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Cleveland Plain Dealer Cuts Third of Newsroom Staff (AP / The Big Story)
The Plain Dealer in Cleveland cut about a third of its newsroom staff Wednesday, months after announcing it was reducing home delivery of the newspaper. About 50 reporters, photographers, page designers and other Newspaper Guild-covered employees received layoff notices, according to the guild. Crain’s Cleveland Business Employees were notified Tuesday night to wait by the phone until 10 a.m. Wednesday. If they didn’t get a call from the office telling them they were being laid off, they were to report to work at 11 a.m. Among those who got the unfortunate call was business editor Randy Roguski. Others laid off are eligible to apply for jobs at the Northeast Ohio Media Group, a new company that will produce digital content for CJR / The United States Project There is still some uncertainty, however, even for those who got the “good call.” One Plain Dealer reporter told me that now that the layoffs have occurred, Advance plans to hire some of the keepers away to the website,, which is now operated by a separate digital company. The guild “had thought offers for [the] site would come first… coming after layoffs will cut the number of guild members even lower,” said the reporter, who is staying on at the paper. Philadelphia Daily News / Attytood While 50 experienced journalists are getting their telephonic pink slips, the paper is advertising for nine new journalists who will certainly be lower paid and most likely younger, with less experience and knowledge of the tangled history of an iconic, if faded, American city.

Snowden Granted 1-Year Asylum in Russia, Leaves Airport (RT)
NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has been granted temporary asylum in Russia and is allowed to enter the country’s territory. The whistleblower has been granted temporary political asylum in Russia, Snowden’s legal representative Anatoly Kucherena said. Fox News The development comes more than a month after Snowden first arrived at the Moscow airport from Hong Kong, and was effectively marooned in the airport’s transit zone while he and his supporters tried to sway a country to accept his petition for refugee status.

Fox News Sues TVEyes for Copyright Infringement (TheWrap / MediaAlley)
Fox News Channel sued TVEyes, a $500-per-month TV and radio broadcast search service, for copyright infringement on Tuesday. The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in New York, alleges TVEyes makes versions of the cable news network’s “award-winning programming” available on its site for paid users without Fox News’ permission. The lawsuit accuses TVEyes of misappropriating “the entirety of the works that Fox News has developed at great expense and to reproduce, to distribute, to publicly perform and/or to publicly display verbatim copies of the works” without authorization. Courthouse News Service “TVEyes is well aware that it must obtain a license, consent or authorization from Fox News in order to reproduce, distribute, publicly perform, publicly display and/or otherwise use Fox News’ programming and content in this manner,” the network says. “In fact, TVEyes contacted Fox News seeking a license for its use of Fox News content. Fox News declined and demanded on multiple occasions that TVEyes cease its willful and infringing reproduction of Fox News’ content. TVEyes has refused to comply and even to respond to Fox News’s most recent letter.”

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Despite Controversy, Rolling Stone ‘Boston Bomber’ Issue Is A Hit on Newsstands (Adweek)
Rolling Stone‘s “Boston Bomber” issue got a rash of bad publicity and retailers like CVS and Stop & Stop pulled it from shelves after a “Boycott Rolling Stone” campaign gained steam on Facebook. But the controversy doesn’t seem to have hurt newsstand sales. Retail sales of the issue jumped 102 percent over average per-issue sales for the past year, according to Magazine Information Network. The Atlantic Wire Meanwhile, the actual article the Rolling Stone cover is meant to illustrate has been well-received, once people actually got around to reading it.