MSNBC Shaking Up Daytime Schedule (TVNewser)
MSNBC is announcing major changes to its daytime lineup. Cable news newcomer Ronan Farrow will host his new show at 1 p.m. ET, sources tell TVNewser, while Joy Reid, the managing editor of NBC’s TheGrio.com, who has been filling in on MSNBC, is expected to be named host at 2. p. m. ET. Tamron Hall, who currently anchors NewsNation at 2 p.m., is negotiating a new contract that would give her an expanded role at the Today show while also keeping her on the MSNBC schedule. Meanwhile, the noon hour has seen fill-in anchors since Alex Wagner moved to 4 p.m. two weeks ago. TVNewser News in the morning. Opinion in the afternoon. That sums up the changes coming to MSNBC’s daytime schedule. The afternoon additions will also create flow in the mornings where Morning Joe leads into Chuck Todd’s DC-based politics hour, followed by Chris Jansing’s newscast. Hall’s NewsNation follows at 11 a.m. with Andrea Mitchell moving back an hour to noon. “Andrea Mitchell is so critical to MSNBC and I’ve always thought her show should be at noon,” MSNBC president Phil Griffin says. “Andrea brings on the biggest newsmakers of the day and the new time slot will help showcase her work.” NYT The network, which will be on a break from its usual lineup to cover the Winter Olympics starting in two weeks, will introduce Farrow as host of the 1 p.m. hour starting Feb. 24. Farrow, the 26-year-old son of Mia Farrow and Woody Allen, has already amassed a long résumé, including being a Rhodes Scholar and a Yale Law School graduate, and a stint in the Obama administration. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media In his memo to staff, Griffin commended MSNBC for getting off to “a great start in 2014.” “We’ve broken news, done important reporting and lead the way on a variety of stories this month And the audience has responded with some of our highest ratings since the 2012 election,” he wrote. “I’m proud of the fantastic work all our teams are doing, particularly those of you who have been juggling multiple assignments. Thank you for your hard work and flexibility.”
Quentin Tarantino Suing Gawker Over Leaked Script (THR / Hollywood Esq.)
Quentin Tarantino has filed a copyright lawsuit against Gawker Media for allegedly facilitating the dissemination of copies of his unproduced script, The Hateful Eight. Last week, the director was outraged after details about the Western circulated. He was so irate that he told the media that he wouldn’t be making the picture as his next film. Soon afterward, Gawker’s Defamer blog linked to the 146-page script under a post titled, “Here Is the Leaked Quentin Tarantino Hateful Eight Script.” FishbowlNY Tarantino’s complaint charges Gawker with copyright infringement and contributory copyright infringement. In the filing, Gawker is labeled as “predatory journalism.” Gawker Tarantino’s complaint includes the following claim: “Gawker Media itself for its own benefit, itself transmitted or encouraged an infringing unauthorized full copy of the Screenplay to be posted for download on the obscure file share website AnonFiles.com.” This claim is false. No one at Gawker saw or had access to Tarantino’s script before AnonFiles posted it. No one at Gawker transmitted it — or anything else, at all — to AnonFiles. No one at Gawker encouraged anyone to do so. No one at Gawker has any earthly idea how AnonFiles obtained a copy.
Greta Van Susteren: Erick Erickson is ‘a Jerk!’ (Politico / Dylan Byers on Media)
Fox News host Greta Van Susteren slammed RedState editor and Fox News contributor Erick Erickson in a post on Monday for his comments on Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis. “What is wrong with this guy? He is such a jerk! He is a repeat offender!” Van Susteren titled the post on her website. Erickson has long been calling Davis, who rose to fame after filibustering an abortion bill, “Abortion Barbie.” In tweets, Erickson has said Davis can’t handle the truth and “is so cute when she’s lying.” He also posted a widely panned story last week on RedState about Davis’s past, titled “Wendy Davis’ Ex Asked a Court to Order Her Not to Use Drugs Before Seeing Her Kids.” Van Susteren said her issue with Erickson was about how he goes about expressing his views. Washington Post / Erik Wemple Fox News chief Roger Ailes has conceded that he didn’t “do a lot of web at Fox News.” FoxNews.com does the basics, hosting videos from Fox News shows, offering stories from network reporters and otherwise posting content from other providers, including the Associated Press. There’s not a ton of personality to it all. Yet there’s a lot of personality at gretawire.foxnewsinsider.com, the blogging platform of Van Susteren.
