SETH LIPSKY IS RIGHT: ARTS AND CULTURE SELL

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The New York Sun has very good local news on its front page today.

A new Madonna for the Metropolitan Museum.

James Gardner writes about Ludovico Carracci’s “Madonna and Child with Saints” a gift of Mark and Rachel Fisch, clearly steeped in the late 16th-century mannerist traditions of central Italy.

Welcome to the front page, arts and culture!

I know The Sun’s editor Seth Lipsky, a former Wall Street Journal reporter.

When he was the editor in chief of the FORWARD weekly, my wife, Deborah Withey, was hired to redesign the influential New York Jewish paper as a daily.

This weekly was and still is very well known for its arts and culture coverage.

Seth has a first-class record in this area and when I saw this beatiful painting at the top of the front page today, I said to myself, well done!

He is right.

Arts and culture sell.

Go to any museum and you’ll see lots of young people.

Go to any opera house and you’ll see lots of young people.

Go to any ballet and you’ll see lots of young people.

Go to any concert and you’ll see lots of young people.

Go to any art gallery and you’ll see lots of young people.

Do you want to attract young readers?

Cover cultural issues.

More and better.

On the front page too!



MONOCLE: A NEW SYDNEY OFFICE

Files under Monocle, New York, Sidney, Tokyo, Tyler Brule, Zurich | Sep 1st

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While other publications are killing foreign bureaus, Monocle adds a new one in Sydney.

Tyler Brule’s magazine now has offices in New York, Tokyo and Zurich.

Last week I got the September issue.

An excellent one.

More interesting than ever.

Quality journalism sells.



APPLE iPHONE: THE WAIT IS ALMOST OVER

Files under Apple, Manhattan, New York, iPhone | Jun 25th

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I took this picture yesterday in New York at the Manhattan Apple store across from the Plaza hotel.

Yes, the wait is almost over.

And Apple stock was hitting the $125 record mark today.



THE NEW YORK TIMES’ CITY ROOM AND THE FUTURE OF LOCAL NEWS

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The New York Times announced today the launch of City Room, a new Metro news blog and online community dedicated to responding quickly to important news and information throughout New York City.

Content:

Government & Politics.

Crime & Public Safety.

Transportation.

Schools, Housing & Economy.

People & Neighborhoods.

Sewell Chan, Times Metro reporter, is the City Room bureau chief and will leverage the unique talent and resources of The Times’ one hundred-plus-person Metro staff.

Well… go there and you will see the future of local news.

Led by the largest local news team of the newspaper world.

If you love NY, you will love this blog.



MURDOCH VERSUS BLOOMBERG

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This is a recent picture of Rupert Murdoch and NY mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Murdoch hosted the 9th annual presentation of the Eric Breindel awards for opinion writing.

And it is an interesting one because Bloomberg could offer more than $5 billion for Dow Jones.

Bloomberg is a private company, but its value must be around $20 billion.

Bloomberg has all kinds of media: real-time computer financial news, radio, television, magazines… but not a newspaper.

Ten years ago, my wife, Deborah Withey, was asked to develop a prototype for a Bloomberg newspaper.

Very factual.

Very graphic.

Short stories.

A few pages.

Broadsheet.

She did a great prototype with the help of a Bloomberg journalist in Detroit, our friend Doran Levin, a former business columnist for the Detroit Free Press.

But the project didn’t go ahead.

So… perhaps now is the perfect time for a business newspaper.

Bloomberg needs to confront the threat of the new Thompson-Reuters.

Right now, nothing would add more value to Bloomberg than The Wall Street Journal.

And if not the WSJ, what about the Financial Times?

In big media consolidation times, Bloomberg needs to expand.

At the end of the day, for Murdoch… Bloomberg could become a more difficult dealmaker to handle than the poor Brancrofts.
(Photo by Getty Images)



THE NEW VISAO: VISUAL JOURNALISM 101

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Our editorial and graphic redesign of the leading news magazine in Portugal is going very well.

The new look of VISAO was developed by INNOVATION consultant Guillermo Nagore in New York.

The infographics were improved under the direction of INNOVATION consultant Michael Agar in London.

They and the whole INNOVATION team for this project are more than happy.

The editor, Pedro Camacho, and the art director, Vasco Ferreira, are leading a magazine revolution in Lisbon.

Doing a serious, quality news magazine online and offline..

Doing Journalism.

Visual Journalism 101.

Selling more copies.

Selling more advertising.

See some pages from the new VISAO:

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