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Archives: April 2009

AOL Has Bad Quarter; Leaves Tracks Elsewhere Hinting At Names Of Next Content Sites

Posted by: Jon Fine on April 29

Earnings reporting time for Time Warner. And, in a fashion familiar to those who watch Time Warner—a company where things get done with the alacrity of a sloth dashing through...

Conde Nast Shutters Portfolio. Why It Failed

Posted by: Jon Fine on April 27

Conde Nast Portfolio, the very big and glossy bet on a monthly business magazine made by the very big and glossy magazine company touted in its title, was shuttered today....

New Model For News Possibly The Most Promising Yet

Posted by: Jon Fine on April 24

New model for auto-tune abuse also possibly the most promising yet. Someone, please make the guys behind this famous. (Also, someone please give that Couric character a recording contract, stat.)...

Product Placement 1.0: Paper Mate And Hair Metal, Perfect (?) Together

Posted by: Jon Fine on April 23

Yes, this actually happened: In 1984 Paper Mate found an unknown poodle-rock band called Autograph, gave ’em some bucks, and got their product a starring role in said band's debut... Hires New CEO, Cites New Plans To Downplay Nudity

Posted by: Jon Fine on April 22, the long-running erotica site that originally billed itself as a purveyor of “literate smut,” has a new CEO and a new notion to tame some of its wilder impulses...

The Steepening Slide At The New York Times: The Paper, Not The Company

Posted by: Jon Fine on April 21

There’s plenty of bad news in the New York Times Co.’s first quarter earnings, but the worst of it is this: the steepening slide at its flagship New York Times....

Print Media's First Quarter Results Trickle In, Offer Significant Ammo In Support Of The Thesis That 20% Down Is The New Up.

Posted by: Jon Fine on April 15

Magazine industry trade title Folio:, reporting on the just-released first-quarter ad data for consumer magazines: Ad pages in consumer magazines dropped 25.9 percent while ad revenue fell 20.2 percent in...

Forget The Visuals Of Padma Lakshmi's Carl's Jr. Ad--Or Try To--And Ask Youself This Question

Posted by: Jon Fine on April 14

As you’ve probably heard, Carl’s Jr. just did another stunt ad. This one features extraordinarily attractive (and, in this case, scantily-clad) author and Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi enjoying some...

The Unexplainable Eighties: Max Headroom

Posted by: Jon Fine on April 09

My colleague and fellow blogger Burt Helm, who is substantially younger than me, looked up yesterday with a quizzical expression. "Jon," he asked, "could you explain Max Headroom to me?"...

Polish Designer Jacek Utko Describes Way For Newspapers To Win On Quality

Posted by: Jon Fine on April 07

How great is this quote? “I’m not gonna tell you stories about teamwork or cooperation. My approach was very egotistic. I wanted my artistic statement. My interpretation of reality. I...

More On Abrams Research, And Dan Abrams' Response To My Column About It

Posted by: Jon Fine on April 07

Last week I wrote a column that touched on a company called Abrams Research, a newish company for which I had less-than-kind words. Briefly: Abrams Research is a marketing/communications firm...

WSJ's Josh Prager Departs; Questions News Corp. Stewardship Of Paper On His Way Out The Door

Posted by: Jon Fine on April 03

The Wall Street Journal's Josh Prager is leaving the paper, and he just sent out an email informing colleagues of his decision. Prager is likely best known for his Journal...

The Underlying Reality Of Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Jr. And The New York Times

Posted by: Jon Fine on April 02

The New York Times Co’s market cap is down to $720 million, as I write this, and the day’s tides of media and commentary bring in, virtually every day, pre-obituaries...


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