Tamron Hall to Host New Crime Show (Chicago Sun-Times / Voices)
Tamron Hall, the MSNBC host and NBC News correspondent — and former morning show co-anchor of Fox 32 News in Chicago — will host Deadline: Crime with Tamron Hall, a new weekly crime investigation series for Discovery’s ID (Investigation Discovery) network. The announcement was made by the peacock network at the semi-annual Television Correspondents Association meetings in Los Angeles. Hall has a direct, personal connection to violent crime. Her older sister was a murder victim in a case that is still officially unsolved. Deadline Hollywood In each one-hour episode, Hall will be joined by other correspondents to explore crimes. Among them: journalists Michelle Sigona and Angeline Hartmann and veteran America’s Most Wanted correspondent Tom Morris Jr. The new series also will feature appearances from ID regulars Aphrodite Jones (host of True Crime with Aphrodite Jones) and Keith Beauchamp (host of The Injustice Files). HuffPost Hall will host the program while continuing to anchor NewsNation on MSNBC. The first episode will look at the murder of a mentally ill wife and mother of two, and Robert Chambers, otherwise known as the “Preppie Killer.”
Journalists at Bradley Manning Trial Report Hostile Conditions for Press (BoingBoing)
Journalists and bloggers covering closing arguments in the military trial of Wikileaks source Bradley Manning were reporting a far more intense security climate at Ft. Meade Thursday, as compared to the past 18 months of pre-trial hearings and court proceedings. @carwinb, @kgosztola, @nathanLfuller, and @wikileakstruck have tweeted about armed guards standing directly behind them as they type into laptops in the designated press area, being “screamed at” for having “windows” open on their computers that show Twitter in a browser tab, and having to undergo extensive, repeated, invasive physical searches. Christian Science-Monitor Closing arguments in the court-martial of Manning began Thursday, with the Army intelligence officer facing a potential sentence of life in prison for releasing some 700,000 classified government documents online. But decisions in the courtroom have already echoed beyond the realm of national security into the world of journalism. Indeed, the case has significant implications for the media today, communication experts say. HuffPost Reporters have become accustomed to running a gauntlet of bomb-sniffing dogs and court-record declassification procedures to cover the trial of Manning. But secrecy and security may have reached new heights during closing arguments on Thursday.
New York Post Editor Col Allan Being Sent to Australia to Guide News Corp. Papers (Capital New York)
New York Post editor-in-chief Col Allan is leaving the paper — temporarily at least. The tabloid’s top man is being shipped off to his native Australia to provide “extra editorial leadership” for News Corp.’s papers there, according to an internal company memo that was distributed Thursday evening and obtained by Capital. “It will be invaluable for our papers in Australia to have the benefit of his insight, expertise and talent,” said News Corp. CEO Robert Thomson, also an Australian, in the memo. Sydney Morning Herald / Business Day Murdoch’s Australian newspapers, like others worldwide, have been going through a difficult period due to falling advertising, decreased circulation and increased competition from more digitally focused competitors. “I have asked Col Allan, editor-in-chief of the New York Post, to spend the next two or three months working with (News Corp. Australia CEO) Kim Williams and providing extra editorial leadership for our papers, which are in the midst of an important period of transition in our key markets,” Thomson said.
Fired KTVU Producer in Asiana Gaffe: ‘My Hard-Earned Reputation Is Intack’ (TheWrap / MediaAlley)
Three producers at the KTVU Fox affiliate in Oakland have lost their jobs over a racially offensive report of Asiana pilot names on a newscast about a crash landing that left three dead, and one of them insisted to TheWrap: “My hard-earned reputation is intack [sic].” Reached by TheWrap via email, investigative projects producer Roland De Wolk wrote: “My hard-earned reputation is intack. There are lawyers, so eager as I am to anser [sic] all questions, I must refrain.” FishbowlNY Still. Of all the times to calibrate two separate sentences with two separate typos… TheWrap’s Sara Morrison goes on to write: “TheWrap presumes the spelling errors were unintentional.” Ouch.
McClatchy Reports Lower Profits, Revenues in Second Quarter (Macon Telegraph)
The McClatchy Co., which owns The Telegraph and 29 other daily newspapers, on Thursday reported lower profits for the second quarter of 2013 during a continued downturn in advertising revenue. Excluding some one-time adjustments, profits were down to $11.1 million from $16.1 million for the same period a year ago, according to a news release. With those adjustments included, total net income fell to $11.8 million this quarter from $26.9 million last year.
