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Howard Kurtz Joining Fox News to Anchor New Version of Fox News Watch (Mediaite)
Mediaite has learned that Howard Kurtz is joining Fox News to anchor a new version of Fox News Watch. Beginning July 1, the network said in a press statement, Kurtz will anchor a version of what is now called Fox News Watch, which airs Saturdays on the network. He will also serve as an on-air analyst for the network throughout the week, in addition to writing a regular column for FoxNews.com. Jon Scott, the current anchor of Fox News Watch, will move to the specials unit, serving as an anchor for that programming. TVNewser Kurtz had been host of CNN’s media affairs show since 1998. His CNN contract had been up for several weeks, insiders tell us. In May, he parted ways with The Daily Beast and Newsweek where he was a media reporter and columnist. FishbowlDC The shortest goodbye note known to mankind just in from CNN to Kurtz: “Howie Kurtz has served as host of Reliable Sources for 15 years, developing it into a leading source for commentary and critique on the media. We thank him for all his contributions to CNN, and wish him all the best in this new opportunity. Reliable Sources will continue on CNN, and will be hosted by a variety of people in the coming months.” JimRomenesko.com “I want to thank CNN for giving me such a prime opportunity over the years and was tempted to continue, but the chance to create a revamped program and establish a strong online presence was too good to pass up,” Kurtz said. THR “Howie is the most accomplished media reporter in the country,” said FNC’s executive vice president of news, Michael Clemente. “He’s also a master of social media trends, information good and bad, and a veteran political reporter. Altogether, he will add even greater depth to a very accomplished team of reporters and anchors.” Deadline Hollywood Kurtz came under scrutiny in early May when what he characterized as “sloppy” reporting on NBA player Jason Collins got him canned from his gig as D.C. bureau chief for The Daily Beast and Newsweek. The incident also triggered an internal review at CNN, with Kurtz ultimately keeping his job and apologizing for his flub on the show. NYT The seeds of Kurtz’s departure were sown before that blog post, though; he was highly paid by The Daily Beast but was spending time writing and promoting a small, unaffiliated website called Daily Download, to the chagrin of some of his colleagues. Since the scrutiny that flared up in early May, Kurtz has not made any Web videos for Daily Download or promoted it on Twitter.


The Oregonian Is Reducing Home Delivery Days, Laying Off Staff
(Willamette Week / News Blog)
The Oregonian confirmed Thursday morning that the paper will reduce print delivery to four days a week. Publisher N. Christian Anderson III informed staff just before 10 a.m. on Thursday that the paper will continue to publish seven days a week, but will only deliver to subscribers on a limited number of days. “While we believe these changes will create growth opportunities for our employees, the reality is that some employees will lose their jobs,” said Anderson. Portland Mercury / BlogTown The number of layoffs, however, is unclear. And so is the fallout for staffers. A separate company, Advance Central Services Oregon, will take up “support” duties, like HR and circulation, for the new company and “others” — suggesting many of the cuts might come from the consolidation of “back office” functions at the downtown paper and its suburban holdings. Printing will remain in Portland. The paper says current employees are free to apply for jobs in the new companies.

Instagram Video: Facebook Aims to Cut Back Twitter’s Vine (The Guardian)
Instagram launched a video-sharing tool on Thursday, in a move that will place the Facebook-owned company in direct competition with Vine, the Twitter-backed video app. Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom made the announcement at Facebook’s Menlo Park headquarters in California, promising that Instagram video would incorporate “everything we know and love about Instagram, but it moves.” AppNewser The app lets you shoot and string together clips of video as you would on Vine. Unlike Vine, you can delete a clip in between shooting the video so that you don’t have to start all over again in the middle of making a video. The app also includes 13 new custom video filters that are designed specifically for video. CNNMoney As technically sound as Instagram’s new features are, they feel less like a magical new way of using Instagram and more like a quick way to snuff Vine out. Why bother with keeping accounts with two services when you can get everything in one package? Why limit yourself to six seconds of Vine video uploads when you can have up to 15 with Instagram? Why look at the world as it is, when you can see it through a faded lens? AllFacebook “Simplicity really matters in these products,” said Systrom. “Video is a complex medium. If it’s going to work on Instagram, which everyone knows for its simplicity, it’s got to be perfect.” LostRemote The bigger picture here is Instagram and Vine will dramatically accelerate the volume of video recorded on a daily basis. The volume of news coverage via Instagram and Vine will skyrocket, and I wouldn’t be surprised if they challenged YouTube as a breaking news source for US stories within six months to a year.

Erin Burnett Pregnant With First Child (TVNewser)
As this TVNewser watched Erin Burnett anchoring Wednesday night, we noticed an unusually loosely-fitting ensemble that suggested she might be expecting. We asked her spokesperson Thursday morning if she was. A few hours later, after Burnett had time to inform her staff, CNN confirmed the news. This is the first child for the Outfront anchor and her husband David Rubulotta. The baby is due in November.

