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Mediabistro Morning Roundup – 8.27.14

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

SocialTimes Amazon Acquires Twitch for $970 Million

TVNewser Executive Producer Changes at ABC News

FishbowlNY The 2014 Online Journalism Award Finalists

GalleyCat How to Participate in Banned Books Week

PRNewser Five Ways to Ensure That the Phone Pitch Doesn’t Die

TVSpy Former Anchor Settles Lawsuit Against Station, Starts Job as College Recruiter

Lost Remote VMAs Best Emmys on Facebook With Triple the Engagement

FishbowlDC Philip Klein Promoted to Commentary Editor of Washington Examiner

AllFacebook Instagram Debuts Time-Lapse Video App Hyperlapse

AllTwitter Five Ways to Hit Your Goals With Twitter Advertising

10,000 Words Pew: There’s a ‘Spiral of Silence’ on Social Media

Inside Mobile Apps Pin Drop Launches Location Bookmarking App in the U.S.

InsideFacebook Facebook is Sucking Out Our Brains One Satire Tag at a Time

AgencySpy FCB Chicago Helps Grandma ‘Shop Like a Boss’ for Kmart

MediaJobsDaily The Truth About Conference Calls: Survey Shows People Zone Out

UnBeige Fashion Televion’s Jeanne Beker Turns Curator for ‘Politics of Fashion’ Exhibition

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Wednesday Morning Splash

What’s Happening

— Two Federal Immigration Judges Discuss Challenges Facing Immigration Courts at the National Press Club, 10 a.m.

Matthew Rosenberg, NYT Reporter Expelled from Kabul at the National Press Club, 2 p.m.

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Fishbowl Fun Fact

Albert Einstein and Charles Darwin both married their first cousins.

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Afternoon Lede Check – 8.26.14

Israel, Hamas agree to extended cease-fire in Gaza (The Washington Post). ISIS demands $6.6M ransom for 26-year-old American woman (WJLA). Police: 1 suspect in custody in McDonald’s shooting in Woodbridge (FOX 5).

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

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Weekly Standard’s Bill Kristol on ‘Laura Ingraham Show’ Asks Harm of Bombing ISIS

laura672x250Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol joined “The Laura Ingraham Show” yesterday and encouraged the bombing of ISIS.

Kristol recalled his appearance the previous day on ABC’s “This Week” with Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD), who recommended “debate” surrounding new authorization of War Powers authority, of which Kristol disagreed.

“What’s the harm of bombing [ISIS] at least for a few weeks and seeing what happens? I don’t think there’s much in the way of unanticipated side effects that could be bad there. We could kill a lot of very bad guys.”

Click on over to Mediaite to hear Kristol’s remarks on Ingraham’s show.

WaPo, Center for Public Integrity, CFR Named Finalists for 2014 Online Journalism Awards

Screen-Shot-2014-08-26-at-12.38.02-PM-300x137The Online News Association yesterday announced finalists for the 2014 Online Journalism Awards in categories that include data journalism, digital storytelling, investigative journalism, public service, and technical innovation.

Among the finalists is the Center for Public Integrity in six categories, The Washington Post in three categories including for General Excellence in Online Journalism (Large) against NPR.org, and the Council on Foreign Relations in the Explanatory Reporting (Small) category.

Winners will be announced at the 2014 ONA Conference and Online Journalism Awards Banquet on Saturday, Sept. 27, in Chicago.

For a full list of finalists, click here.

Atlantic Media Owner David Bradley Aided Efforts to Free Peter Theo Curtis

Peter Theo Curtis

Freed American journalist Peter Theo Curtis

Chairman and owner of the Atlantic Media David Bradley helped in the release of American journalist Peter Theo Curtis, kidnapped along the Syrian border in Antakya, Turkey in October 2012.

On Sunday, Al Jazeera America first reported that Curtis was released from captivity by Jabhat al-Nusra to the UN, facilitated by Qatar.

According to a Washington Post, “Bradley said he became involved in the case after meeting a cousin of Curtis’s, Amy Rosen, at a benefit dinner last year in New York. Rosen appealed to him to help find the missing man, and Bradley agreed. Key members of the team he put on the project included his general counsel and a Syrian researcher who could monitor jihadi Web sites and translate Arabic.” Read more

Congressman John Boehner Explains His Duties as Speaker

Ever wonder what it’s like to be Speaker of the House? Congressman John Boehner explains.

According to the Office of Speaker John A. Boehner 2013 Intern Manual, said monkey “was given to the Speaker as a birthday gift after the joke was made that [Boehner] was just wound up like a doll by his political advisors every night and he would proceed to clap his hands only to have his advisors wind him up again the next day,” as reported by Gawker in August 2013.

NBC’s ‘Meet the Press’ Wins 8.24.14 Sunday Show Ratings in DC Market

sunday-shows_304According to Nielsen Media Research in the DC market on Sunday, August 24, NBC’s “Meet the Press” was the most-watched Sunday show in the DC market in households, total viewers, and the A25-54 demo.

NBC led households and total viewers with 68,000 and 84,000 in the DC market, respectively, followed by “FOX News Sunday” in 2nd for all 3 categories in 46,000 households with 62,000 total viewers.

Compared to the same week last year in the A25-54 demo, ABC’s “This Week” was up +500%, FOX up +107%, Univision’s “Al Punto” up +63%, and NBC up +56%. CBS’s “Face the Nation” was the only network down, -33%.

Click here for highlights of the 8.24 Sunday shows. And here for the program lineups. See the full numbers after the jump. Read more

Philip Klein Promoted to Commentary Editor of Washington Examiner

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Philip Klein

Washington Examiner editorial director Hugo Gurdon today announced that senior writer Philip Klein has been promoted to commentary editor. Klein has been with the Examiner since 2011 and begins his new role tomorrow.

In addition, freelancer David Freddoso will return to the Examiner as a contributing editor for the commentary section, overseeing columnists and staff writers for the Beltway Confidential blog.

Opinion editor Charles Hoskinson was also named a senior writer, to cover national security.

Turner Offers Voluntary Separation Plan; ‘Will also undertake additional reductions in staffing’

sidebar_contact_us_1Anxious employees at CNN, including those in DC, have been bracing for the worst amid hints of massive layoffs slated for the outlet. Today, Turner sent out an email to staff across all of its brands offering a Voluntary Separation Program to employees 55 and over who have worked for Turner for 10+ years.

Capital New York reported last week that Turner CEO John Martin explained his “Turner 2020″ plan in a memo, saying, “A core team of our colleagues has looked at the purpose, structure and fit of literally every department in the company—more than 700 in all…Division leaders now are reviewing the working groups’ reports on their respective areas of oversight. Over the coming weeks, they will work with me to finalize the organizational changes we will implement.”

CNN president Jeff Zucker told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that, “we are going to have to do what we do with less.”

Today’s memo, sent by Turner’s chief human resources officer, confirms measures beyond the voluntary buyouts are to be expected.

See the full memo after the jump. Read more

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