Morning Media Newsfeed: MSNBC Disputes Report | Mashable Expands | Ad Age Cuts Issues

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MSNBC Disputes Report Rachel Maddow Influences Management, Personnel Decisions (TVNewser)
MSNBC is disputing a National Review Online report that suggests Rachel Maddow holds significant power in both network editorial vision and personnel decisions. “This is categorically false,” Rachel Maddow said. “I have never had any role in any management decision at MSNBC. Any source who says otherwise is wrong.” National Review Online Sources say it is Maddow rather than Phil Griffin who provides MSNBC’s editorial direction, and that she also holds considerable sway over personnel decisions. “I know I’m never going to get freakin’ talking points from Phil,” Maddow told The New Yorker last year. “Can you imagine? Like, what would they be?” Behind her back, colleagues call her “the queen,” a not so subtle suggestion that Maddow gets what Maddow wants. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media “The NRO story is absurd and full of inaccuracies from beginning to end,” MSNBC spokesperson Lauren Skowronski told us. The Washington Post / Erik Wemple This is awkward. You can blame Bashir for Bashir’s outrageous comments; you can blame MSNBC’s left-leaning culture; you can even blame cable television. But a more exacting review of the scripts on that November afternoon would have saved Bashir’s job as well as averted a massive credibility crisis for MSNBC. Yet here is MSNBC fighting off a report that it has acted… like a rational and responsible news organization.

Mashable Raises $13 Million to Launch Expansion Effort (CNNMoney)
Nearly a decade into its existence, the news website Mashable is taking on outside investors for the first time. The site announced Monday that it has raised $13.3 million in an equity investment round led by Updata Partners. The investment will fuel an expansion plan that entails new areas of coverage and the opening of more offices. Folio: CNN’s Brian Stelter, who broke the story, points out that Mashable had toyed with the idea of being acquired in 2012 — ironically and potentially by CNN — but instead forged ahead as an independent company. TechCrunch Founded in 2005, the site has since expanded from its initial focus from tech, particularly social media, to include entertainment, lifestyle and other news. In the funding post, founder Pete Cashmore writes that Mashable reaches more than 30 million monthly visitors, with a team of more than 120 full-time employees, and that this is the company’s “first ever capital raise.” Capital New York Last year, the company set the groundwork for expansion by hiring Seth Rogin, a vice president of advertising at The New York Times, as its chief revenue officer, and Jim Roberts, a former assistant managing editor at the Times and Reuters executive, to be its chief content officer.

Advertising Age to Print Every Other Week (NYT)
Advertising Age, the trade publication introduced in 1930, announced Monday that it would publish its print edition every other week rather than weekly. The magazine, the largest publication in the ad trade field, will publish 25 issues in 2014, according to an email sent to subscribers on Monday, compared with 46 in 2013. FishbowlNY “The reality is that Ad Age is now a 24-hour news service online, around the world, and so we want to evolve the magazine with content better suited for the print medium,” explained Allison Arden, Ad Age’s publisher, in a statement. Folio: As part of the changes, the magazine will increase its minimum page count by 50 percent and introduce several new features. The company also announced plans to upgrade its website and launch a membership program in the near future as part of an increased focus on its digital products.