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1:20 PM ET, January 29, 2014


 Top News: 
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Washington Post announces plans to hire bloggers, redesign site  —  A memo to staffers from Washington Post Executive Editor Marty Baron outlines some of the paper's plans for the next year.  —  The news organization plans to hire “writers to author ‘verticals’ on a wide array of subjects,” Baron writes.
Harry Jaffe / Washingtonian:
Katharine Weymouth Defends Decision Not to Fund Ezra Klein's New Venture  —  “It just didn't make sense for us,” the Post publisher says of Klein's proposed website.  —  Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos has absorbed the responsibility—much of it critical—for not keeping Ezra Klein …
David Carr / New York Times:
As I Was Saying About Web Journalism ... a Bubble, or a Lasting Business?  —  Last week, it occurred to me that the departure of Ezra Klein, the creator of The Washington Post's influential Wonkblog, to join the young company Vox Media was a bit of a moment — an inflection point in the emergence of a news economy online.
Sarah Wheaton / New York Times:
Rep. Michael Grimm Threatens an NY1 Reporter  —  The Staten Island lawmaker can be heard telling Michael Scotto, a reporter for NY1, “I'll break you in half” in footage broadcast by the network.
Azi Paybarah / Capital New York:
Grimm offers a ‘friendly’ apology to NY1 reporter  —  Rep. Michael Grimm apologized in a phone call to the NY1 reporter who he threatened after an on-air interview in Washington last night.  —  NY1 reporter Michael Scotto, appearing on air this morning, said Grimm “called to apologize” and “said it was really not him.”
Jim Romenesko:
Report: Hundreds of Patch employees laid off  —  I'm told that hundreds — two tipsters claim two-thirds of the editorial staff — have been laid off by Patch's new owner, Hale Global.  I have asked the company for confirmation.  (It bought Patch from AOL on January 15.)
Michael Hiltzik / Los Angeles Times:
The O.C. Register's supremely ghoulish financial strategy  —  The Orange County Register building in Santa Ana is shown.  The company is seeking to buy life insurance on its employees, not to benefit the employees' families, but to benefit the company's pension plan.  (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)
Jim Romenesko:
Orange County Register owner blasts Los Angeles Times' story on his ‘ghoulish strategy’  —  Orange County Register owner Aaron Kushner, who is buying life insurance policies on some of his employees, advises his staff to print out yesterday's Los Angeles Times story — headlined …
Discussion: The Newspaper Guild
Katerina Eva Matsa / Pew Research Center:
Local TV audiences bounce back  —  Bucking a long-range trend of declining viewership, the audience for local TV news grew in all three major time slots in 2013.  Viewership climbed 6% in the morning (5 to 7 a.m.) and 3% in the early evening (5 to 7 p.m.) newscasts, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis.
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
CNN And Twitter Partner With Dataminr To Create News Tool For Journalists  —  CNN is hosting a press event today to announce a partnership with Twitter and social analytics company Dataminr to launch a new tool called Dataminr For News.  —  Dataminr CEO Ted Bailey said the goal is to …
Discussion: The Verge and @jweb
Alexei Oreskovic / Reuters:
Facebook teams up with Fox on Super Bowl  —  (Reuters) - Facebook Inc is collaborating with Fox Sports for Sunday's Super Bowl broadcast, the social network's latest move to increase its role as a hub for real-time conversations around sports and news events.
Chris Welch / The Verge:
NFL will block streaming video inside Super Bowl stadium
Discussion: GeekWire and Business Insider
Sarah El Deeb / Associated Press:
Egypts refers Al-Jazeera journalists to trial  —  CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's chief prosecutor on Wednesday referred 20 journalists from the Al-Jazeera TV network, including four foreigners, to trial on charges of allegedly joining or assisting a terrorist group and spreading false news that endangers national security.
Discussion: Guardian
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
Andy Carvin joins the Tow Center for Digital Journalism as a fellow  —  Andy Carvin will join the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia Journalism School as a fellow.  —  Tow published the news on Wednesday morning, then unpublished it, but not before Google picked it up and sent …
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Time Inc. to cut nearly 500 employees: sources  —  The imminent layoffs at Time Inc. are expected to cut close to 500 people, or about 6 percent of the work force, reliable sources tell Media Ink.  —  One source said the target date for an announcement is now Feb. 4 …
Zachary M. Seward / Quartz:
Refresh, refresh, refresh... Twitter is monetizing your compulsiveness  —  Every time you refresh your tweets, Twitter banks a tenth of a penny.  —  The company, which will issue its first quarterly earnings report next week, considers “timeline views” the best measure of how engaged its users are.
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
News of the World hacker admits lying as part of ‘enormous conspiracy’  —  Dan Evans tells court that 2009 witness statement was ‘drafted by News International lawyers’ and he was ‘toeing the line’  —  Dan Evans, the former News of the World hacker, has admitted lying about trying …
Discussion: @jackofkent
Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke / The New York Observer:
HowAboutWe...Buy Nerve and Become a Media Company?  —  HowAboutWe, the dating site that published editorial content, is taking it to the next level.  —  The company bought and is becoming a full-fledged lifestyle media brand about modern love, complete with stand-alone verticals and advertising.
Choire Sicha / The Awl:
An Oral History Of Gawker, By Reddit  —  When the history of the web is written, the final word will obviously belong to Reddit.  What else will be left?  —  And: what will we remember of a network of blogs called “Gawker Media”?  Here is the collected wisdom on the topic of Gawker …
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
News UK launches journalism academy  —  News UK has launched the News Academy, an initiative aimed at finding and training teenagers who wish to be journalists.  —  The launch was attended by the editors of News UK's titles: The Times (John Witherow), Sunday Times (Martin Ivens) and The Sun (David Dinsmore).
Wall Street Journal:
Netflix Gears Up to Expand in Europe  —  Rival Media Companies Race to Grab Subscribers, Program Rights  —  As streaming-video juggernaut Netflix Inc. plots an expansion in Europe, media companies across the continent are girding for battle.  —  The U.S.-based online video service …
Discussion: Gigaom
Rachel Bartlett /
Why Kyiv Post reinstated part-paywall and will raise fee  —  Having dropped its paywall during the ongoing protests in Kiev, the Kyiv Post has reintroduced payment for some content and plans to increase the subscription fee  — Read more … - Home  — Jobs  — PressGo  — PressQuest
Michael Malone / Broadcasting & Cable:
Meredith Station Revenue Down 6.5%  —  Core business is up, but stations up against tough comparisons with last year's political ads  —  Meredith Local Media reported fiscal second quarter revenues of $104.4 million, down 6.5% from the same quarter a year ago.
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
ITV to launch pay-TV drama channel on Sky  —  Broadcaster continues its strategy of reducing its reliance on free-to-air advertising by announcing rollout of ITV Encore  —  ITV is to launch a pay-TV channel on Sky showcasing the “best of British drama”, its first major return to pay-TV since …
Gillian Wong / Associated Press:
China visa woes for NYT as government ups pressure  —  BEIJING (AP) — The government is intensifying efforts to control foreign media coverage of China, blocking websites, harassing reporters trying to cover trials of activists in Beijing and thwarting efforts by The New York Times to station new journalists on the mainland.
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