Columbia’s Sreenivasan Bolts for New Digital Job at New York’s Metropolitan Museum (AllThingsD)
Sree Sreenivasan, a longtime presence at Columbia University — first at its Graduate School of Journalism, and then more recently as its first chief digital officer — will be leaving the university in August to take a position with the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The hyper-connected Sreenivasan, who often for the sake of simplicity goes by just his first name, will become the Met’s first chief digital officer, starting August 12. Capital New York Sreenivasan is no stranger to the Met: his bio lists the museum as one of the organizations for which he has either consulted or provided digital-media training. On Thursday, a memo was circulated to the museum’s staff announcing the appointment. “Sree’s work in traditional journalism, his role as a commentator on technology and media issues, and his expertise in websites and social media will all be key to the Museum’s work in the digital space,” the memo from Thomas Campbell, the museum’s director and CEO, read in part.

FBI Says Journalist Michael Hastings Was Not Under Investigation (LA Times)
The FBI said Thursday that journalist Michael Hastings, who died in an auto crash this week, was never under investigation by the agency. The bureau responded in a statement: “At no time was journalist Michael Hastings ever under investigation by the FBI.” The FBI’s statement comes as officials with the Los Angeles Police Department said there appears to be no foul play in the one-vehicle accident that killed the 33-year-old early Tuesday morning in Los Angeles. NY Mag / Daily Intelligencer Vague questions and inferences abound about the circumstances surrounding the 33-year-old BuzzFeed reporter’s fiery solo car crash. “He was incredibly tense and very worried and was concerned that the government was looking in on his material,” said Hastings’s friend and Current TV host Cenk Uygur. “I don’t know what his state of mind was at 4:30 in the morning, but I do know what his state of mind was in general, and it was a nervous wreck.”

The New York Times Plans to Limit Non-Subscribers to Just 3 Articles Per Day on Mobile (The Next Web)
The New York Times has announced new plans to limit the amount of content non-subscribing mobile readers can access each day with a new “mobile meter.” The company announced the plans on Thursday, with the new measures set to come into effect from June 27. It said that the change will apply to its apps on iOS, Android, Windows Phone 7.5 (and up) and BlackBerry 10. It will also apply to the Times on Flipboard. FishbowlNY Guess what, cheapskates? Your days of digesting as many New York Times articles via your phone are over, bro! You too, bro-ettes!

Senators Urge State Department to Ramp Up Efforts to Find Tice, Foley (Poynter / MediaWire)
Senators in New Hampshire and Texas are urging the State Department to increase its efforts to find missing journalists James Foley and Austin Tice. “As the months continue with no further information regarding Tice’s or Foley’s whereabouts or welfare, we ask for your continued personal attention to these cases,” New Hampshire senators Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte and Texas senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz wrote in a letter Thursday. Foley, a freelance journalist for Agence France-Presse and GlobalPost who’s from New Hampshire, has been missing in Syria since November. Tice, a McClatchy and Washington Post freelancer from Texas, has been missing in Syria since last August.

Wired‘s Danger Room Blog Is in Danger (TheWrap)
Is Wired.com’s Danger Room blog done? It sure looks like it. All four of the national security blog’s core contributors — including founder Noah Shachtman and David Axe — have exited within the first two weeks of June, updates have been nearly non-existent despite the tremendous amount of recent national security news, and Wired will only say it’s discussing the future of the blog.


Here’s Why Women’s Magazines Don’t Produce ‘Serious’ Journalism
(Slate / XX Factor)
It’s important to recognize stories by, for, and about women and to celebrate the magazines that are dedicated to publishing them. From the annual American Society of Magazine Editors awards to the cover of Port, that doesn’t happen often enough. But the women’s magazine problem is not just a perception issue. Adweek A debate has sprung up about whether women’s magazines are, in fact, capable of providing “serious journalism.” Elle editor-in-chief Robbie Myers used her August editor’s letter to explain that yes, in fact, they are.

Warner Brothers Studio Chief Said to Be Weighing Exit (NYT)
The president of the Warner Brothers Pictures Group, Jeff Robinov, was in still-unresolved discussions late Thursday to leave the studio, according to two people with knowledge of the matter.

Nikki Finke Less Than Thrilled With Fleming-Bart Variety Column (FishbowlNY)
It’s the kind of collaboration we expected at PMC-owned Variety. Right there, online Thursday and in this week’s print edition, are Deadline film editor Mike Fleming Jr. and his former Variety mentor Peter Bart, together again in a new column. This occasional feature is called “Double Take” and certainly will cause many Hollywood trade watchers to do the same.

iTunes Users Spend A Lot on Apps And Music, Not So Much on eBooks (GigaOM)
Besides the future of iOS and OS X, we’ve recently learned a lot from Apple about the state of iTunes. We can also know how much users are spending on apps and music, and how little they’re spending on video and books.

Are Blogs Outdated? The Times Eliminates Several, And Explains Why (NYT / Public Editor’s Journal)
As the Times continues to change — becoming more digital, becoming more global, looking for new ways to make money as print advertising declines — it frequently adds new features or puts more emphasis on established ones, like video. Hardly anyone complains about that. But, in the process, when some features are eliminated to devote more resources to the new, readers notice — and often register their disagreement.

White House Issues New Plan to Curb Piracy (Variety)
The White House will encourage search engines, cyberlockers and domain name registrars to come up with voluntary agreements with Hollywood and other industries to curb online piracy of movies, TV shows and music, as the prospects for future significant anti-infringement legislation on Capitol Hill have stalled.

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