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Time Magazine Names Its First Female Managing Editor (NYT)
Nancy Gibbs was named the new managing editor of Time magazine on Tuesday, the first woman to become the top editor at the newsweekly in its 90-year history. Gibbs, who started at Time as a fact-checker 28 years ago, succeeds Richard Stengel, who is leaving to work for the State Department after seven years in the job. She was most recently Stengel’s deputy. The Wrap “I cannot think of a more perfect person than Nancy Gibbs to lead Time,” said Time, Inc. editor-in-chief Martha Nelson. “With Nancy at the helm, I expect Time to continue to flourish and grow on every platform.” WWD Gibbs’ first order of business, she said in an interview following her appointment, is a relaunch of Time.com in November that she said prepares it to fight off the competition. In the context of describing the new site, which is led by Edward Felsenthal, formerly of The Daily Beast, Gibbs also mounted a defense of the relevance of the weekly. Adweek While Gibbs said that she was more than content as a writer — and plans to continue writing, both for the magazine and books, as managing editor — the opportunity to play a larger role at Time was hard to turn down. FishbowlNY Gibbs was previously deputy managing editor and ranks as one of the most published writers in Time‘s history. She also holds the distinction of having written the most Time cover stories and has co-authored, with colleague Michael Duffy, the presidential histories The President’s Club: Inside the World’s Most Exclusive Fraternity (2012) and The Preacher and the Presidents: Billy Graham in the White House (2007). Time Gibbs: “I am committed to using every new tool — and those not yet invented — to engage readers in a conversation with the world’s best thinkers about what works, what’s smart, what’s scary, what’s stirring, and I will always invite you to help us, challenge us, correct us, join us.”

Fox News Announces New Primetime Lineup: Van Susteren at 7, Kelly at 9, Hannity at 10 (TVNewser)
Fox News has announced a revamped primetime lineup that will launch in October, ending months of speculation about new timeslots for Megyn Kelly, Sean Hannity and Greta Van Susteren. Beginning in October, Van Susteren’s On the Record will move to 7 p.m. ET, Kelly’s brand-new The Kelly File will take over the 9 p.m. ET timeslot and Hannity will shift an hour later to 10 p.m. ET. HuffPost This move puts to rest months of speculation about how the network would change its schedule to accommodate the ascension of Kelly, who has become a key face of the channel in the past few years. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media In making the announcement, Fox News chairman and CEO Roger Ailes said, “As the network continues to dominate with the top 13 programs in cable news, FOX News already redefined primetime viewing to extend well beyond the antiquated 8-11 p.m. format.” TVNewser For those of you keeping score at home: This is just the fifth time in 17 years that Fox News has made changes to primetime. By comparison, CNN and MSNBC have changed their lineup a total of 75 times since 1997. CNN has made 31 changes in that time while MSNBC has made 44 changes. NY Mag / Daily Intelligencer The only person staying put is Bill O’Reilly, at 8 p.m., because he’d probably flip out otherwise.

Penthouse Publisher FriendFinder Files for Bankruptcy Protection (WSJ)
Penthouse magazine publisher FriendFinder Networks Inc. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection under a deal that would see it return to the hands of its founders, who sold their collection of adult social networking websites to the company nearly six years ago. FriendFinder, hit by decreasing traffic to its many social networking and adult content websites, sought Chapter 11 protection along with 38 affiliates in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Wilmington, Del. LA Times FriendFinder Networks Inc.’s move comes as many in the adult entertainment industry struggle because of an increase in free online options. The Boca Raton, Fla., company said bankruptcy was “the most efficient and cost effective way for the company… to continue to operate our business.” NY Post “Like all magazines, it’s struggling,” said one source briefed on the situation. But the glossy girlie mag founded by Bob Guccione, whose monthly circulation has sagged to less than 200,000 from 5 million at its peak, is being circled by New Jersey-born entrepreneur Jeremy Frommer, according to insiders. Forbes CEO Ezra Shashoua blamed the bankruptcy filing on dropping revenue due to decreased memberships, credit card companies that refused to process the company’s online transactions and increased affiliate advertising costs. The company hasn’t reaped a net profit since 2008. FishbowlNY Meanwhile, assets for FriendFinder Networks were listed as $10 million plus a lot of men who enjoy looking at pictures of naked ladies.

