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Morning Media Newsfeed: NYT Sued | Layoffs at AJAM | Turner’s Koonin Exits for NBA

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Texas Monthly Sues Times Co. Over New Hire (NYT)
The publisher of Texas Monthly filed a lawsuit on Friday against The New York Times Company related to the Times’ hiring of the magazine’s departing editor-in-chief, Jake Silverstein. FishbowlNY Emmis Publishing is claiming that the Times influenced Silverstein into breaching his contract. The lawsuit states that Silverstein’s contract expires in February of next year. NY Post The six-page Texas state court action alleges that Times executive editor Jill Abramson started recruiting Silverstein in December 2012 — a full year before then-magazine editor Hugo Lindgren was ousted. Greg Loewen, president of Emmis, said the company has been “damaged by the Times and expects to be compensated.” Capital New York The suit, which seeks damages between $200,000 and $1 million, names only the Times, not Silverstein, as previously reported. Loewen said the company never intended to stand in the way of Silverstein’s pursuit of the Times Magazine editorship. Loewen said that after Silverstein told his employer last month that he was being considered for the job, Emmis notified the Times that they would have to reach a settlement on the termination of his contract with Emmis to account for the costs associated with finding Silverstein’s replacement, as well as the damage of losing a star editor. New York Magazine / Daily Intelligencer In a statement, Emmis said, “No such agreement was reached and, to date, the Times has refused to even participate in settlement discussions despite numerous attempts” by Emmis to do so.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: AP Journalists Shot | Schultz’s Legal Woes | Blade Sues U.S. Gov’t

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AP Photographer Killed, Reporter Wounded in Afghanistan (The Associated Press)
An Afghan police commander opened fire Friday on two Associated Press journalists, killing Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Anja Niedringhaus and wounding veteran correspondent Kathy Gannon — the first known case of a security insider attacking journalists in Afghanistan. FishbowlNY Niedringhaus and Gannon were covering the nation’s election when a policeman opened fire on their vehicle. Niedringhaus was killed instantly and Gannon was shot twice and later underwent surgery. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Niedringhaus and Gannon were traveling in a convoy of election workers delivering ballots from the center of Khost city to the outskirts, in Tani district, protected by the Afghan National Army and Afghan police. As they were sitting in the car waiting for the convoy to move, a unit commander named Naqibullah walked up to the car, yelled “Allahu Akbar” — God is Great — and opened fire on them in the back seat with his AK-47. He then surrendered to the other police and was arrested. BBC News The attack came as Afghanistan intensified security ahead of presidential elections on Saturday, in response to threats of violence by the Taliban. The new president will succeed Hamid Karzai, who has been in power since the 2001 fall of the Taliban but is constitutionally barred from seeking a third consecutive term. The run-up to this historic election had already been the bloodiest, and fears of electoral fraud are pronounced. NYT Niedringhaus, a German citizen who was based in Geneva, first came to Afghanistan after joining the AP in 2002, and she quickly formed a partnership with Gannon. They were among a band of female photographers and correspondents who persevered through many years of conflict in Iraq as well as in Afghanistan. In the process, they helped redefine traditional notions of war reporting. Even as they covered the battlefield, they also focused attention on the human impact of conflicts known for their random, unpredictable violence against civilians.

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Despite 3Q Losses, The New York Times Is Committed To Print

Business Insider’s Joe Pompeo is reporting that New York Times Co. CEO Janet Robinson dispelled any rumors of the Times putting a stop on their standard print operations and switching over to strictly digital distribution.  Robinson told analysts on a conference call this morning that the Times “will be printing newspapers for many years to come.”  

Robinson’s made her assurance in the wake of NYT‘s announcement of third quarter financial declines.  Circulation revenues are down nearly 5 percent while print ad revenues dropped by close to 6 percent.  Overall, the company reported a net loss of $4.3 million from July through September.

Robinson had an easier time shedding some positive light on the company’s online efforts as digital ad revenues increased 14.6 percent last quarter.  She discussed Press Engine, the Times‘s promising new app development program set to launch in the fourth quarter.  Press Engine is reportedly fetching a licensing fee upwards of $50,o00 from publishers.  Other digital initiatives that Robinson touched on were the growth of Times‘s business news blog, DealBook, last week’s release of the “full blown Times” iPad app, and the recent partnership with Nate Silver‘s FiveThirtyEight political stats and polling page. 

