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AP Finds Its Next East Coast Lifestyles & Entertainment Editor

Acoca AppointmentShelley Acoca (pictured), most recently an editor for Fox News Magazine, has a killer new job. Starting in August, she will be AP’s east coast lifestyles & entertainment editor.

Acoca, whose career has also encompassed Newsday and the Miami Herald, will be based in New York City. From today’s announcement:

“Shelley is a highly creative, top-notch editor who has worked with award-winning writers,” said Nekesa Moody, AP global entertainment & lifestyles editor. “Shelley is the right person to help lead our team as it continues to excel in breaking news and features, and also inspire new journalism paths.”

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Revisiting That ‘Tom Sawyer Business Plan’

Five years ago, the New York Times painted a not entirely hopeful picture in Santa Rosa, NM.

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The article was all about the decision by laid off Rocky Mountain News D.C. correspondent M.E. Sprengelmeyer to purchase weekly community newspaper The Guadalupe County Communicator. Anchored to an area two hours east of Albuquerque, the paper had a circulation of just a few thousand:

“It’s the Tom Sawyer business plan: I’m trying to convince all my friends how much fun it would be to help me,” said Sprengelmeyer.

Cut to 2014. As part of a special article commemorating the enduring success of another AZ print publication, the Sante Fe Reporter, Sprengelmeyer, once also a reporter there, revealed the following:

Just this month, he used profits from the [Guadalupe] paper to make the final payment on a five-year loan he took out to buy it. He’ll tell anyone who asks, “The future of print is print.”

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Ivy League Clean Sweeper Says Yale Has the Edge

It started Monday with a Newsday report by Zachary Dowdy. Since then, the incredible scholastic achievement of 17-year-old Long Island high school senior Kwasi Enin – being accepted into all eight Ivy League schools – has been picked up by CNN, USA Today, Good Morning America and many other outlets.

Here’s how the New York Daily News leads things off:

He has a straight-A average. He scored in the 99th percentile on his SAT. And he’s a shot putter, viola player and a cappella singer.

Meet Kwasi Enin, the boy genius from Long Island who’s been accepted into all eight Ivy League schools. His extraordinary achievement was the talk of the education world Tuesday, but the 17-year-old aspiring doctor took all the attention in stride.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Turkey Blocks YouTube | NBC Ends Two Sites | Twitter on The Charts

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Turkish Telecoms Authority Moves Against YouTube After Twitter Ban (Reuters)
The Turkish telecoms authority TIB said on Thursday it had taken an “administrative measure” against YouTube, a week after it blocked access to microblogging site Twitter. NYT / The Lede The Turkish government blocked access to YouTube after an audio recording was uploaded to the platform in which the foreign minister and senior military and intelligence officials could be heard discussing the security situation in Syria. WSJ The leaked recording published anonymously purported to show a conversation in which Turkey’s foreign minister, spy chief and a top general appear to discuss scenarios that could lead to a Turkish attack against Jihadist militants in Syria. After the two-part voice file was published, Turkey’s Foreign Ministry sent a letter to the TIB requesting that it shutter YouTube. The content represents a “first degree threat to national security,” the ministry said, according to Turkey’s state-run Anadolu news agency. CNN Turkey’s top media regulating agency announced a similar ban on the broadcast of the conversation to television and radio channels. Turkey’s political elite has been battered by a campaign of wiretap leaks recorded by unknown operatives and distributed daily for more than a month on the Internet. Until Wednesday, all of the wiretaps seemed to be recordings of phone conversations between Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, his inner circle, government officials and some top corporate executives. Politico The move comes just days before significant local elections. Turkish residents decried the Twitter blockage, which prevented them from using the site in any way. A Turkish court overturned the ban on Wednesday, although it could stay in place until after Sunday’s elections. The Twitter crackdown came after similar information appeared on the site questioning the government’s credibility.

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Gordon McLeod Named Publisher of Newsday Media Group

imageGordon McLeod has been named publisher of Newsday Media Group, which includes Newsday, its site, amNewYork and its site, and several shopper publications.

McLeod was most recently president of Krux, a technology company that provided cloud-based data solutions to publishers. He formerly served as president of The Wall Street Journal Digital Network for four years, and held executive roles at CBS News and more.

McLeod is succeeding Fred Groser, who is retiring.

“Gordon’s impressive career in the media industry and his deep understanding of the evolving media business make him uniquely qualified to lead Newsday Media Group,” said Brian Sweeney, senior VP of Newsday Media’s parent Cablevision, in a statement. “I am confident that Gordon will position Newsday Media Group at the forefront of change and innovation, while it continues to deliver valuable news to its readers across all platforms and connects advertisers with their audiences in compelling ways.”

