5oh1: The Zack & Robert Show

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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.

Coming Full Circle: On Journalism Careers at the Arkansas High School Press Association

pf_dbWow. I’m so old.

Today, I’m on a panel on careers in journalism for the annual convention of the Arkansas High School Press Association at the Peabody Hotel in Little Rock. And it’s so weird — it was only a few years ago that I attended the AHSPA convention as an actual high school student!

How long ago was that? Consider that I won an AHSPA on-site competition award for my review of Pink Floyd’s new album, “The Division Bell.” My verdict: A cool “tape.” I hadn’t even heard “Dark Side of the Moon” yet. Naive!

Yep, times were simpler back in the early ’90s, when journalism involved awkward word processing PCs and wax for paste-up. Anyone remember those rolls of hairline tape you used to separate the news briefs column from the nameplate? And the Internet? That was something weird my friend’s mom used a “modem” to access with something called “CompuServe.”

Anyway. Back to the topic at hand. I’ll be joined on the panel by Frank Fellone of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and freelance journo Suzi Parker (who SBB, BTW). And feel free to walk out if any of us start talking about the way it was “back in the day.” Man I hate that.