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Love Insidery Media Web Site Feuds? Mediaite vs. DailyFinance Is for You!

Mediaite Editor Colby Hall didn’t like Jeff Bercovici’s piece about the media site’s use of other people’s video. You can read his lengthy response here, but if you’re time-pressed, it boils down to: 1) What we do is totally fine. 2) But AOL, Bercovici’s employer, does much worse.

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Mediaite Runs on Video It Doesn't Pay For. Can It Keep Going?

Can Mediaite continue to run big chunks of other people’s videos without their permission? Dan Abrams’s media site, which depends on clips from TV news operations to fuel its traffic, thinks it can. So does, which actually hosts the clips for Abrams. But DailyFinance’s Jeff Bercovici wonders if one of the media giants will finally bring the hammer down.

The New York Times Plans a Blogger-Friendly Pay Wall. Link All You Like!

Will the pay wall the New York Times is building scare away the paper’s natural allies–bloggers who like to point to the site? Only if the paper goes out of its way to scare them off. Instead, it’s trying its best to keep the links coming next year.

AOL Lands Another Media Refugee:’s Bercovici to DailyFinance

I don’t usually write about writers landing jobs, but I did want to point out that Jeff Bercovici, last seen writing the Mixed Media blog for, has landed at DailyFinance, a site run by Time Warner’s AOL. Why do I care? Because it’s yet another sign that AOL is continuing to hire experienced writers and reporters to bulk up its sites as other publishers are slimming down or shutting down. And because it’s a nice change of pace from layoff stories.

Portfolio Lives! Sort Of: Web Site Adopted by Condé Nast’s Corporate Cousin.

Never say never: Condé Nast, which is closing down its Portfolio business magazine, has decided not to turn off the lights at Instead, it is shifting control of the Web site–essentially, the address and a couple years of archived content–over to American City Business Journals, its corporate cousin in the Advance Publications family.

Condé Nast Shuttering Portfolio

Condé Nast is shuttering its troubled Portfolio title and accompanying Web site. The publisher informed its staff of the decision at a meeting this morning. “The company is deeply grateful to Portfolio’s readers and for the broad support of marketers and executives all around the country,” says publisher David Carey.

A News Corp. Bull Throws in the Towel; Wall Street Journal Layoffs Coming?

Longtime Rupert Murdoch fan Rich Greenfield says he’s worried that money losers like Dow Jones will pull News Corp. down, and cut his rating to “sell.” Perhaps this will cheer him up: The Wall Street Journal is reportedly bracing for layoffs next week.

Pay For News Online? Really? Yes, Says U.S. News.

U.S. News & World Report, which used to be a weekly news magazine, then a biweekly one and is now a monthly publication, is going to try producing a weekly magazine once again. Online. And it wants you to pay up to read it. I appreciate the effort, but I don’t see how this one pans out.

How to Land a Media Job After a Layoff: Get a Publicist

There are way too many media people who have lost their jobs in recent months. But only one who got as much ink as Paige Ferrari, a 26-year-old former editor at Radar Magazine. That’s worked out well for her.

Want to Hear What Katie Couric Said Yesterday? Don’t Read Portfolio

How serious is media investment group Quadrangle about keeping its annual Foursquare conference private? Serious enough that the only account I’ve seen of it stayed live on the Web for just a few hours yesterday. media blogger Jeff Bercovici posted a short item about one of the panels yesterday afternoon; later that evening, the story had disappeared.