Rebekah Brooks Pleads Not Guilty to All Phone-Hacking, Corruption Charges (THR)
Rebekah Brooks, the former CEO of News International, on Wednesday pleaded not guilty to all criminal charges made as the result of investigations into phone hacking and corruption allegations. The pre-trial hearing focused on five charges against her in three areas — alleged phone hacking, conspiracy to make illegal payments to public officials in return for stories and attempts to pervert the course of justice at the height of the phone-hacking scandal. Brooks denied all the charges, which focus on her time at the U.K. publishing arm of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp., in particular her time as editor of the News of the World and editor of the Sun. HuffPost / AP Brooks answered “not guilty” in a firm voice at a court hearing at London’s Southwark Crown Court, where she appeared along with a dozen others, mostly former News International employees, facing similar charges over the scandal that rocked Britain’s establishment. BBC Other News of the World employees who also pleaded not guilty to charges related to phone hacking included former assistant news editor James Weatherup and former managing editor Stuart Kuttner. All the defendants were released on bail and are due to face trial later in the year.
Newspaper Circulation Way Up in China (The Economist / Graphic Detail)
World Press Trends report collects masses of data about newspaper circulation and revenues in more than 70 countries. The headline figure shows circulation falling modestly from 537 million in 2008 to 530 million in 2012, but that masks huge regional variations. The report makes for particularly gloomy reading if you happen to be employed by a newspaper in America or western Europe. Looking further east, though, things look brighter. Marketing Charts Newspaper circulation around the world dropped by only 0.9 percent in 2012, as losses in North America and other regions were almost completely offset by gains in Asia, according to the latest World Press Trends survey of the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers, which includes data from more than 90 percent of the global industry’s value. The study shows that more than half of the world’s adults read a daily newspaper, with 2.5 billion doing so in print and 600 million in digital.
Wendy Williams Daytime Talk Show Renewed Through 2017 (HuffPost)
The Wendy Williams Show will be around for years to come. Debmar-Mercury announced on Tuesday that it renewed the The Wendy Williams Show through the 2016-17 television season on Fox Television Stations. Ratings for the nationally syndicated show has shown steady growth in recent years. The news follows Debmar-Mercury’s announcement that The Wendy Williams Show would extend its production schedule into the summer months. THR The show’s renewal comes on the heels of a year of ratings growth for the syndicated talker, especially among the key demographic group of women 25-54. The show grew 43 percent in the past year, according to Debmar-Mercury (a division of Lionsgate). That gave it a 1.2 rating and 8 percent share of the daytime metered markets.
Rally Planned for Laid-Off Sun-Times Photographers (Poynter / MediaWire)
The Chicago News Guild will picket the Chicago Sun-Times building Thursday morning, the Guild said in a press release. The Sun-Times laid off its photo staff last week and announced plans to train reporters in iPhone photography. The event “will make a statement to the company that people care about quality journalism,” the release reads. The Daily Dot Rob Hart was laid off from the Chicago Sun-Times as part of the paper’s much-maligned decision to get rid of its entire photo staff (28 people, including Pulitzer Prize winners) and replace them with reporters with iPhones. The Daily Dot interviewed the award-winning journalist and Medill Journalism School professor about the value of the Internet and the future of journalism.
Zynga Shuts Media Out of Shareholder Meeting (WSJ / Digits)
Zynga held its annual meeting of shareholders in San Francisco on Tuesday, but don’t expect to hear what was said. A day after announcing massive job cuts and the closure of multiple satellite offices, Jeffrey Schmidt, a legal counsel for the company, declined to let a Wall Street Journal reporter into the company’s shareholder meeting. The company did not offer a live webcast.
Notes From The Tabloid Détente: Colin Myler’s Bid to Remake The Daily News (Capital New York)
“We are a tabloid newspaper,” said Colin Myler. The Daily News editor-in-chief was on the phone one morning about a month ago, just a few hours before a two-day period in which more than two dozen of the paper’s journalists lost their jobs. Myler rarely gives interviews, but he’d agreed to one with Capital about some of the News‘ recent coverage, a story that suddenly seemed strange to pursue when so much was changing at the paper so quickly and so immediately after our chat. FishbowlNY Perhaps you’ve noticed that the Daily News seems more celeb heavy than in years past? This is Myler’s doing. Maybe you’ve even clicked on items like “PHOTOS: Boom, boom pow! Fergie shows off baby bump.” And maybe, just maybe, you hated yourself for doing so. Myler says those dumb stories wouldn’t be there if Daily News readers didn’t enjoy them.
