 years, the last seven and a half as its president and publisher. He is leaving to become president and CEO of Goodwill Industries of South Florida.

Los Angeles Times Algorithm Writes Earthquake Story
As reporters scrambled to push out stories on the morning earthquakes in southern California on Monday, the Los Angeles Times had a machine write its piece. "This information comes from the USGS Earthquake Notification Service and this post was created by an algorithm."

New York Observer Gives Up Pink Paper in Redesign
The New York Observer will no longer be fishing for salmon-hued paper. After differentiating itself on newsstands with pink paper since its launch in 1987, the publication will finally lay the color to rest come Wednesday, when the weekly will introduce its redesign.

Atlantic's Quartz Preps Launch of Channel for India
Capital New York
Quartz, the mobile-first digital business publication, is the latest U.S. news brand making a foray into India. Quartz is said to be preparing an India channel to launch this spring or summer, possibly around the time of the country's national elections in April and May.

Newsweek's Bitcoin 'Creator' Hires Lawyer in Fight
Associated Press
Dorian Satoshi Nakamoto, the man Newsweek identified in its return to print as the creator of bitcoin, has hired a lawyer in an attempt to clear his name, repeating a denial he made more than a week ago that he has never had anything to do with the digital currency.

Study: Social Media Aren't Replacing News Outlets
Fast Company
Readers don't appear to care about what organization they're getting their news from, or what device format they're reading on; what matters is the news itself, according to a survey from the Media Insight Project. "People are open to getting news in any way that happens to be convenient."

Forbes Revokes License with Publisher in Ukraine
Talking Biz News
The media holding of former billionaire Serhiy Kurchenko, who is now facing criminal investigations into his finances, has lost its license to publish the Ukrainian version of Forbes magazine. Forbes revoked the agreement, citing damage to its reputation.

Hearst, Rodale Make Publisher Announcements
Fishbowl NY
Hearst and Rodale have made announcements involving magazine publishers. Cameron Connors is returning to Hearst as publisher of Popular Mechanics, while Men's Health publisher Ronan Gardiner and Women's Health publisher Laura Frerer-Schmidt add VP to their titles.

Time Inc Shuffles Staffers at Entertainment Titles
The Wrap
Entertainment Weekly's Henry Goldblatt has jumped to sibling title People as its deputy editor and brand director under new editorial boss Jess Cagle. Also, among the many promotions at People, JD Heyman has been elevated to deputy editor, entertainment.

Penske, Finke Talk of Blogger's Return to Deadline
New York Post
Nikki Finke is said to be preparing to return online in June, after the last of all potential threats of non-compete violations with Jay Penske's PMC, her former employer, evaporate. Despite the burned bridges, Finke and PMC are "discussing a possible Deadline comeback."

Deadline's Gibson Plea Sparks Hollywood Debate
Eight years after Mel Gibson's anti-Semitic rant during a drunk-driving arrest, Hollywood is debating the Oscar winner's "quiet blacklisting." A discussion sparked by a piece on Deadline Hollywood has generated some 5,700 comments on's movie page.

TMZ, Us Weekly Replicated in 'Seinfeld' Actor Hoax
Hoaxsters set up fake Us Weekly and TMZ websites in an attempt to fool the Internet with reports that "Seinfeld" actor Wayne Knight was killed in an automobile accident. The phony sites were designed to resemble the real Us and TMZ. Knight tweeted: "I am alive and well!"

Los Angeles Times Fires Reporter, Admits to Error
Associated Press
The Los Angeles Times has dismissed reporter Jason Felch after discovering he had an inappropriate relationship with someone who was a source for a front-page story that the newspaper said contained an error. It was a lapse "that no news organization can tolerate."

Chicago Tribune Preps Push Into Parenting Content
Robert Feder
The Chicago Tribune plans to create a hub for parenting content, including a quarterly magazine, a branded page in the Sunday section, a website and a series of special events. The parenting content push is part of Tribune's "audience segmentation strategy."

New York Times Reporters' New Role: Tour Guide
The New York Times is going from writing about travel to facilitating it. And it’s getting its reporters involved, too. With Times Journeys, readers will have access to 21 trips across 30 countries. The Times plans to include reporters who cover the areas on some of these expeditions.

ESPN's 'Data-Driven' FiveThirtyEight to Launch
New York
Stats superstar Nate Silver hates the term "data-driven." He also hates the work of just about every popular columnist at all of the major newspapers, including his former employer, the New York Times. On March 17, Silver is due to deliver his "data-driven" journalism venture FiveThirtyEight.

Data-Driven Journalism Seen as Booming Market
USA Today
Data-centric journalism, once the domain of computer geeks in remote corners of the newsroom, is coming to the forefront. U.S. news outlets are pouring money into recruiting talent and expanding their menu of stories derived from number crunching and interactive graphics.

Business Insider: New Investment, New Questions
USA Today
Business Insider, one of the websites at the forefront of creating a native digital publishing model, recently sought to sell itself for $100 million but found no takers. "This lack of buyers may suggest a growing uncertainty about what the new publishing model is worth."

Hearst Sells Off Its Magazine Fundraising Business
Hearst has sold its magazine fundraising business, American Publishers, to magazine subscription agency M2 Media. The acquisition will allow M2 to expand its current nonprofit and charitable fundraising business, which helps raise money for groups like the Girl Scouts.

Time Inc Magazine Ad Raises Church-State Questions
New York Post
Time magazine had its first triple gatefold cover on the issue that went on sale last Friday — and some purists are wondering if an advertisement on the back of the gatefold is the first sign of a small erosion of the once unbreachable barrier between church and state.

News Corp Said to Receive Leaks from Princess Diana
Mail Online
Princess Diana leaked information about the British royal family to reporters at the News of the World tabloid to show the "forces that were against her," according to evidence presented in the phone-hacking trial in London. Diana "sought out journalists as allies."

New York Times Chief Says Company Is Not for Sale
"We are not selling the New York Times," said chief Arthur Sulzberger Jr. The Ochs-Sulzberger family "is united around its ownership." In fact, members of the fifth generation of the family are being groomed to eventually take over. "Yes, there is a succession plan."

Wall Street Journal Plans Product for Marketing Chiefs
Talking Biz News
The Wall Street Journal, which has specialized news products for chief information officers and chief financial officers, is said to be readying one for chief marketing officers. The Dow Jones & Co. property has been hiring staffers to run what some have called CMO Today.

Gawker Media to Launch Two More Sites in Britain
Gawker Media has cemented its partnership with Future Publishing, which will launch two more of the digital media company's websites under license in the United Kingdom. British versions of Lifehacker and Kotaku will debut in April. They follow an earlier launch of Gizmodo.

BuzzFeed Takes Branded Cat Videos to a New Level
Advertising Age
BuzzFeed hopes it can create videos with all the social appeal of "16 Dogs Who Tried Their Best But Didn't Succeed." The viral news site's video division intends to heighten its profile when it hosts its coming-out party to advertisers at next month's Digital Content NewFronts.

Huffington Says Failure Is Stepping Stone to Success
Huffington Post
Arianna Huffington: "It's a great time to be a young entrepreneur. There are so many opportunities online. Starting a business is full of challenges but also so exciting, because it's really following your dream." However, taking care of your "human capital" is "what matters most."

Oprah Adapts Her Magazine Column Into New Book
New York Times
Oprah Winfrey has written a new book collecting some of her insights about life's struggles and inspirations. The book, "What I Know for Sure," is adapted from Winfrey's regular column in O, The Oprah Magazine, which carries the same title. The book set for release in September.

Hearst's Marie Claire Launching Pop-Up Magazine
Taking cues from European magazines, Marie Claire has launched its first pop-up magazine. Called Branché, which loosely translates to "plugged in" in French, the magazine will be distributed by Hearst employees in well-trafficked areas of New York City.

Conde Nast UK Opens 'House' on New Design Site
Press Gazette
Conde Nast UK plans to launch a new decoration, food and lifestyle website, with a design inspired by fashion blogs and Pinterest. The new site, House, replaces the existing sites for House & Garden and Easy Living magazines. It aims to appeal to the "digitally savvy."

News Corp: Brooks Testimony Described as 'Script'
Rebekah Brooks has denied giving evidence from a "prepared script" as prosecutors ended their cross-examination of the former News International chief in the London phone-hacking trial. Over 13 days, Brooks has testified that she did not know of any alleged unlawful activity.

Buffett Trims Ties to Former Washington Post Owner
Associated Press
Berkshire Hathaway has agreed to acquire Miami TV station WPLG from Graham Holdings in exchange for most of its shares in the company that once owned the Washington Post. The deal will nearly eliminate Berkshire's investment with the Grahams, which dates to 1973.

Gannett's USA Today Opens Pro Soccer Photo Store
As Gannett seeks new revenue streams, USA Today has continued to expand into new businesses, including its latest venture into e-commerce. USA Today Sports Images has launched an online photo product store for soccer fans in partnership with Major League Soccer.

New York Times Eyes Texas Monthly Editor for Mag
Capital New York
The New York Times is said to be looking at a candidate from Texas Monthly for the editorship of the New York Times Magazine. The word on the street in Austin, where Texas Monthly is based, is that the regional title's top editor, Jake Silverstein, is under consideration for the job.

Mashable Hires Senior Editor from New York Times
Jonathan Ellis will be leaving the New York Times to join Mashable, the social media website, as managing editor. Ellis had been with the Times since 2006, when he joined as a digital producer. He most recently served as the Times's senior editor for digital platforms.

Pew: Direct Visitors to News Sites 'More Engaged'
USA Today
News outlets invest heavily to court web readers from Facebook and Google search results, but such referred traffic may be fleeting, according to Pew Research Center. Visitors who type web addresses or have bookmarked favorite news sites are the most engaged readers.

Financial Times Opens Global Academy for Staffers
Media Week
The Financial Times has launched its FT Global Commercial Academy, a learning and development program for staff ahead of its move into a single-edition, global print product later this year. The curriculum will include programs on advertising and emerging products.

New York Times Nabs Financial Times' Fashion Czar
Vanessa Friedman, fashion editor at the Financial Times, has been named the new fashion director and chief fashion critic for the New York Times. Starting next month, Friedman will head global fashion coverage for both the New York Times and International New York Times.

New York Daily News Sued by Bieber Companion
Associated Press
The woman who was riding with Justin Bieber in a Lamborghini when the pop star was arrested in Florida has sued the New York Daily News, accusing the newspaper of libel. The suit claims the Daily News falsely reported she had a criminal record, among other charges.

Reader's Digest Names Fourth CEO in Three Years
Reader's Digest Association has named its fourth CEO since 2011, as Bob Guth, the company's top exec, announced his intention to step down. Bonnie Kintzer will replace Guth as CEO, effective April 7. She was most recently CEO of media strategy firm Women's Marketing Inc.

Rolling Stone Branded Eatery Shutters Amid Arrests
New York Post
The Rolling Stone Restaurant & Lounge in Los Angeles has shut down, amid a tangle of lawsuits with $10 million squandered and two arrests for fraud. The restaurant had been hyped as a lucrative brand extension and was positioned as the possible start of a national chain.

Vanity Fair Grabs Top Editor from Town & Country
New York Post
Graydon Carter has raided Hearst to find a new deputy editor for Vanity Fair. Mark Rozzo, executive editor at Town & Country, will join VF as deputy editor. Although not a direct replacement, a masthead slot opened recently when 82-year-old Wayne Lawson retired.

Report: Magazine Subscribers Vulnerable to Hackers
Getting into many magazine subscribers' online accounts can be quite easy, according to a security researcher. Once in, a wannabe hacker can change the mailing address for the magazine and obtain the last four digits of a credit card associated with the account.

Research: Millennials Trust User Generated Content
Some forms of media are more important to millennials than others, according to research by Crowdtap. User-generated content — which encompasses social-media posts, photos, blogs, email and texting — occupies about 5.4 hours of the average millennial's day. Sale Attracts Bid Interest from Cox, Apax
Cox Enterprises and buyout firm Apax Partners are said to be interested in bidding for auto-sales website The group of newspaper publishers that is working with Moelis & Co. to explore a sale of hasn't formally solicited bids for the business yet.

Gawker Chief Sees BuzzFeed as Biggest Competitor
Nick Denton, founder of Gawker Media, took to a Gawker Kinja site to answer questions from readers. "Our biggest competitor in media is BuzzFeed," he revealed. "Jonah Peretti’s company is pointless. But he manipulates the Facebook ecosystem better than anyone."

Kiplinger 'Old-Style Media Company' Mulls Future
Washington Post
Kiplinger — famous for its weekly Kiplinger Letter that forecasts trends — continues to punch after three generations. "We finished comfortably in the black for 2013." But the company is approaching a crossroads. "Someday it might make sense to be a division of a larger company."

New York Times: Upshot to Replace FiveThirtyEight
"The Upshot." That is the name the New York Times is giving to its new data-driven venture, focused on politics, policy and economic analysis and designed to fill the void left by Nate Silver, whose statistical approach to political reporting was a massive success.

Wall Street Journal Launches Studio for Native Ads
The Wall Street Journal is jumping on the native ad bandwagon with the launch of a new content division, WSJ. Custom Studios. The division will offer the Journal's first native ad product, Narratives, which will first appear March 11 with a three-month-long campaign for Brocade.

Los Angeles Register Newspaper Sets Launch Date
Associated Press
Freedom Communications has set April 16 as the launch date for the Los Angeles Register. The new publication is part of an expansion driven by Aaron Kushner and Eric Spitz, who bought Freedom in 2012. The Register will enter a market long dominated by the Los Angeles Times.

New York Post to Face Lawsuit Over Bombing Story
The New York Post has lost its bid to throw out a defamation lawsuit by two men whose photo and the headline "Bag Men" appeared on the tabloid's front page last year during the hunt for the Boston Marathon bombers. A judge rejected the Post's argument that it was a "fair report."

Gawker Seeks Dismissal of Lawsuit from Tarantino
Hollywood Reporter
Gawker wants a California federal judge to reject a lawsuit filed by Quentin Tarantino over a leak of the director's script for "Hateful Eight." Linking to "source material" is protected as fair use, Gawker argued. "Accessing the script by clicking on the link is legally insufficient."

First Look Media Adds Editor of Gawker to Stable
New York Times
First Look Media, the online news venture backed by the tech billionaire Pierre Omidyar, is adding John Cook, the editor of Gawker, to its growing stable of journalists. Cook will become the editor in chief of the Intercept, a digital magazine introduced in February.

Gannett, Tribune Seek to Sell for $3 Billion
Wall Street Journal
A group of newspaper publishers is said to have put the online marketplace up for sale for as much as $3 billion, hoping to cash in on booming values for e-commerce sites. Potential bidders are expected to include private-equity firms and strategic investors.

New York Times Previews Mobile App 'NYT Now'
The newspaper of record will soon launch an app that puts the paper second. The New York Times has offered a peek at its forthcoming mobile app that will cost $8 per month. NYT Now hopes to attract an audience that the paper has had trouble tapping — the mobile-first reader.

Freedom to Launch Spanish-Language Newspaper
Freedom plans to continue its expansion with the launch of a Spanish-language newspaper for Southern California, Unidos en el Sur de California. The weekly will combine the editorial staff and resources of two existing Spanish-language papers owned by Freedom.

McClatchy Hires News Veteran for Digital Video
Andy Pergam, the Washington Post's senior editor for video, plans to depart to join McClatchy, where he will develop its digital video strategy. Like much of the news industry, the Post has transitioned to from live programming to brief video packages requiring minimal costs. Ordered to Reveal Commenter's Name
Philadelphia Inquirer
A Philadelphia judge has ordered the owner of — which also owns the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News — to disclose the identity of a person who posted a comment online. The ruling came in a defamation suit filed by local union head John Dougherty.

Straus News Revamps Manhattan Weekly Papers
New York Times
Straus News bought the West Side Spirit, Our Town and three other weeklies about a year ago from Manhattan Media. Under the direction of former New York Observer editor Kyle Pope, the weeklies have unveiled new designs that give them a more "artisanal" feel.

Atlantic Media: Another Exec to Leave Position
Washington Post
Bruce Gottlieb, president of National Journal and general counsel of Atlantic Media, will be leaving the company soon to "return to his roots in policy and government affairs," the company said. The announcement marks yet another executive departure from Atlantic Media.

Newsweek Returns 'from Death' with Controversy
Associated Press
Newsweek has staked its return on a story it knew would get attention — a cover article claiming it uncovered "the face" behind bitcoin. "Go large or go home. This is Newsweek," said editor Jim Impoco. "We are raising the dead here. And you know what? People are aware of it now."

Vogue Britain to Sell Archival Photos, Illustrations
British Vogue plans to open up its archive of fashion photography and illustrated images for its readers to buy as art prints. Starting March 14, the magazine will launch a selection of its prints on, a British online retailer that carries art and photographic prints.

New York Magazine Launches Festival for Vulture
New York magazine plans to extend its entertainment website Vulture to its first live event. The Vulture Festival will consist of 16 events for consumers that are meant to bring the site's pop culture sensibility to life. It will be held May 10 and 11 at New York's Milk Studios.

Vox Media's Ezra Klein Venture to Be Known as Vox
New York
Two months ago Ezra Klein left the Washington Post to launch a media venture at Vox Media. On Sunday night, Klein revealed that the site previously referred to as "Project X" will be known as The idea is to make the "vegetables" of the news world "more palatable."

Bustle Website for Women Loses Google Backing
The Wire
Bustle, the online women's publication from Bleacher Report founder Bryan Goldberg, has lost a $100,000 investment from Google Ventures. How it happened depends on which tech-news website you read. One said: "I've heard reports of Goldberg's misogynist comments."

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.

Guardian U.S. Names New Editor in Reshuffling
Talking New Media
The Guardian has reshuffled its editorial management team. Among other moves, Janine Gibson, who has been leading Guardian U.S., will return to London to become editor of Katharine Viner, head of Australian operations, will become editor of Guardian U.S.

Time Inc Shuffles More Execs Ahead of Spin Off
New York Post
Time Inc. has seen more comings and goings as the firmament continues to shift. The latest exec to depart is Leslie Picard, who was president of branded solutions. Meanwhile, Jed Hartman, group publisher of Time, Fortune and Money, is naming a new publisher at Fortune.

Conde Nast International Invests in Online Retailer
Vogue UK
Conde Nast International has spearheaded a $20 million investment in Conde joins the luxury online retailer's existing investors, Advent Venture Partners, Index Ventures and Farfetch connects boutiques by e-commerce to "our magazine readers."

Bauer Staffers 'Jittery' Over New Editorial Honcho
New York Post
Insiders at Bauer publications are said to be jittery over the appointment of David Perel as the new editorial director of In Touch and Life & Style magazines. Said Bauer president Ian Scott: "It's inevitable that people are going to be nervous when they get a new boss."

Hearst's Dr Oz Magazine Sells Out on Newsstands
Hearst underestimated the power of Dr. Mehmet Oz. The company, which owns Dr. Oz The Good Life via a joint venture with Oz, said newsstands have sold out of the magazine, which made its debut on Feb. 4. Hearst has printed "tens of thousands" of additional copies.

Forbes Preps Launch of Edition in Central America
Talking Biz News
Forbes plans to launch a Central America edition, with a monthly distribution of 50,000. The title will be distributed across Costa Rica, Guatemala, Panama and other countries. "The Central American market represents a great opportunity for the launch of a powerful brand."

Newsweek Stands By Disputed Bitcoin Cover Story
Hours after publishing a profile of an engineer Newsweek identified as the long-mysterious inventor of Bitcoin, the magazine faced a cascade of evidence contradicting the cover story of its freshly revived print edition. Top editor Jim Impoco said he stands by the story.

Hearst Exec Says Internet Banner Ads Must Die
Banner ads are headed for extinction, according to Lincoln Millstein, the Hearst exec who created and helped remake "Consumers hate them, brands hate them." The long-time Internet ad format "will be hugely disrupted over the next 12 to 18 months."

Conde Nast Hires YouTube Network Exec in Britain
Media Week
Conde Nast Britain has hired Wil Harris, co-founder of YouTube network ChannelFlip, as head of digital. Harris will take over from Jaime Jouning, who will become publisher of Glamour UK. Harris was previously editor of Dennis Publishing's online tech magazine Bit-tech.

Bauer Names Perel Editor of In Touch, Life & Style
Following his surprise exit from American Media Inc. last August, David Perel has landed at rival Bauer Publishing as editorial director of In Touch and Life & Style. Bauer said that one of Perel's main tasks will be building the digital business of the two brands.

Time Magazine Unveils Dramatic Website Redesign
New York Post
The much-delayed multimillion-dollar redesign of has finally debuted. The top-to-bottom renovation "is the most dramatic overhaul of our structure we've ever seen in Time Inc.'s history." The redo comes as hires a staff of 35 in hopes of kindling growth.

Newsweek Relaunches in Print with Bitcoin Coup
Newsweek returns to newsstands Friday with a small press run, but it hopes to make a big impact with its cover story, which claims to have tracked down the elusive inventor of Bitcoin. Editor Jim Impoco describes the new Newsweek as a monthly coming out weekly.

Playboy to Pay $6 Million in Whistleblower Verdict
Playboy Enterprises must pay $6 million to former accounting exec Catherine Zulfer who was wrongfully terminated, a federal jury in California has decided. The compensatory damages verdict is thought to be the largest award ever under the Sarbanes-Oxley law.

Harper's Bazaar Editor Signs with Talent Agency
Hollywood Reporter
Laura Brown has signed with talent agency WME. The Harper's Bazaar executive editor was previously with ICM. Brown's work at the Hearst magazine includes producing cover stories and fashion spreads. She also hosts Bazaar's digital talk show "The Look with Laura Brown."

Men's Health Launching Contest for Cover Model
Men's Health plans to take a brief hiatus from male models, celebrities and chiseled athletes on its cover. In a first for the U.S. edition, the Rodale title is gearing up to feature a mere mortal on the cover of its November issue. The lucky man will be weeded out by a search committee.

Washington Post to Be Distributed Online in China
Fishbowl DC
Starting April 1, Washington Post financial, business and medical news will be translated into Chinese and distributed online through China-based Wide Angle Media. Stories from the Post will be published online via Wide Angle's network of websites and social networks.

Mail Online to Surge After Metro UK Website Merger
Press Gazette
The U.K.'s biggest newspaper website and its fastest growing one are to merge. DMG Media has announced the integration of and Mail Online. The move "will accelerate the development of and let it capitalize on Mail Online's commercial expertise."

Business Insider Valued at $100 Million in Infusion
Business Insider raised $12 million in another round of capital from investors including Amazon's Jeff Bezos, Institutional Venture Partners, RRE Ventures and former Wall Street Journal publisher Gordon Crovitz, according to an online post by founder Henry Blodget.

BuzzFeed Poaches Wall Street Journal Data Whiz
BuzzFeed has hired Wall Street Journal data reporter Jeremy Singer-Vine, who helped produce the newspaper's data-heavy "What They Know" digital privacy series. His role at BuzzFeed will be to dig into similarly dense data sets to find stories that would otherwise go untold.

Vox Media Raids Washington Post for New Venture
Huffington Post
After leaving the Washington Post to start a new venture, Ezra Klein said he didn't want to build a "super Wonkblog," the popular policy vertical he launched for the newspaper. But Klein is clearly looking back to Wonkblog, and the Post more broadly, to find talent for his "Project X."

Re/code Hires Los Angeles Times Tech Journalist
Talking Biz News
Dawn Chmielewski, who covers entertainment and technology for the Los Angeles Times, plans to leave the newspaper to work for tech news startup Re/code. Most recently, Chmielewski led the Times's coverage of Netflix, writing last week's A-1 story about the deal it cut with Comcast.

Hearst Magazines Find Ally in Augmented Reality
Wall Street Journal
Elle magazine readers can focus a tablet on a film review and watch as the movie's trailer begins to play on the device's screen. "Consumers are increasingly using their phones to navigate the physical world, and magazines are a part of that," said Hearst's David Carey.

New York Times to 'Unbundle' with Digital Services
The New York Times plans to introduce less expensive digital services, including a news digest app and a recipe app, to seek new revenues from readers who won't pay for a full website subscription. A Times exec refers to the expansion an "unbundling" of the paper.

Boston Globe Replaces Online Paywall with Meter
Jim Romenesko
Boston Globe editor Brian McGrory: "We've replaced the paywall with a meter that allows readers 10 free stories in a 30-day period. After that, they'll be challenged to pull out their credit card and pony up. The belief is that we can bring even more paying readers with a meter."

Chicago Sun-Times Owner to Cut Dozens of Jobs
Robert Feder
Four of the photographers who were fired when the Chicago Sun-Times eliminated its photo department last spring will rejoin the newspaper, under terms of a union contract settlement. The news of their return comes amid word of additional Sun-Times layoffs coming this week.

TheStreet to Pay Contributors Based on Page Views
Talking Biz News has expanded its contributor platform to expand the breadth of topics covered by the website. The pay for contributors is based on page views per article. A contributor that receives 20,000 page views for one article in a seven-day period will be paid $20.

HuffPost Veteran to Edit International Business Times
New York Times
Peter Goodman, executive business editor and global news editor of the Huffington Post, is leaving the website to become editor in chief of International Business Times. IBT is the flagship title of IBT Media, which also recently acquired and relaunched Newsweek.

BuzzFeed CEO Talks About Future at Hearst Tower
BuzzFeed's Jonah Peretti has participated in another Q&A, at Hearst headquarters with company digital guru Troy Young. Hearst is an investor in BuzzFeed. The CEO discussed his website's international expansion: "We are a global media company for the social age."

Digital Publishers Seek Profits from Print Magazines
New York Post
Print, long bashed as a relic of a bygone era, seems to be making a comeback with unlikely backers — digital-content companies. The new digital-to-print movement seems to be narrowly focused in specialized niches. "Many print assets have enormous brand equity."

Vice News Seeks Younger Audiences in Debut
Vice News has launched online, with videos from locations including Ukraine and Venezuela, featuring the organization's signature on-the-ground style and subjective approach. The news offering puts the company squarely in competition with the likes of CNN or the BBC. to Nab Revenue from Newspapers
TheStreet, the printable grocery-coupon website, plans to hold its $161 million IPO this week. CEO Steven Boal appeared in the company's video holding newspaper coupon inserts. "The next giant whooshing sound leaving newspapers could be revenue from coupon inserts."

News Corp Launches Digital Education Curriculum
News Corp.'s education division Amplify has unveiled a digital curriculum aimed at middle school students in a move to kick-start growth in the unit after years of investment. Amplify will make the digital lessons available starting at $45 per student per year in fall 2014.

Buffett Newspapers Suffer Decline in Readership
Even Warren Buffett can't escape the sting of the declining newspaper business. His papers saw a collective 5.6% drop in daily readers, according to the annual report of his Berkshire Hathaway. Readership fell at 26 of the 28 papers owned for more than a year.

Guardian 'Secure for Generations' After Stake Sale
Press Gazette
The Guardian's sole shareholder, the Scott Trust, said the title's future is "secure for generations to come" after Guardian Media Group completed the sale of its 50.1% stake in Auto Trader. Proceeds will enable the newspaper to operate "from a position of financial strength."

Sun's Page 3 in Breast Cancer Awareness Effort
The Sun has challenged the growing U.K. anti-Page 3 campaign by linking the use of its models to a breast cancer awareness charity. It has joined forces with CoppaFeel! to encourage women to check their breasts on a regular basis. The paper plans to make it a weekly feature.

Washington Post's Native Ads Look Like Editorial
The Washington Post's native ad program, WP BrandConnect, has adopted the multimedia, longform template used in the newsroom for features. Brands are creating high-quality video, research and articles, and they are looking to publishers to improve reader appeal.

Boston Globe Launches Local Tech Startup Website
The Boston Globe has launched a standalone website for BetaBoston, its news site covering local tech startups. The Globe has hired two new staffers for the venture. "We will cover not only the technologies themselves, but the broader social impact of those technologies."

M Magazine Names Editor of Fairchild Fashion Title
Fairchild Fashion Media, a division of Conde Nast, has promoted Jim Windolf to editor of its quarterly men's title M magazine. Windolf was appointed to his previous position as senior consulting editor at M just before the magazine relaunched in fall 2012.

Vanity Fair No-Shows Stir Talk of Paltrow Boycott
Daily News
Insiders said some top stars — Meryl Streep, Kevin Spacey, Sandra Bullock — skipped the big Vanity Fair Oscar party over the way the magazine handled an article on Gwyneth Paltrow. The actress's publicist insists there is no connection: "That is absolutely not true."

BuzzFeed CEO Sees Parallels with Time Magazine
Venture Village
BuzzFeed founder Jonah Peretti: "Time Magazine started out as a clipping service. At the time, there weren't any journalists there. They just subscribed to a bunch of newspapers and synthesized them into short articles. When BuzzFeed first started, we summarized trends on the web."

Online Publishers Group Names Executive Officers
The Online Publishers Association, a trade group for digital media brands, has announced its executive officers for the 2014-2016 term, including managing director Rob Grimshaw as chairman. "The OPA plays a unique role for digital content companies."

News Corp: Lachlan Murdoch Poised to Return
Town & Country
Rupert Murdoch's eldest son is on the verge of claiming the News Corp. throne, according to Michael Wolff, writing in Town & Country's March issue [unavailable online]. "Among the Murdochs, Lachlan's return is regarded as a virtual done deal. News Corp. is spoken of as Lachlan's company."

Tribune Invests in Tech News Website Mashable
Tribune has invested $700,000 in Mashable, the tech news site founded by Pete Cashmore in 2005. Tribune's money comes from its Tribune Digital Ventures arm, a year-old unit headed by former Yahoo exec Shashi Seth. "You might see Mashable content in Tribune papers."

Gannett: Classified Ventures Sells
Wall Street Journal
CoStar Group has agreed to acquire online apartment rentals company from Classified Ventures for $585 million. serves renters, property managers and owners. Classified Ventures is owned by several newspaper publishers including Gannett.

Washington Post Opens Tech Outpost in New York
Capital New York
The Washington Post has expanded its New York footprint with the creation of a Manhattan-based design and development office. The new satellite hub, called WPNYC, will result in more than a dozen new hires including designers, strategists and information architects.

Bloomberg LP Employees Attempting to Unionize
Fearful of layoffs and unhappy with work conditions, employees at a unit of Bloomberg LP, the former New York mayor's data-and-media giant, have launched a campaign to unionize. The drive involves about a hundred data analysts at the struggling Bloomberg Law division.

Forbes Releases Annual World's Billionaires Issue
The richest people in the world are now worth a combined $6.4 trillion, according to Forbes. The new 2014 Forbes' Billionaires list is composed of 1,645 billionaires. Forbes chief Steve Forbes said "despite everything Washington is doing, the U.S. is increasing billionaires."

Newsweek Returning to Print for $7.99 Per Issue
New York Times
IBT Media, a small digital publishing company that bought Newsweek for a pittance last summer, plans to return the magazine to newsstands this Friday. It will print 70,000 copies and sell them for $7.99 each, with the content also available online for a more affordable price.

Maxim Magazine Sold to Restaurant Chain Owner
New York Post
Alpha Media has finally found a buyer for its beleaguered Maxim magazine — Texas investor Sardar Biglari. The 36-year-old Biglari fashions himself as a Warren Buffett-like accumulator of assets. Maxim will join Steak N Shake and Western Sizzlin, two restaurant chains.

Conde Nast Hires Suzy Menkes for Vogue Websites
Suzy Menkes will join Conde Nast International as a critic and reporter for all the international Vogue websites. Menkes joins Conde Nast after 25 years as style editor at the Paris-based International New York Times, formerly the International Herald Tribune.

Tina Brown Live Media Focuses on 'Live Journalism'
Washington Post
Tina Brown's new venture, Tina Brown Live Media, pursues "live journalism." "We spend our time finding incredible stories. We do a great deal of culling to find the most compelling stories and presenting them with dramatic intensity. It's like living the pages of a magazine."

News Corp Exec Admits to Paying Public Officials
Rebekah Brooks has admitted paying public officials for information during her time as editor of the Sun. The former CEO of News International said she had approved payments on a "handful of occasions" to sources where there had been "an overwhelming public interest."

Pearson's Financial Times Sees Growth in Digital
The Financial Times is a profitable entity, according to owner Pearson, as operating profits at FT Group grew by 17% in 2013. Mobile now accounts for nearly a quarter of all new FT subscriptions. subscriptions have more than offset the planned reductions in print circulation.

Tribune, Time Inc Publishing Spinoffs Face Burdens
Nieman Lab
Both Time Warner and Tribune are assigning significant debt to their split-off publishing companies. But debt is only part of the story. The burdens being placed on standalone Time Inc. and Tribune Publishing are several-fold. Tribune's approach is "particularly Dickensian."

Time Inc Hires Away Atlantic Exec for Digital Chief
New York Times
Time Inc. has hired M. Scott Havens, president of the Atlantic, to spearhead the digital strategy for its magazine brands. Havens's appointment is part of a larger game of musical executive chairs as Time Inc. CEO Joe Ripp remodels the company's leadership ahead of a spinoff.

Conde Nast CEO Townsend Renews His Contract
New York Post
Chuck Townsend will be at Conde Nast for its relocation into One World Trade Center — and many years beyond — after agreeing to a five-year contract extension as CEO. "I'm feeling good, the business is good and I have a good relationship with the family," he said.

Guggenheim Media Boss Makes Employee Moves
New York Post
Janice Min, former editorial director of the Hollywood Reporter, is really working it since she became co-president of parent Guggenheim Media last month. Among other appointments, Min has signed up's Mike Bruno as VP of digital programming for

People Magazine to Maximize Red Carpet Power
People aims to channel the influence and power the red carpet has on consumers, fashion and brands, beginning with a pre-Oscar consumer survey. The magazine will also expand its social media initiatives, offering a "Best Dressed" tool that lets users dress like the stars online.

