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LeBronSI1) Sports Illustrated Sets Web Traffic Record with LeBron James Essay

2) LeBron James Announces Cleveland Return Via Sports Illustrated

3) Newspaper Reporter Listed as ‘Endangered Job’

4) David Plotz Resigns as Editor of Slate

5) Oprah Will Send You a Birthday Card for $200

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Morning Media Newsfeed: World Cup Sets Ratings Records | Plotz Resigns From Slate

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World Cup Shatters Facebook Engagement Records (LostRemote)
The World Cup set single-event Facebook engagement records within the tournament’s first week. Now, with the tournament over, it is official: the 2014 World Cup is the most talked-about event in Facebook history. From June 12-July 13, 350 million people generated 3 billion World Cup-related interactions. AllFacebook These numbers make the 2014 World Cup the most-talked-about sporting event in the social network’s history. The tournament’s final match, which resulted in 280 million interactions from 88 million users, was the top sporting event in Facebook’s history. Capital New York All told, 26.5 million people watched the match Sunday via either ABC or Univision, making it the most-watched men’s World Cup final ever. ABC drew an average of 17.3 million viewers according to Nielsen Fast National ratings, the best numbers ever for a World Cup final, and the third best for any World Cup game. The two games that beat it were U.S.-Portugal from earlier in this year’s tournament (18.2 million viewers), and the 1999 Women’s final between the U.S. and China (17.9 million viewers). Deadline Hollywood Both ABC/ESPN and Univision had their best World Cup ever this year, with ESPN/ABC up 39 percent in viewership over the 2010 World Cup and up 96 percent over the 2006 World Cup. Over the 64 games of this year’s tournament, Univision was up 34 percent from its total audience from 2010. Variety The combined 26.5 million for Germany’s 1-0 victory is a larger audience than the deciding game for the most recent World Series on Fox (19.2 million) and NBA Finals on ABC (18.0 million), and also tops the BCS Championship game in college football on ESPN in January (25.6 million).

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David Plotz Resigns as Editor of Slate

David Plotz, who has been with Slate since the site launched in 1996, is stepping aside. Plotz had served as Slate’s editor since 2008. In a note, Plotz said he’ll remain an editor-at-large and continue to contribute to Slate’s Political Gabfest.

“But today, after 18 of the happiest, most satisfying years any journalist could ever have, I am stepping down as Slate’s editor,” wrote Plotz. “I’m not leaving for any secret reason. Maybe it’s the rule of six: Mike [Kinsley] edited Slate for six years. Jacob [Weisberg] edited Slate for six years. I’ve been editing Slate for six years, and I’m ready to try something new.”

Julia Turner will succeed Plotz as Slate’s editor.

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Slate Launches Paid Membership Plan

Slate Plus, the paid membership from Slate, is officially live. The first thing you should know about Slate Plus is that it’s not a paywall. The site will remain completely free. You won’t be asked to pay up once you read a certain number of articles. Slate Plus is — like the name suggests — Slate, but with more.

Readers can pay $5 a month or $50 a year for Slate Plus, which offers ad-free podcasts, non-paginated articles, an improved commenting system, access to Slate events and more.

We think Slate Plus is a great idea. It’s not going to alienate anyone who normally would read the site, like paywalls sometimes do. Instead, Slate is simply taking advantage of those who are open to paying for an upgraded experience.

“Are we asking you for money? Yes! We’re asking Slate Plus members to pay us $5 a month or $50 a year to gain access to a richer, smoother Slate experience,” wrote Slate’s editor, David Plotz. “We at Slate have always prided ourselves in experimenting with new kinds of journalism. It’s been equally important to us to experiment with new business models for journalism.”

Interested in Slate Plus? You can try it free for 14 days.

Slate Introduces Paid Membership Plan

There’s paywalls and metered paywalls, and then there’s Slate Plus, the new membership plan from Slate. The New York Times reports that Slate readers can subscribe to the plan — which will give them special access to the site’s writers, ad-free podcasts, and admission to live events — for $5 a month or $50 a year.

Slate Plus is unique in that the entire website will remain free. It’s a smart idea because Slate is keeping casual readers’ attention, but tempting their most dedicated fans with a paid product.

David Plotz, Slate’s editor-in-chief, said Slate Plus was a natural move for the site. “Advertising remains central to our success, but we think we’d be better off if we were less dependent on it,” he told the Times. “We also think it’s important to give readers a stake in the journalism they value, which is why we’re asking them to pay for membership.”

Slate Plus launches tomorrow.

Jack Shafer Edits Wisely

Jack Shafer GJack Shafer is currently a columnist at Reuters, but years ago, he was the editor of Washington City Paper. According to David Plotz, Slate’s editor, Shafer was quite blunt when it came to revisions.