As for any specifics on the NYTimes.com paywall scheduled for January, Robinson had no updates:

“We plan to release details on price and gate placement closer to the launch,” she said.  “This first click free model will preserve NYTimes.com’s significant reach and ad inventory.”

New York Times Expands Education With Certificate Program

knowledge network.jpgAs media companies look for new ways to earn revenue, education offerings are an ideal way to earn extra cash while extending the brand in a meaningful way.

For two years, the New York Times Co. has operated The New York Times Knowledge Network, which offers adult and continuing education programs through online courses, individual programs and Webcasts. In the past, these courses were for non-credit only, but starting with this spring’s semester, the Knowledge Network is pairing with other institutions to offer certificate programs in everything from media journalism to law and paralegal studies. The programs vary in price — from $235 per course for the media program in conjunction with Ball State University to $1,950 per course for a five-course certification in entrepreneurship offered by Rosemont College.

Inside Higher Ed reports that the Times Co. will share revenue with its university partners, meaning these programs could end up being lucrative investments for the publisher, depending on how popular they become. And what do the students get in return? Certificates stamped by both the colleges and the Times, adding a little extra cachet to the resume.

Back in August, the Times Co. expanded its Knowledge Network with classes taught by Times columnists. We offered this up as another way the publisher was looking to earn extra revenue, but commenters believed it may have been just another way the Times tries to get involved with the community. What do you think of this latest venture?

Sign of the Times –Inside Higher Ed

The New York Times Knowledge Network’s Certificate Programs

Previously: NYT Columnists Prepare To Teach Classes

Stephanopoulos Offered “GMA” Anchor Spot|Town & Country Tries Something New|NYT Reporter Speaks Out On New WH Pool Members|Another Buyer For Worcester Paper|Boston Globe Union Ousts Prez

TVNewser: The Washington Post reports that George Stephanopoulos has been offered the co-anchor position on “Good Morning America” to replace Diane Sawyer as she leaves for “World News.”

WWD: In the midst of a recession that has hit the high-end advertising market pretty hard, luxury pub Town & Country has plans to make its content more “exuberant” and “provocative” (read: sexy). Sex sells, but will it help boost ad sales?

Politico: New York Times reporter Peter Baker criticized the addition of reporters from Talking Points Memo and The Huffington Post to the White House reporting pool. “This is really troubling,” Baker told Michael Calderone. “We’re blurring the line between news and punditry even further and opening ourselves to legitimate questions among readers about where the White House press corps gets its information.”

Worcester Telegram & Gazette: Billionaire Jeff Greene is making a bid for New York Times Co.-owned Worcester Telegram & Gazette. He’s now bidding for the Massachusetts paper against a local group led by Polar Beverages CEO Ralph D. Crowley Jr. and Harry T. Whitin, the recently retired editor of the T&G.

Boston Globe: Members of The Boston Globe‘s biggest union have ousted their president, Dan Totten, after finding him guilty of violating union bylaws during a two-day hearing.

Tribune Gets More Time|Hachette Moves|Forbes May Sell HQ For $55M|Two Memos|Daily Beast-ers “Happy As Clams”

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Los Angeles Times: Bankrupt Tribune Co. has been granted extra time to file its plan for reorganization.

New York Observer: Hachette Filipacchi is moving offices, from 1633 Broadway to smaller digs at the Time Life Building two blocks east.

New York Post: Forbes Media is still looking to sell its Fifth Ave HQ and may be close to a $55 million deal for the property that was first put on the market for $140 million in 2007.

Romanesko: Two memos: Gawker Media chief Nick Denton boasts about Web traffic while New York Times Co. Regional Media Group head Michael Golden informs staff that pay cuts made this year will remain in effect for 2010.

Reuters: IAC chief Barry Diller says the staff at The Daily Beast are “happy as clams.”

More Tribune Employees Join Chicago News Cooperative

295628-16100450.jpgBetween all the layoffs at Conde Nast and The New York Times, you’d think that a journalist who still has a job would hold tight for dear life. Well, as we learned last week with ex-Tribune Co. employees starting The Chicago News Cooperative and selling their content to Tribune competitor, New York Times Co., sometimes leaving a job can be good for your career.

