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Conde Nast Seeks Shareability In Its Online Videos
Real Screen
Jed Weintrob, head of production at Conde Nast Entertainment, wants all the content on the company's online channels to leave viewers with one feeling — the need to share what they just watched. "The desire to share content really is at the heart of everything we do."

IDG's Macworld Ends Print Edition, Lays Off Staffers
USA Today
Macworld, one of the oldest magazines for fans of Apple's products, has shut down its print operation and laid off an unspecified number of staffers. The title will continue as an online-only operation with a reduced staff. The brand is owned by International Data Group.

Spin Media Lays Off 19, Shutters Print Edition of Vibe
Capital New York
Spin Media has eliminated 19 positions, according to CEO Stephen Blackwell. The "reduction in force" affected about 14% of the company's 127 staff members, mostly in video, photo and sales. Some of the layoffs were due to the decision to end the print edition of Vibe.

Maxim Names Lanphear Editor in Chief in Major Shift
WWD
After weeks of speculation about who would be named Maxim magazine's new editor in chief, the job will go to Kate Lanphear, currently style director at T: The New York Times Style Magazine. The move is a major shift by Maxim's new owner, multimillionaire Sardar Biglari.

Vogue Asks Wintour '73 Questions' in New Web Video
Daily Mail
Anna Wintour has let her guard down to answer a series of questions about her likes and dislikes in Vogue's new episode of "73 Questions." The editor in chief opens up about her life from inside her office, giving a tour of the hallways, fashion closet and editing room.

Newspapers in Print Still Matter, Trade Group Says
Capital New York
A new study by the Newspaper Association of America has come up with some numbers to show that print remains a valuable platform for reaching consumers via advertising. Some 79% of adults surveyed had "taken action as a result of seeing an ad in a print newspaper."

Politico, Axel Springer to Launch European Venture
Politico
Politico plans to partner with German media conglomerate Axel Springer to create a European edition. The 50-50 joint venture "will cover not just Brussels but European politics and policy more broadly." The partnership aims to explore "journalistic opportunities" in Europe.

News Corp's Murdoch: Page 3 Girls 'Old Fashioned'
BBC News
Rupert Murdoch has suggested Page 3 models in the U.K. Sun newspaper should start wearing clothes. The News Corp. chief wrote on Twitter that the tabloid's topless models were "old fashioned." Murdoch also hinted at ending Page 3 on Twitter in February last year.

Thomson Reuters Looks to Sell Trade Publications
New York Times
Thomson Reuters is said to be looking to sell a group of trade publications including peHUB, Buyouts and Venture Capital Journal. The sale process is in the early stage, according to sources. The three publications cover the worlds of private equity and venture capital.

Conde Nast Taps Kelleher as Publisher of Wired
New York Post
Conde Nast president Bob Sauerberg has tapped former Say Media president Kim Kelleher as the new publisher of Wired. The move effectively squelched talk that Drew Schutte, now at Details, would return to the title. The Wired job became open in the latest round of musical chairs.

Meredith's Allrecipes Magazine Boosts Circulation
Des Moines Register
Meredith will boost monthly circulation of Allrecipes magazine to 900,000, about two months shy of its one-year anniversary. "Increasingly marketers are leveraging the combined reach of Allrecipes magazine and Allrecipes.com to create cross-platform opportunities for their brands."

Rodale: Men's Health Selling Native Ads for Mobile
AdExchanger
Men's Health has begun selling mobile native advertising campaigns directly to advertisers using native ad firm Sharethrough. The brand has been testing the solution since June. Men's Health has "reached a threshold where more than half of traffic is coming from mobile."

Yahoo Style Launches Helmed by Veteran of Elle
WWD
Yahoo's new Style channel headed by Joe Zee launched last week and set out to make a big splash during New York Fashion Week, which the former creative director of Hearst's Elle described as the site's "Super Bowl." Zee said he aims to use Yahoo Style to "democratize fashion."

Reddit Calls Itself 'Government of a New Community'
New York Observer
Reddit CEO Yishan Wong: "We consider ourselves not just a company running a website where one can post links and discuss them, but the government of a new type of community. The role and responsibility of a government differs from that of a private corporation."

TechCruncher Writes 'Burned-Out Blogger PR Guide'
TechCrunch
Jason Kincaid said he wrote his new book, "The Burned-Out Blogger's Guide to PR," out of revenge. "For four years as a writer at TechCrunch the PR industry made me miserable." The Amazon Kindle title aims to give entrepreneurs "the tools they need to take on the media themselves."

TMZ Celebrity Gossip Site Extends Reach Into Sports
New York Times
TMZ has broken stories about Ray Rice, Donald Sterling and Jameis Winston Stories in a 10-month span. The remarkable string of scoops has highlighted the unexpected power and reach of the Time Warner-owned gossip news website, which is not even 10 years old.

Conde Nast Eyes Kelleher for New Publisher of Wired
@media_ink
Kim Kelleher, former president of blog network Say Media, is expected to be named the new publisher of Wired. Kelleher left Conde Nast's Self magazine in 2010 for Time Inc.'s Sports Illustrated then Time magazine. Former Wired publisher Howard Mittman is moving to GQ.

Meredith: When Will Company Spin Off Its Magazines?
24/7 Wall St
Meredith, known for its history of publishing women's magazines, is one of the few media companies that has not spun out its print operations. That is likely to change as its board watches the apparent success of the spin-outs of the print divisions of Time Inc., Gannett and others.

Time Inc's Sports Illustrated Plans Daily Video Reports
Advertising Age
Sports Illustrated has added to its video roster with the introduction of SI Wire, an editorial franchise that aims to produce dozens of 30- to 60-second video dispatches each day. The magazine has hired three TV broadcasters to deliver reports from its video studio.

Hearst's Esquire Erects Paywall Benefiting Foley Fund
Advertising Age
Esquire has put "The Falling Man" — Tom Junod's 2003 article about the photo of a man falling from the World Trade Center — behind an optional paywall and suggested readers pay $2.99 to read it. Proceeds will be donated to the James Foley Scholarship Fund at Marquette University.

Wall Street Journal Unveils Subscriber Perks Program
Capital New York
The Wall Street Journal will butter up paying customers with a complimentary membership program that tacks on special perks to their print and digital subscriptions. Members of WSJ+ will have access to offerings like a newsroom tour and talks with top editor Gerry Baker.

Scottish Sun Tabloid Could Make Murdoch Kingmaker
Independent
Rupert Murdoch's Scottish Sun appears on the brink of declaring its support for the Yes campaign, delivering a PR coup for Scotland's first minister Alex Salmond, with whom the media boss has a close rapport. Scotland's biggest tabloid is expected to support independence.

