Editor’s media picks – 5/18

Ad pages slip further at New York Times’ magazines
By Erik Maza

NO UPTURN:
Sally Singer opened the most recent issue of T The New York Times Magazine with a tribute to leisurely evolutions. “You realize that even when taste is a given, patience is a virtue,” she wrote. Her subject was architectural renovations, but her editor’s letter could have doubled as a memo to her boss, New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson, who reportedly grilled her last year over declining ad sales… More via WWD.com

iHeartRadio touts 10 million registered users in eight months

Clear Channel Media and entertainment today announced that its iHeartRadio digital radio platform has reached 10 million registered users in only eight months. Clear Channel claims iHeartRadio reached this milestone “faster than all other popular entertainment and communication platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, Pandora, Spotify and Instagram.” Registered users are only a percentage of iHeartRadio’s overall listeners, since registration is only required for the Custom Station feature… More via FMQB.com

LA Times receives Ford Foundation grant
By Marcus Vanderberg

The Los Angles Times received a $1 million grant from the Ford Foundation that will allow the newspaper to hire five new reporters to “focus on the Vietnamese, Korean and other immigrant communities, the California prison system, the border region and Brazil.” …More via MediaBistro.com

Survey: 52 percent of media professionals abandon websites when they hit a paywall
By Andrew Beaujon

A new survey found that more than half of media professionals polled immediately leave a website after encountering a paywall. One-quarter said they were unlikely to return to the site, and 63 percent said that they expect to see no ads after crossing over a paywall… More via Poynter.org

When is a website not a website? For Talking Points Memo, the turning point was in 2012
By Adrienne LaFrance

About six months ago, Talking Points Memo publisher Josh Marshall had a realization.

It was something that had been bouncing around in his head for a while, but only then was he sure: It was time to formally deconstruct the idea of TPM as a website first — even though it was a website first, some 12 years ago when he started it… More via Nieman Journalism Lab

Katrina M Mendolera

Katrina Mendolera took the helm of inVocus as editor in chief in 2009, and has been running the site ever since. She initially joined Vocus as a senior media researcher for newspaper content in 2007. Prior to that, Katrina worked in daily and weekly newspapers. She holds a master’s degree in journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. In her free time, she also serves as an editor for Booktrope Publishing. Her first novel, Fractured Dream, is due out in June 2014. Email: krandall(at)vocus.com.

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