Food & Wine Unveils FWx Brand for Millennials
Time Inc.'s Food & Wine has become the latest to target the millennial generation, with a new food brand. FWx is designed responsively with smartphones in mind, with a heavy emphasis on content related to eating and going out. "We feel like it's a totally untapped market."

The Week Offers 'Speed Reads' for Busy People
Adweek has launched "Speed Reads," a vertical dedicated to quick takes on news and current events. The stories, most of which max out at around 200 words, are displayed in full within a continuous feed. The offering aims to be "a filter for smart, busy people."

Huffington Post to Reach 14 Countries in 2014
AOL is making a big international push around its marquee content brands. The Huffington Post will be published in 14 countries by year end, said AOL international head Graham Moysey. Half of the company's traffic comes from outside the U.S., he added, and that percentage will grow.

Business Insider Preps Launch of British Edition
Business Insider plans to colonize the U.K. Its forthcoming British edition will be the first time the company is doing the work itself. Previous expansions in Australia, India, China and elsewhere have been through licensing deals. In the U.K., BI will hire about a dozen staffers.

Gawker Media Dismissed from Tarantino Lawsuit
Gawker Media has been dismissed from film director Quentin Tarantino's "Hateful Eight" copyright lawsuit after it argued the court does not have jurisdiction over the Cayman Islands-based corporation. However, Gawker's American entities are still on the hook.

Google, Time Inc to Launch Global Ad Exchange
Google and Time Inc. have partnered to launch a global advertising exchange that lets marketers buy ad placements on the magazine company's online publications in the U.S. and overseas. The ad exchange runs on Google's platform and is powered by DoubleClick.

Time Inc Exec Exits Ahead of Relaunch
New York Post
John Cantarella, president of digital for the recently dissolved sports and news division at Time Inc., is out. The move comes only days before the long-delayed relaunch of The relaunch date for is now set for March 6, insiders said. This time, the date seems firm.

Hearst Says Dr Oz Magazine Off to Healthy Start
Hearst's new magazine Dr. Oz, the Good Life seems to be off to a strong start, even as it has had some turnover in its editorial ranks. Closing in on one month since launch, the healthy lifestyle magazine has signed up 145,000 subscribers. The second issue is due out April 15.

Conde Nast's Vogue Paris Helps French Museum
Vogue Paris has announced the creation of a fashion fund to help the Palais Galliera in Paris make acquisitions and mount exhibitions of contemporary fashion and photography. The news comes in tandem with the opening of an exhibit of Conde Nast photography.

News Corp: Three Reporters Charged Over Bribes
Three reporters at News Corp.'s Sun tabloid and two former police officers were among eight people charged in a U.K. probe into bribes to public officials. The charges stem from the bribery probe that grew out of an investigation into wrongdoing at News Corp. newspapers.

San Jose Mercury News Mulls Headquarters Move
Silicon Valley Business
The San Jose Mercury News is looking for property to house its newsroom and other offices in downtown San Jose, Calif. Talk of a deal comes as the Merc faces something of a deadline for finding a new home. The paper sold its 36-acre San Jose headquarters in October.

New York Observer Eyed Over Tie to Donald Trump
New York Times
The New York Observer has published a searing, 7,000-word indictment of New York attorney general Eric Schneiderman, who is engaged in a legal spat with real-estate developer Donald Trump. Critics have pointed out that Trump is the father-in-law of Observer owner Jared Kushner.

Gawker Chief's Panel with Alec Baldwin Canceled
Fox News
Is Alec Baldwin really done with public life ... or did he just got cold feet? Either way, the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism said that Baldwin has bailed on a proposed panel with Gawker Media honcho Nick Denton. "Unfortunately, it's not going to happen."

News Corp Editor Did Not Know Hacking Was Illegal
BBC News
Rebekah Brooks has told the phone-hacking trial she did not realize the practice was illegal when she was editor of the News of the World. She also told the court she felt "shock and horror" after discovering murdered school girl Milly Dowler's phone had been hacked.

New York Times, Time Inc Join Lineup at NewFronts
Advertising Age
The NewFronts, the web video advertising marketplace, could be confused for OldFronts. Along with the founding partners — such as AOL, Yahoo and Google — the 2014 lineup will increase the presence of "old" media, with Time Inc. and the New York Times among the newcomers.

Forbes Media Near Sale Deal with China's Fosun
New York Post
China-based Fosun International is said to be in final negotiations to land Forbes and its related digital properties. The deal could be announced as early as this week. Fosun is a diversified conglomerate that already publishes the Chinese edition of the magazine.

Time Inc Loses Digital Exec in Latest Departure
New York Post
Fran Hauser, one of the top digital people at Time Inc., is departing. Hauser had been head of digital for the former group that included People and In Style magazines. Her exit means virtually the entire upper echelon of execs connected to People have left the company recently.

Conde Nast's Mystery 'Elevator' Tweeter Revealed
Daily Mail
The tweeter behind the anonymous @CondeElevator Twitter account, which documented the comings-and-goings of top magazine editors at Conde Nast, has revealed herself. Lauren Bans, a former associate editor at GQ, was the mastermind behind the account.

People to Ban Paparazzi Photos of Celebs' Kids
People magazine and celebrity gossip site Just Jared have joined "Entertainment Tonight" in swearing off using paparazzi photos of celebrities' children. The bans are, in part, a response to a campaign started by actors Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard.

National Enquirer Libel Lawsuit Funds Foundation
New York Times
American Media Inc.'s National Enquirer has agreed to pay a settlement in a libel lawsuit stemming from a story in the tabloid that claimed actor Philip Seymour Hoffman's friend David Bar Katz was his drug-using gay lover. The settlement has helped form a foundation for playwrights.

Vogue Editor's Daughter Scores Gig at 'Late Night’
New York Post
Monday evening, Seth Meyers grabbed the spotlight with the premiere of his "Late Night" show on NBC. But New York tastemakers are buzzing over his new segment producer, Katherine "Bee" Shaffer, who happens to be the 26-year-old daughter of Conde Nast's Anna Wintour.

Saturday Evening Post Goes Retro for 'Mad Men'
It may look like a Norman Rockwell setting, but the cover story of next week's Saturday Evening Post is anything but, as it sets the stage for the final season of AMC's "Mad Men." The issue pays homage to the '60s era with advertising from the pages of the magazine.

New York Observer Veteran to Reboot Weeklies
Capital New York
Kyle Pope, a former New York Observer editor, has been named editor of Straus Media-Manhattan and will relaunch its community weeklies next month. The papers include Our Town, Our Town Downtown, West Side Spirit, the Chelsea-Clinton News and the Westsider.

CNNMoney Head to Exit Ahead of CNN Takeover
Talking Biz News
Chris Peacock, the journalist who has overseen for the past 10 years, will leave the joint venture between Time Inc. and CNN next month. Peacock has been the only Time Inc. employee at CNNMoney, which is being taken over by CNN on June 1.

Digital First Media: Mobile Favors Local Newspapers
News & Tech
Mobile is the first major tech development that is more advantageous for businesses at the local level than national brands, according to Jim Brady, editor of Digital First Media. The location-based nature of mobile benefits local advertisers, and in turn, newspapers, he said.

Hearst's San Francisco Chronicle Unveils Incubator
The San Francisco Chronicle is introducing an incubator project, aiming to transition the paper to a "digital first and fastest" mentality. Eventually, the entire newsroom staff will move through the program. Also, a redesign of and is underway.

Survey: Print Dominates Local Newspaper Reading
Just over half of the U.S. newspaper audience still reads their local newspaper in print only — with no overlapping digital consumption. That's according to a new survey of 150 U.S. media markets conducted by Scarborough for the Newspaper Association of America.

News Corp Phone Hacking Case May Be Exported
Associated Press
A judge in Los Angeles has suggested that Great Britain would be the proper place for Angelina Jolie's stunt double to pursue a lawsuit against News Corp. over alleged phone hacking, rather than a U.S. courtroom. The judge said he plans to consider that matter further.

Bloomberg View to Relaunch as Standalone Site
Capital New York
Bloomberg View, the online opinion play created to a complement to Bloomberg L.P.'s news products, is set to relaunch with a slick, mobile-friendly layout, at That makes it only the second Bloomberg property to have a standalone site.

Source Interlink Car Magazines Owner to Break Up
New York Post
Source Interlink, owner of Motor Trend and other car magazines, is shaking up its executive ranks and splitting itself in two — fueling rumors that one or both of the units could end up for sale. CEO Michael Sullivan will become head of distribution; Scott Dickey will run the media side.

Newsweek Returning to Print as Boutique Product
Capital New York
On March 7, print copies of Newsweek will once again hit newsstands. Now published by IBT Media, Newsweek is being pitched as a boutique product complementing a digital-first strategy. "It will be like a monthly coming out weekly. The smartest take on last week's news."

National Journal Names Richard Just Magazine Editor
National Journal
Former Newsweek and New Republic editor Richard Just is taking the helm of the National Journal's magazine, tasked with "reinventing" the venerable title. "This is major. Richard is one of the best magazine editors in the country," said editor Tim Grieve in an email to staff.

Forbes Licenses Brand to Mobile Payment Provider
In a licensing agreement, Forbes has lent its name to a group managed by payment solutions provider Lotaris. Called Forbes Digital Commerce, the entity will enable payment solutions for the mobile platform. The deal gives Forbes a direct line to the mobile commerce market.

Self Magazine Extends Brand Into Frozen Foods
Conde Nast's Self magazine is launching a new line of frozen meals with Benevida Foods CEO and chef Calvin Harris. The Self Healthy Kitchen line is rolling out to 2,900 stores across 37 states. Self editor Lucy Danziger describes frozen food as a logical move for the brand.

Vanity Fair Sets Up Work Space for Oscar Bloggers
New York Times
Vanity Fair has invited more than 120 bloggers and online reporters covering the Oscars to use branded work spaces on Hollywood Boulevard outfitted with amenities like a media wall and a vending machine powered by Twitter. It's "a physical manifestation of our brand."

TMZ, Gawker Among Media Duped by Bieber Hoax
After rumors swirled that Justin Bieber was considering making a move to Atlanta, a local radio station pulled off the ultimate hoax, duping the likes of CNN, TMZ, Gawker, Time and the BBC, among other media outlets. The hoax reportedly generated a whopping 45,000 news stories.

News Corp: Brooks Near Tears at Hacking Trial
Daily Mail
Rebekah Brooks was forced to lay bare her "car crash" personal life in court last week. She revealed details of her failed marriage to actor Ross Kemp, her doomed affair with "best friend" and co-accused Andy Coulson and — most painfully of all — her inability to have children.

Tribune Pressured by Hedge Fund to Sell Assets
Wall Street Journal
Activist hedge fund Blue Harbour has taken a 2.5% stake in Tribune and is said to be discussing with management several moves to help boost the media company's shares. They include selling off real-estate holdings and the spectrum owned by Tribune's broadcast properties.

New York Times Says Middelhoff to Leave Board
New York Times
Thomas Middelhoff, a director of the New York Times since 2003, plans to leave the company's board. Middelhoff is the former CEO of Bertelsmann, the German media giant. Over the last several years, Middelhoff has been embroiled in two legal disputes in Germany.

Dow Jones Digital Head Out in Course Correction
Capital New York
Michael Rolnick, a Silicon Valley veteran who joined Dow Jones & Co. as head of digital last August, has been let go. The move comes as Will Lewis, who replaced Lex Fenwick as CEO of Dow Jones in January, course-corrects the company's institutional strategy.

Time Inc's All You is Stepping Outside of Walmart
Starting in April, Time Inc.'s All You, the magazine for budget-conscious women, will be sold at stores outside retail giant Walmart — the title's sole newsstand distributor since launching 10 years ago. "The soft economy has made budget shoppers out of everyone."

Conde Nast Former Editor Ruth Reichl Writes Novel
Associated Press
Ruth Reichl, author of two best-selling memoirs and the former editor of the now-shuttered Gourmet magazine, will have her first novel, "Delicious!," published in May. The plot features the end of a venerable food magazine, but the novel is not autobiographical.

Hearst's Cosmopolitan Strives for Digital Relevancy
Financial Times
Posting its weekly pitch meeting online and soliciting feedback on social media is just part of a digital makeover to help Cosmopolitan stay relevant to today's young woman. Similar transformations are rippling through other magazines at Hearst and rival publishing houses.

New York Magazine Gets a 'Rethink' as a Biweekly
When New York magazine editor Adam Moss revealed in December that his weekly publication would cut its frequency to 26 issues a year, few doubted that the news would be anything but gloomy. Instead, the move presented "an opportunity to make changes," Moss said.

BuzzFeed is Reinventing Itself Beyond Cute Cats
The cute cats haven't disappeared from BuzzFeed, but these days there is serious journalism as well. Founded in 2006, BuzzFeed is now among the top 10 most-visited U.S. news sites. The viral news site is said to be expecting revenue to double to $120 million this year.

Time Inc Teams with Sports Leagues on Video App
New York Post
Time Inc. will team up with MLB's digital arm, the NHL, NBA and Nascar to form 120 Sports, a 24-hour sports network that will stream everything but live games to mobile-connected sports addicts. Debuting this spring, 120 Sports will be free but could grow to include a pay service.

Hearst Magazines International Makes Digital Hire
Hearst Magazines International has tapped Gary Ellis for the new position of chief digital officer. Ellis, who comes to Hearst from Viacom Media Networks, will be charged with the content, technology and overall business strategy for HMI's web and mobile products.

Conde Nast Editor, Actress Wife Split Amid Rumors
New York Post
Page Six: "Fashion insiders are buzzing about a split between a top Conde Nast editor and his actress wife. Dan Peres, the editor-in-chief of men's fashion magazine Details, and Sarah Wynter, the beautiful Australian former star of '24,' are separating."

AMI's Muscle & Fitness Gets the Zinczenko Touch
American Media Inc.'s Muscle & Fitness is about to get the Dave Zinczenko treatment. A year after the magazine dynamo took AMI's Men's Fitness out of the gym and into the lifestyle realm with a splashy redesign, Zinczenko is working his magic on the body-building title.

Maxim Owners File Lawsuit Over Bungled Buyout
New York Post
Maxim's parent company has sued Calvin Darden over the $31 million buyout of the men's magazine that was bungled by his alleged scammer son. Alpha Media Group, controlled by Cerebus Capital Management, claims Darden failed to make good on a deal to buy the title.

National Journal Unveils Digital Document Library
National Journal has rolled out a new database for its members featuring thousands of policy-related documents. Similar to an academic database, the Document Library aggregates a collection of research reports, white papers, press releases and other data.

News Corp: Brooks Denies Knowledge of Hacking
Rebekah Brooks has told a London court that she had no knowledge of the private detective at the center of the phone-hacking scandal while she edited News Corp.'s News of the World tabloid. "It is impossible for an editor to know every source of every story."

Philadelphia Inquirer, Daily News Set for Another Sale
Associated Press
The top investor in Philadelphia's largest newspapers wants the company sold in a quick, closed auction among current partners while a rival wants a slower sale open to all. The Philadelphia Inquirer, Daily News and are expected to be sold for the sixth time in eight years.

Baltimore Sun Buys Alternative Weekly City Paper
Baltimore Business
Baltimore Sun Media Group has reached a deal to acquire Baltimore's City Paper from Times-Shamrock Communications for an undisclosed amount. "This represents a great opportunity to add another successful media property to our portfolio." Layoffs are expected at City Paper.

Business Wire to Cut Off High Frequency Traders
Associated Press
Business Wire, which publishes corporate earnings and other news releases, will stop providing its service to high frequency trading firms. The move comes after an article pointed out the advantage the firms had gained using the service, rather than financial news wires.

Gigaom Founder Steps Down to Join True Ventures
Om Malik, founder of venture blog Gigaom, is stepping down as contributing writer and will become a partner with True Ventures. "I am looking forward to the next generation of writers and leaders to help Gigaom continue and improve on what we did together."

Gawker Founder Doesn't Want to Rely on Journalists
Gawker's reliance on journalists is a weakness, founder Nick Denton believes, one he means to correct with his Kinja publishing platform. Kinja aims to turn Gawker's readers into a virtual army of gossip reporters. "We need reader help. We need your colleagues to rat you out."

News Corp: Brooks Acquitted of Bribery Charge
Wall Street Journal
Rebekah Brooks has been acquitted of one of the charges against her in the phone-hacking trial in London. The charge on which the former News Corp. exec was acquitted relates to payments allegedly made for a photo of Prince William in a bikini. She still faces other charges.

Tribune Seeks $325 Million from Publishing Spinoff
Chicago Tribune
When Tribune spins off its publishing business, the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times and six other daily newspapers will be on their own. And with that independence comes a pricey legacy: a payment of an estimated $325 million in the form of a dividend to its former parent.

New York Times Stake Increase Eyed by Billionaire
Carlos Slim, the world's second-richest person, is said to be planning to exercise warrants by the end of the year that will more than double his stake in the New York Times Co. to as much as 19%. Adding to his stake would be a vote of confidence in the company's management.

Lee Enterprises Preps Pay Walls for Newspapers
St Louis Business
Lee Enterprises, owner of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and other newspapers, plans to roll out "full-access subscriptions," which provide both home delivery and access to digital content, to several of its larger markets in April, expanding to 28 markets by September.

Washington Post Hires Two Journos for Wonkblog
Capital New York
The Washington Post announced that it has hired two more people for its Wonkblog franchise. Founded by Ezra Klein, who has since departed with several staffers to begin a similar enterprise under the auspices of Vox Media, the platform had been looking shorthanded.

Forbes Media Said Near Sale to Chinese Company
The Deal
Fosun International, the Chinese conglomerate, is said to have the front-runner position in the sale of Forbes Media. The sale price is expected to be less than $250 million, which is "much lower than private equity minority stakeholder Elevation Partners was hoping to receive."

Conde Nast's GQ Seeks New Revenues in Retail
Conde Nast's GQ is stretching its well-tailored reach beyond its pages. According to publisher Chris Mitchell, the glossy is in the process of building partnerships with different retailers in order to "learn" how to create "viable revenue streams" outside of the magazine.

Time Inc's People Editor Set for ABC's Oscar Show
Time Inc.'s Jess Cagle will co-host ABC's Academy Awards Red Carpet show on March 2 alongside network "Good Morning America" anchors Robin Roberts and Lara Spencer. Cagle was promoted to editorial director of People and Entertainment Weekly in January.

Wenner's Rolling Stone Threatens to Shutter Eatery
Fox 4 News
Rolling Stone magazine is said to have told a local restaurant in Lehigh Acres, Fla., to change its name or close down by 5 p.m. Friday afternoon. The eatery is using the name "Rolling Stone," which the Wenner Media title said will cause "irreparable harm" to the magazine.

Gawker Seeks Dismissal of Lawsuit from Tarantino
Gawker has filed a motion to dismiss Quentin Tarantino's copyright lawsuit over an online link to his new script, "The Hateful Eight." The gossip site claims that because its holding company is based in the Cayman Islands, the California court does not have jurisdiction over it.

First Look Media Plans Another Web News Startup
New York Times
Journalist Matt Taibbi will start his own online news publication focusing on financial and political corruption at First Look Media, which is financed by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar. "We're entering a new phase in the history of journalism," Taibbi said. "This is clearly the future."

Politico Taps Hotline Editor for New 'Campaign Pro'
Politico has hired National Journal Hotline editor-in-chief Steve Shepard to help launch a new subscription offering: Campaign Pro, "a vertical aimed at political, PAC and campaign professionals." The new vertical will feature premium coverage of the 2014 campaigns.

Report: Men Dominate in Media Across Platforms
U.S. News
Women — and particularly women of color — are underrepresented in media, according to a survey from the Women's Media Center. "The media is failing women on nearly every platform. What's the message for girls and women in America? If you can't see it you can't be it."

Meredith in Partnership for Branded In-App Rewards
Kiip, the rewards-based mobile advertising startup, has signed its first major media client, Meredith, as the platform expands its focus outside of gaming. Meredith will use Kiip to offer consumer rewards like coupons or product samples via some of the company's apps.

Conde Nast Gearing Up for Move to Trade Center
Conde Nast is readying for its relocation to One World Trade Center, according to a memo to employees sent by CEO Charles Townsend. Rallying the troops, Townsend called the move a "historic moment." Staffers will begin the move downtown in November.

Time Inc: SI's Swimsuit Issue is Thickest in Years
Advertising Age
Sports Illustrated's Swimsuit Issue includes 107 print ad pages this year, an 8% increase over last year's and the most since 2007. The Swimsuit Issue's strong performance comes as magazines struggle to grow print ad pages amid growing competition from digital media.

Forbes Still Recovering from Attack by Hackers
Re/code is still recovering from an attack by hackers that exposed the email addresses of more than a million users and forced it to take down its blogging platform. Forbes chief Lewis DVorkin said he had a discussion with the FBI that was "at times a bit scary."

News Corp: Tony Blair Offered Advice on Hacking
Tony Blair advised Rebekah Brooks to launch an inquiry into phone hacking at the News of the World at the height of the scandal over the issue, according to an email that has emerged at the Old Bailey trial. Blair also told Brooks he was "available" as an "unofficial adviser."

Wall Street Journal Eyes 'Immersive Storytelling'
Capital New York
The Wall Street Journal is making moves to ramp up its enterprise coverage. Managing editor Gerard Baker has made several appointments that "will strengthen our investigations team, enhance our data-reporting resources and advance our push into immersive storytelling."

Boston Globe Moving Toward Metered Paywall
Nieman Lab
Changes are afoot at The paper's website is said to be planning to switch from a hard-paywall model to a New York Times–style metered model, where readers will be given a certain number of free stories each month before being asked to pay.

Huffington Can't Kick Lawsuit Over HuffPost Idea
A lawsuit brought by two Democratic consultants accusing Arianna Huffington of stealing their idea for what became the Huffington Post is headed for trial, after a New York judge flatly refused to grant the liberal media titan judgment as a matter of law.

Glam Media: Wall Street Needs Wooing for IPO
New York Post
It has been nearly a year since Glam Media filed for what is known as a "secret initial public offering" — and the actual IPO has yet to be revealed. However, it is said to be slowly proceeding and could happen later this year. "Admittedly, a year is a long time to be in registration."

News Corp: Brooks Starts Phone-Hacking Defense
Rebekah Brooks, former boss of Rupert Murdoch's British newspapers, is due to begin her defense on Wednesday against allegations she was complicit in phone-hacking at the now defunct News of the World weekly. Brooks will testify for the first time in the long-running trial.

New York Times Preps Large Module for Native Ads
The New York Times's new native advertising program is still in "early days." But it is set to grow and become increasingly discoverable, said ad EVP Meredith Levien. Ad campaigns will become more visible with the introduction of a large module in the middle of the front page.

New York Post: How Does 'Page Six' Gossip Work?
New York Observer
Ever wonder how New York Post's Page Six works? Former Page Six deputy editor Paula Froelich posted a response to the question on Quora, the website that lets people answer questions. "Where does the information come from? How are stories chosen?"

Study: What Happens to Cities When Newspapers Die
Boston Globe
What do newspapers do for a city? A recent study offers some evidence, based on what happens when they disappear. After two major newspapers closed in Denver and Seattle, data surveys indicate that civic engagement declined in those cities more than it did in comparable markets.

Bloomberg Pursuits Magazine Makes Lifestyle Push
Bloomberg is gunning for a larger luxury and lifestyle play with Bloomberg Pursuits, its 1-year-old luxury magazine. The title aims to extend its reach into women's fashion, despite the fact that 60% of the magazine's readers are men. "There's a lot in here for both sexes."

Mental Floss Wins After Facebook Algorithm Change
After Facebook altered its news feed algorithm to focus on "high quality content," speculation centered on which websites might be affected. One that appears to have benefitted is Dennis Publishing's Mental Floss magazine. Monthly referrals "have nearly doubled."

BuzzFeed Interview Leads Trump to Fire Consultant
New York Post
Furious over a snarky BuzzFeed article about his political aspirations, Donald Trump took a page out of his TV show, "The Apprentice," and fired the adviser who had urged him to do the interview. "This is not unfair, honestly," said Sam Nunberg, Trump's former consultant.

Craigslist Killing Suspect Claims 22 More Slayings
Associated Press
A Pennsylvania woman charged with her newlywed husband with killing a man they met through Craigslist admitted to the slaying in a jailhouse interview and said she has killed more than 20 other people across the country, claims police said they are investigating.

New York Times Targeted by File Transfer Hackers
Hackers have obtained credentials for some 7,000 file transfer servers and have been circulating the list in forums. The hackers appear to have compromised an FTP server run by the New York Times, among others. The Times said it is "taking steps to secure" its network.

Forbes Website Hacked by Syrian Electronic Army
IBTimes has become the latest media outlet hacked by the Syrian Electronic Army. In addition to defacing the website, the group also is said to have hijacked three Twitter accounts connected to Forbes. The group said: "Their hate for Syria is very clear in their articles."

Kiplinger Website Sets Traffic Record After Redo
Talking Biz News set an all-time record for traffic in January, with page views spiking to 25.5 million and unique visitors reaching 3.4 million. The achievement followed strong gains in 2013, due to a site redesign and a new tablet version. "Our content is best in class."

Reader's Digest UK Sold for £1 by Better Capital
Reader's Digest U.K. has been sold by Better Capital to venture capitalist Mike Luckwell for just £1. The sale for a nominal amount marks another chapter in the magazine publishing company's checkered history. "The business didn't justify the time and effort for us."

Vox Media: Time Is Ripe for an 'Online Conde Nast'
Pando Daily
Vox Media CEO Jim Bankoff believes it is time for online media to seek to become the giants of a new media paradigm. "We're optimistic," he said. Online media has yet to create a force of Conde Nast-esque proportion, he argued. "This is a restructuring of an entire industry."

Salon Media on a Path to Profitability, CEO Says
Crain's New York
The third quarter was a breakout for Salon Media, with revenue spiking 82% to $1.9 million and its audience continuing to grow. CEO Cindy Jeffers has launched new content sections, as well as sponsored-content advertising programs. "We're on a path to profitability."

Breitbart News Network Plans Global Expansion
New York Times
Breitbart News Network, a group of conservative news sites named for the late Andrew Breitbart, plans to add at least a dozen staff members as it opens operations based in Texas and London. It is also planning several regional sites, taking a cue from the Huffington Post.

Gawker Demands Hulk Hogan Emails in Lawsuit
Daily News
Attorneys for Gawker have filed court papers demanding e-mails from Hulk Hogan's lawyer and publicist in the wrestling star's $100 million lawsuit over the posting of a video reportedly showing an extra-marital encounter. Hogan is due for a March 3 deposition in the case.

Washington Post to 'Lead' Web Articles with Video
The Washington Post, which has ramped up video production around its video hub called PostTV, plans to "lead" with clips in article pages across the paper's website, said revenue chief Kevin Gentzel. Online adults "are starting to shift their content consumption habits."

Financial Times to Launch Global Ad Campaign
The Drum
A global advertising campaign for FT Weekend has been launched by the Financial Times, as the paper seeks to drive subscriptions for its Saturday and Sunday edition. Titled "Experience a different world," the campaign will run across TV, radio, outdoor, print and digital media.

Guardian Takes Stake in Digital Training Company
The parent company of the U.K. Guardian has taken a minority stake in Decoded, a London-based digital training company that promises to teach people how to use computer code in a day. Decoded is likely to become involved in the Guardian's editorial initiatives.

Glamour Digital Service Lets Readers Buy Products
Glamour has unveiled a digital shopping service, including an app and e-commerce site, allowing readers to buy products from the magazine's pages. The new platform, called Shop Glamour, will feature merchandise from each issue, as well as products picked by editors.

Maxim Owners Grow Desperate as Deal Collapses
New York Post
The troubled auction to sell Maxim is back on. The owners had already dropped Darden Media as a potential buyer even before the arrest of Calvin Darden Jr. on charges that he had duped investors into thinking that it was his wealthy father who was buying the magazine.

Forbes Names Hanks Most Trustworthy Celebrity
"Saving Mr. Banks" star Tom Hanks is the most trustworthy celebrity in Hollywood, according to the most recent Forbes/E-Score list. Hanks' trustworthy score is 25 and his appeal is 81, putting him ahead of all other celebrities with a combined score of 106.

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue Cover Revealed
Entertainment Weekly
The 2014 Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue features three cover girls: models Nina Agdal, Lily Aldridge and Chrissy Teigen. The 50th anniversary cover was revealed Thursday night on SI‘s Swim Daily blog, before getting its TV debut on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live."

Rolling Stone Stirs Backlash from Rapper Drake
Associated Press
Drake lashed out at Rolling Stone after the magazine replaced him on the cover with the late actor Philip Seymour Hoffman and quoted the rapper criticizing some of Kanye West's lyrics. The Grammy winner said he was "done doing interviews with magazines."

Media Industry On the Move to Lower Manhattan
Capital New York
Media companies are starting to make a big dent in lower Manhattan. In 2013, media accounted for 15% of all leases signed in the area. Since 2011, some 15 media firms, including American Media Inc., HarperCollins and the Village Voice, committed to relocating downtown.

People Shake-Up Continues with Top Editor's Exit
New York Post
People magazine deputy editor Peter Castro, once rumored to be the running for the top job, announced he is leaving the celebrity title after 26 years. His exit is another sign of change at Time Inc.'s most profitable magazine. Castro said he had no immediate plans.

The Week in Deal to Launch Edition in Middle East
Media Week
Dennis Publishing has struck an agreement to launch a licensed edition of The Week magazine in the Middle East, with United Arab Emirates publisher Motivate. The deal is the first licensing arrangement for the title, which publishes U.K. and U.S. editions.

Esquire Makes Surprising Choice for Style Cover
For its spring style issue, Esquire magazine has found itself a new, somewhat surprising, muse: actor Peter Dinklage. Known for his role on HBO's "Game of Thrones," Dinklage was approached last December by editor David Granger and his team, all of whom are fans.

New York Times Magazine Editor Search Nears End
Capital New York
The hunt for the next editor of the New York Times Magazine is said to be entering the home stretch. Internal candidates include deputy Times Magazine editors Joel Lovell and Lauren Kern. External candidates include New York magazine editorial director Jared Hohlt.

USA Today: Our Circulation Will More Than Double
USA Today boss Larry Kramer has brokered a partnership to place full sections of his title in owner Gannett's top papers. "We'll more than double our print circulation over the next year. We are mimicking the TV model." It's "like NBC News appearing on local affiliate airwaves.”

Buffett Firm Mulls Buying Part of Graham Holdings
Associated Press
Warren Buffett's company is considering trading its shares of Graham Holdings for sole ownership of part of the company that was created when the Graham family sold the Washington Post. Berkshire Hathaway disclosed the talks in a filing with U.S. regulators.

Guardian to Produce Branded Content for Unilever
Press Gazette
The U.K.'s Guardian has signed a seven-figure deal to provide content about sustainability under the brand of household goods giant Unilever. It is the first deal for the new Guardian Labs division, which describes itself as a "branded content and innovation agency."

Gawker Media Nabs Magazine Publisher from Hearst
Gawker Media has hired Popular Mechanics publisher Michael Kuntz as VP of sales, according to a tweet from chief Nick Denton. "First big get from Hearst." Kuntz's previous positions include sales posts at Rodale, Kontera, Undertone Networks and Discovery.

Huffington's New Book to Help Education 'Thrive'
Fast Company
Arianna Huffington, as part of a promotion for her new book, "Thrive," will partner with DonorsChoose to give back to the education community. People who pre-order the book before its March 25 publication will receive a DonorsChoose gift card equal to the title's $26 list price.

BuzzFeed: Murdoch Took Our Quiz for Billionaires
Business Insider
Rupert Murdoch took BuzzFeed's "Which Billionaire Tycoon Are You?" quiz. His chief of staff tweeted out the news. This means one of two things: BuzzFeed quiz's are actually designed for titans of capitalism, or that the titans of capitalism are just like you and me.

Craigslist Ad Leads Man to Be Banned from Internet
A Racine, Wis., man has been sentenced to two and a half years' probation and was banned from using the Internet after he used a Craigslist ad to coax men to his neighbor's house for trysts. "You were mean to your neighbor," said the judge. "In the worst possible way."

Gannett Seeks to Lease Space in Headquarters
Washington Business
Gannett has hired a new agent in its effort to lease space in its Tysons Corner, Va., headquarters. "Our building is not up for sale, nor are we looking for space elsewhere," said a spokesman. "We have had 140,000 square feet of space for lease in our building for some time."

Forbes Staffers Buzz About Possible New Owner
New York Post
The buzz inside Forbes Media is that the so-called Capitalist Tool will soon have an Asian owner. Final bids were said to be due by Feb. 10. CEO Mike Perlis was closed-mouthed on who might be the buyer as he moderated an Interactive Advertising Bureau forum.

Conde Nast, Hearst Infuriated by Net-a-Porter Mag
Evening Standard
Porter, a new print magazine published by online retailer Net-a-Porter, is going head to head with Vogue, Harper's Bazaar and other established names. The leaders of the new title are said to have infuriated Conde Nast and Hearst by poaching staff for their 50-strong team.

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue Includes Barbie
Sports Illustrated's swimsuit issue this year includes one unexpected name: Barbie. The Mattel fashion doll will be the star of an editorial feature inside the magazine. Mattel and SI are also collaborating on an advertorial component around Barbie’s new “#unapologetic" campaign.

Chicago Sun-Times, ABC Station Team on Weather
Chicago Business
ABC-owned WLS-Channel 7 in Chicago was looking for a new platform to promote its on-air weather team. And the Chicago Sun-Times needed a way to upgrade its limited weather coverage. Thus was born a new marketing partnership between the two local media entities.

