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AOL Editor to be Cut

The axe keeps falling at AOL.com. According to The New York Post, Cyndi Stivers, the site’s editor-in-chief, is out. Stivers joined AOL a mere eight months ago, when she departed Columbia Journalism Review.

The news of Stivers being let go comes one day after AOL dropped 20 staffers, mostly from the editorial side of AOL.com’s homepage.

When Stivers was hired in May, Chris Grosso, senior VP and general manager of AOL Homepages, wrote, “As we evolve AOL.com as a content destination, we will look to Cyndi to ensure the site showcases the most compelling stories relevant to our viewers and drive a distinctive editorial voice.”

We guess AOL will be looking to someone else to accomplish that goal from now on.

Morning Media Newsfeed: Mandela Dies | AOL Lays Off 20 | Rolling Stone Expands

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Nelson Mandela Dies at 95
(TVNewser)
Anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela, the first black president of South Africa, has died at the age of 95. His death was announced by Jacob Zuma, the current president of South Africa. NBC News and CBS both produced special reports beginning at 4:45 p.m. ET, with Brian Williams anchoring on NBC and Scott Pelley anchoring on CBS. David Muir anchored a special report on ABC News at 4:46 p.m. ET. On the cable networks, CNN joined Zuma’s press conference at 4:44 p.m. ET. MSNBC began broadcasting NBC News’ special report at 4:45 p.m. ET, and Fox News joined Zuma’s press conference at 4:46 p.m. ET. Variety The news cablers went into wall-to-wall coverage mode. CNN bumped the planned premiere of its documentary An Unreal Dream: The Michael Morton Story for a primetime block anchored by Anderson Cooper. CNN also has correspondent Robyn Curnow on the ground in Johannesburg. Poynter / MediaWire The Associated Press sent a “flash” alert to members Thursday about Mandela’s death. Such alerts are used “on the rare occasion when an APNewsAlert represents a transcendent development — one likely to be a top story of the year,” the AP Stylebook says. THR The death of Mandela dominated headlines on newspapers and newscasts around the globe Friday as the world mourned one of the history’s greatest freedom fighters and statesmen. UN secretary general Ban Ki Moon honored Mandela as a “giant for justice,” German chancellor Angela Merkel called him a “shining example,” while Indian media compared the late South African leader to Mahatma Gandhi. HuffPost Reporters swarmed Mandela’s home before Zuma’s announcement, according to ITV’s Rohit Kachroo. Lydia Polgreen, the New York Times‘ Johannesburg bureau chief, tweeted that “news broadcasters are deeply emotional, holding back tears as they speak about Mandela’s death.” National Journal The New Yorker, like the vast majority of global media outlets, was ready for Mandela’s death Thursday night. And they prepared a powerful cover tribute to the late South African president. The cover, which will appear next week, is titled “Madiba” and was drawn by Kadir Nelson. Nelson is also the author of a children’s book about Mandela. GalleyCat The activist and world leader was an inspired writer and the author of dozens of books.

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AOL Cuts 20

AOL hired one, but cut 20. On the heels of the company hiring Brian Balthazar away from HGTV, Capital New York reports that AOL has cut about 20 staffers, mostly from the editorial side of AOL.com’s homepage.

AOL, of course, doesn’t comment on dropping people because it’s not exactly a fun thing to talk about. Instead, it issued this statement to Capital:

We are working hard to make sure AOL.com remains a valuable and meaningful product for its millions of daily viewers. It will continue to evolve in 2014 – showcasing stories from our brands and partners that inform people as their day unfolds.

Brian Balthazar Joins AOL as Exec Producer and Head of Programming

Brian Balthazar is joining AOL as executive producer and head of programming for AOL.com. Balthazar comes to AOL from HGTV, where he served as director of original programming and development. He had been with HGTV since 2008.

Prior to his time at HGTV, Balthazar worked at NBC, where he developed the fourth hour of the Today show.

“Brian’s experience is unparalleled and unique – he has original TV programming expertise as well as a world-class production background,” wrote Maureen Sullivansenior VP of brand, marketing and communications, president of AOL.com and lifestyle brands, in an announcement. “He will play a leading role in the future of AOL.com as we program a loved and engaging destination for our loyal viewers.”

Balthazar will join AOL in January.

CJR Finds Its New EIC

LizSpaydTwitterProfilePicJoe Pompeo has the scoop on an important succession.

Liz Spayd (pictured), formerly at The Washington Post, is replacing Cyndi Stivers as editor-in-chief of the Columbia Journalism Review. Stivers left in the spring to become EIC of AOL.com. From Pompeo’s item:

“We’re very excited about Liz’s arrival and have high hopes that she will lead CJR into a new era of influence and digital adaptation,” Columbia Journalism School Dean Steve Coll, himself a Post veteran, wrote in a Thursday morning internal announcement obtained by Capital New York.

According to Pompeo’s previous reporting, Spayd beat out former Roling Stone executive editor Eric Bates. Read the rest of his item here.

