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President Obama Met Off The Record With Conservative Journalists (HuffPost)
President Obama met Tuesday afternoon with a small group of conservative reporters, columnists and commentators for an off-the-record discussion. The group, according to a source familiar with the meeting, included Wall Street Journal editorial page editor Paul Gigot, National Review Washington editor Robert Costa, Washington Examiner columnist Byron York, syndicated columnists Kathleen Parker and Washington Post columnist and Fox News contributor Charles Krauthammer. Obama and the journalists talked for about 90 minutes in the Roosevelt room. TheWrap President Obama blamed Republicans in Congress for putting the country on the brink of financial disaster in a Tuesday press conference about the government shutdown that clocked in at more than an hour — but that wasn’t enough time for the president to take questions from TV reporters. Obama answered questions from reporters with the AP, Bloomberg, Huffington Post, Reuters, NPR, New York Times, Financial Times, Roll Call, Agence France-Presse, CBS News (though that was Mark Knoller, who is primarily a CBS Radio reporter) and Real Clear Politics. Slate / Weigel Would the press conference have been improved by some Obamacare questions? Probably. (Having given a bunch of interviews about the topic since mid-September, he was probably ready with a robotic answer.) Is the White House press corps, generally, too inclined to let the president ramble about some existential issue? Sure. Doesn’t change the fact that the shutdown blew the exchanges, and immigration reform, and basically everything else out of the news — and some conservatives predicted that would happen. TVNewser The news conference ended without any of the major broadcast TV network correspondents being called on.

Is Mike Fleming The New Editor of Deadline? (Defamer)
In a 1,583 word soliloquy, Deadline’s film editor Mike Fleming announced Tuesday that he will be stepping up his role at the troubled e-trade, and will officially be spending half a year in Los Angeles and the remainder at his Long Island home. But does this mean he’s being groomed to replace editor-in-chief Nikki Finke? Given the recent negotiations between Finke and her PMC boss, Jay Penske, coupled with Finke’s absence (being packaged as a much-needed vacation), it sure seems possible. Deadline Hollywood Fleming: “After a quarter century covering the film business and speaking directly to the industry from my house in the sticks of Long Island, I am taking the Hollywood plunge. I will spend half of each month in Los Angeles beginning November.” FishbowlNY It’s a big change for Fleming, one he wants you to know is not an indication of troubles at the mother ship.

NewsHour Ex-Anchors to Cede Ownership (NYT)
Jim Lehrer and Robert MacNeil have been closely linked with the PBS NewsHour since the show’s beginnings in 1975, for many years as its co-anchors and, since 1981, as the show’s owners and co-producers through MacNeil/Lehrer Productions. Now, with both men having stepped away from anchoring, their production company has decided to give up its ownership stake in the program, after struggling in recent years to raise enough funds to keep it going. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media The two former NewsHour anchors said they are in talks with Washington public television WETA’s CEO Sharon Rockefeller (wife of Sen. Jay Rockefeller) who has greeted the proposition with “delight and enthusiasm.” The Washington Post / Style The talks remain preliminary, and completing a deal “will be complicated” and “may take awhile,” the memo said.

Financial Times to Move to Single Global Print Edition (The Guardian / Greenslade Blog)
The Financial Times is to institute path-breaking changes to the production of its printed newspaper that appear to be the penultimate step towards becoming a digital-only publication. A lengthy memo sent Tuesday afternoon to staff by the editor, Lionel Barber, stated that the pink paper plans “to launch a single edition, global print product in the first half of 2014.” In effect, it means that the FT‘s paper will no longer be a “news” paper.

The Week Gets Its Third Publisher in Three Years (AllThingsD)
The Week, the offline/online news aggregator, has a new publisher. Tim Koorbusch, who had been running U.S. sales for Say Media for the last year, has replaced Michael Wolfe, who joined the company at the beginning of 2012. Wolfe had replaced Jessica Sibley, who had put in 18 months on the job.

Newsday Driver Jobs May Be Cut (NY Post)
Cablevision is hoping to shave $10 million in costs from its money-draining Newsday operating by booting about 35 drivers. The cuts are contained in a proposed four-year labor pact that is expected to go to a vote on Sunday. The outcome is far from certain. The vote has split the union workforce, since none of the other four bargaining units are being targeted for cuts — and leaders of the drivers’ union are already asking members to reject the pact.

