The great media disruption of 1962: remembering the New York newspaper strike

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Tired of reading about Jeff Zucker, Jodi Rudoren and Lord Brian Leveson?

(Even The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal put their Zucker coverage on inside pages today.)

If you are, allow yourself to zone out on this noisy, cloudy Friday with a history lesson about the great New York City newspaper strike of December 1962.

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Scott Sherman has a lengthy narrative about the saga today on VanityFair.com.

Teaser:

Fifty years ago this month, striking printers shut down seven New York City newspapers. The strike would last for 114 days and helped to kill four of those newspapers. “This was an absolutely unnecessary strike,” recalls Tom Wolfe, who worked for the doomed Herald Tribune. Deep down it was about technological disruption—a foreshadowing of dislocations that roil the newspaper industry in our own time. As a newspaper town, New York was never the same again.

Plus it comes with this Annie Leibovitz photo of Robert Silvers, Calvin Trillin, Nora Ephron, Gay Talese, Pete Hamill, Tom Wolfe and Jimmy Breslin. Swoon:

In other news...

Jeff Zucker says CNN needs "new and fresh programs." [Bloomberg]

Will Katie Couric follow Zucker to CNN? [The Wrap]

His first memo to CNN staff. [Politico/On Media]

Jack Shafer says the British press needs more freedom, not more regulation. [Reuters]

More on the Jodi Rudoren social-media-minder meme. [WaPo/Erik Wemple]

John Cook chats with Julian Assange. [Gawker]

BuzzFeed's new longform foray has lifted off. [Poynter]

Esquire has struck a partnership witih Byliner. [NYT/Media Decoder]

New York Times reporter Ravi Somaiya is leaving the London beat and heading back to New York. [The New York Observer]

The Hamptons are getting a new glossy courtesy of Manhattan Media. [New York Post]

Quote of the day...

People like to go to the New York Times and look at what’s on the front page because they have a lot of trust in what editors decide and they know other people read it. We want to do the same thing. There’s value in being divorced from your friends … I’d rather see what’s on the front of the New York Times.

Techmeme and Mediagazer founder Gabe Rivera

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Financial Times editor Lionel Barber talks about the Leveson report on British press standards:

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Carl Swanson profiles Chris Hughes in next week's New York magazine, according to a press release:

The iconic New Republic was in danger of going out of business before it reached its centennial. But then the most accidental of the Facebook millionaires swooped in to save it- and relaunched himself in the process.

Media-news aggregator I Want Media tells us:

I Want Media on Monday will kick off its 11th annual online contest for Media Person of the year -- a vote to name the year's "most memorable" figure in the media industry. The contest will go live this coming Monday, Dec. 3, at iwantmedia.com/personoftheyear. The online voting will run for a week, with the winner to be announced on Monday, Dec. 10. Media Person of the Year is obviously not a scientific survey. It is intended to be a fun way to take a look back at the year in media.

The Committee to Protect Journalists has come out against the Leveson report:

The Committee to Protect Journalists is deeply concerned by recommendations to adopt government regulation of the press resulting from the United Kingdom’s Leveson inquiry report issued today.

“A media regulatory body anchored by statute cannot be described as voluntary,” said CPJ Executive Director, Joel Simon. “Moreover, adopting statutory regulation would undermine press freedom in the U.K. and give legitimacy to governments around the world that routinely silence journalists through such controls.”

The Leveson inquiry is a public investigation into the power dynamics between the public, politicians, the police and the media in the United Kingdom. The inquiry led by Lord Justice Brian Leveson issued recommendations today on how the press should be reformed.

Bloomberg Businessweek is getting into the conference business:

New York, NY -- November 29, 2012 -- Today Bloomberg Businessweek magazine announced Bloomberg Businessweek Design 2013, its first annual design conference, to be held on Monday, January 14, 2013 at the de Young Museum in San Francisco, CA. World-renowned designers and creative executives across a variety of disciplines, such as architecture, graphic design, robotics, city planning, 3D printing, data visualization, genomics, corporate branding, and more, will break out of their silos to discuss the state of the industry, their creative process, and ways in which design can make the world better, smarter, cooler, and more innovative.

The all-star presenters at Bloomberg Businessweek Design 2013 include: *Carl Bass, Autodesk *Yves Béhar, fuseproject *Alberto Cairo, University of Miami, School of Communication *Brian Chesky, Airbnb *Mark Coleran, Visual Designer *Glen Cummings, MTWTF *Es Devlin, Stage and Costume Designer *Stephen Doyle, Doyle Partners *Steve Duenes, The New York Times Company *Tony Fadell, Nest *Jeanne Gang, Studio Gang Architects *Masatoshi Ishikawa

University of Tokyo *Michael B. Johnson, Pixar *Martin Krzywinski, Genome Sciences Centre *Giuseppe Lignano and Ada Tolla, LOT-EK *Thom Mayne, Morphosis Architects *Edward Opara, Pentagram *Eric Rodenbeck, Stamen Design *Janette Sadik-Khan, New York City Department of Transportation *Anthony Sperduti, Partners & Spade *Scott Summit, Bespoke Innovations *Patricia Urquiola, Studio Urquiola *Pete Walker, PWP Landscape Architecture.

"Good design is often the defining element of the products, businesses, environments and sciences that become legendary,” said Josh Tyrangiel, editor of Bloomberg Businessweek. “These designers are setting the bar for innovation in their respective fields, and at this event they can venture out of their professional enclaves, come together, perhaps even collide, in unexpected and provocative groupings, to discuss process, passions, influences, successes, and failures."

“At Bloomberg Businessweek our mission is to surprise, delight, and inform our entrepreneurial readers every week by giving them access to the insight of our editors and writers and the wisdom of the sharpest business minds around the globe,” said Paul Bascobert, President of Bloomberg Businessweek. “We fulfill that promise with this conference, at which C-suite attendees will learn where design is leading businesses and communities next, and enjoy one-on-one interactions with the Businessweek team and the stellar roster of presenters.”

Bloomberg Businessweek Design 2013 is the first conference launched by the magazine since its acquisition by Bloomberg LP in 2009. An exclusive audience of 250 attendees will be on hand for the one-day conference's four sessions, networking periods, and closing cocktail party. Attendance is by invitation only. Senior executives may request invitations and get additional information at http://conference.businessweek.com/design/.

Coverage of select sessions from the conference will be available across various Bloomberg Businessweek and Bloomberg platforms, including Bloomberg TV, businessweek.com, Facebook, Twitter (@BW, #BBWdesign), and the Bloomberg Businessweek+ app. The January 28, 2013, issue of Bloomberg Businessweek will be a special Design Issue, devoted to ideas and discoveries generated at Bloomberg Businessweek Design 2013. It will be available in print and on tablet and mobile devices.

Autodesk will be providing exclusive interactive demonstrations at the event. Sponsors and special partners for Bloomberg Businessweek Design 2013 will be announced separately.