Capital New York Hires Three Columnists As Relaunch Nears
It would be sad if it happened, but it would not surprise me, said Steve Cohn, editor of Media Industry Newsletter, which showed that New Yorks ad pages were down 9.2 percent year-over-year through Oct. 14. Digital now accounts for about half the companys ad revenue, but that is attributable as much to prints steady erosion as it is to digitals gains in recent years. Before the recession, New York racked up 3,343 ad pages in 2007, according to MIN 1,500 pages more than it is expected to tally this year. Ad pages fell 12 percent in 2008, followed by a staggering 27 percent drop in 2009. And in a move that is sure to be worrisome as it pushes for digital dollars, Web traffic in September dropped to 3.6 million unique monthly visitors, according to comScore, a 16 percent drop from last year. A Wasserstein family trust inherited the magazine after the death of Bruce Wasserstein in 2009. The financier brought it for $55 million back in 2003. So far, the Wasserstein family has kept the magazine and websites rolling, but it is not clear what the trusts capacity is to absorb losses over a prolonged period. The most recent example in the weekly media world holds little promise. When stereo equipment magnate Sidney Harman died in April 2011, only months after rescuing Newsweek, his family trust soon bailed on the money-losing magazine. Like other weekly publications, New York has resorted to more double issues in slow periods and a gradual cutback in frequency. In the first half of the year, it published 20 issues, not 26. For the full year, the magazine plans to publish 42 issues and is increasingly relying on one- or two-shot specials such as New York Weddings and New York Design Hunting to pad its ad- page tally. On the print side, circulation has stagnated around the 400,000 level.
Now that Capital is close to filling up its reporter ranks on the politics and media desks, editors are lining up several weekly city columnists for the site’s early November relaunch. Capital’s first three columnists will be Jim Windolf, a Vanity Fair contributing editor who has written for several publications and started the New York Observer’s “New York World” column; Joanna Molloy, a veteran Daily News gossip writer and co-author of a new book on the subject; and Glynnis MacNicol, a writer and co-founder of TheLi.st and former media editor at Business Insider and Mediaite. The model will be more Jimmy Breslin than Joe Scarborough. While Politico columnists, like Scarborough or National Review editor Rich Lowry, comment on political and policy debates, Capital’s writers will produce reported columns that also express a point of view. They’ll draw from the city columnist tradition that extends from tabloid muckraking, a la Breslin, to the New York Times’ Clyde Haberman. Capital co-editor Tom McGeveran told HuffPost the new columns will focus on “New York issues, New York personalities and New York places.” “This is a tradition in which the best columns always entertain,” McGeveran said. “Sometimes they even change the minds of the city’s big decision makers; better yet is when a columnist changes their plans.” The new columnists are not joining full-time, but will write weekly for the site. However, Capital has been filling up the newsroom with full-time reporters and editors since Politico purchased the three-year-old site in September. On the politics front, Capital’s hired Daily News veteran Joanne Wasserman , the Albany Times Union’s Jimmy Vielkind , the New York Post’s Sally Goldenberg . Capital media reporter Joe Pompeo will now be joined on the desk by several additional reporters, including TV Newser’s Alex Weprin, Women’s Wear Daily’s Matthew Lynch, former Newsday and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporter Nicole Levy, and World Policy Journal’s Johana Bhuiyan. In addition, Peter Sterne will cover media part-time for the site while finishing at Columbia University. Follow Michael Calderone on Twitter: www.twitter.com/mlcalderone FOLLOW MEDIA
Capitals vs. Rangers: Washington comes up empty against New York’s Henrik Lundqvist
Were getting chances; were not burying them, Karl Alzner said. Defensively, its like a fire drill in there. Were not doing a good enough job at our system, what were supposed to do. And when we dont, were leaving a guy in front. Were getting beat out of the corner. Its been bad in the D zone. Its been frustrating. There was a rapid pace to the first period, but it wasnt exactly the strong start the Capitals were looking for . New York outshot them 6-1 to open the game, but there was a greater balance to the imperfection as both squads turned the puck over repeatedly. Washington appeared to catch a break near the midway point of the first when Anton Stralman was whistled for hooking, soon to be followed by Taylor Pyatt for the same infraction. Pyatts minor gave the Capitals a five-on-three for 55 seconds, but the vaunted power play, which entered the contest ranked first in the league (36.4 percent), was unable to convert. In 2 minutes 21 seconds of five-on-three time this season, Washington has been unable to score. For a team that has struggled offensively at even strength the Capitals have only eight such goals this season squandering power-play opportunities carries significant weight. That proved to be the case against the Rangers. We still have plenty of time to regroup and make a difference, but we didnt, Alex Ovechkin said. They score four-on-four winning goal, and we try to put pressure on them, but we didnt. While the teams exited the first period scoreless, the second period offered little progress for Washington.