Sunday, March 29, 2009

March 30, 2009 News

Deborah Vankin kindly responds to my question about media contacts at the new Brand X with the following. All are

…please do include me in your PR blasts… Please also include Brand X editors Alie Ward and Alexandra Le Tellier. deborah.vankin, alexandra.letellier and alie.ward


Good marketing work by the Getty. Check out this TV commercial, which Mike Boehm wrote about on the excellent LA Times CultureMonster blog.


You've already heard the news, I'm sure, that City Beat LA's final issue was last Thursday. Good report by Diane Haithman in the aforementioned LAT CultureMonster blog, with the publisher's memo and comments from Alan Rich and Don Shirley.


Easy come, easy go… from Cision Navigator's Media Updates last week:

Genetta Adams, who joined the Associated Press in September 2008 as the entertainment editor, has exited the news service.

Christian Science Monitor goes online only as of last Friday, with a weekly print edition. Found their staff list here, but Cision specifically lists Clay Collins as editor of the print Weekend Edition, and Owen Thomas as the online edition features editor. Check it out with the paper to be really sure, though.


LA Times blog LA Now reports on a plea for support from the Palisadian Post, and I quote Martha Graves' reporting:

The Post, known for its comprehensive coverage of the local scene, has not been exempt from the declines in advertising revenue afflicting other papers throughout the country. Owned by a small family-owned company in Illinois, the weekly has responded by cutting office hours to 35 from 40 per week to lower payroll costs. With advertising down, the Post also has gotten smaller: 18 or 20 pages, contrasted with the 22- or 24-page issues in better times.

What isn't mentioned in the editorial is that the paper has had to lay off two employees in its commercial printing office, or "back shop," and cut the pay of remaining staffers, says Libby Motika, senior editor.

"We know that Palisadians value this paper and would like to see it flourish for another 80 years," the [newpaper's] editorial says. "So here are a few ways you can help us outlast this economic tsunami." It goes on to urge readers to renew their subscriptions, encourage their neighbors to subscribe, buy gift subscriptions for their children away at college, advertise their businesses and bring in commercial printing jobs, including "the book you've always wanted to write."

Help if you can – my office has a subscription, and it's not expensive and always a good read.