Plotz told Digiday the following:

When I got my first journalism job at the Washington City Paper in 1993, I was not a good reporter and I was not a good writer. I turned in a long feature about a neighborhood fight over a power plant to the editor, Jack Shafer. Jack looked at the story, then ran a global search-and-replace on the document, swapping out every single ‘is’ and ‘are’ with the word ‘fuck.’ He told me: Don’t come back until you have replaced every fuck with an active verb. That was great advice for a young writer and reporter, and it made for one aggro story.

Words — or, word — to live by.

Slate Gets a Redesign

If you visit Slate today, you’ll notice that the site has undergone a massive revamp. Slate has discarded its old look that featured a carousel of big stories for a slew of articles organized by sections and writers. On the right readers can find the most recently published pieces. Images are larger and Slate now uses responsive design.

One of the goals of the update was to clean everything up. “Over the years a website can become encrusted with gunk: Modules and widgets and text links and boxes wedge their way into every corner of the site,” explained Slate’s editor, David Plotz, in a note about the changes. “We wanted to start over and try a cleaner approach that would make a Slate page feel like a calm oasis in the helter-skelter of the Web.”

The thing is, this new Slate feels more cluttered than ever. There are more articles to identify when you go to the homepage, and we found the way things were organized to be confusing.

On the bright side, we do love the way articles look; that’s definitely an upgrade. The headline stands out more and the font is much easier on the eyes.

Overall though, Slate’s new look somehow leaves us underwhelmed and overwhelmed at the same time.

Slate to Stop Referring to Washington Redskins as ‘Redskins’

Any rational human realizes that the Washington Redskins’ nickname is racist. Even Redskins great Art Monk said it shouldn’t be used. However, Daniel Syder, the Redskins’ terrible owner and renowned idiot, has said he won’t get rid of the offensive word. Faced with this, Slate has decided to do it for him. Today will be the last day “Redskins” is published on the site.

In an essay, Slate’s publisher — David Plotz — writes about the decision to ban “Redskins:”

Changing how you talk changes how you think. The adoption of the term ‘African-American’—replacing ‘Negro’ and ‘colored’ —in the aftermath of the civil rights movement brought a welcome symmetry with Italian-Americans and Irish-Americans, groups defined by geographic origin rather than by race or color. Replacing ‘same-sex marriage’ with ‘marriage equality’ helped make gay marriage a universal cause rather than a special pleading. If Slate can do a small part to change the way people talk about the team, that will be enough.

While some will undoubtedly call this Slate being Slate (being contrarian for the sake of being contrarian) we applaud the move. Maybe one day Snyder will do the same, but we won’t be holding our breath.

How Slate First Came Up with the Idea of Aggregation

If you want someone to blame for aggregation, it might be Slate. As editor David Plotz has discussed in the past, Slate “actually pioneered” the aggregation type of web journalism with its Today’s Papers, which has since morphed into The Slatest. So this is all Slate’s fault! (Also, as FishbowlNY is itself an aggregation site, thank you!)

Plotz gives an interview to Columbia Journalism Review where he explains a bit about how the whole aggro-craze got started. Interesting fact: Slate’s first aggregator was almost the most successful traffic-driver in the business, Matt Drudge.

“Today’s Papers” started, I believe, a year after we launched, in 1997… We actually asked Matt Drudge to do it, but Drudge recommended Scott [Shuger]. But in fact, in our very first issue, the very first thing we did was, we had a column called “In Other Magazines,” which I wrote. That was an aggregation of what was in the main print magazines. The notion was, we would read Time and Newsweek and all the others so you wouldn’t have to bother…

So we were doing aggregation right from the very first day of Slate… But “Today’s Papers” became the most important and best version of that in the first years of Slate… It was never simply an act of finding the one story on the front page of the Times and summarizing it; it was about contrasting how news coverage was happening in different papers.

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Even Slate Editor David Plotz Thinks Aggregation Is “Important”

Slate editor David Plotz gave an in-depth interview to Sparksheet about how Slate manages to navigate its way through the seedy world of content farms, SEO, and aggregation, while remaining an “online magazine.”

We were intrigued by this, mostly because we are sort of curious as to what an “online magazine” really is, and what makes them better than mere websites or blogs. This is how Plotz defines them:

[T]here are magazines, such as Slate, that publish at a pace that makes them much more like daily newspapers, and there are websites like the Huffington Post, which occupy lots of different niches all at once…

Within that universe, Slate has certain distinguishing qualities that have to do with sensibility. It’s a place that aspires to do very intelligent, witty, important, and entertaining journalism about the news of the day. We’re not primarily a commodity news site…

Something about Plotz’s definition of an “online magazine,” apart from the rate of content it puts out, still suggests that the label has more to do with an assumption of quality rather than pure form.  After all, as addressed in the interview itself, Slate has “actually pioneered” the aggregation type of web journalism with its Today’s Papers, which has since morphed into The Slatest.

Plotz agrees that aggregation remains “important,” and “there’s a lot of stuff that Slate does that is built around aggregation and curation.”

Ah, curation. Another lofty new label. As far as we can tell, “curation” is to “aggregation” like “online magazine” is to “blog.”

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