Top Editor at The Philadelphia Inquirer Is Dismissed (NYT)
In the latest example of management turmoil at The Philadelphia Inquirer, William K. Marimow was fired as the paper’s top editor on Monday. The news was announced in a brief email sent to staff members in the morning by the newspaper’s publisher, Robert J. Hall. Poynter / MediaWire Marimow and publisher Bob Hall had a “difference in philosophical vision in the direction of the paper,” a source says. The newsroom was scheduled to learn of Marimow’s departure Monday afternoon, the source said. There’s no timetable yet for his departure. JimRomenesko.com “Total surprise,” I’m told. “He was at the 10:30 morning news meeting, so it had to be sudden as the wording of the email indicates. Word has it all the owners were not consulted and that Marimow has told some folks ‘it’s not over yet.’” NewsWorks Newspaper sources told me that Hall recently instructed Marimow to fire at least two veteran staff members at the newspaper, and that he refused on principle, precipitating his own dismissal. He said the decision to oust Marimow came after weeks of talks about the nature and pace of changes needed at the newspaper. He said the changes were based on “reader research” but that he wouldn’t get into specifics, in part for competitive reasons. Philadelphia Magazine Marimow was fired after many months of infighting with Hall, according to internal documents anonymously delivered Monday afternoon to Philadelphia magazine. “Marimow is not and never will be the change agent that we need at the Inquirer to turn around the circulation decline and grow our company,” writes Hall, in summation.
Fox News Debuts Bizarre, Giant Tablets in Its Outrageous New Newsroom (The Verge)
Fox News has unveiled a breathtakingly ridiculous newsroom, complete with novelty-sized Windows-based touchscreens, a Twitter wall, and a wannabe Minority Report-style display, which it hopes will connect it with generations of viewers who use smartphones and apps. In a video that could be mistaken for a College Humor or Saturday Night Live parody, Fox News anchor Shepard Smith walks viewers through the network’s new setup, which includes workstations with 55-inch touchscreen monitors. TVNewser At the center of it all is Smith, who will anchor Shepard Smith Reporting at 3 p.m. ET from the Deck as well as cover breaking news into the night. At the ready is a remote control device that will allow Smith to operate multiple feeds coming in on a 38-foot video wall. TechCrunch Aside from it being simply neat of Fox News to use the displays, it’s a nice moment for Microsoft: The company has found an early commercial use for its PPI display technology.
The New Yorker Names Jonathan Shainin Online News Editor (FishbowlNY)
Jonathan Shainin has been named news editor of newyorker.com. Shainin comes to The New Yorker from The Caravan, where he served as senior editor since 2010. This will be Shainin’s second stint with The New Yorker, as he served as fact checker for the magazine from 2005 to 2007. Capital New York Shainin will report to Nick Thompson, who’s been expanding the New Yorker‘s online footprint since he was named Web editor in March 2012.
Two Companies in Web Video Are Expected to Merge (NYT)
In another sign that the world of digital video production may be entering an era of consolidation, two significant participants in the market, Alloy Digital and Break Media, are expected to announce on Tuesday that they will merge. The companies, which are privately held, said the combined company would be named Defy Media and would focus on entertaining people ages 12 to 34. Without providing financial details, they said the joint venture would start with more than $100 million in revenues and would be profitable.
Guardian Corrects Its Seymour Hersh Story (Poynter / Regret The Error)
Famed investigative journalist Seymour Hersh recently gave an interview to The Guardian that contained a string of highly quotable statements. For example, Hersh said that the fix for American journalism would be to ”close down the news bureaus of the networks and let’s start all over, tabula rasa. The majors, NBCs, ABCs, they won’t like this — just do something different, do something that gets people mad at you, that’s what we’re supposed to be doing.” But it was his comment about the raid that killed Osama Bin Laden that got many folks, including the Daily Mail, The Daily Beast, The Huffington Post and the New York Daily News, among others, to write up his comments. But on Oct. 1, The Guardian added a correction that walks back the Bin Laden raid claim.
Journalist Who Lifted Copy From Toronto Star‘s Files Was ‘In-House Plagiarist’ (The Guardian / Greenslade Blog)
A Canadian newsroom intern has been criticized by his newspaper for plagiarizing a fellow reporter’s copy that was published three years before. The Toronto Star‘s public editor, Kathy English, apologized to readers because an article about vanity licence plates on cars on Aug. 3 contained six paragraphs lifted from a story about the same subject in October 2010. This was, she noted, a “lapse in journalistic standards.” But her “in-house plagiarism” decision astonished “several journalism professors, as well as reporters, columnists and editors from the Star and other news organizations.”
