I hope you weren’t planning on a newspaper career

How bad are things looking for the newspaper industry? They’re so bad … that the Minneapolis Star Tribune has stopped giving employees free copies of the newspaper. Instead, they get access to a NewsStand eEdition digital replica of the print edition. … Funny, yet sad.

‘Interns don’t get no respect’

The March issue of Bike magazine showed up in my mail this week. It’s pretty fat this month: 180 pages, with lots of ads. … Which made this notice all the more offensive: Headline: “bike magazine needs you.” Followed by a few paragraphs begging for interns to come work for the magazine for no compensation…

Hey, NBC! Stop it!

NBC pulling the Natalie Portman rap video off YouTube is just about the dumbest thing imaginable. Leave it alone and let the viral video renew interest in Saturday Night Live. … Is this some sneaky strategy by NBC execs to actually generate more interest in the video and SNL? Maybe they’re smarter than it appears?…

In the Green in New Zealand

Sam Morgan’s one lucky guy. Not only does he get to live in New Zealand (which I can attest from a recent trip is a fantastic place), but he just sold his online auction business, Trade Me, to Australia’s Fairfax Holdings for NZ $700 million in cash (about US $456 million). Morgan is all of…

Newspaper industry: Let’s target old people!

There’s some good stuff in the latest issue of Classified Intelligence Report, a paid industry newsletter. For instance, there’s news about MySpace getting into the classifieds business — an incredible opportunity for the social-networking site. (I wrote about this over at Poynter’s E-Media Tidbits today.) That’s an example of an old-line media company (Rupert Murdoch’s…

YouTube, TV networks should learn to love each other

While I’ve been busy and haven’t had time to blog about it, I’ve been paying attention to the conflict between YouTube.com and CBS and NBC. You’ll recall the great Saturday Night Live skit “Lazy Sunday,” which people posted to YouTube, a video-sharing website, and which went viral. NBC insisted that YouTube remove it, along with…

Vargas’ big chance

“Elizabeth Vargas to Go One-on-One With Bush,” proclaims ABCNews.com. The ABC News co-anchor gets an interview with the U.S. president on Tuesday at the White House. I hope the tone of that promotional headline is accurate, because I’d really like to see a journalist be seriously confrontational with Bush, who has much to answer for….

The clueless governor

Is there anyone who doesn’t know that The Daily Show With Jon Stewart is a fake news program? Oh, yeah. Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, a Democrat, went into a recent interview with Daily Show correspondent Jason Jones and had no idea that the interview was a joke. The poor governor thus comes off looking like…