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Keith Olbermann Will Return to ESPN (NYT)
ESPN is expected to announce on Wednesday that the former network mainstay Keith Olbermann, who contentiously departed in 1997, will return to host a one-hour, nightly show for ESPN2 later this year, according to three executives with knowledge of the deal but not authorized to speak about it publicly. Olbermann, 54, became renowned for co-anchoring ESPN’s SportsCenter with Dan Patrick — arguably the most auspicious pairing in the history of the show or the network. THR The show will originate from the ABC News Nightline studio overlooking Times Square. The two-year contract returns the erstwhile SportsCenter anchor to the network where he rose to stardom as an erudite and skilled sports commentator. His pairing with Dan Patrick on SportsCenter was among the most popular and memorable in the long history of the franchise. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Olbermann had expressed interest in returning to ESPN as early as March, though network president John Skipper said at the time he was not “prepared” to bring the commentator back. HuffPost Olbermann recently signed a deal to host TBS’ studio coverage of Major League Baseball alongside Hall of Fame pitcher and analyst Dennis Eckersley in Atlanta; it’s unclear if that gig will be affected by his new one. Variety Olbermann has been out of work for 15 months since parting with Current (receiving a substantial severance package), an exit that fueled the perception of him as someone with a penchant for leaving jobs rather abruptly, and often under acrimonious circumstances. Still, he has maintained ties to his admirers via outlets such as social media, where he still commands close to 450,000 followers on Twitter.

Rolling Stone’s Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Cover Sparks Outrage (Boston Herald)
Accused marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has made the cover of Rolling Stone — an iconic spot coveted by rock stars — prompting an immediate Twitter storm over the treatment of the suspected terrorist, while the accompanying profile reports his slain brother Tamerlan felt like “two people” and his mother pushed him toward Islam rather than a psychiatrist for a cure. Boston Magazine The publication posted the August cover online Tuesday afternoon. It features a selfie of Tsarnaev and is meant to supplement a “riveting account” of the suspect’s life in Cambridge and Boston. But those who have seen it and are passing it around via social media are comparing it to past covers that have shed a positive light on iconic performers — think Jim Morrison of The Doors — proclaiming that the cover gives Tsarnaev a “rock star” appeal. Boston Globe / The Source The cover story, “Jahar’s World,” reveals that Tsarnaev played down his Muslim faith in high school, once told a friend that terrorist attacks could be justified and may have been willing to surrender during a standoff in Watertown on April 19 because of a plea from a former wrestling coach.

Yahoo! Misses Estimates as CEO Fails to Woo Advertisers (Bloomberg)
Yahoo! gave a revenue forecast that fell short of analysts’ estimates as CEO Marissa Mayer puts more focus on building products than drumming up immediate sales at the largest U.S. Web portal. Sales, excluding revenue passed to partner sites, will be $1.06 to $1.1 billion in the current quarter, Yahoo! said on its website Tuesday. Analysts were projecting revenue of $1.12 billion, the average of estimates compiled by Bloomberg. AllThingsD In other words, the company is still not growing at all in terms of the core metrics of its actual business, even after a year of free food, smartphones, frantic acquisitions and trendy fitness bands for all under the tenure of Mayer.

Sun Media Closing 11 Papers, Cutting 360 Jobs (Toronto Star)
Sun Media announced Tuesday it was eliminating 360 jobs as it closes eight newspapers and axes three free urban dailies. The move is expected to bring in $55 million in annual savings. It comes on the heels of earlier rounds of Sun Media cuts as recently as last November, when 500 jobs were eliminated and two production facilities closed in Ontario, with savings pegged at $45 million a year. Bloomberg Businessweek Sun Media is closing its free urban daily 24 Hours newspapers in Ottawa, Calgary and Edmonton. 24 Hours competes for readers with Torstar Corp.’s Metro, which has papers in those three cities, according to Metro’s website.

Snowden Submits Request for Asylum in Russia (Yahoo! News / AP)
National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden on Tuesday submitted a request for temporary asylum in Russia, his lawyer said, claiming he faces persecution from the U.S. government and could face torture or death. WikiLeaks, the secret-spilling site that has been advising Snowden, and Russia’s Federal Migration Service both confirmed the application request. The service is required by law to consider the application within three months, but could do it faster.

NABJ President Says Boycotting Orlando Convention Would Cost More Than $1 Million (Poynter / MediaWire)
The Maynard Institute for Journalism Education’s Richard Prince writes that the National Association of Black Journalists would lose more than $1 million if it were to pull out of its Orlando convention, scheduled for July 31 to Aug. 4. Some members of the organizations have called for the group to leave Florida following the trial of George Zimmerman in Sanford, Fla.