Indianapolis Star: Cashing In On Mobile is Difficult
Advertising Age
A recent story about exorcisms in the Indianapolis Star became one of the most widely read pieces in the paper's history. But while the story racked up social shares, including 62,000 on Facebook, the Gannett paper found it difficult to make a decent buck off mobile traffic.

The Onion Picked by Illinois to Promote Obamacare
The state of Illinois has turned to satire in an effort to get young adults to sign up for Obamacare, teaming up with fake news website The Onion to get the word out. The state's health exchange will run ads on the satirical news site. The Onion also will create a custom news section.

Survey: U.S. Drops in Global Press Freedom Index
Washington Times
The Obama administration's handling of whistleblower Edward Snowden and the leaks by the National Security Agency helped produce a plunge in the country's rating on press freedoms and government openness, according to a global survey from Reporters Without Borders.

Bloomberg Media CEO Hints of Coming Changes
Advertising Age
Justin Smith, CEO of Bloomberg Media, is slated to wrap up a 100-day review of the company in the coming weeks, when he is expected to offer recommendations on the future of the firm's TV division and digital and print operations, including Bloomberg Businessweek.

Forbes Media Sale Nears as Suitors Prepare Bids
Forbes Media is drawing interest from acquirers including China's Fosun International and Singapore's Spice Global Investments. Final offers for the magazine publisher were due Monday. Germany's Axel Springer, which publishes Forbes' Russian edition, is also interested.

Hearst Unveils 'Responsive' Corporate Website
Hearst has unveiled a "modern and efficient" new corporate website. A quick run down the page presents a near-seamless mix of news about Hearst and stories from the company's publications. "We wanted to transform into a real media-news destination."

Entertainment Weekly Finds Digital Savvy Editor
Entertainment Weekly has tapped Matt Bean as editor. He joins from Time Inc. sibling, where he served as managing editor. Bean's addition to the EW staff is an interesting one, as the editor has spent the majority of his career in the digital world.

Economist Owner Names New Financial Officer
CFO World
The Economist Group has appointed Shane Naughton as its new chief financial officer. Prior to joining the group, which is 50% owned by media giant Pearson, Naughton was CFO at EMI Music and has held finance posts at UBM, Sky, Dell Computers and Coca-Cola.

New Yorker Editor Returns After NBC Olympics Gig
Associated Press
His experiment in TV with NBC over for now, David Remnick leaves Sochi on Tuesday to resume his day job as editor of The New Yorker magazine. The Pulitzer Prize-winning author participated in studio discussions about some of the political issues surrounding the Olympics.

Washington Post Gets Web Advice from Blodget
Last month, at a secret meeting at Washington Post headquarters, new owner Jeff Bezos talked about the paper's tablet design. He also brought Business Insider chief Henry Blodget down from New York to talk "about the challenges of publishing news on the Internet."

Fader Teams Up with Gevinson Web Zine Rookie
To commemorate its 15th anniversary, The Fader magazine is putting a spotlight on influencers born in the Nineties. As part of the issue, due out March 4, Fader has tapped Tavi Gevinson and her editorial team at, to "take over" sections of the title.

Tribune Seeks CEO for Midyear Newspaper Spinoff
Tribune's proposed spinoff of its newspapers is said to be expected by midyear, allowing time to vet candidates to run the business. Tribune is lining up a potential replacement should Eddy Hartenstein, publisher of the Los Angeles Times, decline to run the new company.

Advance's Star-Ledger Regrets Endorsing Christie
Fox News
The editorial page editor of the Star-Ledger, New Jersey's largest newspaper, said the paper's decision to endorse Gov. Chris Christie for re-election last year was a mistake. The editorial board “blew this one" when they favored Christie. "We didn't know his crew was crazy."

New York Times Former Editor to Exit for Startup
New York Times
Bill Keller, a columnist at the New York Times and its former executive editor, will leave the paper to become editor in chief of the Marshall Project, a nonprofit journalism startup focused on the U.S. criminal justice system. "It's chance to build something from scratch."

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."

Time Inc Lays Off Staff as Boss Gets Big Bonus
Washington Post
Time Inc. plans to lay off some 500 workers as the company prepares to be spun off from Time Warner. One person who will likely be spared the pain is Norman Pearlstine, EVP and chief content officer. Pearlstine received a $1.4 million "sign-on bonus," among other payments.

Sports Illustrated, Fortune Hit by Time Inc Layoffs
Time Inc. employees are beginning to feel the company's mandate to cut costs. Sports Illustrated and Fortune suffered a slate of layoffs last week, including writers and art department editors. SI has let go of 12 staffers and Fortune has laid off one on the editorial side.

Hearst Castle to Be Location for Lady Gaga Project
Two icons — Hearst Castle and Lady Gaga — will come together this week when the pop singer begins work on a "creative project" at William Randolph Hearst's former California estate. Hearst Corp. donated the water to top off the pool for the Lady Gaga production.

HuffPost UK Delivers Headlines to Shopping Malls
AOL's Huffington Post UK has entered a partnership with digital out-of-home firm Outdoor Plus to provide news "on the move" in shopping malls. The effort will deliver HuffPost news, sports and entertainment headlines generated via a live RSS feed on 36 full-motion screens.

BuzzFeed Britain Boosts Editorial Staff Numbers
BuzzFeed UK plans to add a news editor to its growing editorial staff, with deputy online editor for Richard James due to join next month. The appointment brings BuzzFeed UK's editorial team to 16, more than a five-fold increase on the lineup of three at launch last year.

France's Liberation Daily to Become 'Social Network'
Journalists at France's Liberation newspaper are reacting with fury at a plan by the owners to try to turn around the struggling daily by transforming it into a "social network." The owners also want to convert the paper's building into a cafe and business area to help startups.

News Corp's Times Offers Spotify to Subscribers
Subscribers to the U.K. Times and Sunday Times will be offered a free year's membership to Spotify Premium as part of the latest deal struck by News UK to enhance its paywall offering. Spotify said this is the first deal it has done of this nature with any media owner.

Tribune Newspaper Spinoff Still Worries Waxman
Los Angeles Times
U.S. Rep. Henry Waxman, after a meeting with Tribune CEO Peter Liguori, said he still is concerned about the company's plans to spin off the Los Angeles Times and other newspapers. Waxman said Liguori told him that Tribune execs "haven't made firm decisions yet."

Dow Jones Eyes 'Flexible' DJX Subscription Prices
Capital New York
Dow Jones will adjust the pricing of its DJX subscription product to make it "more flexible and thus more compelling to clients," said News Corp. CEO Robert Thomson. The tweak is a response to negative feedback from clients who didn't like the way DJX charged a higher premium.

Time Inc CEO Moves Office to Be More Accessible
Time Inc. CEO Joe Ripp plans to leave the 34th floor of the Time & Life building, the cavernous executive offices that have long been home to the company's top leaders — but have also become synonymous with remote management and plodding decision-making.

Hearst's Cosmo Among Magazines Seeing Declines
Crain's New York
Hearst's Cosmopolitan, which lost its crown as the top-selling magazine in the first half of the year, fell to third place as sales plunged 24.8% to 896,000 copies. Hearst points out that Cosmo now has the biggest digital circulation of any women's monthly, with 236,000 copies.

Conde Nast Traveler Unveils Redo with Surprises
Pilar Guzman has been in the top job at Conde Nast Traveler for just over six months. The former editor of Martha Stewart Living has been in the process of revamping the travel title. She considers the March issue the first real example of her work — and there are a few surprises.

Rodale Names Dow Jones Veteran to Digital Post
Rodale has hired Beth Buehler as SVP of digital operations and strategy, a new position and the latest sign of change at the family-owned company since Scott Schulman was named president in October. Buehler will oversee online activities related to Rodale brands.

Atlantic Media's Quartz Reports Traffic Record
Talking Biz News
Quartz, the business news website launched in 2012, passed 5 million unique visitors in January. Mobile is Quartz's fastest-growing segment, with 41% of unique visitors viewing the site on a tablet or mobile phone. Readers want "high-quality journalism tailored for devices."

WWD to Cover Fashion Week with Google Glass
WWD reporters will be armed with Google Glass while covering backstage action at New York Fashion Week. The $1,500 device, which is now in testing mode and not yet sold at retail, will allow the team to capture videos on the fly. "WWD readers can truly see what editors are seeing."

New York Times to Introduce Mobile News Product
New York Times
The New York Times said it added digital subscribers and slowed declines in print and digital advertising revenues during the fourth quarter. The company has invested heavily in new ventures that will start being introduced in the spring, including a mobile news product.

Washington Post Loses Journos to Vox Venture
Huffington Post
The Washington Post's Brad Plumer and Sarah Kliff are said to be joining Ezra Klein's new venture to be launched with Vox Media. Plumer covers environmental policy for the Post's Wonkblog, which was run by Klein until his exit last month. Kliff reports on health care policy.

Daily Mail Website Sees Big Boost in Ad Revenue
Financial Times
MailOnline — the world's most popular English-language news website in terms of unique visitors — has seen a big increase in revenues from advertising. The increase has more than made up for a decline in ads in its print titles, the Daily Mail and the Mail on Sunday.

Los Angeles Times Rejected Op-Ed by Farrow
Prior to its publication on New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof's blog, the Los Angeles Times op-ed department had Dylan Farrow's letter accusing Woody Allen of abuse in its possession and considered running it. "We ultimately decided not to use it."

New York Times Approached by Filmmaker Allen
New York Times
Woody Allen has asked for — and may get — a chance to respond in an op-ed piece in the New York Times to a recent column by Nicholas Kristof in which the filmmaker's adopted daughter detailed her memories of his abusing her. It is not certain that the Times will publish the piece.

Time Inc to Spin Off with $1.3 Billion Debt Load
Wall Street Journal
Time Inc. will carry an initial debt load of $1.3 billion following its spinoff from Time Warner. The disclosure, made during Time Warner's fourth-quarter earnings call, addresses one of the big questions about how Time Inc. will be positioned as its own publicly traded company.

Hearst's Seventeen to Redo YouTube Channel
Seventeen, Hearst's girl-focused mag, is getting serious about reaching digitally focused femmes with original programming that includes shows from five YouTube personalities. The title, in conjunction with AwesomenessTV, is relaunching its YouTube channel.

TV Guide Magazine Ousts Editor Amid Struggles
Hollywood Reporter
Debra Birnbaum has been ousted from her role as editor-in-chief of TV Guide magazine. According to sources, Birnbaum's position was eliminated and will not be filled. The print magazine has struggled in recent years, as more viewers turned to onscreen TV listings.

National Enquirer Bashed Over Story on Hoffman
Daily News
Screenwriter David Bar Katz has denied accounts that he and actor Philip Seymour Hoffman were romantically involved. "The Enquirer story is 100% false," said Katz, vowing to sue the American Media-owned tabloid for $50 million. "This article is just disgusting."

Gawker Media to Launch Weather Site The Vane
Gawker editor John Cook has posted on Twitter that the company is seeking weather writers, who will be charged with starting a new weather website, tentatively called The Vane. "Weather is a topic that everyone in every culture talks about. You have to interact with it."

Gannett Suffers from Decline in Print Ad Sales
USA Today
Gannett said its fourth quarter earnings fell 12% due to the absence of political advertising from last year's elections and a decline in print ad sales. The company has been looking to diversify revenue by lessening its dependence on newspapers and adding TV stations.

News Corp Tabloid Made 6,813 Hacking Calls
News Corp. journalists and a private investigator employed by the company's News of the World tabloid made 6,813 calls targeting 282 voice mails during 2005 and 2006, according to billing data analyzed by police. Some 4,700 of the calls were made from the paper's own phones.

New York Times to Debut Video 'Channel' Slate
The New York Times is organizing its video operation into topic channels and will soon make them available across its site, on apps, via connected TVs and other devices. The new offering will debut at the upcoming Digital Content NewFronts, where the Times will present for the first time.

Guardian Nabs Timesman as U.S. Opinion Editor
Capital New York
Matt Sullivan is leaving the New York Times to become opinion editor for the Guardian's American digital news operation. In his new role, Sullivan will corral contributors for the British paper's online U.S. opinion section, Comment is Free, and oversee its stable of columnists.

Wall Street Journal Offers Tips for Social Media
The Wall Street Journal's Twitter account hit 4 million followers over the weekend, with its Facebook page on the cusp of reaching 2 million fans. Emerging media editor Liz Heron said the Journal's social media strategy includes the use of strong images and shareable content.

Chicago Sun-Times Parent Wins Irish Investment
Crain's Chicago
An Irish billionaire is pouring as much as $10 million into Chicago Sun-Times owner Wrapports. Denis O'Brien has agreed to invest in Aggrego Services, the Wrapports unit that uses technology tools to produce lower-cost, commodity-type content for the company's papers.

Time Inc to Cut About 500 Jobs Ahead of Spinoff
New York Times
Time Inc. has begun a new round of layoffs as part of a restructuring that will result in the loss of about 500 jobs. The cuts were announced as Time Inc. prepared to be spun off from Time Warner. "Our success will depend on how investors view the momentum we are generating."

Time Magazine Website Relaunch Due in Weeks
New York Post, which has had its relaunch delayed several times since it missed its fall 2013 target, is now said to be set to debut Feb. 18. The project has become more complicated as the company pushes to add more video, allowing it to charge premium prices for ads.

Good Housekeeping Editor to Update Magazine
Advertising Age
Hearst execs say Good Housekeeping is a healthy business, but they also acknowledge the desire to evolve it. New editor Jane Francisco's March issue, her first since taking over, offers a dramatically different cover presentation. "Visual content is as important as written content."

Vanity Fair's Carter Explains Paltrow 'Takedown'
Vanity Fair
In his editor’s letter from the special March Hollywood issue, Graydon Carter addresses long-running rumors that Vanity Fair has been working on an "epic takedown" of Oscar-winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow. "The Gwyneth Paltrow saga had clearly gotten away from us."

Net-a-Porter Online Retailer Launches Magazine
Wall Street Journal
Porter, a new fashion magazine created by online luxury retailer Net-a-Porter, debuts Friday. The fashions in Porter can be purchased from Net-a-Porter, brands' websites, or other stores with the use of a mobile app. The magazine's digital version will delve deeper into commerce.

First Look Media Names Chief Revenue Officer
Advertising Age
First Look Media, the journalism venture from eBay founder and chairman Pierre Omidyar, has hired Michael Rosen as its chief revenue officer, making him the startup's first hire on its business side. Rosen is the former head of online and mobile sales at AT&T Adworks.

Style Rookie Blogger Lands Another Book Deal
Los Angeles Times
When Tavi Gevinson was 11 years old, she started the online style blog the Style Rookie. It evolved into the online magazine Rookie, and later two books, "Rookie Yearbook One" and "Rookie Yearbook Two." Now 17, Gevinson has a new book deal for two more Rookie yearbooks.

Bauer Launches 'Debrief' Aimed at Young Women
Media Week
Bauer Media has launched the Debrief, a U.K.-based multi-platform brand for 20-something women, funded primarily by native advertising. The Debrief's editorial staffers aim to write and commission content designed to be sharable. "This is not a me-too product."

Meredith Rated No 1 Media Company by Ad Execs
Meredith has ranked as the No. 1 media brand among the top 29 media companies rated by advertisers and agency execs during 2013, according to the firm Advertiser Perceptions. The rating is a composite of metrics such as brand strength and advertiser satisfaction.

Lee Gets $200 Million Loan to Refinance Exit Deal
Lee Enterprises has obtained a $200 million second-lien loan to refinance debt used to exit bankruptcy two years ago, extending the maturity and lowering the interest rate. "We are now setting our sights on refinancing our first-lien debt and expect another successful outcome."

Dow Jones CEO's Exit Followed Revenue Slide
Lex Fenwick's surprise exit from Dow Jones last month is said to have come after some banks and other financial clients balked at the former CEO's ambitious new product, DJX, which sent sales tumbling. DJX's rigid pricing structure "left little room for negotiation."

New York Times CEO Apologizes for BBC Project
BBC News
Mark Thompson, former director general of the BBC, said he was sorry for the £100 million failure of the broadcaster's digital media initiative. It "failed as a project, in a way that meant the loss of a lot of public money," he said before a committee of members of U.K. parliament.

Washington Post Ex-Owner Starts 'Dream' Fund
Washington Post
Donald Graham, former owner of the Washington Post, has joined a prominent Democratic fundraiser and former Republican cabinet secretary to launch the nation's largest college scholarship fund for students who entered the United States illegally when they were children.

USA Today Reports 1 Billion January Page Views
Jim Romenesko
USA Today boss Larry Kramer, in a memo to employees: "In January, for the first time in our history, we served more than a billion page views across our digital platforms. This is a huge milestone on our journey to the top of the digital news and information world."

Seattle Times Boosts Press Run After Super Bowl
Associated Press
The Seattle Times printed 106,000 extra copies of Monday's paper after the Seahawks won the Super Bowl, and even that wasn't enough. The Times later in the day ordered a second press run, with 35,000 more copies for sale Tuesday morning in addition to the regular edition.

SpinMedia Spins Out to Creditors Amid Setbacks
New York Post
SpinMedia, a network of pop-culture websites including the entire Vibe Media operation, has undergone an assignment for the benefit of creditors and flipped the old company to a new one with some new backers. Some $125 million in equity is said to have been wiped out.

Glamour Fetes 75th Anniversary With a Makeover
Cindi Leive, Glamour magazine's editor in chief, has called the March issue the first true reflection of the changes in the masthead. The magazine will be placing a greater emphasis on fashion. "We will be doing more designer coverage. Our readers are interested."

Vanity Fair's Hollywood Issue Cover in Spotlight
Vanity Fair has released the cover of its annual Hollywood issue — "and there is something refreshingly different about this year's installment." Six of the 12 actors photographed for the cover are people of color. Two people of color appear on the cover before the fold.

Survey: Unpaid Internships May Be Waste of Time
While paid internships markedly increase a student's chances of landing a job by graduation, unpaid gigs provide little or no edge over not interning at all, according to a survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers. The Conde Nast experience "always stood out."

Thomson Reuters Taps Twitter for Data Analysis
Thomson Reuters has begun incorporating sentiment analysis gained from Twitter for its Eikon market analysis and trading platform. The terms of the deal have not been disclosed. But a spokesperson confirmed that it will be "combining a number of third-party and proprietary Twitter feeds."

Conde Nast's Teen Vogue Exploits Instagrammers
Teen Vogue is one of the biggest magazine brands on Instagram, with some 625,000 followers. Now the magazine is enlisting that social following to capitalize on the native advertising trend. Teen Vogue will have its "Instalist" members take part in a variety of native ad campaigns.

Time Inc Layoffs Likely to Spare Some Magazines
Advertising Age
Time Inc. staffers are bracing for layoffs, but the cuts might be lighter than expected and mostly spare some of the company's biggest magazines, which include People, Time and InStyle. The cuts seem likely to claim employees in technology and corporate sales.

Hearst: Key Employees Exit New Dr Oz Magazine
New York Post
There are signs of turmoil surrounding the launch of Dr. Oz The Good Life, the joint venture between Hearst and heart surgeon and talk-show host Dr. Mehmet Oz. Two key people on the five-person art and design team have departed, only days before the debut issue's arrival.

Source Interlink Axes Magazine, Lays Off Dozens
Source Interlink, owner of Motor Trend and other magazines, is said to have shuttered Modified magazine and fired its editor. The company is also rumored to have let go of as many as 100 employees from other titles. "Advertisers aren't renewing contracts, circulation is dwindling."

Gannett Pulls the Plug on Tucson Citizen, Again
Tucson Sentinel
More than four years after Gannett shut down the Tucson Citizen newspaper, the final employee of what became a blogging site was laid off Friday. Gannett announced that the website would become an archive and — for the second time — let go staffer Anthony Gimino.

New York Times Longtime Fashion Critic Resigns
Cathy Horyn, longtime lead fashion critic of the New York Times, has left her post, which she has held for 15 years. The chief fashion writer for the Times said that she resigned from the newspaper to care for her partner, Art Ortenberg, 87, cofounder of Liz Claiborne.

Washington Post Didn't Blow It, Star Blogger Says
New York
Ezra Klein's exit from the Washington Post for his own web startup has led some to believe that the newspaper has once more blown it, just as some believe the paper did when it allowed its star political journalists to leave and found the web upstart Politico. But Klein never saw it that way.

Journalism Cart Put Before the Advertising Horse?
USA Today
Michael Wolff: The revenue prospects are dim for the recent flurry of digital journalism startups. "As journalists appear to be building great enthusiasm for their own prospects in digital media, there is a countertrend among advertisers: The value of digital media continues to decline."

Business Insider: We Beat the Wall Street Journal
Business Insider
Business Insider is now larger than the Wall Street Journal, according to BI founder Henry Blodget. "Our total U.S. readership last month, desktop and mobile, was 23 million people. The Journal's was about 20 million. We're reaching the next generation of leaders — the digital generation."

Time Inc Weighs Leaving Time & Life Building
Time Inc. is said to be considering leaving the Time & Life Building and moving the magazine publisher's offices to lower Manhattan, seeking lower office rents. Leaving the Rockefeller Center-area tower would end an association that goes back to the days of founder Henry Luce.

News UK Opens Academy for Aspiring Journos
Press Gazette
News Corp.'s British arm has launched a "News Academy," inviting U.K. youth to learn more about becoming a journalist. Reporters from the Times, Sunday Times and the Sun will visit schools, aiming to help "build a sustainable model for the next generation of journalists."

New York Times Tweaks Meter on Mobile Apps
Nieman Journalism Lab
Last summer, the New York Times brought its mobile apps more in line with the rest of its digital offerings by creating a meter that limited the number of free stories to three a day. The Times has tweaked its meter again, allowing mobile-app users 10 free stories a month.

Boston Globe Owner Names Himself Publisher
Associated Press
The new owner of the Boston Globe has named himself publisher and appointed a well-known local advertising exec as CEO. John Henry, also the principal owner of the Boston Red Sox, said he will concentrate on strategy, while Mike Sheehan will run business operations.

National Review Facing 'Doom' from Legal Fight
The Week
National Review, the conservative movement's leading magazine, is said to be facing a lawsuit that could bring it to its knees. A climate scientist is suing the title and one of its leading writers for defamation. The ongoing legal spat may be too costly for the small magazine to endure.

Sports Illustrated Offers Peek at Swimsuit Issue
Sports Illustrated
The Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue's 50th anniversary edition arrives on newsstands Feb. 18, the same day it goes live online and across mobile platforms. In the coming weeks, will roll out "exciting details and exclusive footage from the making of this milestone issue."

ESPN, Magazines Hold Rival Super Bowl Bashes
New York Post
ESPN will host its 10th annual Super Bowl party Friday night in conjunction with the release of ESPN The Magazine's music issue. Live performances by Robin Thicke and Kendrick Lamar make it a sought-after ticket. GQ, Shape and Men's Fitness are also holding Super Bowl bashes.

Vogue: Actress Won't Succeed Wintour as Editor
Mail Online
Sarah Jessica Parker once played a Vogue magazine contributor on "Sex and the City." But the actress is unlikely to join the staff of the U.S. fashion bible. Vogue has disputed a report that Parker is being groomed to fill Anna Wintour's shoes once the iconic editor steps down.

News Corp Ex-Journo Tells of Hacking 'Conspiracy'
Dan Evans, a former reporter at the News of the World, told a London court that he lied in previous cases as part of a "conspiracy" to cover up phone hacking at the News Corp. tabloid. "I did lie, yes. I was part of the conspiracy. I'm ashamed to say that I did."

Meredith Reports Not-So-Optimistic Ad Outlook
Meredith doesn't appear to be optimistic about the advertising environment. The company said that its magazine and digital ad business will likely be flat versus 2013. Said CEO Stephen Lacy: "Early calendar 2014 advertising appears to be off to a slow start."

New York Times Turns to Video for Ad Growth
Capital New York
As the New York Times faces its 13th quarter of diminished ad revenues, the company's video operation has become an essential component of growth. "The appetites of advertisers to do video are so great we think our chance to grow our share of the video market is great."

Wall St Journal Has Hopes for 'Greater New York'
Capital New York
Is the Wall Street Journal's "Greater New York" supplement a success? Launched in 2010, the venture is primarily a print play, and the Journal’s losses in print might suggest it is "not working." But a Journal spokeswoman insists "revenue has consistently grown."

Washington Post Plans Expansion Under Bezos
New York Times
The Washington Post has increased its budget and plans to make dozens of newsroom hires under new owner Jeff Bezos, according to top editor Marty Baron. The moves, which include a revamped Sunday magazine, represent the Amazon founder's "first mark on the paper."

USA Today: We Learned from BuzzFeed, Upworthy
USA Today has turned to viral media darlings BuzzFeed and Upworthy for inspiration to boost its sports website that mixes original and aggregated content. In just nine months, USA Today's For The Win "has shown that legacy publishers can win in the social-sharing game."

Forbes Plans Summer Launch of Finland Edition
Talking Biz News
Forbes plans to launch its latest international edition, Forbes Finland, in partnership with SK Media Group. The launch will be held in Helsinki, with the first issue to be published at the beginning of summer. Forbes Finland will have an initial circulation of 50,000.

Inc Magazine Names Reuters Veteran as Editor
Mansueto Ventures' Inc. Media has hired Jim Ledbetter from Reuters as editor of its magazine and website. The veteran business journalist was Reuters' first op-ed editor. At Inc., Ledbetter hopes to broaden the title's audience beyond its core base of entrepreneurs.

TheStreet to Sponsor 'Nightly Business Report'
Talking Biz News said it will sponsor the public TV show "Nightly Business Report" during the first quarter of the year. The sponsorship will span 62 episodes through March 31, each featuring two 15-second funding credits at the beginning and end of the CNBC-produced show.

Flipboard 'Cover Stories' Redo Mimics Magazines
Flipboard has revamped "Cover Stories," the section within the digital social magazine that highlights the best and most popular content from across a user's subscriptions. The revamp "structures content in a way that feels like a magazine," said CEO Mike McCue.

Patch News Sites Lay Off Hundreds of Employees
Fox Business
Patch has laid off hundreds of employees, just two weeks after AOL handed over the majority of its stake to Hale Global. Most of the journalists from the 900 hyperlocal sites have been let go. Patch will now be run by a "skeleton team" of 50 journalists, who will mostly aggregate news.

Analysis: Why Everyone Is Starting a News Site
Nieman Journalism Lab
Ken Doctor, Outsell news industry analyst: "You'd think the new digital printing presses were minting money. ... We'll continue to see lots of tech-led 'news' startups. Let's be clear: The biggest bets here are funded by funny money — money that's not intended to make more money."

News Corp Tabloid Said to Hack Phone in U.S.
Daily Beast
Jude Law has accused Rupert Murdoch's now-defunct News of the World tabloid of hacking his cell phone while he was on American soil, a new charge that could interest U.S. investigators. Any potential probe could leave News Corp. open to legal action in the United States.

New York Times CEO to Face Parliament Again
Mark Thompson will face more questioning by British parliament about his time in charge of the BBC after the broadcaster faced further criticism over its handling of a failed IT project that resulted in "astronomic losses." The Thompson-led board "applied insufficient scrutiny."

Financial Times Appoints Global Media Editor
Press Gazette
The Financial Times has named Matthew Garrahan as its global media editor. Garrahan was previously the newspaper's correspondent in Los Angeles covering media and politics on the West Coast. He will start his new role on Feb. 1 and relocate to New York in the summer.

Time Inc Expected to Cut Nearly 500 Employees
New York Post
The imminent layoffs at Time Inc. are expected to cut close to 500 people, or about 6% of the magazine publisher's work force. One source said the target date for an announcement is Feb. 4 — although it could be sped up now that news of the cuts is beginning to leak.

Hearst Magazines Hires New York Times Ad Exec
Hearst Magazines Digital Media has expanded its programmatic focus by hiring former New York Times ad ops director Heather Keltz to fill its newly created position of VP for ad operations. "There's so much momentum from the team they built over the past year."

Conde Nast Honors Publisher of Bon Appétit
Conde Nast CEO Chuck Townsend has handed out awards at the company's annual publishers' meeting in Naples, Fla. This year, the top Publisher of the Year prize went to Bon Appétit's Pamela Drucker Mann. The VP and publisher was seen as a shoo-in for the honor.

Vanity Fair's Oscar Party Finds a New Location
Hollywood Reporter
Vanity Fair said that its annual Oscar party has settled on a new location. The annual event, hosted by top editor Graydon Carter, will take place in a newly designed space at 8680 Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood. The party took place last year at Sunset Tower.

Hollywood Reporter Nabs Photo of Grammy Gala
New York Post
The famous Clive Davis Grammy party photo has resurfaced in the Hollywood Reporter and Billboard this year — two years after last running in People magazine. The photo had been a staple at People for nearly a decade. "If you want to talk to Hollywood, THR is the place to be."

Interview Names DuJour Veteran Editor in Chief
Interview magazine has named DuJour founding coeditor Keith Pollock as its new editor in chief, following the departure of Stephen Mooallem last month. Pollock's hire is a homecoming of sorts for the editor, who prior to DuJour served as executive editor of Brant Publications digital.

Mashable Drops Editor in Chief in Staff Shakeup
Lance Ulanoff, former editor-in-chief of, has been moved to an editor-at-large and chief correspondent role at Mashable, effectively removing him from the top editorial position at the news site. Ulanoff said he will help "define the voice" of Mashable going forward.

HowAboutWe Acquires Web Magazine
Dating website HowAboutWe has acquired, one of the first popular web-only magazines. Nerve was launched in 1997 as an edgy place for opinion, fiction and essays about sex. Former Gawker writer Brian Moylan will serve as editor of HowAboutWe Media.

Gawker Seen Unlikely to Prevail in Tarantino Suit
Fox News
Legal experts said director Quentin Tarantino has more than one leg to stand on in his copyright infringement lawsuit against Gawker Media over a leaked script. "Tarantino is likely to prevail on this 'linking suit.'" Gawker has admitted that "the dissemination was not authorized."

BuzzFeed: Clinton Aide Bashes 'Inane Questions'
New York
Hillary Clinton's spokesman appears to believe there is such a thing as a stupid question. Philippe Reines said in an email in response to questions from BuzzFeed: "Given the extra inanity BuLLfeed put into today's inquiry, I've answered each of BuLLfeed's inane questions."

Washington Post Names Editor for Digital Venture
The Washington Post has named Adam Kushner as editor of "a new digital opinion and analysis venture that promises to deliver wide-ranging commentary on the big debates facing Washington, the country and the world." Kushner joins the Post from the National Journal.

New York Times Reporter to Leave China Over Visa
China's Foreign Ministry said that Austin Ramzy, a China-based reporter for the New York Times, broke rules on residence visas and would be leaving the country before the end of the week. The issue of media freedom for foreign reporters in China has attracted U.S. concern.

New York Post Names President Amid Web Growth
Capital New York
The New York Post has added a digital strategist from its parent company to the newspaper's executive ranks. David Brinker has been named president of the News Corp. tabloid, "in recognition of his incredible hard work and contribution to our business."

News of the World Journo Hacked 'Thousand Times'
A former reporter at the News of the World has told how he hacked phones a thousand times after he was handed a list of celebrity numbers when he joined the newspaper in 2005, the Old Bailey has heard. Dan Evans has pleaded guilty to intercepting voice messages.

Mail Online Plans Switch to Dot Com Web Domain
Mail Online plans to switch from a to .com home page address. The domain shift will see the 161 million monthly unique browsers who visit instead land on The move is a bid to boost international traffic, particularly in the lucrative U.S. market.

Time Inc Staffers Brace for Layoffs Ahead of Spinoff
Time Inc. staffers are said to be bracing for layoffs, which could come as early as next week. Word of the job cuts came last month, when CEO Joe Ripp told employees during a quarterly corporate meeting that the company would have to reduce costs before its spinoff.

Rolling Stone Publishes Cover Story on Pope Francis
Rolling Stone
Rolling Stone sent contributing editor Mark Binelli inside the Vatican to deliver a portrait of Pope Francis for the magazine's latest cover story. "What he learned was that Pope Francis is making a noticeable break from Vatican tradition — and that Catholics are appreciative."

Hearst Creates Health Division in Healthcare Push
Advertising Age
Hearst, whose holdings include Cosmopolitan magazine and a stake in ESPN, is continuing its push into healthcare by creating a division called Hearst Health. The new unit will consist of five healthcare-information companies, as well as an innovation lab and venture fund.

Hearst's Dr Oz Magazine Announces Launch Date
New York Post
Hearst's joint-venture magazine with syndicated talk show host Dr. Mehmet Oz — one of the biggest launches of 2014 — will debut on Feb. 4 with a respectable 66 ad pages in a 148-page issue. "We think there is a lot of white space for a magazine that is fun and energetic."

Niche Media to Launch Luxury Magazine in Austin
Niche Media plans to launch its 11th regional luxury lifestyle magazine, for Austin, Texas. Under the leadership of publisher Lou DeLone, Austin Way will be unveiled in September and be published six times annually. Niche is hoping to capitalize on the Austin market's economic boom.

New York Times: Less News, More Interpretation
New York Times
New York Times managing editor Dean Baquet: "There's no question that there's less traditional news on the front than there used to be." One major reason, he said, is that readers have constant access to breaking news. "We put pressure on ourselves to put it in perspective."

Seattle Times Names President Amid Digital Shift
Seattle Times
Alayne Fardella, COO of the Seattle Times, has been named the company's new president and COO. Fardella said her main focus will be on the Times's digital transformation — “ensuring that we're able to transform into a new-media company on multiple platforms."

