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President Barack Obama’s Statement on ISIL

Screen Shot 2014-09-23 at 10.12.53President Barack Obama Tuesday morning addressed the nation on the previous night’s airstrikes against ISIL in Syria.

“Last night on my orders America’s armed forces began strikes against ISIL targets in Syria,” the president said in his opening from the South Lawn. “Today, the American people gives thanks for the extraordinary service of our men and women in uniform.”

“We were joined in this action by our friends and partners. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Bahrain, and Qatar,” said Obama. “America is proud to stand shoulder to shoulder with these nations on behalf of our common security. The strength of this coalition makes it clear to the world that this is not America’s fight alone.”

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Defense One Names Iain Williamson Associate Publisher

PrintAtlantic Media’s Defense One today announced that Iain Williamson has been named associate publisher. Williamson will focus on furthering the brand’s advertising relationships and sales strategy. He was most recently with Intermarkets, Inc. where he served as director of sales and has previously worked for Gannett Government Media Corporation, Defense News, and the Military Times.

In the same announcement - Patrick Lavan has been promoted to senior account director. He joined Atlantic Media in 2011 as a sales fellow and has been promoted since to sales associate, account manager, and account director.

“Iain and Patrick are invaluable additions to our team as we seek to expand even more on Defense One’s early success,” said Constance Sayers Witherspoon, president of Government Executive Media Group in a release. “Their accomplishments in advertising sales prove their ability to succeed not just in that arena, but in the field of defense publishing as a whole.”

WATCH LIVE: President Obama to Offer 10am Statement on ISIL

President Barack Obama at 10am this morning will address the nation from the South Lawn of the White House on Monday night’s airstrikes against ISIL in Syria.


Former McCain Comms Director to Join Snapchat

jill-hazelbakerJill Hazelbaker, the former comms director of Sen. John McCain’s (R-AZ) 2008 run for president, will now lead the communications and policy efforts of Snapchat, Re/code’s Kara Swisher and Kurt Wagner report.

Hazelbaker has most recently been with Google, leading its PR and internal comms for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.

For more, click on over to Re/code.

Atlantic Media Announces That to Fold into The Atlantic

Atlantic Media co-presidents James Bennet and Bob Cohn yesterday announced to staff in a memo that’s staff and content will soon be folded into The Atlantic’s print and digital space.

Bennet and Cohn write in the memo:

“We are very proud of what The Wire has accomplished editorially, and we think that joining its aggressive, deft news coverage with The Atlantic’s ideas-driven journalism will provide a richer experience for The Atlantic’s readers, a firmer foundation for our ambitions to cover the news, and greater opportunities for growth for The Wire’s team. This decision is also driven by a recognition that the business strategy behind separating The Wire from The Atlantic simply hasn’t proven out. Experimenting with new revenue streams to support our journalism – like experimenting with new forms of reporting, storytelling, and distribution — has been essential to our progress across the ever-shifting media landscape; so too has moving quickly to face the facts, and to adjust, when an experiment isn’t working as we’d hoped.” was launched in late 2013 from The Atlantic Wire, which was originally founded in 2009.

For the full memo, click on over to FishbowlNY.

Mediabistro Morning Roundup – 9.23.14

From TVNewser to FishbowlNY, here are your top stories from across Mediabistro.

TVNewser Alaska TV Reporter Quits On Air: ‘F**k It, I Quit’

FishbowlNY The Atlantic Shutters The Wire

SocialTimes Snapchat Poaches Google Comms Exec

AgencySpy Diet Coke Moves Up a Class with Droga5

TVSpy Nobody ‘F#@king Likes You’, WGN Tries the Anti-News Promo

Lost Remote How Lingospot is Using Metadata to Improve TV Viewing

FishbowlDC NY Times Launches ‘First Draft’ a Weekday Morning Political Briefing

AllFacebook Facebook Adds ‘Your Pages’ Module to Timelines of Page Administrators

AllTwitter 67% of Marketers Spending More on Social Media for the Holiday Season

Inside Mobile Apps Halfbrick Rebuilds Fruit Ninja for a ‘New Era’ on Mobile

InsideFacebook SPMD Kenshoo Named Top Social Media Marketing Solution

GalleyCat Cartoon Network to Launch New Imprint at Penguin Young Readers Group

PRNewser San Francisco Pizza Place Begs for Your Hate on Yelp

MediaJobsDaily Making the Case for Nixing a Generic Cover Letter

UnBeige Vik Muniz Designs Perrier-Jouët Bottle

Tuesday Morning Splash

What’s Happening

— Women and Media: Africa in Focus at the Gallup World Headquarters, 9 a.m.

— Advanced Facebook: How to Make the World’s Largest Social Network Work For You at the National Press Club, 10 a.m.

— Luncheon with former Sen. Jim Webb at the National Press Club, 12:30 p.m.

The Revolving Door

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Fishbowl Fun Fact

Mailing an entire building has been illegal in the U.S. since 1916 after a man mailed a 40,000-ton brick house across Utah to avoid high freight rates.

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Afternoon Lede Check – 9.22.14

From WaPo to WJLA, here are the stories that are leading your homepages today, after the jump…

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Google Leadership Explain ‘How Google Works’ on ‘TODAY’ Show

coverWant to work at Google? Who. Doesn’t.

And for those that do, in Washington and beyond, executive chairman Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg, advisor to Google CEO Larry Page, were on NBC’s “TODAY” show this morning to discuss how to get hired by the internet conglomerate and their new book How Google Works.

On who the company seeks to hire, Schmidt explained, “I think you want to be a smart creative. Somebody who has some kind of technical knowledge or passion or something. Somebody who has some kind of business interest. But they have to be curious. They can’t be boring.”

So invest in your career while taking a break from your current, and watch the “TODAY” show hit, after the jump. Read more

Scott Stossel on The Atlantic’s Success, Obstacles

coverThe Atlantic editor Scott Stossel recently spoke to Nieman Fellow Rachel Emma Silverman on his outlet’s online and print successes and obstacles in a changing media landscape.

The two discussed a variety of topics including writer salaries, the hiring of big names, and gender and racial parity at the outlet.

On going fully-digital:

“My hope is that we’ll continue to get enough print advertising to invest in the print product. But I’m platform agnostic. In fact, if we could suddenly convert our 500,000 print subscribers—all of them pay, even though all the content is free on the Web—to digital subscribers and scrap the print magazine, our bottom line would be so much better. We could pay writers more because we wouldn’t be paying for printing and mailing. But we can’t force the issue because we’ve got $10 million worth of print subscribers.”

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