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George Kelly

Welcome to the 41st episode of the Mediatwits podcast, this time with Mark Glaser and the George Kelly as co-hosts. Kelly is online coordinator at the Contra Costa Times newspaper and is filling in for Rafat Ali. This week we have an action-packed show with a lot to cover. First up is “The New iPad,” announced by Apple on Wednesday with a higher resolution screen, 4G wireless and a better camera and software. Ho-hum or yowza? Special guests Leander Kahney from Cult of Mac and Tim Carmody from Wired talk about the iPad’s logical new name, why it is leaps ahead of everything else — but they still can’t convince George to get one.

Next is a study by the Project for Excellence in Journalism, which surveyed newspaper executives to find out how they were transitioning to more of a digital business model. So far, it’s been a tough slog, reports the PEJ’s Mark Jurkowitz, who comes on the show to break down the report’s findings. And last but not least is Nicholas Thompson, who was recently named the new editor at NewYorker.com. Thompson was co-founder of the Atavist and says there’s been a renaissance in long-form content online, something that the New Yorker will fully take advantage of.

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

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Leander Kahney

Here are some highlighted topics from the show:


0:45: Co-host George Kelly reporting from the East Bay

3:50: George remains a holdout from all iOS devices

4:30: Rundown of topics on the show

“The New iPad”

6:00: iPad comes with retina display, 4G, better camera and apps

7:15: Special guests Leander Kahney and Tim Carmody

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Tim Carmody

8:20: Kahney: The new name makes sense at Apple, where Macs don’t have model numbers

10:30: Kahney: People are crazy to criticize the new iPad, it is astonishing

12:40: Carmody: Apple firing on all cylinders, and it’s due to Tim Cook

15:45: New iPad will be an amazing media player and creation device

17:30: Carmody: One limitation is that hard drives aren’t big enough for all the HD video

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Mark Jurkowitz

Newspaper study from PEJ

21:45: Special guest Mark Jurkowitz from the Project for Excellence in Journalism

23:50: For every $1 gained in digital revenues, papers lost $7 in print revenues

26:40: Jurkowitz: The papers that are doing better are experimenting more, acting as digital agency

29:30: Jurkowitz: Biggest challenge for transition has been internal culture problems

New editor at NewYorker.com

31:50: Special guest Nicholas Thompson

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Nicholas Thompson

34:20: Thompson: More people will write for both print magazine and online

37:20: New Yorker has done really well on Tumblr

38:00: The renaissance of long-form content online

More Reading

The New iPad at Apple.com

Apple Unveils New iPad With 4G LTE at WSJ.com

Fighting Words: What Apple Means When It Says Post-PC at Wired.com

Apple’s Press Conference Showed A Brand Unraveling at VentureBeat

The New iPad: The Most Exciting Launch of the Month? at IDG Connect

How Newspapers Are Faring Trying to Build Digital Business Revenue at PEJ

US newspaper publishers can’t find a digital business model at the Guardian

News executives acknowledge ‘toxic’ cultural divide between print and digital at Poynter

Thompson Named NewYorker.com Editor at Politico

Nicholas Thompson Leaving New Yorker to Run NewYorker.com– at Capital New York

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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. and Circle him on Google+