Morning Media Newsfeed: NYT Unveils Redesign | MSNBC to Rotate Noon Cast | Thompson In, Klein Out?

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New York Times Redesign Points to Future of Online Publishing (CNNMoney)
The last time The New York Times embarked on a wholesale redesign of its website, in 2006, the iPhone wasn’t on the market. Tablets like the iPad were still years away. So the new design that the Times unveiled Wednesday is generating much interest within the journalism industry, both for what it says about the Times and about the future of online publishing. Mashable There are no drastic changes. Gone are the blue headlines and the lengthy sidebar in favor of a grayer digital lady with more white space. But the site feels more like The New York Times than NYTimes.com. “We’re leaning more heavily on the site to maintain our identity,” says Ian Adelman, the director of digital design for the Times. Capital New York It will take a while for the redesign to settle with critics, but judged by the usual Day One tests, it’s a success: It was delivered on time, and to us seems relatively bug-free. But the process, which took two years and the work of 40 people round the clock (and 80 people all together over the life of the project), wasn’t easy. NYT / Public Editor’s Journal Many readers and outside commentators called the redesign cleaner and easier to navigate. One reader, Larry Hollon, wrote to me, in part: “The new digital format is fantastic. It’s clean, easy to read, lots of white space and it organizes information in a way that is very accessible. Thank the appropriate designers. It’s great.” Still, not everyone was happy. Slate / CultureBox No doubt a large reason for the collective shrug at the Times redesign is the fact that little has changed that affects our strategies of consumption. The Times’ editors still signal what they judge most important through the front page, which remains three columns of text with a big picture. Gone, finally, are the blue-hued headlines, which at this point were so outdated they’d nearly traveled past obsolete to retro-chic, a living monument to the Web of Yore, when primitive browsers would not click anything that wasn’t blue. Now, headlines look as they do in the Times’ print edition.

Rotating Cast to Host MSNBC’s Noon Hour (TVNewser)
Ari Melber, of MSNBC’s The Cycle, will be among a rotating cast of hosts for the network’s noon hour, when Alex Wagner moves to 4 p.m. ET. Joy Reid, who had been filling in at 4pm since the departure of Martin Bashir last month, is also expected to fill in at noon. The network also has a vacancy at 11 a.m. as Thomas Roberts moves to the early morning hours starting Monday. MSNBC has tried out hosts temporarily before permanently giving them a show in the past, including Rev. Al Sharpton, who filled in at 6 p.m. for most of the summer in 2011 before being named permanent host. Deadline Hollywood MSNBC has not yet said who’s getting its 11 a.m. slot, which is being vacated by Roberts, who’s hosted MSNBC Live in that time period since 2010. This week, MSNBC president Phil Griffin announced Roberts is taking over the pre-dawn Way Too Early program starting Jan. 13. Meanwhile, MSNBC also has not yet elaborated as to what it is going to do with Brian Shactman, who had the Way Too Early gig for a way-too-short eight months. Shactman got the job when NBC named Way Too Early anchor Willie Geist the new anchor of the 9 a.m. hour of Today. Nor has MSNBC announced where it is going to put new hire Ronan Farrow. HuffPost The moves also come at a time of broader change at the network. Griffin had laid out his vision for the network in recent months, stating that MSNBC is “not the place” for major, breaking news and that he wanted to focus intensely on politics. But MSNBC experienced several disappointing months in the ratings this year.