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.

Lavabit Founder Waged Privacy Fight as F.B.I. Pursued Snowden (NYT)
One day last May, Ladar Levison returned home to find an F.B.I. agent’s business card on his Dallas doorstep. So began a four-month tangle with law enforcement officials that would end with Levison’s shutting the business he had spent a decade building and becoming an unlikely hero of privacy advocates in their escalating battle with the government over Internet security.

Time Inc. CEO Joe Ripp Meets With Rank And File (Adweek)
New Time Inc. CEO Joe Ripp continues to ply his folksy approach, gathering non-senior management for a town hall meeting Wednesday to discuss his vision for the company’s future. A Time Inc. source said it was the first time in recent memory that a CEO had spoken directly to the company’s rank and file, which “in and of itself was a huge thing,” he said. The gathering, which included a Q&A session with employees, was short on news, as Ripp hit on many of the topics he’s been discussing since first taking over as CEO last month.

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The Media Research Center’s Strange Investment (Daily Beast / Politics Beast)
Last year, the nonprofit Media Research Center reported revenues of more than $16 million. The conservative group that works to combat what it sees as liberal bias in the media spent the money on all manner of things, from salaries for its 62 full-time employees, to maintaining websites that track alleged anti-conservative media stories, to a youth education program. But there was one expense that didn’t show up on MRC’s annual report: $350,000 for a house, purchased from MRC’s vice president, David Martin.

Onetime ‘Meme’ Merchant Ben Huh Wants to Change The News (Ad Age / Digital)
Ben Huh has built an Internet empire on humor, pratfalls and a healthy dose of Schadenfreude. And now he wants to dramatically alter the way news is delivered. Huh is the founder and CEO of Cheezburger, a sprawling network of sites that includes FAIL Blog, The Daily What and Know Your Meme. The online publisher has not only helped shape Internet culture but also given rise to the word “meme.” Last year, Huh co-founded Circa, a mobile app that provides users with summaries of news events that a team of about 15 editorial staffers compiles from third-party reports and, increasingly, original reporting.

New York Times Managing Editor Dean Baquet Speaks at Penn State’s Foster-Foreman Conference (The Daily Collegian)
Dean Baquet, Pulitzer Prize winner and managing editor of The New York Times, spoke at the HUB-Robeson Center about the changing world of journalism as part of the Foster-Foreman Conference of Distinguished Writers. While the Internet has proven to be beneficial in many ways for journalism, there are also some consequences, Baquet said. “It is not my fear that newspapers will die,” he said. “My only fear is that the craft of witnessing and reporting on the truth will die.”

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Greta ‘Angled’ for 7 P.M. Fox News Timeslot (TVNewser)
Starting Monday, Greta Van Susteren will be getting home from work several hours earlier than she has been for the last 10 years. Van Susteren’s show moves from 10 p.m. ET to 7 p.m. ET as Fox News undergoes a rare programming makeover. Politico “7 p.m. was my choice — well, I should say I angled for it when I heard that Shep was leaving it,” she said. “Internally, after I’d heard Shep was leaving, I made myself, quote, ‘available.’”

These Journalists Spent Two Years And $750,000 Covering One Story (The Atlantic)
In recent weeks, ProPublica has published a major — and scathing — investigative series on the dangers of Tylenol’s main active ingredient, acetaminophen. Two years in the making, this series shows yet again the essential role of investigative journalism in providing public information that can literally save lives. “We conservatively estimate the cost of this coverage at $750,000,” Richard Tofel, ProPublica’s president revealed. “It could be more.”

Wish 4chan A Happy Birthday — You Should Be Glad It Exists, Even If You Never Go There (GigaOM)
It seems like just yesterday that teenaged 4chan founder Christopher “Moot” Poole was single-handedly operating the site from his parent’s house, running out of money for hosting fees on the one hand, while trying to avoid awkward questions from the FBI. Now the site is 10 years old — almost a lifetime in Internet years — but apart from that little has changed: Poole still mostly runs it himself, and he still believes there is value in having a place where people can post things anonymously, even if those things are sometimes horrible.

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Barry Diller, David Zaslav And The Exclusive on Star Jones’ TV Plans
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It was business as usual at Michael’s Wednesday, which means it was wall-to-wall moguls (Barry Diller, David Zaslav), EICs (Liz Vaccariello, Alison Brower) and TV newsers (Ron Insana, Felicia Taylor and Lynn Sherr) — and plenty of other famous faces. I was joined by Star Jones, one of my favorite regulars at 55th and Fifth, who I met when I was one of the first reporters to cover the freshman season of The View. Suffice to say there’s been plenty that’s happened in Star’s professional and personal life since then, and she’s come through it all wiser, funnier and more determined than ever to forge her own path.

Washington Post Inadvertently Releases Names of Journalists Who Received Stock-Option Bonuses (
About three weeks ago, the Washington Post Co. sent an email to 63 newsroom employees who have received stock-option bonuses. “The options were apparently awarded over the past three years as a reward for work that top editors liked and/or as a way to keep people from leaving the paper,” my source writes. “They were granted in lieu of raising salaries (the paper didn’t want to spend actual cash, so it gave options instead).

Readers to Editorial Boards: We Don’t Care! (Salon)
Once upon a time, political campaigns cared a lot about landing newspaper endorsements. Strategy memos were hatched, fake editorial board meetings functioning as candidates’ dress-rehearsals were conducted and policy papers unveiled — all with the seemingly consequential goal of landing these editorial nods. Politicians thought voters cared what the top papers thought. That may not be the case any longer.

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