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Archives: November 2008

Michael Wolff’s New Rupert Murdoch Bio, And The Meeting In Which Murdoch Checkmated Dow Jones

Posted by: Jon Fine on November 28

My column in the new issue of BusinessWeek is about Michael Wolff’s new book, “The Man Who Owns The News,” which is a sort of biography of Rupert Murdoch and...

Enough With 2008. Now, For What Might Happen In 2009 . . .

Posted by: Jon Fine on November 25

In December of last year, I wrote a column of media predictions for 2008. My track record: well, not so good. Out of twelve predictions, three were inarguably right (New...

Associated Press CEO Foresees 10% Fewer Jobs At His Organization Next Year

Posted by: Jon Fine on November 20

Associated Press CEO Tom Curley just concluded a town hall meeting in New York--beamed to staffers in remote bureaus--in which he said the news cooperative’s staff will shrink by 10%...

Magazine Shutdowns, Magazine Layoffs, And The Looming Pullback In Automobile Advertising

Posted by: Jon Fine on November 19

In recent days, there have been layoffs at Forbes, Time Inc., Conde Nast Publications, Bauer Publishing, The Economist, and Hearst Magazines. In the past 24 hours, Time Inc’s Cottage Living...

Gerard Baker, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, And Differing Notions Of A Partisan Press

Posted by: Jon Fine on November 12

(This post originally misspelled Baker's first name.) There is a great deal of stuff flying around the Web and being forwarded to me that point out some of the more...

Dan Savage Offers Simple, Candid, NSFW Way For Daily Newspapers To Save Themselves

Posted by: Jon Fine on November 12

David Hirschman of Mediabistro (which--disclosure time!--was founded by my wife, Laurel Touby) just put online an excellent interview with Dan Savage, noted sex colunist and editorial director of the Seattle...

Advertising '08 Outlooks: Digital Maybe, Local Maybe Not, Mobile No Way

Posted by: Jon Fine on November 06’s David Kaplan did a nice writeup of a panel on ad spending that I moderated for yesterday's ad:tech conference, for which I am grateful. Not just for the attention...


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