Morning Media Newsfeed: Yahoo! Unveils New Logo | Bezos Schmoozes | Manjoo Joins WSJ

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Yahoo! Introduces New Logo (Yahoo!)
We’re excited to share the new Yahoo! logo with you. It will begin appearing across Yahoo! properties globally. We wanted a logo that stayed true to our roots (whimsical, purple, with an exclamation point) yet embraced the evolution of our products. Ad Age / Digital Yahoo! has refreshed its 18-year-old logo to match the nearly two-decade-old portal’s ongoing makeover under CEO Marissa Mayer. Capping a 30-day campaign leading up to the official unveiling, Yahoo! pinned the first major redesign of its logo since 1995 to the site’s homepage early Thursday morning. But here’s the punchline: the new logo was not among the 30 teased over the past month. AllThingsD The new logo is slimmer and neat, with all the old serifs gone and minus the longtime whimsical tone. Stark and sensible — with an Optima font flavor and a whole lot of sharp edges (not very kid friendly, IMHO) — it’s very much in keeping with Mayer’s tidy design sensibilities. TechCrunch Honestly, the new logo reminds one a lot of fonts used in the 90s, especially the stock beveled and glossy fonts that appeared on the internet portal GeoCities, where many of us first learned to build these funny things called “Web pages.” Unfortunately, this is no longer the 90s and this logo is feeling pretty dated.

Bezos Courts Washington Post Editors, Reporters (The Washington Post / Business)
The Washington Post’s new owner, Jeffrey P. Bezos, long wary of journalists, courted the paper’s editors and reporters in a series of meetings Wednesday, saying that he is optimistic about the future of journalism and wants to create a “daily ritual bundle” that would appeal to a variety of readers. The Washington Post / Style Bezos had a simple bit of advice for the staff of the newspaper he’ll soon own: Put readers, not advertisers, first. Don’t write to impress each other. And above all, “Don’t be boring.” In a whirlwind series of meetings over two days, the Amazon.com billionaire charmed and disarmed rooms full of skeptical journalists with a relentlessly upbeat vision that evoked the Post’s best traditions while promising to update them for a technologically advanced new era. HuffPost At the town hall session Wednesday afternoon, he said that the newspaper might consider bringing back some of the sections that have been cut in recent years for digital only. Bezos also took other questions from staffers at the meeting, which was live tweeted by Erik Wemple and other Post journalists. NYT By the end of his visit late Wednesday, Bezos seemed to have won over employees who posted photographs of him, speculated on how many electronic devices he had in his pockets, liberally quoted his thoughts on the news business on social media and gave him the hashtag #bezospalooza. “He charmed the room of 20 hard-bitten journalists,” said Jeffrey Leen, the Post’s investigations editor, who attended a lunch meeting with Bezos.

Manjoo Joins Wall Street Journal as Technology Columnist (WSJ / Digits)
Farhad Manjoo, a leading and influential Silicon Valley voice, is joining The Wall Street Journal as a columnist writing about technology companies, issues, people, products and trends. Manjoo, who currently writes for Slate and Fast Company magazine, joins as the Journal expands its coverage of Silicon Valley and tech around the world. FishbowlNY “I am ecstatic that Farhad will be sharing his deep knowledge, analytical eye and writing flair with our readers,” said Jonathan Krim, the Journal’s global technology editor, in a statement. Manjoo will write two columns a week, one of which will appear in print.

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Layoffs at ABC Stations Eliminate Last Political Reporters in San Francisco Bay Area
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Political reporting in Northern California recently took a hit after ABC closed its Sacramento bureau and laid off bureau chief Nannette Miranda along with KGO political reporter Mark Matthews. “I’m really sad to go and worried that fewer media outlets are covering the State Capitol,” Miranda told media blogger Matthews Keys last week after Keys confirmed the Sacramento Bureau had been closed. “Unchecked government means politicians will try to do things they shouldn’t.”

UN: Press Should Not Be ‘Intimidated Into Silence’ Over State Secrets (The Guardian)
Two senior UN representatives have warned the British government that the protection of state secrets must not be used as an excuse to “intimidate the press into silence” following the detention of David Miranda under the Terrorism Act. Frank La Rue, the UN special rapporteur on freedom of expression, issued the caution as he called for a public debate on the mass surveillance revelations exposed by the National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden.

Howard Kurtz Previews Brand-New Fox News Show, Media Buzz (Fox News Insider / Howard Kurtz)
Everyone’s got an opinion about the media. Trust me on that. When I started in the media criticism game, we mostly engaged in one-way broadcasting. You read the newspaper or watched what was on the tube. That now seems like the Stone Age. These days anyone with a smartphone can sound off on any subject — and we want to hear from you. TVNewser Kurtz‘s new media criticism show debuts Sunday at 11 a.m. on Fox News.

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Printed Ann Arbor News Returns, AnnArbor.com to Be Part of MLive (Crain’s Detroit Business)
The Ann Arbor News is back. Sort of. The daily newspaper was closed in 2009 by its owner, Advance Publications Inc., and replaced with a Thursday and Sunday print edition of a new website, AnnArbor.com. Beginning Sept. 12, AnnArbor.com will become part of its sibling statewide online news operation, MLive.com, and the twice-weekly print edition will be rebranded as the Ann Arbor News. AnnArbor.com will be replaced with MLive.com/annarbor.

James Carville Becomes A Columnist for The Hill (The Washingtonian / Capital Comment)
James Carville, the colorful, quotable, irascible political consultant and commentator, has accepted a new gig as a columnist for the Hill newspaper. The timing is good. We’re about to sashay into the midterm elections, which involve the full House and 33 seats in the Senate. FishbowlDC No word on whether Carville will start hanging out with Dick Morris to write their respective columns, although he did have a nice shout-out for The Hill. “I have been reading The Hill since its inception in 1994 while living in Washington,” said Carville. “The quality of the writing and journalism is exemplary, and I’m excited for the opportunity to become a part of the Hill legacy.”

BuzzFeed’s Jonah Peretti Says The Site Is Profitable, With 85 Million Uniques And More Than 300 Employees (TechCrunch)
BuzzFeed founder and CEO Jonah Peretti published a memo to employees Wednesday that laid out some details about the site’s growth, as well as its plans for the coming year. For one thing, Peretti said that BuzzFeed posted “record profit in August” and that the company has “gone from zero revenue four years ago to a profitable company with over 300 employees.” As far as I can tell, that’s the first time Peretti has acknowledged that BuzzFeed is profitable, aside from mentioning “accidental” profitability in summer 2011 that was followed by a period of aggressive hiring. LinkedIn / Jonah Peretti Despite the struggles of the traditional media, there remains an insatiable desire for great reporting, entertaining content, and powerful storytelling. Facebook, Twitter and the other Silicon Valley-based social sites are amazing distribution platforms, but user generated content alone isn’t enough to fill the hole left by the ongoing decline of print newspapers and magazines. The world needs sustainable, profitable, vibrant content companies staffed by dedicated professionals; especially content for people that grew up on the Web, whose entertainment and news interests are largely neglected by television and newspapers. This is why BuzzFeed has a major role to play in the coming years producing great journalism and compelling entertainment.