An Atlantic release announced that The Atlantic and Plum, “the media network of America’s most influential destination communities, today announced a multiplatform partnership that celebrates books, ideas, and the spirit of community. The first installment, called BOOKMARK 2007, will be launched on Nantucket July 14 and run through the end of August.”
The Press Gazette reports, “BBC Magazines’ much anticipated current affairs weekly Newsbrief is to launch this autumn with a subscription drive targeting international and women readers.”
DCRTV hears that the Vienna-based Backfence.com series of community websites will be shutting down due to financial difficulties. All of the local sites now feature a message like this: “We are sorry to announce that Backfence Reston will be ceasing operations within the next few days. We have been honored to have been members of this vibrant local community over the past several months. Thank you for your interest and participation in Backfence. Hopefully, we’ll see you around the neighborhood.” Backfence also features sites for Arlington, Bethesda, Chantilly, McLean, and Sterling, as well as locales in California and Illinois. More soon…..
David Broderweighs in on his paper’s “Angler” series.
“Andrew Keenpoints out in his provocative new book, ‘The Cult of the Amateur,’ Web 2.0 has a dark side as well.”
USA Today reports, “A Federal Communications Commission order taking effect on Sunday requires all major cable operators to give up the conventional cable boxes they so profitably lease to subscribers. These proprietary boxes contain technology for functions such as video-on-demand and perhaps a digital video recorder â€” and also house the operator’s decoder that unscrambles digital, premium and HDTV channels.”
Washington Business Journal reports, “AOL LLC has released a free, Web-based e-mail service with full instant-messaging integration into beta, which lets users simultaneously e-mail and instant message from the same application.”
FT.com reports, “MySpace is likely to change its technology strategy to allow other online companies to â€œplug” their web services directly into its social networking site, according to Chris DeWolfe, one of its founders.”
Jim Roberts, the New York Times’ editor of digital news, said due to changing business models, journalists may “have to worry about how you will get paid.”
“The race for the White House was easily the most discussed story on the radio and cable talk shows last week,” according to the Pew Read Weekly News Coverage Index.
CBS News writes, “A year ago, the cover of The Economist magazine asked, ‘Who Killed the Newspaper?’ Hold the murder charges. Some people think the old gray sheets still have a role to play and still have value, but they’ll have to be patient — very patient — until newspapers find a way to beef up the bottom line in a rapidly changing media environment.”
“Radio giant Clear Channel Communications Inc. and Arbitron Inc. have signed a multi-year agreement to implement a new Portable People Meter radio ratings system in 46 markets,” Baltimore Business Journal reports.
FT.com reports, “Google, the internet search group, is courting the agency executives who plan advertising campaigns to get them to change the way they target consumers and give search a more prominent role.”
Forbes reports, “Wendi Deng, the young Chinese wife of Rupert Murdoch, appears to have finally been elevated to an official post within News Corp.: chief of strategy for MySpaceâ€™s China operation.”
AP reports, “Rupert Murdoch’s media conglomerate News Corp. and NBC Universal said Thursday they named former Amazon.com executive Jason Kilar as chief executive of the companies’ online video joint venture, formed in March.”
MarketWatch reports, “Decisions on the fate of key editors at the Wall Street Journal and other media properties would be in the hands of an independent committee under a pact reached between the board of Dow Jones & Co. and News Corp., a person familiar with the pact said late Thursday.”