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CBS, PBS Lead Nominations for News And Documentary Emmys (TheWrap)
CBS led the way with 46 nominations, followed closely by PBS with 45, as the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences announced the nominees for the 34th Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards on Thursday. TVNewser 60 Minutes is the most-nominated program, with 24 nominations, followed by Frontline with 18. CBS Evening News secured 10 noms, with Nightline leading ABC and Dateline leading NBC with five nominations each. CBS This Morning, in its first year nominated, secured seven nominations, while GMA and Today each secured one. TVSpy Eight local stations have been nominated for News and Documentary Emmys. WBZ, WMAQ and WNBC were nominated for Outstanding Regional News Story in the Spot News category, and KING, KNXV, WABC, WTTG and WXYZ in Detroit were nominated for Outstanding Regional News Story in the Investigative Reporting category. FishbowlDC CNN’s Jeff Zucker is out with another warm and fuzzy memo for employees. This time on account of the fact that the network has been nominated for eight News and Documentary Emmys. THR The Emmys will be handed out Oct. 1 in New York City.

Seven Layoffs at GOOD (Poynter / MediaWire)
GOOD laid off seven employees Wednesday, CEO Ben Goldhirsh told Poynter in a phone call. Two employees, creative producer Ewan Anderson and coder Rexy Tseng, tweeted Wednesday night that they’d been laid off. GOOD laid off most of its editorial staff last June and was reborn last fall as a “community platform.”

Pew Study: Fewer Americans Think Journalists Contribute to Society (TVSpy)
The Pew Research Center asked Americans to rate certain professions by their perceived contribution to society. While the military ranked highest with more than three-quarters of Americans (78 percent) saying they think the Armed Forces contribute “a lot” to society, journalists came in near the bottom with just 28 percent saying the press contribute “a lot.” That number is down 10 percent from 2009, when 38 percent of Americans viewed journalists positively. TheWrap / MediaAlley Hey, at least we beat out lawyers: the public doesn’t think journalists contribute as much to society as, say, clergy or even artists.

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What’s Behind MSNBC’s Ratings Decline? (National Journal)
MSNBC bills itself as the “place for politics,” but if you’ve been watching the network lately, it’s been all of the Zimmerman trial, all the time. Political director Chuck Todd grew so frustrated with the coverage preempting his Daily Rundown show that he barely concealed his exasperation on-air, as evidenced by a video from the Washington Free Beacon that quickly went viral. Most of the network’s flagship news shows, from Hardball with Chris Matthews to PoliticsNation with Al Sharpton, seem to spend more time talking about Trayvon Martin than President Obama. FishbowlDC MSNBC’s evening line-up, according to industry insiders, has become too sophisticated for their audience, as well as completely lacking in diversity.

Sherri Shepherd ‘Really Depressed’ About Elisabeth Hasselbeck Leaving The View (TMZ)
They may not have always gotten along — sometimes they may have hated each other — but Sherri Shepherd says she’s really gonna miss her friend Elisabeth Hasselbeck on The View. Shepherd says she’s excited to work with Liz’s possible replacement, Jenny McCarthy — who will undoubtedly “cause some stuff” on the show. McCarthy hasn’t been confirmed as her replacement but judging from Shepard’s reaction, it sounds like the deal is just about locked up.

Al Jazeera America: A Unicorn Is Born (NY Mag / Daily Intelligencer)
The modern realities of the media business have so accustomed us to seeing journalistic entities disbanded, either abruptly or in slow motion, that there’s an undeniable fascination in watching a giant news outlet come together in a matter of months. It feels something like witnessing the birth of a unicorn: staggering, illusory. Just such a beast has been coming to life inside the New Yorker Hotel in midtown Manhattan, where Al Jazeera America — arguably the biggest American TV-news launch since Fox News and MSNBC more than a decade ago — is building its global nerve center. TVNewser In addition to confirming the hire of Richelle Carey, which TVNewser first reported earlier this week, AJAM is adding Jonathan Betz, Morgan Fogarty and Del Walters as anchors. The four will be based in New York City at a new studio that AJAM is building, and “will present live news throughout the day,” the channel says.