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PandoDaily Acquires NSFW Corp to Double Down on Investigative Reporting (PandoDaily)
There are three people who have long been on my dream team to help me build PandoDaily. One of them I’ve still gotta work on. The second is Mike Tatum, who keeps saying no and then keeps doing work for us for free anyway. The third is joining us by way of acquisition. I’m sure regular readers can guess who I am talking about: Paul Carr. I’m thrilled to announce that PandoDaily has reached a deal to acquire his company, NSFW Corp. FishbowlNY The deal comes on the heels of a recent chronicling on PandoDaily of Carr’s journalism crowd-funding efforts. Looks like he just accelerated that initiative and we are personally thrilled that NSFW Corp will live on. The Guardian Carr’s last venture was surprisingly old-school. NSFW Corp, a news site that billed itself as “The Economist written by the Daily Show,” put out a print magazine — and it even put up a paywall. Despite winning fans, it didn’t make money. Poynter / MediaWire NSFW Corp tried to raise money to keep going independently in September. It laid off three people earlier in November.

BuzzFeed’s Former ‘Copyranter’ Rants About Being Fired: ‘They Shouldn’t Have Hired Me’ (TheWrap)
Mark Duffy, a copywriter-turned-ad critic, was fired from BuzzFeed last month, and now he has written a “BuzzFeedy listicle” to countdown 10 “possible” reasons he was fired. The possibilities Duffy listed in his Gawker post on Monday include his age (“The average age in the editorial department is late 20s. I am 15-plus years older than Ben Smith and CEO Jonah Peretti”), regular confrontations with editors (“Everybody at BuzzFeed is a f*cking ‘editor’”), occasional editorial-wide emails scolding employees for a dirty workplace (“What can I say, I hate untidiness”) and bad-mouthing advertisers who advertised on BuzzFeed. Gawker Duffy: “I got fired from a website with a staff that had grown from under 100 to well over 400 during my 18 months of employment. Fired from a place that basically fires nobody.” Business Insider Smith deleted at least one post from his site after Unilever, one of the larger global advertisers, complained about a post that was critical of its advertising for Axe body spray, according to Duffy.

New York Times Promotes Bruce Headlam, Peter Lattman (FishbowlNY)
The New York Times has promoted Bruce Headlam and Peter Lattman. Headlam, who has been with the Times’ media desk since 2008, will move to video, where he’ll become managing editor of video. He’ll report to Abramson. Headlam will be working closely with Rebecca Howard, general manager of video production. Lattman succeeds Headlam as media editor. Lattman joined the Times in 2010. He has been covering Wall Street, white collar crime and more for DealBook since joining the paper. Capital New York Lattman is a heavyweight at the Times, having been poached from The Wall Street Journal in 2010. He’s been reporting recently on News Corp. chairman Rupert Murdoch’s divorce proceedings. This is the latest move on a media desk that has seen a fair amount of shuffling lately, with TV news reporter Brian Stelter having just left for CNN and print media reporter Christine Haughney about to go on maternity leave.

USA Today Won’t Publish Handout Photos From White House (Poynter / MediaWire)
In a memo to staff Sunday, USA Today deputy director of multimedia Andrew P. Scott said the news organization will not use “handout photos originating from the White House Press Office, except in very extraordinary circumstances.” Such circumstances would have to involve “legitimate national security restrictions” as well as “very high news value,” Scott writes. The policy “simply codifies our existing practices on how we treat WH images,” Scott tells Poynter in an email.

Some Chicago Sun-Times Photographers Could Return (RobertFeder.com)
A tentative contract settlement between the parent company of the Chicago Sun-Times and the union representing editorial employees could lead to the rehiring of some of the photographers who were laid off by the newspaper earlier this year, sources said. Negotiators for Sun-Times Media and the Chicago Newspaper Guild reached agreement late Friday on a new three-year contract, insiders said, covering 130 reporters, copy editors and other editorial staff at the Sun-Times, Pioneer Press, Post-Tribune in Merrillville, Ind., Lake County News-Sun and Joliet Herald-News.

Cuts to Air Force Network, Closing Stars And Stripes on Pentagon Budget Table (Stars And Stripes)
The Pentagon, under intense pressure to maintain American military might in an era of sequestration and falling budgets, is considering the elimination of Stars And Stripes and the Pentagon Channel as well as programming cuts to American Forces Network. The Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation office, which answers to the secretary of defense, has been tasked with reviewing spending on all such media products.