More Pictures, Less Policy: Ezra Klein’s Wonkblog Launches Viral Site Know More (GigaOM)
Ezra Klein’s popular politics and policy blog Wonkblog is already a digital success story. Klein tends to be mentioned in the same breath as Andrew Sullivan of The Dish and Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight: He’s a highly influential blogger whose digital brand is more valuable than that of his corporate parent (Wonkblog is owned by The Washington Post). But, Klein says, he and the team at Wonkblog wanted to go farther in creating a viral site. On Monday they launched Know More, “a site for people who like learning stuff.”
Can Jim Impoco Save Newsweek? (Digiday)
Jim Impoco, the new editor-in-chief of Newsweek, is either the bravest man in journalism or the most self-destructive. Now owned by International Business Times Media, the notoriously embattled publication has changed hands four times in three years. Impoco shared his vision with Digiday as the first issue under his stewardship hit the stands. FishbowlNY We were particularly taken by Impoco’s answer to the question, “Can print magazines ever get back to where they were in their heyday?” and the way he colorfully elaborated on the obvious answer. There’s no town car waiting outside anymore, Impoco notes, and the days of three-martini math are also long gone.
SCOTUSblog Still Lacks Supreme Court Credentials (Poynter / MediaWire)
SCOTUSblog still lacks its own press credentials to cover the Supreme Court, whose new term began Monday. Reached by email, SCOTUSblog publisher Tom Goldstein said that after his organization in April received a credential to cover the U.S. Senate, which the court had suggested, “they were going to reevaluate their credentialing policy.” That reevaluation is apparently taking a while: “They say they have no expectations of when that will be done,” Goldstein writes.
Sports Illustrated Is Testing A New Type of Paywall (Adweek)
Sports Illustrated is testing a paywall that lets readers access its print articles early if they watch a 30-second video ad first. The provider is Selectable Media, which has been testing consumers’ willingness to watch video ads for free WiFi, music and games. This is its first public test with a major consumer magazine. With ad dollars under pressure, publishers are looking to consumers to generate revenue, but with so much news and information freely available, paywalls have had mixed success (The Dallas Morning News and San Francisco Chronicle recently dropped theirs).
Media Matters Gets Some Right-Wing Competition (THR)
A nonprofit group that bills itself as a right-wing version of Media Matters for America launched Monday with calls for boycotts against companies that advertise on PoliticsNation With Al Sharpton, a show on Comcast-owned MSNBC. The group is called TruthRevolt, and the first advertiser it is targeting is Ritz Crackers, which a petition that was quickly signed by more than 1,000 people Monday morning. FishbowlDC The left has Media Matters. The right now has TruthRevolt, a new website launched Monday by Breitbart news editor-at-large Ben Shapiro whose mission statement includes the following declaration: “The media must be destroyed where they stand.” Are we facing Armageddon here?
Time Warner Cable to Buy U.S. Firm DukeNet for $600 Million (Reuters)
Cable company Time Warner Cable Inc agreed to buy U.S. fiber optic network provider DukeNet Communications for $600 million in cash in a deal that will boost the cable company’s business services unit. DukeNet is a regional fiber optic network in North Carolina and South Carolina and five other states, co-owned by Duke Energy Corp, and Alinda Capital Partners, which each have a 50 percent stake.
Has Putting Up A Paywall at The Guardian Become A Moral Imperative Rather Than A Choice? (paidContent)
Now that The Washington Post has erected a paywall, the Guardian newspaper in Britain is probably the most high-profile newspaper that doesn’t have a pay model of any kind — apart from its iPad app and mobile app, both of which cost a fee. But some media observers are arguing that it almost has a duty to put up a paywall, in order to support the kind of journalism it has been doing around the NSA story.
First They Came for The Mugshot Websites, But I Said Nothing… (GigaOM)
As described in a New York Times story over the weekend — one that for some reason chose to save this information until the end — Google has tweaked its search algorithm and downgraded the Page Rank of so-called “mugshot” websites, which post police snapshots of random people and in some cases charge to have them removed. MasterCard has also taken steps to cut such sites off from using its online payment systems. Everyone seems pretty happy about this turn of events so far (except the mugshot site operators, of course), but I confess that I find the whole thing a little disturbing.
MSNBC Producer Calls Out CNN’s Embarrassing Hong Kong Gaffe (TheWrap)
CNN raised a few cartographers’ eyebrows when it reported on Saturday that Hong Kong was in South America. In an unfortunate geographical gaffe tweeted by MSNBC producer Traci Lee, a New Day report about killer hornets in China had a large map to show viewers where Hong Kong was.
Who’s your favorite newspaper or magazine columnist?
George Molé Mark Steyn of National Review–unique combination of passion, information and humor.
Tina Strasberg Lucy Kellaway- Financial Times
Nick Keppler Esquire’s Charlie Pierce