Media Notes: Inside Saline Debuts; ‘FaceFriend’ Announced; Local, Local Local!

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Please excuse us while we navel-gaze. The latest bits from around the media world, Arkansas and beyond:

AirheadsBlake Rutherford guests today on 103.7 The Buzz from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tune in for a taste of the his new radio show, starting this weekend.

Web Jones –  Whit Jones, the former editor of the Benton Courier, has launched, an online-only news site, promising to “take you inside news and politics in Saline County. Behind the headlines, if you will.”

Tower of PowerWAMU’s Diane Rehm is coming to Little Rock Sept. 3 to help raise money for KUAR’s new broadcast tower.

Local, Local, LocalSmall newspapers have figured out that if you report local news, people will read it! Also, having no competition – or Craigslist – helps.

The Only Game in Town – Are people really surprised that, now that the Seattle Post-Intelligencer has failed and there’s no longer a JOA weighing them down and they’ve cut staff to the bone, the Seattle Times has posted a profit? Really?

Flip the Scripp – Also posting profits – cutbacks help! – the E.W. Scripps Co. But the newspaper company reports print revenue down 29 percent.

Picture ThisA world without professional photogs, thanks to all you smarty-pants amateurs with your iPhones and your Twitters and Flickrs and your iReports. Boo! Even Annie Leibovitz can’t put food on the table.

Meanwhile, Back at the RanchDon Imus might be coming back to cable TV news, this time on Fox Business.

Let’s Be FriendsFacebook spends $50 million to buy FriendFeed, which most of you haven’t even heard of. For what it’s worth, you can follow my FriendFeed here.

Wishful Thinking – A look at some of the wishful business models at play by those who want to charge for online news content.


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