Media Notes: Tourism Ad Spending, Yellow Kids and the Setting Sun

A weekly look around the world of mediadom:

Spreading the Wealth: Arkansas Business media writer Mark Hengel takes a look at how CJRW of Little Rock is spreading around that $10 million advertising budget for the state Department of Parks & Tourism. What does he find? Arkansas Business Publishing Group is getting its share ($40k!), but Internet spending is gaining prominence, too. In fact, “The department is spending almost as much with the respective online entities as it is with Arkansas’ largest daily newspaper.”

The Setting Sun: The Chicago Sun-Times, home to Roger Ebert and once home to Mike Royko, has filed for bankruptcy. The Tribune says, “Welcome to the club.”

Breakdown: It’s the biggest story in Detroit in a lifetime. And it hits just as the city’s major newspaper limits home delivery of its print edition.

Comeback Kid?

Comeback Kid?

Yellow Fever: Slate’s Jack Shafer makes a case for daily newspapers to go yellow. In other news, I’m having flashbacks to my ASU “History of Journalism” class. Thanks Dr. Gambill!

The Unkindest Cut: The New York Times is cutting its City section, as well as several regional weeklies, according to the New York Observer. It’s cheaper to print a newspaper when you’re putting out less of one.

Local Local Local: Metro, a free newspaper in New York, is dumping the Associated Press with the radical idea that its readers want to read, like, relevent, targeted news content. Imagine!

Flatliners: Internet ad sales were up in 2008, but growth is flattening. Looks like this “Internet” fad is over. See, we told you this wouldn’t last! Us in 20 years: “Remember Lady Gaga? Remember that show “Gossip Girl”? Remember the “Internet”?

And Never the Twain Shall Meet: The Tribune Co. says it will merge the operations of the Hartford Courant newspaper with two TV stations, creating “Connecticut’s largest newsroom.” The TV folks and the newspaper folks, working under one roof. Sounds like a hilarious new sitcom!

Facebook Is So 2008: There’s now more Facebook users aged 26-44 than 18-25. Let that sink in, kids.

Building the Perfect Beast: Tina’s Brown’s HuffPo 2.0 The Daily Beast doesn’t have an advertising sales staff — but it does have Barry Diller!


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