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Ad Age Promotes Zmuda, Adds Two

Ad Age logo GAd Age has promoted Natalie Zmuda to deputy managing editor. She most recently served as marketing editor. Zmuda joined Ad Age in 2008, after five years with Condé Nast.

In addition to Zmuda’s promotion, Ad Age has announced the following hires:

  • Karen Edelman joins as senior editor of event content. For the past decade, Edelman ran a consulting firm that organized events for Forbes, Fortune and more
  • Malika Toure joins Ad Age as a reporter, focusing on Toure was most recently an intern for Ad Age’s sister pub Creativity.

NY Times Supports Legal Weed, But Won’t Let Staffers Toke

NYtimes buildingTalk about a buzz kill, brother bear. Over the weekend, The New York Times declared that it supported the complete decriminalization of marijuana, and yet, it won’t let employees share a bong in the newsroom.

A Times spokesperson told The Huffington Post that potential employees will still be required to pass a drug test before getting hired. “Our corporate policy on this issue reflects current law,” said the spokesperson. “We aren’t going to get into details beyond that.”

In a series of editorials, the Times said that pot should be legalized — just like tobacco and alcohol — and states should be responsible for making the call:

There are no perfect answers to people’s legitimate concerns about marijuana use. But neither are there such answers about tobacco or alcohol, and we believe that on every level — health effects, the impact on society and law-and-order issues — the balance falls squarely on the side of national legalization. That will put decisions on whether to allow recreational or medicinal production and use where it belongs — at the state level.

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BuzzFeed Fires Staffer for 40 Instances of Plagiarism (FishbowlNY)
It looks like the magic number was 40. BuzzFeed has decided to fire its viral politics editor, Benny Johnson, after finding that many instances of plagiarism in his work. FishbowlDC A note to editorial staff sent Friday evening from BuzzFeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith announced that the website has parted ways with Johnson after identifying “40 instances of sentences or phrases copied, word for word, from other sites, many of them inappropriate sources in the first place.” Capital New York Earlier last week, a pair of Twitter users called into question several of Johnson’s posts that had taken phrases and sentences from sources including About.com and National Review. Smith said Friday that editors were reviewing Johnson’s work. Poynter / MediaWire In his note to readers, Smith wrote that the plagiarism constituted “an act of disrespect to readers” and that Johnson’s editors were “deeply embarrassed and sorry” for misleading BuzzFeed’s audience. HuffPost Smith said BuzzFeed would correct every post where plagiarism was found and add editor’s notes to them. Johnson was previously with Glenn Beck’s The Blaze and has also written for Breitbart News.

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Yogi Berra Tips His Cap to Duke Ellington

The gist of Newsday sportswriter Mike Gavin‘s article this weekend is about how current Yankee and Mets players were connected to their “walk-up songs,” e.g. those pop tunes that blare over the PA as a hitter moves from the on-deck circle to the batter’s box.

But this observation from former Yankee Yogi Berra is likely to be the most remembered passage from the write-up:

Berra, 89, found walk-up music to be an odd concept when asked earlier this week. But he said he would have used the jazz classic, “Take the A Train,” by Duke Ellington and Count Basie.

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Media React to NYT Op-Ed Urging Legalization of Marijuana

In the marijuana world, today’s date could become a three-digit rallying cry almost as seminal as the San Rafael, California-coined slang ”420.”

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For it is in the 7-27 Sunday print edition that the New York Times editorial board has officially come out in favor of the nationwide legalization of marijuana:

In coming days, we will publish articles by members of the editorial board and supplementary material that will examine these questions. We invite readers to offer their ideas, and we will report back on their responses, pro and con.

We recognize that this Congress is as unlikely to take action on marijuana as it has been on other big issues. But it is long past time to repeal this version of Prohibition.

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Stephen A. Smith Headed to Sirius

StephenARuoccoLogoWe agree with New York Daily News sports media columnist Bob Raissman. The idea of Stephen A. Smith moving from New York’s ESPN Radio to Sirius XM is ripe with possibilities:

Smith will soon leave ESPN 98.7 FM and take his verbal stylings to SXM’s Mad Dog Radio, where he will host his own show, according to satellite radio sources. Smith currently co-hosts a 1 p.m.-3 p.m. program with Ryan Ruocco on 98.7…

The idea of Smith working freestyle in the uncensored world of satellite radio is fascinating. SAS has gone right up to the line, and sometimes crossed it, as he did on Friday on ESPN’s First Take when he went on a rant concerning Ray Rice’s two-game suspension and implied some women should be blamed for domestic violence.

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BuzzFeed Fires Staffer for 40 Instances of Plagiarism

BuzzFeedLogoIt looks like the magic number was 40. BuzzFeed has decided to fire its viral politics editor, Benny Johnson, after finding that many instances of plagiarism in his work.

In a note to readers, BuzzFeed’s editor Ben Smith — who previously brushed off three examples of Johnson’s plagiarism — said the buck stopped with him and the site’s other editors:

We owe you, our readers, an apology. This plagiarism is a breach of our fundamental responsibility to be honest with you — in this case, about who wrote the words on our site. Plagiarism, much less copying unchecked facts from Wikipedia or other sources, is an act of disrespect to the reader. We are deeply embarrassed and sorry to have misled you. Benny’s editors — I, Katherine Miller, John Stanton, Shani Hilton, and McKay Coppins — bear real responsibility.

In a memo provided to FishbowlNY by BuzzFeed, Smith elaborated on the situation. You can read it below.

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The Mighty Pen | Loud Sean | Upgraded

arianna huffington GGalleyCat: Arianna Huffington says she edits with a pen and paper. The pen is alive and well, New York Times.

TVNewser: Sean Hannity wants the truth! He doesn’t care if you think he can’t handle it.

SocialTimes: Mobile games are now something more than a waste of space on your phone.

New York’s Da Vinci Hotel Cracks Reliable WiFi Code

SlashGear writer Nate Swanner has drawn our attention to a very clever and useful new website. Hotel WiFi Test ranks the quality and speed of wireless broadband offered by major city hotels:

The site works by travelers uploading their results, and a speed test can be done right from the site. Hotel WiFi also takes into account the time of day the test was taken, or if it was peak travel season when the hotel was likely to be full.

Even though data on the site is not yet exhaustive, when it comes to New York City, the results are rather surprising. At press time, the best Airbnb-alternate for your wired friends, business colleagues and relatives is:

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