Now James O’Shea‘s new project has attracted another Chicago Tribune writer, famed columnist David Greising, who will be leaving Sam Zell‘s publishing nightmare for more cooperative pastures.

Greising was the Tribune‘s chief business correspondent, so it’s hard not to take his departure as a microcosm of Tribune Co.’s quickly decaying structure. Greising will be joining former Tribune managing editor James Warren and former Tribune editor Ann Marie Lipinski.

Tribune’s Greising Joins O’Shea’s Chicago News CooperativeCrain’s Chicago Business

Earlier: Jim O’Shea Explains The Chicago News Cooperative

Talking Times Layoffs And The Yes Men On The Menu

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What does it mean for the industry when a media company like the New York Times Co. announces that 100 people must be cut from the newsroom?

That question led today’s mediabistro.com Morning Media Menu podcast, hosted by AgencySpy editor Matt Van Hoven and TVNewser‘s Kevin Allocca, who welcomed FishbowlNY editor Amanda Ernst to discuss the New York Times‘s announcement of layoffs yesterday.

Amanda reminded listeners that the Times laid off 100 people in 2008 through the same voluntary buyout process. “When companies make layoff announcements like this, they kind of couch it,” she said. “They give you a number and you don’t know really know what’s going to happen. And you kind of just have to wait and see.”

Kevin dug up some statistics about the Times: the paper had a little over 1,300 newsroom staffers before the last round of cuts, and now they have around 1,250. But no other U.S. newspaper has more than 750 staffers. Overall, it’s been estimated that 14,000 newspaper staffers have lost their jobs this year.

Also discussed: the Yes Men’s recent hoax involving the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

You can listen to all the past podcasts at BlogTalkRadio.com/mediabistro and call in at 646-929-0321.

Meghan McCain|Publicist Poll|Dubow Returns To Gannett|Robinson Visits Boston|NBCU Improves Earnings

WebNewser: Meghan McCain fights back against comments about her breasts in a Twitter pic with a column on The Daily Beast.

PRNewser: Interesting poll: Which Tactic Did You Employ the Last Time You Released Big News? 48 percent say “Posted on a wire and pitched the release.”

The New York Times: Craig Dubow has returned to lead Gannett, after taking a four-month break following back surgery.

Boston Globe: New York Times Co. CEO Janet Robinson visited Boston yesterday, thanking employees of The Boston Globe for helping to improve the financial status of the paper, making it possible for the company to maintain ownership of it.

All Things Digital: NBC Universal showed some improvement over previous quarters when owner General Electric reported its third quarter results earlier today. This should make Comcast investors happy.

NYT Scraps Plans To Sell Boston Globe

boston-globe-logo.jpgYesterday afternoon, The Boston Globe staff received a memo from the paper’s owner The New York Times Co.‘s chairman Arthur Sulzberger Jr. and CEO Janet Robinson informing them that the company no longer planned to sell the Boston paper.

The memo, which the Globe posted on its Web site Boston.com, read in part:

“The Globe has significantly improved its financial footing by following the strategic plan it set out at the beginning of this year. All along, we explicitly recognized that a careful restructuring of the Globe was one possible route and, thanks to your hard work, that is precisely what has been done.”

Robinson will be visiting Boston for a townhall meeting today at 11 a.m., the memo added. We hope she will address the Globe‘s employees’ previous concerns about layoffs and other cost-cutting measures.

Meanwhile, the Times Co. is still seeking “strategic alternatives” for its other Massachusetts paper, The Worcester Telegram & Gazette. The memo and this SEC filing both emphasize that those negotiations will be wrapped up soon.

Meanwhile, the Globe‘s largest union, which first rejected the Times Co.’s proposed contract changes earlier this year, has taken action against its president Dan Totten, accusing him of misappropriation of funds. We’re interested to see how the union’s challenges will affect the representation of employees as the paper moves forward under Times Co. management.

Either way, the Times Co.’s announcement was a cause for celebration today in Boston. Case in point: the Globe‘s story about the decision today was entitled, “Sighs of relief heard as the Globe saga subsides.”

Related: Sulzberger, Robinson Explain Why Readers Embrace Print

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