Bob Cohn, Editorial Director for Atlantic Digital, has announced new hires and a promotion.
The hires: John Metcalf (from WJLA/Channel 7) — staff writer on Atlantic Cities, Matt Haber (The New York Observer among others like Salon, WCP, The Village Voice)– news editor of The Atlantic Wire and Jen Doll (The Village Voice blog, Runnin’ Scared)– senior writer for The Atlantic Wire (pictured above). The promotion is for Andrew Cohen. He moves from Correspondent to Contributing Editor of TheAtlantic.com.
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Taking aim at the way news is spread across the Internet, the AP said yesterday that it will demand that Web sites obtain permission to use the work of the AP or its member newspapers, and share revenue with the news organizations, and that it will take legal action those that do not.
NBC’s Brian Williams has been named this year’s recipient of the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism. Williams will receive the 26th Cronkite Award from Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at a ceremony Nov. 18. More from TVNewser here.
Cover Girl michelle Obama Doesn’t Always Deliver: “No doubt she’s been embraced by the media world, appearing on cover after cover, from Us Weekly to Newsweek. But when it comes to sales, Ms. Obama may not yet be general-interest magazines’ new Princess Diana, who regularly helped the industry sell more copies at newsstands.”
NY Observer‘s Matt Haber: “Here’s what’s so scary about the rise of the celebrity journalism dilettantes: For a working hack — that word is used here without judgment — it’s hard enough to get a pitch accepted by an editor (much less an 11-page evergreen on a 72-year-old who’s in not in the Jonas Brothers). But now you gotta compete with writers editors think are cooler, better connected, and who don’t even need the money.”
Digital piracy prompts hearing: Less than a week after a pirated copy of the unreleased movie X-Men Origins: Wolverine popped up on the Internet, federal legislators and entertainment executives presented an extraordinarily bleak picture of the damage digital piracy can inflict, and the grim prospects for limiting it.
Israel’s ultra-orthodox paper, Yated Neeman, airbrushed two female cabinet members out of a picture. Many publications ban pictures of women because it’s a violation of female modesty. The pair were replaced by two men who are not cabinet members.
Shockingly, enrollment is up at journalism schools around the country. From Forbes: Columbia, Stanford and NYU applications increased 38%, 20% and 6%, respectively, from the previous year. Same thing at state schools. The University of Colorado (up 11%), University of North Carolina (up 14%) and University of Maryland (up 25%) all saw gains.