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Kevin Roose Frames Fusion with Impressive Vote of Confidence

KevinRooseTwitterProfilePicSpeaking with the kind of clarity and directness that informs his prose, departing New York magazine writer Kevin Roose explained to Re/code’s Edmund Lee what drew him to Fusion TV, his next professional home:

“Fusion is the most ambitious experiment happening in media right now, and I just wanted to be a part of it,” Roose said. “It was that simple.”

Roose will report to Fusion’s Silicon Valley bureau chief Alexis Madrigal, who recently came over from Atlantic Media. And continue to mine the fertile beat that he described in a recent interview with the Daily Californian:

“Technology has become this enormous gold rush filled with hucksters and charlatans and visionaries and geniuses, and I am interested in what is going to come from all of this. Are we just going to end up with 16 great social networks, or are we really going to make the world a lot better?”

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Muir, ABC Topple NBC Nightly News | AOL Replaces Harnevo

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World News Tonight With David Muir Gets First Overall Weekly Win in 6 Years (TVNewser)
With the latest Nielsen evening news ratings released Tuesday, ABC’s World News Tonight With David Muir had its first outright win in six years. The ABC evening newscast finished first among the two younger demos, adults 25-54 and adults 18-49, and breaks the five-year total viewer winning streak held by NBC Nightly News With Brian Williams. TVNewser While Muir’s show was up 10 percent in viewers and up 16 percent in the demo compared to the same week last year, Williams’ broadcast was down 3 percent in viewers and down 13 percent in the demo. Deadline Hollywood It was ABC’s ninth consecutive newscast win in the news demo. ABC’s newscast clocked 8.416 million viewers, 2.204 million news demo viewers, and 1.528 million 18-49-year-old viewers for the week. NBC’s newscast logged 8.250 million viewers, 1.937 million news demo viewers and 1.416 million younger viewers. Scott Pelley-anchored CBS Evening News trailed with 6.614 million viewers, including 1.602 million in the news demo and 1.147 million aged 18-49. Variety There’s no telling whether ABC will be able to duplicate the feat in coming weeks. In the recently completed 2013-2014 TV season, Nightly News had its best viewer delivery in eight years and enjoyed a large advantage over both ABC and CBS. And Nightly News typically out-muscles World News among younger viewers, those between 18 and 49. But ABC has been pressing its advantage in the 25-to-54 demo for weeks and has been eating into NBC’s advantage in that category. In May, under Diane Sawyer, World News won the May sweep among viewers between 25 and 54 — the first time the newscast had done so in seven years. NYT In 2012, ABC also ended a long winning streak for NBC in the morning when its Good Morning America toppled the Today show.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Rosie to The View | Amazon Woos Hachette Authors

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Rosie O’Donnell to The View (TMZ)
Rosie O’Donnell has made a deal with The View, sources say. The show is likely to make the announcement shortly. TVNewser In the wake of TMZ’s report, there is increased speculation that the new right-leaning panelist will come from the cable news ranks. Abby Huntsman, co-host of MSNBC’s The Cycle and Margaret Hoover, a CNN contributor, are being considered as co-hosts. Mediaite O’Donnell was famously one of the show’s co-hosts from 2006 to 2007. The TMZ report also says The View is actively seeking out conservative women to join the show. Sarah Palin put herself out there this week as a possibility. HuffPost O’Donnell left the show after a notorious on-air fight with Elisabeth Hasselbeck. She has been a guest on the show since then. O’Donnell’s return is the first step in the show’s overhaul. The View has seen the exit of all of its co-hosts except Goldberg this season: Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy recently announced their exits, and Barbara Walters retired in May. Variety ABC daytime execs are in the midst of a extensive search for new producers to take the reins of The View as the show prepares to replace most of its panelists for its 18th season.

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The Atlantic Announces Several Promotions and Hires

The AtlanticThe Atlantic has announced a few promotions and hires. Details are below.

  • Alexis Madrigal has been promoted from senior editor of The Atlantic to deputy editor of TheAtlantic.com, a new role at the magazine. He has covered science and technology for the glossy since 2010.
  • Julie Beck has been named the new editor of TheAtlantic.com’s Health Channel. She most recently served as an associate editor.
  • Dr. James Hamblin, who previously led the Health Channel, is shifting his role. He will now write more often for the site and take part in more video features.
  • Kathy Gilsinan is joining as an associate editor. She comes to the magazine from World Politics Review.

