Mirror Awards Honor Excellence in Media Reporting (WWD / Memo Pad)
Syracuse University’s Mirror Awards, which honor excellence in media reporting, gave out its annual prizes Wednesday at Cipriani 42nd Street in Midtown Manhattan. Among the most notable winners was the New Yorker’s Ken Auletta, picking up his fourth Mirror Award, this time for best single article for reporting on India’s newspaper industry. Gawker reporter Adrian Chen won the profile category for unmasking a notorious user on the social site Reddit. Deadline New York The event paid off for the school this year: The family of Dick Clark, an alum who won the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award, presented Syracuse with $5 million for a state-of-the-art broadcast education facility that will open next year and be named after the American Bandstand host. The school presented its Fred M. Dressler Leadership Award To Disney/ABC Television Group President Anne Sweeney and I-3 innovation award to Fivethirtyeight.com’s Nate Silver. TVNewser ABC World News weekend anchor David Muir emceed the event, which honors the year’s best media reporting. He told TVNewser being on hand for Sweeney’s award was “an honor for me.” FishbowlNY Here is a complete list of winners. Congrats to all.
Keith Olbermann Returning to TV… on TBS (TVNewser)
Former MSNBC and Current TV host Keith Olbermann is returning to air. Olbermann has been named as the studio host for Turner Sports’ coverage of the Major League Baseball playoffs this fall. “It’s well known that Keith is a fan of the game and when you combine that with his studio experience, keen insight and passion for baseball and its history, he’ll add a new dimension to our MLB Postseason studio shows” Turner Sports president David Levy said in a statement. THR / The Live Feed “I think he realizes that he’s obviously burned some bridges out there in the marketplace,” Levy told The Hollywood Reporter. “But he’s a talent. And this is his opportunity to come back and do what he does best.” NYT Olbermann has a long background in sports, including a recent stint on NBC as a host of its studio introduction to Sunday Night Football. It was his work as an anchor on ESPN’s SportsCenter in the 1990s that introduced him to many television viewers.
The Washington Post to Begin Digital Meter Rollout June 12 (The Washington Post)
The Washington Post will phase in a paid online subscription model for Web content starting June 12, charging some readers $9.99 a month for access to more than 20 articles a month on desktop and mobile devices. For $14.99 a month, readers can get a premium package that includes access to all of the Post’s custom apps, which make it easier to see material on gadgets such as iPads and iPhones. Slate / MoneyBox The terms of the Post paywall are that you can read 20 articles per month for free. You can click on the front page for free. You can click on the individual section front pages for free. And you can enter the paper via search engines and social media shared links for free. The Washington Post / WonkBlog I’m of two minds on this. On the one hand, I think the content we produce at the Post and at Wonkblog is worth something. I hope you do, too. On the other, it hasn’t cost anything until now, and people have become used to not paying for our online content. We’re now asking you to pay for something that has been free. I think there needs to be something on the other side of that equation: We should be able to tell you that you’ll be getting more, too. FishbowlDC “Over the coming months, we will learn more about how everything is working, listen to reader feedback and modify our model accordingly,” said publisher Katharine Weymouth. “There is going to be a great deal of experimentation ahead to strike the right balance between ensuring access to critical news and information and building a sustainable business.”
Bradley Manning Trial Mostly Ignored by TV Outlets (HuffPost)
Media coverage of the Bradley Manning trial appears to be dropping off considerably, and many outlets were not covering it very extensively to begin with. Manning is fighting charges that he “aided the enemy” by passing military documents to WikiLeaks. His trial has implications for whistleblowers, the press and national security, and the opening day of proceedings on Monday drew a large crowd of journalists to the scene.
Koch Confirms Interest in Acquiring Newspapers (WSJ)
Billionaire Charles Koch confirmed that his company, Koch Industries Inc., is looking into the possibility of acquiring newspapers, but insisted he is looking for a profitable business, rather than a forum to advance his politics. “There is a need for focus on real news, not news with an agenda or news that is really editorializing,” Koch said in an interview.
