Jeremy W. Peters / Media Decoder:
Newsweek and Daily Beast Hire Two More — Tina Brown's Newsweek-Daily Beast hybrid continues to add to its roster of writers as it prepares to start a completely reconfigured magazine this year. — Wayne Barrett, a former Village Voice investigative reporter, and Peter J. Boyer …
Discussion: Poynter, NetNewsCheck Latest, The Daily Beast, Yahoo! News, LA Observed, Gawker, MediaPost, On Media's Blog, FishbowlNY, New York Magazine and The Empire
Jim Romenesko / Poynter: Tina Brown signs New Yorker's Boyer, ex-Voice reporter Barrett
Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News: TPM's beefing up D.C. bureau; hires Daily Beast's Sarlin
Kevin Roderick / LA Observed: Morning Buzz: Monday 1.31.11
Hamilton Nolan / Gawker: Tina Brown Can Still Have Any Writer She Wants
Keach Hagey / On Media's Blog: Barrett, Boyer to NewsBeast
Chris O'Shea / FishbowlNY: Tina Brown Adds Peter Boyer and Wayne Barrett
Chris Rovzar / New York Magazine: Tina Brown Scores Two More
Azi Paybarah / The Empire: Barrett to Daily Beast, Robbins aims at the rich
Jim Romenesko / Poynter:
Center for Public Integrity, NewsBeast sign content deal — Romenesko Misc. — Under the agreement, Newsweek/Daily Beast will pay the Center for Public Integrity for exclusive stories. It's the Center's first pay-for-content deal in more than two decades, says a release.
Discussion: Editors Weblog, @mathewi and @jayrosen_nyu
Emma Heald / Editors Weblog: Media links of the day
Mathew Ingram / @mathewi: the future of journalism? RT @simonowens: Newsweek/Daily Beast will pay journalism nonprofit for exclusive access: http://bit.ly/hXjQfm
Megan Garber / Nieman Journalism Lab:
NewsBeast and CPI: A mutualization made in heaven — Newsweek/The Daily Beast — the entity most of us know as NewsBeast — announced earlier today that it's struck a deal with the Center for Public Integrity: It's paying CPI for exclusive investigative stories.
Al Jazeera camera equipment seized — Camera equipment remains seized after release of six Al Jazeera jounralist who were briefly detained in Cairo. — Six Al Jazeera English journalists, who were briefly detained in Egypt, have been released, however; their camera equipment remains confiscated by the military.
Discussion: Reuters, This Just In, NPR, NewsLab, TVNewser, The Awl, Yahoo! News, The Wrap, CNET News, @nolanjazeera, Poynter, Guardian, ReadWriteWeb, Boing Boing, @aymanm, Babylon & Beyond, The Daily Beast, mediabistro.com, The Huffington Post, Free Press, Broadcasting & Cable and Felix Salmon, more at Techmeme »
Andrew Hammond / Reuters: Analysis - Egypt's Al Jazeera bans channel's key role
Craigjohnsoncnn / This Just In: Egypt says it's shutting down mobile phone networks
Deborah Potter / NewsLab: Al Jazeera makes its mark
Alex Weprin / TVNewser: Al Jazeera English Leads Egypt Coverage, But Most Americans Still Can't Watch It
Choire Sicha / The Awl: Some Ways That the Egyptian Revolution Could Still Die
Joe Pompeo / Yahoo! News: Egypt media watch: Mid-East Google exec still missing; Essential longreads
Dylan Stableford / The Wrap: Egypt Clamps Down on Al Jazeera
Lance Whitney / CNET News: Al Jazeera calls for bloggers to spread Egypt news
Dan Nolan / @nolanjazeera: We're okay, they held us for 3 hours, we've been released, took cameras, laptops and phones #Egypt #Jan25
Jim Romenesko / Poynter: Six Al Jazeera English journalists arrested in Egypt
Josh Halliday / Guardian: Al-Jazeera journalists arrested in Egypt
Xeni Jardin / Boing Boing: Egypt: 6 Al Jazeera reporters arrested by military, then released (updated)
Ayman Mohyeldin / @aymanm: #aje crew released but equipment confiscated #egypt #jan25 (via phone)
Alexandra Sandels / Free Press: Egyptian Authorities Detain Reporters, Confiscate Equipment
