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Jeffrey P. Bezos Visits Washington Post to Meet With Editors And Others (The Washington Post / Style)
The Jeffrey P. Bezos era at The Washington Post had its symbolic beginning at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, when the high-tech magnate indulged in a decidedly low-tech ritual: striking a triangle to summon editors for their afternoon meeting. The chimes, amplified electronically across the Post’s historic newsroom, is a decades-old tradition. The Guardian Speaking to the Post before meeting staff for the first time on Tuesday, Bezos said his major contribution would be to offer his “point of view” to the paper’s leadership. He also said he would provide “runway,” which the Post described as “financial support over a lengthy period in which the management can experiment to find a profitable formula for delivering the news.” AllThingsD Just because Bezos is going to own the press doesn’t mean he has changed his approach to the press. When he speaks to journalists, he says nothing. FishbowlDC WaPo reporter Paul Farhi reports that Bezos has high hopes for the future of the paper in the coming years. Bezos’ quest for a new “golden era” at the Post must’ve come as a great relief to Farhi, as the newspaper is taking a financial nosedive, a nosedive that caused the sale of the organization to Bezos after being owned and operated by the Graham family for the past 80 years. Nieman Journalism Lab Since when is an interview with the new billionaire owner of a newspaper a Lifestyles/Style story?
Mike Allen Is The Journalist Most Followed on Twitter by Members of Congress (Poynter / MediaWire)
There’s not much overlap in the top 10 entities that Republican and Democratic members follow on Twitter, according to information compiled by New York magazine’s Dan Amira and the firm Twiangulate. But 62.9 percent of members of Congress over all follow The Hill, with Politico a close second at 61.2 percent. Politico’s Mike Allen is the top journalism follow for both Republicans and Democrats. From there, the road branches sharply. NY Mag / Daily Intelligencer Chuck Todd, Chad Pergram, Jake Tapper, Chris Cillizza and David Gregory enjoy relatively robust followings from both sides of the House. Otherwise, the partisan split remains here, with each party largely reading the tweets of like-minded writers and pundits. You could probably show each list unlabeled to 100 random people, and every single one would be able to guess which was the Democrat and which was the Republican chart. TVNewser The top TV news journalist is NBC’s Todd, who places second to Allen. Among Republicans, Fox News dominates, with Pergram second, Bret Baier third, Karl Rove fourth and Dana Perino fifth. Sean Hannity, Greta Van Susteren, Megyn Kelly, Mike Huckabee and Neil Cavuto also crack the top 20.
News Corp. Sells Cape Cod Times, Daily Tidings to Private Equity (Bloomberg)
News Corp., the publisher of The Wall Street Journal, sold a collection of local newspapers such as Oregon’s Ashland Daily Tidings and Massachusetts’ Cape Cod Times to private-equity manager Fortress Investment Group LLC. The Dow Jones Local Media Group operates 33 publications, including eight daily newspapers and 15 weeklies, according to a statement. News Corp., controlled by Rupert Murdoch, is narrowing its focus to larger publications such as the Journal, the New York Post and the U.K.’s Times. Cape Cod Times The Cape Cod Times‘ 265 employees retained their jobs in the sale; however, 10 corporate employees were let go, Cape Cod Media president Peter Meyer said. Four were corporate executives, and the remaining six were considered “corporate” although they worked in local offices, including one information technology professional who worked at the Times office in Hyannis.
Daily Show Welcomes Back Jon Stewart (USA Today)
Our daily TV routine just got a bit better. Not that fans of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show had any great reason to complain over the last 12 weeks. John Oliver proved an often terrifically funny substitute for the vacationing Jon Stewart. But as sarcastically amusing as Oliver may be, he seldom conveys one of the principal qualities that separates Stewart from most of his late night competitors: Conviction, that ability Stewart has to make us think his eager intelligence and rapier wit are tied to a set of beliefs he’s unwilling to betray. The Guardian In his return on Tuesday, Stewart referenced stories he missed – celebrity cook Paula Deen, New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner’s alter ego Carlos Danger and Miley Cyrus’ sultry MTV dance — then took up the challenge of trying to make comedy and social commentary out of the Syrian poison gas attack.
Veteran Journalist Douglas Frantz Heading to State Department (HuffPost / The Backstory)
Veteran journalist Douglas Frantz is joining the State Department as assistant secretary of state for public affairs, according to a source familiar with the move. This will be Frantz’s second time working under Secretary of State John Kerry. In 2009, Frantz was hired as an investigator for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, chaired by then-Sen. Kerry (D-Mass.)
The WikiLeaks Server That Hosted Cablegate Is for Sale on eBay (Gizmodo)
Shopping for a new server? Want a piece of whistleblower history? Want to piss off Julian Assange? You can do all three of these things at once, if you buy the server that hosted hundreds of thousands of diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks a few years ago. And it still works!