Washington Post hires Adam Kushner to Helm New Opinion Venture (Capital New York)
National Journal executive editor Adam Kushner is joining The Washington Post to start a new “digital opinion and analysis venture.” Kushner will create and lead a team of editors, as well as a stable of outside contributors, to deliver commentary and analysis on the national debates that affect “Washington, the country and the world,” according to an announcement issued jointly by executive editor Marty Baron, editorial page editor Fred Hiatt and outlook editor Carlos Lozada. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media The new venture is not unlike Politico Magazine, which in addition to publishing longform reporting relies on outside contributors for daily opinion and analysis pieces. That project launched last year under Susan Glasser, a former Post reporter and editor. FishbowlDC Kushner was with National Journal for just over three years, both in an editorial capacity and as a writer, covering topics including idealism in the Middle East, China’s world domination and the recovery of New Orleans. He was also the leader in getting NJ’s recent “Gay Washington” special issue together, and conducted their interview with Barney Frank. FishbowlDC has also learned that editor-in-chief Tim Grieve will be leading the search for Kushner’s replacement as executive editor, and that the first task awaiting the new pick will be a major magazine redesign.
Al Jazeera America to Get Prime New Channel Space (Capital New York)
As it prepares to launch a new marketing campaign, Al Jazeera America will be getting some prime new channel placement for Time Warner Cable subscribers in New York. This week, AJAM will be moving from Channel 181 — the hinterland of the cable channel lineup — to Channel 57, still within cable’s channel-surfing sweet spot. Currently, AJAM is placed in the lineup where viewers have to aggressively seek it out. Capital spent close to five minutes trying to locate it last week by clicking through channels, and found it next to Univision Deportes and a channel called “Shop Zeal.” In its new channel placement, it will be right next to CNN sister network HLN, which could drive tune-in from people seeking out that channel.
Stephen Glass Denied California Law License (Politico / Dylan Byers on Media)
The former journalist who famously fabricated his articles was denied his bid for a law license by the California Supreme Court on Monday. Glass, whose fabrications were the subject of a 2003 film, left The New Republic in 1998 after the magazine’s editors found that between 1995 and 1998 he fabricated at least 42 articles for TNR, Rolling Stone and other magazines.
Business Insider Has Ambitious Paid Content Plans (Adweek)
Business Insider is known for its clicky mix of business and gossip content, delivered in the form of rapid-fire posts, slideshows and videos. In six years’ time, Henry Blodget has put BI at the front in the traffic race with established brands like CNN Money and Forbes Digital. While some may deride its content as click bait, Blodget says BI’s audience growth is proof that digital journalism is alive and well, pointing to new comScore figures showing that the site topped no less than The Wall Street Journal in December in overall traffic (desktop and mobile combined), with nearly 23 million uniques. “It’s just wonderful to see a 6-year-old site have a larger readership than an amazing publication,” he effused. “What we’re doing is resonating with digital consumers.”
Gawker Media Ends Search for New Address (Capital New York)
Gawker Media has decided to abandon its search for a new office building, and instead lease a third floor in its current building at 210 Elizabeth Street, Capital has learned. As Capital reported last month, Gawker — which currently occupies the third and fourth floors of an old commercial building in Nolita — has been looking to move to a larger office. Its plans to lease space in one building were scuttled when other tenants in the building objected to its presence. On Friday, editorial director Joel Johnson mentioned the company’s decision to lease another floor in its current building in his weekly “editorial wrap-up” email to staff.
News Websites Proliferate, Stretching Thin Ad Dollars (WSJ)
Big profits in online news may be as scarce as buried gold but that isn’t deterring journalists and investors from rushing into the sector. In the past few months, about a dozen companies have announced new ventures related to online news, often in specialized areas such as media or technology. The latest is former Washington Post journalist Ezra Klein, who has been hired to launch a general-news site at Vox Media, owner of the tech and media website the Verge. “It’s becoming a very crowded market,” said Neil Doshi, an Internet analyst at CRT Capital. “There is a bubble mentality occurring right now.”
