House of Cards, Jerry Seinfeld Top Webby Awards (HuffPost / AP)
Netflix’s groundbreaking House of Cards may be the first digital series nominated for a best drama Emmy. But it will start with a Webby. The Webby Awards are honoring House of Cards producers Kevin Spacey and Dana Brunetti with a Webby special achievement award. The Wrap / Media Alley R&B artist Frank Ocean was named the Webby Person of the Year for proving the power of the Web as a medium for cultural change by publishing his coming-out letter on his Tumblr. The Webby Breakout of the Year award went to the Obama administration for its America 2012 campaign for its tech team’s Internet-savvy effort to reelect President Obama. The Webby Awards The star-studded ceremony will be available to view on-demand in HD at watch.webbyawards.com beginning at 9 a.m. ET on May 22, 2013. This year’s ceremony will be hosted by critically acclaimed stand-up comedian, writer and actor Patton Oswalt.
North Carolina Alt-Weekly Rhino Times Folds After 21 Years (JimRomenesko.com)
“We have simply run out of money,” says editor and publisher John Hammer, who owns the paper with his brother. “The Rhinoceros Times is hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt.” Winston-Salem Journal The paper’s website will keep going for as long as it can, Hammer said — but having laid off all his paid staff Tuesday, he isn’t yet sure what it will look like. “I’m still enormously interested in local politics,” Hammer said. “That hasn’t changed just because we’ve run out of money.” Rhino Times All the people who have contributed to the content of the paper with letters to the editor, whether signed or anonymous, we appreciate them all and enjoyed being able to provide an outlet for those who had something to say, but because of their jobs had to do it anonymously. Thanks again to the community for its support over the past 21 years.
Chris Matthews Signs New Long-Term Deal With MSNBC (THR)
Chris Matthews has re-upped with MSNBC, signing a new long-term deal that will keep him at the network into the next presidential election. But while he’ll stay put at 5 and 7 p.m. on MSNBC, the 67-year-old will retire from his syndicated Sunday show in July. TVNewser Matthews says he is ending the syndicated show to focus on Hardball, his books and his long-form TV docs. “There are limits to what I can do in a week,” Matthews said in a statement. NYT “To be perfectly truthful, I’d be doing what I do on the show — talking and arguing politics — for nothing even if it weren’t on the air,” he added. Hardball got its start on CNBC in 1997.
Comedy Central to Launch Late-Night Show Hosted by Chris Hardwick (Deadline Hollywood)
Comedy Central is expanding its late-night block with a new show hosted by comedian/producer Chris Hardwick and co-produced by Funny Or Die. The untitled show, which will launch in the fall, will air four nights a week at midnight, following The Colbert Report, giving the network an 11 p.m.-12:30 a.m. block anchored by The Daily Show.
New York Times Tops USA Today to Become No. 2 U.S. Paper (Bloomberg)
The New York Times posted an 18 percent gain in daily circulation, vaulting it past USA Today as the second-largest U.S. newspaper, according to figures released Tuesday by the Alliance for Audited Media. FishbowlNY As of the end of last month, the Times had a circulation of 1,865,318, but that still wasn’t enough to take the top spot from The Wall Street Journal. The paper’s circulation experienced a solid 12 percent growth and clocked in at 2,378,827. Much like the Daily News (516,165) and Post (500,521), Newsday‘s numbers left a lot to be desired. The Long Island daily saw circulation drop by five percent over the past year, down to 377,744.
Maria Shriver Is Returning to NBC (NYT)
Nearly a decade after she left NBC, Maria Shriver is returning to it as a “special anchor,” covering women’s issues for television and the Web. The announcement, made on the Today show Tuesday morning, is a significant moment in Shriver’s move away from political life. TVNewser “I’m really excited to be profiling people like Eve Ensler, women and men I call architects of change who are taking us out beyond all areas of human endeavor,” Shriver said Tuesday morning. “I’m excited to be reporting along with all of you about women’s evolving experiences in the United States as parents, caregivers, care takers.”
The Times-Picayune to Launch Newsstand Tab (NOLA.com)
The Times-Picayune will launch an additional print publication that will appear three times a week on newsstands beginning this summer. TPStreet, focusing on breaking news, sports and entertainment, will appear in a tab-size format, publishing on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. The new publication will cost 75 cents.
Georges Buys The Advocate (The Advocate)
John Georges, who took over a small family company and transformed it into a billion-dollar business, completed a deal Tuesday to buy The Advocate, the largest daily newspaper in Louisiana. The Advocate, which dates back 171 years and serves readers from Lafayette to New Orleans, is one of the few newspapers in the United States whose print circulation is growing.
WaPo Publisher Looking For ‘Cheap’ New HQ in D.C. or Virginia (Washington City Paper / Housing Complex)
Speaking at a Bisnow real estate conference Tuesday morning, Washington Post publisher Katharine Weymouth dropped a few hints about what she’s looking for in a new headquarters as the Post considers a move from its 63-year-old home at 15th and L streets NW. “Now that the printing presses are not in the building, we don’t have any constraints,” Weymouth said. “We’d like a building that’s a little bit lighter, a little more air.”
Jason Collins Piece Brings Record Traffic to Sports Illustrated (FishbowlNY)
When you publish a scoop like the Jason Collins story, you’re bound to enjoy a traffic boost. However, we do wonder if Sports Illustrated expected record numbers. According to the magazine, SI.com netted almost four million unique visitors Monday, as a direct result of the Collins article. It was the most traffic ever for the magazine’s site.
What Would Happen to The Media if Facebook Collapsed? (BuzzFeed)
MySpace became irrelevant practically overnight. What would happen to the media if Facebook did the same? Call it the Facebook Contingency.
New CNN Morning Show Called New Day (TVNewser)
CNN’s new morning show will be called New Day. It will air from 6-9 a.m., starting an hour earlier than the network morning shows, but up directly against Morning Joe on MSNBC and Fox & Friends on Fox News Channel. Debuting Monday, June 10, if the logo is any indication, expect a show more in line with Good Morning America or Today than Morning Joe.
Hollywood’s Utter Failure to Accurately Portray Female Journalists (The Week)
As far as American pop culture is concerned, the fictional female reporter has become shorthand for the new media climate. Now nearly every time a film calls for a journalist or blogger, in walks a plucky brunette sporting hipster glasses. She’s ready to tussle with her old-school editor — and sleep with anyone who gets between her and a scoop!
If Koch Brothers Buy LA Times, Half of Staff May Quit (HuffPost / Kathleen Miles)
At a Los Angeles Times in-house awards ceremony a week ago, columnist Steve Lopez addressed the elephant in the room. “Raise your hand if you would quit if the paper was bought by Rupert Murdoch.” A few people raised their hands. Facing the elephant trunk-on, “Raise your hand if you would quit if the paper was bought by the Koch brothers.” About half the staff raised their hands.
The Death of Blogs? Or of Magazines? (AndrewSullivan.com)
Of course, blogs have evolved — and this one clearly has from its early days. What began as one person being mean to Maureen Dowd around 12.30 a.m. every night is now an organism in which my colleagues and I try to construct both a personal and yet also diverse conversation in real time. But that doesn’t mean the individual blogger — small or large — is disappearing.