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January 10, 2013
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  • Voice Media Group sells 2 West Coast alt weeklies
    SF Weekly in San Francisco and Seattle Weekly have been sold by Voice Media Group. The San Francisco Newspaper Co., which already publishes The San Francisco Examiner and Bay Guardian, is the new owner of SF Weekly, while Seattle Weekly becomes one of more than three dozen local newspapers owned by Sound Publishing in Washington state. (1/9), The Awl (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • BuzzFeed model shows promise, excites media industry
    BuzzFeed is flush with cash and creating a lot of buzz in the media industry, with some seeing its strategy of mixing branded and editorial content as a potential model for the future. Among other things, BuzzFeed relies on social media more than a homepage to reach audience and relies heavily on content aggregated from other sources, such as Reddit. PandoDaily (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • The Atlantic tests HTML5 site that might replace native app
    The Atlantic is opening an HTML5 browser-based site for The Atlantic Wire, hinting that it might replace the magazine's Apple iPhone application eventually. This fits into a larger trend in which publishers are increasingly questioning the value of building native apps, as browser-based sites advance in utility and flexibility, as in the case of Condé Nast abandoning its Gourmet app in favor of Web updates. "We're going to explore this native versus Web app debate, which is part of the reason that we're testing out the HTML5 app with the Wire," says Atlantic president Scott Havens. Adweek (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Online to see sharpest growth in local ad spending, topping newspapers
    Gains in online ad spending are expected to account for most of the predicted 8.2% growth in all local ad spending this year, according to a report by Borrell Associates. Online ads are expected to constitute a quarter of the total local spend in 2013, increasing 31% from 2012 figures and topping newspapers' projected 2013 share of 18.6%. (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Wired unveils new editorial staff
    Wired's top editorial team is getting some new members under new Editor in Chief Scott Dadich. Shoshana Berger, formerly director of editorial development, is now director of special projects, joining a team that includes Jason Tanz, Robert Capps, Mark McClusky, Adam Rogers, Mark Robinson and Jacob Young. The New York Observer (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Fort Worth Star-Telegram staff learn of job losses, furlough
    Voluntary separation packages are being offered to staff at the Fort Worth Star-Telgram. Staff have been informed in a memo that layoffs may follow if not enough people accept. A week of unpaid furlough is also on tap, as the McClatchy paper cites sluggish improvements in the regional business climate as the cause of the latest round of belt-tightening. blog (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Transparency is a complement, not a substitute, for objectivity
    The question of whether reporters should try to hew to the tradition of objectivity in spite of increasing reader skepticism or instead aim for transparency in their reporting and views is generating a lot of discussion from figures such as New York Times public editor Margaret Sullivan. But the larger point may be that "transparency and intellectual honesty shouldn’t be seen as antithetical to the other virtues of journalism -- things like fairness and accuracy, for example -- but should be seen as worthwhile additions to the modern journalist’s approach," writes Mathew Ingram. (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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