Cleveland Plain Dealer Cuts Third of Newsroom Staff (AP / The Big Story)
The Plain Dealer in Cleveland cut about a third of its newsroom staff Wednesday, months after announcing it was reducing home delivery of the newspaper. About 50 reporters, photographers, page designers and other Newspaper Guild-covered employees received layoff notices, according to the guild. Crain’s Cleveland Business Employees were notified Tuesday night to wait by the phone until 10 a.m. Wednesday. If they didn’t get a call from the office telling them they were being laid off, they were to report to work at 11 a.m. Among those who got the unfortunate call was business editor Randy Roguski. Others laid off are eligible to apply for jobs at the Northeast Ohio Media Group, a new company that will produce digital content for Cleveland.com. CJR / The United States Project There is still some uncertainty, however, even for those who got the “good call.” One Plain Dealer reporter told me that now that the layoffs have occurred, Advance plans to hire some of the keepers away to the website, Cleveland.com, which is now operated by a separate digital company. The guild “had thought offers for [the] site would come first… coming after layoffs will cut the number of guild members even lower,” said the reporter, who is staying on at the paper. Philadelphia Daily News / Attytood While 50 experienced journalists are getting their telephonic pink slips, the paper is advertising for nine new journalists who will certainly be lower paid and most likely younger, with less experience and knowledge of the tangled history of an iconic, if faded, American city.
Snowden Granted 1-Year Asylum in Russia, Leaves Airport (RT)
NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has been granted temporary asylum in Russia and is allowed to enter the country’s territory. The whistleblower has been granted temporary political asylum in Russia, Snowden’s legal representative Anatoly Kucherena said. Fox News The development comes more than a month after Snowden first arrived at the Moscow airport from Hong Kong, and was effectively marooned in the airport’s transit zone while he and his supporters tried to sway a country to accept his petition for refugee status.
Fox News Sues TVEyes for Copyright Infringement (TheWrap / MediaAlley)
Fox News Channel sued TVEyes, a $500-per-month TV and radio broadcast search service, for copyright infringement on Tuesday. The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in New York, alleges TVEyes makes versions of the cable news network’s “award-winning programming” available on its site for paid users without Fox News’ permission. The lawsuit accuses TVEyes of misappropriating “the entirety of the works that Fox News has developed at great expense and to reproduce, to distribute, to publicly perform and/or to publicly display verbatim copies of the works” without authorization. Courthouse News Service “TVEyes is well aware that it must obtain a license, consent or authorization from Fox News in order to reproduce, distribute, publicly perform, publicly display and/or otherwise use Fox News’ programming and content in this manner,” the network says. “In fact, TVEyes contacted Fox News seeking a license for its use of Fox News content. Fox News declined and demanded on multiple occasions that TVEyes cease its willful and infringing reproduction of Fox News’ content. TVEyes has refused to comply and even to respond to Fox News’s most recent letter.”
Despite Controversy, Rolling Stone ‘Boston Bomber’ Issue Is A Hit on Newsstands (Adweek)
Rolling Stone‘s “Boston Bomber” issue got a rash of bad publicity and retailers like CVS and Stop & Stop pulled it from shelves after a “Boycott Rolling Stone” campaign gained steam on Facebook. But the controversy doesn’t seem to have hurt newsstand sales. Retail sales of the issue jumped 102 percent over average per-issue sales for the past year, according to Magazine Information Network. The Atlantic Wire Meanwhile, the actual article the Rolling Stone cover is meant to illustrate has been well-received, once people actually got around to reading it.
Bakersfield Californian Lays Off Its Two Photo Editors (JimRomenesko.com)
The Bakersfield Californian [on Tuesday] laid off both of its photo editors: director of photography Alex Horvath, who has been with the newspaper since 2000, and assistant photo Editor Michael Fagans. The paper is left with three staff photographers, but no photo editors. Horvath tells me he was surprised by the layoff. “I did not see it coming,” he writes in an email.
Bomb Threats Made on Twitter to Female Journalists (The Guardian)
Police are investigating bomb threats made on Twitter against several female journalists, including Guardian columnist Hadley Freeman. At 5:50 p.m. on Wednesday Freeman received a tweet from an anonymous user, @98JU98U989, which claimed that a bomb had been placed outside her home and would be detonated at 10:47 p.m. She reported it to the Metropolitan police, who told her they were launching an investigation as the threat was an arrestable offense.