Public Memorial Set for News 12 Long Island Anchor Judy Martin

There has been an outpouring of shock, grief and speculation about the sudden death of 49-year-old News 12 Long Island anchor Judy Martin.

Here are a couple of noteworthy, respectful comments left below Newsday TV critic Vern Gay‘s February 2 item:

Greg Marcus: I am stunned beyond belief that Judy is gone. She was incredibly kind and supportive to me as a new writer and as a person. She spent an hour with me on the phone giving me suggestions in December. I am very new to the field of life balance, and to get the support and encouragement from someone established and in the media meant the world to me. While I was just getting to know her, I feel like I lost someone close to me. I can only imagine how hard this must be for those who were close to her. Please accept my deepest sympathies.

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Capital New York Expands Media Desk

Site co-founder and co-editor Tom McGeveran shared the news this week via Twitter that the first additional media reporters have been found.

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Johana Bhuiyan comes to the site via the World Policy Journal and Policy Mic. On her personal blog It’s Pronounced Booyah, she explains her unique heritage:

I’m half Filipina, half Bangladeshi with a sprinkling of other nationalities. I’m a Muslim-American with three older brothers, only one of whom shares the enigma that is my last name. My other brothers are either my half brother or recently adopted, both with different yet phonetically simple surnames.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Crossfire Returns | Newsday Branch Closes | Deen’s Big Interview


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CNN Brings Back Crossfire (TVNewser)
CNN has made it official: Crossfire will be returning to the channel this fall. CNN is poaching S.E. Cupp from MSNBC’s The Cycle to represent the right side of the table, alongside former house speaker and Fox News contributor Newt Gingrich. Obama campaign consultant Stephanie Cutter and former White House advisor Van Jones will represent the left side of the table. The four hosts will also contribute to CNN election and political programming. HuffPost / The Backstory CNN’s soon-to-be relaunched Crossfire will take a page from the original version of show, which aired for 19 years without a live audience. A CNN executive told HuffPost that there will be no live audience when Crossfire returns this fall, a departure from the show’s final three years before being canceled in 2005. FishbowlDC “Few programs in the history of CNN have had the kind of impact on political discourse that Crossfire did — it was a terrific program then, and we believe the time is right to bring it back and do it again,” said Jeff Zucker, president of CNN Worldwide in a release. NYT More than eight years after it was canceled, Crossfire is still one of the best-known cable news programs, but it has also been widely derided, as evidenced by the mixed reactions online to CNN’s announcement on Wednesday morning. Some media critics and commentators have denounced the program for wedging complex arguments into a left-right rubric and promoting political polarization. (In the words of Jon Stewart during his 2004 appearance on the program, “It’s hurting America.” CNN canceled the show the next year.) Read more

Cablevision Shutters Newsday Westchester, Staffers Cut

Cablevision has cut the cord to Newsday Westchester, the digital only news site that covered stories in Westchester, Rockland, Putnam, Orange and Dutchess counties.

Lohud.com reports (story first covered by The Wrap) that at about 3:30 pm, the site went down, and slowly, staffers began to send out messages of lay offs via Twitter. Ryan Chatelain, Newsday Westchester’s digital news manager, wrote, “We got some bad news today. I’m incredibly proud of the work we did at Newsday Westchester. Enjoyed every moment (except today’s meeting).”

Cablevision’s official statement is below.

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Cablevision is Okay with Newsday Losing Millions [Update]

Cablevision, Newsday’s parent company, is apparently cool with the paper losing millions. According to The New York Post, Cablevision’s latest earnings report showed that its “other businesses” group — which includes Newsday, MSG Varsity and News 12 — posted a combined loss of $100 million.

An analyst told the Post that Newsday is likely responsible for about $35 million of those annual losses. However, Cablevision’s execs greet those numbers with a shrug.

During the earnings call, Gregg Seibert, vice chairman and CFO of Cablevision, expressed support for the struggling paper. ”Newsday is a core asset for us,” he said. “It fits in with our cable operations and our focus on providing the best in local news coverage to our customers in conjunction with Newsday.”

Update (12:00 pm):
Keith Kelly, who wrote the Post’s report, just pointed out that I misread his piece. “$100 million for the Other Group and $35 million for Newsday itself were for the first quarter only,” Kelly explained via email. “One analyst we quoted said he thought the ANNUAL loss for Newsday by itself was $100 million last year — and growing.”

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