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Daily Beast’s John Avlon Rallies Troops as Roughly 20 Colleagues Lose Their Jobs (Capital New York)
On the first day of its new life without Newsweek, Daily Beast executive editor John Avlon rallied the troops with an afternoon memo full of good news, like a 36-percent year-over-year traffic gain and a nomination to Adweek‘s annual “Hot List” poll. Roughly 20 employees across the editorial and business sides were let go Monday and Tuesday, a person with knowledge of the cuts told Capital. The layoffs were a direct result of Newsweek’s sale to IBT Media, which recently took the struggling title off parent company IAC’s hands for an undisclosed sum. Gawker Capital’s Joe Pompeo says that leaves TDB with a total headcount of about 65 employees. If you are one of them, you might consider browsing job listings when your workday has concluded. Though there are exceptions to every rule, the outlook at media companies that find themselves in this position typically does not brighten from here on out. NY Mag / Daily Intelligencer In an optimistic memo, the site’s executive editor reminded those remaining “that The Daily Beast is nominated for hottest news site by Adweek — so if you didn’t vote yet, please do.”

George Will Jumps From ABC to Fox News
Political columnist and author George Will is joining Fox News as a contributor, executive vice president of news Michael Clemente announced Tuesday. Will jumps to Fox News after more than 30 years at ABC News, where he was a political commentator and panelist for This Week. NYT Will’s departure from ABC after such a long tenure was seen as something of a surprise but essentially came down to geography, according to ABC News spokesman Jeffrey Schneider. He pointed out that This Week, which in the past was based in Washington, Will’s home, now broadcasts three weeks out of four from New York. HuffPost Stephanopoulos provided a statement to HuffPost’s Michael Calderone: “As all his readers know, George is brilliant. Those of us lucky enough to work with him also know that he’s a consummate gentleman. I learned from him every week, and wish him all good things.”

The Washington Post Closes Sale to Amazon Founder Jeff Bezos (The Washington Post) founder and chief executive Jeffrey P. Bezos formally took over as the owner of The Washington Post on Tuesday, officially ending 80 years of local control of the newspaper by the Graham family. Bezos’ $250 million purchase was completed as expected with the signing of sale documents. The signing transfers the newspaper and other assets from The Washington Post Co. to Nash Holdings, Bezos’ private investment company. HuffPost The Post reported that the sale documents that transferred ownership of the newspaper from the Graham family to the Amazon founder were signed. Publisher Katharine Weymouth announced the news to employees in a memo, writing, “We are officially under new ownership, and a new era for The Washington Post begins.”

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The Top Story on Conservative Websites Is Not The Shutdown (New Republic)
On Tuesday, for the first time in 17 years, the U.S. government shut down indefinitely, causing more than 800,000 federal workers to be sent home (or to stay home, as the case may be) without pay, among other terrible things. It’s a pretty big deal! As such, it’s the lead story on the homepages of the nation’s leading, and not-so-leading, newspapers. “SHUTDOWN BEGINS,” shouts The Washington Post, in what must be 40-point font. But the shutdown barely registers on the nation’s top conservative websites. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media The website of Fox News has deemed the situation in Washington a “slimdown” and not a “shutdown.” Although “slimdown” hasn’t been used on air yet, it’s all over the Fox News homepage. An article on the site says that although the Obama administration is portraying what’s happening as a “shutdown” of the federal government, “it’s turning out to be more of a ‘slimdown,’ as all but non-essential workers reported to their jobs Tuesday.” Al Jazeera America / Dan Froomkin When the political leadership of this country is incapable of even keeping the government open, a political course correction is in order. But how can democracy self-correct if the public does not understand where the problem lies? And where will the pressure for change come from if journalists do not hold the responsible parties accountable? GalleyCat Really Big Coloring Books, the Missouri-based publisher behind the Tea Party Coloring Book and We Shall Never Forget 9/11, has released a comic-coloring book page for kids about the federal government shutdown.