Staci Kramer

Welcome to the 17th episode of “The Mediatwits,” the weekly audio podcast from MediaShift. The co-hosts are MediaShift’s Mark Glaser and Staci Kramer, editor of PaidContent, who’s filling in for Rafat Ali. This show looks at the week’s big changes in the media landscape. First, Steve Jobs announced he was stepping down as CEO of Apple, moving into a new position of chairman, while Tim Cook would become CEO. Next, Jim Romenesko said he was going into semi-retirement and would be leaving the column that has his name on Poynter.

Third, Slate announced layoffs, including Tim Noah and Press Box columnist Jack Shafer, a longtime media critic. Shafer was a guest on this episode of the Mediatwits, talking about the situation at Slate and calling Romenesko a “great American.” But where there is change and the ending of eras, there’s always a beginning, too, so second guest Owen Thomas talked about his new venture, The Daily Dot, where he is executive editor. As a bonus, the discussion even went back to Shafer’s early profile of Suck.com back when Shafer worked at the SF Weekly (yes, he really did).

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Intro and outro music by 3 Feet Up; mid-podcast music by Autumn Eyes via Mevio’s Music Alley.

Here are some highlighted topics from the show:

Staci Kramer as co-host

1:30: Staci working in the field 80% of the time

2:10: Rundown of stories for the podcast

Steve Jobs resigns as CEO of Apple

4:20: Jobs is ill, but not dead

6:00: Jobs made such a large impact in the media world

9:00: Simplicity of 99 cents for a song on iTunes

10:45: Staci won’t forgive him for not having removable batteries

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Jack Shafer

Special guest Jack Shafer

12:45: Shafer calls it “noise in the system” and not a trend

15:10: Staci mentions that layoffs are happening all over in media

17:45: Mark wonders if there’s a change in media criticism

20:00: Romenesko as master curator

23:00: Shafer says Romenesko suffered from rise of Twitter

Owen Thomas

Special guest Owen Thomas

26:00: How Suck.com relates to the Daily Dot

28:30: Daily Dot wants to write about people on the web

32:10: How do reach people in online communities?

36:10: Using a newspaper metaphor on an online news site

More Reading

Steve Jobs Reshaped Industries at NY Times

Steve Jobs and the sound of silence at GigaOm

It Is Amazing How Many Ways Steve Jobs Changed Media at Business Insider

Why Tim Cook Is the Best Choice to Run Apple at Wired

Steve Jobs – 2007 iPhone Presentation on YouTube

2 Legendary Media Writers Depart at the Daily Beast

Jack Shafer: A Fearless Media Critic at AJR

Slate Lays Off Jack Shafer, 3 Others at Adweek

An Interview with Jack Shafer at Adweek

Suck Amok at SF Weekly

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Jim Romenesko

An Original Journalism Blogger Logs Out at NY Times

How the Romenesko years have changed journalism and Poynter at Poynter

The Daily Dot

5 Lessons Learned Building the Daily Dot, a Media Startup at MediaShift

The Daily Dot: Interesting idea, but not a great metaphor at GigaOm

Dead Squirrel Girl’s Parents Defend Video at Daily Dot

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Mark Glaser is executive editor of MediaShift and Idea Lab. He also writes the bi-weekly OPA Intelligence Report email newsletter for the Online Publishers Association. He lives in San Francisco with his son Julian. You can follow him on Twitter @mediatwit.