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Morning Media Newsfeed: Fager to Step Down, Return to 60 Minutes | WaPo, Kindle Partner Up

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Jeff Fager Stepping Down as Chairman of CBS News, Returns Full Time to 60 Minutes (TVNewser)
Jeff Fager is leaving his role as chairman of CBS News and turning his “full attention” to 60 Minutes. FishbowlDC Fager served as CBS News’ chairman for four years, and had worked as the executive producer of 60 Minutes for seven years before that. THR / The Live Feed Fager has also extended his current contract as executive producer through 2019. As for a replacement, president David Rhodes now assumes sole leadership of CBS News. Fager assumed the role of chairman at a pivotal time for CBS, on the eve of Katie Couric’s exit from the CBS Evening News. June of 2011 saw current anchor, and longtime 60 Minutes correspondent, Scott Pelley, assume the role of lead anchor for the nightly news telecast. NYT CBS cast the moves as an orderly transition that was set in motion four years ago when Leslie Moonves, the CBS chief executive, asked Fager to take over supervision of the news division while remaining as executive producer of 60 Minutes. In his own memo, Fager said of Rhodes, “I hired him almost four years ago with this moment in mind, and he has exceeded all expectations.” Capital New York Fager’s dual roles as chairman of CBS News and E.P. of 60 Minutes did lead to some controversy. Last year, a flawed report about the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya led to an internal investigation and the suspension of Lara Logan, who has since returned to the network.

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Jill Abramson/Steve Brill Start-up Might Include HuffPost

The news startup from Jill Abramson and Steve Brill might have a Huffington Post connection.

According to The New York Times, Abramson and Brill have discussed a potential deal with Arianna Huffington and AOL CEO Tim Armstrong, in which HuffPost would “host” the new site.

The TBD site from Abramson and Brill will be subscription-based (likely about $3 per month) and will feature one longform story each month. Abramson has said they hope to pay writers up to $100,000 for each piece. If so, support from HuffPost would be helpful.

As of now, the talks are still going. Brill told the Times “The discussions are fairly serious and reaching a decision point.”

Jill Abramson, Joanna Coles Added to Media Summit

Mashable’s upcoming Media Summit was already an exciting event for media nerds like us, but now it’s got us downright giddy. Okay, that’s a bit of a stretch. However, we now have a few more reasons to attend the event: former New York Times exec editor Jill Abramson, Cosmo editor Joanna Coles and Orange is The New Black author Piper Kerman.

All three women are now part of Mashable’s Media Summit, which will feature media types discussing the future of storytelling across all formats. More details are available here.

The Summit is December 5, at the Hudson Theater.

Jill Abramson Quotes F. Scott Fitzgerald

PhillipsExeterLogoThe list of famous authors who have attended Grade 9-12 New Hampshire institution Phillips Exeter Academy is long and impressive. It includes Peter Benchley, George Plimpton, Gore Vidal and Dan Brown.

However, when former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson spoke to current students there last Thursday at an event sponsored by student newspaper The Exonian, she decided to punctuate her remarks with the words of another name-brand author. From an item by Exeter Newsletter reporter Erik Hawkins:

Abramson closed her talk with praise for F. Scott Fitzgerald and his sense for detail and pacing that is necessary not only in great fiction, but in great journalism and quoting the final line of his landmark novel The Great Gatsby.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Condé Nast Moves to 1 WTC | Car Talk’s Tom Magliozzi Dies at 77

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Condé Nast Moves to 1 World Trade Center (FishbowlNY)
The first wave of Condé Nast staffers settled into their new digs at 1 World Trade Center Monday morning. THR Thirteen years after the 9/11 terrorist attack, the resurrected World Trade Center, a 104-story, $3.9 billion skyscraper that dominates the Manhattan skyline, is opening for business, marking an emotional milestone for both New Yorkers and the nation. The publishing giant becomes the first commercial tenant in America’s tallest building. Mashable The building is currently just 60 percent leased. About 170 employees of Condé Nast’s 3,400 workers moved into the skyscraper. The rest of the company, which signed a 25-year lease for 1 million square feet, will move there in 2015. New York Post The sparkling new building is the tallest in the Western Hemisphere. It had originally been slated to open in 2006, but cost overruns and political infighting led to delays. Other new tenants include the General Services Administration and the ad firm Kids Creative. NYT The workers that began Monday are what Condé Nast calls corporate employees, meaning that they do not work for any one of its magazines in particular. Some work in human relations, some in accounting. Glamour? It will come later, as will Vogue, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker and Condé Nast’s other magazines.

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Details on Jill Abramson/Steve Brill Venture

During an talk at the Journalism and Women Symposium’s annual Conference and Mentoring Project, Jill Abramson gave a few more details about her startup with Steve Brill. According to Poynter, the news venture will produce one feature a month, paying writers up to $100,000 to do so.

Abramson said the articles — described as “one perfect whale of a story” — will be longer than a typical magazine piece, but shorter than a book. The content will be available to readers via a subscription.

Abramson wouldn’t identify who is investing in the project, and admitted Brill and her didn’t have a name for it yet. But we’re sure that’s enough details to get writers who are looking for work thinking.

