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Gwen Ifill, Judy Woodruff Named Co-Anchors of PBS NewsHour
(TVNewser)
At the Television Critics Association Summer Press tour in Beverly Hills Tuesday afternoon, PBS named Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff as the co-anchors and managing editors of the PBS NewsHour, making them the first all-female co-anchor team in broadcast news. NYT The appointments are another milestone for women on television and in journalism, seven years after Katie Couric became the first female solo anchor of a network nightly newscast. The co-anchor arrangement harks back to the 1970s, when Jim Lehrer and Robert MacNeil founded the nightly newscast that was later named The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour. TheWrap / Report From The TCA PBS president Paula Kerger said at a Television Critics Association panel Tuesday that she was surprised it’s taken so long for two women to co-anchor a broadcast. “I was thinking about this announcement — I almost paused in drawing attention to the fact that it’s two women,” she said. “We chose two people we thought would be the strongest anchors… and they just happened to be two women.” HuffPost Ifill and Woodruff have co-anchored together before. During the 2012 election, they were the first all-female team to host coverage of the conventions, and also co-hosted on election night. “The true accomplishment will be when we stop making ‘firsts,'” Ifill said last August.

Bob Woodward Saddened by Washington Post Sale to Jeff Bezos (Daily Beast)
The sale of The Washington Post to Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has stunned the paper’s old guard. The Graham family survived Nixon but not the Internet. “It’s very sad,” said Post associate editor Bob Woodward, who, along with his partner Carl Bernstein under the leadership of executive editor Ben Bradlee, led the Post to a Pulitzer Prize for their investigation of Richard Nixon’s crime-ridden White House. Time / Swampland Woodward: “I knew things were in the works, [but] you never know what’s final or what’s going to happen, who or how much. And they told me in the morning [Monday], which was Aug. 5, 2013, and I thought back to Aug. 5, 1974. So that’s 39 years ago. That day the Nixon White House released the transcripts of conversations which turned out to be what they called the ‘smoking gun’ tapes that irrefutably tied Nixon to the Watergate cover-up. And those tapes really ended his presidency. And he resigned that week. And I just thought, ‘Wow, 39 years. What a change from that moment to now, The Washington Post is being sold.’” Poynter / MediaWire Post reporter Paul Farhi was on vacation in the Dominican Republic last Thursday when his boss phoned. “I need you to write a story,” Farhi remembers executive editor Marty Baron saying. “There’s something happening here and I can’t tell you about it.” Baron wouldn’t spill, “which of course drives me crazy,” Farhi said. He returned to the D.C. area Friday and spent the next days “coming up with scenarios” that could merit such an ominous call: The least likely, he figured, was a sale of The Washington Post.

Magazine Newsstand Sales Plummet, But Digital Editions Thrive (NYT)
Magazines continued to struggle with sales of subscriptions and newsstand copies in the first half of 2013, but they made inroads in selling digital editions, according to data released on Tuesday. Total paid and verified subscriptions declined by 1 percent in the first half of 2013, and newsstand sales, which are often an indicator of a magazine’s appeal, dropped by 10 percent. Both declines were similar to the overall trend in the same period a year ago. Capital New York New York’s hometown weeklies are bucking one of the bleaker trends of the magazine industry and they have readers who bought single digital editions to thank for that. Year over year, New York magazine was up 22.6 percent on the newsstand (that includes brick-and-mortar newsstands like Hudson News and digital ones like the App Store) for the six-month period that ended June 30, while The New Yorker saw a 17.7 percent increase, according to the Alliance for Audited Media’s latest semi-annual circulation report. Adweek It hasn’t been a particularly great year for magazine circulation, but one category is shining as a beacon of hope for the American publishing industry: guns. American Rifleman and America’s 1st Freedom, both of which are benefits of NRA membership, saw their circulations increase 14 percent to 1.9 million and 8 percent to 545,019, respectively, in the first half of the year versus the year-ago period. FishbowlNY Out of the 25 titles considered, women’s titles and gossip rags were hit the hardest.