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Morning Media Newsfeed: Freedom Shutters LA Register | ISIS Releases Journalist Video

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Layoffs Hit Freedom Communications as It Ceases Publication of LA Register (LA Times)
Layoffs hit the Orange County Register on Tuesday after owner Freedom Communications ceased publication of its Los Angeles daily five months after it debuted. TheWrap A spokesperson for the LA Register said that 29 newsroom positions have been eliminated as a result of the paper’s shutdown. An unspecified number of employees will be transferred to the Orange County Register. WSJ / CMO Today The owner of Freedom Communications Inc., Aaron Kushner, who turned heads last year when he announced he was launching the daily newspaper, admitted Tuesday that the move was a failure. “As strong a newspaper as our team produced, our business model is a virtuous circle,” Kushner said in a statement. “If the support is not at a level that matches our investment, we have to adapt and make adjustments as we’ve done today.” HuffPost / AP Freedom said it will focus on markets in Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties. It owns the Riverside Press-Enterprise, which it bought in November for more than $27 million. NYT The LA Register ceased publication with its Monday issue. Monday evening, Kushner sent a memo to his employees announcing the news. An article about the shutdown ran on the newspaper’s front page.

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Mashable Firms Up European Bureau

The second largest city and country audience for Mashable after the U.S. is – somewhat logically – London and the UK. Today, the site formalized its imminent expansion plans into the British realm.

BlathnaidHealyTwitterProfilePicWhen the London office opens next month, at the HMS helm will be editor Blathnaid Healy (pictured), deputy editor Tim Chester and advertising director Ben Maher. From today’s announcement:

“The launch of editorial operations in London is a big moment for Mashable,” said Jim Roberts, chief content officer and executive editor of Mashable. “With Blathnaid and Tim leading the way, we can create for the UK audience a custom version of Mashable’s unique coverage of global news, technology reports and the latest on digital culture.”

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Murray Named Fortune Editor | Gunshots Fired at AJ Bureau

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Alan Murray Named Editor of Fortune (FishbowlNY)
Alan Murray has been named the new editor of Fortune. He will be just the 17th editor of the glossy, which was founded in 1930 by the legendary Henry Luce. TVNewser Murray joins the Time Inc. publication following a short stint as president of the Pew Research Center. Murray was CNBC’s Washington bureau chief from 2002 to 2005, where he co-hosted Capital Report With Alan Murray And Gloria Borger. Borger is now with CNN. FishbowlDC Murray joined Pew as president in November 2012. In addition to WSJ bureau chief, he served as deputy managing editor and executive editor of online for the Wall Street Journal. Capital New York Murray replaces longtime Fortune editor Andy Serwer, who is leaving Time Inc. after 29 years. Serwer spent eight years running Fortune, which is one of the company’s most prominent brands along with Time, Sports Illustrated, People and Entertainment Weekly. HuffPost Murray will remain at Pew until Aug. 1. He said that Jim McMillan, general counsel and corporate secretary at the Pew Charitable Trusts, will then take over as “acting president” while the company searches for a new leader.

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Mashable, Parade Add to Teams

A couple Revolving Door items for you this afternoon, involving Mashable and Parade Media. Details are below.

  • Mashable has added Rebecca Ruiz as a features writer. Ruiz has served as a contributor for Al Jazeera America, The Atlantic, Slate, The Verge, and MSNBC.com and more. She joins Mashable July 14.
  • Janet Haire has been hired by Parade Media to manage all ad sales in its Northwestern region. Haire — who most recently was founder of Haire Business Solutions — was a 20 year veteran of Time Inc., having served as integrated sales manager at Time and West Coast manager for Life.

Gawker Media ‘Kegerator’ Has Its Own Website

JoyrideKegeratorThere’s an interesting factoid in the latest bit of press for Queens-based and now bi-coastal company Joyride Coffee Distributors. According to freelance Post contributor Maridel Reyes, employees at one NYC media company have the option of making sure – before they get out of their chair – that a trip to the iced cofee “kegerator” will be worth the walk:

Joyride’s first kegerator was installed at Gawker last May — and the media company’s kept it ever since. It even maintains a website where workers can check if the keg is empty or not.