Las Vegas Sun Publisher to Launch Free Weekly
Las Vegas Sun
Greenspun Media, publisher of the Las Vegas Sun daily newspaper, plans to launch a free Sunday print publication in the Las Vegas market next month called the Sunday. "Imagine a Time or Newsweek but entirely focused on local topics."

New York Times Plans Branded Content in Video
The New York Times's recent website redesign introduced sponsored articles. Next up, the newspaper plans to let marketers reach viewers of its video content. "A brand could sponsor one of our bigger editorial offerings — Dealbook or Bits, 36 Hours, Corner Office."

Washington Post Unveils Plans After Wonkblogger
Washington Post
After the Washington Post announced the departure of Wonkblog chief Ezra Klein, the newspaper released a memo about filling the vacuum. The Post said it is planning a "new initiative" that will combine "top-shelf writing, razor-sharp data analysis and rich human drama."

Vox Media Nabs Wonkblogger Klein for New Site
New York Times
Ezra Klein, the prolific creator of the Washington Post's Wonkblog, will be going to Vox Media, the online home of SB Nation, a sports site, and the Verge, a fast-growing technology site. "We are just at the beginning of how journalism should be done on the web."

BuzzFeed Launches Edition in Australia This Week
BuzzFeed will launch an edition in Australia this week. The site will be led by News Corp. veteran Simon Crerar. BuzzFeed international VP Scott Lamb said the company has changed its focus: "Could we be a site that can do cat lists and serious journalism at the same time?"

Billboard Music Awards Exec Named to New Post
New York Post
Janice Min, the new co-president and chief creative officer of Guggenheim Media, has elevated Dana Miller to EVP of marketing and brand development at Billboard and the Hollywood Reporter. Miller most recently served as executive producer of the Billboard Music Awards.

Time Inc Eyes Insiders for Chief Revenue Officer
Advertising Age
After casting a wide net in its search for a chief revenue officer, Time Inc. is said to have narrowed the field to candidates including two current execs: Jed Hartman, group publisher of news and business, and Mark Ford, exec VP-president of the sports group.

Magazine Media Week Planned for February 2015
MPA–The Association of Magazine Media and the American Society of Magazine Editors plan to launch a coordinated conference and awards junket to be known as Magazine Media Week, beginning in 2015. To make it happen, the two industry groups will shuffle marquee events.

Bloomberg LP 'Totally Committed' to Print Medium
Capital New York
Justin Smith has been taking a close look at Bloomberg Media since becoming CEO of Bloomberg L.P.'s consumer-facing division roughly four months ago. Smith is said to have considered the possibility of reducing the frequency of Bloomberg Businessweek.

Wall Street Journal Unveils 'Startup Club' Feature
Wall Street Journal
The Wall Street Journal has unveiled the Billion-Dollar Startup Club, an interactive online chart of the most valuable venture capital-backed companies, in conjunction with Dow Jones VentureSource. The Journal will update the list as companies move up, down, on and off.

Sunday Times to Revamp with Bold Use of Images
Britain's Sunday Times has revamped, with new designs for the magazine and several sections. The new look, to be unveiled this weekend, is the News Corp. newspaper's first overhaul in almost six years. It will include the introduction of a new font and "bolder use of images."

Slate Loses Staffer to Klein's Journalism Venture
New York Times
Matt Yglesias, an influential commentator on politics and economics, plans to leave the online magazine Slate to join Ezra Klein, a departing Washington Post analyst at Wonkblog, for a project that has not yet been announced. "There's not much to say at this point."

SpinMedia Web Publisher Hires Investment Bank
New York Post
SpinMedia, the financially stressed network of pop culture websites formerly known as Buzz Media, has hired investment bank Piper Jaffray to explore options as sources say its venture cash has almost run dry. The company behind Vibe and Spin is "a brand graveyard."

Graham Holdings Launches Trove News Reader
Graham Holdings, the former owner of the Washington Post, has launched Trove, a news reader app that aims to build on the company's understanding of how people consume news, giving users stories picked by other people who share their interests.

News Corp CEO on Hot Seat After Fenwick Ouster
When News Corp. reports its fourth-quarter earnings Feb. 6, investors will be eager to hear from new CEO Robert Thomson, who is trying to grow a newspaper company that no longer can lean on its U.S. film and TV assets. Chief among investor concerns will be the future of DJX.

Gannett Seen Divorcing Print from TV After Belo
Gannett could create even more value for shareholders by joining a long line of media companies splitting publishing from television in recent years, analysts said. A breakup "would follow a path that many have been down. This is something that makes long-term sense."

USA Today's Super Bowl Ad Meter Adds Analysis
USA Today will expand its Super Bowl Ad Meter program, adding analysis to show how well the high-stakes ads performed by audience segment. The results from the voting will be sliced and diced by characteristics including gender, age and household income.

Reuters to 'Fill Gaps' by Hiring 50 Journos in 2014
Three months after cutting 5% of its editorial staff, Reuters will begin hiring again. In a memo to employees, Reuters editor in chief Stephen Adler announced plans to hire 50 journalists this year, with a focus on expanding the organization's footprint in emerging markets.

Vogue, InStyle Lead Fashion Magazines in March
Advertising Age
Ad pages edged slightly upward in all but two of U.S. women's fashion magazines' important March issues, which trail only September in importance to publishers as designers introduce new collections every spring. Only People StyleWatch and Lucky posted losses.

Oprah Magazine May Lose Oprah from Its Covers
New York Post
Oprah Winfrey is said to be tiring of doing photo shoots for O, The Oprah Magazine and will retire from doing them soon — even though she typically knocks out three covers in one daylong session. Hearst editors reportedly are scrambling on how to handle the covers.

Tina Brown's Hacker 'Guccifer' Said to Be Arrested
Smoking Gun
Romanian authorities said a man they allege is "Guccifer," a hacker who bedeviled several public figures, has been arrested. Last spring, "Guccifer" hacked a Yahoo account maintained by Tina Brown's assistant. Brown's address book, with some 900 email addresses, was copied.

HuffPost in Partner Talks to Launch Edition in India
Times of India
The Huffington Post plans to launch an India edition by May this year and negotiations are currently underway to finalize a local partner for this venture. Starting with English language, the India online edition would also eventually offer news in other local languages.

WorldPost Launch in Davos Draws Global Leaders
Huffington Post
In Davos, Switzerland, Arianna Huffington and Nicolas Berggruen invited prominent journalists and businesspeople to celebrate the launch of their new collaboration, the WorldPost. The website will feature contributions from "some of the planet's most daring thinkers."

BuzzFeed, Quartz, Vice Make First Trip to Davos
Capital New York
The media makeup of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, has evolved. This year's forum has welcomed a number of notable newcomers into the fold. Ten years ago, or even five, the journalistic composition of Davos was fairly print-centric.

Dow Jones Chief Resigns in Shift by News Corp
New York Times
Lex Fenwick, the hard-driving CEO who stumbled in his efforts to transform Dow Jones, publisher of the Wall Street Journal, has resigned effective immediately as the company rethinks its strategy. Fenwick's plan to unify products and charge one price was seen as a misstep.

Wall Street Journal Unveils Real-Time News Desk
Talking Biz News
Wall Street Journal managing editor Gerard Baker, in an announcement to staff: "Today marks a significant step forward in the integration and digitization of the newsroom, as 60 of our colleagues arrive on the 6th floor of 1211 to complete the new Real-Time News Desk."

Washington Post's Top Wonkblogger to Leave
New York Times
Ezra Klein, a columnist and pundit who runs the Washington Post's Wonkblog, plans to leave the newspaper, taking two of his colleagues with him. Klein is "looking to start his own news organization," according to an internal memo. His destination has not been identified.

USA Today Names Editor of Weekend Magazine
Talking New Media
Jim Lenahan has been promoted to managing editor of USA Weekend, the Gannett-owned weekend newspaper magazine. Lenahan previously served as director of Gannett Custom Media/USA Today Premium Publications. He will report to Dave Callaway, USA Today editor-in-chief.

Guardian Blocked in China After Story on Wealth
The Guardian appeared to be partially blocked in China after revealing that relatives of the country's political and military leaders are making use of offshore companies in the Caribbean. Earlier this month, the Guardian was briefly partially blocked before becoming accessible again.

Forbes Media Chief May Retain Stake in Company
New York Post
Steve Forbes, chairman and editor in chief of Forbes Media, is said to be willing to take a 20% stake in the company after a sale to new owners. That could have the effect of lowering the out-of-pocket costs to potential suitors. The list of suitors is dominated by bidders from Asia.

Meredith Video Studios Taps Exec to Lead Sales
Meredith has named Tim Russell as senior managing director of sales at Meredith Video Studios. In this new role, the Comcast veteran will be responsible for spearheading ad sales initiatives for Meredith's full-service, multiplatform video production and distribution unit.

Newsweek Delays Return of Print Edition to March
Advertising Age
Newsweek has delayed the rollout of its new print edition until early March, according to Jim Impoco, the magazine's editor since September. The brand, which went all-digital at the end of 2012, had said last month that it planned to roll out a print revival in January or February. Staffs Up Amid Another Relaunch Delay
Adweek has made another round of hires and pushed back the target date of its long-anticipated relaunch. The redo was originally slated for fall 2013, but has hit a number of delays. Late last year, a spokeswoman said January was the target. Now, it's looking more like February.

Sports Illustrated Enjoys Record Internet Traffic
Media Life
Monday was a good day to be in the Richard Sherman business. More than 60 million people watched the Seattle Seahawks cornerback give a bizarre interview the day before. In a happy coincidence, Sherman is a contributor to SI's website, where he provided a post-game follow-up.

Tina Brown Live Media Hires Former AOL Editor
New York Post
Cyndi Stivers, who saw her job as editor in chief of AOL eliminated in the upheaval at the company late last year, has a new gig lined up with Tina Brown's fledgling conference business. Stivers will be charged with "leading the digital strategy" for Tina Brown Live Media.

EveryBlock Hyperlocal News Site to Be Revived
Chicago Tribune
EveryBlock, the hyperlocal website shut down last February amid financial losses, plans to return from Internet limbo. Comcast, which had seemingly pulled the plug on the neighborhood news site, is relaunching it Thursday in Chicago, with the hopes of reviving its fortunes.

BuzzFeed CEO Says Mobile Is a Better Ad Vehicle
BuzzFeed gets more than half of its traffic on mobile devices, including half of its video views, according to CEO Jonah Peretti. And surprisingly, the phone is outpacing the tablet for audience, even for long articles. Peretti theorized that people are too lazy to reach for their tablets.

News Corp Security Guard Says He 'Burned Stuff'
Wall Street Journal
The head of security at News Corp.'s U.K. newspaper unit told a colleague on the day the News of the World tabloid was shuttered that he burned items in a hole dug in his backyard, a witness has testified in the long-running trial focused on phone-hacking by the newspaper.

Wall Street Journal Reporter Case Attracts FBI
Fox News
The FBI has begun to help in the search for missing Wall Street Journal reporter David Bird, who was last seen leaving his northern New Jersey home more than a week ago. Searches of the surrounding area have yielded no sign of Bird. Foul play "hasn't been ruled out."

New York Times Loan Paying Off for Carlos Slim
Billionaire Carlos Slim is poised to double his money after investing $250 million in a 2009 lending agreement with the New York Times, showing how dearly the newspaper's owners paid for his help. Slim is estimated to have already earned $122 million from his loan to the Times.

Guardian Media to Sell 50.1% Stake in Trader Media
Britain's Guardian Media said it is selling its 50.1% stake in Auto Trader owner Trader Media to private-equity firm Apax Partners. Apax bought 49.9% of Trader Media in 2007 and has been the Guardian's joint venture partner in the business since then.

Telegraph Editor to Depart in Digital Media Move
New Statesman
The Telegraph has announced that editor Tony Gallagher will be departing as the company moves to the next phase of its digital transformation. The British newspaper publisher has decided to restructure "in order to build a wider audience and revenue in the digital media world."

Sun-Times Parent Guts Business Publication Grid
Crain's Chicago
Wrapports, owner of the Chicago Sun-Times, has disbanded the staff at business publication Grid, with publisher Brandon Copple exiting last week. The Grid brand, which has devolved from a print publication to an online product, will live on in Sun-Times newspapers.

Magazine CEOs Bullish on Print, Digital Launches
Mr Magazine
Hearst's David Carey: "There's plenty of white space for introducing new products." Time Inc.'s Joe Ripp: "In 2014, we're going to be ramping up our production of original video programming." Rodale's Scott Schulman: "We have several international launches planned for 2014."

Hearst Sets U.K. Launch, Shifts Gears in France
The launch of Harper's Bazaar in France has been postponed to 2015 as the magazine hunts for a new editor in chief, according to industry sources. Separately, Hearst U.K. said it plans to launch a British version of Town & Country magazine in May as a biannual.

Conde Nast's Epicurious Launches a New App
Epicurious, the Conde Nast digital food brand, has launched a new app in tandem with its second special-edition print publication. While the creation of an app is not exactly novel, it signals a larger shift for the brand, which is broadening its focus to include travel and lifestyle.

Forbes Touts Magazine's New App Experience
Bruce Upbin, Forbes managing editor: "Forbes magazine created an entirely new app experience. It's got a cleaner look, bigger words and pictures, and more to clip and share. We added a unique feature called Stream. You can share any piece of the magazine you like."

U.S. News Buys Blog by Former Politico Reporter
Former Politico reporter David Catanese will take his political blog the Run 2016 to U.S. News & World Report. The blog was established last March to track various White House aspirants. As part of its sale, Catanese will become senior politics writer for U.S. News.

Capital New York to Erect $5,990 Annual Paywall
Capital New York next month will start asking readers, following a free trial, to pay for the website's morning newsletters, customizable alerts and breaking-news blasts. The annual fee for the Allbritton property's three verticals — City Hall, Albany and media — will be $5,990.

Report: Media Trust Down Amid 'Sloppy Reporting'
PR Week
The public's trust in the media decreased slightly compared with the previous year, according to the 2014 edition of Edelman's Trust Barometer. Trust in media dropped 5% to 52%, the report said. The declining faith in media may come down to "sloppy reporting."

Playboy Sues Hearst Over Kate Moss Web Photos
Associated Press
Playboy magazine has filed a lawsuit against Harper's Bazaar publisher Hearst over its online use of photos of model Kate Moss. Court papers say the magazine violated Playboy's exclusive right to publish the pictures taken for the publication's 60th anniversary issue.

Conde Nast CEO Seeks to Make Firm Strut Again
Financial Times
Conde Nast CEO Charles Townsend said that Time Inc.'s planned spin-off has cast a "dark shadow" on his company's business. "The world is saying, 'You guys are all broken. If Time Inc. is in that mess why wouldn't Conde Nast be in that mess?'" However, "we're not."

Vanity Fair Taps Kinsley to Write Monthly Column
New York Times
Michael Kinsley will join Vanity Fair as a contributing editor, stepping down as editor at large of the New Republic, and leaving its masthead for the first time since 1976. Kinsley will write a monthly column for Vanity Fair. "Michael is the gold standard of thoughtful journalism."

Vogue, Jezebel Dustup Has Unexpected Outcome
New York Times
Jezebel dangled a $10,000 bounty for anyone who could produce unretouched photos of Lena Dunham from the new issue of Vogue. The unedited photos garnered more than a million page views. But within hours, Jezebel faced accusations of insensitivity and bullying.

Study: Magazines Need Digital Strategy to Survive
Magazines in the digital era can use targeted audiences and websites to weather the onslaught of online competition, a Canadian researcher said. Print magazines with companion sites are able to attract more advertising dollars. "Targeting is as important as ever."

New York Times 'Most Popular Story' Not an Article
The New York Times has released its list of most-visited stories of 2013. The No. 1 spot was held by a news app dialect map made by in-house developers. The app came out on Dec. 21, meaning it took only 11 days to "beat" every other story the Times published last year.

Philadelphia Inquirer: Guild Secures Mystery Backer
New York Post
The big guessing game in the Philadelphia newspaper wars is the identity of the money behind a bid by the city's Newspaper Guild to buy the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News from the current feuding owners. The union's chief has declined to reveal the backer's identity.

OC Register Publisher Stumbles in Chase for Growth
New York Times
Aaron Kushner, publisher of the Orange County Register, has been playing hardball against distressed competitors and grabbing for a bigger footprint. Kushner expects to produce the new Los Angeles Register with existing staff using satellite offices, which could be a reach.

Chicago Sun-Times Owner Mulls Headquarters Move
Crain's Chicago
Wrapports, the company that owns the Sun-Times Media Group newspapers, has ended its lease in its office building effective in the fourth quarter of this year. The maneuver leaves the beleaguered newspaper company with an uncertain future at the 23-story tower.

Bloomberg Seen as Hands-On at His Old Company
New York Times
Mike Bloomberg has given signs that he won't be taking a hands-off approach in his return to Bloomberg LP. The former New York City mayor surprised employees last week by showing up at 7:30 a.m. meetings. "There's this feeling that no one is there to say no to him."

Business Insider to Raise Funding After Sale Offer
Business Insider, which rejected an informal takeover offer by AOL last year, is likely to raise a new round of funding from investors including Jeff Bezos. Amazon's CEO is "nuts" for the business-news website. Co-founder Kevin Ryan is said to be seeking $200 million in a sale.

Gawker Defeats Wrestler Hogan in Appeals Court
Hollywood Reporter
Hulk Hogan's comeback in a $100 million lawsuit against Gawker has been cut down at the knees by a Florida appeals court. The gossip website's posting of the former professional wrestler's sex video was "in conjunction with the news reporting function," the judge said.

Court: Bloggers Have First Amendment Protections
Associated Press
A federal appeals court has ruled that bloggers and the public have the same First Amendment protections as journalists when sued for defamation. "It's not a special right to the news media. So it's a good thing for bloggers and citizen journalists and others."

Conde Nast: We're Expanding Our Digital Footprint
Capital New York
Conde Nast Media Group chief Lou Cona, in a staff memo, said ad pages were flat across the company's magazines in its first quarter: "As we continue to grow our print business, ad sales on the digital side are trending to increase at a pace of 20+% year-over-year."

Time Inc CEO's Son Lands Sports Illustrated Post
New York Post
Brendan Ripp has moved up in the Time Inc. organization. He was just promoted to be VP/publisher of Sports Illustrated, replacing Frank Wall, who resigned this week. Brendan is the son of Time Inc. CEO Joe Ripp — a fact that was not mentioned in the press release.

Forbes: Can It Justify the $400 Million Asking Price?
Nieman Lab
Ken Doctor, news industry analyst: "As Forbes heads toward a sale, it's telling that no U.S. publisher seems interested. On the basis of its operating results, its price tag is too high. It looks like the value of global brand potential will make up half of the price of this deal."

Shape Magazine Rebuked for Labeling Ad as News
New York Times
The September issue of American Media's Shape has drawn a rebuke from U.S. advertising regulators for an unusual case in which the magazine served as both publisher and advertiser. An article about Shape Water Boosters ran under the heading of "News."

The Week Picks Up a New Digital Boss from Patch
The Week, Dennis Publishing's online/offline news aggregator, has brought on a new digital boss. Rachel Fishman Feddersen will run, and will "lead a re-launch and re-conception" of the site. Feddersen previously was chief content officer at Patch.

Closer Magazine Publishes New Hollande Claims
In a second "special edition" that went on sale on Friday morning, Closer claimed to have more allegations of the on-off relationship between French president François Hollande and actress Julie Gayet, which the magazine said has lasted for more than two years.

Orange County Register Publisher to Cut 32 Jobs
Associated Press
Following an aggressive staff expansion that defied trends in the struggling newspaper industry, the publisher of the Orange County Register announced that he was changing the management team and cutting jobs. In a memo to staff, Aaron Kushner said 32 jobs were cut.

New York Times Names Manjoo Tech Columnist
New York Times
The New York Times has hired Farhad Manjoo, a tech columnist at the Wall Street Journal, to write the "State of the Art" tech column that reviews new software and devices. Manjoo will succeed David Pogue, who left the Times in October to create a new tech site for Yahoo.

Daily Beast Hires Editor After Tina Brown's Exit
New York Times
The Daily Beast has hired Noah Shachtman, a former editor at Foreign Policy and Wired, as its new executive editor and has formally elevated John Avlon to editor in chief. The site, part of IAC/InterActiveCorp, was once linked to Newsweek and edited by Tina Brown.

Tina Brown Brings Her New Venture to Chicago
Crain's Chicago
Tina Brown has brought her Women in the World organization to Chicago to showcase the work of Nobel Peace laureate Leymah Gbowee and others. Women in the World's purpose is to advocate for and tell the stories of women in struggling and developing countries.

Tribune Fails to Ease Waxman's Spinoff Concerns
Los Angeles Times
U.S. Rep. Henry Waxman said a meeting between his staff and Tribune execs did not ease his concerns about the fate of the Los Angeles Times once the company spins off its newspapers. The Democrat from Los Angeles also requested a sit-down with CEO Peter Liguori.

Independent British Newspaper Said to Seek Buyer
The Independent, the British national newspaper, has been put up for sale. The official line is that the Independent is merely seeking new investors. "But the reality is that the papers are in play." Owner Alexander Lebedev's fortunes have declined dramatically in recent years.

Wall Street Journal Journalist Reported as Missing
Wall Street Journal
Wall Street Journal reporter David Bird has been missing since he left his New Jersey home Saturday afternoon, saying he was stepping out for a short walk. Bird, who covers energy markets for the Journal, has worked for Dow Jones for more than 20 years.

Washington Post, Politico Editors Try to Mend Rift
New York Times
Top editors at the Washington Post and Politico have tried to mend a rift between the two news outlets. Politico editor John Harris and Post editorial page editor Fred Hiatt discussed Post columns by Erik Wemple that have been critical of Politico star reporter Mike Allen.

Glamour Magazine Heading in the Right Direction
Glamour magazine is back — at least according to high-profile publisher Connie Anne Phillips. What else would a turnaround publisher say? In this instance, the numbers appear to be trending in the right direction. "We have 11 million readers in print and 8 million online."

Capital New York to Launch Monthly Print Magazine
Advertising Age
Capital New York, Allbritton's Politico sibling that covers politics and media in New York, will roll out a small monthly print magazine this month. The first issue will have a run of about 8,000 copies. The magazine, distributed in Manhattan and Albany, N.Y., will be free.

Time Inc Names Amazon Veteran Technology Chief
Time Inc. CEO Joe Ripp has continued to fill out his leadership ranks as he prepares to spin off the company, naming Colin Bodell EVP and chief technology officer. Bodell will be charged with identifying and acquiring technology to be used at the magazine publisher.

Conde Nast's Wintour to Get Met Costume Honor
New York Times
The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute will be renamed the Anna Wintour Costume Center when it reopens in May. Wintour has been a Met trustee since 1999, raising about $125 million for the Costume Institute. Since 1995 she has presided over 15 benefits there.

Forbes Relocates to New Jersey as Bidders Narrow
New York Post
Forbes Media has surprised staffers with the news that the "capitalist tool" is moving to Jersey City, N.J. — vacating the Greenwich Village headquarters it has occupied for 49 years. Meanwhile, six bidders are said to remain in the hunt to acquire Forbes Media.

News Corp Hacking Trial Shown 'Cover-Up' Video
Daily Mail
The trial of Rebekah Brooks, who ran Rupert Murdoch's British newspaper arm, has been shown security camera footage of what the prosecution alleges was her husband's attempt to hide evidence of phone-hacking. The video showed Charlie Brooks "hiding" a laptop.

Guggenheim Digital Media Dealmaker Lurie Leaves
Zander Lurie, one of the execs who joined Guggenheim Digital Media to help the company kick off an acquisition spree, has left. Lurie, formerly a top exec at CBS, joined Guggenheim last February, recruited by Ross Levinsohn, who had joined the company a month earlier.

Hollywood Reporter, Billboard Mull Cable Channel
Guggenheim Digital Media's longer-term play is said to be to roll the Hollywood Reporter and Billboard into an ESPN-like entertainment channel, leveraging both brands. A Guggenheim spokesman confirmed as much, saying: "That is one of Guggenheim’s many plans."

Financial Times Launches Samsung Smart TV App
Talking Biz News
Financial Times videos have become available via an app to TV viewers who have a Samsung Smart TV. The app shows the latest FT video, including analysis and coverage of stories and issues in politics, business and finance. "We see great demand for our video content."

Boston Globe Makes Changes to Digital Operation
Boston Business
The Boston Globe has announced that Andrew Perlmutter, former general manager of Newsweek magazine, will take over its digital operations and that long-time senior exec Jeff Moriarty is leaving the company. Globe owner John Henry hired Perlmutter in November.

Chicago Sun-Times to Test Bitcoin, Twitter Paywall
The Chicago Sun-Times plans to test a new paywall system that accepts bitcoins, as well as tweets from readers, in return for access to content. On Feb. 1, the Sun-Times site will prompt readers to either donate to, in the form of bitcoins, or tweet about the Taproot Foundation.

Time Inc, NBC Plan Special for SI Swimsuit Issue
Time Inc. and NBC have teamed up for "Sports Illustrated Swimsuit: 50 Years of Beautiful," airing Feb. 3. The two-hour special will be hosted by former swimsuit cover model Heidi Klum, who will be joined by the likes of Tyra Banks, Christie Brinkley and Kathy Ireland.

Conde Nast's Wintour Set for Ovation TV Series
Anna Wintour, Conde Nast's artistic director and editor of Vogue, will star in the newest iteration of "The Fashion Fund," a TV documentary that lifts the curtain on the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund competition. The new series will air on Ovation TV beginning Jan. 22.

People's New Editor to Create Brand Extensions
Advertising Age
Jess Cagle, the new editor of People magazine, looks at the brand as the "morning show of magazines." More humor is "one thing I know I want to add," he said. "It's something we can do in the magazine and online and with the many brand extensions we want to create."

Report: Publishers Doing Native on the Cheap
One marketer has told of a news outlet promising native content produced by its top journalists but that ultimately used marketing freelancers. "They represented themselves as giving access to their editorial staff. Then they delivered articles written by copywriters."

Hearst Veteran Joins Evolve as Revenue Officer
Evolve Media has grabbed Geoff Schiller, Hearst Digital Media's chief sales officer, to serve as its first chief revenue officer. In a subtle dig at Hearst, Schiller said he preferred the entrepreneurial energy that Evolve offered, describing it as "quick, nimble and lean."

Tribune TV Adds Second in Chief Operating Role
Chicago Tribune
Tribune has added a second TV exec to the role of chief operating officer for its broadcasting division. Kathy Clements, former head of media operations for Belo, will oversee Tribune's 42 owned and operated stations with Lynda King, who was also named COO last week.

Digital First Media Names Rossi Operating Chief
Mercury News
Steven Rossi, publisher of Bay Area News Group, has been named chief operating officer of New York City-based Digital First Media, the second-largest U.S. newspaper company. "Steve brings a deep knowledge of newspapers and the industry to this new position."

Philadelphia Inquirer, Daily News Workers Plan Bid
Associated Press
Frustrated workers at Philadelphia's two largest newspapers have vowed to bid against feuding owners if the company again goes on the auction block. The local Newspaper Guild would join with an unnamed partner to bid on the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News.

Sun-Times Media Cuts 11 Jobs Amid Struggles
Robert Feder
At least 11 full-time positions are said to have been eliminated last week in the year's first round of layoffs at Sun-Times Media. The latest job cuts hit the Chicago company's advertising operations and the unit responsible for publishing niche content for specialty products.

Los Angeles Times Launches Shopping Website
Talking New Media
The Los Angeles Times has launched an online shopping website, called District West. The site acts a portal to neighborhood shopping. District West is the first e-commerce initiative launched outside of the newspaper's main site. In fact, it does not even mention the paper.

Bloomberg to Open Screen Hub at London Airport
Media Week
Bloomberg has announced plans to launch immersive, technology-driven touch points at London City Airport in spring 2014, called Bloomberg Hub. The Hub will represent an "innovative and exciting brand sponsorship, which goes beyond traditional advertising."

New York Post in 'Decline' as BuzzFeed Ascends
The power of tabloids has waned in recent years, according to media analysts. Such newspapers are "vulnerable to digital disruption." As the tabloids declined, their populist positions have been taken up by online outlets like BuzzFeed, Mail Online and Huffington Post.

Wall Street Journal Unveils Author-Led Book Club
Wall Street Journal
The Wall Street Journal plans to launch a book club led by authors, who will "guide readers through their favorite books and describe the ways those stories have influenced their own writing." Book club participants "can pose questions and join in the discussion on Twitter."

NY Times Article Film Rights Bought by Weinstein
Hollywood Reporter
The Weinstein Co. has picked up the screen rights to "A Speck in the Sea," by Paul Tough, which was published in the New York Times Magazine on Jan. 2. The article told the story of lobster fisherman John Aldridge's ordeal of being lost in the Atlantic Ocean.

Philadelphia Inquirer Rival Owners Head to Court
Philadelphia Inquirer
A Philadelphia judge has ordered the owners battling for control of Interstate General Media, the parent company of the Philadelphia Inquirer, to come to her courtroom and explain why she should not dissolve their partnership and approve a public auction of the firm.

Time Inc Names New Editor of People in Shakeup
New York Times
Time Inc. has shaken up its management as it prepared itself to be spun off from Time Warner. Larry Hackett, editor of People magazine, Time Inc.'s most profitable title, is leaving the company. Jess Cagle, editor of the Time Inc.-owned Entertainment Weekly, will replace him.

Forbes: Six Potential Buyers in Magazine Auction
Financial Times
Forbes Media has narrowed to six the potential buyers for its eponymous business magazine. The bidders, which include both strategic and trophy buyers, made preliminary offers as high as $475 million and are expected to present final bids by the end of this month.

Hollywood Reporter Names Lindgren Acting Editor
Hollywood Reporter
Hugo Lindgren, formerly New York Times Magazine editor in chief, has been named acting editor of the Hollywood Reporter. Lindgren will serve as THR's acting editor for the next three months, reporting to Janice Min, co-president of Guggenheim Media's entertainment group.

Glamour Among Magazines Enlisting Celeb Writers
Lately, the buzziest magazine writers aren't J-school alums — they're A-list celebrities. Glamour has reached outside the traditional editorial box for its two newest columnists: NBC "Parks and Recreation" star Rashida Jones and HBO "Girls" actress Zosia Mamet.

Closer to Pull Hollande Affair Story from Website
Closer magazine editor Laurence Pieau has promised to remove the story about French president François Hollande's alleged affair from its website, following a demand from the lawyer of actress Julie Gayet. Pieau said that the magazine was under a "very clear injunction."

New York Times Blocks Bid from Chinese Tycoon
A bid to acquire the New York Times by high profile Chinese tycoon Chen Guangbiao is said to have been blocked after the company refused to negotiate with him. Times chief Arthur Sulzberger Jr. recently said that the board has no intention to sell the newspaper.

WaPo 'Most Popular' U.S. Newspaper on Twitter
The Washington Post, New York Times and USA Today have topped a list of the "most popular" U.S. newspaper websites on Twitter. The research, carried out by Searchmetrics, analyzed the number of tweets per week generated by content on 10 leading U.S. newspaper sites.

Hearst Donates Half-Million Dollars to Newhouse
The William Randolph Hearst Foundation has donated $500,000 to help renovate the broadcast studios at Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. The new facility will be named Dick Clark Studios in honor of the late Syracuse alumnus.

Conde Nast's New Hire to Pursue Alternative TV
Conde Nast Entertainment has named Joe LaBracio as EVP of alternative programming. LaBracio will develop and produce unscripted programming inspired by the publishing company's titles. LaBracio is a veteran exec of United Talent Agency and CBS.

Forbes Media Expects Sale News Within Weeks
New York Post
Forbes chief Steve Forbes said he expects to hear news on the company's sale "in the next several weeks." Asked if he was happy with the price, since Forbes is said to be having a hard time fetching top dollar, he responded cryptically: "I'm Scottish, so I like the price."

Atlantic's Wire Editor Joining Mobile News Startup
New York Times
Gabriel Snyder, former editor in chief of the Wire, a website owned by Atlantic Media, has joined, a mobile news startup founded by web entrepreneur Jason Calacanis. Inside, with a staff of 20, will arrive on Jan. 23 in the form of a mobile app and a limited website.

Glamour Publisher Poaches from Rival InStyle
Six months after taking the reins at Glamour, Connie Anne Phillips has raided her old employer, InStyle. The VP-publisher of Glamour returned in July to Conde Nast from Time Inc. rival title InStyle, and three of four big hires are from her old stomping grounds.

Closer Magazine Stirs Wrath of French President
French president Francois Hollande has complained of breach of privacy and is considering legal action after the French edition of Closer magazine alleged he was having an affair with actress Julie Gayet. Hollande "is studying what action, including legal action, to take."

Bon Appetit Among 2013 Magazine Ad Winners
The demand for print advertising continued to fall in 2013, but the pace of those losses has slowed, according to a year-end report from the MPA-The Association for Magazine Media. Last year was strong for many epicurean titles. Health and fitness magazines also saw a boost.

New York Times Preps Digital Opinion Section
The New York Times's effort to grow its digital news offerings includes building an opinion section product that adopts strategies of some of the most popular websites. The product has been described as "a new, all-day-long opinion experience online and for mobile devices."

Boston Globe Publisher to Exit in New Ownership
Associated Press
The Boston Globe said its publisher plans to step down as part of a business transition under new owner John Henry. Publisher Christopher Mayer wrote in an email to employees that new ownership brings "a new way to look at tackling the challenges that face us."

SF Chronicle to Train Reporters in Social Media
The San Francisco Chronicle is set to announce a radical plan to arrest circulation decline and remain relevant in the digital age. Audrey Cooper, the newspaper's new managing editor, will require all employees to participate in a digital and social media "boot camp."

