The Media Takes a Few Breaths

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John Boehner, Republican. Photo: AP

Magazines for women are going online-only. Bill Kristol is entering the information age. And Time's McCain man is now covering Obama. So the media's still breathing (if not exactly kicking), below.

Time magazine has appointed Michael Scherer as its new White House correspondent. Scherer covered McCain's campaign for Time throughout last year. Thus far, he laments only the White House's lackluster vending-machine offerings. [FishbowlNY/Mediabistro]

• Time Inc. laid off legions of company staffers last year. Anne Moore cedes that the outlook for 2009 isn't especially bright, calling the first quarter "pretty gloomy." But she maintains that Time Inc. magazines are profitable. [MediaWeek]

• In a cost-saving effort, Village Voice Media is "suspending" their syndicated cartoons, including the popular This Modern World. [This Modern World]

• Bill Kristol already has a new gig contributing to the Washington Post's website and writing a monthly WP paper column. [Politico]

Missbehave magazine is the latest print publication to go internet-only; the editorial team — including editor-in-chief Lesley Arfin — will remain intact, and plans to stay sassy. [Mixed Media/Portfolio]

• The NFL revealed that the number of requests for credentials to the Super Bowl has gone down for the first year in recent memory. Oh no! Even sports journalists aren't having fun? [Editor & Publisher]

• The ASME is hosting a gathering of editors to discuss the ethics of a magazine putting an ad flap on a cover, as Esquire did recently. [Mixed Media/Portfolio]