Who’s the character behind the latest bit of Conde Nast roman a clef? What does Barry Diller think of his newly-owned print magazine? What constitutes superficial beauty in a place as fundamentally ugly as D.C.? Did Malcolm Gladwell cause the recession? Does he wish he did? Who is producing the most powerful journalism of the day? And will Robert take K-Stew back? Today’s Power Lunch is brought to you by the Four-Cosmo Circa 2007 Michael’s Expense Account Lunch and Towncar Combo, and offers no real answers to any of those questions. These are your afternoon media briefs:
The Economist executive editor Daniel Franklin and Portfolio “founding editor in chief” Joanne Lipman (the Ghost of Magazines Present and the Ghost of Magazines Past?) were on WNYC’s The Takeaway this morning with lots of interesting predictions for 2010 (Ghana is gonna be huge.).
Our takeaway is of course the “silly questions” closer, when Read More
Bloomberg LP, the leading contender to buy BusinessWeek, has bought BusinessWeek.
Unfortunately for the magazine (which The Times says will be renamed Bloomberg BusinessWeek), this probably means it will no longer be a hot topic of media conversation. Ever since BusinessWeek went up for sale, everyone–Daily Transom Read More
David Margolick, the ex-New York Times star and Vanity Fair contributor who found himself without a job after Portfolio folded, has a new home: Newsweek.
Mr. Margolick has signed a contract to write four to five stories a year for the newly re-imagined newsweekly, said Jon Meacham, the Read More
On Saturday, May 2, Naomi Starkman, a food policy media consultant to the Consumers Union and previously media consultant to The New Yorker, Portfolio and Wired, was sitting in a classroom at the Brooklyn Food Conference in Park Slope’s John Jay High School explaining how Twitter is one Read More
On Monday, the editors of Vanity Fair posted Mark Bowden’s May 2009 write-around on Arthur Sulzberger, Jr. on the Web. The story, which was Mr. Bowden’s first for the magazine, made quite an impression on the small—and ever-shrinking—community of media reporters and pundits who obsess about The New York Times, not to mention Read More
Dan Abrams wants in on the media blogging and aggregation business.
For the past several months, Mr. Abrams—the chief legal analyst for NBC News and head of the nascent media strategy firm Abrams Research—has been meeting with various New York-based media reporters, editors, and bloggers about the potential editorial venture.
To date, nobody has signed Read More
Barry Ritholtz’s Bailout Nation, which was written for but canceled in early February by McGraw Hill over a disagreement about its contents, has a new publisher in John Wiley & Sons.
Mr. Ritholtz has said that McGraw Hill canceled Bailout Nation out of a desire to protect the reputation of the company’s credit Read More
In November, U.S. News & World Report went from biweekly to monthly after it had already scaled itself back from a weekly publication in June.
Now, Portfolio‘s Mixed Media blogger Jeff Bercovici reports that the magazine is returning to a weekly schedule, albeit in a digital-only form. The new publication Read More
Two weeks ago The Atlantic‘s Michael Hirschorn crunched some numbers and determined that the New York Times Company might be in such bad shape it could be forced to cease printing The New York Times "like, this May."
Mr. Hirschorn’s essay resulted in much hand-wringing in Medialand: Portfolio‘s Felix Salmon re-checked Mr. Read More