Netflix Dominates Speculation Over Emmy Awards (NYT)
The nominations for the Emmy Awards will be announced on Thursday in Los Angeles, and it is widely expected that, for the first time, the headlines will be all about Netflix. Two programs created for that Internet streaming service, the drama House of Cards and the comedy Arrested Development, are leading contenders for best actor or best program nominations that formerly were the province of shows produced for broadcast and cable networks. And if they are nominated, it would be the first time that slots in the most avidly pursued categories went to programs not specifically produced for the medium of television.

Lack of Female Sources in New York Times Front-Page Stories Highlights Need for Change (Poynter)
The New York Times is one of the world’s leading news organizations. But there’s room for improvement — especially when it comes to diversity. In an analysis of 352 front-page stories from the Times in January and February 2013, we found that Times reporters quoted 3.4 times as many male sources as female sources.

National Press Photographers Association Expresses Concern Over Arrest of Detroit Free Press Photographer (Detroit Free Press)
The National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) says it appears police violated the First Amendment rights of a Detroit Free Press photographer when she was arrested after trying to get her iPhone back from a police officer who told her to stop filming on a public street and took her phone. Mickey Osterreicher, general counsel for the NPPA, wrote a letter Tuesday to new Detroit Police chief James Craig, expressing concerns over photographer Mandi Wright’s arrest and the fact that the SIM card went missing from her phone after police confiscated it.

Romenesko Now Offers Sponsored Posts (FishbowlDC)
Everyone’s got to pay the bills, but when we noticed that Jim Romenesko, journalism stalwart, has started offering sponsored content on his site — our hearts sank just a little. Has it come to this? “Have news to share with the journalism community? Consider a Sponsored Post on this page. Contact Tom Kwas for information,” his morning reports say at the bottom.

The Secret Power of Black Twitter (BuzzFeed)
Just hours after news broke that as-yet-unidentified “Juror B37” from the George Zimmerman trial had found a book agent, the agent decided to drop her. Shortly after dropping the budding author, the agent, Sharlene Martin, released a statement from Juror B37 that said she wouldn’t write the book after all: Being sequestered had “shielded me from the depth of pain that exists among the general public over every aspect of this case.” If only Juror B37 had turned to Black Twitter before deciding to cash in. Because Black Twitter watchers know the power of the swarm. HuffPost The Washington Post is defending the publication of a column Tuesday that argues Zimmerman was justified in being suspicious of Trayvon Martin on the night he stalked and killed the unarmed teenager because Martin was wearing a hoodie -– a “uniform we all recognize,” according to the column. “I’m tired of politicians and others who have donned hoodies in solidarity with Martin and who essentially suggest that, for recognizing the reality of urban crime in the United States, I am a racist,” wrote longtime Post columnist Richard Cohen. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media “A hoodie,” Cohen told Politico when asked what he meant by that line. “It’s what’s worn by a whole lot of thugs. Look in the newspapers, online or on television: You see a lot of guys in the mugshots wearing hoodies.”

Fox News Terminates Liz Cheney’s Contract as Paid Contributor in Light of Senate Run (Mediaite)
After announcing her intention to mount a 2014 bid for the Senate in her home state of Wyoming, Liz Cheney has been terminated from Fox News as a political analyst, according to a Fox spokesperson. Cheney was hired by Fox as a paid contributor and fill-in host back in January 2012.

From Tom Paine to Glenn Greenwald, We Need Partisan Journalism (Reuters / Jack Shafer)
I would sooner engage you in a week-long debate over which taxonomical subdivision the duck-billed platypus belongs to then spend a moment arguing whether Glenn Greenwald is a journalist or not, or whether an activist can be a journalist, or whether a journalist can be an activist, or how suspicious we should be of partisans in the newsroom. It’s not that those arguments aren’t worthy of time — just not mine. I’d rather judge a work of journalism directly than run the author’s mental drippings through a gas chromatograph to detect whether his molecules hang left or right or cling to the center.

Ionia Newspaper Editor Files Defamation Suit Against Critics (MLive)
An editor at Ionia Sentinel-Standard is suing critics who complained about her news judgment and accused her of “yellow journalism.” Lori Kilchermann, general manager of the Sentinel-Standard, owned by GateHouse Media, said the critics attacked her in letters to her bosses and online. She said defendants defamed her, intentionally inflicted emotional distress and interfered with her employment. The defendants say they were exercising First Amendment rights.

Daily Beast to Launch A New Weekend Title, ‘Beast Weekend’ (Capital New York)
The Daily Beast is launching a weekend title to debut this fall along with a homepage makeover, editor-in-chief Tina Brown told staff Tuesday. “Beast Weekend will refresh and refocus our weekend content towards culture as well as longer reads,” Brown announced in a memo to employees of the site. At the helm, as editorial director, will be Michael Moynihan, who’s been writing and reporting for the Beast since September but whom you might better remember as the journalist who blew the lid off the Jonah Lehrer fabrication scandal last summer. FishbowlNY Moynihan most recently served as cultural news editor.

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