The Morning Lowdown 10.07.10


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»  The NY Post’s Page Six columnist Richard Johnson is the latest prominent print journalist to make the leap to digital. But he’s keeping it in the family:Johnson is heading to Hollywood to work on new digital ventures for the NYP’s parent, News Corp (NSDQ: NWS). [NYP]

»  Gannett’s USA Today cut 35 jobs from its newsroom as part of the plan outlined in August to reduce the focus on the print edition and concentrate more on mobile devices instead. But GannettBlog’s Jim Hopkins is wondering what about the ad department, as USAT is on pace to have lost as much as half its ad revenue base — up to $150 million — in just three years. [GannettBlog]

»  Since 2005, one-third of the 46 ventures in the Knight Foundation funded “New Voices” citizen journalism program have ceased publishing, while the remainder are still afloat mainly because the respective founders are working for little or no pay. [Newsosaur]

»  Jeff Arnold, the founder of WebMD (NSDQ: WBMD), is rolling out new social media health site called [Dow Jones Newswires]

»  Tina Brown celebrated The Daily Beast’s two-year birthday by boasting about its “interesting” talks with Newsweek. [MediaMemo, TDB]

»  David Carr’s takedown of The Tribune Company’s engendered a pre-emptive response from CEO Randy Michaels, who dismissed the NYT story’s allegations as “old,” while adding that Tribune’s corporate culture is simply creative and fun, not hostile and sexist. [LA Observed]

»  Logitech unveiled its $300 Revue box for Google (NSDQ: GOOG) TV, raising instant price comparisons — fairly or not — to $99 Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) TV. [Engadget, CBS News]

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