In case you missed it---A staffer for the Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star deletes links to competing content on the paper’s Facebook page. That’s not the remarkable part. The remarkable part is that he apologized really fast and really well.
*Group celebrates ability of Asian newspaper publishers to pull in young readers.
*David Simon goes on and on and on about newspapers, the importance of beat writing, himself, crime in Baltimore, homicide rates, prosecutions, arrests, and, well, let him explain:
As for the blogosphere, it just isn’t a factor for this kind of reporting. Most of those who argue that new-media journalism is growing, exploding even, in a democratic burst of egalitarian, from-all-points-on-the-compass reportage are simply never talking about beat reporting of a kind that includes qualitative judgment and analysis. There’s more raw information, sure. And more commentary. And there are, for what it’s worth, more fledgling sites to look for that kind of halfway-there stuff. Usually, such sites are what folks point at and laud when they argue that the bulldozing of mainstream media can proceed without worry. At one point last week, I noted a comment on a journalism website in which a new-media advocate pointed out that local websites were perfectly capable of printing the details of every murder as they occurred — as if such a feat undertaken by so-called citizen journalism isn’t mere accounting, but something on the level of real reportage.
Beat reporting — and the beat structure of a metropolitan daily — is what is dying here.
*Speaking of newspapers, a trend continues: The Anniston Star (Alabama) will eliminate its Monday print product later this year, in a cost-cutting move. The good news: Announcement of the print reduction does not come with a layoff announcement.
*New York magazine, according to the New York Times, is pushing harder into the Web space, via an expanded fashion site.
As many magazines struggle to keep up with declining circulation, New York executives are betting on one of the few areas that is seeing growth. Lawrence C. Burstein, New York’s publisher, said fashion is its leading advertising category and jumped 34 percent this year from the year before. Advertising for beauty products like cosmetics grew 100 percent compared with a year ago, and Cartier, Burberry and Bottega Veneta have agreed to advertise on the expanded site.
*Advocate of linking takes heat for his own linking policies.
*Bloomberg Businesweek kills it on the iPhone app:
Bloomberg Businessweek successfully revisits the original model of app-ified magazines by bringing to bear the full curriculum of its mobile learnings. The app extends all of the content of the weekly onto the iPhone but does so in a way that shapes itself beautifully to the medium. A long scroll of headlines tells you how long each piece is from the home screen. You can clip articles for viewing later or even search all of the previous issues in your subscription, even if the older issues have been deleted.
*Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) complains on “Hannity” that “journalism has died,” leaving the public uninformed about Social Security.