Megan Garber / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Nick Kristof turns to Facebook to report from Egypt — Yesterday afternoon, New York Times columnist Nick Kristof added an update to his Facebook page: … Five hours ago, he added another update: … He's since added two more updates to the page, describing the “giddy” mood at Tahrir Square …
Discussion: TechCrunch, Journalism.co.uk, Yahoo! News, The Huffington Post and Aljazeera
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch: We're Now Watching The “You” News Network
Rachel McAthy / Journalism.co.uk: Al-Jazeera calls for help from bloggers and citizens after being shut down
Scott Kurashige / The Huffington Post: Egypt: The Epic Fail of the New York Times' Op-Ed Page
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Cable companies: Add Al Jazeera English *now*
Cable companies: Add Al Jazeera English *now*
Jon Bershad / Mediaite: Limbaugh Asks What “Pharaoh Obama” Was Doing At A Party While Egypt's In Turmoil
Glynnis MacNicol / The Wire: Al Jazeera's Website Has Seen A 2500% Increase In Traffic …
Jillian C. York / Global Voices in English: USA: “We Want Our Al Jazeera!”
Tom Scocca / Scocca: Property vs. Liberty in Egypt
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM: Al-Jazeera Traffic Skyrockets Due to Egyptian Unrest
Robert Hernandez / Online Journalism Review: Is social media Gutenberg or Guttenberg? It's actually both
Evan Rudowski / paidContent:UK:
A News Corp. Digital History Lesson For The Daily — Evan Rudowski is co-founder of SubHub, a paid content platform. He was previously an online manager at Newsday and business development director at News Corp.'s iGuide. — As I watch the coverage of Rupert Murdoch's upcoming iPad publication …
Eric Enge / Search Engine Land:
The Rise And Fall Of Content Farms — With Demand Media having gone public last week, it is worth taking some time to discuss the future of content farms. Clearly, lots of people are seeing value in the business model, as shown by the street's willingness to accept the IPO, and the acquistion of Associated Content by Yahoo! last May.
David Card / GigaOM: Demand Media: Search Spam or the Future of Content?
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Facebook's next big media move: Comments — Facebook is planning to launch a third-party commenting system in a matter of weeks, according to multiple sources familiar with the new product. This new technology could see Facebook as the engine behind the comments system on many high-profile blogs …
Discussion: MediaMemo, Mashable!, paidContent, TechCrunch, The Next Web, The Wire, Erictric, @pkafka, @pkafka and @sjcobrien, more at Techmeme »
Lauren Indvik / Mashable!: Facebook To Launch Third-Party Commenting Platform
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent: Facebook May Push A Third-Party Commenting System
Brad McCarty / The Next Web: Is Facebook launching a third-party comments platform?
Bertrand Vasquez / Erictric: Facebook Soon to Launch Official Commenting Platform for Third-Party Websites
Peter Kafka / @pkafka: So: Yes, new FB comment system designed to work with Google, Yahoo, Twitter sign-ins, if pub wants them.
Peter Kafka / @pkafka: Funny! Lots of people who work at or with big publishers know about FB comments, it turns out.
Chris O'Brien / @sjcobrien: FYI @caro: Mercurynews.com moved to FB comments several weeks back. Via @cnet: Facebook's next big media move: Comments http://t.co/bNrOKTC
Jim Romenesko / Poynter:
Rendell, Bissinger added as Philly Daily News columnists — The owners of Philly's dailies announced today: — * The Inquirer's A section will have more local and original content; — * Buzz Bissinger will serve as Daily News editorial advisor and occasional guest columnist;
Discussion: PR Newswire
Nick Summers / New York Observer:
Exclusive: Ex-Gawker Guy Snyder to Head Atlantic Wire, New Manhattan Staff — Former Gawker editor-in-chief Gabriel Snyder has been tapped to run The Atlantic Wire and build up a news aggregation staff in New York, as the 154-year-old magazine continues to carve out a home on the web.