[Photo courtesy: @spaydl]

Morning Media Newsfeed: Tribune Co Cuts 700 | NYT‘s D.C. Staff Shakeup | AOL Kills Winamp

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Tribune Co. Reorganizes Publishing Unit, Cutting Nearly 700 Jobs (Chicago Tribune)
Tribune Co. announced a restructuring of its publishing business Wednesday to focus on its digital efforts and streamline operations, resulting in nearly 700 job losses across the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times and six other daily newspapers. TVSpy The layoffs, which did not affect the company’s television stations, come at the end of an eventful year for Tribune. The company emerged from bankruptcy in January with a plan to shift focus to its television stations, naming television executive Liguori CEO just weeks later. LA Times / Money & Co The reorganization is “not by any means a Hail Mary pass,” the company’s president and CEO, Robert Liguori, said, stressing that the newspapers are profitable. NYT The cuts, which represent about 6 percent of the company’s 11,000 employees, will affect mostly its business side. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media “Unfortunately, organizing around functional lines rather than maintain what we’re doing locally, there is going to be some staff reductions,” said Liguori. “We are not going to be reducing any of our frontline reporters. Over time there will be some small reductions on the editorial side, but we want to maintain our best-in-class local journalism.” Poynter / MediaWire In its most recent financial report, Tribune noted it had eliminated 360 positions in 2013 across the company, which also has a broadcasting division. The reductions came “primarily in publishing,” the company said. NY Post “The move anticipates a tough 2014,” said Ken Doctor, an analyst and founder of Newsonomics. “Tribune is battening down the hatches, looking at another, similar high single-digit decline in print ads. Massive cutting is the only way to preserve meager profit.”

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AOL Revenues Increase, Profits Plummet

AOL logo GAOL reported its third quarter earnings today. The good news is that revenue increased by six percent, from $532 million last year to $561 million this year. The bad news is that profits dropped 90 percent, to only $2 million.

The decline in net income was mostly due to Patch, AOL’s hyperlocal news sites that never quite panned out. AOL reported a $19 million pretax restructuring cost and a $25 million impairment charge, both related to Patch.

At some point, you would think AOL would stop the Patch experiment. The company regularly cuts employees and even shutters sites, yet Patch continues to be deadweight.

Tim Armstrong, AOL’s CEO, is either much smarter than everyone realizes, or much more naive. He claims that Patch will be profitable by the end of the year. Somehow, we just don’t see that happening.

Business Insider Welcomes Four New Media Figures to the ‘Silicon Alley 100′

The website’s annual “Silicon Alley 100″ list is set to post Thursday at 8 a.m. However, to whet everyone’s appetite, the BI folks were kind enough to give FishbowlNY an advance peek at the media folks represented.

BusinessInsiderLogoNew to the list:

Eli Pariser, Peter Koechley / Upworthy
Rich Antoniello / Complex Media
Bryan Goldberg /  Bustle

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EW Welcomes New Associate Publisher, Marketing

AnnetteGalloHeadshotAnnette Gallo starts today, replacing Jackie Cuddeback, who was named associate publisher, marketing for sister publication People.

After earning a BFA in Photography from the Savannah College of Art and Design and attending Tufts University as an MFA candidate in Studio Arts, Gallo first made her mark at CondéNet. As director of ceative services, she worked mainly on branded campaigns for style.com, vogue.com and men.style.com.

Then it was on to AOL, where her titles included global sales development director and head of editorial partnerships for the Women and Lifestyle brands. Gallo was instrumentally involved in heidiklum.aol.com, Gail Simmons sponsored by Kraft, GMC Trade Secrets with Tyler Florence and a site for one of Mark Burnett’s many productions.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Greenwald Moves On | Huffington’s Payout | Vox Raises $34 Million


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Glenn Greenwald Will Leave The Guardian to Create New News Organization (BuzzFeed)
Glenn Greenwald, the lawyer and blogger who brought The Guardian the biggest scoop of the decade, is departing the London-based news organization, for a brand-new, large-scale, broadly focused media outlet, he told BuzzFeed Tuesday. Greenwald, 46, published revelations from former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden about the extent of American and British domestic spying and about officials’ deception about its scope. NYT In a statement on his website, Greenwald did not say where he was going. “I was presented with a once-in-a-career dream journalistic opportunity that no journalist could possibly decline,” Greenwald wrote on his blog Tuesday evening. The Washington Post / Erik Wemple Greenwald was careful not to divulge any telltale details about the organization, saying only that it would have outposts in New York, Washington and San Francisco. As to its headquarters, we asked Greenwald whether any consideration had been given to locating it outside of the United States, given the legal sensitivity of the reporting he has done in recent months. He declined to answer, but noted that it’s an “important and good question.” Reuters Two sources familiar with the new venture said the financial backer was eBay founder Pierre Omidyar. It was not immediately clear if he was the only backer or if there were other partners. Omidyar could not immediately be reached for comment. Omidyar, who is chairman of the board at eBay Inc but is not involved in day-to-day operations at the company, has numerous philanthropic, business and political interests, mainly through an investment entity called the Omidyar Network. FishbowlNY BuzzFeed reporter Ben Smith’s exclusive ends with this tantalizing sentence from Greenwald: “When people hear what it is, there is almost no journalist who would say no to it.” The departing Guardian star also says that a “fair number” of people have been hired already.

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