Morning Media Newsfeed: Jim Roberts to Mashable | Financial Times Subs Up | 3 Plead Guilty to Hacking

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Mashable Names Jim Roberts to Oversee Content Expansion (NYT)
Mashable, the digital media site, said Wednesday morning that it had hired Jim Roberts as executive editor and chief content officer, part of its push to expand the range of its content. Mashable’s announcement comes as many digital websites are looking to deepen their content by adding professional journalists in foreign bureaus and on investigative teams. Roberts spent much of his career at The New York Times, where he most recently served as assistant managing editor before taking a company buyout in January. He then worked briefly at Reuters. In both jobs, Roberts championed a digital strategy that included using interactive tools, social media and video to augment traditional storytelling techniques. paidContent The news about Roberts — whose most recent job was trying to reinvent Reuters online, until the wire service company decided to mothball the venture — came as a surprise to many, since he is a veteran newsman and Mashable is seen by some as a pageview-driven source of entertainment rather than a place that does serious journalism. Mashable Roberts: “Although this is the beginning of a new journey, it also feels like the natural progression for an editor who loves the news and loves even more the opportunity to experiment with new and innovative ways of spreading it to an audience — and growing that audience in the process.” FishbowlNY Roberts joins editor-in-chief Lance Ulanoff and a Web braintrust that includes Adam Ostrow, Mike Kriak, Stacy Martinet, Robyn Peterson and Seth Rogin.

Digital Subscriptions Up 24 Percent at Financial Times (Poynter / MediaWire)
The Financial Times “reached its highest circulation in its 125-year history,” owner Pearson PLC’s nine-month trading report says. Circulation is up 5 percent over the same period in 2012, and digital subscriptions are up 24 percent, “to almost 387,000,” the statement says. But advertising “remains weak and short-term,” Pearson says. The Guardian / Greenslade Blog The Times‘ strong digital growth comes within weeks of the announcement by editor Lionel Barber that the paper will be revamped in the first half of next year when it launches a single global edition. Perhaps the most eye-catching statistic is that newspaper circulation “has achieved profitability this year for the first time.” It means that, despite falling print sales, the revenue exceeded the cost of print production and distribution.

Three Ex-Murdoch Journalists Plead Guilty to Phone Hacking (Reuters)
Three former senior journalists from Rupert Murdoch’s British tabloid the News of the World have pleaded guilty to charges relating to phone-hacking, the trial of two of the media mogul’s former editors heard on Wednesday. Rebekah Brooks, Murdoch’s former British newspaper chief and Prime Minister David Cameron’s ex-media head Andy Coulson are on trial at London’s Old Bailey court accused of conspiring to illegally access voicemail messages on mobile phones, charges they deny. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media The pleas, which were made at earlier hearings but not made public, are the first guilty pleas since the inquiry into phone-hacking practices began in 2011. The now defunct tabloid was accused of hacking into the phones of celebrities, politicians and crime victims. The journalists who plead guilty are ex-chief correspondent Neville Thurlbeck, former assistant news editor James Weatherup and ex-news editor Greg Miskiw.

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San Francisco Chronicle to Stop Using ‘Redskins’ (Politico / Dylan Byers on Media)
The San Francisco Chronicle will stop using the name “Redskins” for the Washington, D.C. NFL team, managing editor Audrey Cooper confirmed to Politico. “Words are powerful, and so is how we choose to use them,” Cooper said in an email. “Our long-standing policy is to not use racial slurs — and make no mistake, ‘redskin’ is a slur — except in cases where it would be confusing to the reader to write around it. For example, we will use the team name when referring to the controversy surrounding its use.” TheWrap At least 76 media outlets and journalists are boycotting the name of Washington D.C.-based football team considered by many to be a racial slur, according to a Pew study released on Wednesday.