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8 Meredith Thanks to a strong ad performance at its flagship titles, the Des Moines publishing firm focused on home and family turned in a stronger-than-expected first quarter, with revenue up 9% to $278.2 million.

6 Len Forman New York Times chief financial officer caused a stir in Dow Jones Co.'s Wall Street Journal newsrooms when he told an analyst the reason his newspaper turned in a better first quarter performance than the Journal was "better management." Journal reporters felt compelled to agree.

3 Editorial Types The lawsuit leading to the rancorous split of Hearst Corp.'s Seattle Post-Intelligencer and The Times Co.'s Seattle Times joint operating agreement revealed that Hearst charges the Times with squandering cash by hiring more than 63 editorial employees.

2 'Martha Stewart Living' Ad pages at Martha's main title were off 28% in the first quarter, causing the company's revenue for the period to plunge 15% to $58 million.

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