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Top Editor at The Philadelphia Inquirer Is Dismissed (NYT)
In the latest example of management turmoil at The Philadelphia Inquirer, William K. Marimow was fired as the paper’s top editor on Monday. The news was announced in a brief email sent to staff members in the morning by the newspaper’s publisher, Robert J. Hall. Poynter / MediaWire Marimow and publisher Bob Hall had a “difference in philosophical vision in the direction of the paper,” a source says. The newsroom was scheduled to learn of Marimow’s departure Monday afternoon, the source said. There’s no timetable yet for his departure. “Total surprise,” I’m told. “He was at the 10:30 morning news meeting, so it had to be sudden as the wording of the email indicates. Word has it all the owners were not consulted and that Marimow has told some folks ‘it’s not over yet.’” NewsWorks Newspaper sources told me that Hall recently instructed Marimow to fire at least two veteran staff members at the newspaper, and that he refused on principle, precipitating his own dismissal. He said the decision to oust Marimow came after weeks of talks about the nature and pace of changes needed at the newspaper. He said the changes were based on “reader research” but that he wouldn’t get into specifics, in part for competitive reasons. Philadelphia Magazine Marimow was fired after many months of infighting with Hall, according to internal documents anonymously delivered Monday afternoon to Philadelphia magazine. “Marimow is not and never will be the change agent that we need at the Inquirer to turn around the circulation decline and grow our company,” writes Hall, in summation.

Fox News Debuts Bizarre, Giant Tablets in Its Outrageous New Newsroom (The Verge)
Fox News has unveiled a breathtakingly ridiculous newsroom, complete with novelty-sized Windows-based touchscreens, a Twitter wall, and a wannabe Minority Report-style display, which it hopes will connect it with generations of viewers who use smartphones and apps. In a video that could be mistaken for a College Humor or Saturday Night Live parody, Fox News anchor Shepard Smith walks viewers through the network’s new setup, which includes workstations with 55-inch touchscreen monitors. TVNewser At the center of it all is Smith, who will anchor Shepard Smith Reporting at 3 p.m. ET from the Deck as well as cover breaking news into the night. At the ready is a remote control device that will allow Smith to operate multiple feeds coming in on a 38-foot video wall. TechCrunch Aside from it being simply neat of Fox News to use the displays, it’s a nice moment for Microsoft: The company has found an early commercial use for its PPI display technology.

The New Yorker Names Jonathan Shainin Online News Editor (FishbowlNY)
Jonathan Shainin has been named news editor of Shainin comes to The New Yorker from The Caravan, where he served as senior editor since 2010. This will be Shainin’s second stint with The New Yorker, as he served as fact checker for the magazine from 2005 to 2007. Capital New York Shainin will report to Nick Thompson, who’s been expanding the New Yorker‘s online footprint since he was named Web editor in March 2012.

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Two Companies in Web Video Are Expected to Merge (NYT)
In another sign that the world of digital video production may be entering an era of consolidation, two significant participants in the market, Alloy Digital and Break Media, are expected to announce on Tuesday that they will merge. The companies, which are privately held, said the combined company would be named Defy Media and would focus on entertaining people ages 12 to 34. Without providing financial details, they said the joint venture would start with more than $100 million in revenues and would be profitable.