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Greg Mitchell Speaks to CJR About Editor & Publisher’s Demise

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Greg Mitchell spoke with Columbia Journalism Review assistant editor Greg Marx about the quick death of Editor & Publisher.

CJR: Did you guys see this coming? It certainly came as a surprise to us, hearing about it.

Greg Mitchell: It was kind of a shock to us, only tempered by the fact that for the past month there had been online reports that there was some sort of deal that Nielsen was about to sell a bunch of magazines. And according to the reports, we were part of that deal; in other reports, we weren’t.

So it wasn’t a shock in the sense that we knew something was boiling, and that quite likely there would be some kind of sale. But we thought either we would be part of the deal, or we would be left behind and that would be OK, too. But not that we would fold this quickly, and with no online [presence]. It’s just sort of totally ceased publication.

CJR: So the Web site is going to disappear entirely?

GM: Unless there’s an outpouring of support and outrage, and people step forward, which could certainly happen. As of now, we’re here until the end of the year. We can come into the office until the end of the year; we’ll be at our phones and our desks, staying together. But there’s absolutely no plans for Nielsen to print the magazine or keep the Web site going.

CJR: What’s the general mood like there?

GM: Again, I think people are shocked. It’s a weird situation here—Nielsen owns forty-some magazines broken into three different units, and we were part of the unit with the magazines that have been sold, Brandweek and Adweek and Hollywood Reporter and so forth. And this all happened at the same time, so you have dozens of people on the same floor here being taken into meetings about their new owner, and trying to figure out what’s ahead for them. And at the same time, we’re hearing that we’re ceasing. So it’s kind of a strange day.

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December 11, 2009 at 8:51 am

Editor & Publisher to Cease Operations

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The journalism trade journal of choice since 1901, Editor & Publisher, is closing its doors.

The Nielsen Co., made the announcement this morning. Staffers were told both forms of E&P, online and print, were to cease operations. Staffers will remain until the end of the year.

The magazine’s owner, Nielsen Business Media agreed with e5 Global Media Holdings, LLC, which was formed jointly by Pluribus Capital Management and Guggenheim Partners, for the sale of eight brands in the Media and Entertainment Group, Shawn Moynihan wrote on E&P’s website. The sale includes E&P sister magazines Adweek, Brandweek, Mediaweek, Backstage, Billboard, Film Journal International and The Hollywood Reporter. E&P was not included in this transaction.

Editor & Publisher was launched in 1901 when it merged with The Journalist, which was created in 1884. It has long been considered the absolute bible of the newspaper trade with its reporting on all phases of the business from advertising and editorial to production and circulation.

Greg Farrar, president of Nielsen Business Media, released this memo:

Dear Colleagues,

Today, we announced that Nielsen Business Media has reached an agreement with e5 Global Media Holdings, LLC, a new company formed jointly by Pluribus Capital Management and Guggenheim Partners, for the sale of eight brands in the Media and Entertainment Group, including Adweek, Brandweek, Mediaweek, The Clio Awards, Backstage, Billboard, Film Journal International and The Hollywood Reporter. e5 Global Media Holdings has also agreed to acquire our Film Expo business, which includes the ShoWest, ShowEast, Cinema Expo International and CineAsia trade shows.

In addition, we’ve made the decision to cease operations for Editor & Publisher and Kirkus Reviews.

This move will allow us to strengthen investment in our core businesses – those parts of our portfolio that have the greatest potential for growth – and ensure our long-term success. We remain committed to building our trade show group and affiliated brands. These assets continue to be a key part of The Nielsen Company’s overall portfolio and we strongly believe they are positioned to grow as the economy recovers. In addition, we’ll continue to assess the strategic fit of our remaining portfolio of publications.

As a result of these decisions, many of our friends and colleagues within these businesses will be leaving the company or will begin to transition to the new ownership immediately. These venerable brands have long been an important part of our Business Media family, and we are pleased that e5 will continue to capitalize on the brands’ potential. The transition is expected to be complete by the end of the year.

Pluribus Capital was founded in 2009 by James Finkelstein, George Green and Matthew Doull to focus on acquiring and managing industry leading media properties with high growth potential, particularly those with strong brand recognition across multiple platforms including digital, print and events. Guggenheim Partners is a privately held, diversified financial services firm. Both Pluribus and Guggenheim have strong track records of successfully managing investments in a variety of companies.

I want to take this opportunity to offer heartfelt thanks to our colleagues who will be leaving the company for their dedication and commitment to Nielsen over the years. Please join me in wishing them well in their future endeavors.

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December 10, 2009 at 9:40 pm

E&P: Some Syndicates Seeing More Interest in Conservative Op-Ed Columnists

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Keeping things balanced on an op-ed page had been always the hallmark of a quality newspaper. And while the political winds across the country is most definitely coming from the left, many newspapers are searching more voices from the right to keep their op-ed pages truly on an even keel, according to a study conducted by Editor & Publisher.

But the trade journal also concludes that the thrist for conservative columnists is mixed, as some syndicates are not seeing any surge to the right.

