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CNN Lays Off More Than 40 Journalists (The Financial Times)
CNN has laid off more than 40 senior journalists in its newsgathering operation — including a pregnant producer who was two weeks away from giving birth to twins — as part of a reorganization of the business under Jeff Zucker. The lay-offs at CNN and HLN, its sister network, were concentrated in Washington, Atlanta and Los Angeles at the end of 2013. Poynter / MediaWire The cuts “coincide with changes to the network’s programming,” Matthew Garrahan reports in the Financial Times. Zucker “has hired new presenters and diversified CNN’s output, adding documentary and reality series to its traditional live news coverage.” TVNewser At the time of the layoffs — which number in the dozens — a source told TVNewser there would be no reduction in headcount in the cities most affected. Our source says changes in Los Angeles are related to a planned expansion of the entertainment unit. In recent weeks CNN has churned out entertainment-focused specials, including an hour on Amy Poehler and Tina Fey, and has increased awards season red carpet specials. The Guardian / Greenslade Blog CNN recently hit a 20-year low in prime time ratings in the U.S., attracting an average of just 78,000 viewers across the whole day and 98,000 in prime time. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Zucker recently announced plans to dedicate more of CNN’s air time to documentaries and unscripted reality series like Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown.

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Should You Write For Free? Journos Weigh In on the Thayer/Atlantic Kerfuffle

When freelance journalist Nate Thayer posted an email exchange he’d had with an editor at The Atlantic, who hoped to publish his work without compensation, he had no idea it would garner so much attention. The blog post has been viewed over 100,000 times, tweeted like mad, and has prompted a vigorous debate among journalism professionals.

Over at Reuters, Felix Salmon breaks down point-by-point where The Atlantic screwed up, while explaining why the magazine’s online freelance budget is so small as to be, at times, non-existent. It’s not that digital journalism doesn’t pay, he explains, it just rarely pays freelancers. If you want to make a living wage, you need a staff position.

Not everyone is against working for nothing. Matthew Yglesias of Slate calls it “an enormous boon to society” when people write online for free. Staffer-turned-freelancer Ann Friedman admits in her column at CJR that she occasionally writes for free, albeit only with good reasons. Those include establishing experience, raising her profile, or an opportunity to participate in something wonderful.

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Arianna Huffington Fires Back at Bill Keller

To quote kids these days: Oh, it’s on now.

Earlier FishbowlNY told you about the scathing Bill Keller piece on aggregation that attacked The Huffington Post and Arianna Huffington. He fired first, and now Huffington has shot right back. She starts with slamming the New York Times’ web traffic as it compares to the Huff Post, and gets stronger from there:

I wonder what site he’s been looking at. Not ours, as even a casual look at HuffPost will show. Even before we merged with AOL, HuffPost had 148 full-time editors, writers, and reporters engaged in the serious, old-fashioned work of traditional journalism. As long ago as 2009, Frank Rich praised the work of our reporters in his column. Paul Krugman more recently singled out the work of our lead finance writer.Columbia Journalism Review has credited our work for advancing the public’s understanding of the national foreclosure crisis, and a pair of our Washington reporters recently received a major journalism prize. Matthew Yglesias, Felix SalmonCatherine Rampell, are among the many others who have cited the work of our reporters. Did Keller not notice that?

And on the subject that prompted her reply – Keller’s assertion that she copied something he once told a panel – Huffington nails him with specific quotes, showing that he was the one who was actually quoting her.

If anyone can take on Keller it’s Huffington, and we’re glad she did.

Naomi Wolf on Porn and Sex–Four Years Later, Debate Rages

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Feministing is all a-blaze over a New York magazine story by Naomi Wolf about the allegedly insidious effects of porn on sex lives of real people.

Vanessa and the commentors are taking Wolf to task for her poorly researched piece. (0ne commenter, aka Stripper, notes a “factual error” in the first sentence.)

Matthew Yglesias, blogging at The Atlantic, jumps manfully into the fray and takes 117 comments with him.

Julian Sanchez, at Notes from the Lounge, likes this quote from Wolf:

In my gym, the 40-year-old women have adult pubic hair; the twentysomethings have all been trimmed and styled.

and attributes this styling gap to penetration vs. oral.

And at each site, someone points out that the piece was a story in October 2003. Why let a few years stand in the way of a good rant?

(Note to Stripper–did you read past the first sentence?)