Discussion: Poynter, The Wrap, @gabrielsnyder, Runnin' Scared, Yahoo! News, @annaholmes, On Media's Blog, Mediaite, FishbowlNY, New York Magazine and @nicksumm
Jim Romenesko / Poynter: Ex-Gawker editor Snyder tapped to run The Atlantic Wire
Dylan Stableford / The Wrap: Ex-Newsweek, Gawker Editor Heads to the Atlantic
Gabriel Snyder / @gabrielsnyder: Yep, I have a new job: I am thrilled to be joining The Atlantic Wire as editor.
Anna Holmes / @annaholmes: Congrats to @gabrielsnyder on the new gig! @TheAtlantic is very lucky to have him; he's a major talent.
Keach Hagey / On Media's Blog: Former Gawker editor to lead The Atlantic Wire
Brad Wellen / FishbowlNY: Gabriel Snyder To Run The Atlantic Wire
Benjamin Wallace / New York Magazine:
The Geek-Kings of Smut — After once being the best thing that ever happened to porn, the Internet is now wreaking havoc: destroying some fortunes, making bigger ones, and serving as a stimulus plan, in more ways than one. — For one brief moment here at the 2011 Adult Video Awards in Las Vegas …
Discussion: @iwantmedia and SAI
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Independent's i ‘has hit 170,000 sales’ — Publisher says circulation of cut-price daily is ‘continuing to climb’ as multimillion-pound campaign kicks in — Circulation of the Independent's 20p spin-off i hit an average of more than 170,000 a day last week, according to the first sales figures revealed by the publisher.
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
With Egypt in Crisis, Anchors Head to Cairo — As the uprising in Egypt approaches the one-week mark, television networks based in the United States continue to send reporters to the region. Now it appears some of the big network anchors are arriving there, as well.
Discussion: On Media's Blog, Broadcasting & Cable and TVNewser
Andrea Morabito / Broadcasting & Cable: Williams To Anchor ‘Nightly News’ From Cairo
Jim Romenesko / Poynter:
Director: NYT film has A- average rating from critics — Some critics at Sundance complained about “Page One: A Year Inside The New York Times” lacking focus, but director Andrew Rossi tells Romenesko that others have raved about the documentary. “The movie now has an ‘A-’ average rating based …
Elizabeth Jensen / Media Decoder:
PBS Show's Future in Doubt — When the PBS newsmagazine “Need to Know” started last May it had big shoes to fill, replacing “Bill Moyers Journal” and “Now on PBS.” But even as angry e-mails from disappointed viewers have subsided, the producers acknowledge that the show remains a work in progress …
Discussion: Poynter, TVNewser and Free Press
Jim Romenesko / Poynter: PBS hasn't decided whether to renew ‘Need to Know’
Alex Weprin / TVNewser: PBS ‘Need to Know’ Wants to Know About Its Future
Elizabeth Jensen / Free Press: PBS Show's Future in Doubt
Mike Shields / Mediaweek:
Pay Walls Crumble — The New York Times is ignoring the deep flaws in its online business model, say industry observers, blowing a chance to transform online publishing by instead opting to earn a few quick bucks. — Based on the details that have emerged, the Time's meek metered approach …
Discussion: NetNewsCheck Latest and Noted
Douglas Quenqua / Media Decoder:
A Phish Fan's Secret Smile — CNBC may not have known it, but last week, the financial news network ran one of the greatest Phish shows in recent memory. — The band itself was nowhere to be seen. But Dan Greenhaus, chief economic strategist at Miller Tabak & Company and an occasional commentator …
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch:
AOL Europe Acquires Branded Video Network goviral For $96.7 Million — AOL Europe has lead an acquision of video distribution network Goviral today, to the tune of $96.7 million. Goviral distributes branded video content for mainstream brands, as well as content producers and advertising agencies.