Politico Gearing Up for Launch of 'Politico Europe'
Huffington Post
Politico plans to expand into Europe through the launch of a new organization based in Brussels, the capital of the European Union. CEO Jim VandeHei has told senior editors that the media company's plans for Europe are "much bigger than anyone is thinking."

Conde Nast's New HQ Threatened with Nuclear Bomb
Daily News
A prank phone caller threatened to destroy 1 World Trade Center with a nuclear bomb, just days before the 13th anniversary of Sept. 11. Conde Nast, the building's biggest tenant, has said it is ready to begin moving in November. The move is expected to continue through February.

Hearst's TrendingNY Kicks Off Four-Week Test Run
Adweek
New York women will be getting a pleasant surprise on their way to work Monday morning. Hearst will begin handing out copies of its newest print product, a free weekly magazine targeting millennial women called TrendingNY, at commuter hubs throughput the city.

Rodale: Men's Health Fat with Ads for Cover Contest
Adweek
For the first time in its 25-year history, Men's Health is putting a regular guy on its cover. November's cover boy will be the winner of the magazine's "Ultimate Men's Health Guy" contest. Advertisers embraced the concept; November will be MH's biggest issue of the year.

Conde Nast: Vanity Fair Publisher Has Killer Instincts
New York Observer
Chris Mitchell, VP and publisher of GQ, is being shifted to the same title at Conde Nast sibling Vanity Fair, which will benefit from his "killer instincts," said company president Bob Sauerberg. Wired publisher Howard Mittman will assume Mitchell's position at GQ.

Financial Times Names Exec for Editorial Complaints
Financial Times
The Financial Times has appointed lawyer Greg Callus as editorial complaints commissioner, following its decision not to join the new U.K. press self-regulator. The FT is one of three British newspaper groups that have not joined the Independent Press Standards Organization.

Los Angeles Times Produces Films to Air on DirecTV
Los Angeles Times
The Los Angeles Times has created a new business venture producing documentaries on social issues. The series will air exclusively on DirecTV's Audience Network channel, which reaches some 20 million subscribers. The Times plans to accelerate a push into video journalism.

New York Post Skimps on Coverage of Rivers' Death
Capital New York
While New York's Daily News delivered a glowing front-page story about the death of Joan Rivers, its rival, the New York Post, was somewhat miserly. The Post was said to have planned bigger coverage. However, owner Rupert Murdoch "happened to pass through the newsroom."

Boston Globe Former Employee Buys a Newspaper
Boston Globe
Mark Jurkowitz, a former staffer at the Boston Globe, spent the past eight years at the Pew Research Center, much of that time chronicling the mostly downward spiral of the newspaper industry. So why did he buy the Outer Banks Sentinel, a 6,000-circulation weekly in Nags Head, N.C.?

Politico Top Editor Quits Citing Strategic Differences
New York Times
Richard Berke, executive editor of Politico, has resigned from his position, citing a disagreement over strategy with the organization's founders, John Harris and Jim VandeHei. Berke, who had been an assistant managing editor at the New York Times, joined Politico last October.

Spin Media Revenue Chief Departs After Five Months
New York Post
Tom Morrissy, chief revenue officer of Spin Media, is apparently out in a cost-cutting move after only five months on the job. New CEO Steve Blackwell said that with the recent changes, Morrissy will be an "adviser" to the board. Spin Media's assets include Spin and Vibe.

The Information Nabs WSJ Media Journalist Peers
The Information
Martin Peers is leaving his longtime post as media and marketing bureau chief at the Wall Street Journal to work as a columnist at The Information, the subscription tech-news website started last year by Jessica Lessin, a former Journal reporter. Peers has broken "huge media stories."

BuzzFeed: News 'Unbundling' Is Good for Journalism
Guardian
Ben Smith, editor in chief of BuzzFeed: "Great publications have always used the bundle to present a coherent worldview, at times to a fault. That is far harder to do in the unbundled world, in which we strain to do stories that will break through your Twitter and Facebook feeds."

Time Inc CEO Looks to Forbes, BuzzFeed for Future
Capital New York
Time Inc. CEO Joe Ripp has expressed confidence in his company's ability to make its way in an increasingly digital world: "Why do we believe that a great company can't also copy and replicate? ... If I said, 'Would you like to write for Time magazine,' think of who I could get."

IPC Media Magazine Giant Rebrands as Time Inc UK
TheDrum
IPC Media will undergo a rebrand by parent company Time Inc. to become Time Inc. UK, the company has announced. According to Time Inc. CEO Joe Ripp, the move will allow the publisher to better leverage its global presence. IPC counts more than 60 brands among its portfolio.

'Sports Illustrated' Weekly Series Launches on Net2TV
B&C
Net2TV has launched a new half-hour series "Sports Illustrated," based on the Time Inc. magazine title. The weekly series premiered on Net2TV's Portico TV streaming service. The new show is the most recent created under a partnership between Net2TV and Time Inc.

People Magazine Held Comedian Rivers' Last Interview
New York Post
People magazine conducted what turned out to be the last interview with Joan Rivers. The legendary comedian appeared before the gay, lesbian and transgender group OUT@Timeinc. on Aug. 27 and was interviewed and photographed with People editorial director Jess Cagle.

New Republic Taps Clinton to Keynote Centennial Gala
Politico
Bill Clinton will deliver the keynote at The New Republic's centennial gala in Washington, D.C. Madeleine Albright, Christiane Amanpour, Drew Faust, Richard Plepler, Peter Sarsgaard, Joe Scarborough, Aaron Sorkin, George Stephanopoulos and Fareed Zakaria will act as co-hosts.

Nikki Finke Rumored to Start Reporting on DC Politics
Washington Post
The latest scoop on Nikki Finke's blog has nothing to do with news about Hollywood. Finke is said to be planning something new as she finishes up a book on the entertainment industry. And the chattering classes seem to think she's headed to Washington, D.C., to cover politics.

Washington Post Eyes National Scale for Its Events
Digiday
Jeff Bezos's crusade to make the Washington Post relevant to more than D.C. insiders is extending to the newspaper's events business. The newspaper plans to launch "America Answers," an events series that will look at how cities are solving big national issues on a local level.

Financial Times Online Director Grimshaw to Depart
Capital New York
Rob Grimshaw is out at the Financial Times, where he has worked for 16 years, most recently as managing director of FT.com. Grimshaw is taking a new job at TES Global, a London-based online teachers community, where he will serve as COO. "Naturally, my feelings are mixed," he said.

New York Times Ex Abramson 'Doesn't Get' Daily Mail
Re/code
Jill Abramson, the recently departed top editor of the New York Times: "I've been trying to figure out why the Daily Mail is like catnip to digital audiences. I don't get it yet. I'm looking at that." Abramson added that she is a fan of digital services including Pandora, Politico and Quartz.