Jonah Lehrer Is Shopping A New Book About Love (Slate / BrowBeat)
Four months after a public appearance that BuzzFeed optimistically described as his “final humiliation,” Jonah Lehrer is ready for his comeback. Slate has learned from sources in the publishing industry that the once-celebrated writer is now shopping around a book proposal on the science — and perhaps the redemptive power — of love.
The Rob Ford Crack Video Might Be ‘Gone’ (Gawker)
Before the Rob Ford Crackstarter — our crowdfunding effort to purchase and publish a video of Toronto mayor Rob Ford smoking crack cocaine — reached its $200,000 goal last month, we let everyone know that we had lost contact with the people who have custody of the video. PBS / MediaShift Idea Lab To say Gawker’s cheekily titled Crackstarter crowdfunding campaign muddies the waters of judicial inquiry is an understatement — some suggest that the case is an example of crowdfunding spinning out of control. But is this a story about crowdfunding, or journalism? It’s not a practice that edifies anyone: What this campaign will do, if successful, is give money to a criminal gang.
Wonkette: The Snark Survives (Politico)
Wonkette is not what it used to be. Gone are the Vanity Fair photo shoots about the website’s popularity. Long past are those very public and nasty feuds with Washington politicos. So long to all of those “hot” and “heat-seeking” lists. Goodbye to instilling fear in Washingtonians whenever you showed up to a party. FishbowlDC Wonkette is now just a 40-year-old woman’s diary. Politico‘s Patrick Gavin has a story that puts a happy, smiley face on just how terrible Wonkette has become.
There Is At Least One Potential Buyer for Newsweek (Forbes / Mixed Media)
Barry Diller is so anxious to be rid of Newsweek, he can’t even be bothered to hide it. But all his badmouthing hasn’t completely killed interest in the 80-year-old title. Digital First Media is among the parties taking a look at Newsweek’s books, according to a person with knowledge of the discussions. “We never comment on what we’re looking at,” Digital First CEO John Paton said when reached by phone.
Miami Herald Reporter Covers Guantanamo Bay for 12 Years, With No End in Sight (Poynter / Al’s Morning Meeting)
Miami Herald reporter Carol Rosenberg has been covering the Guantanamo Bay detention center in Cuba for 12 years. “The only people who have been at Gitmo longer than me are the prisoners,” she said in a recent phone interview. She has no hopes of breaking a huge story or landing a newsmaking interview — at Gitmo, stories come in the form of tiny details.
‘Anchorman: The Exhibit’ to Open At Newseum in November (The Washington Post / Museums)
Leather-bound books? Leave that to the Library of Congress. The Newseum will do one better when it showcases Ron Burgundy’s jazz flute at its “Anchorman: The Exhibit,” an exhibition of props and costumes from the 2004 cult hit Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. On Nov. 14, the Newseum will join with Paramount Pictures to feature memorable sets and props from the Will Ferrell film, just in time for the release of Anchorman: The Legend Continues in December. TVNewser The exhibit will feature a replica KVWN-TV anchor desk where visitors can pose. TVSpy The exhibit “explores the reality behind the humor of Anchorman and tracks the rise of personality-driven news formats in the 1970s,” according to the Newseum.
Pitchfork Media Fades to Film With The Dissolve (Folio:)
The alternative music site Pitchfork recently announced that it will launch a sister film site in July titled The Dissolve. Former A.V. Club editor Keith Phipps, along with support from Pitchfork Media president, Chris Kaskie, conceived the new venture. Phipps and Kaskie imply that the decision to expand was motivated by an evident hole in the market, and acknowledgment that there was a demand for a comprehensive film site.
Politico’s Jim VandeHei on Why Bloomberg Is A Scary Competitor And Subscriptions Will Keep Growing (paidContent)
In a Q&A, Politico’s executive editor talks about how to stay relevant as your media company gets older, how to grow in a saturated Washington market, and why he barely watches TV.
Anchor And Meteorologist Can Barely Hide Their Disdain for Each Other (Gawker)
A recent bit of on-air passive aggression between Philly news anchor Nicole Brewer and CBS 3 meteorologist Carol Erickson has exposed the fact that the former Miss Pennsylvania and her colleague have been exchanging less-than-subtle barbs for some time now. TVSpy “This whole controversy is ridiculous. This video has been grossly edited out of context,” a KYW spokesperson told TVSpy.
lrgatlin Experience, no question. The difference between reading about baking a cake and actually doing it. No comparison.
rashidathompson Experience is education 1st hand :).
Richard Bauman If I had to choose between education and experience when hiring someone, I’d take experience.
Dane Kantner I’d say neither? Critical thinking … ability to concept ideas…
Peter G Millington-Wallace Experience is education.