Discussion: GigaOM and paidContent:UK
Ryan Lawler / GigaOM: AOL Bets Another $100M On Online Video
Robert Andrews / paidContent:UK: AOL Buys GoViral Video Network For Up To $96.7 Million
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Why I was wrong about Quora as a blogging service ... I must apologize to Dave Winer. He warned me about supporting services that aren't the open web and I wasn't willing to listen to him a month ago, because I was infatuated with a cool new service that lots of insiders were supporting.
Discussion: The Quora Review, broadstuff, TechCrunch, parislemon and TeleRead
Dan Kaplan / The Quora Review: Sorry, Scoble, Quora is not your playground
Alan Patrick / broadstuff: Quora! Quora! Quora! or the Scoble Stress Test
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch: Quora Is Really About A Better Wikipedia, Not Robert Scoble's Hopes & Dreams
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Exclusive: KIT digital Acquires KickApps, Kewego AND Kyte For $77.2 Million — TechCrunch exclusive - If you'd never heard about KIT digital before, you will after today. — The provider of cloud-based video asset management solutions has acquired not one, not two but three social software and video companies.
Discussion: KIT digital, paidContent, @rafat, VideoNuze, Broadcasting & Cable, GigaOM, MediaMemo, Online Video News and NYConvergence.com, more at Techmeme »
Alex Blum / KIT digital — Investor Overview: KIT digital Acquires KickApps, Kewego and Kyte, Signaling Era …
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent: KIT Digital Buys Trio Of Firms, Including KickApps And Kewego
Rafat Ali / @rafat: Not a good exit for KickApps in sale to KIT, v little cash. Flashes of Ning bust in the whole category. http://cnt.to/nre
Will Richmond / VideoNuze: KIT Digital's Deals Signal “Race to Scale” is Well Underway
George Winslow / Broadcasting & Cable: KIT digital Acquires KickApps, Kewego and Kyte
Ryan Lawler / GigaOM: KIT Digital's Shopping Spree Continues
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo: Roll 'Em Up! Video Back-End Company KIT Digital Buys KickApps, Kyte, Kewego
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
IntoNow Can Hear What You're Watching On TV. The Media Check-In Game Just Changed. — “The problem was that no one wanted to type in the bar they were at,” Adam Cahan told us when we met with him last week to see his latest venture, IntoNow. He wasn't talking about his startup.
Discussion: Lost Remote, The Next Web, ReadWriteWeb, NetworkEffect, VentureBeat, Mashable! and GigaOM, more at Techmeme »
Cory Bergman / Lost Remote: IntoNow redefines TV check-ins by listening to audio
Mike Melanson / ReadWriteWeb: SoundPrint Wants to Be the GPS of Internet TV
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat: With IntoNow, is social TV ready for the masses?
Jennifer Van Grove / Mashable!: Extraordinary iPhone App Identifies 2.6 Million TV Shows by “Listening”
Ryan Lawler / GigaOM: IntoNow: A Social TV App That Knows What You're Watching
Paywalls and cannibalization — I'm surprised, but pleased, to see this coming from FT editor Lionel Barber, in his Hugh Cudlipp lecture today: … This is the first time that I've seen an advocate of online paywalls admit that they don't boost offline subscriptions, and that newspapers …
Discussion: Talking Biz News
Chris Roush / Talking Biz News: When biz journalism sites charge for access
John Herrman / Splitsider:
Why Nielsen Ratings Are Inaccurate, and Why They'll Stay That Way — It's easy to understand why people are ambivalent, or even hostile, toward ratings. The thinking goes something like this: — 1. People love the shows that they love, a lot — 2. Some of these shows get canceled “too soon”
Niel / Explainer.Net:
Explain yourself: George Lakoff, cognitive linguist — As part of our research on explanatory journalism, we're interviewing experts in fields outside journalism about their approaches to explaining complex systems to non-specialtists. — Our first expert is cognitive linguist George Lakoff …
Davidw / Joho the Blog:
We are the medium — I know many others have made this point, but I think it's worth saying again: We are the medium. — I don't mean this in the sense that we are the new news media, as when Dan Gillmor talks about “We the Media.” I cherish Dan's work (read his latest: Mediactive) …
Alexandra Topping / Guardian:
Music industry struggles to make digital leap of faith — Major labels embraced streaming at Midem in Cannes last week, but some claim their moves are too little, too late — In the louche Martinez hotel bar in Cannes, a sharply dressed young man launched into a tirade against the music industry convention he was attending.
