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Vivian Schiller to Leave NBC News for Twitter (NYT)
In a bid to reinforce Twitter’s mutually beneficial relationships with the news industry, the social networking giant on Thursday appointed Vivian Schiller to a newly created position, head of news and journalism partnerships. Schiller, the chief digital officer for NBC News, will leave NBC and join Twitter in January. At Twitter, she will oversee partnerships with news organizations like NBC, NPR and The New York Times; she worked for all three organizations earlier in her career. Reuters “Excited to join @Twitter as Head of News in January. Leaving @NBCNews at year’s end. Grateful to my beloved colleagues for 2+ great years,” Schiller tweeted on Thursday. Schiller has been considered the front runner for the role meant to be a liaison between Twitter and news organizations. TheWrap In her new position, Schiller will help Twitter take on a more proactive and focused role in newsgathering and reporting. Though Twitter has become a near-essential tool for many reporters and a source of traffic to news sites in its relatively short life, it’s never had a central, dedicated team in place to reach out to newsrooms and articulate the platform’s strategy. TVNewser Schiller resigned from NPR in March 2011, following two controversies, including the very public firing from NPR of Fox News analyst Juan Williams. Prior to NPR, Schiller was a senior vice president of and, before that, she spent four years as SVP of the Discovery Times Channel, a joint venture of The New York Times and Discovery Communications.

Nikki Finke Claims to Be Leaving Deadline, Announces (TheWrap)
Nikki Finke says she is set to leave the website she founded and start over again at, announcing it on Twitter on Thursday. “I am building out and will unveil it right after the new year,” she tweeted. “Can’t wait to report the real truth about Hollywood.” Finke added in another tweet: “All that’s left is for the lawyers to disentangle me from [owner Jay] Penske. I have no idea why he has fought so hard to keep me. I’ll be free soon.” BuzzFeed / Entertainment “I’m grateful to him for all the money he’s paid me,” she said about Penske. “I’m grateful for all his help in building out Deadline Hollywood. But now too much has happened between us. And it’s time for us to say goodbye.” The Atlantic Wire Finke watchers have waited for news along these lines for months, at least ever since Finke rival Sharon Waxman at TheWrap reported that Finke had been fired last summer. That report obviously wasn’t true, but all was not well over at Deadline. Defamer Finke shares that Penske has already forced her to fire two members of her staff, and will be making her fire a third in the coming months. FishbowlNY Finke leveled a bunch of Miley Cyrus-like accusations at The Hollywood Reporter. Relying on data compiled by parent company PMC, she claimed that the bulkhead of THR‘s latest monthly uniques and page views connects to the Hollywood trade world’s equivalent of twerking at the VMAs.

Longtime Times Editor Named Politico Executive (NYT)
Richard L. Berke, a longtime political correspondent and senior editor at The New York Times, was appointed executive editor of Politico on Thursday, in what Politico described as a testament to its influence and growth. Capital New York “If you had asked me three months ago if I ever saw myself going to Politico, I never would have imagined it in my life,” Berke, who’s been at the Times since Ronald Reagan was president, told Capital. “But [editor-in-chief] John [Harris] called me and the more we talked, the more I saw us being amazingly in lockstep about Politico and the future of Politico.” FishbowlNY Berke was most recently the Times’ assistant managing editor for news. He started at the Times as a night editor in the paper’s Washington bureau. Berke also served as the Times’ national political correspondent for more than 10 years. NY Post / Media Ink Earlier this week, the Times lost tech columnist David Pogue to Yahoo! and in August lost stats whiz Nate Silver and his FiveThirtyEight blog to ESPN. Berke’s departure is more freighted with personal drama.

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John Henry’s Purchase of Boston Globe Is Completed After Worcester Judge Lifts Injunction (Boston Globe)
Boston businessman John Henry’s purchase of the Boston Globe became official Thursday afternoon, ending 20 years of ownership by The New York Times Co. Henry, the principal owner of the Boston Red Sox and other sports enterprises, agreed in August to buy the Globe, its websites and affiliated businesses, after a bidding process that involved a half dozen potential buyers.

Sean Hannity’s Call to Obamacare Hotline Gets Employee Fired (HuffPost)
When Sean Hannity called the Obamacare hotline, not only did he not get the answer he wanted, but he also got a woman fired. Luckily for her, Hannity had the money to help her out. The Fox News and radio host called the hotline on Monday and spoke on-air with employee Erling Davis about promised improvements to the Obamacare website. Hannity brought Davis back onto the show on Thursday, and she revealed that she had been let go after their conversation.

Alexandra Steigrad Named Media Editor at WWD, Erik Maza Will Edit ‘Eye’ (Capital New York)
Memo Pad, Women’s Wear Daily‘s long-running media column, is changing hands. Earlier Thursday, Erik Maza, the main reporter devoted to the column since April 2012, announced on Twitter that he’s moving on to co-edit Eye, WWD‘s party, culture and society page. (Eye’s previous editor, Matt Lynch, will begin working at Capital next week.) Now we know who Maza’s replacement is: Alexandra Steigrad, who currently serves as the fashion bible’s associate news editor for accessories, according to a memo obtained by Capital. FishbowlNY Ed Nardoza, editor-in-chief of WWD, sent out a memo announcing a slew of changes to the editorial team. Here are the highlights.