Does Katie Couric’s Move to Yahoo! Signal The End of Old Media Dominance? (Daily Beast)
With her jump from broadcast TV to a video player on Yahoo!’s homepage, Katie Couric signals a new era — it’s no longer career suicide to move from old media to new. When, years from now, historians try to piece together the exact moment that the balance of cultural power shifted from old media to new, when the old lions guarding the gatehouse were flattened by the democratizing power of the Internet and social media, the events of the last few months, or even the last couple of days, may provide a clue. TVNewser Couric will debut on Yahoo! in early 2014. She’ll cover live world events while interviewing newsmakers and thought leaders. She’ll continue hosting her ABC syndicated daytime show Katie for the remainder of this season. Disney-ABC tells TVNewser a decision on season three of Katie will be made in mid-December. Valleywag It’s 2013, and David Karp, David Pogue and Katie Couric are now coworkers. Think about that. They’re not sharing a stage at some boring conference or wacky variety show: They’re part of the same baffling mission, and emblematic of just how confused and irrelevant Yahoo! has made itself.

Beastie Boys Fight Online Video Parody of ‘Girls’ (NYT / Arts Beat)
Over a music career of more than 25 years, the Beastie Boys evolved from a goofy rap trio to a conscientious band with more nuanced positions on politics and art. But now that group, which says on principle that it does not allow its music to be used in advertisements, has come into conflict with a company that feels just as strongly about its own socially aware messaging, and that has gained wide attention with an online video that parodies the Beastie Boys song “Girls.” PRNewser Serious question: Who looks worse in this case? At the moment, we’re going to have to say Goldiblocks for claiming that a commercial selling a retail product is actually a social statement. But it could really go either way. Electronic Frontier Foundation Sorry, Beastie Boys, you got this one wrong. We hope you and Universal Music do the right thing — or that a court does it for you.

Richard Lawson Joins VanityFair.com as Hollywood Columnist (Vanity Fair / VF Daily)
Writer Richard Lawson, formerly of The Atlantic Wire and Gawker, will join vanityfair.com next week as a columnist covering Hollywood and the entertainment beat. He will report on television, movies and celebrity news, joining Hollywood writer Julie Miller and recently hired Hollywood editor Katey Rich. FishbowlNY Meanwhile, Vanity Fair digital editor Chris Rovzar is referred to in the announcement in the third person. Which wouldn’t normally be of note except that Rovzar also wrote the item. However, since third-person referencing is a time-honored Hollywood tradition, it is in this case entirely appropriate.

LA Weekly Founder Jay Levin Tapped to Relaunch TheFix.com (TheWrap)
Under new ownership and with LA Weekly’s founder and former editor-in-chief at the helm, TheFix.com relaunched on Monday. With Jay Levin serving as publisher and editor-in-chief, the addiction and recovery site will produce new content for the first time since publishing ceased in July. “TheFix.com has been a tremendous positive force in many people’s lives,” Levin said in a statement.

CNN Shares Instagram Images From The Ground on New Scenes Platform (Journalism.co.uk)
Broadcaster CNN has launched a new online platform where it will share Instagram images from its journalists across the world, giving a glimpse of life on the ground, and behind the headlines. Scenes From the Field, which says it will carry “images you don’t always see on news reports from CNN teams around the world,” is a way to “reach a new audience,” Peter Bale, vice president and general manager of digital at CNN International, told Journalism.co.uk, as well as “draw in new material.”

Winamp Lovers Beg AOL to Open Source Code (Ars Technica / Information Technology)
Last week, AOL announced the impending death of Winamp, saying that the 16-year-old media player would be shut down within a month.”Winamp.com and associated Web services will no longer be available past Dec. 20, 2013. Additionally, Winamp Media players will no longer be available for download. Please download the latest version before that date,” AOL announced. But fans of the venerable software have launched a “Save Winamp” website and petition asking AOL either to keep Winamp alive or to open source its code.

Is Comcast-Time Warner Cable Really Unthinkable? (CNET)
Rumors were flying around over the weekend that Comcast is looking to buy Time Warner Cable outright or as part of a deal with Charter Communications. While such a deal would likely be heavily scrutinized by regulators, it still may have a chance of passing muster if the companies are willing to make some serious concessions to appease policy makers. So far neither company is commenting on the rumors.

CNBC to Maria Bartiromo: Everyone Is Replaceable (The Guardian / Michael Wolff)
Maria Bartiromo grew up in the cable television business and became one of its highest paid performers and brand name figures. The “Money Honey” was as inextricably tied to the CNBC brand as the best sort of iconic figures before her have been linked to their networks. She was a seminal figure of business culture, too. Her leave taking, announced last week, was just the type of tectonic shift with gossipy back story that has long made the television business such a glamorous game of brinksmanship and backstabbing. When headliner talent moves in the television business, the world stops — and executives careers crack — but this time it hardly registered.

Why A New York Times Photo Remains Online After Criticism (NYT / Public Editor’s Journal)
After I wrote last week about a photograph of a Palestinian mother, many readers and many other observers complained that — since two senior editors agreed it was not a good choice for dominant art with the story about an Israeli soldier’s death — it was wrong for the Times to not remove the photo online.

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