Morning Media Newsfeed: ESPN Hires Tebow | Duplessis Joins Apple | Marvel Halts Comic Sales

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ESPN Hires Tim Tebow (ESPN)
Former Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow has agreed to a multiyear deal to join ESPN as an analyst for the SEC Network, it was announced Monday. “I am so excited that ESPN has given me this incredible opportunity,” Tebow said in a statement. “When I was 6 years old, I fell in love with the game of football, and while I continue to pursue my dream of playing quarterback in the NFL, this is an amazing opportunity to be part of the unparalleled passion of college football and the SEC.” Complex / Sports On Jan. 6, the former Broncos/Jets quarterback will make his ESPN debut by serving as an analyst prior to the 2013 BCS National Championship game. He’ll be on SportsCenter, College Football Live, College GameDay, and, well, just about every other college football-related show you can think of. Time / Keeping Score Although Tebow was a star quarterback in the Southeastern Conference, he struggled to make a mark in the NFL. He was released by the New England Patriots before the start of the 2013 season, after spending a season on the bench for the New York Jets in 2012. Sports Illustrated / Media Circus The initial question is how successful will Tebow be as an analyst. He is one of the most popular (and likeable) athletes in the country, and he’ll no doubt work hard to learn the craft. He also loves college football; Tebow was known for watching college games in his hotel room on Saturdays before NFL action, as well as on plane rides. Still, his opinions on football have mostly been vanilla, at least as a player speaking with the press. Bloomberg Businessweek “Tebow’s role with ESPN will not preclude him from continuing to pursue playing opportunities in the NFL,” says the press release. Yes, ESPN’s newest broadcaster joins hundreds of thousands of American men with NFL dreams currently on the not-precluded list.

Arem Duplessis Leaving New York Times Magazine for Apple (UnBeige)
Your Sunday is about to get a lot less visually stimulating: Arem Duplessis has decided to leave his post as design director of The New York Times Magazine. Come February, he’ll begin his new position as a creative director at Apple, where he’ll lend his creative genius to the internal marketing team. FishbowlNY Duplessis said he was leaving the Times because it was “time for a new chapter and a new challenge.” CNET Duplessis has a decorated background in magazine design. Under his watch, the NYT Magazine design department was named “Design Team of the Year” for three consecutive years. The team also won an Emmy in 2012 for a video series on great actors playing villains. Duplessis is also an associate professor at the Pratt Institute’s graduate communications design department, according to his LinkedIn profile.

Marvel Halts Sales of Periodical Comics in Bookstores (Publisher’s Weekly)
Marvel has ended sales of print single-issue periodical comics through trade bookstore channels. This will not affect the sales of book format graphic novels through those retailers. Several earlier accounts reported that Books-A-Million and Barnes & Noble were dropping single-issue comics. According to Barnes & Noble spokesperson Mary Ellen Keating, the removal of single issue comics from B&N and other book stores is Marvel’s decision.

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Netflix Hikes CEO Salary by 50 Percent for 2014 (Reuters)
Netflix Inc raised the salary of its CEO Reed Hastings by 50 percent to $6 million for 2014, a regulatory filing showed, as its stock quadrupled in value this year amidst new programming and a growth in subscriber base. TheWrap Netflix is experimenting with lower pricing for reduced quality. The streaming giant is shaving a dollar off the price of subscriptions for some customers, in exchange for limiting the number of devices they use to access movies and shows. Instead of $7.99 to watch on two screens at a time in high definition, some subscribers have the option to pay $6.99 a month to watch them on a single device and in standard definition.

Will Be Able to Catch Up to Rivals? (Adweek)
With its long-delayed redesign expected to go live in the next six weeks, has its sights set on being a 24-7 news destination. It’s already shown significant traffic growth this year, and the site was on track to set a record for the month of December. But a look at an array of numbers shows how far the print-centric brand has to go to catch up in the intensely competitive news category, comprised of digital natives and network TV brands as well as other print stalwarts.

What’s Next for Clyde Haberman And Verlyn Klinkenborg After NYT? (NY Observer)
It’s been a rough week for contract writers at The New York Times. Since last Monday, at least three longtime writers have been let go — including Stanley Fish, an op-ed contributor who published his last column on Dec. 23; Verlyn Klinkenborg, whose final Rural Life column appeared in print on Dec. 26; and Clyde Haberman, whose Breaking Bread column ended Monday. In an email to the Observer, Klinkenborg said that the Times had made a 5 percent cut, “and contract writers, of whom I was one, were easiest to let go.”

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The Information Committed Three Journalistic Sins in Interview With Paul Graham (Uncrunched)
When Jessica Lessin’s The Information launched a month ago I was an enthusiastic supporter, paying the $400 yearly subscription fee right away to get access to quality tech content. I remember blinking when I read about her joking to tech execs at the launch party that they could pay $10,000 and kill a story, thinking that it really wasn’t all that funny. It was clearly a joke, but it wasn’t the kind of joke I would have ever made when running TechCrunch. People fawn all over tech reporters in the hope of getting good coverage or being able to squash bad coverage. A lot of reporters eat it up. Joking about being able to pay to kill a story isn’t just a joke, it’s a reminder about power relationships that often lead to bad reporting.

PolicyMic Has Trouble With Photos of Flint, Michigan (FishbowlNY)
Over the weekend, Deadline Detroit columnist Alan Stamm was all over a sloppy bit of reporting about Flint, MI by PolicyMic writer Laura Dimon. There were a number of issues with the article, including a couple of egregious photo errors. Gawker The headline “This Is America’s Most Apocalyptic, Violent City — And You’ve Probably Never Heard Of It” implies that you, the average reader, have probably never heard of Flint, even though Flint is famously the birthplace of General Motors and Michael Moore made that movie about it 25 years ago.

In 2014, HuffPost Live Will Try to Turn Cool Ideas Into A Sustainable Business (Poynter)
When HuffPost Live launched in August 2012, it was an ambitious undertaking, to say the least. Twelve hours of livestreamed content per weekday with hopes to expand to 16. Studios and fully staffed newsrooms in New York and Los Angeles. A whole new way to watch and deliver news that was digitally native, interactive and not bound by the time slot or format constraints of traditional cable news networks. Sixteen months later, HuffPost Live has changed a bit. Several hosts have moved on to places like MSNBC, Fusion and Pivot TV. The L.A. studio is closed (though the Washington, D.C., office just got a new studio) and the livestream has been cut back to eight hours. The free-flowing, boundless nature of HuffPost Live’s programming has been given a bit more structure.

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