USA Today: The First Major Online-Only Newspaper?
MarketWatch
Tim Mullaney: "After Gannett announced it would split into two companies last month, my first thought was that this meant the end of USA Today as a print newspaper. Big layoffs announced Wednesday may seal that deal. Print-oriented editors took the biggest hit."

Economist: Investors Taking an Interest Digital News
Economist
Investors see potential for digital news firms to go global. Few newspapers have established a global business. But a handful of digital news firms could pull it off, and reap the rewards. However, these firms may struggle to earn the high returns Silicon Valley investors expect.

Time Inc's People Magazine Unveils Daily Web Show
Advertising Age
Toyota is the presenting sponsor of People magazine's latest foray into digital video, "People Now," a daily 20-minute web show on People.com. "People Now," which streams live at 8:30 a.m. E.T. Monday through Friday, sounds like the type of celebrity-news show found on a TV network.

Forbes Media Launches New Vertical ForbesLife.com
Press Release
Forbes Media has launched the company's latest vertical, ForbesLife.com. The luxury lifestyle website is a digital extension of ForbesLife, the company's luxury lifestyle magazine. ForbesLife.com is expected to leverage content from staff writers and some 150 contributors.

Conde Nast Names President of Global Development
Capital New York
Conde Nast has named Gina Sanders president of global development, a new role in which she will work to "create new business opportunities." Sanders most recently served as head of Fairchild Fashion Media before Conde sold most of the division's assets to Penske Media.

Penske: Women's Wear Daily to Expand Web Presence
New York Times
Jay Penske, the new owner of Fairchild Fashion Media, is said to be planning to expand Women's Wear Daily's global reach with licensing deals, beef up its online presence and videos and hire more writers. "We are not going to clone Variety. But we will do a lot of similar things."

Gannett's USA Today Cuts Up to 70 Jobs as Ads Decline
USA Today
USA Today has eliminated 60 to 70 jobs, a move aimed at cutting costs amid declining print ad sales and supporting its increasing focus on delivering news online and on mobile devices. The layoffs hit across various sections in the newsroom and business operations.

New York Times Hosts Interview with Top Editor Baquet
Capital New York
"I'm actually not that worried about the future of the New York Times," said executive editor Dean Baquet, in conversation with media columnist David Carr in front of an audience of subscribers to Times Premier, a premium digital offering. "As long as we are essential, we'll survive."

Guardian Taps Google Veteran to Strengthen Tech Ties
VentureBeat
As tech plays an increasingly important role in the news business, U.K. newspaper the Guardian has decided to open its first office on the U.S. West Coast. The Guardian is hiring former Google head of media partnerships David Gehring as its new VP of partnerships.

BuzzFeed Nabs Journo Away from Wall Street Journal
Re/code
BuzzFeed business editor Peter Lauria has hired Tom Gara, a journalist with the Wall Street Journal, as a deputy, with plans to build out an outpost in San Francisco. Gara ran the Journal's Corporate Intelligence blog. "Business news readers are intensely engaged," said Lauria.

HuffPost, Dr Phil in Initiative to Connect with Readers
TheWrap
Dr. Phil McGraw has teamed up with the Huffington Post. The star of "Dr. Phil" is expanding his brand with his own HuffPost vertical that will offer behind-the-scenes looks at his daytime talk show, as well as an "Ask Dr. Phil" column, where readers can solicit his feedback.

Washington Post's New Publisher Eyes Digital Efforts
Capital New York
Fred Ryan, the Washington Post's new publisher, said he will focus on developing efforts such as blogs and mobile apps. The former Politico exec starts his day with the print version of the Post, he added. However, regarding the future of the Post in print: "I don't have a crystal ball."

New York Daily News Evolves Into National News Site
Digiday
For New Yorkers, the Daily News has been the city's reigning tabloid. But with print's future in question, it relaunched its website as a national news destination two years ago, betting that its urban sensibility could play to the rest of the U.S. The bet seems to be paying off.

Boston Globe Launches 'Crux' Site for Catholic News
Wall Street Journal
The Boston Globe is launching a website called Crux, dedicated to news related to the Catholic Church. With a national focus, it has a separate staff of reporters and features articles on topics like the pope and issues of faith. What it lacks is prominent branding connecting it to the Globe.

Hearst's Chron.com Gets Faster, Hits 1 Billion Views
News & Tech
Hearst Newspapers announced that the Houston Chronicle's Chron.com website notched 1 billion page views so far in 2014. Chron.com was launched in October 1995, and underwent a redesign a year ago in a bid to improve the consumer interface with faster access to breaking news.

Time Inc's People Drops Pay for New Brangelina Pics
New York Post
The payday for the Brad Pitt – Angelina Jolie wedding photos was far below the $11 million paid for the first baby photo of the couple's twins in 2008. Sources guess that People paid somewhere close to $2 million for the wedding shots. "The market has changed considerably."

Rodale Sells Back 'Eat This, Not That' to Zinczenko
New York Post
Maria Rodale, chairwoman of Rodale, has sold back the "Eat This, Not That" franchise to David Zinczenko's Galvanized Brands. He had launched the brand with Matt Goulding while editor in chief of Rodale's Men's Health. Zinczenko was forced out of Rodale in late 2012.

Monocle Magazine Sells Stake to Publisher Nikkei
Financial Times
Tyler Brule, the FT columnist known for his luxurious lifestyle, has sold a minority stake in his global affairs magazine Monocle to Japanese newspaper publisher Nikkei. The deal values Monocle, which launched in 2007, at $115 million. Said Brule: "We're in a very good place."

People Magazine Nabs Brangelina Wedding Photos
USA Today
Wedding photos from the surprise Aug. 23 nuptials between Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie will run in the Sept. 15 issue of People magazine, which goes on sale Wednesday. People got access to the photos along with Hello! magazine. "You can't view photos online from the wedding yet."

Mental Floss Magazine Is Buoyed by Online Video
New York Times
Mental Floss, the quirky Dennis Publishing title specializing in knowledge and trivia, has become one of the magazine industry's biggest video success stories. "Fault in Our Stars" author John Green hosts a YouTube show for Mental Floss that is a hit among millennials.

Elle UK to Launch Fashion-Forward Wedding Mag
WWD
Elle U.K. is stepping into the bridal sphere, with the launch of Elle Wedding. Come Sept. 9, the Hearst Magazines U.K. title will hit newsstands with an issue offering content spanning bridal beauty, fashion and more, under the tagline of "individuality not conformity."