Discussion: Telegraph, 9 to 5 Mac and hypebot
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac: Spotify delayed again in the US
Kyle Bylin / hypebot: Record Label Rule Book Gets Startups No Where
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
Tribune's New Tech Columnist: Julia Allison. (Yes, That Julia Allison.) — Syndicated tech columnist and blogodisiac Julia Allison — If you know the name Julia Allison, chances are good it's because you're a reader of the gossip blogs where she was a regular fixture two or three years ago.
Glynnis MacNicol / The Wire: Julia Allison To Pen ‘Lively’ New Syndicated Column On Social Media
Matthew Flamm / Crain's New York:
Google CEO Eric Schmidt searches for book deal — New York publishers are bidding on the wonkish, soon-to-be-former chief executive's first book, Empire of the Mind: The Dawn of the Techno-Political Age. — Google Chief Executive Eric Schmidt, who will be stepping down from the top job in April …
Discussion: Gawker, TechCrunch and GalleyCat
Ryan Tate / Gawker: Google CEO Seeks Book Deal
MG Siegler / TechCrunch: Video: Literally Eric Schmidt, Literally
Maryann Yin / GalleyCat: Google CEO Eric Schmidt Seeking Book Deal
Julian Assange, The Man Behind WikiLeaks — Talks To Steve Kroft About The U.S. Attempt To Indict Him And The Criticism Aimed At Him For Publishing Classified Documents — (CBS) Just a few months ago, most people had never heard of a Web site called WikiLeaks, or of its mysterious and eccentric founder, Julian Assange.
Discussion: The Awl, The Firewall, The Wire, The Nation, TechCrunch, kateoplis and Guardian
Maria Bustillos / The Awl: Julian Assange on ‘60 Minutes’
Andy Greenberg / The Firewall: Poll: Two In Five Americans Still Don't Know What WikiLeaks Is
Glynnis MacNicol / The Wire: Julian Assange Nailed His 60 Minutes Interview Last Night
Greg Mitchell / The Nation: THE WIKILEAKS NEWS & VIEW BLOG for Monday, Day 65
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch: WikiLeaks Founder Assange Tells 60 Minutes: “Our Values Are Those …
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
Another reverse for the fake sheikh as victim's conviction is quashed — The News of the World phone-hacking scandal has been something of a boon for the paper's investigations editor Mazher Mahmood. It has diverted press attention from his fake sheikh activities.
Eric Pfanner / DealBook:
Hearst to Buy Lagardere's Magazine Unit for $889 Million — Lagardère, the French media conglomerate, said on Monday that it had agreed to sell its international magazine business, including titles like Car and Driver and non-French editions of Elle, to the American publishing company Hearst for 651 million euros.
Discussion: The Wrap, The Fix, Folio, Press Gazette, MinOnline, Media News International, Gawker, DealBook and Fashionista
Dylan Stableford / The Wrap: Hearst Agrees to Buy Elle Publisher for $893 Million
Ashley Baker / The Fix: Lagardère Sells International Magazine Business to Hearst …
John Smith / Media News International: Hearst makes binding cash offer to Lagardère's international …
Hamilton Nolan / Gawker: Hearst Buys 102 Magazines (And the World?)
Eric Pfanner / DealBook: Hearst to Buy Lagardère's Magazine Unit for $889 Million
Lauren Sherman / Fashionista: Hearst Buys Elle and a Bunch of Other Magazines For $889 Million
AOL Elects Alberto Ibargüen to Board of Directors — Media and Internet Executive Brings Over 30 Years Experience to AOL — NEW YORK—(BUSINESS WIRE)—AOL Inc. (NYSE:AOL) today announced that Alberto Ibargüen has been elected to its Board of Directors.