New York Daily News Incorrectly Transcribed Controversial Weiner Remark (Politico / Dylan Byers on Media)
The Anthony Weiner quote that caused a 36-hour media frenzy over the timing of his sexting activities was actually the result of an incorrect transcription by the New York Daily News, which published an interview with the disgraced New York City mayoral candidate on Monday. In the original transcription of the interview, Denis Hamill is quoted as asking Weiner, “There is no one you are Sexting now?” To which the former congressman replies, “You can quibble about beginnings, middles and ends, but what we’re talking about is over a year ago.” The quote, which was cited by several news outlets and widely debated on television, has led to speculation that Weiner was being evasive about the timeline of his sexting habits, and that he might still be sexting. In fact, Weiner was quite clear in telling Hamill that he had not engaged in such activity for at least a year. TVNewser MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts had something of a Bob Beckel moment on his program Wednesday. During a discussion on Sydney Leathers, the latest woman to come forward who sexted with New York City mayoral candidate Weiner, Roberts said “This chick is so batsh*t, oh, excuse me! Bat you-know-what.”
Military Bases Stop Selling Hundreds of Print Magazines (NY Observer)
The war on print has moved to actual war zones. The Army and Air Force Exchange Service, which operates stores on military bases, announced that it will permanently stop carrying 891 magazine titles due to low demand. Since modern military bases are equipped with WiFi and allow all sorts of digital devices — iPhones, iPads, Kindles, Android devices, laptops — it’s easy for soldiers to read magazines online. As a result, demand for niche print magazines has been falling.
CBS President on ‘Illegal’ Aereo: ‘We Don’t Think It’s Catching on at All’ (Forbes / Mixed Media)
Considering how hard his company has been trying to obtain a legal death warrant for Aereo, CBS president Les Moonves affected a suspiciously nonchalant air when talking about the streaming TV service on Wednesday’s earnings call. “We think it’s a lot more wind than reality,” Moonves said, responding to an analyst’s question about whether offerings like Aereo — not that there are any comparable ones at the moment — undermine the broadcast networks’ ability to charge cable and satellite distributors hefty retransmission fees.
Essence Magazine Names New Top Editor (NYT)
After being without an editor-in-chief since February, Essence magazine has announced a new leader, its fifth in 13 years. Vanessa K. Bush will assume the top job immediately. Bush had been serving as acting managing editor for the magazine since Constance C. R. White, the previous editor-in-chief, was dismissed in February. FishbowlNY Prior to that, Bush served as Essence’s executive editor since 2011. She has been with the magazine since 2000.
Jake Tapper Among DC’s ’50 Most Beautiful’ (TVNewser)
The Hill released its 2013 “50 Most Beautiful” feature Wednesday, and a number of TV news staffers made the list. Leading the pack was CNN anchor Jake Tapper, who clocked in at No. 11. His inclusion actually came up before his program Wednesday afternoon. “Not news,” Tapper quipped to Brooke Baldwin. “I think we can establish that the good people at The Hill are sometimes wearing beer goggles.”
Amazon, Overstock Race to Bottom in Book Price War (BuzzFeed)
A book pricing war has erupted between e-commerce giants Amazon and Overstock, with authors caught in the crossfire. Overstock late last week fired the first shot, aiming to undercut Amazon’s book prices by 10 percent in an attempt to draw attention to its own overlooked inventory of more than 450,000 books. Amazon swiftly responded by taking a hatchet to its own inventory’s pricing.
Embedded Posts: This Is Facebook’s Real Public Offering (Wired / Gadget Lab )
Facebook is making a shift to the public sphere, precisely because it’s a public company. Everything it’s been doing in recent months — even years — has been aimed at making Facebook content more accessible outside of just your circle of friends. Graph Search, hashtags, the ability to follow users without friending, are all moves at making the stuff posted on Facebook more findable. When things are more findable, more people can see them. When more people can see them, well, you can sell more ads. Facebook announced Wednesday that it’s rolling out embedded posts. AllFacebook Only posts set to public can be embedded, and the feature launched Wednesday on five media pages — CNN, The Huffington Post, Bleacher Report, People, and Mashable — with Facebook promising “broader availability coming soon.”
New Site Will Tell You How Many Ladies Got on The NYT Homepage Today (Jezebel)
Seventeen men had articles featured on the homepage of the New York Times Wednesday, five more than the number of women who can say the same. When you finish reading this, that number’s bound to have shifted in one direction or another. At least, that’s according to WhoWritesFor, a website designed by developer Andrew Briggs for the purpose of seeing if the Times is actually going to do anything about the noted gap between the number of bylines they feature by women as compared to men.
David Pecker Holds Court; David Zaslav Jumps The Shark (FishbowlNY)
It’s been a head-spinning summer of celebrity sightings and media maven mashups at 55th and Fifth, but Wednesday at Michael’s the mogul quotient was completely off the charts. I knew it was going to be one of those days when Discovery Communications honcho David Zaslav sauntered into the dining room sporting shades and carrying a stuffed shark.
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