The Story of The Viral Navy Yard Shooting Photo That Wasn’t (The Atlantic Wire)
One of the most widely circulated images during Monday’s Navy Yard shooting turned out to not be related to the shooting at all, but that couldn’t stop it from being shared by thousands of Twitter users and many media outlets. There were actually two photos posted to Twitter that depicted a man on the ground surrounded by medical personnel in the area near the Washington Navy Yard. Because of the location and timing of the incident, most people, including the person who took them, assumed it was related to the nearby shooting. Tuesday, both a spokesman for the Associated Press and the tweeter of those images, Tim Hogan, told The Atlantic Wire that the man on the ground was, in fact, unrelated to the shooting. Both expressed remorse at the actions that led to the error being picked up and spread by so many media outlets and Internet users. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media The cover of Tuesday’s New York Daily News about Monday’s Navy Yard shooting is now almost entirely wrong. The cover features a large AR-15 gun with the headline “Same Gun, Different Slay,” and a photo widely circulated on Monday of people tending to a man laid out on a Washington, D.C. corner. In a press conference Tuesday afternoon, the FBI confirmed that an AR-15 was not used in the shooting. Meanwhile, the photo, since retracted by the AP, has now been determined to be of a medical emergency unrelated to the Navy Yard. BuzzFeed I got an email from an MSNBC producer Monday: “Topic: Another Mass Shooting. Theme: Why Does This Keep Happening?” I’m sick of that question. Here’s mine: Why do we keep encouraging them? There is no single cause for mass shootings, but we have an opening. The killers share four crucial traits: Nearly all are men. Nearly as many experienced a recent failure or loss. Most had easy access to guns. All were seeking attention. We can’t eliminate men or failure. Gun reform is imperative, but Congress can’t find the courage. The stage, that’s our opportunity. Why do we keep ushering these goons onstage?

Bashar al-Assad Reportedly Held an Interview With Dennis Kucinich (The Atlantic Wire)
After nearly two years of shunning American media, it seems Syrian president Bashar al-Assad has become quite the Chatty Cathy. He reportedly sat down for his second American interview in September — this time with Fox News’ Dennis Kucinich — on Tuesday.

Blogger Considers Suing New York Post for Insinuating She’s A Racist (NY Observer)
Lifestyle blogger Aly Walansky is considering suing the New York Post after the tabloid printed her tweet in an article about the racist backlash to the newly-crowned Miss America. “The sad thing is, Miss Kansas didn’t make it because America isn’t ready to crown someone who represents AMERICA. #MissAmerica,” Walansky wrote while live-tweeting the pageant on Sunday night. According to Walansky, she wrote the tweet 20 minutes before Nina Davuluri was crowned, and it attested only to the blogger’s support of Miss Kansas.


USA Today Forecasts Big Plunge in Retail Sales With Doubling of Coverprice, Company Documents Say
(Gannett Blog)
As its restructuring enters a second year, USA Today is bracing for a 35 percent drop in newsstand sales when it doubles the single-copy price to $2 on Sept. 30, according to internal company documents. What’s more, already-low sidewalk vending sales could tank entirely, the documents say, leading the paper to remove most if not all the iconic TV-shaped honor boxes introduced with the paper’s launch 31 years ago.

Majority of Climate Change News Stories Focus on Uncertainty, Study Finds (The Guardian / Environment)
The uncertainties of climate change science have become a major focus of media coverage on the subject, a new study shows. About eight in 10 stories on climate change and related scientific research contain some discussion of uncertainties and risk, according to a report from Oxford University. Slate / Bad Astronomy Why debunk climate deniers? Because we have to. Because, sadly, the people who deny the reality around them have a very large megaphone, and in some cases have a lot of motivation to use it. Money, power, riling up the electorate, or, perhaps worst of all, pure zealotry. Nothing is as impenetrable as an armor wrought from fervent ideology.

