JOURNALISM IN THE AMERICAS

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The June 19 edition of The Economist published on its cover an altered photo of President Obama standing on the shore of a Louisiana beach, The New York Times reported. read more »

Condé Nast publications, whose magazines include The New Yorker, Wired, GQ, Vogue, and Glamour, has been negotiating to become the biggest tenant of the skyscraper scheduled to open at the site in lower Manhattan where the World Trade Center towers were destroyed in 2001. read more »

A group of writers and editors conducted an experiment over the weekend in San Francisco to use the Internet to write, photograph, illustrate, design, and edit a magazine in only two days. See a preview of their creation, 48 Hours magazine. read more »

For several generations, Time and Newsweek magazines competed to define the U.S. news agenda. But this week's announcement that the Washington Post Co. plans to sell Newsweek suggests that the era of weekly news magazines is reaching an end, Stephanie Clifford writes for The New York Times. read more »

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» The trials and economics of Newsweek (The Atlantic)
» BusinessWeek relaunched as a Bloomberg magazine (Knight Center)
» Why The Economist is thriving while Time and Newsweek fade (June 2009) (Knight Center)

Five months after the Bloomberg L.P. financial info company bought the ailing 80-year-old BusinessWeek magazine from McGraw-Hill, the new owner has revamped the weekly, added 20 percent more news space, and renamed it Bloomberg BusinessWeek. See this letter from new editor Josh Tyrangie, and these news stories. read more »

The closure of Cambio news magazine and the termination of its two top editors are described by its owner, El Tiempo publishing group, as an economic decision, but the dismissed editor-in-chief and managing editor believe political motivations were at play. See this story in English by Colombia Reports. read more »

Exactly two weeks after shutting down, Editor & Publisher, the “bible of the newspaper industry," has returned online, and the monthly print magazine will resume in February. Mark Fitzgerald, a 26-year E&P veteran who served as editor at large, was named the new editor. Two senior staffers, editor Greg Mitchell and Joe Strupp, a senior editor, were not offered jobs by the new owner. read more »

Last March, President Felipe Calderon criticized the magazine’s decision to include Joaquin “El Chapo” (Shorty) Guzmán on its list of the world’s billionaires. read more »

The magazine publisher Time Inc. is expected to make big staffing cuts next week, as part of a plan to cut $100 million in costs, The New York Times reports. The New York Post says 540 employees will lose their jobs. read more »

Bloomberg announced it would buy the 80-year-old magazine which has been suffering losses due to the economic downturn and increased competition from the internet. The publication will likely be renamed "Bloomberg BusinessWeek," the Los Angeles Times reports. read more »

The Playboy empire enters a new era in July 2009. For the first time it will have a CEO who is not a member of the Hefner family.

Media executive Scott Flanders will try to overcome the crisis he inherits at Playboy, attract new business partners, adapt to digital media, and make more lucrative use of the trademark rabbit head that is known throughout the world.

Will one of the most controversial references of popular culture and print journalism survive? read more »

This week’s cover of The New Yorker magazine was drawn by a Portuguese-born New York City artist who stood in Times Square for an hour and drew the image with an iPhone application, the magazine explains. See how he did it here. read more »

A 2008 story in The New Yorker, “Vengeance is Ours,” by Pulitzer Prize-winning geographer Jared Diamond described blood feuds that last for decades among tribes in the Highlands of New Guinea. read more »

President Felipe Calderon criticized Forbes’ decision to include the reputed leader of Mexico’s Sinaloa drug cartel on its list “The World’s Billionaires," the Associated Press reports. read more »

Mother Jones, a leftist, investigative magazine founded in 1976 in San Francisco, shows that even non-profit models for journalism are not safe from the economic downturn, though it has proven slightly more durable, The New York Times reports. read more »

U.S. News and World Report has quietly rolled out “U.S. News Weekly,” an all-digital, subscription product costing US$19.95 a year, Portfolio.com's Mixed Media blog reports. read more »

Created in 2002 as a clandestine publication of intellectual dissidence, the bimonthly magazine De Cuba (From Cuba) ceased to operate almost six years ago after one of its founders was jailed. However, the magazine will be relaunched next month in Spain with articles and commentary by independent journalists living on the island, El Nuevo Herald's Wilfredo Cancio reports. read more »

To mark its 40th anniversary, Brazil's leading weekly news magazine Veja (Look) has put its 40-year archive on line, INFO Online reports. read more »

Only five months after saying it would scale back from a weekly to biweekly magazine, U.S. News & World Report will publish just one print edition a month, devoted to consumer guides to issues such as education and health care, the Washington Post reports. The magazine will contain no other news, the Post's Howard Kurtz notes. read more »

Doris Gibson Parra, founder of the influential weekly magazine Caretas, which has criticized military dictatorships since it first appeared in October 1950, has died at 98, the Associated Press reported. read more »