Ebony Publisher Hit with $5 Million Defamation Suit
Chicago Tribune
A Georgia FBI agent and his wife have filed a lawsuit against Johnson Publishing and a freelance writer, claiming articles that ran in Ebony magazine falsely implicated their sons in the death of a high-school classmate. The couple is seeking $5 million in damages.

Bon Appetit to Hold 'Feast' Amid Ad-Page Famine
WWD
Conde Nast's Bon Appetit plans to hold the fourth edition of Feast or Fashion, one of the magazine's highest revenue-grossing events. The event, which helps bring in nonendemic advertisers, comes after the title posted three months of ad-page declines over the summer.

Conde Nast: Who Will Rule After Reign of Newhouse?
Capital New York
Si Newhouse, Conde Nast's 86-year-old chairman, has for some time been perceived as having quietly ceded his day-to-day involvement in company affairs. The question of who will rule after the end of his reign remains a parlor game. "After Labor Day, things could be very active."

New York Times Chief Marries on Martha's Vineyard
New York Times
Gabrielle Greene, a partner in an investment firm, and Arthur Sulzberger Jr., chairman and publisher of the New York Times, were married Saturday on Martha's Vineyard. The bride is taking her husband's name. The bride's previous marriage ended in divorce, as did the groom's.

Washington Post Veteran Editor Isaacs Dies at 76
Washington Post
Steve Isaacs, who became the Washington Post's city editor at 26, experimented with long-form journalism in a bid to save the old Minneapolis Star as its top editor, and was a demanding journalism professor at Columbia University, died Aug. 28 in Austin, Texas.

Wall Street Journal Exec to Join Kutcher in Startup
Advertising Age
Wall Street Journal digital sales chief Brad Westbrook said he is leaving the newspaper to start "a new media company" with actor and investor Ashton Kutcher. Westbrook is joining a startup called A+ as chief revenue officer. A+ is a platform that "leverages viral, social stories."

Daily Mail's Sponsored Content Mirrors BuzzFeed's
Digiday
The Daily Mail's popular website lists reporters to write its sponsored stories, as opposed to tapping separate non-newsroom writers on the sales side. Mail Online's new North America CEO Jon Steinberg spent four years helping BuzzFeed craft its content pitch for brands.

BuzzFeed Seeks Developers for Push Into Games
TechCrunch
BuzzFeed said it is in the process of building up a team focusing on games. The plan is to "build a warehouse somewhere and fill it full of 70 developers," who will with the existing editorial team to "pursue cool ideas." Plus, game-like ads on BuzzFeed are seen as likely.

Time Inc's People: No Comment on Brangelina Photos
Wall Street Journal
Exclusive photos of intimate moments in the lives of global superstars routinely sell for millions of dollars. For Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, they're loyal to People magazine. But so far, People has denied requests for comments about "the wedding of the century."

IPC Media Eyes Mag Subscriptions via Text Messages
Advertising Age
Boku, a mobile payments company, has partnered with U.K. publisher IPC Media — owner of titles such as NME and Wallpaper* — on a mobile-payment system that allows consumers to subscribe to magazines via text message and charge the subscription to their phone bill.

Conde Nast's Vogue Germany Offers Readers 'Blipps'
FIPP
Conde Nast's German edition of Vogue has partnered with augmented reality company Blippar to create the magazine's first interactive edition. Using Blippar's blip-creation tool, 15 blipps were created, giving readers access to exclusive content and "secret footage."

Meredith Launches 'Better Homes' Streaming TV Show
MediaPost
Meredith has partnered with Net2TV to launch a streaming on-demand TV show, based on Better Homes and Gardens. The new 30-minute program will air twice a month. The "Better Homes and Gardens Show" is hosted by Jackie Tranchida, who hosts NBC's "First Look."

Financial Times Moves Into Wearables with FastFT
The Drum
The Financial Times has launched its fastFT service on the Samsung Gear S in its first venture into the wearables space. The publisher has teamed up with technology provider Spritz to create the app, which will deliver a content stream to users at a speed of their choosing.

Huffington Post to Host Its First-Ever Political Debate
Capital New York
The Huffington Post is getting into the debate game. The website will host an Oct. 6 showdown at California's San Jose State University between Silicon Valley Democrats Ro Khanna and Mike Honda, who are vying for a congressional seat. The debate will be HuffPost's first.

Nikki Finke in Deal to Write Book About Hollywood
New York Times
Journalist Nikki Finke has nearly completed a nonfiction book about Hollywood that will be published by Simon & Schuster. S&S president Jonathan Karp has declined to provide details about the contents and said a publication date had not been set. "The book will be an event."

New York Times Attracts More Millennials Than Vice
Digiday
BuzzFeed reigns in terms of online millennial readers, attracting 38.5 million U.S. unique visitors in July, according to comScore. But all hope is not lost for the old guard: The New York Times, at 15.9 million, lures nearly 20% more millennial visitors than Vice.

Gwyneth's Goop Accused of Ripping Off Columnist
New York Post
Gwyneth Paltrow's e-commerce and web company Goop.com has been sued by an author and Hunter College professor who writes about health and wellness for allegedly ripping off his trademarked name, the Diet Detective. Charles Platkin said he has been "grievously injured."

Gannett Near Completion of New App, Website Rollout
Talking New Media
Starting in May, Gannett has been launching new apps for its newspapers and also relaunching its local papers' websites. As one would expect from such a large chain, all the apps and all the websites look identical — the apps appear to be merely replicating the sites.

Time Inc Appoints Editor for Cooking Light Magazine
FishbowlNY
Time Inc. has named Hunter Lewis editor of Cooking Light. Lewis most recently served as executive editor of Southern Living. Prior to that, he was food editor of Bon Appetit. Lewis, who starts Sept. 22, succeeds Scott Mowbray, who is retiring after 17 years with Time Inc.

Hearst's Esquire Preps Its Own Fashion Week for Men
WWD
Could Esquire be aiming to jump-start a New York Fashion Week for men? The Hearst-owned magazine is holding a three-day event that will include a series of daytime designer presentations preceded by nighttime events. Dubbed "The Esquire," the whole shebang is invite-only.

Conde Nast Editors Clash with Growing Video Unit
Capital New York
As Conde Nast Entertainment has ramped up its output in recent months, creating more video for more of the publisher's titles, a palpable sense of frustration has been emanating from the company's famously powerful mastheads. It all boils down to content control.

Bauer Unveils Digital Media Division Seeking Growth
MediaPost
Bauer Media U.S. has created a new division focused on the celebrity weekly publisher's digital assets, with an eye to expanding its online offerings. The first major project of Bauer Xcel Media will be the re-launch of InTouchWeekly.com, scheduled for September.

