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Mirror Awards Honor Excellence in Media Reporting
(WWD / Memo Pad)
Syracuse University’s Mirror Awards, which honor excellence in media reporting, gave out its annual prizes Wednesday at Cipriani 42nd Street in Midtown Manhattan. Among the most notable winners was the New Yorker’s Ken Auletta, picking up his fourth Mirror Award, this time for best single article for reporting on India’s newspaper industry. Gawker reporter Adrian Chen won the profile category for unmasking a notorious user on the social site Reddit. Deadline New York The event paid off for the school this year: The family of Dick Clark, an alum who won the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award, presented Syracuse with $5 million for a state-of-the-art broadcast education facility that will open next year and be named after the American Bandstand host. The school presented its Fred M. Dressler Leadership Award To Disney/ABC Television Group President Anne Sweeney and I-3 innovation award to Fivethirtyeight.com’s Nate Silver. TVNewser ABC World News weekend anchor David Muir emceed the event, which honors the year’s best media reporting. He told TVNewser being on hand for Sweeney’s award was “an honor for me.” FishbowlNY Here is a complete list of winners. Congrats to all.

Keith Olbermann Returning to TV… on TBS (TVNewser)
Former MSNBC and Current TV host Keith Olbermann is returning to air. Olbermann has been named as the studio host for Turner Sports’ coverage of the Major League Baseball playoffs this fall. “It’s well known that Keith is a fan of the game and when you combine that with his studio experience, keen insight and passion for baseball and its history, he’ll add a new dimension to our MLB Postseason studio shows” Turner Sports president David Levy said in a statement. THR / The Live Feed “I think he realizes that he’s obviously burned some bridges out there in the marketplace,” Levy told The Hollywood Reporter. “But he’s a talent. And this is his opportunity to come back and do what he does best.” NYT Olbermann has a long background in sports, including a recent stint on NBC as a host of its studio introduction to Sunday Night Football. It was his work as an anchor on ESPN’s SportsCenter in the 1990s that introduced him to many television viewers.

The Washington Post to Begin Digital Meter Rollout June 12 (The Washington Post)
The Washington Post will phase in a paid online subscription model for Web content starting June 12, charging some readers $9.99 a month for access to more than 20 articles a month on desktop and mobile devices. For $14.99 a month, readers can get a premium package that includes access to all of the Post’s custom apps, which make it easier to see material on gadgets such as iPads and iPhones. Slate / MoneyBox The terms of the Post paywall are that you can read 20 articles per month for free. You can click on the front page for free. You can click on the individual section front pages for free. And you can enter the paper via search engines and social media shared links for free. The Washington Post / WonkBlog I’m of two minds on this. On the one hand, I think the content we produce at the Post and at Wonkblog is worth something. I hope you do, too. On the other, it hasn’t cost anything until now, and people have become used to not paying for our online content. We’re now asking you to pay for something that has been free. I think there needs to be something on the other side of that equation: We should be able to tell you that you’ll be getting more, too. FishbowlDC “Over the coming months, we will learn more about how everything is working, listen to reader feedback and modify our model accordingly,” said publisher Katharine Weymouth. “There is going to be a great deal of experimentation ahead to strike the right balance between ensuring access to critical news and information and building a sustainable business.”