CNN Lines Up Docuseries The Sixties With Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman (Variety)
CNN is headed back in time with The Sixties, a 10-part documentary series from Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman and Mark Herzog. Each episode will explore key moments of the 1960s, with archival newsreel footage, personal movies, and interviews with eyewitnesses to history. Historians including David McCullough, Robert Dallek and Robert Caro will lend their voices to the docuseries, along with veteran journos Dan Rather and Robert MacNeil. TVNewser The Sixties will launch in November with The Assassination of JFK (1963), a 90-minute special timed with the 50th anniversary of the event. Future episodes are slated to begin airing in April 2014.

Former Facebook Editor Launches Beacon, A Platform That Pays Journalists (PandoDaily)
Former Facebook managing editor Daniel Fletcher and the two founders behind the Backspaces storytelling app have launched the beta version of a platform that aims to help independent journalists get paid for their work. Called Beacon, the new platform lets readers follow their favorite writers, and others who publish on the service, for a monthly fee.

Modern Farmer Magazine Capitalizes on A Trend (NYT)
When a fledgling magazine gets former President Bill Clinton to contribute an article, you would think he would be featured on the cover. But the cover model for the current issue of the quarterly Modern Farmer is a sleepy-looking goat. Clinton is mentioned between articles on outer space farming and soil cuisine. The magazine, which offers advice on building a corn maze and articles on the effect of climate change on lettuce and oysters, is trying to carve out a new niche on the newsstand.

How The Entertainment Cycle Brings Out The Best And Worst Journalism (Poynter)
First something crazy happens. It could be DeAndre Jordan making a big dunk, or Miley Cyrus twerking. On Sunday, it was the first Indian-American woman winning the Miss America pageant. Second, the Internet reacts. We say this as if we are all in on the joke — the Internet isn’t really a thing that can react; it’s all the people who are on the Internet who are reacting. But actually the Internet can become this uncontrollable beast, because there are too many people creating content on it to take in what they say in any kind of controlled way. So in a way it’s accurate when we say the Internet reacts. The third step is when the journalists tell us what the people on the Internet are doing. It was about an hour after Nina Davuluri was crowned Miss America that BuzzFeed posted a list of a couple dozen tweets under the headline that “A Lot Of People Are Very Upset That An Indian-American Woman Won The Miss America Pageant.” This creates that proverbial echo chamber.

What It’s Like Getting A Master’s Degree in Social Media (BuzzFeed)
The University of Florida recently launched the first-ever graduate program in social media in the U.S., a move that was swiftly mocked by skeptics. A student tells BuzzFeed what the $27K in tuition will actually get you.

How Twitter Is Making Its Spam Problem Worse (readwrite)
As Twitter gears up to go public, growth is a priority for the company. The short-message service is revamping its core mobile apps and experimenting with ways to get users to spend more time interacting with tweets. That push for growth, though, may make Twitter vulnerable to spammers who have dogged the service for years. One of Twitter’s growth-pushing experiments, @MagicRecs, recently won acclaim from The New York Times for its personalized suggestions of people to follow. That coverage may have put it on the radar of opportunists.

Anthony Weiner Tries on Punditry at NY1, Finds A Comfortable Fit (NY Mag / Daily Intelligencer)
It became fairly obvious in the waning weeks of his mayoral campaign that Anthony Weiner was looking around for a post-Sept. 10 line of work that did not include continuing to run for mayor, but did include continuing to be on camera. On Tuesday, he tried out the role of pundit for the first time, and it fit him rather well. The former candidate, once full of spit and vinegar for everyone from reporters, to hecklers, to other reporters, seemed relaxed, contemplative, and lucid on NY1′s Wiseguys segment with Errol Louis.

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