Media Survives Friday the 13th … So Far

A round-up of media's triumphs and bobbles

Media has survived the scariest day of the year ... so far. Like a horror-movie heroine, it's gotten creative in its attempts to evade death. But all around, the bodies keep piling up.

Here's a new way to survive as a serious journalist: Take a lesson from the blonde bombshell of this generation, Paris Hilton, and promote the hell out of yourself! Dana Milbank at WP posted a video of himself protesting David Plouffe'sOTR speech yesterday. Now, what to call this new breed of journalists? Jour-lebrities? Celebu-press? [Politico]

Politico's editor-in-chief, John Harris, was actually supposed to moderate the event, but pulled out when he was told it would be off-the-record. [FishbowlNY/Mediabistro, WP]

But! The glamorous president that Plouffe got into the White House is still selling magazines. [FishbowlNY/Mediabistro]

Becoming a jour-lebrity doesn't work out, there's always the sex industry! Former Dallas Morning News reporter Michael Precker is enjoying job security by managing a strip joint. Is the Hustler Club on 51st accepting applications? [Romenesko ]

Economists, shmeconomists: Who knows the most about the economy? EVERYONE ELSE, if you ask cable news. [County Fair/Media Matters]

Mark Potts writes that one of the best features in online news is Colonel Tribune at the Chicago Tribune, a mascot that guides users around the website and holds the paper's Facebook account. Now the New York Times can have a real Gray Lady! But who will she look like? [Romenesko]

 Rupert Murdoch's BFF, News Corp. president Peter Chernin, may walk when his contract expires in June. [LAT via HuffPo]

Parade chairman Walter Anderson stepped down after over 30 years with the magazine. [Editor & Publisher]

Some writers don't even know what's real anymore: the Phoenix New Times News in Arizona did an entire story based on a satirical blog post that reported on the tattoo cap proposed by the NBA. The blog post was a joke, but the New Times article was not. Print 0 Internet 1. [FishbowlNY/Mediabistro]

 No Glamour for Japan: The Japanese edition of the Conde Nast magazine is over before it had a chance to start. [WWD via Gawker]

Oh, and Dear Hollywood: STOP PRETENDING THAT EDITORS HAVE GLAMOROUS JOBS. Because mostly they are in debt and waiting for the ax to fall. Plus, they don’t get to borrow Blahniks from the fashion closet. (Do we?) [Daily Beast]

But wait! There may be jobs at a new magazine just for that type of nonexistent editor! The Daily, a fashion magazine distributed daily at the tents during Fashion Week, is launching a weekly version in September, appropriately titled The Daily Weekly. [Mixed Media/Portfolio]

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