Media Notes: Pigs (Three Different Ones) & The End of Portfolio

Obvious? Yeah.

Obvious? Yeah.

An early update of media news from around the Internets:

Pigs on the WingHoward Kurtz on the fierce outbreak of swine flu coverage. The media, overreact? Maybe. If we’re all dead by next week? Maybe not!

Which of the Buggers to BlameIs Matt Drudge a hero? How Drudge drove (prefigured?) the media’s wild coverage of the swine flu.

You’ve Got to Be Crazy – Snoutbreak! The Daily Show mocks pig coverage.

Full of ValorThat’d be Max Brantley.

Giving Up – People continue to explore a “nonprofit” option for newspapers.

Closing Portfolio – If Conde Nast can’t launch a major glossy magazine these days, who among us can? New York Times on how the recession ended the magazine, and BusinessWeek weighs in here.

In the Tank – Is anyone really surprised by this?

Star Power – 40 journalists who took buyouts from the New Jersey Star-Ledger have banded together to start NewJerseyNewsroom.com.

Safe Bet? – Meanwhile, investors are betting that small market newspapers are where it’s at. Meanwhile, Warren Buffet knew it was over for major media waaay back in 1992, according to Slate.

A Commercial Appeal – The Memphis newspaper is tops among the latest circulation gainers. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette on local circ numbers here.

Depressing Media Quote of the Week (And It’s Only Tuesday!)From an editor at the San Francisco Chronicle.

Sport Radio Face-Off and a Note to the FDIC in This Week’s Arkansas Business

This week’s Arkansas Business newspaper is online here. Among this edition’s content:

KARN-AM/FM, 920/102.9 — now home to a weekend golf program — is changing its AM station to an all-sports station, and sports-radio leader KABZ-FM, 103.7, will feel the ripples.

Employees of scandal-plagued Stanford Group Co. in Little Rock have picked up new employment elsewhere. (Related: The Memphis Commercial Appeal on investors who lost big.)

Electronic gaming kept Arkansas’ two racetracks alive, bringing in valuable tourist dollars to West Memphis and Hot Springs in spite of competition in Mississippi and recession. (Also: Richard Davies, executive director of the Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism, on why Arkansas tourism is still swinging.)

J. French Hill, chairman and CEO of Delta Trust & Banking Co. of Little Rock, writes an open letter to FDIC Chairman Sheila Blair on the FDIC’s plans to take $27 billion out of the banking system during 2009 by way of a special assessment.

Ron Fournier, the Associated Press’ Washington bureau chief, and Tom Hallman Jr., who won a Pulitzer Prize at The Oregonian of Portland, are among the speakers at the Society of Professional Journalists’ Region XII conference April 3-4 in Little Rock.