Hearst: Harper's Bazaar Lands Gaga for Plaza Bash
WWD
To fete its September issue featuring a portfolio by global fashion director Carine Roitfeld, Harper's Bazaar will host a party at the Plaza hotel. One of the magazine's cover models, Lady Gaga, will perform at the bash, an act that the Hearst title has been hoping to secure for months.

Conde Nast's Sauerberg Seen as CEO's Successor
Capital New York
Conde Nast president Bob Sauerberg has a bigger brief than he did at the start of the summer, and the odds on his being named CEO Chuck Townsend's successor look shorter than ever. "Bob will be making key announcements shortly about our business direction and strategy."

Meredith CEO Lacy Takes ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
Des Moines Register
Meredith CEO Steve Lacy took the ALS ice bucket challenge, accepting it from fellow Des Moines business leaders Kyle Krause of Kum & Go and Larry Zimpleman of Principal Financial Group. Meredith staffers poured the ice water on Lacy, who also made a donation to the ALS Association.

News Corp Pumps Typewriter Sounds Into Newsroom
Independent
To the surprise of journalists at the Times of London, a speaker on a stand has been erected in the newsroom to pump out typewriter sounds, aiming to increase energy levels and help reporters to hit deadlines. The development was described as a "trial" by publisher News UK.

Spanfeller Media's Daily Meal Hires Martha Veteran
New York Post
Alanna Stang, who was editor in chief of Whole Living until it was closed by Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia in 2012, has landed at Spanfeller Media's The Daily Meal. Stang has been tasked with trying to move the site out of the No. 27 position in the food category.

BuzzFeed Video Expected to Increase in Importance
USA Today
BuzzFeed new president Greg Coleman said he thinks eventually, BuzzFeed Video will be as important — if not more important — than buzzfeed.com. That's because video content is shared so easily. And "shareability" has been BuzzFeed's stock in trade from the get-go.

Vox Media May Open Content Management System
New York Observer
Vox Media, the network of news sites that includes The Verge and SB Nation, runs its own content management system called Chorus. In a recent post about the future of blogging, editorial VP Lockhart Steele hinted that Vox could open up Chorus to the rest of the publishing world.

Gannett Looks to Ignite Return of Giant Banner Ads
Wall Street Journal
Gannett is set to unveil a bold new ad placement that is very much in conflict with the "subtle is better" trend of the moment. USAToday.com and a slew of other Gannett sites will begin running what the company has dubbed Gravity ads, which take over a person's computer screen.

Time Inc's Travel + Leisure Taps Branded Content Pro
New York Observer
Nathan Lump has been named editor of Time Inc.'s Travel + Leisure. He replaces Nancy Novogrod, who announced last month that she was stepping down from the travel title, where she had spent two decades. Lump has been Conde Nast director of branded content since January.

Washington Post to Help Online Readers 'Get There'
Capital New York
The Washington Post has unveiled an online vertical dedicated to personal finance. "Get There" is helmed by reporter Jonnelle Marte, who joined the Post in May from MarketWatch. Marte calls the section "a new destination for stories about money and its power to transform our lives."

Re/code Tech News Site Adds Sponsored Content
Re/code
Walt Mossberg: "Readers may notice a new feature here on Re/code. It's called 'Sponsor Content,' and is, for us, a new form of advertising. Known broadly as 'native advertising,' this is a category of ad that takes the form of an article written by, or commissioned by, an advertiser."

New York Times, HuffPost to Face Church Protesters
Village Voice
The Westboro Baptist Church plans to return to New York City next month, according to its picket schedule. On Sept. 9 and 10, the protest-happy church group said it will picket the New York Times, Viacom, Reuters and the Huffington Post. The group will also stop by Facebook.

Time Inc CEO: Magazines as a Print Business Will Die
New York
Given the crushing debt load, many inside Time Inc. anticipate extreme budget cuts. In recent months, according to sources, there have been talks about converting Time magazine to a biweekly. Said CEO Joe Ripp: "The reality is, magazines as a print business will ultimately die."

Conde Nast's Vogue Unveiling Makeover to Its Website
New York Times
On Wednesday, Vogue is expected to unveil a new website possessing "the authority and the vision of the print magazine," according to chief Anna Wintour. Digital editor Sally Singer is planning "a new Vogue under the auspices of Vogue," presenting news at a faster pace.

Atlantic Media's Quartz Rolls Out Second Major Redo
Quartz
Quartz senior editor Zachary M. Seward: "We just shipped version 3.0 of Quartz. It's our second major redesign in as many years, a rapid pace of reinvention that makes good on our promise to continually evolve and improve on what a purely digital news organization can be."

Rodale Seeking a Chief for Women's Health Magazine
WWD
Rodale remains on the hunt for a new editor in chief for Women's Health, one of its biggest titles, following the departure of Michele Promaulayko, who will head up Yahoo Health. Promaulayko told her bosses at Rodale on Aug. 12 of her plans to jump to Yahoo, in a "surprising" move.

NikkiFinke Goes Silent in Legal Dispute with Penske
New York Times
Nikki Finke has stopped writing about the movie industry while she and former employer Penske Media are said to be trying to reach a legal settlement. In June, Finke started her own site, NikkiFinke.com, reporting on Hollywood in apparent defiance of a noncompete agreement.

BuzzFeed, HuffPost: How the Sites Really Stack Up
Forbes
BuzzFeed and the Huffington Post make for an easy comparison, sharing some co-founders and a viral content strategy built around a high-low mix, among other commonalities. Said founder Arianna Huffington: "The media loves to perpetuate a narrative of competition."

New York Times Digital Subscription Growth Slowing
Re/code
The New York Times has bet on digital subscriptions to play a central role in its long-term future. But while selling access to the paper's web and mobile versions was an initial hit, growth is slowing — and may stop altogether if the company's earlier projections are correct.

Daily Mail Solves Internet Paradox with 'New Product'
USA Today
Mail Online, with 180 million unique visitors a month, is not only the world's most-trafficked English-language newspaper website. It is quite possibly the first time a traditional print organization has solved the paradox of digital migration. "A new medium is better served by a new product."

Opinion: Newspapers Have Changed; Demise Is a Myth
Idaho Statesman
Caroline Little, CEO of the Newspaper Association of America: "Newspaper media are enjoying the largest audiences ever. There is one fact that always tends to be obscured or outright ignored: Newspapers are still making money, and newspapers remain a good investment."

Conde Nast Names Chief Marketing Officer in Shakeup
New York Post
Conde Nast has continued to shake up its management ranks by naming longtime Vanity Fair publisher Ed Menicheschi as chief marketing officer and president of the Conde Nast Media Group. Menicheschi replaces exec Lou Cona; no replacement has been tapped yet at VF.

