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David Ho on The Daily and Creating WSJ‘s iPad App

“Technology is easy. Journalism is hard,” says the Wall Street Journal‘s mobile and tablets editor David Ho. The Journal was one of the first major newspapers to develop an iPad app, the process of which was the toughest professional challenge Ho has undertaken. “It was more than a news-journalism-tech challenge. It felt like some crazy endurance race,” he said.

And, having gone through that process of creating a news app from scratch, Ho said he empathizes with the pressure his peers at News Corp.’s The Daily likely face.

“I think everyone involved in tablet and mobile news watches The Daily. It’s this bold experiment: a brand new news organization created from scratch. How often do you see that these days? The Daily pioneered a lot of ways to deliver news on tablets,” Ho said in Mediabistro’s latest So What Do You Do? interview.

“It does look like The Daily is trying to make their production process easier,” he continued. “They dropped their landscape view not long ago. That I get. Supporting two tablet rotations all the time is a lot of work. It’s tough to put out a tablet issue every day.”

Read more in So What Do You Do, David Ho, Mobile and Tablets Editor at The Wall Street Journal?

News Corp. Falls Out of Top 25 Media Earners List

According to a new study from SNL Kagan, News Corporation’s bottom line dropped so far in the second quarter that it’s no longer one of the top 25 media company earners. The company reported a net loss of $1.5 billion during 2Q, compared with a $683 million profit during 2Q of 2011.

In News Corp.’s number two spot is Reuters, with $935 million net profits. Disney once again topped all media companies, pulling in $2 billion.

The full list is available here.

Clean-Living James Murdoch to Run Fox Networks Group

James Murdoch hasn’t overseen a company that illegally hacked people’s phones for several months now, so of course he is getting a promotion. This is America, and that’s how we do things. Or at least that’s how the Murdoch’s do things. Get involved in a scandal? Get rewarded with a bigger job!

The Wall Street Journal reports that Murdoch — currently deputy chief operating officer of News Corp. — will oversee Fox Networks Group, which includes a slew of channels, including Fox, FX, and National Geographic. The only catch? Murdoch isn’t getting control of Fox News or Fox Business which will still be overseen by Roger Ailes.

We’re being serious when we say we can’t wait to see what Murdoch does with this new role.

News Corp. Wisely Adds Board Member with Ties to Phone Hacking

News Corporation, in what can only be described as a brilliant move, has added former Colombian President Alvaro Uribe to its board. What makes this such a wise choice? Uribe’s close allies were once accused of illegal wiretapping. A round of applause, please, for News Corp.

According to Bloomberg News, Uribe’s former chief of staff, Bernardo Moreno, was arrested on phone hacking charges last year and Uribe’s ex head of intelligence, Maria del Pilar Hurtado, escaped to Panama (with the help of Uribe) to avoid similar charges.

Adam Isacson, an expert on Colombia in the Washington Office on Latin America, told Bloomberg, “When people talk about the dark side of Uribe, this is one of the main scandals that sullied his reputation.”

Notice Isacson said “one of the main scandals,” as in Uribe has been involved in more unethical situations than just the wiretapping. Brovo News Corp!

News Corp. Either Loves Obama or Really Hates Romney

FishbowlNY has known for awhile now that Rupert Murdoch is no Mitt Romney fan. But perhaps we’ve underestimated just how much Murdoch dislikes the guy. According to The New York Times, Murdoch’s News Corporation has so far donated $58,825 to President Barack Obama’s campaign, but only $2,750 to Romney’s.

However, seeing as Murdoch tweeted that Paul Ryan was an “almost a perfect choice,” the money flow might shift in the few remaining days before the election.

If it does, we bet Romney gets jealous. “Oh sure, now that Perfect Paul is on board he wants to donate. What-ever. My hair is better.”

Jack Horner Leaves News Corporation for Warner Bros

Jack Horner, News Corporation’s vice president of corporate affairs and communications, is leaving the company.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Horner is headed to Warner Bros. to take on a “senior publicity” position.

Horner is expected to start at Warner Bros. in September.

News Corp. Posts $1.5 Billion Loss in 4Q

News Corp. reported a $1.6 billion loss in its fourth quarter earnings report this morning. The reason for the loss is that the phone hacking scandal and the overall decline of print forced the media behemoth to write down the value of its publishing side by $2.8 billion.

According to paidContent, News Corp.’s president and COO, Chase Carey, noted that the publishing ventures are in a transition mode as they’re prepared for the split from the company’s entertainment businesses.

“Publishing will continue to be mixed,” Carey admitted to Bloomberg News. “We certainly have initiatives to improve on execution, and we have an ongoing focus on being as efficient as we can be. There will be revenue growth.”

Rupert Murdoch Resigns from Several Boards

Rupert Murdoch has resigned from several British company boards, including the NI Group, the Times Newspaper Holdings, and Newscorp Investments. A News Corp. spokesperson said the resignations were “nothing more than a corporate housecleaning exercise,” but because those companies control UK’s The Sun, The Times and The Sunday Times, there is plenty of speculation of what this means.

The British, at least some of them, seemed pleased by Murdoch’s move. One analyst told The Telegraph, “James and Rupert have decided that they are not welcome in the UK, and they’re right.” But what about here in the states?

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Celebuzz EIC Dylan Howard Stands Up for Rupert Murdoch

Among celebrity news, Celebuzz strives to be the first to break a story, which is a lesson editor-in-chief Dylan Howard learned early in his career from Rubert Murdoch. In his So What Do You Do? interview, Howard discusses the influence Murdoch had on his career as a young journalist in Australia, and how he brought that style of news breaking to America.

“Regardless of what went wrong in the practice of journalism at the News of the World, Rupert Murdoch’s footprints are still all over journalism in Britain and Australia. He shaped a lot of journalists’ careers, including this one,” Howard said. “From the outset, it was drilled into this young journalist that, to sell newspapers, you need to break stories. Therefore, it became part of my DNA. With the exception of a handful of rogue Brits, the Murdoch empire has produced a prodigious number of news breakers, who incidentally, do it the right way.”

Read more in So What Do You Do, Dylan Howard, Editor-in-Chief of Celebuzz?.

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Rupert Murdoch Weighs in on Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise

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