Paywalls or No Paywalls, Newspaper Revenue Declines Seen Through 2017 (Ad Age / Media News)
Despite the promise of online paywalls and gains in digital readers, U.S. newspapers’ total revenue will continue to decline through at least 2017, a new report said. FishbowlNY It’s the same problem that has been around for years: Digital as sales will increase, but not enough to offset the loss of print ad sales
On Newsstands, Allure of The Film Actress Fades (NYT)
Pity the poor Hollywood film stars: they can’t open movies the way they used to and now they can’t sell magazines. Glamour featured film stars on half of its covers in 2012. But the May 2012 issue featuring Lauren Conrad, the former star of the reality show The Hills, was the year’s best-selling issue, at 500,072 copies. The magazine now expects to make film stars the minority presence in 2013.
ProPublica Raises Funds for Internship Investigation (GalleyCat)
Should investigative journalists examine the state of internships in America? The nonprofit newsroom ProPublica hopes to raise $22,000 on Kickstarter for a project “investigating the intern economy.” The funds will be used to cover travel expenses and hire an intern to oversee a microsite for 16 weeks.
Newsweek Daily Beast CEO Baba Shetty Resigns (Adweek)
Baba Shetty, the Newsweek Daily Beast Co. CEO, is leaving the company ahead of Newsweek’s planned sale, Tina Brown announced Wednesday in a company-wide memo. Shetty, who was the chief of strategy and media at ad agency Hill Holliday when he joined Newsweek in late 2012 and oversaw Newsweek’s recent transition to a digital-only magazine, is planning to take the summer off “to spend some time with his family,” Brown wrote. “We wish Baba great success in his future ventures,” she added.
Fired Reuters Employee Previews No-Nonsense Premium Breaking News Site MatthewKeysLive (TechCrunch)
Matthew Keys is getting back into the news game. He previewed the beta of his new, paid-subscription worldwide breaking beta news site matthewkeyslive.com tonight, but has since taken it down. The site focuses on delivering facts fast, and features Keys pulling in news from Twitter, App.net, local news affiliates, and video feeds while adding his commentary.
Woman Arrested After Turning Dogs on WLNE Crew (TVSpy)
A Providence, RI, woman has been arrested after an exchange with a reporter and photographer for ABC affiliate WLNE ended with the reporter being bitten by the woman’s dog. Melissa Lawrence has been charged with two counts of felony assault with a dangerous weapon after throwing a rock at WLNE photographer Marc Jackson and siccing her dogs on both Jackson and reporter Abbey Niezgoda.
WSJ Profile Isn’t A LinkedIn Competitor (CNNMoney / Fortune)
What do The Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg have in mind for the business-oriented social networks they are each reportedly launching? Probably something less ambitious than “taking on LinkedIn,” as several accounts would have it.
Global Spending for Media And Entertainment to Rise Steadily (LA Times / Company Town)
Worldwide spending for entertainment is expected to steadily rise over the next five years as consumers increasingly use smartphones and tablets and as Brazil, China and India further develop into vibrant media markets. Consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers has predicted that global spending for media and entertainment will reach $2.2 trillion in 2017, compared with $1.6 trillion in 2012. The U.S. is expected to remain the largest media market, with spending increasing 4.8 percent annually to reach $632 billion in 2017, up from the nearly $500 billion spent last year.
Boston Magazine Sells More Than 6,000 May Cover Posters (JimRomenesko.com)
“This would make a great poster,” someone wrote on Boston Magazine’s Facebook wall in April. In fact, it is a poster, and it’s selling well — with all net proceeds going to charity. “As of Tuesday, 6,085 [posters were sold], which translates into a $92,900 donation to The One Fund Boston, after paying direct costs for paper, mailing tubes and postage,” Boston Magazine CEO Rick Waechter writes in an email. “When combined with T-shirts and puzzles, we expect to raise a minimum of $110,000 for The One Fund Boston.”
NBC’s Mike Viqueira Named White House Correspondent for Al Jazeera America (TVNewser)
Al Jazeera America has named Mike Viqueira as its first White House correspondent. Viqueira joins Al Jazeera America from NBC News, where he was a producer/correspondent covering Capitol Hill and other stories from the DC region.
SarNoon Please no.
jazmine_yancey sure and Russell Brand too
HowardCohen Oscars need to revert to class and brevity and respect. Not insult-o comics, or alleged comedians ala Gervais.
Bruce Mayer I am also open to hosting the Oscars.