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Washington Post Publisher Announces Newsroom Move to One Franklin Square (FishbowlDC)
Washington Post publisher Katharine Weymouth announced in a memo to staff the paper’s relocation to One Franklin Square. HuffPost One Franklin Square is located in downtown Washington, D.C. Weymouth said that the move is set for 2016 and the new location is expected to be “a more efficient and collaborative space.” Poynter / MediaWire The new digs are about three blocks from the news organization’s current location. The Washington Post / Digger The selection of the building followed a real estate hunt that began in February of last year before Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon.com, acquired the newspaper in October. Washington Business Journal / Breaking Ground The Post signed a long-term lease with Hines Interests LP for the space in the West Tower of 1301 K Street NW. The Post has been working on a deal with Hines for some time now.
Italian Journalist Killed in Eastern Ukraine (HuffPost / AP)
An Italian photojournalist and his Russian interpreter have been killed in eastern Ukraine while covering fighting between government forces and pro-Russia insurgents, officials said Sunday. Reuters The bodies of Andrea Rocchelli, a freelance photographer who worked with the Cesura photographers’ collective, and his colleague, Andrey Mironov, were taken to a hospital in the town of Slaviansk. International Business Times A French journalist, William Roguelon, was also injured in the attack and was taken to a local hospital where he received treatment and was discharged. The deaths came as voting began in Kiev on Sunday, with pro-Russia groups reportedly attempting to prevent people from casting their ballots by patrolling polling stations and snatching ballot boxes. AFP Roguelon said that he and Rocchelli were caught in crossfire after approaching the city in a car together with Mironov, their Russian translator. Roguelon said all three men were hit by shrapnel from mortar shells during a sudden flareup in fighting between government troops and separatists just south of the city. He said Rocchelli and Mironov had tried to seek shelter in a ditch as up to 60 shells fell. Rocchelli is the first journalist to die covering the violent pro-Russian insurgency gripping the east of Ukraine.
Court Approves FCC Plan to Subsidize Rural Broadband Service (NYT)
A federal appeals court on Friday upheld the Federal Communications Commission’s effort to convert its $4.5 billion program that pays for telephone service in rural parts of the country into one that subsidizes high-speed Internet service in high-cost areas. Engadget The program, called Connect America, faced challenges from smaller carriers, which were worried that the shift from subsidizing phone calls to fast Internet access would hurt their bottom line. Their arguments were either “unpersuasive” or were blocked from legal consideration in the first place, the court said. SlashGear Connect America has been used to bring telephone service to low-income individuals, rural schools, and other applicable entities and people. The initial decision to switch the program’s use of the funds to providing high-speed Internet access was made in late 2011. The Verge The Connect America Fund aimed to use a portion of customer bills in other areas of the country to build out broadband infrastructure, including cellular data networks in those areas. That would begin with $300 million at the start, and up to $500 million as part of an annual budget.
Geoff Manaugh Out as Gizmodo.com Editor-in-Chief (JimRomenesko.com)
According to a memo sent to Gawker Media employees at 10 a.m. ET Friday, Thursday was Geoff Manaugh’s last day as editor-in-chief of Gizmodo.com. FishbowlNY Manaugh was editor of Gawker’s tech site for only nine months. According to the memo, Manaugh and Gawker weren’t a good match. Manaugh seemed to agree, tweeting “Fun while it lasted, but time to get back to writing. The good news is I never have to use Kinja again.” Prior to joining Gawker, Manaugh was a senior editor for Dwell and a contributing editor to Wired UK. He is also the founder of Bldg Blog. Poynter / MediaWire Brian Barrett will replace Manaugh.
Mark Preston Named Executive Editor of CNN Politics (FishbowlDC)
CNN Washington Bureau chief Sam Fiest announced Friday that Mark Preston has been named executive editor of CNN Politics. Preston has served as CNN’s political director since 2011. TVNewser In his new role, Preston will oversee CNN’s political events, including presidential debates. Preston will continue his political reporting, covering campaigns and events across CNN’s platforms, while also serving as an on-air analyst during election and primary coverage. CNN Preston joined CNN as political editor in 2005 and has been central to CNN’s coverage of every political event since, including CNN’s Emmy award-winning election nights in 2006 and 2012 as well as CNN’s Peabody award-winning campaign coverage in 2008. Prior to joining CNN, Preston was a senior staff writer for Roll Call, where he worked for six years.