United Media’s NEA Service, the package that includes puzzles, horoscopes, food and humor columns, editorial cartoons, opinion columns and other offerings, recently conducted a survey of its client editors and found those editors wanted more conservative columns, says Lisa Klem Wilson, senior vice president/ general manager of syndicates. An ensuing search yielded Byron York, former White House correspondent for National Review and now chief political correspondent for The Examiner in Washington.

York, Wilson says, is “willing to criticize Republicans when they need to be criticized,” and he’s one conservative columnist who does the reporting to back up his points. “Editors want someone who’s actually providing a thoughtful point of view, someone who’s credible,” she adds.

At Creators Syndicate, “We’re seeing a surge in sales of conservative columnists and editorial cartoons,” says National Sales Director Margo Sugrue. “Pretty much anyone who’s critical of the Obama administration is in great demand.” Creators’ bullpen of right-leaning columnists includes Linda Chavez, Robert Novak, Thomas Sowell and Ben Shapiro, as well as Bill O’Reilly. “With the glowing coverage in the media of the current administration, conservatives are eager to find an outlet that expresses their point of view,” she asserts.

Not everyone, however, agrees with the assessment that conservative content is hot these days. “If it’s a trend, I haven’t noticed it,” says Alan Shearer, executive director and general manager of the Washington Post Writers Group. He tells E&P that people always used to say that if a Democrat were to be elected president, it would make for good business for conservative writers. But as far as a conservative groundswell goes, “I don’t really see it in the numbers,” he adds.

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September 8, 2009 at 12:41 pm

No. 1 News Site? MSNBC.COM Once Again With 40 Million Unique Visitors in April

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Editor & Publisher released its monthly list of top news websites today and once again MSNBC.com is on top with more than 40 million unique visitors in April.

MSNBC.com’s numbers represented a 24 percent increase over its numbers in the same period last year, according to Nielsen Online.

Meanwhile, NYTimes.com, slipped from the top 5 to sixth by registering 16.5 million unique. a decline from last April of 8 percent. The New York Times is disputing the Nielsen numbers, noting its own internal data show an upward trend in viewership.

Here are the top 30 news websites with their April unique visitors and percent change, according to the survey.

MSNBC Digital Network — 40,098,000 — 24%
Yahoo! News — 39,198,000 — 14%
CNN Digital Network — 37,225,000 — 11%
AOL News — 23,388,000 — 1%
Fox News Digital Network — 18,110,000 — 67%

NYTimes.com — 16,546,000 — (-8%)
Tribune Newspapers — 15,663,000 — 16%
Google News — 12,933,000 — 20%
Gannett Newspapers and Newspaper Division — 12,520,000 — (-5%)
USATODAY.com — 11,987,000 — 12%

ABCNEWS Digital Network — 11,577,000 — (-8%)
CBS News Digital Network — 10,790,000 — 9%
washingtonpost.com — 10,232,000 — 8%
McClatchy Newspaper Network — 9,675,000 — 15%
BBC — 9,060,000 — 63%

TheHuffingtonPost.com — 8,885,000 — 157%
WorldNow — 8,820,000 — 14%
NBC Local Media — 8,720,000 — N/A
Advance Internet — 7,845,000 — 30%
Hearst Newspapers Digital — 7,245,000 — (-6%)

Topix — 6,597,000 — 8%
MediaNews Group Newspapers — 6,448,000 — 0%
Boston.com — 5,888,000 — 33%
Cox Newspapers — 5,705,000 — (-1%)
MailOnline — 5,160,000 — 70%

Daily News Online Edition — 5,033,000 — 73%
The Slate Group Websites — 4,418,000 — N/A
New York Post Holdings — 4,403,000 — 27%
NPR — 4,325,000 — 1%
Belo Television — 4,200,000 — (-7%)

News Cycle had a good April as well, seeing an increase in unique visitors of 35.8 percent over its March figures, according to Google Analytics. Comparisons to the previous year are not possible as the site was launched in August.

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May 20, 2009 at 10:59 pm

Chicago Tribune to Offer Tabloid for Street Sales

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Chicago Tribune management announced yesterday that the newspaper will offer a tabloid-size newspaper during the week for single sales. The edition, aimed at commuters, will have all the same content as the broadsheet.

Mark Fitzgerald of Editor & Publisher writes:

Chicago Tribune Editor Gerould W. Kern says the decision to launch a single-copy tabloid version of the newspaper is a continuation of the risk taking that led to its bold redesign three months ago.

The Chicago Tribune on Monday will replace its broadsheet Mondays through Fridays with a tabloid edition that will be sold at all outlets where the broadsheet is now available.

“We said we were going to be more daring, bolder and going to take some risks,” Kern said in an interview. “We said we were going to be more reader-focused about what we did, and we meant it, and we think we delivered on that.”

The tabloid version will contain all the content of the broadsheet, Kern said, so stories will not be cut to fit the smaller page. “It’s the same content in a different shape — it’s as simple as that,” he said. “The tabloid is half the size of the broadsheet, so it will have roughly double the number of pages. There’s going to be no impact on length.”

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January 13, 2009 at 5:56 pm

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