Sean Parker: Wedding Day Backlash Reflects New Media Low

We all saw the headlines, read the angry Facebook posts and perhaps even re-tweeted a mocking Tweet. After a wedding day celebration with Alexandra, the bride and husband Sean Parker were crucified by the media for allegedly crossing the line of environmental decency with a massive staging area next to the Ventana Inn in Big Sur.

Not so fast, Parker writes today on TechCrunch. In a sadly ironic twist, he says this special personal time was ruined by 100% wrong media coverage and the same populist power of the Internet he once exploited for Napster purposes:

We awoke that [Monday] morning to a media backlash of epic proportions, a firestorm of press attacking our wedding with the most vitriolic language we’d ever seen in print. At the same time, a mob of Internet trolls, eco-zealots and other angry folk from every corner of the Internet unleashed a fury of vulgar insults, flooding our email and Facebook pages.

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Should You Write For Free? Journos Weigh In on the Thayer/Atlantic Kerfuffle

When freelance journalist Nate Thayer posted an email exchange he’d had with an editor at The Atlantic, who hoped to publish his work without compensation, he had no idea it would garner so much attention. The blog post has been viewed over 100,000 times, tweeted like mad, and has prompted a vigorous debate among journalism professionals.

Over at Reuters, Felix Salmon breaks down point-by-point where The Atlantic screwed up, while explaining why the magazine’s online freelance budget is so small as to be, at times, non-existent. It’s not that digital journalism doesn’t pay, he explains, it just rarely pays freelancers. If you want to make a living wage, you need a staff position.

Not everyone is against working for nothing. Matthew Yglesias of Slate calls it “an enormous boon to society” when people write online for free. Staffer-turned-freelancer Ann Friedman admits in her column at CJR that she occasionally writes for free, albeit only with good reasons. Those include establishing experience, raising her profile, or an opportunity to participate in something wonderful.

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New York Media Insiders Gather at Atlantic Media Company Soiree

Justin Smith, President of Atlantic Media Company, hosted a party at his home in New York last night in honor of Atlantic Senior Editor Alexis Madrigal, who recently published “Powering the Dream: The History and Promise of Green Technology.”

The party was packed with New York media insiders. Here are some pictures from the evening:

Alex Madrigal and Chance:

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Tweeting Around The New York Times Paywall

As soon as the New York Times launched its paywall, we braced ourselves for all the people who were going to write about how to get around it.

The most creative so far was unearthed by Alexis Madrigal, Senior Editor at The Atlantic. Yesterday he posted about a Twitter account called @FreeNYT that pledged to post every single Times article. It’s a clever idea, because as we told you, there is no limit on how many articles are viewed through Twitter.

The account posted some tweets yesterday, but they’re now gone, so maybe the author is having a change of heart. Or maybe he or she is realizing that posting a link to every single Times article, every single day, is a lot of work just to stick it to The Man.

Ad Age Talks Best Media Writing of 2010

Matthew Creamer of Ad Age (see Colby Hall, it’s really pretty easy!) has collected the best media writing of 2010, and today he’s discussing his first few choices.

His first pick is the screenplay of The Social Network, by Aaron Sorkin. Considering that Facebook was part of something like one out of three conversations over the year, we agree with this choice. Here’s Creamer’s take:

Rivaled only by Wikileaks and the iPad, the continued ascendance of social media was the most important development in the communications business in 2010. Facebook hit half a billion users, Twitter took $200 million in funding, and every aspect of culture from politics to business continued to change. It’s an epic tale and, perhaps fittingly, Hollywood told it best.

The next pick by Creamer, the Twitter feed for Kanye West, specifically his rant against Matt Lauer, is a little ridiculous. Creamer says of West:

What Yeezy taught me is that Twitter — once a manageable, useful haven for smart stuff — is increasingly a shitshow directed by celebrities bleating for yet more attention in a fashion that’s at once nauseating, depressing and, I’m ashamed to say it, heart-rending, especially with someone as talented as Kanye.

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