Morning Media Newsfeed: Reuters Cutting Staff | Tom Clancy Dead at 66 | Ronan Going to MSNBC?

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Reuters Will Cut Around 5 Percent Across Editorial (NY Observer)
Stephen Adler, the president and editor-in-chief of Reuters, announced during a staff conference call Wednesday morning that the news service will be cutting around 5 percent across the board in editorial. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media The announcement comes in the wake of weeks of high-level staff departures from the organization and the announcement the company was canning its ambitious new digital product Reuters Next. Despite cancelling Next, Adler told staff improving the current website is still a priority. FishbowlNY Adler said that staffers (and some managers) were being notified as soon as possible, and the reductions would impact Reuters offices across the world. TheWrap “To simplify and strengthen the Reuters news operation, we are making changes that will result in a slightly smaller editorial staff,” said spokeswoman Barb Burg. “One that is more strategically positioned and better equipped to help Reuters report and deliver the news that matters most to our customers and society as a whole.”

Tom Clancy Has Died (GalleyCat)
Bestselling novelist Tom Clancy has passed away, ending a legendary career in espionage fiction. Three of his books were turned into movies: The Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games and The Sum of All Fears. His work was adapted into a number of video game franchises, including: Rainbow Six, Ghost Recon and Splinter Cell. NYT Clancy’s debut book, The Hunt for Red October, was frequently cited as one of the greatest genre novels ever written. With the book’s publication in 1984, Clancy introduced a new kind of potboiler: an espionage thriller dense with technical details about weaponry, submarines and intelligence agencies. It found an eager readership.

Ronan Farrow in Talks to Host MSNBC Show (THR / The Live Feed)
Ronan Farrow is in talks to host his own program on MSNBC, likely joining the progressive network’s weekend lineup, multiple sources tell The Hollywood Reporter. Farrow — a journalist and human rights activist and the only biological child of Mia Farrow and Woody Allen — has served in the Obama administration’s foreign policy department and also at the State Department, where he founded the Office of Global Youth Issues and was an advisor to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during the Arab Spring uprising. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Should the talks go through, Farrow is expected to host a weekend program for the network, joining a lineup that includes former Democratic consultant Karen Finney and Salon political writer Steve Kornacki. TVNewser MSNBC’s weekend lineup has undergone much tinkering over the last year or so. It has also served as a proving ground for young talent. HuffPost The news of his potential hiring came just as Farrow found himself in the public eye once again, as his mother told Vanity Fair that he might be Frank Sinatra’s son and not Woody Allen’s.

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America’s Biggest Newspapers Slam The GOP Over Shutdown (HuffPost)
Republicans looking for supporters of their shutdown strategy will have to look somewhere other than the country’s biggest newspapers. Of the 10 most widely-read papers in America, not a single title’s editorial board seemed to think that the House GOP caucus was going about things the right way. To be sure, most of those papers lean Democratic, but even the avowedly conservative titles, like the Wall Street Journal and the New York Post, had little love for John Boehner and his colleagues. Poynter / MediaWire Tourists, leaf-peepers and rambunctious World War II veterans weren’t the only people inconvenienced by the partial government shutdown that began Tuesday: Journalists who deal with government data found themselves in a tough spot when they couldn’t download files or pull the most up-to-date data for their projects.