Time Inc's People Magazine Is Racist, Lawsuit Says
New York Post
A new lawsuit has claimed that People magazine is a bastion of racism led by white bosses who think stories about blacks don't interest their "white middle-class" audience. Tatsha Robertson was People's first and only black senior editor until she was fired, the suit said.

Rodale Nabs Saveur Editor to Revamp Magazine Title
New York Times
James Oseland, editor in chief of the food magazine Saveur, will leave his position to join Rodale to start a new magazine brand. Oseland will transform the 62-year-old Organic Gardening magazine into Organic Life. The new title will cover "food, garden, home and well-being."

Hearst's House Beautiful Gets 'Colorful' in Redesign
MediaPost
House Beautiful's September issue has unveiled an updated layout that brings color to the front of the magazine in a paint index. All the colors featured in the issue are revealed in the table of contents, alongside the name of the paint and page number where it is featured.

Playboy Gives Website a Facebook-Friendly Makeover
Advertising Age
Playboy has a new website that the publisher hopes you might even share with your mom on Facebook. The 60-year-old men's magazine is revamping its site to focus on content that is not overly "adult." The new Playboy.com more closely resembles GQ or Esquire.

Conde Nast's Wintour Takes the Ice Bucket Challenge
New York Times
The ALS ice bucket challenge, for which participants douse themselves with ice-cold water and dare others either to do the same within 24 hours or to donate to an ALS charity, has been dominating social media. Even Vogue's Anna Wintour gamely sat for a spattering.

Spin Media Eyes Event Strategy for Online Publications
Capital New York
Stephen Blackwell, the new CEO of Spin Media, a collection of online music and lifestyle titles such as Celebuzz and Stereogum, said he believes that events will be a promising strategy for the company. Titles Spin and Vice have been hosting events for decades, he noted.

MailOnline Becoming DailyMail.com to End 'Confusion'
Advertising Age
MailOnline, the website of British tabloid Daily Mail, recently hired BuzzFeed exec Jon Steinberg to lead the business side of its North American operations. Steinberg plans to beef up staff, as well as migrate MailOnline to DailyMail.com, to fix "confusion around the brand."

Essay: Daily Printed Newspapers Are Facing Last Call
Medium
Clay Shirky: "Maybe 25 year olds will start demanding news from yesterday, delivered in an unshareable format once a day. Perhaps advertisers will decide 'Click to buy' is for wimps. Mobile phones: could be a fad. After all, anything could happen with print. Hard to tell, really."

Time Inc Exec Says Spreadsheet-Gate 'Not a Big Deal'
New York
Norman Pearlstine, Time Inc. chief content officer, has pushed back against criticism of a leaked document indicating that the company ranks writers in part on whether they produce content "beneficial" to advertisers. "It's not this great example of an issue related to church and state."

News Corp: News Site to Destroy Leaked Documents
ABC
Online news site Crikey has responded to legal threats by agreeing to destroy leaked documents indicating a steep decline in News Corp.'s newspaper business. Crikey published what the Rupert Murdoch company calls "the blue book" — operating accounts for all its businesses.

Tribune's Los Angeles Times Mulls Move to Go Smaller
Bloomberg
The Los Angeles Times has begun surveying readers about marketing messages that could accompany a switch to a "new, compact size." One query presented the format as "easier to hold and handle, and you no longer need to fold or maneuver the paper in order to read it."

Financial Times Tests Twitter News Filter for Readers
@kgeriksson
The Financial Times has begun testing a Twitter filter called FT Antenna. The service is for "FT readers who don't have the time to be on Twitter all day, but who want to be tipped off about interesting stories from across the web." Antenna is "powered by tweets from accounts we trust."

Conde Nast Entertainment Makes Deal with '#HeyUSA'
Mashable
Grace Helbig and Mamrie Hart's summer road trip web series "#HeyUSA" has been dribbling out three two-to-four-minute teasers per week since July. But it will soon graduate to full-length episodes, thanks to a new partnership with Conde Nast Entertainment's TheScene.com.

Meredith's Family Circle Avoids Drudgery in Redesign
Adweek
Meredith's Family Circle will be getting a facelift with its September issue. But the redesign isn't just cosmetic. The magazine is also updating its content in an effort to better address its readers' lives in 2014. "The magazine isn't about the drudgery of being a mom."

Conde Nast Traveler Web Redo Adds Outside Voices
Skift
Conde Nast Traveler has rolled out its latest round of changes under the new leadership of top editor Pilar Guzman. The brand relaunched CNTraveler.com, featuring a pool of outside contributors — bloggers and other tastemakers — "who have developed their own audience."

Lucky Magazine to Create 'New Model' for E-Commerce
Bloomberg
Lucky chief creative officer Eva Chen, on the magazine's spinoff from Conde Nast: "We're creating content first, and then adding commerce later. It will kind of be a new model for e-commerce. A lot of these new shopping sites don't have an editorial voice. We have a distinct point of view."

Digital First Media to Sell 51 US Newspaper Buildings
Denver Business
Digital First Media, owner of the Denver Post and other papers, has put up for sale 51 of its newspaper buildings across seven states. The strategy will free the company "from the constraints of being overburdened with underutilized properties," said president-COO Steve Rossi.

Hearst to Launch Free Print Weekly Title TrendingNY
WWD
Hearst has plans to test a free weekly publication in the New York metro area called TrendingNY. The newspaper-magazine hybrid, targeting millennial women, will focus on New York–centric cultural events, restaurants and what's in stores. "It's about what's happening now."

Conde Nast Sells Fairchild Fashion Media to Penske
WWD
Penske Media has entered an agreement to acquire Fairchild Fashion Media from Conde Nast, in a deal that includes WWD, Footwear News, M Magazine and the Fairchild Summits and events business. Penske Media's existing brands include Deadline.com and Variety magazine.

AMI Restructures Debt Again Seeking 'New Growth'
Folio
American Media Inc. said it will convert almost 25% of its outstanding debt into equity holdings for its new owners. The agreement reduces AMI's $500-million-plus debt load by $121.3 million, freeing the publisher of Star and Men's Fitness for "a new and exciting period of growth."

Robb Report Publisher Near $60 Million Stake Deal
New York Post
Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert is said to be in final negotiations to buy a stake in CurtCo Robb Media, publisher of the Robb Report luxury lifestyle magazine aimed at the ultra-rich. The price tag is said to be about $60 million for what is basically a one-title company.

Atlantic Media Preps Launch of 'One-Link' Social Site
Digiday
Andrew Golis, who joined Atlantic Media as entrepreneur-in-residence last year, has revealed that he is developing a social website called This. The new site will let users share one link per day — an antidote to the flood coming from people's social streams. "We can't keep up."

