John Miller Announces He’s Leaving CBS News (TVNewser)
CBS News correspondent John Miller is leaving the network and joining the NYPD as a new commissioner re-joins the force. ”I never stay anywhere too long,” Miller said on WCBS’ newscast. “John, congratulations. Our loss is the city’s gain,” said anchor Dick Brennan. Capital New York For CBS News, the loss of Miller hits hard, with staffers calling it “devastating,” and “a huge loss.” NYT After a career spent toggling between television and law enforcement, Miller will be rejoining an old friend and boss, William J. Bratton, the incoming police commissioner. Miller’s close relationship with government agencies has troubled some media watchers, who criticized Miller’s recent 60 Minutes special report on the National Security Agency for its seemingly cozy treatment of controversial spying programs. HuffPost Meanwhile, CBS News praised Miller and his career at the network. “John Miller is a remarkable journalist with deep insight into law enforcement,” the network said in a statement on Thursday. CNN David Rhodes, the president of the network news division, said Miller’s decision was “a loss for CBS.” “There’s nobody like him, and I think people around the television industry would agree with that,” Rhodes said.
Time Inc. to Improve People’s Paper Quality (NY Post / Media Ink)
Time Inc. CEO Joe Ripp has pulled back the curtain on one area where he expects the nation’s biggest magazine publisher to spend more money in the coming year: People, the company’s No. 1 money maker, will return to a heavier grade of paper just in time for the Oscars issue that goes on sale March 7, with a cover date of March 17. Publisher Karen Kovacs said “it is a significant investment — in the millions.” NY Post / Media Ink Whither the Time.com redesign? The website redo was initially expected to be out around “the fall” and then it was expected in November. Now, with December almost gone, Capital New York was saying the new target is January. Time.com managing editor Edward Felsenthal hinted it could take a bit longer. “I’d expect it in the next three to six weeks,” he told Media Ink on Thursday.
For ESPN, Millions to Remain in Connecticut (NYT)
The governor of Connecticut arrived at ESPN’s expansive campus to celebrate the groundbreaking of the sports media giant’s 19th building, a digital center that would be the new home of SportsCenter. It was August 2011, and this was the third visit in a year by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, whose first was about three weeks before his election. This time, Malloy brought a hard hat, a shovel and an incentive package for ESPN potentially worth $25 million.
Ukrainian Activist-Journalist Tetyana Chernovil in Intensive Care After Beating (The Guardian)
The streets of Kiev were plastered with images of a young woman’s bruised and swollen face on Thursday morning. The almost unrecognizable photograph was of Tetyana Chernovil, a journalist known for her investigations into government corruption, who has been in intensive care preparing for a series of operations to repair her face, shattered in a beating by unknown assailants. Hundreds of protesters gathered outside the interior ministry headquarters, accusing authorities of ordering police officers to carry out the attack.
Dow Jones‘ ’Make or Break’ 2014 (Capital New York)
Dow Jones is gearing up for a potentially pivotal 2014. The 131-year-old financial information and media company, which publishes The Wall Street Journal, Dow Jones Newswires, Barron’s and MarketWatch, has a number of key initiatives on the docket that will test its might during parent-corporation News Corp’s first full fiscal year as a standalone publishing conglomerate. Perhaps the most closely-watched of these is the implementation of DJX, a news and data offering meant to increase Dow Jones’ share of the lucrative trading-terminal market that’s dominated by Bloomberg L.P. and, to a lesser extent, Thomson Reuters.
The Strand Reveals Record Book Sales on Christmas Eve (GalleyCat)
While many independent bookstores are struggling to keep their doors open, New York City bookstore The Strand is doing just fine. The retailer tweeted on Christmas Eve that it had its best sales day ever, illustrating that print books and indie bookstores are still alive and well.
Rap Genius Searches for New Traffic Tactic After Google Slap (Adweek)
It’s a good thing Rap Genius has an app coming out next week, because it just lost more than half its typical mobile Web traffic thanks to Google. Rap Genius has been in battle mode for the past couple days. Google penalized the site — where people go for musical lyrics and other media — over apparent violations of its search engine code of conduct, involving link kickbacks. ValleyWag Rap Genius will never be safe on the Internet again, because as far as they’re concerned, Google is the Internet. The search engine functions like public infrastructure, a road that takes anyone who wants to look up lyrics to the Internet lyrics store, but it thinks like any Walmart of Exxon. It has its own secret rules, its own private penalties, and its own willingness to harm any company that dares make it look stupid.
The Year in TV News Bloopers (Deadspin)
We spent a few months this year tracking local news blunders until the sheer volume of them forced us to abandon the project. Thankfully, a YouTube user has been collecting awkward events and put together this wonderful montage of the year’s stupidest moments in TV news. TVSpy While not all are from local TV stations, the collection does have plenty of schadenfreude moments TVSpy readers might remember and many we’d all like to forget.
Look Who’s Gawking: Inside Nick Denton’s Phony, Hypocritical Class War Against Tech Workers (PandoDaily)
Having regenerated more times than Doctor Who (but without the likable main character or crisp writing), the current incarnation of ValleyWag has one clear mission: to grab hundreds of millions of monetizable clicks through an endless barrage of outraged posts about the entitled jerks who work in the technology industry. This all-new ValleyWag was conceived during the Occupy protests, when Gawker’s editors discovered that stories about a class war were just catnip for pageviews. And most of the Wall Streeters were mere millionaires — just imagine how much Gawker’s hipster readers would hate billionaires. Or billionaire nerds!
Neil Irwin Ditches WaPo for NYT (FishbowlDC)
Sometimes love just ain’t enough, as they say. Neil Irwin, the economics wunderkind and Wonkblogger who essentially grew up among the florescent lit hallways of the WaPo newsroom, is now spreading his wings and leaving the nest. He will join David Leonhardt in developing the New York Times‘ new, fancy, “we-don’t-need-no-stinkin’-Nate-Silver” data-driven journalism start up.
Blogger Jessica Shyba Lands Two-Book Deal (GalleyCat)
Jessica Shyba, the blogger behind Momma’s Gone City, has landed a two-book deal with Feiwel & Friends, a Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group imprint. Shyba acquired 230,000 followers on Instagram by posting nap time photos starring her rescue puppy and infant son, Theo and Beau.
Patch’s Biggest Blunder: Ignoring Cities (Forbes / Jeff Bercovici)
As the management and ownership of the hyperlocal media venture Patch endure contortions about the AOL company’s future, there’s an enormous amount of punditry concluding that Patch’s failures are both about its model and about the impossible nature of succeeding in providing digital news and information to local communities. Some of it is wise, but most everyone is missing a critical point.
The Least Important Writers of 2013 (Gawker)
With our most gracious and endearing apologies, we now present to you, in alphabetical order, the 22 least important writers of 2013. Please enjoy, if possible.
The Problem With Paid Content: You (Fortune)
Anyone who follows me on Twitter, LinkedIn or Facebook knows a little something about my reading habits. Although I like to think I’m as proficient at and knowledgeable about social media as anyone my age — see the feature Jessi Hempel and I recently wrote about the buzzy mobile application Snapchat — my journalism consumption is fairly old school. I get three newspapers delivered to my doorstep and I also subscribe to numerous magazines.
My Wishlist for Journalism in 2014 (The Guardian / Comment Is Free)
Reporters have a choice: to either continue being regarded as untrustworthy, or to be seen as willing to hold the powerful into account. Here are my suggestions for better journalism.
What’s the best thing you found on social media this year?
Amanda Blattner Brent Not sure, but my friend found her wallet.
Thomas Woolley A Google trends graph on the growth of the term ‘content marketing’