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2 Philly Inquirer Owners Sue Company, Publisher (Philadelphia Inquirer / AP)
Two owners of The Philadelphia Inquirer sued their company and publisher Thursday over this week’s firing of Pulitzer Prize-winning editor Bill Marimow, in just the latest sign of internal warfare at the storied newspaper. Former New Jersey Nets owner Lewis Katz and cable TV mogul H.F. “Gerry” Lenfest accuse publisher Robert “Bob” Hall of overstepping his authority, and demand his ouster and Marimow’s return. Reuters According to the filing, Katz and Lenfest said that “Hall lacked the authority to fire the editor of the newspaper, a major business decision that should not have been — and could not be — taken without the unanimous approval of the management committee.” Bloomberg Businessweek Marimow said he’s willing and able to return to his position immediately, according to the complaint, which seeks a court order declaring the firing null and void. Philadelphia The fight over Marimow’s job is not a fight for the future of the Philadelphia Inquirer. It’s a fight over how much dignity the Inquirer will be allowed to retain as it slowly dies. And it is shocking how many people inside the Inquirer — from the ownership to the newsroom — don’t seem to understand that.
Alice Munro Wins Nobel Prize in Literature (NYT)
Alice Munro, the renowned Canadian short story writer whose visceral work explores the tangled relationships between men and women, small town existence and the fallibility of memory, won the 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature on Thursday. Gawker Munro, who lives in Clinton, Ontario, has won several other literary prizes, including the 2009 Man Booker International Prize and Canada’s Governor General award, which she’s won three times. She is the 13th woman and the first Canadian to win the Nobel Prize for Literature. GalleyCat The press release described her career in a single phrase: “master of the contemporary short story.” NYT / ArtsBeat The writer announced this year that she was done writing fiction. “What I feel now is that I don’t have the energy anymore,” she told The Times’s Charles McGrath in July.
AOL Slashes Jonas Brothers-Founded Site Cambio in Layoffs (TheWrap)
AOL has laid off the entire staff of its entertainment news site Cambio except for its editorial team, individuals with knowledge of the situation told TheWrap. “AOL continues to support Cambio, and we have made structural changes to bring Cambio’s costs in line with revenue,” a spokesman for AOL told TheWrap. The layoffs were announced on Friday, with the general manager and tech director leaving immediately. The four-member video production team’s last day will be today.
Reuters Offers Buyouts to Veteran Staffers (FishbowlNY)
Reuters is offering buyouts to staffers who have been with the company for at least 18 years. The Newspaper Guild of New York is planning on countering Reuters’ initial offer, which applies to 97 people. Tico Times Reuters also plans to close its editing desk in Washington and to bring those duties to its New York office. The current editors will have the option of either moving to New York or transferring to any open reporting positions in Washington, according to the union.
Vivian Schiller Is a Lock as Twitter’s Head of News (AllThingsD)
Vivian Schiller, NBC News’ SVP and chief digital officer, is being tapped for Twitter’s head of news position, according to sources familiar with the matter. AllThingsD reported last week that she was the leading pick for the high-profile job. The deal is now “all but done,” according to sources, although Schiller will apparently take a significant period of time off between the end of her current position at NBC and the start of the new job at Twitter. FishbowlNY Did anyone miss AllThingsD’s involvement in this story? We hope not. Because that is important. No one does a better job of making themselves part of the news than media reporters.
Rick Reilly’s American Indian Father-In-Law Says Reilly Misquoted Him (Deadspin)
Last month, ESPN’s Rick Reilly came out in support of the Redskins’ name. The backbone of his argument? Father-in-law Bob Burns, a Blackfeet elder, who supposedly said he doesn’t care about the team name. Burns has written a response for Indian Country Today Media Network, and oh man. Indian Country Today Media Network You can imagine my dismay when I saw my name and words used to defend the racist Washington Redskins name. My son-in-law completely misunderstood the conversation we had, quoting me as saying, “The whole issue is so silly. The name just doesn’t bother me much. It’s an issue that shouldn’t be an issue, not with all the problems we’ve got in this country.” But that’s not what I said. What I actually said is that “it’s silly in this day and age that this should even be a battle — if the name offends someone, change it.” He failed to include my comments that the term “redskins” demeans Indians, and historically is insulting and offensive, and that I firmly believe the Washington Redskins should change their name. PRNewser In the face of increasing pressure, team owner Dan Snyder (who is himself a comms vet) finally addressed the issue in a statement that went beyond his usual “Hell no, and you can put that in all caps” response. In this letter to members of fan organization Redskins Nation, Snyder did the smart thing: Rather than come out swinging and berate his detractors as PC thought police, he went for emotion and nostalgia.