Gawker Interns' Class Action Suit Gets Green Light
Pando Daily
Bad news for Gawker: A judge has agreed that a group of its former unpaid interns are entitled to bring a class action suit over their treatment while working at Nick Denton's gossip factory. The ruling means that the interns can now invite other former unpaid Gawker workers to join the suit.

Rodale Chief Offers a Look Insider Her Refrigerator
Well+Good
Maria Rodale, CEO and chairman of Men's Health magazine publisher Rodale, lived on a self-sufficient organic farm growing up. She recently created the organic online shopping site Rodale's. "I want to make it easy for people to live a healthy, happy life, myself included."

Newseum to Display Pharrell's Giant Grammys Hat
Washington Post
Now you can see Pharrell Williams's hat from the Grammy Awards in person. Arby's plans to loan the Vivienne Westwood creation that became social-media sensation to the Newseum for a temporary exhibit. The hat "shows the power of social media in its ability to create news."

Time Inc Judges Journalists on Appeal to Advertisers
CNNMoney
For anyone who believes in a traditional wall between impartial news and advertising, a Time Inc. spreadsheet published by Gawker was disturbing. The spreadsheet listed writers and editors at SI.com, ranked in part on whether their work is "beneficial to advertiser relationship."

Hearst Offers Fall Fashion Magazines in To-Go Box
Mr Magazine
The fall issues of Hearst's three fashion magazines — Harper's Bazaar, Elle and Marie Claire — will arrive on newsstands weighing nine pounds. And rather than searching for a heavy duty bag to carry them, the company created a box to hold all three titles, offered at a discount price.

Rodale's Bicycling Re-Appoints Strickland as Editor
min
Rodale president Scott Schulman has announced that Bicycling veteran Bill Strickland will reclaim his post as editor in chief. Strickland previously served as top editor from 1999 to 2003. "Bill will bring the brand's multiplatform capabilities to an even wider readership."

Newsweek, Resurrected in Print, Now Turns to the Web
Capital New York
Newsweek top editor Jim Impoco said he is building out a new web team that will serve as a continuous news desk responsible for keeping newsweek.com well-stocked with original and aggregated content. Impoco is staffing up to bring the newsroom headcount to around 50.

Washington Post Adds Amazon 'Buy' Links in Mistake
Geek Wire
The Washington Post inserted "Buy it Now" buttons into its editorial copy, linking to products sold on Amazon, run by Jeff Bezos, the newspaper's new owner. But the Post claims a mistake occurred while it was upgrading to a new format, causing the button to be "inadvertently" added.

Thrillist Becomes Big Business Selling Stuff to Dudes
Wired
Thrillist, which began as an email newsletter aimed at young men, expects to see $100 million in revenue this year, with its blend of editorial and e-commerce. Co-founder Ben Lerer claims that is higher than the sales of online media brands, such as Vox, Business Insider and The Onion.

Tribune Publishing Shares Decline in Trading Debut
Chicago Tribune
Tribune Publishing fell more than 4% in its trading debut on the New York Stock Exchange, one day after spinning off on its own. The early selling was seen mostly as institutional investors who hold Tribune Media stock unloading their shares in Tribune Publishing. "That's a good thing."

Gannett Stake Nabbed by Icahn Ahead of TV-Print Split
USA Today
Carl Icahn has taken a 6.6% stake in Gannett, saying he wants a role in the company's planned split of its TV, digital and newspaper divisions. Gannett announced on Aug. 5 that the newspaper and broadcasting divisions would be traded as separate companies by mid-2015.

McClatchy Invests in Engage3 for Mobile Shopping App
MediaPost
McClatchy has made in investment in Engage3, which specializes in retail intelligence and mobile shopping platforms. The deal will give the newspaper publisher's advertising clients access to Engage3's ShoppingScout mobile app and help accelerate the app's adoption.

Time Inc Looks to People Magazine Editor for Profits
New York Times
People magazine accounts for about 20% of all revenue for Time Inc. But the prospects for celebrity titles look uncertain, as websites like TMZ and Yahoo Celebrity attract far more readers. Said People editor Jess Cagle: "I certainly don't think that I am responsible for the survival of Time."

Bauer's InTouch Among Top Newsstand Decliners
New York Times
Celebrity magazines used to be the impulse purchase at the checkout line. But those impulses are apparently being resisted. New data released by the Alliance for Audited Media showed celebrity magazines suffered mightily on the newsstand in the first half of 2014.

Conde Nast's Big Changes Include Spinoff of Lucky
WWD
Conde Nast has revealed a series of reshuffles in its digital arm involving Lucky, Bon App้tit and one of its top execs. The biggest change is the formation of the Lucky Group, a joint venture that will merge Lucky magazine with the e-commerce platform BeachMint.

Hearst's UK Company Magazine Becomes Online Only
Media Week
Hearst's Company magazine, aimed at young women, is set to become a standalone digital brand after its October issue. The publisher claims the move will allow the British title to "focus its editorial efforts on supporting the desires of its 16 – 24 year-old female audience."

Dennis US Chief Kotok to Leave Magazine Publisher
Capital New York
Dennis U.S. chief exec Steven Kotok will be leaving the company, he announced in a memo to staff. Dennis publishes The Week and Mental Floss, among other titles. Kotok worked for more than 18 years for businesses owned by British billionaire Felix Dennis, who died in June.

Bloomberg Media Names Tyrangiel to Oversee Editorial
Politico
Josh Tyrangiel has been promoted to oversee all editorial content at Bloomberg Media. Tyrangiel served as editor of Bloomberg Businessweek before being named senior executive editor for consumer products for which he has been helping revamp Bloomberg's media group.

B&C Former Editor to Lead Center for Communication
B&C
J. Max Robins, former B&C editor in chief, has been named executive director of the Center for Communication. Robins is a veteran of TV Guide and Variety. "Our mission is to build and sustain a vibrant connection between the media industry leaders of today and tomorrow."

News Corp Mulls Developing News App for Millennials
Financial Times
News Corp. is said to be considering the development of an app-based news service aimed at "millennial" readers. The effort suggests Rupert Murdoch's enthusiasm for digital journalism has not dimmed two years after he closed The Daily, the company's tablet-based newspaper.

Tribune Publishing's Future Examined Ahead of Debut
Crain's Chicago
Will Tribune Publishing sink or swim? Media observers say to keep an eye on six figures: revenue, cash, costs, debt, profit and circulation. The newspapers seem to have accepted a declining print readership, with the Chicago Tribune removing many of its street boxes.