BuzzFeed Stole My Article, So I’m Stealing It Back (Death and Taxes)
Last week I wrote an article about a new trend involving people tweeting photos of themselves and others falling down stairs. Roughly two hours later, BuzzFeed posted essentially the same article with a few new photos and some dad jokes. So I’m going to screengrab their entire article and steal it back. Aggregate their aggregation; aggrega-ception. Poynter / MediaWire Ashley McCollum, BuzzFeed’s vice president for business development and communications, told Poynter in a phone call that Joe Veix, author of the original article, didn’t share his concerns about Ryan Broderick’s, who wrote BuzzFeed’s story, linking with BuzzFeed. She declined to comment further. Via email, Veix confirms he didn’t contact the site and says he “decided a more vocal and thoughtful criticism was in order, since the practice in question extends far beyond this particular instance.”

Nymag.com Gets A Makeover (NY Observer)
Fall seems to be makeover season for New York City’s top news sites. September alone saw the redesigns of Slate and the New York Post, and Tuesday morning, New York Magazine announced it was joining the renovation club. “The nymag.com home page is the most important page across New York Media’s websites, both in terms of audience and advertising,” digital media general manager Michael Silberman said in a statement.

Joanna Coles, Making That Cosmo Girl A Little More Serious (The Washington Post / Style)
Known by many as a celebrity judge for two years on Lifetime’s Project Runway All Stars, Joanna Coles, the mother of two boys (11 and 14) has been in the top Cosmo post for slightly over a year. Already she has put her mark on the Hearst publication, which according to the Alliance for Audited Media, had a circulation in the first half of this year of roughly 3 million, a slight increase from last year.

Ari Fleischer Leaves CNN (TheWrap)
Ari Fleischer has left his contributor role at CNN, a network spokesman has told TheWrap. “Ari is no longer a contributor with CNN,” the spokeswoman said. Questions arose as to Fleischer’s status on Monday after the onetime press secretary for President George W. Bush tweeted that he would be appearing on Fox News’ Hannity and Fox Business’ Cavuto.

Col Allan Returns to The New York Post Newsroom, as Promised (Capital New York)
“He’s baaaaaack.” That’s how an insider described the return of New York Post editor-in-chief Col Allan, who officially returned to the tabloid’s newsroom Tuesday morning, according to several sources, following a more-than-two-month Australian hiatus that was seen as a rescue mission for the Post‘s struggling sister papers down under. One source saw the famously abrasive editor “with his feet up on his desk reading the paper.”

Photo-Sharing Site Flickr Experiences Outage (CNET)
Photo-sharing site Flickr was down Tuesday night, preventing the site’s users from uploading and browsing images. It wasn’t immediately clear how long the site had been offline or what the cause was, but the Yahoo!-owned site’s usually home page was replaced by a message saying it was aware of the problem and was working to resolve the issue.

Al Jazeera America Had A Rough Ratings Week; Some Shows Hit Zero in Key Demo (Mediaite)
If last week’s ratings are any indication, Al Jazeera America has a long way to go in the cable news ratings game. With distribution in less than half the households its competitors enjoy, some of AJAM’s daytime news programming fell to a 0 (that’s zero) in the key demographic of ages 25-54; and the network’s primetime shows often fell into the single-digits in that same demo.

BuzzFeed President: ‘We Feel Strongly That Traditional Media Have Given Up on Young People’ (The Guardian)
News site BuzzFeed attracted 85 million unique visitors in August, according to a recent memo from founder and CEO Jonah Peretti. But don’t be fooled into thinking all those people are there for kittens and other memes. BuzzFeed’s president and chief operating officer Jon Steinberg claimed the site is an increasingly important source of hard news for young people, in an appearance at the MIPCOM conference in Cannes Wednesday morning.

Flipboard Hits 90 Million Users, Nearly Doubles Since April (Ad Age / Digital)
Just two weeks after announcing a $50 million round of funding, mobile news reader Flipboard revealed growth numbers that may explain investors’ eagerness to get behind it. The company now claims 90 million users, a jump from the 85 million Flipboard CEO Mike McCue confirmed early last month, and a leap from the 53 million the company announced in April. Flipboard said is users now flip a total of 7 billion pages per month, a 1 billion pageview per month increase from just six months ago. While traditional publishers such as The New York Times, Esquire and Vanity Fair were noted by Flipboard as being among its top 10 publishers, the company also highlighted another group propelling the growth forward — brands.

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