The long lament of Tina Brown
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Newsweek is considering a subscription plan similar to that pioneered by The New York Times when it switches to a digital-only model after the end of the year.
"We’re looking very strongly now at this metered-access model," editor Tina Brown tells Michael Kinsley in this week's New York magazine. "When you charge for every fourth or fifth piece that you get."
Much of Kinsley's wide-ranging interview with Brown focuses on why she was unable to stanch the bleeding at the iconic newsweekly, where she took the reins in 2011 following its merger with I.A.C. and Brown's Daily Beast.
In a nutshell:
I think it was a romantic gamble that there was still life to be had for Newsweek. We felt that for the Daily Beast—such a frisky digital brand—to have a print platform as well would be great. And, actually, that proved to be true. But every piece of the Zeitgeist was against Newsweek, combined with an unfixable infrastructure and a set of challenges that really would have required five years in an up economy to solve.
In other news...
David Carr on Katharine Weymouth's missteps at The Washington Post. [The New York Times]
Advice for The Post's new editor. [GigaOM]
Major Garrett has been named chief White House correspondent at CBS News. [TV Newser]
The BBC's search for a new director general is on. [The Guardian]
New Yorker-area residents flocked to the radio in Sandy's aftermath. [NYT/Media Decoder]
Very high correlation between in-box full of invective and a link on Drudge. Any traffic is good traffic, right?— david carr (@carr2n) November 19, 2012
Bogus trend of the day: NYT story on boys w/ body-image issues who lift weights.nyti.ms/QT1QRX— Jack Shafer (@jackshafer) November 19, 2012
Congrats to @mlcalderone for winning the National Entertainment Journalism Award, Business, for his piece on NBC's Olympics coverage.— Michael Hogan (@m1keh0gan) November 19, 2012
Anderson Cooper is rattled by an explosion while covering the conflict in Gaza:
From our inbox...
A team of female reporters from DNAinfo has won a Newswomen's Club award:
DNAinfo.com New York congratulates Jill Colvin, Julie Shapiro, Serena Solomon and Carla Zanoni for winning a 2012 Front Page Award from the Newswomen’s Club of New York. The team won in the online spot news category for its reporting on the surprise Occupy Wall Street evacuation from Zuccotti Park last November.
“This team covered the Zuccotti Park raid from all angles,” declared the Front Page Award judges. “The lead story and its sidebar put the reader in the middle of the action and gave voice to protestors and city officials alike. There were others who covered the Zuccotti park incident, but their coverage paled in comparison to the team coverage provided by hyperlocal website DNAinfo.com New York.”
DNAinfo New York’s coverage of the New York Police Department’s early morning evacuation of Occupy Wall Street movement on November 15 included a range of stories about the arrest of more than 200 protesters, details about how the raid was planned, the day’s court hearings and protest marches through the city.
“Our reporting team was on the ground within minutes of the surprise evacuation, and we were one of the first news organizations to describe the scene to our readers with images and video,” said Leela de Kretser, publisher and editorial director, DNAinfo.com New York. “We’re proud to be recognized by the Newswomen’s Club for our real-time coverage of one of the city’s biggest news events last year.”