Judith Glassman Daniels Dead: First Woman to Serve as Top Editor of Life Magazine Dies at 74 (HuffPost / AP)
Judith Glassman Daniels, who blazed a trail for women in the publishing world and became the first woman to serve as top editor of Life Magazine, has died at the age of 74. Daniels served in senior editing positions at The Village Voice, New York magazine, Time Inc. and Condé Nast over a career that spanned 35 years in New York before she retired with her husband to Maine in 2004. She died Sunday from stomach cancer at their home in Union, said her husband, Lee Webb.
NPR Ends On-Air Credits for Some Staffers (Poynter / MediaWire)
NPR ended its practice of crediting “behind the curtain” staffers Friday, Morning Edition producer Jim Wildman writes. One NPR exec told Wildman that “vast amounts of recent research indicates with clarity that on-air credits are a turn-off for listeners,” he writes, adding, “I think I’m OK with all this.” American Public Media will continue crediting staffers. “It seems like a small thing to spend a few seconds acknowledging the people who for the most part don’t get the public recognition that our on-air talent does,” APM vice president executive producer Deborah Clark writes in an email to Poynter.
Women Making Strides on TV, New Report Finds (THR / The Live Feed)
Women in television — both behind the camera and onscreen — are reaching new and historic highs, a report from San Diego State University’s Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film has found. In its annual “Boxed In” report, tracking behind-the-scenes and onscreen representation on primetime, the study found that during the 2012-13 broadcast season, women continued their slow but incremental growth in key offscreen categories.
FXX Launches to Big Ratings Gains (Adweek)
FXX went live Monday at 7 a.m. ET, and it’s already quite a bit more popular than precursor Fox Soccer Channel. According to Nielsen’s fast national ratings, FXX in its first day of operation averaged 68,000 total viewers, of which 54,000, or 79 percent, were members of the adults 18-49 demo. The network also delivered 39,000 viewers in the target demo (adults 18-34), more than six times what Fox Soccer drew back in September 2012. Primetime deliveries were similarly proportioned, as FXX averaged 81,000 viewers, 70,000 adults 18-49 and 48,000 adults 18-34. The latter score was nearly 10 times what FSC scared up a year ago.
Get Off The Bus!: Why Access-Based Campaign Coverage Is A Dead End (CJR / The United States Project)
CNN’s Peter Hamby has written a must-read retrospective on coverage of the 2012 Romney campaign. His report, “Did Twitter Kill the Boys on the Bus? Searching for a better way to cover a campaign,” which weighs in at a hefty 95 pages, documents recent changes in the business models and journalistic practices of media outlets and how those have affected campaign coverage. Hamby, who interviewed with more than 70 journalists and campaign staff, places a particular emphasis on the youth and inexperience of many reporters who followed Romney, the lack of access to the candidate or senior staff that they were provided by the Romney campaign, and the effects of Twitter on how reporters covered the race and the relationship between the Romney campaign and its traveling press corps.
New Study Suggests Gender Inequality Still A Major Issue for UK Journalism (Press Gazette)
Female journalists are falling behind their male counterparts, according to a new academic study. The Women and Journalism study by Professor Suzanne Franks for the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism found that female journalists are less likely than men to achieve the more senior and well-paid positions. And she says that women who do secure jobs at a senior level in journalism are more likely than men to be childless.
TV Ban Looms for E-Cigarette Marketers (Ad Age / Media News)
Big Tobacco has made a historic return to the airwaves and pages of consumer magazines with ads for e-cigarettes, but the days of regulation-free marketing may soon be over — and with them, a potentially lucrative new pipeline of ad dollars to networks and publishers.
Barnes & Noble Partners With UWIRE to Sell College Newspapers on Nook (paidContent)
Barnes & Noble has partnered with UWIRE, a wire service for college newspapers, to make digital editions of said newspapers available on Nook. It looks as if more than 220 newspapers are available so far, including titles like the Harvard Crimson and Columbia Spectator. AppNewser Nook users can buy monthly subscriptions to these newspapers from the digital newsstand and then read them on their device or through the Nook app.
Divided We Fall (CJR)
In the July/August issue of CJR, Francesca Borri wrote a powerful essay about the plight of being a freelancer, and a woman, covering the Syrian civil war for Italian media. The reaction to her piece was impassioned and global. As of Aug. 6, it had drawn 390,000 pageviews, making it the most-viewed piece ever on cjr.org. News outlets in Poland, Germany, Portugal, France, and elsewhere asked to reprint it. Borri got offers to write for better money. But mostly there was heartfelt concern and gratitude, from some fellow journalists and a great many non-journalists.
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