San Diego Tribune Blames Obamacare for Cuts
CBS MoneyWatch
The San Diego Union-Tribune has told employees that it is suspending matches to its 401(k) plan partly because of "significant additional expense due to Obamacare." The newspaper has been described as a mouthpiece for Republican party contributor Douglas Manchester.

New York Observer to Unveil Redesign in March
Capital New York
The New York Observer's redesign is now scheduled for late March. The makeover was originally slated to debut next month, but sources said the move has been pushed back. It involves reverting to tabloid from broadsheet and ditching the salmon-colored paper.

Atlantic's Wire Editor Departs for Mobile Startup
Capital New York
Gabriel Snyder plans to leave his job as editor-in-chief of the Wire, and Andrew Golis has been named general manager of the aggregation website published by Atlantic Media. Snyder has resigned from the post to take a position at a "VC-backed mobile startup."

Huffington Post to Launch 'World Post' at Davos
Financial Times
The Huffington Post plans to launch the World Post, a digital publication offering contributions from world leaders and original reporting. The joint venture with Nicolas Berggruen's Institute on Governance think-tank debuts this month at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

Craigslist Faces Hooters Lawsuit Over Escort Ads
Hooters has sued Craigslist for allegedly allowing a Miami escort service to post ads for "Hooters girls." The restaurant chain argues that Craigslist, as well as Nikki's Escort Service, infringed Hooters' trademark with the ads, which allegedly were posted in November.

News Corp Staffer Said She Disposed Notebooks
A woman implicated in Britain's phone-hacking scandal told police she discarded notebooks but not to destroy evidence, a London court heard. Cheryl Carter, a former assistant to Rebekah Brooks, said she was asked to take possession of seven boxes of Brooks' notebooks.

Wall Street Journal Editor Troubled by Native Ads
Gerald Baker, editor in chief of the Wall Street Journal, appeared on PBS' "Charlie Rose," as he marked one year in charge of the newspaper. "People trust the Journal because it has a reputation of being fair and objective. We have a great obligation to play it straight."

New York Times Unveils 'More Engaging' Website
The New York Times has relaunched its website with a variety of new features intended to bring it up to date with changes at the organization and the wider digital landscape. One new feature will enable to send messages to readers directly in the site.

Guardian Website Said to Be Blocked in China
The Guardian's website has been blocked in China, according to a censorship-tracking site. China is known to block sites that it deems a threat. Bloomberg and the New York Times have been blocked since 2012. The reasons for the Guardian block are unclear.

Boston Globe Mulls Starting Catholic Publication
New York Times
The Boston Globe has hired John Allen Jr., a journalist for the National Catholic Reporter, and will explore starting a free-standing publication dedicated to Catholicism. "There is a resurgence of global interest in the Catholic Church," said Globe editor Brian McGrory.

Hearst's Dr Oz Magazine to Debut in February
New York Post
Hearst has shipped to the printers the debut edition of its newest title, Dr. Oz The Good Life. The first cover, when it lands on newsstands Feb. 4, is expected to feature Dr. Mehmet Oz. The new title follows the trail blazed by magazines produced by the likes of Oprah Winfrey.

American Media in Talks to Export Men's Fitness
New York Post
David Zinczenko, the onetime top editor of Men's Health, who is credited with reviving rival Men's Fitness, is about to carry his battle with his former title overseas. American Media Inc. is in talks with several overseas publishers about licensing and joint venture deals.

Entertainment Weekly Staffer Departs for Startup
First Look Media, the news company started by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar with former Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald, has hired Bill Gannon, former editor of Gannon previously oversaw the front page of

Elle's Kaling Cover Photo Stirs Internet Backlash
NBC Today
Mindy Kaling has been celebrated by Elle magazine as one of four cover subjects for its "Women in TV" issue. But some found controversy in the fact that Kaling's black-and-white cover contrasted with the color covers for Amy Poehler, Zooey Deschanel and Allison Williams.

Hollywood Reporter's Min to Oversee Billboard
Hollywood Reporter
Guggenheim Media said that Janice Min has been tapped to lead Billboard and the Hollywood Reporter as co-president/chief creative officer of the company's newly formed entertainment group. Min will be responsible for all editorial of the entertainment and music brands.

BuzzFeed, CBS News to Expand 'Brews' Series
Daily Caller
BuzzFeed has teamed up with CBS News on "BuzzFeed Brews," expanding the interview series to New York and Los Angeles. The debut joint event will be BuzzFeed business editor Peter Lauria interviewing HBO CEO Richard Plepler about the future of the TV industry.

Tribune: Waxman Seeks Clarity on Newspapers
Financial Times
Henry Waxman, a prominent U.S. lawmaker, has pressed Tribune to clarify its plans for its newspaper portfolio, saying the media company was putting "onerous conditions" on the Los Angeles Times and other titles ahead of a proposed spinoff of the division.

Hearst's Chronicle Gets New Boss from PopSugar
Kristine Shine, formerly the chief revenue officer at web publisher PopSugar, has departed to run the San Francisco Chronicle and for Hearst. Shine fills a vacancy left by Joanne Bradford, who departed after a very short stint for a post at Pinterest.

News Corp Signs Lease on London Headquarters
News Corp. has signed a 30-year lease for its new headquarters at London Bridge. The company said the move signifies its "long-term commitment" to the U.K. "There can be no clearer signal of our determination to secure a sustainable future for the journalism we produce."

Time Life Building Manhole Fire Sparks Evacuation
NBC New York
A fire erupted in a manhole outside the Time Life building in Manhattan on Monday, sending passersby running as the flames leaped. Workers near the fire said some offices were evacuated, and video showed people running as the fire crackled, sounding like explosions.

Time Inc Content Officer Lays Down Ground Rules
Capital New York
Norm Pearlstine has laid down some ground rules for Time Inc.'s editors in a bid to govern what type of material should pass through the chief content officer for pre-publication approval. "There have been some bad decisions and a few examples of sloppy procedure."

Hearst Taps Say Media Veteran for Magazine Sites
Troy Young continues to reshape Hearst Magazines Digital Media, hiring Kate Lewis from Say Media as VP of content operations and editorial director for the division's 24 magazine websites. Young was brought over in May to reinvent the magazines' digital strategy.

Forbes Launches Social-Oriented Visual 'Stream'
Forbes has unveiled "Stream" — a feature that allows readers to save, share and discover visual content from the magazine and Lewis DVorkin, Forbes chief product officer, describes Stream as a response in part to a shift away from text.

Rodale, Time Inc Join Starcom Content Platform
Starcom MediaVest has announced the launch of a tech platform, dubbed Content@Scale, to make content from top publishers readily available to brands. Publishing partners include Time Inc., Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Forbes, Glam Media, Parade and Rodale.

Conde Nast Entertainment Hires Revenue Officer
Conde Nast Entertainment head Dawn Ostroff has announced the hire of Lisa Valentino as the unit's first chief revenue officer. Early emphasis will be on the company's "burgeoning" digital video network. Valentino is a multimedia ad sales veteran of ESPN and Yahoo.

GQ Magazine to Open Barbershop in Brooklyn
Conde Nast's GQ plans to give men another way to live the brand's lifestyle: the "first-ever" GQ Barbershop, opening this Friday at Brooklyn's Barclays Center. The barbershop is being launched in partnership with hipster shaving emporium Fellow Barber.

Advertising Age Cuts Print to Every Other Week
New York Times
Advertising Age, the ad trade publication, has announced plans to publish its print edition every other week rather than weekly. The minimum number of pages in each issue "will increase by 50%," and articles will be "supported by richer visuals and deeper data."

New York Post Headline Draws Harsh Criticism
New York Post
Brooklyn politicians and Hasidic leaders demanded an apology from the New York Post after the newspaper wrote about a murdered Williamsburg "slumlord." The Post particularly drew harsh criticism over its front-page headline — "Who didn't want him dead?"

Newsday, Village Voice Former Editor Forst Dies
Don Forst, a former New York Newsday editor whose career spanned nearly six decades, died Saturday at St. Peter's Hospital in Albany, N.Y. He was 81. After New York Newsday closed, Forst had a brief stint at the Daily News, then served as the editor of the Village Voice.

New York Times to Go Native with Online Ads
Financial Times
The New York Times will offer so-called "native ads," or articles and videos created for advertisers, with the relaunch of its website on Wednesday. The controversial promotions will appear on the home page and other areas of the site. "The potential losers are the readers."

Philadelphia Inquirer Pushed to Auction Block
Wall Street Journal
The Philadelphia Inquirer is being pushed to the auction block by owners at odds over management of the newspaper and how to break the impasse at the top of the company. Co-owners George Norcross III and ally Joseph Buckelew have turned to a Delaware court for help.

Forbes, Fortune Face Big Year for Biz Magazines
Advertising Age
With Forbes for sale, Fortune's website divorcing from CNNMoney and Bloomberg Businessweek getting assessed in a company review, the year ahead could see a dramatic shift for top business magazines. The future of these titles arguably depends on their digital platforms.

Business Insider Rejects $100 Million Buyout Offer
Fox News
Business Insider, the edgy financial news site run by Henry Blodget, may not technically be shopping itself, but that hasn't stopped potential suitors from calling — including a recent one that reportedly offered more than $100 million as a potential acquisition price.

Salem Buys Up Popular Conservative Websites
Salem Communications, a player in Christian and talk radio stations, has been buying up popular conservative websites — moves that could make the company the next big thing in right-wing media. Salem recently bought sites including Twitchy, RedState and HumanEvents.

Daily Dish Political Blog Near Goal for Revenue
Andrew Sullivan, the political blogger who left the Daily Beast a year ago to start the Daily Dish, a standalone subscription-based site, didn't reach the $900,000 revenue mark for 2013 he predicted it would, but came close. Dish, according to Sullivan, has "plenty of cash in the bank."

Gawker Viral Guru to Depart for Social Network
Neetzan Zimmerman plans to leave Gawker, where his posts have accounted for an outsized amount of the media site's traffic. Zimmerman will head to Whisper, a social network startup, where he will take the title of editor in chief. The startup is "not a competitor of Gawker."

BuzzFeed to Become Media Giant for a New Era
Wired UK
Jonah Peretti's challenge is to stay grounded as BuzzFeed explodes. The CEO turned 40 on Jan. 1, and prefers to keep a low profile. "We're a tech company that presents ourselves as a media company, as tech is something people don't understand as much as great stories."

Hearst Touts Upgrade of Web, Mobile Products
Hearst CEO Steve Swartz, in an internal memo to employees, said that roughly 60% of the company's revenue is derived from "sources other than advertising." On the magazine front, Swartz trumpeted the group's "ambitious upgrade" of all its web and mobile products.

Bauer Slashes Rate Base for Closer Magazine
Bauer Publishing's ambitious plans for a new celebrity weekly might have been too ambitious. Just two months after launching Closer, a title aimed at over-40 women, the publisher is slashing its 2014 rate base to 100,000 from its original circulation promise of 150,000.

Berkshire Hathaway Seeks More Newspaper Buys
Wall Street Journal
Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway now owns about 70 newspapers, including 30 dailies. More deals are likely on the horizon, as Tribune, among others, has announced plans to spin off newspapers. Buffett has indicated he would like to keep buying.

New York Times Eyed by China's Demolition King
Chen Guangbiao said he has retained a financial services firm to assist him in his bid to acquire the New York Times. To be sure, it is unlikely that the Times would sell to Chen, an oddball tycoon and philanthropist known more for publicity stunts than business acumen.

Washington Post Wonkblogger Plans to Depart
New York Times
Ezra Klein, an analyst, columnist and TV commentator who runs the Washington Post's Wonkblog, is said to be planning to leave the newspaper after failing to win support for a new website dedicated to explanatory journalism he wanted to create at the company.

Daily News Shuts Down South Asian News Site
Capital New York
The Daily News has pulled the plug on Desi News, a South Asian-centric vertical fueled by the New York-based content-licensing platform NewsCred. The project was a business-development play for the News, which didn't devote any editorial resources to it.

New York Times Unveils Site Redesign Next Week
New York Times
The New York Times plans to launch its redesigned website on Jan. 8. The new platform will allow for better integration of video and photos. It will also feature content paid for by advertisers. Such content, known as "native advertising," has raised concerns among journalists.

Wall Street Journal Revamps Online Tech Page
USA Today
Two veteran journalists who previously worked for the Wall Street Journal have launched a new tech news site, triggering the newspaper to revamp its online tech page. The new WSJD features breaking news and video. Many of its stories are available only to paid subscribers.

Digital First Media Completes Company Merger
Mercury News
Digital First Media has announced the completion of the merger of its two largest companies — MediaNews Group and 21st Century Media — to create a new media company. The transaction, first announced Dec. 17, forms the second-largest U.S. newspaper company.

New York Times Buy Sought by Chinese Tycoon
A Chinese recycling magnate said he was preparing to open talks to acquire the New York Times. Chen Guangbiao is something of a celebrity in China. During a particularly murky bout of pollution in January, the philanthropist handed out free cans of "fresh air."

Denver Post Launches Website Devoted to Weed
With marijuana sales set to become legal in Colorado on Jan. 1, the state's largest newspaper has unveiled a new website devoted to covering pot culture inside and out. Called The Cannabist, the site will be run by Ricardo Baca, the Denver Post's marijuana editor.

Hearst Shutters Connecticut Weekly Newspapers
Hearst has closed the Norwalk Citizen and the Greenwich Citizen in Connecticut. Much of the content that appeared in those weeklies will now be published by Hearst's daily Stamford Advocate and Greenwich Time. Hearst says the move will strengthen the two dailies.

Time Inc's First Female Magazine Editor Dies at 75
Hollywood Reporter
Pat Ryan, a former managing editor of both People and Life magazines, died of cancer Dec. 28 in Boothbay Harbor, Maine. Starting out as a secretary at Sports Illustrated, she became, according to a colleague, the first woman in America to run a huge weekly magazine.

Report: Magazines See Growth in Tablet Ad Sales
The number of ads purchased in 2013 for iPad editions of magazines rose 16%, according to a study by the Association of Magazine Media and Kantar Media. That's good news, but another number stands out in the report: Print ad units were almost unchanged from 2012.

Reuters Job Cuts Reach 45 Amid Buyout Offers
Talking Biz News
The Newspaper Guild of New York, which represents business journalists at Reuters, reports that 30 guild members have volunteered for the company's buyout offer, while another 15 have left. The union says those leaving take more than 900 years of editorial experience.

Time Inc to Abandon News-Business Separation
New York Times
Time Inc. new CEO Joe Ripp met with company editor in chief and star editor Martha Nelson late last summer to discuss his plans. Troubled by the idea of the newsroom reporting to the business side, Nelson resigned. "I wasn't comfortable being part of it," she said.

People Spends Millions to Upgrade Paper Stock
New York Post
People magazine, the No. 1 money maker for Time Inc., will return to a heavier grade of paper just in time for the Oscars issue that goes on sale March 7. One industry source estimated it will cost anywhere from $1 million to $5 million for the magazine to make the shift.

Time, Fortune, Sports Illustrated Prep Web Redos
New York Post
The redesign of is one of at least three big moves believed to be on tap for early in the new year by Time Inc. Sports Illustrated is expected to unveil its redesign early next year as well. Also, Fortune is facing the end of its joint venture with CNNMoney on May 31.

Wine Spectator Among New Magazine Biz Darlings
New York Times
Hobby magazines have become the darlings of the struggling magazine industry. High-end titles like Wine Spectator and Cigar Aficionado have not only experienced steady circulation growth, but have also brought in big revenue by staging special events for subscribers.

New York Mag Restaurant Critic Exposes Himself
New York
The "anonymous" restaurant critic is a concept that has outlived its relevance, says Adam Platt — while exposing his identity on the cover of New York magazine. "Thanks to Instagram and Yelp, anyone can be a member of the critic's formerly exclusive dining club."

Bloomberg LP Taps Mayor's Deputy for Operations
Wall Street Journal
Bloomberg LP has named Caswell Holloway, New York City's deputy mayor for operations, as its deputy chief operating officer. Holloway has served as one of mayor Michael Bloomberg's top deputies since 2011. Holloway earned $212,614 as deputy mayor.

Washington Post Sale Among Big Media Deals of 2013
New York Observer
This year, cautious media industry optimism replaced the gloom and doom of a particularly rough 2012. Deals were made, Silicon Valley money was invested and journalists found shelter in branded content. Instead of an ever-higher body count, 2013 brought news of deals.

Dow Jones Gearing Up for Make or Break 2014
Capital New York
Dow Jones has a number of key initiatives on the docket that will test its might during parent-corporation News Corp.'s first full fiscal year as a standalone publishing conglomerate. "At a high level, there's a lot of emphasis on thinking 'digital first.'"

New York Times Nabs Washington Post Veteran
Washington Post Fed watcher Neil Irwin has announced plans to join the New York Times. Irwin most recently was a columnist and economics editor of the Post's Wonkblog section. Irwin will be working on a new Times website focusing on economic data, politics and sports.

The Economist's World in 2014: Media Moving Up
The Economist
The festive season is one of good food, warm drinks and, often, fantastic television and jolly tunes. The coming year will not be one which lacks mirth for the entertainment and music industries either, according to Alexandra Suich, media editor of The Economist.

People Magazine: 'Real' People Outsell Celebs
People's biggest sellers this year turned out to be cover stories about "real" people. A cover featuring the Cleveland kidnapping victims brought in the most newsstand dollars, followed by the Gosselins of "Jon & Kate Plus 8." "A life-changing story will do better than celeb story."

Vogue's Wintour in Instagram Flap with Daughter
Daily News
Bee Shaffer, daughter of Vogue editor Anna Wintour, claims her mother tossed out the family's Christmas tree before the actual holiday, because it was "too messy." Shaffer posted text and a photo of lonely presents on Instagram, with no tree or holiday decor in sight.

News Corp Extends London Times Brand to Gin
Media Week
The Times newspaper of London has added to the array of brand extensions launched by publishers in 2013 with news of its own premium gin, called the Times London Dry Gin. This is the newspaper's first foray into an exclusive own-label drinks offering.

Tribune to Meet with Lawmaker About Newspaper
Wall Street Journal
Tribune said its management plans to meet with Rep. Henry Waxman, a California Democrat, to discuss his concerns about the impact on the Los Angeles Times after the company's newspaper spinoff. Waxman noted that after its spinoff, the Times would have to rent its headquarters.

Financial Times Twitter Feed Attracts 1 Million
The Financial Times's Twitter account has reached 1 million followers. To mark the milestone, communities editor Sarah Laitner has provided tips on offering the best experience for readers and the organization: "Post at the right time of day. Have different voices on your feed."

Time Magazine Web Relaunch Slated for January
Capital New York
Time magazine is said to be planning to unveil the relaunch of in January. The redo has been described as mobile-driven with an emphasis on hard news. On the home page, paywalled magazine articles will mingle with free content including breakneck aggregation.

Freedom to Sell Orange County Register Building
Orange County Register
Freedom Communications, owner of the Orange County Register, has put the newspaper's longtime Santa Ana, Calif., headquarters building and adjacent property on the market. The 49,700-square-foot building sits on more than 3 acres. No sale price has been announced.

Washington Post Writer Mulls New Media Venture
Huffington Post
Ezra Klein, a top Washington Post policy writer and editor of the newspaper's Wonkblog, is said to be speaking to outside suitors about starting a new media venture. On Wonkblog, Klein and his staff break down complicated policy ideas in a digestible, straightforward way.

Sun-Times Media to Sell Community Newspaper
Chicago Business
Sun-Times Media said it will sell the assets of the Joliet (Ill.) Herald-News to Shaw Media. The deal is expected to close in January. "We expect to maintain the storied tradition of serving Joliet with a high-quality, community newspaper," said Shaw Media head John Rung.

Time Inc Spinoff Doesn't Have to Be Debt-Laden
Financial Times
Lex: "Time Warner does not have to be greedy. This year, News Corp. spun off its publishing assets with $2.6 billion in cash and no debt. That left it with firepower for acquisitions. Meredith, which Time nearly merged with this year, could be a model; its debt-to-cash-flow ratio is 1."

Forbes Seeks to Be Valued as an Online Business
Wall Street Journal
The owners of Forbes Media hope to convince potential buyers the company should be valued like a fast-growing digital business. But people familiar with Forbes say that could prove a hard sell for a company that still has firm roots in a declining print advertising market.

Bauer Settles Defamation Lawsuit with Tom Cruise
Associated Press
Bauer Publishing said it never intended to imply that Tom Cruise had cut all ties to his daughter after his divorce and announced that it had reached a settlement with the Hollywood star over two stories published by the company's In Touch and Life & Style magazines.

Vanity Fair, Gwyneth Paltrow End Feud Over Story
Us Weekly
Gwyneth Paltrow has "kissed and made up" with Vanity Fair. The actress is said to have had a heart-to-heart with editor Graydon Carter following their public feud. Earlier this year, Paltrow allegedly tried to prevent Vanity Fair from publishing a damning piece about her.

Vogue Violates Its Own Underage Model Initiative
Vogue has broken its own health initiative for a third time by including 15-year-old Polish model Julie Borawska in the November issue of the magazine's Mexican edition. The initiative had stipulated that Vogue would no longer use models under the age of 16.

Time Out New York Names Bauer Veteran as Editor
Talking New Media
Time Out has named Terri White as editor in chief for Time Out New York. White, formerly executive editor for Life & Style, will oversee the editorial direction and content for all of Time Out New York's media platforms, including digital, mobile and print.

Net-a-Porter Online Retailer Preps Print Magazine
New York Times
While publications like Vogue and Harper's Bazaar turn cartwheels trying to figure out new media, in January Net-a-Porter founder Natalie Massenet is expected to oversee the introduction of Porter, a magazine to be sold on newsstands. "It's a big beast" with "lots of journalism."

News Corp Acquires Video News Startup Storyful
News Corp. has acquired Storyful, a video news startup, for $25 million. Storyful specializes in verifying and clearing amateur and user generated video, so news organizations and brands can use the clips. News Corp. said Storyful will continue as a standalone business.

Tribune: Please Don't Kill the Los Angeles Times
National Journal
Henry Waxman, a Democratic representative for California's 33rd district, has expressed concern about the future of the Los Angeles Times in a letter to the head of owner Tribune. "I am concerned that corporate actions may not be in the best interests of the Times."

New York Times Grudgingly Embraces Native Ads
The New York Times is going native, but the publisher doesn't sound all that excited about it. In a memo to employees, publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. announced a big moment in the evolution of the company’s digital advertising strategy. Paid pages will get a "blue border."

Wall Street Journal Preps AllThingsD Replacement
The Wall Street Journal's answer to its separation with AllThingsD, a global technology coverage section called WSJD, is said to be launching next month. The company will be launching a global technology conference to go with it, branded under the WSJD name.

Washington Times Cuts Nearly a Dozen Staffers
Some 11 journalists are said to have been let go during a reorganization at the Washington Times. Editor John Solomon insisted that the headcount actually will be expanded. He has not named any new hires, but said that people have been hired internally for newly created positions.

New York Times to Rethink Sunday Magazine
New York Observer
The New York Times will rethink its Sunday magazine before deciding on a new editor to replace Hugo Lindgren, editor in chief Jill Abramson announced in a staff email. There are "issues so pressing that they need to be addressed by the leadership of the newsroom."

Forbes Family in $2.5 Million IRS Tax Dispute
Wall Street Journal
Steve Forbes and members of his family are enmeshed in a tax dispute with the Internal Revenue Service tied to their publishing company's former New York headquarters. Family members have disputed IRS assessments for back-taxes and penalties that total about $2.5 million.

Alpha Media Sale of Maxim Magazine Collapses
New York Post
Negotiations by Darden Media to buy Maxim magazine and its parent, Alpha Media, are said to have collapsed. Cerberus Capital Management, Alpha's majority owner, has now turned to the No. 2 bidder, a joint venture that includes Infinity Group and Hilco Global.

Conde Nast Pulls Plug on U.S. La Cucina Italiana
The New York bureau and American edition of the cooking magazine La Cucina Italiana is said to be closing up shop, following a directive from Conde Nast Italy, which has owned an 80% stake in the title since last July. La Cucina Italiana is currently published in Italy.

Bonnier's Popular Science to Unveil Redesign
With every top editor changeover at a magazine you can bet a redesign is on its way. Such is the case for the 140-year-old Popular Science, where former executive editor Cliff Ransom was recently promoted to editor-in-chief after a one-month vacancy left by Jacob Ward.

Hearst's Seventeen Magazine Joining Snapchat
Seventeen magazine has joined Snapchat. The move makes the Hearst title, according to a Snapchat rep, the first major magazine to join the messaging service. The platform has begun to attract brands that value the youthful demographic that popularized the app.

Goldstein, Screw Magazine Publisher, Dies at 77
New York Times
Al Goldstein, the scabrous publisher whose Screw magazine pushed hard-core adult content into the cultural mainstream, has died at age 77. Goldstein did not invent the dirty magazine, but he was the first to present it to a wide audience without the pretense of classiness.

Hearst: Patty's Husband, Security VP Dies at 68
Bernard Shaw, husband of Patty Hearst and VP of corporate security for Hearst Corporation, has died after an extended battle with cancer, a family member's rep said. Shaw, who previously served as a police officer in San Francisco, was highly respected by Hearst colleagues.

Conde Nast Moves Into Living Room with Roku
Conde Nast has launched its magazine channels via Roku, according to digital chief Fred Santarpia. The channels for GQ, Glamour, Vogue, Wired, Teen Vogue, Vanity Fair and went live on the over-the-top service with more than 600 episodes between them.

Time Inc, Conde Nast Fete the Holiday Season
Time Inc., which is bracing for expected layoffs, tightened its belt by holding this year's holiday party in its New York offices. Conde Nast hosted a cocktail party at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Hearst opted for separate brand parties rather than a big corporate affair.

Washington Post Suffers Third Hit by Hackers
Washington Post
Hackers have broken into the Washington Post's servers and gained access to employee user names and passwords, marking at least the third intrusion over the past three years, company officials said. The extent of the loss of company data is "not immediately clear."

Philadelphia Inquirer Film Explores 'Print's Death'
Philadelphia Business
A new documentary film has been released that uses the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News as its focus for the platform that print journalism is dying — slowly but surely. "Black and White and Dead All Over" is available online and receiving lots of attention.

Boston Globe Inks New Deal for Auto Classifieds
Boston Business
The Boston Globe has partnered with to provide an online auto platform for The deal ends speculation about how the Globe planned to salvage its online auto business in light of the pending expiration of its relationship with

Craigslist: Get Ready for the Next Generation
While electronic bulletin boards like Craigslist have been around for over a decade, they have remained one-dimensional, rather than an all-inclusive solution to a problem. Tech startups are seizing the opportunity to reimagine Craigslist one industry at a time.

MediaNews, 21st Century Plan Newspaper Merger
Denver Post
MediaNews, which owns or operates 57 U.S. newspapers, plans to merge with 21st Century Media, the successor to Journal Register, which emerged from bankruptcy in April. "It will be easier to push innovation," said John Paton, CEO of Digital First, which manages the companies.

News Corp: News of World Leaves Financial Hole
Financial Times
The closure of the News of the World has left a financial hole in Rupert Murdoch's British newspaper business, account filings show. The figures highlight the difficulty in replacing the circulation and advertising of the newspaper, which was shuttered by Murdoch in mid-2011.

Time Inc Eyes Candidates for Chief Revenue Officer
Advertising Age
Time Inc. is said to have renewed its search for a chief revenue officer. There had been rumors that the position, which has been vacant since Paul Caine exited in March, would not be filled. But CEO Joe Ripp has reportedly interviewed at least two people for the job.

Conde Nast Chairman Newhouse 'Quietly' Retires
New York Post
Conde Nast's Christmas party took place this year without S.I. Newhouse Jr., the man who for years had engineered the secretive seating chart that propelled it into one of the season's most-hyped parties. "He retired around this time last year," said CEO Charles Townsend.

Forbes: Time Inc Out of Running as Possible Suitor
New York Post
Time Inc. is said to be out of the running to buy Forbes Media, which was put on the block in November. The publishing giant was rumored to be a top contender. Time Inc. "did not make the cut." However, there is "strong interest from multiple parties across several platforms."

MediaFinder: Fewer Magazines Shut Down in 2013
Crain's New York
There is still a desire for magazines, said Trish Hagood, head of, the database of U.S. and Canadian periodicals, which just released its year-end numbers. While fewer titles launched in 2013, more are surviving. Last year, 74 bit the dust. This year: 51.

Mr Magazine: Bookazines Best Conventional Mags
New York Post
Samir Husni, the University of Mississippi journalism professor and the pre-eminent tracker of new magazine launches, said that "bookazines" are far outpacing conventional magazines on the launch circuit. Bookazines have cover prices of $9.99 or higher and virtually no ads.

Bloomberg Media Poaches GE Exec for Digital Role
Newly installed Bloomberg Media CEO Justin Smith has made his first major hire in his tenure with the addition of Paul Marcum, a GE marketing exec. Marcum will join Bloomberg on Jan. 13 as head of global digital innovation, a newly created position at the company.

USA Today Preps Expansion of U.S. Coverage
USA Today plans to expand its coverage across the country, placing reporters in Miami, Boston, Chicago, Las Vegas and in the Mountain West, according to an email to staffers from editor-in-chief David Callaway. The reporters will be both internal and external hires.

Christian Science Monitor Names New Top Editor
Associated Press
The Christian Science Monitor, the 105-year-old newspaper owned by the First Church of Christ, Scientist, has named Marshall Ingwerson as its new editor. Ingwerson has served as managing editor since 1999. He replaces John Yemma, who is stepping down to focus on writing.

Wall Street Journal Taps Journos for Tech News
Talking Biz News
Geoff Fowler has been named personal technology columnist/reviewer of the Wall Street Journal. Fowler will be joined by Joanna Stern as personal tech columnist/reviewer with an emphasis on video. The two journalists "will be the nucleus of a personal-technology group."

Guardian Promotes Exec as U.S. CEO Departs
Media Week
David Pemsel, chief commercial officer of the U.K.'s Guardian News & Media, has been promoted to deputy chief executive, as the CEO of Guardian U.S., Michael Bloom, exits the company. Pemsel will oversee Guardian operations including Australia and the U.S.

Penthouse Publisher Cleared to Exit Bankruptcy
Wall Street Journal
A federal judge has cleared Penthouse magazine publisher FriendFinder Networks to leave bankruptcy as a private company with much less debt. FriendFinder blamed its financial troubles on fewer visits to its more than 8,000 social-networking and adult-content websites.

Reader's Digest Redesigns, Changes Biz Model
Its second bankruptcy now behind it, RDA Holding has entered a new phase. The company's flagship brand, Reader's Digest, has unveiled a redesign and changes to its business model. The new magazine has updated its logo and invested $1 million in its paper stock.

Vice Media Cranks Up Global News Operations
USA Today
Vice Media's unvarnished world view may be the voice of a new generation. The Brooklyn-based outfit's edgy brand of journalism is scoring with Generation Y. Now, Vice is boosting its operations, building a Venice Beach, Calif., bureau and staking out San Francisco.

New York Times to Raise Subscription Prices
The New York Times is looking for more money from print subscribers in 2014 as it continues to contend with declining print and digital advertising revenues. Home delivery subscribers received a letter over the weekend notifying them of a cost increase of 30 to 60 cents per week.

USA Today's 'Your Take' Lets Users Upload News
USA Today
Have a story to share or want to be a part of USA Today's coverage? The Gannett newspaper has introduced Your Take, a featuring allowing readers to submit photos or video, get published "and be a part of USA Today's coverage." Said USA Today: "No story is too big or too small."

Lagardere to Sell Press Distribution Businesses
Wall Street Journal
France's Lagardere is said to have put its press distribution business in Europe and Canada up for sale, in its latest move to reduce exposure to the declining print-media industry. The company in 2011 sold the international versions of its magazines, such as Elle, to Hearst.

Conde Nast's Self Magazine Preps Video Channel
Self magazine is next in line to get its own digital channel early next year. The move is part of Conde Nast Entertainment's push to expand the digital strategy for the publishing company. The entertainment division has already launched a handful of video channels on YouTube.

Time Inc Mulls Eliminating Magazine Mastheads
Jim Romenesko
Anonymous tip: "I was in Time Inc. yesterday and a friend told me that all of the magazine production folk at the titles have been told that the company is eliminating mastheads in its magazines. I can't imagine. Vanity is the motivating force behind most people in publishing."

News Corp to Sponsor Aussie Digital Community
News Corp plans to become a sponsor of Fishburners, a non-profit organization that helps entrepreneurs and the tech community in Australia. The Sydney-based group describes itself as Australia's largest and leading tech co-working space, home to more than 150 startups.

Hearst Digital Chief Talks Finding Great Editors
Troy Young, president, Hearst Magazines Digital Media: "There are wonderfully talented people in print, but you've got to be able to live in the moment. The young, modern digital editor doesn't just think about content, they think about content and distribution."

Rodale Model Finds Success on All Media Fronts
Mr Magazine
In the midst of the doom and gloom in the media world, Rodale has had one of its best years ever in print. The company's brands "surround participatory activities, and because of that our digital products lend themselves to tools that help you live that life in real time."

Conde Nast's Vanity Fair Runs Its First Native Ads
New York Times
As Madison Avenue continues debating the pros and cons of native advertising, Vanity Fair is voting "aye" by bringing out its first such effort, for Hennessy Cognac, that will run on The native ads on will offer additional information.

Forbes to Publish Portuguese Edition for Africa
Talking Biz News
Forbes has announced the launch of its latest local-language edition, Forbes Portuguese Africa, in partnership with ZAP Publishing. The majority of the editorial content of Forbes Portuguese Africa will be local, complemented by the remainder from the U.S. edition.

