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Dean Baquet has Malignant Tumor Removed

Dean Baquet GIt has been an interesting couple of months for Dean Baquet, to say the least. The executive editor of The New York Times had a malignant tumor removed from his kidney on Saturday, only two days after doctors discovered it and felt it required immediate attention.

In a memo to Times staffers, Baquet sounded upbeat about the situation. He described the surgery as “minimally invasive” and “completely successful.” “My doctors have given me an excellent prognosis,” added Baquet.

The Times’ top editor also wrote that while he would be spending a week away from the paper to recover, he would “remain in touch with the newsroom leadership.”

Baquet was named the executive editor of the Times just last month. As you’ve probably heard by now (several times, we imagine), Baquet’s ascension came under murky circumstances in which Jill Abramson was fired.

Hopefully the next couple of months are a lot calmer for Baquet than the last two.

Matt Lauer Extends Contract with Today

Matt Lauer, everyone’s favorite (uh, okay, not everyone’s favorite) morning show host is going to be around for a few more years.

Lauer has signed a contract extension with Today, a show he first started co-anchoring in 1997.

The specifics of the deal weren’t disclosed, but keep in mind that his current contract was supposedly pocketing Lauer about $20 million a year. So this extension is likely paying him more than that. Hope you enjoy the rest of your day!

For more on this story, head over to TVNewser.

Jill Abramson to Teach at Harvard

Jill Abramson, the former executive editor of The New York Times who was unceremoniously fired last month, has a new gig — teacher. Abramson is joining Harvard University’s English Department this coming fall to teach undergraduate courses on narrative nonfiction.

“I’m honored and excited to be teaching at Harvard in the coming academic year,” Abramson told Harvard. “Narrative non-fiction journalism is more important than ever.  Its traditions and how it is changing in the digital transition are fascinating areas of study.”

This just goes to show you smart people will find their place somewhere. Plus, this seems like a match made in heaven. Not only is Abramson a Harvard grad, she also has the school’s “H” as a tattoo.

Yes, she also has a Times “T” tattoo, but we’re not talking about that anymore.

Joe Ripp Discusses Time Inc.’s Future

Now that Time Inc. is an independent company, its CEO — Joe Ripp — is going to have to expend some energy discussing what lies ahead. Those talks began with an interview with The New York Post. Ripp was quick to shoot down a couple items — the possibility that the publishing house might buy a big brand, and the chance that Time Inc. could (once again) consider merging with Meredith.

“There will be opportunities for acquisitions, but I don’t see a transformative acquisition in the near future,” Ripp said. He then added that the once-storied romance of Time Inc. and Meredith was completely dead. “I’ve had no conversations with Meredith and I have no plans to talk with [Meredith's CEO] Steve Lacey in the near future,” Ripp told the Post.

As for the rumors that a rash of layoffs are on their way, Ripp commented, “It’s not about downsizing, it’s about are we making the appropriate investments in our products.” Which is a great way of saying nothing at all.

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Journalist Asks Important Question

If you have to ask…

Chase Carey Extends Contract with 21st Century Fox

Chase Carey GChase Carey is going to be the president and COO of 21st Century Fox through at least 2016. The Wall Street Journal reports that Carey has agreed to a two-year contract extension mere weeks before his original one ended.

Carey’s contract was set to expire June 30, and — according to the Journal — that ”had attracted some attention and speculation on Wall Street.” Well, we guess the rumors have officially been squashed.

Carey, who has held the roles of president and COO since 2009, won’t see much of a pay bump over the course of his new deal. Not that he really needs it. Last year Carey’s total compensation was $27 million. Not bad. Not bad at all.

Gloria Steinem, Queen Latifah Talk Careers at the 2014 Matrix Awards

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The New York Women in Communications held its annual Matrix Awards in April, and our MediaJobsDaily editor Vicki Salemi was on hand to chat with powerful women in media on their careers. Presenter Gloria Steinem remarked on the importance of female mentorship; honoree Eileen Naughton, vice president of sales at Google, revealed what makes an outstanding Googler; and Grammy winner and actress Queen Latifah, also honored that night, shared why she made the leap from performer to daytime host. Also doling out nuggets of advice: Today show co-hosts Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb. Watch:

Paul Carlucci to Retire from News Corp.

carlucciPaul Carlucci, who served as The New York Post’s publisher from 2005 to 2012, is retiring from News Corp. Carlucci has been with the company for 23 years, most recently serving as chairman and CEO of News America Marketing. Carlucci has also served as a member of News Corp.’s executive committee since 1996.

“Paul has been a close confidant and trusted colleague for more than two decades, and his contributions to our company and the people we serve are incalculable,” said Rupert Murdoch, News Corp’s executive chairman, in a statement. “I am grateful for his friendship, his leadership, and his counsel through the years, and wish him all the best in the future.”

Carlucci will be succeeded by Martin Garofalo, currently News America Marketing’s president.

Media Execs are Really, Really Rich

According to the Associated Press and Equilar’s annual Top 50 Highest Paid CEOs list, it pays to be in media. In fact, it pays a lot. We’re talking Scrooge McDuck swimming in a pool of gold coins compensation. Out of the 50 people who made the cut, media executives occupy six of the top 10 slots.

Here’s the top 10, with the media honchos highlighted:

1) Anthony Petrello, Nabors Industries, $68.2 million

2) Leslie Moonves, CBS, $65.6 million

3) Richard Adkerson, Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold, $55.3 million

4) Stephen Kaufer, TripAdvisor, $39 million

5) Philippe Dauman, Viacom, $37.2 million

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Eva Chen: ‘If You Want to Be a Fashion Editor, Go to Fashion School’

EvaChenTwitterProfilePicHuffPo Style fashion editor Michelle Persad couldn’t have landed a better person to launch the site’s new series “How To Actually Make It In Fashion” than the editor-in-chief of Lucky magazine. Here’s how Eva Chen, who was an undergraduate pre-med student, answers the first question – about whether or not those looking to break into the top tier of fashion editorial should go to J-school:

“You do not need to go to journalism school if you want to work in the fashion industry. I think high schools condition you to think this way: If you want to be a fashion editor, go to fashion school. If you want to be a writer, you should study journalism.”

“I think that the best school in life is experience. I think that practice makes perfect and I can say that even now, as someone who has been writing and editing professionally for about a decade. It has taken me 10 years to solidly define my voice and solidly feel secure in what I am doing, and that is a testament to practice.”

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