Third of Millennials Watch Mostly Online Video or No Broadcast TV (Poynter / MediaWire)
Thirty four percent of millennials surveyed watch mostly online video or no broadcast television, new research from The New York Times says. The study surveyed more than 4,000 online video users. Among other findings: News sites were more popular than sports for online-video watchers, but they were far less popular than video hosting sites like YouTube.
PolitiFact To Start Fact-Checking TV Hosts and Guests With PunditFact (TVNewser)
PolitiFact, the Tampa Bay Times project that fact-checks politicians and political spinmeisters, is setting its eyes on the media. The site will start PunditFact, which will be “dedicated to checking claims by pundits, columnists, bloggers and the hosts and guests of talk shows.” PolitiFact PunditFact is being funded by $625,000 in grants over two years from the Ford Foundation and the Democracy Fund. Seed money for the project was provided by craigconnects, the Web-based initiative to support philanthropy and public service run by Craig Newmark, founder of craigslist.
Christopher Chabris Should Calm Down (Slate / Malcolm Gladwell)
Three times in the past week or so — in the Wall Street Journal, in his own blog and then Wednesday in Slate — Christopher Chabris has written about how upset he is by my latest book, David and Goliath. I wish I could say that in the intervening years he has come to a better appreciation of the narrative form. The first striking thing about all three of Chabris’ reviews of David and Goliath is how much attention he pays to a study that I mention at the beginning of my chapter on dyslexia.
Are Operations Like Flipboard Scams Against Publishers? (TPM / Josh Marshall)
Since we’d gotten a number of questions from readers, I jotted down a short post a couple days ago explaining that we’ve removed TPM from Flipboard, Google Currents and a number of other similar aggregator sites. I didn’t expect that the note would create a mini-storm in the digital news and ad community. So I wanted to explain and elaborate on just what I meant and why we’re doing this.
Going Digital Isn’t Just an Upgrade — It’s a Complete Transformation in the Way Journalism is Done (paidContent)
One of the difficult things about doing journalism, or media of any kind, in the digital and social age is that it seems so simple — in other words, it feels a lot like the way things used to be done: You write things and then you publish them, only you do it on the Internet instead of in print. Maybe you put in some links if you’re feeling ambitious. Pretty simple, right? Except that seeing it this way ignores the fundamental ways in which the practice of journalism has been completely changed by the web, as Guardian deputy editor Katharine Viner noted in an excellent speech on Wednesday.
Sources: Magic Johnson Left ESPN Because Of Bill Simmons (Deadspin)
So, why did Magic Johnson make his sudden announcement that he’s leaving ESPN, less than three weeks before the NBA season begins? An announcement so sudden that the newest addition to NBA Countdown, Doris Burke, appeared to have had no idea it was going down? ESPN sources tell us that Johnson’s departure was the result of an old fashioned power war, with one very clear winner: Bill Simmons. “It’s Simmons’s show now,” said one source.
The New York Times Website Is Back After Brief Outage (NY Observer)
The New York Times website went out for a few brief moments Thursday afternoon. In August, the Times website went dark twice. The first time the result of scheduled website maintenance and the other attributed to “a malicious external attack” by the Syrian Electronic Army. This time, the site was a non-malicious coding issue and was only down for around seven minutes — not even long enough for people to compose witty jokes or publications to drop paywalls to entice readers.
Guardian Was ‘Entirely Correct’ to Publish NSA Stories, Says Vince Cable (The Guardian)
The Guardian performed a considerable public service after making the “entirely correct and right” and “courageous” decision to publish details from secret NSA files leaked by the US whistleblower Edward Snowden, Vince Cable has said. The business secretary, who reserved judgment on Snowden’s decision to leak the files, confirmed that Nick Clegg was setting in train a review of the oversight of Britain’s intelligence agencies.
Newspaper Sales Dive Enters 8th Straight Year (Newsosaur / Alan Mutter)
As digital advertising sales soared 18 percent to a record high in the first six months of this year, the revenues of the publicly traded newspaper companies slipped an average of 5.5 percent to enter an eighth year of unabated decline.
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