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Inc. Media Welcomes New Editor, Publisher

Inc. Media is into its fourth decade now. The company was founded in 1979 and acquired in 2005 by Mansueto Ventures, Inc. In addition to the monthly magazine, it currently counts an average of more than six million monthly unique visitors via Inc.com and The Build Network.

Portrait of Reuters staffer XXX, in New YorkToday is another sterling day for the brand. The company has announced James Ledbetter (pictured) as its new editor and John Donnelly as publisher. As part of these changes, Eric Schurenberg has moved over to the twin posts of president and editor-in-chief. From the announcement:

Most recently, Ledbetter spent more than three years at Thomson Reuters as its op-ed editor, working with notable names such as Lawrence Summers, Mohamed el-Erian, Steven Brill, Jack Shafer and Bethany McLean. He founded and ran Slate’s financial news site, The Big Money, from 2008 until 2010.

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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.

2012 Mirror Awards Finalists Announced

The S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications has unveiled the 2102 Mirror Awards finalists. Winners will be announced June 13, at an event hosted by Anderson Cooper.

Below is the complete list of finalists.

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The Best Reactions to The Latest News Corp. Scandal

In case you missed the big news yesterday, The Guardian broke a News Corp. scandal. According to the paper, the European edition of The Wall Street Journal had been funneling money through companies to secretly buy huge quantities of the paper at a discount, thus misleading readers and advertisers about the Journal’s circulation numbers.

Not good, right? Especially when the Journal’s parent, News Corp., is already dealing with the phone hacking incident. Even if this ends up being not as big of a deal as it seems, it’s still enough to make people — once again — question the company, and that’s never a good thing.

Here are a few other reactions to the scandal from the media world.

Jack Shafer thinks that the scandal could go away quickly, considering that the alleged advertiser friendly copy in the Journal was all in special sections:

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Reuters Has Opinions and Much More

The Reuters you know is changing. There has been a slow but noticeable march away from a wire news service to a more complete website over the past year. In July, Reuters’ website was revamped to appeal to a wider audience.  In May, the site hired its first Op-Ed Editor, James Ledbetter, and then just last week they grabbed the great Jack Shafer to pen opinion columns.

Today, Adweek caught up with Ledbetter, and he confirmed the move. “We really want to be a leader in the space of opinion and commentary, which has never really been an explicit goal for Reuters in the past,” said Ledbetter. He also stated that the hiring spree isn’t over either, and that the opinion section should mesh perfectly with the other content:

You don’t have to look very hard at the staffing levels of American newspapers to realize that places where you might have had local columnists or a local opinion staff commissioning pieces—in many places those jobs no longer exist. We think that there is a role within the traditional Reuters marketplace for opinion and commentary.

The shift to a more complete site is a good idea, but will it work? Reuters is certainly not the first place most people mention when discussing columnists or moving think pieces. Ledbetter thinks otherwise, and wisely will be leaning on the site’s ace in the hole. “If, six months from now, you haven’t read a Jack Shafer column, call me,” he added.

Jack Shafer is Heading to Reuters

Jack Shafer, everybody’s favorite media critic, has a new gig. According to Daily Intel, Shafer is going to Reuters, where he’ll cover media for the site’s opinion section. There aren’t many details as of now, but he will apparently be cranking out content a few times a week, like he did for Slate.

Congats to Reuters, grabbing Shafer is a huge score.

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Jack Shafer Conducting Live Chat Today

Jack Shafer, the last great media critic, is conducting a live chat at 12:30 today, over at Poynter. If you’re on Twitter, you can submit questions with the #Poynterchats hashtag, or you can simply head over there then and check it all out.

We’re sure Shafer will have some interesting things to say, as always. And if you happen to squeeze in any comments about how fantastic FishbowlNY is, that would okay with us.

Gawker Takes Stock of Media Critics, Proclaims LAT‘s Rainey ‘Not Memorable’

In the wake of Wednesday’s news that Poynter’s Jim Romenesko is semi-retiring and Slate’s Jack Shafer has been laid off, Gawker has declared this the twilight of media critics. They’ve compiled a list of those critics of note still standing, and it’s a short one, with David Carr of the New York Times at the top. The LA Times‘ media writer James Rainey was also named, though without much enthusiasm:

Rainey’s not a particularly memorable writer, but he does a fair job. He also has the West Coast pretty much to himself now.

Rainey, for whom FishbowlLA has considerably more affection, tweets in response:

It’s the little things…

Slate’s Jack Shafer Discusses Being Laid Off, Future Plans

Last night two big stories broke. One was that Steve Jobs was stepping down as CEO of Apple. The other, and the one much more important to those of us in the media world, was that Jack Shafer was laid off by Slate. It caught everyone by surprise because Shafer and his Press Box column are phenomenal, it seemed crazy that Slate would let someone like him go. But such is the life of journalists.

Because we’re big fans of Shafer, we thought we’d pass along the interview he did with Adweek last night. In true Shafer fashion, he was blunt, sarcastic and enjoyable. Below, a few choice quotes.

On why he was let go:
I’m not the only one who has been let go by Slate. Slate has expanded ambitiously, and right now it’s responding to the industry-wide recession in a sensible fashion by cutting some costs—and I’m one of those costs.

On where he’ll write next (he will still contribute to Slate):
I haven’t phoned-up Rupert Murdoch and asked him if he wants another columnist at the Wall Street Journal.”

On his writing style:
Let’s start some fights and see who wins.”

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