Washington Post: We're Experimenting in Every Way
Capital New York
Marty Baron, editor of the Washington Post: "We're experimenting every which way right now. We have a whole set of new verticals, blogs, whatever you want to call them. We created a breaking news team. They're all layered on top of the more traditional journalism we continue to do."

Boston Globe Staffs Up for New Catholicism News Site
Boston Globe
Boston Herald columnist Margery Eagan has joined the Boston Globe as a spirituality columnist for its forthcoming Catholicism-news website, Crux. The new site plans to cover the institution of the church, with focus on how the words and actions of Pope Francis affect Catholics worldwide.

Hearst: Harper's Bazaar to Run Global Photo Portfolio
WWD
Carine Roitfeld's big project as global fashion director of Harper's Bazaar will be unveiled on Aug. 19. Her portfolio of 19 images of well-known women — from Lady Gaga to Lauren Hutton — will run in all 30 editions of the magazine. Hearst gave Roitfeld "a huge amount of power."

Rodale: Men's Health Global Covers Showcase Ronaldo
NBC Sports
People around the world will soon become even more familiar with Cristiano Ronaldo. The Real Madrid and Portugal soccer star will appear on the cover of Men's Health in over 60 countries for the September edition. Ronaldo's body will adorn the cover of 41 editions.

Time Inc's App Challenger to ESPN Reports a 'Victory'
Wall Street Journal
120 Sports may not take down ESPN overnight. But the sports-news mobile app, which is backed by Time Inc. and major sports leagues, is off to a decent start. Since launching in late June, 120 Sports has ranked as high as No. 72 in Apple's app store, which is seen as a "victory."

Conde Nast's The New Yorker Hires Ad Agency SS+K
Adweek
The New Yorker has a redesigned website, a new paywall system in the works and now an advertising agency to promote it all. SS+K has landed the assignment after a review. Initially, the firm will develop a brand campaign and marketing around the magazine's 90th anniversary.

Hearst's Good Housekeeping Amping Up in Fashion
WWD
In an effort to amp up the fashion quota — and presumably advertising — Good Housekeeping editor in chief Jane Francisco has recruited Lori Bergamotto as style director and Kristen Mascia as features editor. They are among four new hires, but their roles are newly created posts.

News Corp UK Tabloid Criticized for 'Devil Boy' Story
The Drum
Britain's top-selling tabloid the Sun has been ridiculed heavily on Twitter and criticized by members of parliament for running a story featuring a 4-year-old boy seemingly with the "mark of the devil." Critics have commented that the story could endanger the child.

New York Times Mulls Shorter, Cheaper Print Edition
Capital New York
The New York Times is considering the introduction of a truncated version of its daily print edition at a discounted rate, as the newspaper mulls new strategies for paid content. The potential offering "would be significantly shorter and offer a selection of the day's best content for half the price."

Hearst Finds a Business in Ranch's Grass-Fed Beef
SF Gate
Steve Hearst is as comfortable in a newsroom as on a horse. He worked in newspapers for several decades. But these days, he's at Hearst Ranch in California several times a month, overseeing the beef operation. The ranch claims to be the biggest U.S. single-source supplier of grass-fed beef.

Conde Nast Seeking Publisher for Details Magazine
WWD
Details magazine has more than one job to fill since publisher Kevin Martinez jumped ship two weeks ago to join rival Maxim. Martinez is said to have looted his former employer Conde Nast of eight employees — six from Details and two from sister titles Lucky and Wired.

Atlantic Media Taps CNN Host Zakaria as Contributor
Huffington Post
CNN host Fareed Zakaria plans to join Atlantic Media in September as a contributing editor for both The Atlantic and Quartz. Zakaria's work will appear in both the magazine as well as online. "This is one of those wonderful high-water marks in The Atlantic’s 157 year history."

The Hill Names Editor in Chief, Other Appointments
The Hill
The Hill has named Bob Cusack editor in chief. Cusack served as managing editor, leading the day-to-day management of the publication for Washington policy influencers, since 2004. "Bob has played a leading role in keeping The Hill at the forefront of Washington coverage."

Washington Times, Redskins Team Up Amid Dispute
MediaPost
The Washington Times has struck a deal with the Washington Redskins that includes marketing and content-sharing initiatives. The partnership will include special year-round coverage of the team by the Times. The news comes amid a still-simmering controversy over the NFL team's name.

New York Times Profit Falls Despite Circulation Gains
New York Times
Increased investments in digital products and a decline in print advertising weighed on the New York Times's second-quarter earnings, as profit slipped 21%. "We still have more work to do to transform our business and deliver long-term sustainable revenue growth for the company."

Hustler Magazine's Days Are Numbered, Flynt Says
Bloomberg
Hustler magazine's Larry Flynt: "I don't think Hustler is going to be around very much longer, because most people are getting their information from the Internet. It's making money now. As long as it makes money I'll continue to publish. But we can see the handwriting on the wall.”

First Look Media Revises Focus as Lab for Journalism
GigaOm
First Look Media has $250 million in funding, has hired 25 journalists and is setting up new offices in San Francisco and New York. But it still hasn't nailed down what it wants to be. That's the gist of a new blog post from Pierre Omidyar, the billionaire eBay founder backing the project.

Survey: Journos See Link Between Social Media, News
PR Week
Journalists believe that social media plays a vital role in driving the effect and success of traditional news stories, according to a survey by Ogilvy Public Relations. "What we found is what we thought we were going to find: the link between earned and social media is here to stay."

Report: Newspapers Lose Another 1,300 Editorial Staffers
Poynter
The new American Society of News Editors annual newsroom census has found a net loss of another 1,300 full-time professionals last year. That was better than the 2,600 net job loss in 2012, but brings total newsroom newspaper employment to roughly 36,800, a decline of 3.2%.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Huffington Post to Put Emphasis on 'Leaning Back'
Guardian
News and politics remains the Huffington Post's No. 1 content category, but lifestyle and well-being has grown to become No. 2. HuffPost has transitioned from "primarily a politics and news site" into "a thought leader in how we live our lives," said boss Arianna Huffington.

NikkiFinke.com Hollywood Website Launch Delayed
@NikkiFinke
According to a tweet posted on the @NikkiFinke account on Twitter: "Nikki Finke's Hollywood coverage will go live on June 12th, due to late-breaking developments." The journalist's dormant, self-named website had earlier posted: "NikkiFinke.com goes live 6/2/2014."

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

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

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

Prometheus to Buy Mediabistro Assets for $8 Million
Crain's New York
Prometheus Global Media, which has made a business out of revamping vintage media properties like The Hollywood Reporter, has agreed to buy certain assets of Mediabistro. The $8 million price tag marks a steep discount on the $20 million that was paid for the company in 2007.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Washington Post's Bezos to Help 'From a Distance'
TheWrap
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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