Enough with the bailouts!

November 24, 2008

“Bailout” is quickly becoming the media’s overused buzzword du jour.

Spurred by coverage of the economic bailout and now the auto industry bailout, writers and editors are going out of their way to inject the B word into as many stories as possible — even when the story has nothing to do with any kind of bailout at all.

The latest offender is Variety, which posted a story this weekend called “Needed: Network bailout?” Intrigued by the possibility that the U.S. government would even consider bailing out struggling TV broadcasters, I clicked on the link … and quickly found out that wasn’t the story at all.

Instead, Michael Schneider writes about how ad revenue is down and the networks may have to cut back on programming to make ends meet. It’s all very interesting, but using the “bailout” buzzword so inappropriately is misleading and unfair to readers.

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Conde Nast cuts Town Car use, free lunches

November 21, 2008

Pity the poor staffers at Conde Nast.

Sure, other journalists are parking their bosses’ cars and sorting mail, but these magazine employees are about to really have it rough.┬áThe New York Post reports today that Conde Nast is eliminating free lunches for employees who eat at their desks, curbing its “free subscriptions for everyone!” policy and — gasp! — cutting back on Town Car use.

No Town Cars? What are these people to do?

Sounds like Conde Nast execs should have stopped these practices a long time ago. Don’t they know they work in the 21st Century media, where “boosting employee morale” and “being a company that people like working for” are long forgotten?