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Archives: July 2008

Weird Press Release Of The Day

Posted by: Jon Fine on July 31

For all I know this is an elaborate hoax. But there's no way I'm gonna let the facts get in the way of posting the following, which I received from...

Former Microsoft Media Exec Does Not Think Too Highly Of Recently Announced Company Changes

Posted by: Jon Fine on July 30

Had an email exchange late last week with a former Microsoft executive familiar with the company's media operations, and I asked said former exec's opinion on the reorganization apparently spurred...

Obama, Berlin, And A Very Lame Attempt At Parody

Posted by: Jon Fine on July 29

A friend sent the following video to me and asked "Does it suggest he is a commie?" To which I replied "It does. It also suggests that drug use is...

Is The New York Times Co. Really Worth Less Than CNET?

Posted by: Jon Fine on July 25

I had the honor of backstopping Jay Yarow on this fun, complex and uglifying analysis he did regarding the New York Times Co. According to his calculations, the New York...

Sub Pop And The Indies Circa 2008: Not One Other Mention Of Nirvana, I Swear

Posted by: Jon Fine on July 25

I wrote about Sub Pop and other similar labels in my column this week, and in the course of reporting it I went out to Seattle earlier this month for...

John Edwards, The National Enquirer, And The Mainstream Press

Posted by: Jon Fine on July 23

(UPDATE 8/8: A new post discusses all the below in light of John Edwards' confession.) The National Enquirer comes up with what appears to be some evidence for their previous...

Breaking: Dow Jones Lays Off Around 50 Editors At Wall Street Journal's South Brunswick, NJ Offices; May Rehire Some

Posted by: Jon Fine on July 16

Well, that didn't take very long. Wall Street Journal augments its five dismissals on Monday with around 50 job cuts in its South Brunswick, NJ offices, as those jobs shift...

More On That Speech Given By Dean Singleton: An Interesting Perspective From A Commenter Who Used To Work For Him

Posted by: Jon Fine on July 16

Commented DDDenver, who identifies him- or herself as a former newspaper new media type, posted a frank and sharp response to this post concerning MediaNews Group CEO Dean Singleton's recent...

News Corp's Wall Street Journal Trims Staff

Posted by: Jon Fine on July 14

It’s nothing compared to the cuts at virtually every paper in the Tribune chain, but News Corp is whacking some positions at the Wall Street Journal. Five high-ranking Journal and...

Hancock: (Anti-) Superhero Movie Features PR Heroics

Posted by: Jon Fine on July 13

The weird thing about Hancock isn’t the thing that we’re supposed to say is weird about it--that it’s a superhero movie about a grumpy and drunken superhero with a knack...

What Sport Sounds Better On The Radio Than Baseball? Well . . .

Posted by: Jon Fine on July 08

BusinessWeek skips an issue around the 4th of July, which is why things have been verrrrrry quiet around here lately. That and seasonal indolence, this being summertime in the great...


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