Mail Online to Switch to .com Domain Name (The Guardian)
Mail Online is switching from a .co.uk to .com homepage address, following protracted negotiations with the U.S. paper that owned the Dailymail.com domain name. Owner Daily Mail & General Trust is thought to have paid potentially as much as £1m-plus to secure the valuable domain name. The technically challenging domain shift will see the 161 million monthly unique browsers who visit Dailymail.co.uk instead land on Dailymail.com. Mail Online is adopting a .com homepage domain name in recognition of the growing importance of international markets. Almost 70 percent of its monthly web traffic comes from outside the UK, with most of that from the potentially lucrative U.S. market.
Facebook Is Seeking ‘Editors’ for News App (Re/code)
For years, Facebook has sworn by the power of algorithms to serve users a personalized mix of status updates, stories and photos. It’s what makes up the heart of the company’s premiere product, the News Feed. Soon, Facebook will add another approach to delivering the news: via a new app, humans working for Facebook will start telling you which news stories you should be reading. Over the past few months, Facebook has sought to hire contract editors to staff up Paper, the company’s unreleased, Flipboard-like news aggregation mobile app, according to two people familiar with the matter.
The New York Times Animates the Tragic Tale of Olive Oil (Nieman Journalism Lab)
It’s no small secret the New York Times is trying to expand its multimedia efforts across all sections. It’s producing the Times Minute, a brief news recap, as well as features videos, summaries and short features in Op-Docs. That also includes animation. Today the Times is out with “Extra Virgin Suicide,” a fun animated story by Nicholas Blechman in the Opinions section, that looks at the how Italian olive oil is produced.
Why Capital New York’s $6,000 Paywall Will Probably Work (CJR / The Audit)
When Politico’s owner bought Capital New York in September, the move came as a surprise to many of us, but it could certainly be seen as a concrete assertion of the viability of Politico’s business model, which is hybrid but features aggressively priced premium subscriptions — paywalls, and expensive ones. At the time, the Times reported Politico’s bosses planned to put up a paywall for Capital New York, and that already seemed a stretch. Capital New York provides news about media and New York politics and government, which doesn’t seem in short supply. And when Adweek reported last week that the planned paywall will be $10 short of $6,000 dollars a year, that seemed to me an expression of the kind of hubris that is always bringing down heroes in Greek plays. Not a chance. A year’s digital access to The New York Times costs between $195 and $455. Come on. So, how can Capital New York expect to make this work covering… Albany? Pretty easily, actually. FishbowlNY One possible problem with Starkman’s equation is that in Albany and NYC, there are likely currently fewer corporate expense-account matches for the Allbritton pay-a-ton model than in the Beltway. It’s all TB-CPN-D of course, and FishbowlNY would love to be proven wrong. In the meantime, CJR may have just earned itself some complimentary one-to-five terminal 2014 access.
The Limits of Ezra Klein’s Star Power (Reuters / Jack Shafer)
No greater act of press criticism exists than to launch your own publication. Starting anew allows a journalist to leave the cracked glass, dents and rust of the old behind, to reject the past and all its mistakes and compromises, and to show by example how the work should be done. To command a blank slate into existence and drop your pen on to it makes a critical statement like no other. If I’m right about all of this, then Ezra “Wonkblog” Klein deserves acclamation as the press critic of the day, the week, and maybe even the month for leaving the Washington Post and joining with the blog consortium Vox Media (The Verge, SB Nation, Eater, Curbed, et al.) to start his own Web publication.
Elite Daily: Inside One Publisher’s Viral Boom (Digiday)
Publishing used to be a long, hard slog. For most, it still is, even more so these days, but in the Facebook era there are the select few — think Upworthy, ViralNova, even History in Pictures — that record eye-popping traffic-growth numbers that beggar belief. A case in point is two-year-old Elite Daily, which bills itself as the “voice of Generation Y,” a Huffington Post-style grab bag of content for a young audience. In fact, it is engineered for sharing on Facebook. In just three months, from August to November last year, traffic to the site skyrocketed nearly 800 percent, leaping from 4.8 million unique visitors in August to nearly 43 million in November, according to its internal analytics.
What do you think of journalists citing Wikipedia?
mjanssen there’s no reason to do it — journos should trace Wiki’s info back to cited sources (or otherwise not use)
djglidden Anyone writer citing wikipedia is NOT a journalist.
stekenwright Find that journos citing Wiki can’t find better resources, will sometimes change if approached with something better
Tee Elle Um no. I don’t use that as a credible source but may use it as a starting point.
Randall Evans Proper Wikipedia articles cite their sources so a journalist should be using original sources when they can.