Freedom to Launch Los Angeles Daily Newspaper
Associated Press
Freedom Communications, owner of the Orange County Register plans to expand with a daily newspaper in Los Angeles, looking to further stretch its regional reach to nearly all of Southern California. The new, seven-days-a-week paper will be called the Los Angeles Register.

Reuters Former Media Journo Exits for New Project
Talking Biz News
Kenneth Li, who had been the global editor of and is now an editor at large of the news organization, said he is leaving to work on "something hot/cool — or whatever the millennials call it these days." Li previously oversaw coverage of tech and media news.

Bloomberg Reaffirms Ban on Writing About Owner
Since the creation of its journalism arm in 1990, Bloomberg LP has banned coverage of owner Mike Bloomberg on the grounds that it would be a conflict of interest. Bloomberg News top editor Matt Winkler has rejected an internal recommendation urging a policy change.

News Corp Editor, Piers 'Bantered' About Hacking
Rebekah Brooks, former head of Rupert Murdoch's British newspaper business, exchanged banter with rival editor Piers Morgan at a dinner party in 2003 about hacking each other's phone messages, a court heard during the conspiracy and hacking trial in London.

Financial Times' Native Ad Initiative to Go Global
News & Tech
The Financial Times has rolled out its FT SmartMatch to global advertising clients, as the buzz surrounding native ads mounts. The publisher partnered with Smartology for technology that allows advertisers to match their messages to relevant stories in real time on

New York Times Honcho Buys 'Dilapidated Castle'
Real Deal
New York Times CEO Mark Thompson shelled out $3.4 million for a ninth-floor pad on Manhattan's Upper West Side, according to property records filed with the city. The unit in the 12-story red-brick building maintains several vintage flourishes from its construction in 1910.

Washington Post Signs Up MSNBC Host Maddow
MSNBC host Rachel Maddow will write a monthly column for the Washington Post, editorial page editor Fred Hiatt said in a memo to staff. The newspaper said Maddow will provide "strong arguments, sharp wit and thoughtful analysis of political and social issues."

Houston Chronicle Names Loeb Managing Editor
Houston Chronicle
Vernon Loeb, who most recently worked as metro editor of the Washington Post, has been named managing editor of the Houston Chronicle. "The future of journalism is ours to win," he said. Loeb previously served as deputy managing editor for news at the Philadelphia Inquirer.

New York Observer to Surrender the Pink in 2014
New York Observer
The New York Observer is set to trade in its most distinctive feature — the salmon-colored paper it's printed on — for basic newspaper white. Details about a new design, scheduled to debut in February, have begun to trickle out. Plans also call for a return to tabloid format.

Mental Floss Plans Frequency Increase to 10 Issues
With its successful e-commerce site, a new YouTube channel and fast-growing website, Mental Floss has already expanded far beyond its roots as a quirky print magazine. Now, co-founder Will Pearson announced that even more changes are afoot at the Felix Dennis-owned title.

The Hill Nabs Politico Exec, Preps Paid Services
Washington Post
The Hill has hired Adam Prather, national advertising director at Politico and a veteran of Roll Call and Yahoo, to serve as its new publisher. Also, the Capitol Hill publication will begin developing subscription services for people who "need every bit of information that they can get."

Hollywood Reporter Hosts Women in Entertainment
The Hollywood Reporter's 22nd annual Women in Entertainment breakfast at the Beverly Hills Hotel honored the magazine's Power 100 list, topped by Disney/ABC exec Anne Sweeney. The star-studded event honored Oprah Winfrey with the Sherry Lansing Leadership Award.

Red Bull's Magazine Boasts 2.7 Million Circulation
It would be easy to dismiss the Red Bulletin, the men's magazine produced by the maker of the Red Bull energy drink, as a content marketing play. However, the title's revenue stream works just like most consumer magazines. The mag now delivers 2.7 million copies.

Study: Online Pay Walls Help Increase Ad Rates
Advertising Age
Online pay walls are helping some newspaper and magazine websites increase the ad rates they charge, according to a report from the Online Publishers Association. "This report demystified the concept that subscription models would have a negative impact."

Report: Many Millennials Are Newspaper Readers
Some 56% of millennials read newspaper content every week, according to the Newspaper Association of America. That figure includes both those who read print newspapers and their online counterparts. Also, "millennials trust newspapers more than other information sources."

News Corp Seeks Buyer for Local Newspaper Group
Capital New York
News Corp. is looking for a buyer for its Brooklyn-based local newspaper operation. The company has issued a prospectus to potential buyers of its Community Newspaper Group, which includes titles like the Brooklyn Paper, the Brooklyn Courier and the Times Ledger.

Gannett to Add USA Today to Local Newspapers
New York Times
Gannett will try to expand its advertising and circulation revenue by inserting parts of its flagship newspaper, USA Today, into its local newspapers. Beginning in January, Gannett will add 12 to 14 pages of USA Today content each day to 35 newspapers in its largest markets.

New York Times Expects Digital Ad Growth in 2014
Advertising Age
New York Times CEO Mark Thompson intends to restore growth to the company's digital advertising revenue next year after recent declines, he said. To spur growth, the newspaper will be introducing branded content solutions — or native ads — for marketers.

Financial Times PR Exec to Join Atlantic's Quartz
Capital New York
Emily Passer has been named communications director at Quartz, the Atlantic Media digital business news publication. Passer comes to Quartz from the Financial Times, where she handled content promotion, media relations and internal communications.

Conde Nast: No Windfall from Wired's 'Argo' Story
In 2007, Wired magazine published the story upon which Ben Affleck's Oscar-winning film "Argo" was based, but owner Conde Nast didn't get a piece of the action. "It would have been appropriate for us to participate in some way," said entertainment head Dawn Ostroff.

Meredith Raises Rate Base for Allrecipes Magazine
Talking New Media
The digital edition may have proved to have been a disappointment, but the print edition of Allrecipes magazine is proving successful enough to boost the rate base, from 500,000 to 650,000, starting with the April issue. The magazine was launched just last month.

Time Inc Spinoff Expected to See $1.5 Billion Debt
New York Post
Since Time Warner announced its spinoff plan for Time Inc., a big guessing game has been how much debt will be loaded onto the publishing enterprise. One trusted source said that the number Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes has been kicking around is about $1.5 billion.

Time Magazine Names Pope as Person of the Year
Associated Press
Pope Francis has been selected by Time magazine as its Person of the Year. Managing editor Nancy Gibbs said that Pope Francis, in only his first year, had changed the tone, the perception and focus of one of the world's largest institutions in an extraordinary way.

Bloomberg News Pushes Video in Website Revamp
Talking Biz News
Bloomberg News has rolled out a revamped website that includes more headlines and more photos. The changes "highlight the mediums in which our users want to get information, including digital video, data visualizations, and of course, text," said a spokeswoman.

Tribune Newspapers to Take on Debt After Spinoff
Crain's Chicago
Tribune will retain ownership of just 1.5% of its newspaper unit after it spins off the company next year, and the unit expects to take on new debt. The new company, to be called Tribune Publishing, said in a U.S. filing that stockholders would own the bulk of new common shares.

Interstate General Media Owner Buys Out Partner
Philadelphia Inquirer
George Norcross has bought out one of his partners in the company that owns the Philadelphia Inquirer, becoming the majority owner of the newspaper as he and other partners battle in court over control. Norcross now owns about 52% of Interstate General Media.

News Corp Word Puzzle Says 'Murdoch Is Evil'
Last week's Sunday Telegraph in Australia carried a line that could draw the ire of its owner, News Corp. chief Rupert Murdoch. In "Harry the Dog's" weekly word search puzzle for children, one line read: "LIVESIHCODRUM," or, in reverse, "MURDOCHISEVIL."

Conde Nast to Share 1 WTC with Army Officials
New York Post
Conde Nast superstar editors Anna Wintour and Graydon Carter will be sharing their glamorous new 1 World Trade Center digs with U.S. Army sandhogs. The U.S. Army Corp. of Engineers, as well as other U.S. agencies, are said to be moving into the tower in 2015.

Time Inc Execs Say Layoffs Coming in New Year
Capital New York
Time Inc. staffers were informed during the company's quarterly management meeting that layoffs lie ahead in 2014. The publishing giant has implemented cuts in recent years while reining in costs. Just under a year ago, 500 jobs were slashed from the company.

Entertainment Weekly: Fey, Poehler Go Editorial
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler have a new title to add to their growing list of accomplishments — editor. The comedians, who will be hosting the Golden Globes in January, are guest editors to the new issue of Entertainment Weekly, appearing on newsstands Friday.

International Business Times Top Editor to Exit
Capital New York
Jeffrey Rothfeder, editor-in-chief of the International Business Times, is said to be leaving the budding business news website. Rothfeder will be out as of the end of January because "his contract is up and he was unable to negotiate a new deal" with owner IBT Media.

New York Times Media Writer Takes Teaching Job
Boston Globe
David Carr, media columnist for the New York Times, has been tapped by Boston University to fill a new endowed chair for exploring creative business models to support journalism in the digital era. Carr will keep writing for the Times but will spend two days a week at BU.

News Corp's Sun Tempts 100,000 Over Pay Wall
The digital version of the Sun, Britain's most popular tabloid newspaper, attracted more than 100,000 subscribers in the four months since it started charging for online content, publisher News UK said. "Though it's early days, we are encouraged by the strong start."

Time Inc Spin-Off Said Delayed to Later in 2014
24/7 Wall St
Time Inc. is said to be delaying its spin-off from Time Warner until the second half of 2014. The primary reason for the delay is that Time Inc. will post poor financial results for the fourth quarter of 2013, and new management is considering options to reverse that trend.

New Yorker's Remnick to Help NBC at Olympics
The New Yorker editor David Remnick will have a guest commentator spot on NBC's coverage of the 2014 Sochi Olympics, according to a new report. Remnick, a former Moscow correspondent for the Washington Post, will offer commentary on NBC News and NBC Sports.

Vanity Fair Paltrow Takedown Piece Turns 'Soft'
Can Gwyneth Paltrow claim victory over Vanity Fair? The magazine, which had planned a scathing takedown article on the actress, is said to be making the piece much softer. Paltrow reportedly asked her famous friends to avoid the magazine and boycott its Oscar party.

Glamour Asks Students to Help Reimagine Brand
Glamour is turning to students for fresh ideas. The magazine's 15 international editions have launched a contest inviting students to reimagine the Glamour brand. "'The Future of Glamour' is an exercise to explore our future process of innovation."

Brides to Launch Competition Series on YouTube
Conde Nast's Brides is jumping on the digital video trend for its "Brides Live Wedding," where readers can plan a couple's wedding via social media by voting on everything from the dress to the flowers. The program, in its second year, includes a weekly episodic series on YouTube.

Time Magazine Names Person of the Year Finalists
What do the president of Syria, Pope Francis and Ted Cruz have in common with Miley Cyrus and Edward Snowden? They are all among the top 10 finalists for Time's Person of the Year, the magazine has revealed. Time will announce the honoree on Wednesday.

New York Magazine Donates Internship to Charity
Village Voice
New York magazine has donated a one-week internship to a charity auction. The internship, in which the winner "will support the magazine's writers and editors," is being offered at auction benefitting the RFK Center for Justice and Human Rights. The auction opened at $500.

Magazine Assistants Add Social Media to Coffee Runs
New York Times
The modern assistant has an understanding of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram that time-stretched (and old school) magazine execs lack, and increasingly they are assuming responsibility for spreading the title's message, and brand, across social media.

New York Times Offers 'Today's Paper' Web App
The New York Times's new Today's Paper web app offers the articles and sections that go to print every day in an attractive layout. The app seems designed for readers who appreciate the benefits offered by digital but miss the experience of reading a definitive daily edition.

Advance New Jersey Papers Mull Consolidations
Advance Publications, owner of the Star-Ledger, and 10 other newspapers in New Jersey, said it is looking at ways for those properties to work together more effectively — including possible consolidations. "Clearly we need to find a different direction."

Conde Nast Venturing Into Global E-Commerce
Conde Nast in the U.S. and Conde Nast International have launched a new division devoted to e-commerce, naming Franck Zayan, who is currently responsible for the e-commerce activities of Galeries Lafayette, as president. Zayan will be based in London.

Time Inc 401(k) Cuts Stir Worries Among Staffers
New York Post
Time Inc. CEO Joe Ripp has told employees that he plans to cut the corporate match on contributions to the 401(k) plan from 7% to 5%. Insiders are said to be worrying that more drastic cuts — and staff firings — are ahead as the company slims down for its spinoff.

Time Inc: More Revelations About the Spinoff
Allan Sloan, Fortune senior editor at large, takes a look at the recently released Time Inc. SEC filing: "Among other things, it shows that the operating cash flow of Time Inc. is more than 50% higher than its reported profit. This offers at least some hope for the division."

Time Magazine Honors Mandela with Special Issue
Time magazine is releasing a special issue on Nelson Mandela commemorating his life in words and pictures, including tributes by Richard Stengel, Bono and Morgan Freeman. The special issue will be on newsstands Monday alongside this week's regular issue.

Forbes Media Eyed by Owner of Inc, Fast Company
New York Post
Joe Mansueto, founder of mutual-fund researcher Morningstar, is rumored to be looking at Forbes Media. Mansueto already owns Fast Company and Inc. through his Mansueto Ventures. He is among the investors in Wrapports, which bought the Chicago Sun Times last year.

Inc Magazine Announces Shuffle in Leadership
Mansueto Ventures's Inc. magazine plans to combine its editorial and publishing responsibilities under a single person. Editor in chief Eric Schurenberg will add oversight for the business side of the magazine, but will continue to use his current EIC title only.

Rolling Stone Plans Website on Country Music
Advertising Age
Rolling Stone plans to introduce a new website called Rolling Stone Country in the second quarter of 2014. The new standalone site aims to cover country music in the same way Rolling Stone does rock and pop music, said Gus Wenner, director of Rolling

Bloomberg in 'Trouble' as Mayor Mike Returns
Bloomberg LP is said to be facing an "internal war between new and old factions" as founder Mike Bloomberg is set to return next month. The mayor's role at the company "has been deeper than understood, extending to strategy sessions with leaders of company initiatives."

New York Times, Bloomberg Face Exit from China
The New York Times and Bloomberg are facing the closure of their Chinese offices after publishing investigative reports that embarrassed the Communist party. The situation is grave enough that U.S. VP Joe Biden met with the journalists concerned in Beijing.

Time Magazine Web Redo to Include New Ad Units
Capital New York
Time in the coming weeks plans to unveil a mobile-driven web makeover that will put hard news front and center, as well as introduce new advertising units. One such innovation will allow brands to purchase separate columns that communicate with one another on the home page.

Maxim Magazine Sale to Close with Guccione as CEO
After a hiccup, the Maxim sale appears to be set to close Friday, and publishing veteran Bob Guccione Jr. said he is set to take the reins as CEO. "I'm the guy they're bringing in." Alpha Media sold the bawdy lad mag to retired UPS exec Calvin Darden over the summer.

Hearst Digital Head Touts Success at Cosmopolitan
Fast Company
In May, Hearst brought in Say Media's Troy Young as head of Hearst Digital to rebuild the company's online operation. Now, the changes he has made are showing signs of success. According to Young, has doubled its traffic in his seven months at the helm.

News Corp Hires Former Clinton Aide as PR Officer
Daily News
Jim Kennedy, a veteran communications aide to both Bill and Hillary Clinton, has been appointed the chief communications officer of News Corp. Kennedy has been described by the media as "a calming presence." In 2005, he joined Sony Pictures in an executive post.

Belo Hangs 'For Sale' Sign on Providence Journal
Associated Press
Rhode Island's largest newspaper is for sale after A.H. Belo announced that it is seeking buyers for the Providence Journal. Belo said it has hired an investment bank to seek potential buyers. The Dallas-based company recently sold the Press-Enterprise in Riverside, Calif.

Wall Street Journal Veteran Unveils Tech News Site
Talking Biz News
Jessica Lessin, a former senior technology reporter at the Wall Street Journal, has launched a tech news site, called The Information. "To succeed, we need to write articles that deliver value worth paying for," she said. "That's why we're a subscription publication."

Conde Nast Hires NBC Veteran for Digital Ad Deals
Conde Nast is eager to scoop up more digital dollars, tapping David DeRobbio for the new role of senior executive director of digital sales. DeRobbio, who most recently was VP of digital sales at NBC News, has been charged with expanding Conde's digital ad deals.

Time Inc Payout to Former CEO Draws Employee Ire
New York Post
Rank and file inside Time Inc. are said to be infuriated that former CEO Laura Lang is walking away with $19 million spread over four years, even though she only served 15 months. Lang's salary and bonuses include money earned through 2015, when her contract expires.

Newsweek Plans to Return as Print Weekly in 2014
New York Times
Newsweek, the struggling weekly magazine that ceased print publication last year, plans to turn the presses back on. The magazine expects to begin a 64-page weekly edition in January or February, said Jim Impoco, editor in chief. "It's going to be a more subscription-based model."

Economist Veteran Named to Lead NYC Media Lab
NYC Media Lab
NYC Media Lab has named Justin Hendrix as executive director. Hendrix will work with university partners and corporate members to "further establish the Lab as a center for leading-edge innovation." Hendrix is a former VP for The Economist Group in the Americas.

New York Times to Expand Syndication for Videos
Videos on the New York Times were watched 12 million times by some 3 million unique viewers in October, denoting a 12-month rise of nearly 100%. Seeking to increase that number, the Times said it will soon have new syndication agreements with big portals and syndicators.

New York Post in the Clear on Discrimination Suits
Capital New York
The New York Post and attorneys for a former employee have apparently settled a high-profile lawsuit that has dogged the paper for the past several years. And the Post has emerged victorious in a related suit by two other staffers. "There is no evidence of race-based harassment."

Chicago Sun-Times to Hire Back Photographers
Chicago Tribune
Sun-Times Media, publisher of the Chicago Sun-Times, has agreed to hire back four fired photographers as part of a new collective bargaining agreement. The tentative three-year agreement also includes a lump sum payment of $2,000 for fired photographers not rehired.

St Louis Post-Dispatch Eyes Pay Wall for 2014
St. Louis Business
Lee Enterprises, owner of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, said back in March 2012 that most of its newspapers' digital content would go behind pay walls by the end of that year. Nearly 21 months later, the Post-Dispatch's website remains free. That could soon change.

Guardian May Face Terrorism Charges Over Leaks
British police are examining whether Guardian staff should be investigated for terrorism offenses over their handling of data leaked by Edward Snowden. The disclosure came after Guardian top editor Alan Rusbridger was summoned to give evidence at a parliamentary inquiry.

Conde Nast Traveller UK Preps Journalism Course
Following the opening of the Conde Nast College of Fashion & Design in London's Soho last year, the publisher announced that the U.K. edition of Conde Nast Traveller will extend the reach of its brand by launching a travel journalism course, in association with Nikon.

Playboy Kicks Off 60th Anniversary with Moss Cover
Daily News
Playboy magazine is kicking off the New Year with a bang. To celebrate its yearlong 60th anniversary celebration, the magazine features supermodel Kate Moss on the cover adorned in a sexy bunny costume. The British model also appears in an unprecedented 18-page pictorial.

Rolling Stone Story Gets Dylan in Trouble in France
Bob Dylan has been charged with incitement to hatred in France after he was quoted comparing Croats with Nazis in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine. The singer was questioned and charged last month while on a visit to Paris during which he gave several concerts.

The Week to Add Issues as New York Magazine Cuts
Advertising Age
One day after New York magazine said it would reduce its print frequency to every other week, The Week magazine said it plans to increase the number of issues it publishes to 51 next year from 48. "Each one of our issues is profitable. If we add more issues, we're more profitable."

Adweek Salutes 'Hottest in Media' at Awards Gala
New York Post
Adweek handed out more than 50 awards at its "Hot List" gala dinner event in New York. The honorees spanned magazines, TV and digital media. Mayor Mike Bloomberg kicked off the evening and drew cheers when he said, "I'm still a big believer in print."

Roll Call Names 'NewsHour' Veteran Editor in Chief
Christina Bellantoni plans to return to CQ Roll Call as editor in chief after spending two years as political editor of "PBS NewsHour." Bellantoni will oversee all editorial print and digital platforms for Roll Call, focusing on the paper's long-term strategy and growing its online presence.

Washington Post Owner Bezos 'Talked Into' Sale
Business Insider
Why did Jeff Bezos buy the Washington Post for $250 million? Bezos's answer: At first he had no idea why he should buy it, but eventually, he got talked into it by Don Graham, the newspaper's previous owner. "I don't know anything about the news business," said Bezos.

New York Daily News to Reboot with Datavisual
Daily News
Datavisual, selected for the Daily News' Innovation Lab program, has plans to change media's visualization and data effects. The web-based tool created by New York University graduates aims to better visualize the news with customizable charts and graphs.

The Sun Bumps 'Page 3' Girl for First Time for Ad
Media Week
Sony's PlayStation took a double page ad on pages 2 and 3 of the U.K. Sun and apologized to the newspaper's model Rosie, who was "bumped" to page 5. The ad marks the first time an advertiser is taking over the spot where the Sun's trademark Page 3 Girl is positioned.

Bloomberg News 'Inspected' by Chinese Authorities
Chinese authorities are said to have conducted "inspections" at Bloomberg News bureaus in Beijing and Shanghai. The visits followed reports that Bloomberg cancelled a year-long investigation on financial ties between a Chinese billionaire and government officials.

BuzzFeed Touts Record-Breaking Unique Visitors
More people visited BuzzFeed in November than in the first four years of the site's existence, the social news company said. BuzzFeed lured 130 million visitors in the month. "Much of this growth was driven by Facebook's shift towards driving traffic to quality publishers."

U.S. to Examine Issues Around 'Sponsored Content'
Wall Street Journal
The Federal Trade Commission on Wednesday will host a workshop for publishers and legal experts to discuss whether media outlets are adequately identifying sponsored stories on their websites as promotional pitches, and to consider if consumers might be misled.

Time Inc Signs First Client for Push Into Native Ads
Time Inc. has signed its first client for Watercooler Live, its new native advertising product that pours advertiser content, social commentary and company editorial into microsites and ad units. For Land Rover, Time Inc. populated a microsite. "Watercooler Live isn't for every client."

Conde Nast Brings Magazine Channels to Roku
Conde Nast's digital video network has got a boost via a deal that will put it on the biggest screen in the house. The company is partnering with Roku to bring its magazine-branded videos to the device. Channels for GQ, Glamour and other titles will be available on Roku for free.

Time Magazine Gets Digital Focus Amid Pressures
USA Today
A revamped will debut this year, with more stories, photos and video. The hoped-for result is a newsroom with a digital-age metabolism without any damage to the magazine's identity. "People are busy, and they don't have time to read 15 newspapers and websites."

New York Magazine Cutting Frequency to Biweekly
New York Times
Beginning in March, New York magazine will retreat from its long-standing status as a weekly and come out every other week instead. The move comes as the magazine's web traffic grew 19% in the last eight months, to more than 9 million unique visitors a month.

Maxim Magazine Eyes Guccione Jr as CEO Choice
New York Post
Alpha Media's deal to sell Maxim magazine to newly formed Darden Media appears to be back on track. Also, industry veteran Bob Guccione Jr. is expected to be named as the new CEO of the lad mag. "They expect to close in the next seven to 14 days," said Guccione.

Pearson Sells Mergermarket to Private Equity Group
Dow Jones
Pearson said it has agreed to sell company news provider Mergermarket to private equity group BC Partners in a deal valued at $623 million. Pearson CEO John Fallon said the funds from the sale will help the company expand in educational services and other areas.

Washington Post Building Sold in $159 Million Deal
Associated Press
The longtime headquarters building of the Washington Post is being sold to a real estate development company for $159 million. Graham Holdings Co., the former parent of the newspaper, has announced a deal to sell the downtown Washington building to Carr Properties.

New York Observer Former Editor Kaplan Dies at 59
Associated Press
Peter Kaplan, the former editor of the New York Observer who hired a then-unknown Candace Bushnell to write a column called "Sex and the City," has died. Kaplan died Friday of cancer in New York City, said his wife, Lisa Chase. He edited the Observer from 1994 to 2009.

Gawker Editor Tells How He Picks 'Viral' Content
Wall Street Journal
Neetzan Zimmerman, a 32-year-old editor at the news-and-entertainment site Gawker, is responsible for posting "viral" content — videos, photos, crazy news stories — that readers can't resist sharing. "Within 15 seconds, I know whether an item is going to work."

Adweek to Host Gala Awards Event for 'Hot List'
New York Observer
This year, Adweek, the industry weekly, has decided to take its 34-year-old Hot List franchise and turn it into a gala event. The issue will be embargoed and the winners unveiled Monday evening at a glitzy awards ceremony hosted by "Saturday Night Live's" Cecily Strong.

Forbes Media: $400 Million Deal May Be Hard Sell
New York Post
Forbes Media will have a tough time meeting its goal of selling itself for $400 million, according to industry observers. "There is no frontrunner," said one insider, who added that there are probably 10 to 15 players kicking the tires. "It's a better brand than it is a business."

Meredith Says Mobiles Help Moms with Romance
Meredith appears to be seeking some hip cred in its new survey. The publisher of Better Homes & Gardens says that phones and tablets have improved moms' romantic lives and texting has "replaced talking" in relationships. The phone has become "a flirtation channel."

Hearst Red Faced as UK Exec Departs for Vivendi
Media Week
Hearst Magazines UK has announced that CEO Arnaud de Puyfontaine will be leaving for Vivendi, despite issuing an outright denial of his move only last week. De Puyfontaine will return to his native France to take the role of Vivendi SVP of media and content.

Conde Nast's Miss Vogue Mag to Return in Britain
Miss Vogue magazine will return in two more appearances next year, accompanying the April and October 2014 issues of British Vogue. Following the success of its June debut, the title will once again "talk directly to young women who love fashion and beauty."

Time Inc IPO Filing: The 'Two Worst Revelations'
Time Inc. "will almost certainly be loaded down with debt" after its spinoff from Time Warner. "Adding insult to injury, the publishing company will be on the hook for millions of dollars in future payments to Laura Lang, who last year earned $7.2 million in her year as CEO."

New York Times Says Chinese Site Under Review
New York Times CEO Mark Thompson said the publisher will keep all its money losing operations under review — including those in China — as he seeks to negotiate the newspaper's shift towards a digital landscape. The Times has been blocked in China since October 2012.

Guardian Said More Popular in US Than Native UK
It started out as the Manchester Guardian in 1821 and has since become a national newspaper. But, this fall, the Guardian crossed another geographical rubicon — it became more popular in the U.S. than in its native U.K. The milestone is attributed to the move to

Daily Mail UK to Launch News Website in Australia
Mail Online
Mi9 and the parent company of MailOnline have agreed to form a joint venture to bring the Daily Mail website to Australia in 2014. The Daily Mail's global website MailOnline ranks as the world's biggest English-language newspaper site, with 57.3 million monthly visitors.

Time Magazine, Twitter Team for 'Person of the Year'
Twitter has teamed up with Time in the magazine's search for "person of the year." Time editors still get the final say. But Twitter users can tweet their choices using the hashtag #TIMEPOY. Time will announce its honor on NBC's "Today" show. The announcement will also be tweeted.

People May Save Time Inc from Sinking Newsstand
The first detailed look at the financials of Time Inc. in almost a quarter century revealed what grocery-store clerks have long known: People really love People magazine. The celebrity-focused title is the crown jewel of the Time Inc. empire, harvesting 20% of total revenue.

The Economist Inserts Video Ads Into Text Articles
One of the problems with the huge online video opportunity is that premium video ads can typically only be placed in premium video content, which advertisers grumble is not in great enough supply. So The Economist has begun to thread video ads in between article paragraphs.

New York Times Media Editor Makes Jump to Video
New York Times media desk editor Bruce Headlam plans to leave his post to become managing editor of video, and will be replaced by financial reporter Peter Lattman, the newspaper has announced. Headlam will report directly to Times top editor Jill Abramson.

Washington Times, Comcast Regional Channel in Deal
Washington Business
The Washington Times has struck a content-sharing agreement with Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, allowing the newspaper to use the regional TV sports channel's digital coverage on its website and in print. With the deal, the Times will "triple" its total sports coverage.

Chicago Sun-Times May Rehire Photogs in Union Deal
Chicago Business
The Chicago Newspaper Guild has ironed out a tentative new contract with the Chicago Sun-Times newspaper's management. A new contract could lead to the rehiring of four of 28 laid-off photographers who worked for the Sun-Times and other company publications.

LA Weekly Founder Helps Relaunch TheFix Website
TheWrap has relaunched under new ownership and with LA Weekly founder and former editor in chief Jay Levin at the helm. The addiction and recovery site will produce new content for the first time since publishing ceased in July. TheFix is "a tremendous positive force."

Getty, AFP Ordered to Pay for Lifting Images Off Twitter
A New York jury has ordered Agence France-Presse and Getty Images to pay $1.2 million to freelance photographer Daniel Morel for using and distributing without permission eight photos he had taken and posted to his Twitter feed. The landmark case is the first of its kind.

News Corp's Brooks Said to Boast Hacking is 'Easy'
Daily Mail
Rebekah Brooks boasted about how easy it was to hack a celebrity's phone, saying it was "ludicrous" that famous people didn't change privacy settings, according to testimony at the U.K. phone-hacking trial. Brooks's attorney insists that the conversation "could not have happened."

News Corp UK Newspapers to Run Soccer Videos
BT and Rupert Murdoch's British newspapers have both entered a deal to show short online clips of Champions League soccer action from 2015. News UK aims to use the chance to see soccer action to help drive subscriptions to its Sun, Times and Sunday Times newspapers.

Time Inc CEO Ripp to Get $4.75 Million Next Year
New York Post
The Time Inc. CEO tasked with leading the soon-to-be stand-alone company stands to reap as much as $4.75 million in salary and bonus next year. Joe Ripp will get $1 million in base salary and a bonus of as much as $2.25 million, according to the company's initial regulatory filing.

Conde Nast Intern: There Is Nothing to Cry About
New York Post
A former Vogue intern ripped into the recently cancelled Conde Nast internship program, saying, "I cried myself to sleep" after spending her days performing demeaning tasks. The piece raised a debate on social media — and the hackles of other former interns with happier stories.

Dennis's Mental Floss Names Playgirl Veteran Editor
New York Times
Mental Floss, the facts and trivia magazine owned by Felix Dennis, has promoted Jessanne Collins, a former editor at Playgirl, to editor in chief. Collins's parents are "thrilled," she said. "They were very traumatized by the Playgirl episode. They love Mental Floss.”

Philadelphia Inquirer Editor Ordered to Be Reinstated
Associated Press
A judge has blocked the firing of Philadelphia Inquirer editor Bill Marimow amid a dispute between rival owners and ruled he be reinstated. Marimow's job status has brought the simmering private fight into public view and prompted the feuding owners to sue each other.

Boston Globe Owner Near Worcester Newspaper Sale
Boston Business
John Henry is said to be wasting little time in putting his fingerprints on the Boston Globe and its affiliated properties at the New England Media Group, as a sale of the Worcester Telegram & Gazette appears to be imminent. A plan to sell the T&G "is quickly taking form."

Bloomberg Sees Signs of Change in News Mission
New York Times
Bloomberg LP has begun to face newsroom layoffs, a shift in emphasis back to financial news and skepticism from the business side that investigative journalism might not be worth the potential problems it could create for terminal sales. "We must have the courage to say no."

Business Insider Said to Seek $100 Million in Sale
USA Today
Henry Blodget "is in major drumbeat mode," aiming to sell his Business Insider online business news site, gossip sheet and aggregator. The site's owners are said to be seeking $100 million. So far, however, there are "no real buyers." BI seldom offers "exclusive information."

NikkiFinke Website Attracting Backers, Finke Says
New York
Nikki Finke said she has roughly a dozen offers of financial backing, which she has narrowed to three serious offers to buy, with her attached as the sole writer. She is weighing possible designs for her site, including one that is red and black, which she calls "Pirate Nikki."

BuzzFeed Changes the Way World Consumes News
The realization of BuzzFeed's ambitions will depend in part upon its latest venture: The news site has launched French, Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese home pages, offering not only non-English captions for cat gifs, but also — it hopes — a more local sense of humor.

News Corp Strategy Chief Sees Media Challenges
PBS MediaShift
Journalists of the future face many challenges, according to Raju Narisetti, SVP and deputy head of strategy at News Corp. With an increasing number of people accessing news through mobile devices, he said, news outlets must adopt a "mobile-first" model or risk irrelevancy.

Time Inc to Lift Veil in Filing of IPO Documents
New York Post
Time Warner is expected to file its initial public offering documents for the spinoff of its Time Inc. publishing division on Friday. The filing will give a detailed financial picture for the last three years as well as the outlook going forward for the leading magazine publisher.

Rodale Enjoys Record Year as Ad Pages Increase
Print publishing may be in the doldrums, but there are some exceptions to the dreary rule. One such standout is health-and-fitness publisher Rodale, which had a record-setting year in terms of advertising. For the full year 2013, Rodale expects total ad pages to increase 10%.

Hearst Denies UK Magazine Chief Plans to Depart
Media Week
Hearst Magazines UK has dismissed rumors that its CEO Arnuad de Puyfontaine is set to leave to take the helm of French media company Vivendi. Stories in French newspapers have speculated that de Puyfontaine will be announced as Vivendi's new CEO.

Glam Media Taps Magazine Veteran as President
Wall Street Journal
Glam Media is said to have hired magazine publishing veteran Dan Lagani as its first president and chief revenue officer. Lagani most recently served as president of North America for the Reader's Digest Association. Glam is a network of largely female-focused lifestyle sites.

