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China Jails the Most Journalists

china-flag.jpgMemo to all reporters — might want to bypass that assignment in China. According to a new report from the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), China imprisoned 44 journalists this year, giving it the unfortunate honor of being the worst jailer of the press in the entire world.

Overall, there were 220 reporters in jail during 2014, up from 211 last year. China led the way, but Iran wasn’t far behind, with 30 journalists imprisoned.

“China’s use of anti-state charges and Iran’s revolving door policy in imprisoning reporters, bloggers, editors, and photographers earned the two countries the dubious distinction of being the world’s worst and second worst jailers of journalists, respectively,” explained the CPJ report. “Together, China and Iran are holding a third of journalists jailed globally—despite speculation that new leaders who took the reins in each country in 2013 might implement liberal reforms.”

The rest of the top 10 includes Eritrea, Ethiopia, Vietnam, Syria, Egypt, Burma, Azerbaijan, and Turkey.

Other highlights (or really, lowlights) from the CPJ report are below.

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Hearst Increases TrendingNY Publishing Frequency

Hearst Magazines is increasing the publishing frequency of TrendingNY, its free weekly fashion magazine aimed at young women. TrendingNY made its debut in September and four issues were printed. Starting with the new year, Hearst will publish nine issues.

Each issue of TrendingNY is distributed during the first week of the month by street teams in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens. Sorry, Bronx and Staten Island.

Ellen Levine, Hearst Magazines’ editorial director, said the response from readers was positive, and that’s not surprising. People love free stuff. Even if it is mostly just a collection of ads.

“With every pilot, we ask for reader feedback so we can tweak as we go,” said Levine, in a statement. “Young women responded to its bold, happy, vibrant look and newsy information on trends, and felt the fast format was original and refreshing, which was our goal from the start.”

Newsweek Adds Seven

Newsweek has added seven staffers to its editorial team. Details, via a memo obtained by Poynter, are below.

  • Matt Cooper has been named politics editor. Cooper previously covered the White House for Time, The New Republic and US News.
  • Ross Schneiderman joins as senior editor. He previously worked for Newsweek from 2010 to 2013. His work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times.
  • Jonathan Broder has been named senior writer. He most recently worked for Congressional Quarterly, as a defense and foreign policy editor.
  • Winston Ross has been named national correspondent. He most recently worked as a freelancer. He previously worked for Newsweek and The Daily Beast from 2012 to 2013.
  • Azeen Ghorayshi has been named staff writer. Her work has appeared in publications such as The Guardian, New Scientist and Wired UK.
  • Max Kutner has also been named a staff writer. Kutner most recently served as a contributor to Smithsonian and Boston magazines.
  • Polly Mosendz joins as a breaking news reporter. She most recently worked for the Atlantic Wire.

People and Time Reduce Rate Bases

Time_magazine_logoPeople and Time are trimming their rate bases. According to Ad Age, People will reduce its circulation guarentee by 50,000 copies per issue and Time will cut its guarantee by 250,000 copies per issue. Beginning in January, People’s new rate base will be 3.4 million; Time’s 3.4  million.

The change is odd, as typically, the higher a magazine’s rate base the more it can charge advertisers for ads. A Time spokesperson told Ad Age that the magazine cut its circulation guarantee out of a ”desire to optimize… marketing spend and cut less profitable circulation.”

In other words, this might have something to do with MediaVest — a huge media buying agency — who announced it will no longer count tablet subscriptions when considering magazines’ rate bases. By doing so, magazines might not be able to charge as much for ads.

The Time spokesperson, of course, denied MediaVest’s move had anything to do with it. “It felt like it was time to make a cut” said the person.

Newsday Makes Two Executive Hires

newsday logo GNewsday Media Group has made two executive appointments. Details are below.

    • Paul Likins has been named vice president of digital operations. Likins most recently served as Wenner Media’s head of revenue operations and programmatic solutions. Prior to that, Likins served as director of revenue operations for the Wall Street Journal Digital Network.
    • Stefanie Angeli has joined as senior director, national sales. Angeli previously served as sales lead for Mom365.com. Prior to that, she worked for 12 years at Scholastic as associate publisher of Scholastic Parent & Child Media.

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Sony Hackers Threaten Violence Over The Interview (Re/code)
A new message from the hackers who have infiltrated Sony Pictures Entertainment appeared to threaten violence at or near movie theaters where the studio plans to show The Interview. The group mentioned the film for the first time by name and threatened to take unspecified actions against its premiere, set for Dec. 25, writing, “The world will be full of fear” and “Remember the 11th of September.” WSJ A Department of Homeland Security official said Tuesday afternoon the agency was aware of the threat but added: “at this time there is no credible intelligence to indicate an active plot against movie theaters within the United States.” Variety “We recommend you to keep yourself distant from the places at that time. (If your house is nearby, you’d better leave.) Whatever comes in the coming days is called by the greed of Sony Pictures Entertainment,” the message reads. There have been suspicions that the attack may have been launched by North Korea in retaliation for the Interview’s depiction of an assassination attempt on Kim Jong-un. The country has denied involvement but praised the attacks. THR The Sony hackers also made good on their promise to release a so-called Christmas gift by posting an eighth batch of documents to the Internet on Tuesday. The documents appear to be the entire email account of Sony Pictures Entertainment chairman and CEO Michael Lynton. Lynton’s email account contains 12,466 messages, which presumably contains deleted messages, dating from Nov. 12, 2008 to Nov. 21, 2014, three days before the hack was first noticed by the studio. A special screening of the film took place in Los Angeles last week without incident. Deadline Landmark Theatres said Tuesday night that the New York premiere of the film has been canceled. The event was set for Thursday night at the Sunshine Cinema on the Lower East Side. BuzzFeed The film’s stars, Seth Rogen and James Franco, have withdrawn from all media appearances in the lead-up to the release of the film.

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Earlier UVA Sexual Assault Victim Recounts Her Story

The sexual assault of Liz Seccuro, which occurred in the fall of 1984 at the same University of Virginia fraternity fingered by Jackie, was mentioned in the disputed Rolling Stone article. Today, via The Daily Beast, it is Seccuro herself recounting the assault and related events, in much fuller detail.

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The Long Island wife and mother of two wrote a book in 2011 about her traumatic experience titled Crash Into Me: A Survivor’s Search for Justice. The book arrived five years after an assailant was charged with two counts of felony rape, indicted by a Grand Jury and sentenced after pleading guilty to a lesser charge of aggravated sexual battery.

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Southern Living Makes Two Editorial Changes

southern living logo GSouthern Living has named Katy McColl senior executive editor and promoted Whitney Wright to general manager, a new role at the magazine.

McColl was formerly the executive editor of Country Living and O at Home. She is also the author of four books. She succeeds Hunter Lewis, who was named Cooking Light‘s editor in September. Wright was most recently Southern Living’s deputy food director.

Both McColl and Wright will report to Sid Evans, Southern Living’s editor-in-chief.

Good Gifts | Moving On | Perfect Title

Lost Remote: Jimmy Fallon is using Twitter for holiday giveaways that don’t actually suck. Well done, Fallon.

FishbowlDC: Greg Birnbaum is leaving Politico to join the New York Daily News as their new managing editor and head of political content.

TVNewser: Fox News Channel will air a New Year’s Eve program titled All-American New Year on Dec. 31. You have got to love that name.

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