The Association of Alternative Media (formerly the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies) will meet in San Francisco January 23rd to 25th. AAM represents 117 publications, most of them owned by a few corporations.
2013 “Year-In-Review” lists you may have missed:
“10 Best Sneakers of 2013,” Daryl Nelson, Boombox
“Top 10 Meat Scandals of 2013,” Global Meat News
“The 11 Most Influential Fictional Characters of 2013,” TIME Magazine
“Best of 2013: Top Wardrobe Malfunctions of the Year,” Jordanna Ossad, E! Online
“America’s 10 Best Protected Bike Lanes of 2013,” Michael Andersen, PeopleForBikes.prg
“10 Best Metal Videos of 2013,” Loudwire
“The Biggest Public Health Stories of 2013,” Atif Kukaswadia, Public Health Perspectives
“TV’s coolest new women of 2013,” Maria Elena Fernandez, Today NBC
“Highest Auction Prices 2013: Fine Art,” Bloomberg
“The year in insults: 2013′s best put-downs,” Aisha Gani, The Guardian via Raw Story
“Top 5 Google Doodles of 2013,” Priyankee Saikia, MensXP.com
“The best and worst media errors and corrections in 2013,” Craig Silverman, Poynter.org
“Best Telugu Actors of 2013,” Sangeetha Seshagiri, International Business Times
“10 Top Clean Energy Stories of 2013,” Sierra club via EarthTechling.com
“Best of 2013: This Year’s Top Twerkers,” John Boone, E! Online
On the shelves of Retail America, it began to look like Christmas the day after Halloween. The perfume and electric shaver ads began appearing a few weeks later, and we’ve already had a week of commercial-heavy seasonal TV specials. Try to dig yourself out of the blizzard of consumerist frenzy.
106.7 THE FAN Sports Radio in Washington has a new heavyweight sports commentator,
The Honorable Rob Ford, the controversial Toronto mayor. Mr. Ford will phone in to the station every Thursday. He’s got lots more free time since the Toronto City Council relieved him of most duties. Perhaps he can find 6 more radio stations to call on each of other days of the week.
Anyway, the show is broadcast on 106.7 FM Thursday morning from 6:00 AM to 10:00 AM Eastern Time. If you’re not in the Metro DC area you can tune in online here.
The last 300 Blockbuster Video stores will close by the end of the year. The brand will live on in the video-streaming service of parent company Dish Network and on the facades of 50 stores owned by franchisees. The Blockbuster video rental chain was once the country’s largest, with 60,000 employees and 9,000 stores.
“OBITUARY: Blockbuster Video: 1985-2013,” Alex Pappademas, Grantland
“I Loved You, Blockbuster,” Alexis C. Madrigal, The Atlantic
“The miseries and pleasures of Blockbuster Video,” By Dana Stevens, Slate
“As Blockbuster Prepares To Close, Fans Line Up To Stock Video Libraries,” CBS Los Angeles
“Why Blockbuster’s Death Doesn’t Matter,” Daniel Carlson, Pajiba
“Blockbuster closure could cost Dish $30M,” L. Wayne Hicks, Denver Business Journal
“As a writer of 24 books mostly on health and wellness and by using my celebrity to get to the best and brightest doctors, scientists and medical professionals in the alternative and integrative health-care world, I have come to the following conclusions:
First of all, let’s call affordable health care what it really is: It’s socialized medicine.”
— “The Affordable Care Act Is a Socialist Ponzi Scheme,” Suzanne Somers, Wall Street Journal blog
“You might expect the editorial page of the Wall Street Journal to pit its own expert against the Obama administration, seizing on this opportunity to argue for the dismantling of the program. And it did: Its blog The Experts delivered a blistering guest post by an ‘expert’ on health care: Suzanne Somers, the developer of the Suzanne Somers Toning System with ThighMaster Gold and ButtMaster, and the former Chrissy Snow of the sitcom Three’s Company.”
“The Somers commentary is appalling. But that’s not our concern.
The issue is that a distinguished news organization has risked its reputation by calling this the work of an expert. With the publication of this piece, the Journal is a little less distinguished than it was the day before.”
“Wall Street Journal features the actress Suzanne Somers as an “expert” on health care,” -Paul Raeburn, Knight Science Journalism Tracker (MIT)
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is buying the Washington Post. Responses to the surprise deal are noted by Jim Romenesko (here and here) and Ed Kilgore; journo tweets Storified by Mallary Tenore. Reactions by Hamilton Nolan, Lydia DePillis, Neil Irwin, Andy Borowitz, Ezra Klein, Post publisher Donald Graham and Jeff Bezos. Paul Farhi wrote the story for WaPo.
“The American Society of News Editors (ASNE) recently released its annual study of newsroom diversity. The results only confirmed what many who have lived through the industry’s deep recession have already experienced: a steady decline in minority journalists and stagnation in prior progress. Despite claims by news organizations that they value and promote diversity, the numbers in this year’s study show 90 percent of newsroom supervisors from participating news organizations were white.”
– “Newsroom Diversity: A Casualty of Journalism’s Financial Crisis,” Riva Gold, The Atlantic
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NPR (formerly “National Public Radio”) showed off its new 400,000-square-foot headquarters to media rivals last week, and reporters’ attention wandered from the state-of-the-art digital production facilities to the wellness center, employee gym with a trainer, green roof complete with beehives, and the gourmet cafe with its resident chef. Seems pretty luxurious for a nonprofit outfit.