Pitchfork Music News Site Preps Print Publication
New York Times
After 17 years as the definitive online publication about alternative music, Pitchfork plans to enter the print world with a new quarterly journal. The first issue of the Pitchfork Review will appear on Dec. 14, available by subscription and at select newsstands.

AllThingsD Journos Near Funding Deal for Startup
Wall Street Journal
NBCUniversal is said to be close to a deal to take a minority stake in a new company being started by Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher, who run the AllThingsD site. Media companies, including Hearst, have had talks with the two tech journalists about backing their startup.

Washington Post Veteran Named Editor of CJR
Capital New York
Liz Spayd has been named editor in chief of the Columbia Journalism Review. She replaces Cyndi Stivers, who resigned in May to take a job as editor in chief of Spayd is a former managing editor of the Washington Post and a leader of digital news there.

New York Times Magazine Editor Successor Eyed
Since New York Times Sunday magazine editor Hugo Lindgren told his staff last week of his imminent departure, speculation of his possible successor has hit a high. Leading candidates for the job are said to include the Times's Deborah Needleman and Sam Sifton.

GateHouse Media to Close 10 Weekly Newspapers
Boston Business
GateHouse Media has decided to shut down some of its weekly newspapers. Employees have been informed of big changes afoot among the company's 100 titles in Massachusetts. In January, GateHouse will take a "coordinated approach" in more than two dozen markets.

Tribune to Cut 700 Jobs in Publishing Shake-Up
Chicago Tribune
Tribune has announced a restructuring of its publishing unit to focus on digital efforts and streamline operations, resulting in 700 job losses across the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times and other newspapers. "Over time there will be small reductions on the editorial side."

New York Times Plans Service to Take On Politico
Huffington Post
New York Times top editor Jill Abramson has said that she looks at Politico each day, and reads "Mike Allen's email in the morning." The Times now plans to launch its own dispatch from Carl Hulse, whom she has tasked with overseeing a morning Washington news tip sheet.

Capital New York to Relaunch with Politico Spin
Capital New York, the news website purchased by Politico in September, plans a relaunch on Dec. 3. In addition to a redesigned site, Capital will have a bigger editorial staff and broader coverage. Most of its content will go behind a paywall accessible only to subscribers.

Report: 41% of U.S. Dailies to Erect Web Paywalls
USA Today
Some 41% of U.S. daily newspapers have erected online paywalls or are about to, according to analyst Ken Doctor. While charging for content is no "silver bullet," said Caroline Little, CEO of the Newspaper Association of America, "it's nice that consumers are willing to pay."

Time Inc Plans Big Push Into Native Ad Business
Time Inc. plans to "dramatically expand its native ad business," according to a request for proposals circulated to a number of companies specializing in native advertising. People and Entertainment Weekly will be among the first brands to use a new native ad platform.

Alpha Media Group's Maxim Sale in Big Trouble
Alpha Media Group's sale of Maxim appears to be headed for the rocks. Alpha put the laddie magazine on the market in March. In September, it announced that it had found a buyer in Darden Media Group. But a deadline has come and gone, and the deal is now said to be off.

Conde Nast Intern Says: 'I Cried Myself to Sleep'
New York Post
Last month, Conde Nast announced plans to end its internship program. The decision came on the heels of a lawsuit filed by two former interns. Hearst may not be far away from killing its own internships, or at least revamping them. Hearst was the first to be hit with a lawsuit.

Conde Nast Names Chief for Digital Acquisitions
Conde Nast International has appointed Moritz von Laffert as director of acquisitions and investments, a new post. Von Laffert, who is based in Germany, will oversee the publishing firm's investments in external companies and startups, particularly in digital.

Forbes Sale Stirs Speculation of Possible Buyer
Media Life
Zuckerberg's Forbes? In the wake of the news that Forbes Media has put itself up for sale, industry observers have begun speculating on who the buyer might be. "It's not right for a number of the major publishing houses. I'm not confident in terms of who might step forward."

Bauer New Celebrity Magazine Closer Disappoints
New York Post
The debut issue of Bauer's new celebrity magazine Closer was distributed with a special low price of 25 cents, and sold an estimated 325,000 to 420,000 copies. For week 2, carrying its normal $3.99 price, single-copy sales are said to have tumbled to less than 90,000.

Time Inc's People 'Personalizes' Sexiest Man Alive
As news of People's 2013 Sexiest Man Alive spread around the world, the weekly gave the public the opportunity to share in the adulation. The magazine set up a tent in New York's Times Square, where visitors can have their photos uploaded onto one of four mock People covers.

Martha Stewart's Food Tweets Labeled 'Disgusting'
Martha Stewart has been "grossing people out" on Twitter with photos of her "ugly-looking" food dishes. One follower tweeted: "That does NOT look like a good thing." Stewart responded: "There seems to be some buzz about my food pics. Actually the onion soup was delicious."

Bloomberg Moves Spark Rumors of Mass Layoffs
Big changes are expected at Bloomberg after another management overhaul of the financial news outlet's TV operation. Rumors are swirling of a "massive round of layoffs" before year end. "When thinking about something anew, it will inevitably cause some anxiety."

Tribune Publishing Operating Chief to Step Down
Chicago Tribune
Kathy Thomson, chief operating officer of Tribune Publishing, announced that that she is leaving the company at the end of the month. Thomson, who is also president and COO of the Los Angeles Times, said that she is departing for "another challenging opportunity."

Wall Street Journal CEO Conference Attracts Obama
Wall Street Journal
President Obama turned up at the Wall Street Journal's CEO Council conference in Washington, D.C. Obama was interviewed by Washington bureau chief Gerald Seib. During his 45-minute appearance, Obama discussed the health-law rollout, the budget and other issues.

New York Times Introduces Video News Updates
Capital New York
The New York Times has launched "The New York Times Minute," a thrice-daily, one-minute video news segment highlighting three top stories of the moment. It will air weekdays on at 6 a.m., noon and 6 p.m. "Video is a fast growing part of our news report."

New York Observer Veteran Launches Wine Website
New York Post
Christopher Barnes, former New York Observer president, plans to start a digital online 'zine called, with a big e-commerce wine-retailing component and $1 million in backing. Observer owner Jared Kushner is one of 11 backers of the new venture.

Hearst Sees Record Revenue Amid Digital Transition
Crain's New York
While its print businesses grapple with the digital transition, Hearst is moving ahead with a more diversified portfolio than either of its rivals, Advance Publications and Time Inc. For the third year in a row, the company is projecting record revenue of nearly $10 billion.

Forbes Media Said 'Not Worth' $400 Million Price
Elevation Partners is said to be on the verge of salvaging its 2006 investment in Forbes Media, via a sale process that reportedly could garner bids of $400 million. But, privately, the private equity firm doesn't believe the company is worth anywhere near that bounty.

Conde Nast's End of Internships Seen as Big Loss
Conde Nast's recent move to end its internship program is "a huge disappointment," said the head of the magazine writing program for graduate students at New York University's journalism school. About 50 NYU graduate students intern with Conde Nast each year.

Hearst Intern Who Sued Can't Find Full-Time Job
Former Hearst intern Diana Wang said her lawsuit over an unpaid internship at Harper's Bazaar has made it difficult to find a full-time job. When potential employers do a search of her name online, the lawsuit is one of the first results to pop up. "I must seem lawsuit-happy."

Bonnier, Zinczenko Link Up for Branded Books
Dave Zinczenko has landed his second book-publishing consulting gig, with enthusiast publisher Bonnier. Since he left Rodale a year ago, the men's lifestyle guru has been peddling his book publishing services to magazine publishers hungry for new revenue streams.

News Corp's Murdoch Opens Gathering of CEOs
As News Corp. chief Rupert Murdoch opened a summit of international CEOs in Washington, D.C., Monday night, he cited health care, education and economic competitiveness as challenges the U.S. must overcome. The chieftains gathered for the Wall Street Journal's CEO Council.

Digital First Media Adopts Web Subscription Model
Salt Lake Tribune
Digital First Media, the second-largest U.S. newspaper company, plans to adopt an all-access subscription model. CEO John Paton announced the transition in a blog post: "We need more gas in the tank if we are going to complete this journey of print-to-digital transformation."

Washington Post Former Owner Gets a New Name
Washington Post
The Washington Post Co. said it will change its name to Graham Holdings, acknowledging the sale of the company's flagship newspaper to Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. The name change will take effect Nov. 29. The company's new NYSE ticker symbol will be GHC.

Reuters Eliminates Role of Chief Operating Officer
New York Observer
Stuart Karle, Reuters chief operating officer, is leaving the company and the end of the year and his position will be eliminated, CEO Andrew Rashbass announced in a staff email. "There is no longer a role for a chief operating officer." Karle had joined Reuters in 2011.

New York Times Adds Journalist to Media Coverage
New York Observer
Ravi Somaiya will be joining the New York Times's media desk, the journalist announced via Twitter. Somaiya returned to New York City last year after covering London for the Times. "Yes, I'm super excited to be in New York," he said when announcing his return from England.

Esquire, Men's Wearhouse Team Up to Sell Shirts
In the latest incarnation of editorial merging with e-commerce, Esquire has teamed up with Men's Wearhouse to launch the Esquire Ultimate Shirt and Tie Collection. The line of men's dress shirts and ties, which sport the Esquire label, will be available in stores and online.

The Atlantic Relaunches Atlantic Wire as The Wire
Capital New York
The Atlantic Wire has decided to shorten its name in a bid to drum up new advertising opportunities as its parent company builds out a stable of distinct digital news titles in areas ranging from finance to defense. The Wire is being given its own sales team of three reps, to start.

TheStreet Signs Up Cramer to Four-Year Contract
Jim Cramer, the TV and online Wall Street commentator, has agreed to a new four-year contract with the financial and business news service TheStreet, the website he founded in 1996 and where he continues to lead its markets coverage. Cramer's contract extends through 2017.

Deadline Owner Penske Takes Finke to Arbitration
Los Angeles Times
Penske Media, owner of Deadline Hollywood, said it was initiating arbitration with founder Nikki Finke, who recently left the website. Finke said she plans to start her own Hollywood site. But Penske Media insiders said that technically she is still under a non-compete.

Forbes Media Eyes Sale After Attracting Buyers
Forbes Media, the closely held publisher run by former U.S presidential candidate Steve Forbes, has begun to explore a sale after getting interest from potential buyers. The publisher of 96-year-old Forbes magazine and is working with Deutsche Bank on the sale.

Time Inc Hints of Forbes-Style Contributor Model
Norman Pearlstine, the new chief content officer of Time Inc., said he likes the Forbes-style contributor model, which relies on content created by legions of unpaid or low-paid bloggers. "I can imagine products that look like some of the things that Forbes has been doing."

New York Times, Forbes Hit by Industry Upheaval
Crain's New York
The news in the media world last week was all about star reporters leaving the New York Times — until it was all about Forbes Media going on the block and looking for $400 million. Legacy companies are remaking their businesses, while web firms are looking to attract advertising.

Traditional Publishers See Decline in Digital Ads
No one expected publishers' digital revenue to catch up to print overnight, but what does it say when that revenue stream at the New York Times, Tribune and Time Inc. is already declining? It speaks to the struggle publishers are having to get their share of digital ads.

Financial Times Introduces 'Gift Article' Service
Financial Times
The Financial Times has launched a "gift article" feature for subscribers. The service allows FT subscribers to share up to 10 articles per month through email to non-subscribers. The FT described the effort as an "opportunity to further our readership and reach new audiences.”

Bloomberg News Division to Lay Off 50 People
Wall Street Journal
Bloomberg LP's news division is said to be planning to lay off about 50 people, or about 2% of its newsroom, the latest financial news and data provider to make job reductions. Separately, Bloomberg's TV unit reportedly eliminated about 10 jobs last week.

Craigslist Makes Changes to Property Listings
Craigslist recently prohibited the ability to embed photos and links in rental listings, a subtle change that could produce ripples across the real-estate market. Some industry insiders see the move as an attempt to better control quality and cull broker spam within postings.

The Atlantic, Reddit to Partner on Video Project
The Atlantic has launched a video project, "Ask Washington Anything," inspired by Reddit's popular "Ask Me Anything" series, or AMAs. The Atlantic is partnering with the social network to generate questions from the community for Washington insiders to answer on camera.

EBay Founder's News Startup Taps NYU Professor
Jay Rosen, a New York University journalism professor, plans to join the new media venture funded by eBay's Pierre Omidyar and spearheaded by journalist Glenn Greenwald. As Rosen notes, he doesn't "have credentials as an editor or a reporter." Instead, his role will be to "advise."

Daily Dish Founder Preps Subscription Magazine
Andrew Sullivan, whose website has crossed the $800,000 mark in reader funding, said he plans to launch a monthly subscription-only magazine offering long-form essays, audio interviews and poetry. Eventually, Sullivan hopes to "have the resources to pay outside writers."

New Media Investing in Favor But Hazards Lurk
New media sites from BuzzFeed to Business Insider have been on a roll, showered with dollars from venture capitalists betting that they will crack an advertising market that has stymied traditional media. Still, "the bottom line with content on the Internet is it's hard to get paid."

Hearst Ranch Book Explores Media Titan's Legacy
"Hearst Ranch: Family, Land, and Legacy," a new book by Victoria Kastner, is said to reveal many lesser-known aspects of the late media titan William Randolph Hearst. The 240-page hardcover includes 250 photos and a foreword by Hearst VP Stephen Hearst.

Time Inc Exec Says Editors Need to Be Marketers
Norm Pearlstine, Time Inc.'s new chief content officer, said he had "no fear" of the company's brands being undermined but that editors today need to think of themselves as marketers. "The idea that the editor thinks of himself or herself as a marketer is so obvious to me."

InStyle Tops Vogue in Fashion Magazine Ad Pages
New York Post
InStyle once again has beat out Vogue to capture the coveted fashion magazine ad page crown for 2013. InStyle finished with 2,810.47 ad pages, up 4.72%. That means ad pages have grown each year since Ariel Foxman took over as top editor of the Time Inc. title in 2008.

Businessweek Sees 2014 as 'Year of the Paywall'
According to Bloomberg Businessweek's new "The Year Ahead" issue, 2014 will be the year of the paywall: "For many publishers, the days of free content are numbered. Many have little choice. Advertisers have flocked to cheaper rivals such as Google and Facebook."

Business Insider's Blodget Has Lunch with the FT
Financial Times
Henry Blodget, editor and CEO of Business Insider, said he sees his business-news website as complementary to a more established news brand. "We would actually be perfect for a merger," he argued in full pitch mode. "You can take that back" to the Financial Times.

Hearst's Print Businesses Still Strong, CEO Says
Hearst's newspapers and magazines are both up in profits this year, said Steve Swartz, the company's new CEO. "Our print businesses are still strong." And hit shows like "Duck Dynasty" on A&E, in which Hearst is an investor, prove that "quality will break through the clutter."

Meredith Promotes Three Execs on Corporate Side
Meredith has unveiled a trio of promotions. Among the moves, Christine Guilfoyle was named SVP and publisher of Better Homes & Gardens and group publisher of the Meredith women's group. Guilfoyle will also oversee advertising for Family Circle and Ladies' Home Journal.

Time Out Listings Magazine Lays Off Employees
Capital New York
Time Out has been hit by layoffs, with 10 jobs eliminated throughout the North American division of the international franchise of weekly culture-listings magazines. Six of those layoffs affected employees in New York. Time Out said it plans to "leverage global efficiencies."

Rolling Stone Veteran to Join Journalism Startup
Eric Bates, former executive editor of Rolling Stone, has joined Pierre Omidyar and Glenn Greenwald's new journalism venture. "Eric will be instrumental in helping us define our editorial strategy." Bates was involved in some of RS's biggest stories while at the magazine.

News Corp Editor Brooks Also a Hacking Victim
Rebekah Brooks, a former editor of Britain's News of the World on trial for phone hacking, had her own voicemail repeatedly targeted by the private investigator working for her newspaper, a court in London heard. Brooks is on trial with others on charges related to phone hacking.

New York Times Native Ad Strategy Takes Shape
Advertising Age
The New York Times has revealed plans to roll out a native advertising platform on its website within the next several months. As part of the launch, the Times will open a "full content studio" with talent of its own that will be "entirely separate" from the newsroom.

Wall Street Journal Starts '10-Point' Email Service
Fishbowl NY
Gerard Baker, editor in chief of the Wall Street Journal, wants to make things easier on you. That is one of the goals of "The 10-Point," a new daily email service that curates the newspaper's "best scoops and stories, as well as some of the offbeat content" it produces.

Parade Magazine Makes Moves Into the Digital Era
Parade, the 72-year-old newspaper magazine, is making its digital move. In June, the title revamped its website with a cleaner, more image-heavy design. It also introduced a contributor network of freelance writers. Next year, Parade will open up the network to brands.

The Economist Taps Google's Schmidt for Board
Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google, has joined the board of The Economist group as a non-executive director. Schmidt, who has been appointed for a three-year term, will begin his duties this month. His directorial colleagues include editor John Micklethwait.

Wired Magazine Issue Guest Edited by Bill Gates
Wired magazine handed over its December issue to guest editor Bill Gates, who helped to curate an edition focused on innovation to cure disease, save lives and end poverty. The issue, which Gates began working on in the spring, arrives on newsstands this week.

Lucky Magazine Editor Not So Lucky on Instagram
When Eva Chen, editor in chief of Lucky, Instagrammed the latest cover of her magazine featuring Kerry Washington, she was in for a surprise. "How did they make her look so bad?" one follower wrote of Washington. Another comment said: "This is the worst cover I've ever seen."

Politico Introduces Bimonthly Magazine in Print
Susan Glasser: "For nearly seven years, Politico has aimed to drive the Washington conversation with an urgency and digital-era metabolism. [Its] success is the best possible case for Politico magazine, which will appear every day online — and six times a year in print."

Vanity Fair Mulls Moving Oscar Party to Parking Lot
Hollywood Reporter
Vanity Fair's star-studded Academy Awards afterparty will not be held at Sunset Tower, the site of the magazine's glittery Oscar party since 2009. Instead, VF editor Graydon Carter is said to be eyeing an outdoor parking facility on nearby Sunset Plaza in West Hollywood.

Nikki Finke Demands New York Post Retraction
Nikki Finke is speaking out again about her former boss Jay Penske, telling the New York Post that he "screwed the pooch." Though she was quoted in the article, Finke has angrily denied its contents: "Everything in its story is wrong, wrong, wrong. What a muddled mess."

Huffington Post Founder Talks Global Expansion
The Huffington Post has been on a whirlwind of global expansion. Today, 40% of its audience comes from outside the U.S., said chief Arianna Huffington, and more than half of the world's GDP has its own HuffPost. Huffington said she would like to launch HuffPost China.

Google Bests Newspaper, Magazine Ad Revenue
Business Insider
Google has become so big that sometimes it is difficult to understand just how big it is. The Internet giant is on course to do $60 billion in revenue this year, almost all of that from advertising. But how big is that in terms of the media it competes against for ad dollars?

Yahoo News Nabs New York Times Veteran Journo
New York Observer
Matt Bai is leaving the New York Times Magazine, where he has covered politics since 2002, for Yahoo News. In his new post, he will be a national political columnist. "Matt has an ideal voice for Yahoo News." Bai is the latest in a string of recent departures from the Times.

New York Times Staff Departures Raise Concerns
Huffington Post
The New York Times has long enjoyed a position atop the media pecking order and the cachet of working at the "Paper of Record" remains both a draw for recruiting talent and keeping it. But now, it appears, "nearly everyone who gets a lucrative offer will leave."

News Corp Said to Hack Jolie Stunt Double in U.S.
The phone of Angelina Jolie's stunt double was hacked by a private investigator at News Corp.'s U.K. unit while she was in Los Angeles, prosecutors said during a London trial. Eunice Huthart said her voice mails were intercepted while filming "Mr. and Mrs. Smith."

Scripps Howard News Service to Cease Operation
Scripps Howard News Service, which has fed syndicated stories to U.S. newspapers since World War I, plans to shut down, becoming the latest symbol of readers' shift away from print media. McClatchy-Tribune Information Services will take over Scripps Howard's clients.

Bloomberg Says News Service Did Not Kill Articles
New York Times
Mayor Mike Bloomberg has insisted that Bloomberg News, which he owns, did not censor itself by killing two articles related to China. But he also asserted that, for at least a couple more months, he is not involved with the news service because of his role as mayor.

Daily News Taps Hearst Exec for Top Digital Role
Capital New York
The Daily News has dipped into Hearst's talent pool to hire Grant Whitmore, who is leaving his job as the magazine and newspaper publisher's VP and general manager of digital. He will start as EVP of digital at the Daily News in January. "Grant is a bold thinker."

Time Inc: More Websites to Run Sponsored Posts
Advertising Age
Time Inc. is said to be expanding its use of native-ad server Sharethrough to run sponsored articles on its websites. Sharethrough posts, which have already been running with People magazine's websites, are also expected to appear on websites for Real Simple and Health.

Conde Nast's GQ Toasts Man of the Year Timberlake
With his new December cover as one of GQ’s "Men of the Year," pop star Justin Timberlake has now fronted the magazine five times. With that kind of track record, the men's glossy saw fit to host a special dinner for Timberlake at New York City's Carbone restaurant.

Hollywood Reporter Launches Pret-a-Reporter Site
The Hollywood Reporter has launched Pret-a-Reporter, a fashion and beauty content brand anchored by, a daily style destination exploring Hollywood and style. Pret-a-Reporter promises "unrivaled access and a superb editorial team."

Deadline: Finke Demands $3.5 Million for Breakup
New York Post
Nikki Finke and publishing entrepreneur Jay Penske are said to be in a legal fight over whether the Hollywood blogger is entitled to a $3.5 million payout after her departure from Deadline Hollywood, the showbiz website she founded in 2006 and later sold to Penske Media.

News Corp Says Online News Can Make Money
Herald Sun
News Corp. has insisted it can make money out of its newspapers online despite steep falls in advertising revenue weighing on the business. CEO Robert Thompson said that evidence of expansion plans would be unveiled in coming months, citing the importance of mobile.

Tribune Slashed 240 Jobs During Latest Quarter
Chicago Sun-Times
Tribune cut 240 jobs in its latest fiscal quarter, bringing the total to 360 jobs cut in the first nine months of the fiscal year, as revenues continued to decline. More job cuts appear on the way, with Tribune CEO Peter Liguori saying that results "did not meet expectations."

Lee Enterprises Loses $77 Million in Fiscal 2013
St. Louis Business
Lee Enterprises, parent company of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, has reported a net loss of $77.7 million for fiscal 2013. Still, "aggressive digital and subscription revenue and business transformation initiatives have enabled Lee to continue strong, improving cash flow."

New York Times Magazine Editor to Exit at Year End
Capital New York
Hugo Lindgren will leave his job as editor of the New York Times Magazine at the end of the year. There is no word yet on plans for a successor. Lindgren's three-year tenure brought some punch back to the magazine, but critics whiffed at the soft features he added.

Time Inc's Pearlstine Explains Content Chief Job
Norm Pearlstine has returned to Time Inc., as chief content officer, eight years after stepping down as editor in chief. "Being responsible for editorial quality will remain an important part of what I do," he said. "The other part of this job is to be a partner to the CEO."

Hearst Names New Editor at Good Housekeeping
Hearst has named a new editor in chief for Good Housekeeping, one of its biggest and most profitable titles. Jane Francisco, editor in chief of Chatelaine, a leading women's magazine in Canada, will replace Rosemary Ellis, who is leaving to pursue "other opportunities."

Forbes Media Licenses Digital Publishing Platform
Forbes Media has entered an agreement to license its proprietary publishing platform to ALM. The platform is used by's contributor network, including its BrandVoice marketing partners. As part of the deal, Forbes will host ALM's flagship website

Rookie Teen Media Mogul Publishes Second Book
Tavi Gevinson, who created Rookie magazine in 2011 as an online hub for smart articles, videos and fashion spreads for teenage girls, has released "Rookie Yearbook Two," her second anthology of the website's standout content of the year. Gevinson is now 17.

Deadline Faces Uphill Struggle Without Nikki Finke
What happens when a news blog loses its signature writer? That has happened to Deadline with the departure of Nikki Finke, and an analysis of the digital footprint of her brand versus Deadline's suggests that the website she has left will face an uphill struggle.

Time Inc Shifts Staff Ahead of Makeover
Time magazine has promoted Michael Duffy and Radhika Jones to deputy managing editors, as the Time Inc. flagship title continues to develop its digital strategy. This month, will get a makeover, aiming to help it better compete against BuzzFeed and Huffington Post.

Rodale President Seeks to Expand Reach in Digital
Crain's New York
Scott Schulman, the new president of Rodale, said he plans to seek "more digital and international opportunities." He also plans to focus on events, building on a series of sponsored activities that were successful this fall, as well as a new e-commerce business at

Forbes CEO Denies Sale Talk Amid Digital Drive
New York Times
CEO Mike Perlis has helped expand Forbes Media's use of native advertising and build a contributor network of 1,200 bloggers. While some observers believe the Forbes brand has diminished, others see Perlis's efforts as intended to position the company for a sale.

Bloomberg LP to Launch 'Year Ahead' Franchise
Bloomberg LP plans to launch a new franchise that involves unprecedented collaboration between its business units. The Year Ahead, a primer for CEOs, will include a special issue of Bloomberg Businessweek, a two-day conference in Chicago, and TV and radio content.

Financial Times Sees Big Drop in Print Circulation
Press Gazette
The Financial Times saw the biggest print circulation drop of any national newspaper in October. The 17% drop to a global circulation of just over 240,000 a day came in the same month that the FT announced plans to have a small print-focused team and concentrate on digital.

USA Today: Lady Gaga Appears in Section Logo
Associated Press
Lady Gaga has provided some of her artistic eye to USA Today in advance her new album. A logo featuring an image of the pop-music provocateur appears in Monday's editions of the newspaper's Life section. Gaga is the first guest contributor to design a logo for the paper.

Washington Post's Freebie Unveils Sunday Edition
Beginning Nov. 17, the Washington Post's free weekday commuter paper Express will begin offering a Sunday edition. The edition will be available to people who have opted in to Savings Now, the Post's lawn-delivered advertorial product for nonsubscribers.

Adweek Plans for 'Big Future' on 35th Anniversary
For a legacy print media brand, an anniversary is "a marker to feel pretty damn good about," said James Cooper, Adweek editor in chief. "Beyond launching the first gala event for our signature Hot List franchise, we will continue to add more features, events and programs."

The Onion Goes All-Online, Ends Last Print Editions
Associated Press
In poking fun at current events, satirical newspaper The Onion often finds a way to heap ridicule on the newspaper industry. But just like some news outlets it lampoons, The Onion has announced it is ending the last of its print editions and moving to an all-online format.

Tina Brown Live Media Chief Bemoans Digital Era
Digital disruption hasn't brought a business model to journalism, according to Tina Brown, outgoing editor of the Daily Beast. "The digital explosion has been so explosive." One business model she does think has potential is live conferences, the focus of her new company.

News Corp: Hacked Voice Mails Said Found in Safe
Recordings of hacked voice-mail messages were found in the safe of the top lawyer at Rupert Murdoch's British newspaper arm, the court in the trial of two of his former editors over phone-hacking was told. Transcripts reportedly later appeared in the News of the World.

Time Inc to Launch Mobile Video Content Channel
Time Inc. plans to launch a mobile-specific video brand by year's end. "You'll see something over the next four to six weeks," said video SVP J.R. McCabe. The publisher "started a very, very steep and strong" development effort in mobile video about 10 months ago.

Bloomberg Businessweek Editor to Focus on TV
New York
Josh Tyrangiel, editor of Bloomberg Businessweek, will temporarily "detach" from the magazine for the rest of the year to help grow the company's TV presence, according to an internal memo. The move is part of a strategy plan by new Bloomberg Media CEO Justin Smith.

Time Magazine Causes a Stir with 'Elephant' Cover
New York Post
Time magazine used a Chris Christie cover to stir controversy after the New Jersey governor's landslide re-election victory. The cover, featuring Christie's face in profile with the headline, "The Elephant in the Room," struck some as a commentary on the governor's waistline.

Vanity Fair in Talks with Ad Guru for Cover Help
Advertising and creative guru David Lipman may have another gig lined up: Vanity Fair. Lipman, whose agency shuttered in September, has been in talks with editor in chief Graydon Carter over helping with covers. "We are talking covers and letting everything happen organically."

Guns & Ammo Editor Resigns After Column Uproar
The editor of Guns & Ammo magazine apologized to readers and resigned immediately, after he published a column advocating gun control, enraging readers. Editor Jim Bequette had wanted to "generate a healthy exchange of ideas" when he published the commentary by Dick Metcalf.

Time Inc Spinoff Delayed to Second Quarter 2014
It looks like Time Inc. CEO Joe Ripp will have some more time to prepare for the publisher's spinoff from Time Warner. The split is now expected to be completed in the second quarter of 2014, Time Warner chairman Jeff Bewkes said during an earnings conference call.

Bauer Sued by Tom Cruise Over Celeb Mag Stories
Associated Press
Tom Cruise has filed a lawsuit against Bauer Publishing over a pair of 2012 stories that claimed he had "abandoned" his daughter. The stories in Life & Style and In Touch magazines cited the actor's absence from Suri's life due to his movie shoots overseas.

News Corp: Tweeting Trial Pays Off for Journalist
Wall Street Journal
Freelance journalist Peter Jukes has raised more than $8,000 online as he sought to fund his live tweeting of the high-profile phone-hacking trial in London. Jukes turned to a crowd-sourcing website after the Daily Beast pulled back on its commitment to publish his trial stories.

Dallas Morning News to Print Fort Worth Newspaper
Associated Press
A.H. Belo's Dallas Morning News has reached a deal to print McClatchy's Fort Worth Star-Telegram at its suburban Dallas printing plant. No terms were announced, but the Star-Telegram said the agreement will eliminate some 75 full-time and 200 part-time jobs.

Bloomberg Opinion Site to Host Former Mayor Mike
Capital New York
Michael Bloomberg plans to get back into the media business. The outgoing three-term mayor of New York City is said to be returning to his namesake Bloomberg L.P. in a role that will see him primarily involved in its online opinion offering, Bloomberg View.

Business Insider Moves Into Long-Form Journalism
USA Today
Business Insider, the quirky business and tech news website, plans to enter the long-form journalism business and has hired an experienced magazine editor to spearhead the operation. Former New York Observer editor Aaron Gell will oversee the narrative venture

NikkiFinke Site Fields Offers from Media Companies
New York Post
Nikki Finke said she is fielding offers about partnering with another media company to host her forthcoming website, "I am definitely going to have complete editorial and design control," said the showbiz blogger. Finke split from her Deadline site on Tuesday.

Time Magazine Book Goes 'Inside the Red Border'
A new book, "Inside the Red Border," celebrates Time magazine's 90-year history. The tome offers a look at the greatest covers that never ran, the woman who has been on the newsweekly's cover more than any other, and the story that unleashed the most complaints.

Businessweek Kills New Yorker Homage for Cover
Bloomberg Businessweek altered its logo design for the magazine's new cover story on Twitter's "sophistication." At one point, the business title planned to publish its own version of the New Yorker's Eustace Tilley character. But the mag's legal reps were "not into it."

Gannett Targeted by Hackers 'to Disrupt Business'
Jim Romenesko
A Gannett memo sent to employees said the company is aware that "there is a very deliberate campaign to infiltrate our technology infrastructure in order to embarrass us and disrupt our business." Cold-callers are asking staffers "to provide or update" personal data.

New York Times Misses Tax Break on Globe Sale
The New York Times's purchase of the Boston Globe for some $1 billion 20 years ago used a tax structure "that assumed that it would own the Globe forever." As a result, the Times, which recently sold the Globe and other assets for $70 million, is missing a big tax break.

New York Post Editor Gone Again from Newsroom
Capital New York
Is Col Allan on another hiatus? The New York Post editor in chief raised eyebrows when he took a temporary assignment at News Corp.'s Australian papers last summer. Allan returned as promised in early October. But now sources say Allan has once again vanished.

Hearst to Shutter UK Health and Beauty Magazine
Media Week
Hearst Magazines U.K. said it has taken "decisive action" to close Zest, a monthly women's health and beauty title. The last issue will be the January 2014 edition. Zest debuted in 1994 as a supplement of Cosmopolitan. Its circulation has declined in line with market trends.

Conde Nast: Wintour Gives Glamour a Makeover
New York Post
Anne Christensen, fashion director of Glamour magazine, has resigned. Sources said it is the latest move orchestrated by Anna Wintour, who became artistic director of all of Conde Nast early this year in addition to her role as editor in chief of Vogue magazine.

Time Inc Spin-Off Has Not Caused Anxiety, CEO Says
Financial Times
Time Warner's planned spin-off of Time Inc. has been jarring to some in the industry. Still, the move to leave Time Warner without Time has not caused any anxiety, according to CEO Jeff Bewkes. "Yes, there's a nostalgia. It's like when your son goes off to college."

Forbes Media Helps Create Online Business School
Forbes Media and Clinton, Iowa-based Ashford University have partnered to create a Forbes-branded online business school program. Under the alliance, Ashford's College of Business and Professional Studies will become known as the Forbes School of Business.

Pitchfork to Launch 'Weekly' Magazine-Style App
Pitchfork plans to launch its first mobile app this month. Dubbed Pitchfork Weekly, the magazine-style app will be available on iOS at launch before coming to Android in the future. The online music publication's new app "will emulate the magazine experience."

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.

Drudge to Sell Miami Mansion for $1.575 Million
Drudge Report creator Matt Drudge has just offloaded one of his Miami-area homes for $1.575 million. According to property records, Drudge is selling the Mediterranean-style house on the man-made Rivo Alto island near Miami Beach to FedEx senior exec Don Colleran.