Should Reddit Be Blamed for The Spreading of A Smear? (NYT)
Minutes after the world first saw the Boston bombing suspects’ photos, a user on Reddit, the online community that is also one of the largest websites in the world, posted side-by-side pictures comparing Sunil Tripathi’s facial features with the face that would later be identified as Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. By 3 a.m. that morning, in many heavily trafficked corners of the Internet, it was accepted that Sunil Tripathi was Suspect No. 2, and Reddit had got there first. FishbowlDC This spread through Twitter and eventually made it to the Twitter accounts of journalists, such as BuzzFeed’s Andrew Kaczynski and Luke Russert of NBC News. The only problem was that Tripathi, a 22-year-old student at Brown, had been missing.
Time Warner Cable Boss Glenn Britt to Retire (Adweek)
The rumors have been flying around since last winter, but Time Warner Cable on Thursday finally made it official, announcing that chairman and CEO Glenn Britt would retire when his contract expires at the end of the year. Effective Jan. 1, 2014, Britt, who has served as CEO of the nation’s second-largest cable operator for the last 12 years, will be succeeded by TWC president and chief operating officer Robert Marcus. NYT Time Warner Cable had 11.4 million broadband subscribers at the end of last year, up sharply from 1.4 million at the beginning of Britt’s tenure. But growth there slowed in the first quarter, and it will be watched closely when the company reports second-quarter earnings Aug. 1.
Gawker Is Letting Readers Rewrite Headlines And Reframe Articles (Nieman Journalism Lab)
Relegating online comments to the bottom of an article seems so old-school newspapery in retrospect, doesn’t it? Long the default for many news organizations online, the message is that reader comments are an afterthought, a footnote, less important than the story itself. Gawker Media wants to change that perception. Founder Nick Denton has been obsessing over how to reinvent online commenting for going on a decade now, and it seemed as though the publishing-and-discussion Kinja platform his sites unveiled last year was finally approaching his ideal. FishbowlNY Among the more notable aspects of what Nieman’s Adrienne LaFrance refers to as an embedded “reblogging platform” is the ability for readers to create new, customized headlines and teasers for a Gawker, Jezebel or other site story.
Guess Which BuzzFeed Piece Is an Ad? (AndrewSullivan.com)
This one? Or this one? There’s been an uptick lately in Pepsi stories, for some unfathomable reason.
How PolicyMic, A Startup With A Handful of Employees, Gets 6 Million People to Read It Every Month (Business Insider)
In 2011, Chris Altchek left his job at Goldman Sachs. He created PolicyMic, a site that used Bleacher Report’s model of hiring mostly-free contributors to produce content and applied it to politics. Since then, Altchek and his co-founder Jake Horowitz have raised a small family-and-friends round followed by $1.5 million from angel investors and VCs. The team recently grew to 16 people but Altchek says his team reached 6 million monthly uniques with just 12 people prior to the mini hiring spree.
Mail Online Ad Surge Helps Offset Publisher’s Print Slide (The Guardian)
The Daily Mail‘s publisher’s digital newspaper revenues, from sites including Mail Online, grew 41 percent to £11 million in the three months to the end of June, enough to partially offset a 7 percent ad decline at the company’s papers.
Does ‘Carlos Danger’ Work for The New York Post? (NY Observer)
Carlos Danger was present at Wednesday’s housing policy discussion at Pace University. No, not Anthony Weiner, though the mayoral candidate who allegedly uses the moniker for his online dalliances was there too. This “Carlos Danger” was a man dressed in a red cape, black mask and Zorro hat. But who is Carlos Danger, really? A source told The Observer that the costumed man is actually New York Post reporter Reuven Fenton, and three fellow reporters positively identified Fenton.
Al Jazeera Reporter in Violent Confrontation With D.C. Police (Washington Free Beacon)
A reporter claiming to work for Al Jazeera was involved in a violent confrontation with Washington, D.C. police on Tuesday evening after he was ejected from a pro-Israel conference for surreptitiously videotaping attendees and events, according to eyewitnesses.
Is The New York Times Sports Department A Big Reason The Paper Lost Nate Silver? (USA Today / Big Lead Sports)
Nate Silver’s departure from The New York Times a week ago stunned many who followed his work, but not those who are familiar with the Times’ sports department. I dug a little deeper and talked with half a dozen people familiar with the workings of the sports section of The New York Times. This was the picture that was painted.
Paula Deen’s Cook Tells of Slights, Steeped in History (NYT)
Dora Charles and Paula Deen were soul sisters. That’s what Deen called the black cook from the start, even before the books and the television shows and the millions of dollars. Charles’ family and friends got jobs with Deen, including Ineata Jones, whom everyone called Jellyroll. She ended up as close to Deen as Charles was. Deen used Jones for restaurant theater. At 11 a.m., when the doors opened at the Lady & Sons, she stood in front and rang an iron dinner bell, something she had asked Charles to do as well. An image of Jones doing just that was turned into a postcard sold at Paula Deen stores. Deen wanted Jones to dress in an old-style Aunt Jemima outfit.
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