The list of media companies running on Joyride coffee is long and impressive. Besides Gawker, their product adorns the offices of Twitter, BuzzFeed and Mashable.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Pakistan Suspends News Channel | Watterson Returns

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Pakistan Suspends License of Leading News Channel (NYT)
The Pakistani government on Friday suspended the broadcasting license of Geo News, a popular television channel, in a major escalation of Geo’s dispute with the country’s powerful Inter-Services Intelligence spy agency. WSJ Pakistan’s media regulator said it would temporarily take off the air the country’s largest news channel after it aired allegations that the spy agency was behind the shooting in April of the channel’s star anchor. Bloomberg The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority ordered the closure of Geo for two weeks and imposed a 10 million rupee fine, according to a statement. “The authority further decided that in case of repeated violation by the said licensee, proceedings for the revocation of the license shall be initiated,” according to the statement. Al Jazeera Geo stayed on the air for a few hours and reported the news of its own license being pulled along with a graphic showing the Geo News logo wrapped in chains before the signal was cut. Rights group Amnesty International described the ban as a “politically motivated attack on freedom of expression and the media.” BBC News Geo argues that it has already publicly apologized to the ISI for its coverage in the aftermath of the shooting of Hamid Mir, one of Pakistan’s best known TV presenters. He was hit six times in the abdomen and legs after his car was fired on by men on motorbikes as he was leaving Karachi airport on April 19. It remains unclear who fired the shots and no group has said it carried out the attack. In May, a group of PEMRA board members had tried to suspend Geo TV’s license on the same issue, but that decision was quickly “disowned” by the regulatory body.

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Mashable Expands to Australia

Mashable logo GMashable is growing down under. The tech/social media site is expanding its operations to Australia. The new offering will be led by Jenni Ryall, who most recently served as News.com.au’s multimedia editor.

According to an announcement, Ryall will “produce visual, sharable and newsworthy content that informs and entertains Mashable’s already robust audience in Australia.”

“Over the years, Mashable has built a sizeable audience of highly engaged, connected readers in Australia,’ said Jim Roberts, Mashable’s chief content officer and executive editor, said in a statement. “Under Jenni’s leadership, we will expand our footprint into this fast-growing market. And with her skills, experience and insight, we are confident she’ll make a significant impact on Mashable’s global brand.”

Meme Talent Manager Has a Lot to Be Happy About

BenLashesTwitterProfileWe’re pretty sure that of all our current Twitter friends, Ben Lashes possesses the most unusual media career logline. We found it not on his profile page but rather via an entertaining item Down Under:

Grumpy Cat isn’t Mr. Lashes’ only famous client. He also represents Keyboard Cat, Nyan Cat (the rainbow pop tart cartoon cat), Mike Tyson’s face tattoo and Ridiculously Photogenic Guy.

Lashes’ job title isn’t exactly run of the mill either: meme talent manager. We can only imagine how many women have rolled their eyes in bars, conferences and elsewhere when Lashes has presented himself to them as such.

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Laura Goldstein Joins Money, Mashable Adds Ad Director

A couple moves to note this morning, involving Money and Mashable. Details are below.

    • Laura Goldstein, the former managing editor of AOL Money & Finance and executive editor of This Old House, is joining Money as digital deputy editor. Goldstein has been freelancing since last year, with projects like developing Parade’s iPad app. Goldstein’s appointment is effective immediately.
    • Mashable has named Judah Wiedre its Los Angeles and Southern California advertising director. He comes to Mashable from Flavorpill Media, where for the past three years he served as VP of digital sales.

Correction (12:52 pm):
An earlier version of this post wrongly indicated that Goldstein was joining Time. She is joining Money.

Harry McCraken Leaves Time, Mashable Adds TV Writer

A couple revolving door items to note, involving Time and Mashable. Details below.

  • Harry McCracken is leaving Time next week. McCraken has served as an editor-at-large for Time since 2012. He is the founder of Technologizer and formerly served as editor of PC World. McCraken tweeted that he was “Going to go off in search of my next adventure.”

  • Sandra Gonzalez is joining Mashable as senior TV writer. Gonzalez comes to the site from Entertainment Weekly, where she has been for the past four years.

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