Morning Media Newsfeed: Ben Bradlee Dies at 93 | Pew Finds Partisan News Consumption

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Former Washington Post Editor Ben Bradlee Dies at 93 (FishbowlDC)
Former editor of The Washington Post Ben Bradlee died Tuesday of natural causes at the age of 93 at his home in Washington. Bradley served as executive editor of The Washington Post from 1968-1991, a time that included the resignation of President Richard Nixon and the Watergate scandal. The Washington Post Bradlee’s most important decision, made with publisher Katharine Graham, the Post’s publisher, may have been to print stories based on the Pentagon Papers, a secret Pentagon history of the Vietnam War. The Post’s circulation nearly doubled while Bradlee was in charge of the newsroom — first as managing editor and then as executive editor — as did the size of its newsroom staff. NYT With full backing from Graham, Bradlee led the Post into the first rank of American newspapers, courting controversy and giving it standing as a thorn in the side of Washington officials. When government officials called to complain, Bradlee acted as a buffer between them and his staff. “Just get it right,” he would tell his reporters. Most of the time they did, but there were mistakes, one so big that the paper had to return a Pulitzer Prize. Boston Globe It was Bradlee who guided the Post through its coverage of the Watergate scandal — “the story of our generation,” he later called it, “the story that put us all on the map” — and his unwavering leadership was crucial to the success of the paper’s investigations during the nine months between the break-in at Democratic National Committee headquarters on June 17, 1972, and the sentencing of the Watergate burglars on March 23, 1973, a period during which the Post was far out in front of the rest of the media in covering the scandal and, as a result, dangerously exposed to criticism from the Nixon administration. Reuters Bradlee’s death at his Washington home of natural causes was announced by the Post, which reported late last month that he had begun hospice care after suffering from Alzheimer’s disease for several years.

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Jill Abramson Joining Steve Brill on Startup

Jill Abramson, the former New York Times executive editor who was fired last May, has finally shed some light on what her future holds. During WBUR event “Fast Forward,” Abramson said she’s teaming up with Steve Brill on a startup that “will be doing one big story a year.” She also noted that she’s currently pitching the startup to investors, who “sound very interested.”

The pairing would actually be a homecoming of sorts. Brill — who founded American Lawyer in 1979 — made Abramson one of his first hires. Brill’s most recent brush with notoriety came when he penned the massive “Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us” cover story for Time.

Abramson already has a teaching job at Harvard lined up. She also had stated that she’d “like to be working at the highest quality kind of magazine,” and if she and Brill are doing only one story per year, perhaps she still wants to do that.

We imagine more details about the duo’s project will emerge soon. We’ll keep you posted, because we’re just as interested as you are.

Morning Media Newsfeed: ISIS Posts Fourth Cantlie Video | Abramson Talks Risen, Rice

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ISIS Releases Fourth Video of Journalist John Cantlie, ‘Eagerly Awaits’ Ground War (HuffPost)
Islamic State militants have released a new video featuring British freelance journalist John Cantlie — the fourth since Cantlie was taken hostage nearly two years ago. The Guardian Cantlie, who has been held for almost two years, said ISIS was “dug in for the fight” in a seven-minute video that emerged on Sunday. Appearing to offer a scripted argument, he said the western public is being rushed into a war it cannot win, against thousands of armed militants. The Independent Cantlie also appeared in an online article calling for the British government to “open a channel and negotiate” with ISIS. It appeared hours after the British Ministry of Defence confirmed that a “specialist” team of British soldiers would head to northern Iraq to help train Kurdish forces fighting the Islamic militant group. The article was published in the ISIS online magazine Dabiq. WSJ The U.K. government said Monday that it was analyzing the article purportedly by Cantlie in which he says he awaits his turn to be executed by the extremist group unless British and American governments negotiate. The writer who identifies himself as Cantlie criticizes the West for not negotiating with ISIS when others have. “For now, I am still alive, but at some point in the near future, the mujahedeen will surely run out of patience. Just ask our government to talk. That’s all,” the article in question read. New York Daily News The British war photographer was captured in Syria along with James Foley in November 2012. Foley, an American war correspondent, was beheaded in August. The following month ISIS released a video of Cantlie criticizing American and British foreign policy, saying he’d been “abandoned” by his government.

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Journalists React to Dean Baquet Comments About Twitter

As always, Dean Baquet‘s expressed views about Twitter and his admission that he should probably be using the platform more is a great jumping-off point for discussion and debate. At press time, the New York Times executive editor hasn’t tweeted in four months.

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Among the most intriguing first-wave of responses to Baquet’s emailed comments shared at the Steve Buttry blog end are these thoughts from journalist Alexander Howard:

As it happens, the ["brotherhood"] metaphor Baquet chose is one I know well. Back in 2009, when I met Arianna Huffington for the first time, she asked me to write up our conversation for her site. So, I did. Its title? “Is Journalism Going Through Its Own Reformation?

Maybe I’ve misread the criticism of Baquet that I’ve seen elsewhere, but my view is exactly the opposite: the smartest young journalists coming up and the Generation X-ers (ahem) that preceded them, along with their wise elders, understand at a visceral level that social media, online video and Smartphones have shifted how news gathering works, democratizing publishing to all and enabling any connected person to report and commit acts of journalism.

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