- Economy resurgence hasn't hit publishing. With all the talk of the rebirth of the dotcom economy in the Bay Area, it wasn't enough to save Silicon Valley Biz Ink or the Valley Scene.
It's too bad. SV Biz Ink was a good pitch, and the reporters I worked with there always were professional.
- Washington Post buys Slate. In what is probably a minor line budget item for Microsoft, the company offloads Slate.
It's a good buy for Washington Post, as we begin to see more and more traditional press buy online press - such as the WSJ purchase of MarketWatch.
- Coming soon to a city near you ... The Examiner. In February, Philip Anschutz bought the SF Examiner.
Now, he has filed 127 trademark applications to use "The Examiner" for local papers in 69 cities.
Those cities include: Long Island, Des Moines, Detroit, Kansas City (MO side), New Orleans, Salt Lake City, Boston and my hometown, Phoenix. Should be interesting to see how this pans out.
- PR Week talks to the Public Affairs Officers. PR Week has a nice compendium of interviews with PAOs in war zones, on what they are doing during this holiday season and how they are making a difference. It's a nice, uplifting piece.