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Reporter Reveals How Fox News Gaslit Him (Gawker)
Fox News’ abuse of reporters is legendary. But their treatment of Matthew Flamm, a media reporter for Crain’s New York, should be flagged for eternity for its absurdity. As first reported by NPR’s David Folkenflik (and noted in The Washington Post), the channel’s PR team planted a fake tip, using a fake email address — but using a real Fox News producer’s name — about Bill O’Reilly anchoring election coverage of the 2008 primaries, for the sole purpose of humiliating Flamm. Crain’s New York Matthew Flamm: “I write now because not all the details of that elaborate ruse have come to light. My hope is that it will prove instructive to hear how one gets conned, even if the reaction of most readers — the reaction I’m sure I would have had — is likely to be: Oh, that would never happen to me.”

LA Times Names Richard Nordwind Film Editor (NY Observer)
Richard Nordwind is moving from calendar editor to film editor at the Los Angeles Times, the paper announced in an email that went out to the newsroom Thursday afternoon. “Rich’s deep understanding of film, his sense of story and his sharp news judgment make him the natural choice for this key position. He’ll work with the movies team to find new and creative ways to ensure that our report is lively, relevant and indispensable,” the email from John Corrigan, assistant managing editor, arts and entertainment, said.

Fortune Bulks Up: Andy Serwer Announces Seven New Hires at Once (Capital New York)
Fortune, the business magazine published by Time Inc., announced seven new editorial staff hires Thursday. “I am delighted to tell you about a great influx of new talent coming to Fortune,” wrote managing editor Andy Serwer in a memo obtained by Capital. FishbowlNY Here is the full list of hires at Fortune.

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The Role of News on Facebook (Pew Research Journalism Project)
On Facebook, the largest social media platform, news is a common but incidental experience, according to an initiative of Pew Research Center in collaboration with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Overall, about half of adult Facebook users, 47 percent, “ever” get news there. That amounts to 30 percent of the population. Most U.S. adults do not go to Facebook seeking news out, the nationally representative online survey of 5,173 adults finds. Instead, the vast majority of Facebook news consumers, 78 percent, get news when they are on Facebook for other reasons. TVNewser If a news organization links to a story on Facebook, only 20 percent of people say that’s reason enough to click on it. The biggest single reason people click on links (at 70 percent) is interest in the topic. Just over half — 51 percent — will click because the story is entertaining, 50 percent because it’s surprising.

YouTube Takes on The News (Digiday)
Much like the Google News homepage, YouTube’s news channel aggregates video news content from some of the biggest — and smallest — broadcasters on Earth. Also, like Google News, the channel does not actually produce its own journalism. The YouTube news channel has more than 21 million subscribers and, as of last week, a new global head of news, Tom Sly.

Amtrak Passenger Tweets Details of Former NSA Director’s Off-The-Record Conversation (The Verge)
Former CIA and NSA director Michael Hayden had a taste of some decidedly low-tech surveillance Thursday. Tom Matzzie, founder of the Ethical Electric Company, was taking an Amtrak Acela train outside of Philadelphia when Hayden sat down behind him and started talking “on background as a former senior admin official.” Matzzie spent the next hour tweeting details from Hayden’s conversation; while details were minimal, it sounds like Hayden spent most of the time ripping the current administration without allowing comments to be attributed to himself.

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Kenya Assails Coverage of an Attack on A Mall (NYT)
Kenyan journalists came under threat this week from the authorities over their coverage of last month’s Westgate mall attack, after video suggesting possible looting by Kenyan forces was broadcast on national television. The Committee to Protect Journalists described Wednesday’s police statement and Thursday’s summoning of the media figures as the kind of “forced patriotism” that was “potentially a sign of a downward spiral of press freedom” in Kenya.

The Psychology of Online Comments (The New Yorker / Elements)
Several weeks ago, on Sept. 24, Popular Science announced that it would banish comments from its Web site. The editors argued that Internet comments, particularly anonymous ones, undermine the integrity of science and lead to a culture of aggression and mockery that hinders substantive discourse. “Even a fractious minority wields enough power to skew a reader’s perception of a story,” wrote the online-content director Suzanne LaBarre, citing a recent study from the University of Wisconsin-Madison as evidence. While it’s tempting to blame the Internet, incendiary rhetoric has long been a mainstay of public discourse. Cicero, for one, openly called Mark Antony a “public prostitute,” concluding, “but let us say no more of your profligacy and debauchery.” What, then, has changed with the advent of online comments?

How Do You Cover A Bankrupt City? (CJR / The United State Project)
Is Detroit the newsiest city in America? You could make a case for it. Between the largest municipal bankruptcy filing ever, the appointment of an emergency manager, ex-mayor Kwame Kilpatrick’s racketeering conviction, a mayoral election and the resignation of three city council members, reporters for the Detroit Free Press and The Detroit News have had to hustle to keep pace this year.

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