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  • anne-hathaway-vogue-novemberMedia Industry Newsletter, a publishing trade organ, brings some good news for magazine publishers just in time for the holidays.

    The industry tracker's latest data shows that 99 of the roughly 150 monthly magazines it monitors are finishing the year with more ad pages than they did in 2009, which was an abysmal 12 months for the recession-scarred publishing sector. Last December, only 10 glossies increased their ad pages.

    Fashion titles are leading the pack: Vogue, which claimed the No. 1 spot on the list, gained almost 320 ad pages; Harper's Bazaar about 269; and Elle 190. Marie Claire, Chicago magazine, Real Simple, InStyle, StyleWatch and Parenting were also in the top 10.

    The encouraging stats mirror the most recent Publishers Information Bureau (PIB) data, which showed that 136 magazines saw an increase in ad pages in the third quarter of 2010, versus just 25 during the same period in 2009. PIB's year-end report is due out in January.

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  • After Palin cover, Robert Draper turns to Congress

    Sarah Palin in New York Times MagazinepalinmagJournalist Robert Draper woke up the morning after Republicans took control of the House of Representatives and knew what subject he wanted to tackle next.

    Draper told The Cutline by email Monday that he "realized that the story of this new House was one I was dying to read, and it took about one minute before deciding that it would be a kick to write." A week later, he sold the book idea to Simon & Schuster imprint Free Press.

    It's been a busy few days for Draper. His cover story on Sarah Palin's inner circle — the most comprehensive piece yet on the topic — ran in the New York Times Magazine over the weekend.

    Palin, who rarely speaks to anyone but Fox News and conservative radio hosts — along with her Twitter followers and Facebook friends — actually gave an hour-long interview to Draper. He hasn't heard yet from Palin since publication but said that "several of her top advisers have told me they thought the piece was fair."

    On Sunday, Draper discussed the Palin story on "Meet the Press." By Monday, he was back in the news for another reason, with Politico's Mike Allen getting the scoop on his forthcoming book on the Congress.

    The Free Press release noted that "Draper will document the struggles facing the governing body — negotiations between the moderate and conservative Republican factions that war within the party, the Democrats' efforts to move forward on their agenda despite the loss of power, and the search for common ground between the establishment Republicans and the freshly minted, fiercely independent Tea Partiers."

    There's been no shortage of insider books on political campaigns and the presidency, such as Mark Halperin and John Heilemann's "Game Change" and  Bob Woodward's "Obama's Wars." But political writers haven't similarly churned out  flies-on-the-wall accounts of what's happening in the halls of Congress.

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  • Everyone’s a (press) critic

    The Daily Beast's Ben Crair argues today that Twitter isn't so much a threat to the profession of journalism as much as the profession of media criticism. That's because every journalist can now simply opine in real-time, 140-character-or-less bursts on the state of the press.

    "This may sound like a good thing: Journalism, more than most institutions, would seem to benefit from self-scrutiny," Crair writes. "But, trust me, it isn't. Twitter opens a window into journalists' minds and, often times, the view ain't pretty."

    You can read Crair's take on journalists -- such ABC's Jake Tapper, National Journal's Marc Ambinder, and Talking Points Memo's Josh Marshall -- now putting on the press-critic hat here.

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