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Morning Media Newsfeed: Net Neutrality Invalid | Poynter Losing Money | Forbes Moves to NJ

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Court Strikes Down FCC’s Net Neutrality Rules, Agency May Appeal (GigaOM)
An appeals court in Washington on Tuesday ruled that the FCC’s “net neutrality” rules, which prevent companies like Verizon from favoring some types of Internet traffic over others, are invalid. The 81-page ruling, which was decided by a 2-1 vote with one judge dissenting in part, has big implications for content providers, consumers and the future of the Internet. Bloomberg U.S. Circuit Judge David Tatel, writing for a three-judge panel, said that while the FCC has the power to regulate Verizon and other broadband companies, it chose the wrong legal framework for its open-Internet regulations. “Given that the commission has chosen to classify broadband providers in a manner that exempts them from treatment as common carriers, the Communications Act expressly prohibits the commission from nonetheless regulating them as such,” Tatel wrote. NYT Internet service providers are free to make deals with services like Netflix or Amazon, allowing those companies to pay to stream their products to online viewers through a faster, express lane on the Web, the judges ruled. Federal regulators had tried to prevent those deals, saying they would give large, rich companies an unfair edge in reaching consumers. But since the Internet is not considered a utility under federal law, the court said, it is not subject to regulations banning the arrangements. BuzzFeed For years, the net neutrality nightmare scenario was as follows: Carriers, such as Comcast, could charge different amounts for access to different tiers of the Internet. The basic tier might include email and basic browsing; the next could include Facebook and Twitter; the final tier could include Netflix, YouTube or Spotify. These tiers would be divided not by bandwidth or speed requirements, but by content type. The Internet would become a club with various VIP sections, arbitrarily laid out to benefit providers. Wired / Threat Level If the decision stands, broadband providers are likely to implement pay-to-play plans like the one AT&T announced last week — plans that many said violated, at a minimum, the spirit of net neutrality.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: HLN Axes Three Shows | Lopez Tweets Crisis | Outrage Over NBC Footage

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HLN Hit With Show Cancellations, Layoffs as Part of Brand Repositioning (TheWrap)
HLN has cancelled three shows as it prepares to unveil its new schedule and “re-position the brand,” the network announced on Monday. In the first major change in new channel head Albie Hecht’s reign, a memo obtained by TheWrap said an unspecified number of staffers will be laid off: “While change is necessary to evolve HLN, it is also difficult,” Hecht wrote. “A handful of our family members will be impacted by today’s news.” Those family members are the staffs of Raising America, Now in America and Evening Express, which have been cancelled. Capital New York An unspecified number of staffers for the channel in New York and its Atlanta headquarters are affected by the moves. “These changes serve as a principal step as we continue to re-position the brand,” Hecht wrote in an email to HLN staff obtained by Capital New York. TVNewser Beginning Nov. 18, the shows will be replaced by a four-hour block of News Now from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. ET, anchored by a rotation of Mike Galanos, Susan Hendricks, Christi Paul and Lynn Berry. Variety In the past, the network has moved from offering a digest of the day’s news under the name CNN Headline News to featuring personality-driven programming as well as intense coverage of buzzy legal cases winding through the courts.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Traveler Lays Off 17 | NJ Paper Avoids Shutdown | Tribune Co. to Cut $100M


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Traveler Layoffs Reach 17 as Condé Nast Title Adopts A Softer Focus (Capital New York)
Fourteen Condé Nast Traveler employees were laid off Wednesday, bringing the total number of staffers cut under new editor-in-chief Pilar Guzmán to 17, a source familiar with the matter told Capital. NY Post Guzmán is said to have handed walking papers to executive editor Kevin Doyle and senior editors Alison Humes and Dinda Elliott, the daughter of the late famed Newsweek editor Osborne Elliot. Guzmán, raided from Martha Stewart Living, where she was the editor-in-chief, started shaking things up within days of her arrival at Condé. WWD / Memo Pad Since its inception, Traveler’s commitment to serious travel journalism was embodied in the logo coined by founding editor Harry Evans, “Truth in Travel.” The layoffs suggest that credo may too be discarded, or at least, take on a whole new meaning. FishbowlNY Dropping Doyle, Humes and Elliott might help Guzmán shape Traveler to her liking, but anyone who has been following Condé drama lately knows that these moves must’ve been approved by Anna Wintour. Wintour has been overseeing more cuts than a Jo-Ann Fabric scrapbooking class. Bloomberg “This is part of a broader restructuring effort that will shift the focus on more of a lifestyle lens and the growing digital business,” said Sarina Sanandaji, a spokeswoman for the magazine. The magazine is likely to replace some of the positions, she said.

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Tailor Your Pitch to The Garden State

New Jersey MonthlyOpportunities for freelancers are plenty at New Jersey Monthly, where over 75 percent of the content is freelance written. Not only that, but you can snag $1 a word at the pub that provides “lifestyle information” to NJ residents. Of course, you don’t have to be from, or live in the state to land a byline. Just make sure your pitch is relevant to Garden State denizens.

New Jersey Monthly especially targets “mid- to upper-class residents throughout the state,” says editor-in-chief Ken Schlager. Thanks to this broad editorial focus, hardly any topics are off-limits.

Get more details on what Schlager is looking for in How To Pitch: New Jersey Monthly. [subscription required]

Star-Ledger Cuts Salaries, Benefits

star-ledger.jpgThe Star-Ledger, New Jersey’s largest paper, is no stranger to belt-tightening, but they’re going to take it one step further later this year. After asking 200 employees to take buyouts just a few months ago, the paper announced yesterday that it will now be reducing employee salaries and its payments for their health care benefits.

According to the AP, remaining Star-Ledger employees’ salaries will be reduced on a sliding scale starting July 1, with the first $40,000 reduced by 5% and the next $40,000 by 10%.

In addition to the salary cuts, the Star-Ledger will also no longer cover the full cost of its employees’ health care coverage, instead requiring them to pay 25% for their health care plan.

Earlier this year, remaining employees were told the paper would no longer contribute to their pension plan and were also asked to take a 10-day unpaid furlough in 2009. Still, given the current state of the newspaper industry these beleaguered staffers are probably grateful to still have jobs.

And if they’re not, they can always join their departed colleagues in their new local news online venture. If you’re a current or former Star-Ledgerreporter or editor, we want to hear from you. Email us or leave us a note in the comments below.