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Morning Media Newsfeed: Couric Joining Yahoo! | iVillage Shuts Down | Inquirer Editor Back

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Katie Couric Negotiating ABC News Exit (THR / The Live Feed)
Less than three years after joining ABC in a lucrative and wide-ranging deal that included a daytime talk show and a role at ABC News, Katie Couric is negotiating an exit package, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The move comes as Couric is close to finalizing an extensive deal with Internet giant Yahoo!, according to multiple sources. TVNewser “Katie is an incredible journalist and this was an opportunity that she couldn’t pass up,” an ABC newser in the know tells TVNewser. “Thanks to the powerful association between ABC News and Yahoo! we know that Katie will continue to work closely with us and welcome her on our air anytime.” AllThingsD The deal is set to be announced on Monday, said multiple sources at the company, which could designate Couric as “global news anchor” of the Silicon Valley Internet giant. Capital New York The negotiations over whether she will continue her daytime talk show, Katie, for the network are still ongoing, and the Yahoo! deal does not prevent her from keeping it. NYT The Katie program was among the highest-rated of the new syndicated talk shows over the last two years, but like most recent rating results, the numbers were considerably lower than syndicated shows scored in the past. Variety Couric has always been admirably aggressive about experimenting with online video and social media, so this is no neophyte putting a toe in new waters. But the problem is she is still a fixture of the old media world. Regardless of how willing she is to shed her skin and embrace new ways, the world still mostly sees her in the over-familiar constructs of “anchor” and “talkshow host.”

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Lauren Berger Writes New Book for Young People Entering "Real World"

Lauren Berger Welcome to the Real WorldCareer Expert, Lauren Berger, releases her second book, Welcome to the Real World: Finding Your Place, Perfecting Your Work, and Turning Your Job Into Your Dream Career (Harper Business), on April 22nd. In this book, Berger shares everything she wishes someone told her after graduation. Her book is the essential guide to anyone starting their first, second, or third job. She encourages readers to be fearless, step outside of their comfort zones, and go after what they want.

Coffee Shop Makes Richard Gere a Great Offer

Our pal Steven Rea, film critic for the Philadelphia Inquirer, shared this great photo he took earlier today:

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Pulitzer Winner to High School Students: ‘Look for Stories That You Can’t Put Down’

The journalism credentials of this particular East Carolina University visiting scholar are hard to beat. During Gene Roberts‘ 18 years as executive editor of the Philadelphia Inquirer, the paper won 17 Pulitzers.

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The East Carolina native is also an author and former national and managing editor of the New York Times. Given how he was weaned, it’s no surprise that he went on to such an illustrious print media career:

“My earliest memories are of the newspaper business,” said Roberts, whose father was a teacher, minister and newspaper publisher. “My father printed the weekly newspaper on a flatbed press and he used to hold me up in his arms and I would shove the paper into the press sheet by sheet.”

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Inquirer Owners Sue | Munro Wins Nobel | AOL Cuts Cambio Staff

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2 Philly Inquirer Owners Sue Company, Publisher (Philadelphia Inquirer / AP)
Two owners of The Philadelphia Inquirer sued their company and publisher Thursday over this week’s firing of Pulitzer Prize-winning editor Bill Marimow, in just the latest sign of internal warfare at the storied newspaper. Former New Jersey Nets owner Lewis Katz and cable TV mogul H.F. “Gerry” Lenfest accuse publisher Robert “Bob” Hall of overstepping his authority, and demand his ouster and Marimow’s return. Reuters According to the filing, Katz and Lenfest said that “Hall lacked the authority to fire the editor of the newspaper, a major business decision that should not have been — and could not be — taken without the unanimous approval of the management committee.” Bloomberg Businessweek Marimow said he’s willing and able to return to his position immediately, according to the complaint, which seeks a court order declaring the firing null and void. Philadelphia The fight over Marimow’s job is not a fight for the future of the Philadelphia Inquirer. It’s a fight over how much dignity the Inquirer will be allowed to retain as it slowly dies. And it is shocking how many people inside the Inquirer — from the ownership to the newsroom — don’t seem to understand that.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Inquirer Editor Sacked | Fox Newsroom Revamped | Shainin to New Yorker


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Top Editor at The Philadelphia Inquirer Is Dismissed (NYT)
In the latest example of management turmoil at The Philadelphia Inquirer, William K. Marimow was fired as the paper’s top editor on Monday. The news was announced in a brief email sent to staff members in the morning by the newspaper’s publisher, Robert J. Hall. Poynter / MediaWire Marimow and publisher Bob Hall had a “difference in philosophical vision in the direction of the paper,” a source says. The newsroom was scheduled to learn of Marimow’s departure Monday afternoon, the source said. There’s no timetable yet for his departure. JimRomenesko.com “Total surprise,” I’m told. “He was at the 10:30 morning news meeting, so it had to be sudden as the wording of the email indicates. Word has it all the owners were not consulted and that Marimow has told some folks ‘it’s not over yet.’” NewsWorks Newspaper sources told me that Hall recently instructed Marimow to fire at least two veteran staff members at the newspaper, and that he refused on principle, precipitating his own dismissal. He said the decision to oust Marimow came after weeks of talks about the nature and pace of changes needed at the newspaper. He said the changes were based on “reader research” but that he wouldn’t get into specifics, in part for competitive reasons. Philadelphia Magazine Marimow was fired after many months of infighting with Hall, according to internal documents anonymously delivered Monday afternoon to Philadelphia magazine. “Marimow is not and never will be the change agent that we need at the Inquirer to turn around the circulation decline and grow our company,” writes Hall, in summation.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: HuffPost Live Axes Staff | Inquirer to Cut Opinion? | Media Wary on Syria


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HuffPost Live Laying Off Staff And Shuttering LA Office as It Expands Internationally (The Verge)
According to several sources familiar with the matter, HuffPost Live will be shutting down its Los Angeles office. About 20 staffers worked at the LA outpost, and a number of those losing their positions on the West Coast will be offered the opportunity to move east and join the HuffPost Live team in New York. Los Angeles Business Journal The studio launched last summer to supply four hours of daily programming for HuffPost Live. The programming features discussions about current events, with some coming from studios in New York and Washington. TheWrap / MediaAlley Huffington Post told TheWrap that more than two-thirds of HuffPost Live’s L.A. staff were offered positions in New York. The LA operation had 26 staffers, putting the cutbacks below 10. TVNewser HuffPost Live has lost a number of hosts in recent months, mostly to the world of TV news. Alicia Menendez joined Fusion, Abby Hunstman joined MSNBC and Jacob Soboroff joined Pivot. While it has been transformative in terms of the content it presents, its live viewership has remained low, instead relying heavily on after-the-fact tune-in.

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CEO of Philly Papers Given Spent $1,500/Week for on Transportation

philly04.24.09.jpgBrian Tierney, the chief executive officer of Philadelphia Newspapers, received $81,000 in 2008 for transportation expenses from the company that filed for bankruptcy in February 2009.

Tierney, who along with other investors purchased the publisher of the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Philadelphia Daily News in 2006 for more than $500 million, also received $650,000 in salary, a $350,000 bonus for 2008, and a $175,000 bonus for 2007. In total, his compensation came to $1.175 million, a number he called “very low.”

In late 2008, Philadelphia Newspapers union members agreed to give up their raises in an attempt to keep the company from bankruptcy.