5 media brands on the rise

1 Dow Jones
DJ must be happy to be under News Corp's welcoming umbrella, rather than being run by careless family ownership. The Wall Street Journal is now poised for a breakout year - but will Rupert Murdoch impact the editorial quality? Only time to tell.

2 Associated Press
As more US papers close their foreign bureaus while slashing budgets, the AP is becoming the country's authoritative source of foreign news reporting. With a world in upheaval, it is now more indispensable than ever to both papers and readers across the US.

3 NBC Universal
NBCU captured some of parent company GE's expensive green sheen with a huge programming push late in the year. And its TV networks are doing well - Brian Williams is popular, MSNBC is creeping up on CNN, and CNBC is poised to fight off a challenge from Fox Business Network.

4 The Economist
The magazine has long been considered indispensable to the global elite, but it is making solid inroads in the US. The title's Web site is strong, and it even leaks content to influential bloggers to build buzz. Watch for it to grow into a full-blown competitor to the top US newsweeklies.

5 New York magazine
From its growing Web site capabilities to the break-out issues of its Look Book feature to picking up a few national magazine awards, the brand has enjoyed a successful year all around. It even curried some favor with the National Organization for Women by finally agreeing to stop accepting sex ads for the back of its magazine.

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