Ad Age‘s Women to Watch 2014 (Ad Age)
Welcome to Ad Age‘s 17th annual Women to Watch, where we highlight accomplished women who have made significant contributions to marketing. This year’s class of 30 includes women who are reshaping the media landscape (Xbox’s Nancy Tellem and Maker Studios’ Erin McPherson); breaking marketing boundaries (Diageo’s Syl Saller and Huggies’ Lizette Williams); rethinking data (Starcom’s Danielle Gonzales) and blazing new trails for business-to-business (Cisco’s Blair Christie; Dell’s Karen Quintos and Salesforce’s Lynn Vojodich). Many of them are also dedicated to opening up new opportunities for their peers, such as L’Oreal’s Rachel Weiss, Resource’s Kelly Mooney and Havas’ Patti Clifford.
Programming, Staffing Changes at CNN International (TVNewser)
CNN International is making significant programming changes to its lineup, adding new primetime shows and expanding live programming. With the changes, the network is eliminating some jobs in Hong Kong and adding positions in other bureaus. B&C The expansion will add four hours a day during weekdays of its live news schedule. As part of the expansion, CNN International will be placing greater emphasis on regional newsgathering in the Asia Pacific region. New programming will include relaunched business programs The Business View With Nina dos Santos, a new U.S. market show presented by Maggie Lake and the daily emerging markets “Global Exchange” segment.
Barbara Walters Giving Archives to Sarah Lawrence College (The Journal News)
Barbara Walters’ career is destined for Yonkers. Just retired, Walters will send a collection of papers, recordings and photographs that document her decades as a television journalist to her alma mater, Sarah Lawrence College. HuffPost / AP Walters made the announcement in a surprise appearance at the suburban New York college’s commencement Friday. College president Karen Lawrence says in a statement that the school is thrilled by the gift.
Warner Bros. Passes $1 Billion Internationally, Driven by The Hobbit, 300, Lego Movie (Deadline Hollywood)
Fourteen consecutive years. That’s how many times Warner Bros. has crossed the $1 billion threshold internationally. What propelled it this time around? Strong openers this year such as 300: Rise of an Empire, The Lego Movie and Godzilla and superb holdovers from The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug and Gravity last year. Walt Disney crossed the $1 billion internationally mark last month, driven by the success of the Marvel title Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which was expected to stand at $253.9 million and Frozen, which opened during the Thanksgiving holiday and has grossed $818.7 million so far.
Best Season Since 1987 for CBS Sunday Morning (TVNewser)
For the 2013-2014 television season, CBS Sunday Morning delivered six million viewers, the show’s highest audience delivery for a season since the advent of people meters in 1987. The ratings stalwart was the top-rated Sunday morning news program in both total viewers and the adult 25-54 demographic, as usual. The program was also up during May sweeps, delivering 5.81 million viewers, a 4 percent increase on the year-ago sweeps period. It was the highest-rated May sweep for the show since the advent of people meters.
Longtime NBC News Producer Leaves (New York Post)
One of Brian Williams’ longtime producers has exited NBC News, NBC confirmed. Subrata De, who has globetrotted to the world’s war zones with Williams since 2003, left 30 Rock for good on Friday. Some are speculating she’ll land with former NBC News boss Steve Capus at CBS, who is running (among other things) the Evening News With Scott Pelley.
48 Hours Adds New Monday Episodes (TVNewser)
The team at 48 Hours isn’t going on summer vacation just yet. CBS has ordered new episodes of the Saturday night true crime series to air on Mondays for several weeks this summer, which began Monday night at 10 p.m. ET. The show will also continue its Saturday run.
Soledad O’Brien’s Starfish Media Group at Work on Docs for CNN, Al Jazeera America (TVNewser)
Soledad O’Brien is working on several documentaries that will air on cable news, including three for her former network. For CNN, Starfish is producing specials on veterans struggling with PTSD, New York City’s controversial “stop and frisk” program and the Washington Corrections Center for Women. For Al Jazeera, O’Brien’s group is producing two documentaries — a look at a new model of “therapeutic justice” for teenagers in prison and a special on heroin use in America.
Marie Claire France Names Editor-in-Chief (WWD / Memo Pad)
Marie Claire France has appointed Marianne Mairesse as editor-in-chief. Mairesse, 40, started her career at Marie Claire and most recently served as its deputy editor-in-chief since November. She succeeds Christine Leiritz, who left the magazine in December.
CNN, Smithsonian Affiliates Partner for ‘A Look Into The Sixties’ Exhibit at Grand Central (TVNewser)
CNN and 11 Smithsonian-affiliated museums have partnered to curate a special exhibit on the 1960s, opening Tuesday at Grand Central’s Vanderbilt Hall. The exhibit is timed with the premiere of CNN’s The Sixties Thursday night on CNN.
What’s on your reading list for the holiday weekend?
daveschechter “Guide to the Perplexed” by Dara Horn
iMenaAmer “A new brand world” by Scott Bedbury (only skimmed it before, finally have time to read it whole) :]
GabriellaBridal Frog Music by Emma Donoghue (author of Room)
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