Media News' Singleton to Retire After 20 Years
Denver Business
William Dean Singleton, chairman and co-founder of MediaNews Group, plans to retire after nearly 20 years building what has become the second-largest U.S. newspaper company. Singleton, currently the Denver Post's publisher, will remain as non-executive chairman.

News Corp Former Editor Accused of Cover-Up
Wall Street Journal
Prosecutors have alleged that former News Corp. exec Rebekah Brooks conspired with her husband, her longtime assistant and others as part of a cover-up to hide potential evidence during a probe of phone hacking and other alleged wrongdoing by company journalists.

Wall Street Journal Opens Online 'WSJ Shops'
The Wall Street Journal has launched "WSJ Shops," an e-commerce website that is essentially a souped-up version of the newspaper's holiday gift guide. The online catalogue showcases "curated" picks from the paper's various staff members — including its editorial team.

Dwell Shelter Magazine Launches Online Store
Crain's New York
Dwell has launched an online store offering a handpicked selection of furniture and other home and office goods. But rather than acting as a link between buyer and seller, like most magazines getting into e-commerce, Dwell is selling merchandise directly to the public.

Meredith Launches Allrecipes Magazine in Print
Meredith has launched a print magazine extension of its user-generated, deepening its commitment to the food category. The title will come out six times a year and have an initial rate base of 500,000. Allrecipes is already one of the most-visited food websites.

Consumer Reports Nabs WSJ Live Video Anchor
Talking Biz News
Wendy Bounds, an anchor and managing editor for WSJ Live Video, will be leaving the Wall Street Journal to become senior director of video for Consumer Reports. Bounds will oversee a team of video producers and editors who produce content for the web and TV outlets.

The Economist Launches Ads Debating Spying
The Economist has launched a poster advertising campaign across London that includes arguments for and against government use of electronic surveillance, among other issues. The ads will entice potential readers with a free copy of the magazine through a text code.

Huffington Post Preps Launch of 'WorldPost'
Capital New York
The Huffington Post has teamed up with the Berggruen Institute on Governance, a global policy think tank, to launch a new website called WorldPost, featuring original reporting and op-eds. As part of the launch, HuffPost is hiring journalists in the Middle East and China.

News Corp Phone Hacking Trial Sets Media Abuzz
The courtroom claim that Rebekah Brooks, a protege of global media baron Rupert Murdoch's, and Andy Coulson, a former spin doctor for British prime minister David Cameron, had a six-year affair has set British media abuzz. Their trial in London has "gripped" the British press.

Philadelphia Inquirer Buy Sought by Businessman
Philadelphia Inquirer
Raymond Perelman, a Philadelphia-area businessman and philanthropist, said he wants to acquire the Philadelphia Inquirer and its parent company. The goal, he said, is to end the strife between two factions of partners in Interstate General Media. "The feuding can't continue."

Time Inc Says Reorg Won't Undermine Journalism
Advertising Age
Time Inc. surprised its editors last week by assigning them to report to division presidents instead of an editorial executive. CEO Joe Ripp said the restructuring will make the publisher more innovative. Time Inc. will be respecting its traditions "enormously," he said.

Hearst Mag Names Gwyneth Paltrow Guest Editor
In a "unique collaboration," the December issue of Red magazine, published by Hearst's U.K. division, will be guest-edited by Gwyneth Paltrow and her team at, the actress's e-commerce company. Paltrow has also given Red magazine a "rare, candid" interview.

Conde Nast UK Preps Launch of Digital Editions
The British edition of Wired plans to launch its first monthly digital replica edition built for the iPhone using Adobe Experience Manager technology, Conde Nast U.K. said, while iPhone interactive editions for GQ, Glamour and Vanity Fair will follow in the first quarter of next year.

Forbes Chief: News Quality is Different in Digital
The Forbes website, or "platform," as chief product officer Lewis D'Vorkin prefers to call it, publishes hundreds of articles a day, produced by both journalists and brands. The "definition of quality in print is different than in digital," said D'Vorkin. "What people want is timeliness."

Newspaper Data Tracker Adjusts Circ Measurement
Dow Jones
The Alliance for Audited Media, which tracks U.S. newspaper circulation, has amended the way it keeps score in an effort to better reflect a changing media marketplace that now includes websites and devices. The group's latest figures aren't directly comparable with its past data.

USA Today Climbs to Top of U.S. Daily Newspapers
Capital New York
USA Today has become the most widely-circulated U.S. weekday newspaper, according to new figures from the Alliance for Audited Media. For the six-month period ending Sept. 30, USA Today had a combined print and digital weekday circulation of 2.877 million.

Chicago Tribune, Sun-Times See Circulations Fall
Crain's Chicago
Newspapers in Chicago continued to see their circulations drop as readers shifted to digital channels, while their owners kept up efforts to charge for online products. The average print circulation for both the Tribune and Sun-Times fell during the six months ending in September.

Financial Times CEO: We Won't Kill Our Pink Pages
The Financial Times plans to retain its famously salmon-hued print edition even as it aggressively ramps up digital distribution. The brand's "digital first" strategy "is absolutely not a step toward ending the print edition," said CEO John Ridding. Print "has a very good future."

San Jose Mercury News Completes Building Sale
San Jose Mercury News
The sale of the San Jose Mercury News campus to Super Micro Computer has been completed, the newspaper's owner, Digital First Media, has announced. "We will continue to work to identify the best possible space for the Mercury News's news gathering, sales and operation units."

News Corp Editors in Hacking Trial 'Had an Affair'
Rebekah Brooks had a secret affair with Andy Coulson, her successor as editor of the News of the World, it emerged during the London phone-hacking trial. The revelation was intended to help the prosecution demonstrate that the two had a deeply trusting relationship.

Time Inc Reorg Puts Editors Under Business Side
Time Inc. has unveiled a sweeping reorganization, bringing back Norman Pearlstine, its onetime editor in chief, as EVP and chief content officer, and having editors now report to the business side. Martha Nelson, Time Inc.'s first woman editor in chief, is leaving the company.

Forbes to Launch Edition in Armenia in November
Talking Biz News
Forbes has announced the launch of its latest local-language edition, Forbes Armenia, in partnership with Armenia's Media Partners. The new edition of Forbes, which will be promoted as the first international business magazine in Armenia, debuts on newsstands in November.

Screens Against Newspapers in News Consumption
USA Today
Hands that once clutched newspapers now carry mobile devices. "In an informal survey during my daily ride on the Long Island Railroad, I found that for every person reading a newspaper, about eight were fixated on screen devices: smartphones, tablets, notebooks, e-books."

News Corp Former Editors Admit Phone Hacking
Daily Beast
Three senior editors from Rupert Murdoch's now-defunct News of the World have admitted taking part in a criminal conspiracy to hack into private phone messages. The guilty pleas could not be reported until the trial of Rebekah Brooks and others opened in London.

Financial Times Reports Highest Circ in 125 Years
Media Week
The Financial Times has claimed to have achieved its highest paid circulation in its 125-year history, at nearly 629,000, up 5% year on year. The figures include all five print editions and various digital editions. The FT's overall growth has been fuelled by digital.

New York Times Aims to Transform Business Model
New York Times
The New York Times has reported a net loss in the third quarter, driven mainly by the company's recent sale of the asset group that included the Boston Globe. "We still have a great deal of work to do to transform our business model," said CEO Mark Thompson.

Philadelphia Inquirer Owner Offers to Buy Out Foe
The battle over the future of the Philadelphia Inquirer has taken an interesting turn, with co-owner George Norcross and his allies publicly offering to buy out adversaries Lewis Katz and H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest for $29 million. Katz is said to have rejected the notion.

Buffett Media CEO Says No New Newspaper Deals
Associated Press
The head of Warren Buffett's newspaper subsidiary said the company has no new newspaper deals in the works despite its reported interest in possibly acquiring parts of Tribune. The Berkshire Hathaway subsidiary currently owns 30 daily newspapers and 48 weeklies.

Chicago Tribune Plans Cuts as Revenue Declines
Crain's Chicago
The Chicago Tribune said it is preparing to cut costs as it plans for 2014, even as it expects to exceed projections this year. "Plans will include cost reductions to offset revenue declines and investments in growth opportunities," said publisher Tony Hunter.

New York Daily News Moves Back Into Offices
Capital New York
Almost a year to the day after they were flooded out of their Financial District headquarters, employees of the Daily News are starting to return to their offices at 4 New York Plaza. The News was displaced by flooding from Superstorm Sandy this same week last year.

Time Inc Brings Magazine Content to Flipboard
Time Inc. has announced plans to put its magazine content on Flipboard. People and InStyle will roll out this week on the mobile news aggregator app, with Time and Fortune to follow. Some publishers have pulled out of Flipboard, questioning its value as a revenue driver.

Consumer Reports to Restructure for Digital Era
Jim Romenesko
Consumer Reports' workforce has been reduced by 13% since February 2012. Editor in chief Kim Kleman left in July, and the publisher is still looking for someone to "bring innovation and fresh thinking" to the magazine. "We are in the midst of transformation."

The Hill Adds Native Ads in Redesign of Website
Congressional publication The Hill has launched a redesigned website with a number of new features intended to "enrich the editorial and advertising experience," including a native advertising component called BrandNews. Several brands are already working with the publication.

Politico to Launch Print Magazine in Bold Venture
USA Today
Politico, the online bible for political junkies, plans to launch a print magazine in two weeks, in an era when many have consigned print to the dustbin of history. "Websites are discovering that if you want to make money, you have to come to print. Print is not dead."

Mashable Hires New York Times, Reuters Veteran
Mashable has named Jim Roberts as executive editor and chief content officer for the technology news and social media site. The move "feels like the natural progression for an editor who loves the news," said the New York Times and Reuters news veteran.

Raw Story Hires Former Editor of Village Voice
Raw Story
Tony Ortega, former editor in chief of the Village Voice, has been named executive editor of the Raw Story, the progressive news site. "Raw is really tearing up its competition," said Ortego. "I'm fortunate to be asked to help it get to the next level." Ortega left the Voice a year ago.

Deadline's Finke Targeted for Firing by Investor
Dan Loeb, a principal in the Third Point hedge fund and a Variety co-owner, tried to have Deadline editor in chief Nikki Finke fired "at least three times," according to a new Vanity Fair profile of the outspoken investor. Loeb bought Variety with Jay Penske last October.

New York Times Struggles to Replace Print Ads
The New York Times has been struggling to replace its once-lucrative print advertising with digital sales, as Google and Facebook gobble up increasingly large chunks of marketers' budgets. Both print and digital ads at the newspaper decreased about 3% in the third quarter.

New York Post Faces Lawsuit Linked to Cartoon
The New York Post and top editor Col Allan must face a bias lawsuit brought by a woman who said she was fired for complaining about harassment at the newspaper and a political cartoon that some people said likened President Obama to a chimpanzee.

Philadelphia Inquirer, Daily News Eyed by Suitor
With the owners of the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News locked in a legal battle, the newspapers' largest union said it has a suitor who is interested in buying the company. The unnamed party is said to be interested in purchasing the entire operation or a majority stake.

Thomson Reuters Axes 3,000 Jobs to Cut Costs
Thomson Reuters has announced 3,000 job cuts in an effort to reduce costs. The global news and information company has lost market share to Bloomberg LP since the financial crisis, mainly due to weakness in its business catering to financial institutions.

Conde Nast's Interns Upset by End of Program
USA Today
Conde Nast's decision to terminate its internship program has shocked former interns and aspiring writers, who say the move will hurt college students struggling to gain experience at a shrinking number of publications. Some call the decision a "lose-lose" situation.

Bauer Unveils Closer Magazine for Older Women
New York Post
Closer, a brand-new weekly, has made its debut from Bauer Publications, with an uber-aggressive marketing plan, complete with a 25 cent cover price and a press run of 2 million copies. Closer is deliberately contrarian as it aims for women in the 40+ age group.

Time Inc's People Magazine to Air Special on NBC
New York Post
People magazine plans to unveil a deal to produce a TV special in a joint venture with Dick Clark Productions, to air on NBC in 2014. NBC is believed to be paying several million for rights to the show, which will "underscore People's role in the pop-culture firmament."

Forbes Media Columnist Moving to San Francisco
Talking Biz News
Jeff Bercovici, a media reporter for Forbes based in New York, will be moving to the magazine's San Francisco office early next year. "The focus will be covering the big platform companies like Facebook, Twitter and Yahoo," said Bercovici. "It's a pretty natural transition."

Gawker Invites Publishers Onto Its Kinja Platform
Gawker Media has begun welcoming more than just readers into its Kinja ad-free community; now publishers are signing up and distributing content on the blogging platform. Publishers like Playboy and Road & Track are working with Gawker to optimize their presence.

Daily Beast Unveils Refresh of Home Page Design
Daily Beast
The Daily Beast has unveiled a design "refresh" of its website. "We hope these changes make it even easier to discover and enjoy our original journalism," said chief Mike Dyer. "The only goal is to make a simple experience that pleases our users and advertisers alike."

Huffington Post Sued by Ohio Coal Company Owner
Columbus Business
Ohio coal company Murray Energy and owner Robert Murray have filed a lawsuit against the Huffington Post on charges of defamation over a story posted by the online news site on Murray's campaign contributions to Virginia gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinnelli.

Gannett Names Hewlett-Packard Exec to Board
Gannett Blog
Gannett's board of directors has elected Tony Prophet, chief of Hewlett-Packard's $60 billion printer business, as its 10th member. He replaces Arthur Harper, who retired in May. The printer division is HP's biggest profit center, and Prophet has run it since 2006.

New York Times Staffers Preview Redo of Website
The New York Times has made available to its employees a preview of the newspaper's website redesign. The preview includes "restylings" of the home page and section fronts, which feature "a cleaner look." The redesign of is slated to launch in early 2014.

Boston Globe New Owner Hints of Future Websites
John Henry, the Boston Globe's new owner, has outlined his vision for revitalizing the daily in a column published in the newspaper. Henry vowed that the Globe "will never be the prisoner of any ideology or political agenda." He also hinted at plans for "future online sites."

Washington Post's Woodward Takes Active Role
Huffington Post
Bob Woodward is said to be taking a more active role at the Washington Post since Amazon chief Jeff Bezos completed his purchase of the newspaper earlier this month. "I think he's really serious," Woodward said of Bezos. "We want to redouble, triple our efforts."

Rolling Stone: Wenner Son Proud of Website Work
New York
Gus Wenner, the 23-year-old son of Jann Wenner, was named head of Rolling Stone magazine's website earlier this year. Under the younger Wenner's watch, the site reached an all-time high of 11 million monthly visitors and will soon launch an offshoot on country music.

Harper's Bazaar Website Shoppable After Makeover
Much of is now shoppable, following a relaunch this month, with more e-commerce offerings. Sharing opportunities have been streamlined, especially for Pinterest. Bazaar claims to be the most popular magazine brand on the social scrapbooking site.

Allure Optimizes Website for Mobile Amid Growth
Allure on Tuesday will launch the mobile-optimized version of The Conde Nast title's mobile traffic is said to have grown 211.4% over the last year. The mobile site will include a faceted search enabling readers to search Allure's database of 5,200 product reviews.

Reddit Founder Helps Entrepreneurs with New Book
Austin Business
Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian has written a book, "Without Their Permission," a guide to help aspiring entrepreneurs "follow in his footsteps." Reddit was sold to Conde Nast in 2006. "Success is going to beget a lot of people who want to replicate it," he said.

Vice Media to Go Deeper with Live News Coverage
Capital New York
Change is coming to Vice Media, the rapidly growing Williamsburg-based multimedia empire that began as an alternative music weekly in Montreal. Vice said it is working on incorporating live coverage into its mix of reported text pieces and documentary video.

BuzzFeed to Reinvent 'Stale' Newspaper Op-Eds
BuzzFeed has posted a job listing seeking an ideas editor who will "invent a space beyond the stale newspaper op-ed page." The ideal candidate will have "at least two years' experience arguing on the Internet." The site is also seeking an investigative reporter.

Axel Springer to Launch Shopping App in U.S.
Wall Street Journal
Axel Springer, one of Europe's largest newspaper publishers, plans to launch a retail shopping app in the U.S. this week. The app, called Retale, will let users search for the local deals via smartphones, tablets or home computer by providing access to retailers' advertising circulars.

News Corp: Trial Could Embarrass Media Giant
Wall Street Journal
The criminal trial of former News Corp. exec Rebekah Brooks and other former employees involved in a phone-hacking scandal starts in London on Monday, kicking off a courtroom drama that could further embarrass both the media giant and the British government.

New York Times, USA Today Take to Instagram
Newspapers haven't flocked to Instagram the way they have to Facebook and Twitter. Still, some papers are on the photo-sharing platform if only to have another venue to showcase their photography – or, at the very least, remind the digital kids that they still exist.

Boston Herald Offers Voluntary Buyout Packages
Boston Business
The Boston Herald has offered buyout packages, known internally as "voluntary terminations," to most union and non-union employees. The number of jobs the Herald's management might be looking to cut, or even how many people work at the paper, remains unclear.

Atlantic Names Publisher Amid Digital Ad Growth
The Atlantic has promoted Hayley Romer to VP and publisher, leading advertising efforts across its print and digital platforms. Jay Lauf, SVP and Atlantic Media group publisher, will continue as publisher of Quartz while serving as a senior advisor to the Atlantic.

Vogue Marks Halloween with Digital Photo Project
Vogue is marking Halloween with a theme-appropriate project: a collection of masks created by designers and brands just for the holiday, and photographed on Vogue's editors, models and celebrities. The images will launch on and the magazine's Instagram account.

HuffPost Among Media Embracing Conferences
New York Times
Media outlets are racing to add conferences and other live events to their business strategies, convinced they can provide a reliable revenue stream. The Huffington Post will soon announce that it will host three conferences next spring. "Everyone is getting into the game."

New York Times to Give Buyers a Free Digital Trial
Buy the Sunday, Nov. 3, edition of the New York Times on the newsstand and you will get a four-week digital trial, including unlimited web and smartphone access. The newsstand promotion aims to entice people to shell out for digital once they have tried it.

Boston Globe Purchase by Red Sox Owner Completed
Boston Globe
John Henry's purchase of the Boston Globe newspaper became official after a judge lifted an injunction that had temporarily blocked the deal's completion. Henry, principal owner of the Boston Red Sox, said he did not intend to influence the Globe's sports reporting.

McClatchy: Digital Now One-Fourth of Ad Revenue
Sacramento Bee
McClatchy has reported another decline in quarterly earnings amid an ongoing slide in advertising revenue. The results showed that the newspaper industry's historic decline in print ads hasn't abated. Still, the company said digital operations are growing strongly.

News Corp UK Group Said to Face Hit of £1 Billion
Rupert Murdoch's U.K. newspapers face £1 billion in costs from phone hacking, according to an estimate attributed to former exec Tom Mockridge. The private assessment is higher than the $448 million publicly declared by Murdoch's group for costs related to the U.K. scandal.

Meredith Near Launch of in Print
Des Moines Register
It was a record quarter for Meredith's digital advertising, as the publishing giant reported a 1% increase in total revenues for the first quarter of fiscal 2014. The earnings come as Meredith prepares to launch a print version of in mid-November.

Conde Nast's GQ Launches Boozy Video Series
The latest video offering from Conde Nast Entertainment is "America's Bartender," an eight-episode original series, in a new partnership with Bombay Sapphire. The series follows 46 mixologists who are competing for the title of Most Imaginative Bartender in Las Vegas.

Epicurious Hires New Editor Amid Video Expansion
Conde Nast has named Nilou Motamed as editor in chief of Epicurious, to help broaden the site's content from food to lifestyle. Motamed previously was features director and senior correspondent at Travel + Leisure. Epicurious has mobile and video plans in the works.

Politico Taps New York Times Veteran as Executive
Rick Berke, a veteran senior editor of the New York Times, has been named executive editor of Politico. Berke replaces Jim VandeHei, who was recently promoted to president and CEO of Politico and Capital New York. Berke will report to editor in chief John Harris.

Demand Media Lays Off 15 in Wake of CEO's Exit
Just days after CEO Richard Rosenblatt announced he was stepping down at Demand Media, all 15 members of the company's research and development unit were laid off. In just a few short years, Demand went from the darling of media circles to a cautionary tale.

Deadline's Finke Says She Plans to Step Down
Nikki Finke said she is set to leave, the website she founded, and start over again at Finke announced in a tweet: "All that's left is for the lawyers to disentangle me from Penske. I have no idea why he has fought so hard to keep me."

Google Chief Says Magazines' Future Is on Tablets
Eric Schmidt has seen the future of magazines, and it's on the tablet. At the Magazine Publishers Association conference, the Google chairman took the stage with Wired editor-in-chief Scott Dadich to talk about the future — it's mobile — and how magazines fit into it.

Time Inc, Hearst Mag Execs Present United Front
The magazine industry convened in New York for the annual conference held by its main trade group, the Association of Magazine Media, and made a show of unity to defend the vitality of print. At one panel, five industry chieftains delivered an optimistic prognosis.

Rodale CEO: The Top Seven Reasons Why I Blog
Maria's Farm
Rodale CEO Maria Rodale: "Recently, someone asked me why I blog. After all, I don't get paid for it, and it's a lot of extra work added to an already crazy-busy life. The freedom in blogging is empowering and wonderful. I am my own publisher. My own journalist."

Conde Nast Interns Discuss the End of Internships
New York Times
The news that Conde Nast was closing down its internship program was met with a measure of shock and dismay by some former and current interns of the magazine publisher. "I'm disappointed on behalf of all future interns. We're no longer going to have that foot in the door."

Premiere Magazine Owner Lagardere in Sale Talks
France's Lagardere has started talks with radio and TV producer Alain Kruger and Rothschild banker Gregoire Chertok to sell the print versions of its movie magazine Premiere and events listing magazine Pariscope. Lagardere said last week it planned to sell 10 titles.

SpinMedia to Lay Off 30 Staffers Amid Cash Crunch
New York Post
SpinMedia, the digital network that owns Vibe and the Spin, is expected to lay off 15% of its workforce, about 30 people, and cut loose about eight of its smaller websites. CEO Dale Strang told staffers he plans to convert sites from owner-operated to partnerships.

Washington Post Buy Briefly Considered by Buffett
Warren Buffett said he had "briefly" considered buying the Washington Post when the newspaper went on sale. But he decided the purchase wouldn't work. His Berkshire Hathaway would have saddled the next CEO with a newspaper that he or she possibly wouldn't want.

New York Times OKs 'Tweet,' Still Wary of 'Googling'
Atlantic Wire
The New York Times style guide, one of the trendsetters of proper journalistic form, has made a series of updates to allow the verb to "tweet" and eliminated the hyphen from "email." But it remains wary of commonly-spoken verbs like "googling" and "friending."

New York Times Shutters R&D Ventures Spinoff
Capital New York
The New York Times has shuttered R&D Ventures, a spinoff of its in-house R&D Lab tech think tank. R&D Ventures was conceived as a vehicle for commercializing innovations spawned by the R&D Lab. But R&D Ventures didn't shape up to be a significant revenue-generator.

Boston Globe Sale to Red Sox Owner Faces Block
Boston Herald
A judge has frozen the scheduled sale of the Boston Globe to Red Sox owner John Henry amid a lawsuit brought by former carriers at New York Times sister newspaper Worcester Telegram & Gazette. "It sounds to me like the Times just wants to get rid of the Globe."

Dow Jones, Private Investigators Clash Over Factiva
Private investigators said they are upset that Dow Jones told them they would have to purchase the firm's reports if they wanted to continue to have access to Factiva. That's because Dow Jones reportedly no longer views them as customers — it sees them as competitors.

Reuters Staffers Depart After Web Reboot Debacle
Capital New York
At least four Reuters employees have decided to leave the company following the dissolution of Reuters Next, an expensive and ambitious consumer-facing web reboot that was killed last month. The employee exit leaves "a rather slim crew devoted to"

Say Media Taps Two Editors to Run Fashionista
Say Media recently lost Leah Chernikoff, editorial head of its Fashionista site, to Hearst. Chernikoff will be succeeded by two co-editors, Lauren Indvik, an associate editor at Mashable, and Stephanie Trong, a former editorial head of New York magazine blog The Cut. Hires Pandora Veteran Amid Overhaul
Advertising Age has named Pandora VP of mobile ad sales Brian Colbert as its first chief revenue officer. The move comes as the site undergoes an overhaul. has seen a drop in U.S. desktop web traffic in the year since the New York Times sold it to IAC for $300 million.

Conde Nast Ends Internship Program After Lawsuits
Conde Nast has decided to discontinue its internship program starting in 2014. The end of the program comes after the publisher was sued this summer by two former interns who claimed they were paid below the minimum wage during internships at W and The New Yorker.

TV Guide Owner Taps Kliger to Acquire Media Assets
New York Business
TV Guide magazine owner OpenGate Capital has formed a new media acquisition division with consulting firm Kliger Media Associates. The new OpenGate Media Group will be focused on the acquisition of media assets, as well as the expansion of the firm's publishing activities.

Sandra Lee Near Magazine Deal with OpenGate Media
New York Post
TV celebrity chef Sandra Lee is said to be close to wrapping up a deal to continue to publish her foodie magazine through the newly formed OpenGate Media Group. "Everything we wanted to do is done," said Jack Kliger of the talks with Lee. "It will be at least a two-year deal."

Magazine Industry Chief Rails Against U.S. Post Office
New York Post
Mary Berner, head of the Association for Magazine Media, railed against the U.S. Post Office in a keynote speech. Magazines are bracing for a rate hike as the cash-strapped mail service scrambles to offset falling volume. "Who thinks raising rates is a remotely sane idea?"

Newspapers on Track to Lose $1 Billion in Ad Sales
Huffington Post
A recent news release by Gannett suggests that the newspaper industry will lose more than $1 billion in advertising revenue this year. If ad losses are already at 5.3% this year, the industry will ultimately bring in about $1.18 billion less in 2013 than it did in 2012.

New York Times Tech Columnist Exits for Yahoo
New York Times
David Pogue, technology writer for the New York Times, whose columns were among the most popular at the paper, plans to leave for Yahoo to start a consumer technology site. "My team and I have much bigger plans, too, for all kinds of online and real-world creations."

Philadelphia Inquirer Editor Dispute Heads to Court
Philadelphia Inquirer
A lawsuit contesting the firing of Philadelphia Inquirer editor William Marimow is scheduled for its first airing in court Tuesday. Inquirer owners Lewis Katz and H.F. Lenfest want to reinstate Marimow and declare that publisher Robert Hall had no authority to fire him.

Gannett Net Income Falls 40% on Lower Ad Sales
USA Today
Gannett's third quarter net income fell 40% from a year ago to $79.7 million, as advertising sales fell at its publishing and broadcasting divisions. The parent of USA Today and other newspapers is making changes designed to derive more revenue from its TV and digital assets.

Forbes: Branded Content Raises Purchase Intent
A new study commissioned by Forbes Media hopes to make the case for branded content. Survey participants looking at pages with branded content were 41% more likely to express an intent to buy the brand versus those who saw a regular web page with no branded content.

HGTV Magazine Tests Feature for Social Sharing
HGTV Magazine is jumping on the e-commerce and social sharing trend. The November issue will let readers shop and share from its pages using technology from Digimarc. The digital watermarking provider did a similar deal with Hearst sibling magazine House Beautiful in 2011.

New York Times Wins at Online Journalism Awards
The New York Times won three awards at the Online Journalism Awards on Saturday, with the Guardian and Boston Globe taking home two awards each. The Times beat La Nacion, NPR and the Boston Globe to the "large" award for general excellence in online journalism.

Rodale Puts Search for Operating Officer on Hold
New York Post
Rodale head Maria Rodale found herself a president last week, but she apparently has not abandoned the hunt for a COO. She revealed she was looking to fill both jobs in a memo to staffers in July. A spokeswoman said the COO search "is on hold for the moment."

Bon Appetit Tops Ad Age's 2013 Magazine A-List
Advertising Age
Advertising Age's annual Magazine A-List honors glossy titles that are doing great in print and are also smartly building their brands beyond the page. Bon Appetit, No. 1 on this year's list, "has taken on a new relevance, riding food's broader reach in the culture."

Lucky Transformation Continues with New Hires
Lucky magazine has been undergoing a transformation for several months under new editor in chief Eva Chen and Conde Nast artistic director Anna Wintour. Changes started appearing in the magazine with the September issue and will continue with a few new appointments.

Sports Illustrated Book Honors Swimsuit Issue
Daily News
To honor five decades in business, "Sports Illustrated Swimsuit: 50 Years of Beautiful" arrives Tuesday, a 300-page tome of hotness through history. Every model who has ever appeared in a swimsuit issue — like Elle Macpherson and Kate Upton — is included in the book.

Forbes Media Publishes E-Book of Blog Posts
Forbes Media has published a new e-book by chief product officer Lewis DVorkin and plans to launch at least one e-book each month next year. DVorkin's book, "The Path Forward for the News Business," is a collection of his blog posts from the last 14 months.

Magazines: 97% of Newsstand Apps Are Now Free
Magazine publishers, seen as having for so long failed to take full advantage of the web, have heralded the tablet as a digital do-over of sorts. And yet with the tablet, the trend has continued toward content that is free — and that practice is accelerating.

Lagardere to Part with 10 Magazines, 350 Jobs Hit
French media group Lagardere plans to restructure its magazine division and sell 10 of its 39 titles to focus on growing its most strategic brands online. Titles for sale include popular Psychologies Magazine, Be and Premiere, and several home and decoration magazines.

India's Newspapers Enjoy Increase in New Readers
India is home to the keenest readers of newspapers in the Asia Pacific, according to a survey by research firm GfK. India's newspaper industry is enjoying rising circulation from new readers at a time when their U.S. and European counterparts have seen numbers fall.

Magazine Chief: Digital Delivery Must Be Priority
eMedia Vitals
Mary Berner, CEO of MPA - The Association of Magazine Media: "Magazine media are growing in print and on tablets. That said, the digital delivery of magazine content — whether that's video, stories, entire issues, or whatever is next — has to be the top priority for everyone."

News Corp Exec Says News Needs to Buy Into Data
News Corp. strategy SVP Raju Narisetti: "The challenge in most newsrooms remains the ability — and willingness — of editors to pay attention to data and to act on it without falling back on mistaken notions that responding to reader behavior is pandering."

New York Post Touts Return of Gossiper Johnson
Capital New York
The New York Post put the muscle of its famous wood behind Richard Johnson's new column. The Post and Page Six veteran's new eponymous column got top billing on the tabloid's front page Thursday, where he was trumpeted as "the man who knows New York."

Philadelphia Inquirer Owner Sues Over 'Meddling'
Philadelphia Inquirer
George Norcross, one of two managing directors of Interstate General Media, which owns the Philadelphia Inquirer, Daily News and, has filed a lawsuit alleging IGM's other managing director, Lewis Katz, meddled in the company's editorial operations.

Dr Oz Magazine Aims to Bring 'Good Life' to Hearst
New York Post
TV talk star Dr. Mehmet Oz revealed the name of his magazine with Hearst — Dr. Oz: The Good Life — at the company's first-ever magazine "upfront." The magazine appears to be one of Hearst's biggest launches since the launch of Oprah Winfrey's O, the Oprah Magazine in 2002.

Dwell Media Expands, Relocates Mag to New York
San Francisco-based Dwell Media, publisher of high-end modern design magazine Dwell, is doubling its office space and moving its creative team to New York City. The move is the final step in a gradual eastward migration for edit and art staff at the company.

New York Magazine Considers Move to Biweekly
New York Post
New York magazine, launched as a weekly 45 years ago by Clay Felker, is said to be mulling a move to a biweekly as rumors swirl that it will post a 2013 loss of several million dollars. "There is nothing definitive yet," said Anup Bagaria, CEO of parent New York Media.

Vice Media to Create Music, Videos for BitTorrent
Vice Media plans to create song bundles, short films and other media with musicians for users of BitTorrent, in the next phase of a growing partnership between the youth media outfit and the file-sharing service. The two previously worked together on a Madonna bundle.

Breitbart News Site to Name New Editor in Chief
Breitbart News, the right-wing news and opinion website, will announce "a fundamental restructuring" of its masthead that will leave 27-year-old Alexander Marlow in charge of editorial. Marlow once served as founder Andrew Breitbart's editorial assistant.

NewsCred to Help Turn Marketers Into Publishers
Fast Company
NewsCred aims to become a liaison between content-hungry brands and creatives. The tech startup will begin offering brands and marketers access to original content through an initiative called the NewsRoom, which refers to the company's stable of about 500 freelancers.

EBay Founder Commits $250 Million to News Venture
Pierre Omidyar has revealed details of the new media outlet he plans to create with journalist Glenn Greenwald. The eBay founder said he will commit $250 million to the as-yet-unnamed venture. His decision was fuelled by his "rising concern about press freedoms."

Chicago Tribune Launches 'Blue Sky' News Website
Talking Biz News
The Chicago Tribune has announced the launch of Blue Sky Innovation, a website and newsletter. Blue Sky will offer news and information about Chicago's high-tech and entrepreneurial scene. The Tribune said it is "focused on relevant content areas for niche audiences."

Boston Globe Sale Expected to Close with Discount
Boston Business
Boston Red Sox owner John Henry's acquisition of the Boston Globe, which is expected to close Saturday, may be coming at a bit of a discount. The ultimate sale price is likely to be in the range of $65 million, in light various cost and administrative arrangements.

Philadelphia Inquirer Owners Expect a Long Battle
Philadelphia Inquirer
The co-owners wrestling for control of the Philadelphia Inquirer and its parent company have told newsroom union leaders to expect a protracted legal fight. George Norcross and Lewis Katz are accusing each other of interfering in the paper's editorial affairs.

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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