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Jim Roberts on Why He Joined Mashable

MashableLogoAt the top of Jim Roberts‘ big mashable.com announcement, the recent Reuters digital recruit writes:

To some it might seem a bit of a departure. You might imagine a headline like: “Longtime New York Times and Reuters veteran forsakes legacy media for digital upstart.”

Perhaps, but only from an old-guard union employee manning a chugging printing press. For the rest of us, the more accurate headline is something like, “Jim Roberts Rises from the Ashes of Next to Join One of Next Big Things.” Mashable is already big, of course, but Roberts writes that he sees tremendous growth potential, especially in the area of video journalism.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Reuters to Cut 3,000 Jobs | NY Post Goes to Trial | NYT Ad Woes

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Thomson Reuters Beats Wall Street’s Expectations, Plans to Cut 3,000 Positions (JimRomenesko.com)
Thomson Reuters on Tuesday reported a third-quarter profit of 48 cents per share, beating Wall Street expectations by 4 cents. “Our Financial business achieved positive net sales for the first time in more than two years,” CEO Jim Smith tells employees. He adds in his memo: “We will eliminate approximately 3,000 positions as we continue to reduce product and operational complexity across our company.” WSJ The cuts, equivalent to about 5 percent of Thomson Reuters’ workforce of about 60,000, were disclosed on the same day that the financial data and news firm reported a 38 percent drop in third-quarter earnings, due to weaker revenue. The Guardian The news and information company said most of the jobs would be lost from its financial and risk arm, which sells data terminals and other services to investment banks and brokers. The losses are on top of 1,000 cuts announced earlier this year. Including staff leaving and sales of businesses the company’s workforce will shrink by 5,500, or 9 percent, from the start of the year. The Globe & Mail “I think everybody in the world is trying to do more with less,” Smith said. “I don’t think the pressure on costs and keeping them under control is going to lessen. That said, what I hope is this strategy gives us a more predictable path in the future.”

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Norah O’Donnell: ‘Those Tapes Will Never See the Light of Day’

NorahODonnellCBSCBS This Morning co-host Norah O’Donnell made headlines this week thanks to a rare interview with His Holiness, the Dalai Lama. But she was also part of a fun little item by Reuters NYC correspondent Chris Taylor.

Taylor, after recently asking some finance gurus about their first jobs, decided to pose the same question to high-profile journalists. O’Donnell’s answer is hard to beat. At age 10, with her father stationed with the military in Seoul, South Korea, she agreed to help create some English-language learning tapes to help her fellow students meet a middle school requirement:

“That rolled into doing a TV program for the Korean equivalent of PBS. It was 30 minutes every week, I sat in the middle of a Korean woman and an American guy, and we would do little skits in English and Korean.”

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Third AP Employee Fired | Globe Sale Halted | More Reuters Staff Bolt


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AP Fires Third Employee Over Terry McAuliffe Mistake, Guild ‘Alarmed’ (HuffPost / The Backstory)
The guild that represents employees of The Associated Press responded Tuesday to the recent firing of journalists involved in a retracted story about Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe, saying the employees’ rights were violated. “The firings have alarmed AP employees nationwide, and the News Media Guild will vigorously enforce the contractual rights of the employees it represents,” Guild president Martha Waggoner told The Huffington Post in a statement. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Norman Gomlak, an editor in The Associated Press’ Atlanta bureau, was among those fired in the wake of an erroneous report about Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe, Politico has learned. Gomlak was involved in editing Bob Lewis’ report on McAuliffe on the night of Oct. 9 along with Lewis’ editor, Dena Potter. Lewis, Potter and Gomlak were fired on Monday. The Washington Post Lewis makes no excuses about the mess-up. But, he said Tuesday, he feels “stunned and hurt” by his firing after 28 years of “unblemished” service to the AP. “I still can’t really wrap my head around it,” he said by phone from Richmond. “The only blessing out of this has been the expressions of support” from friends, colleagues and many of the officials he has covered over his career, including Virginia’s two senators and former governors, Timothy M. Kaine (D) and Mark R. Warner (D), and the state’s current governor, Robert F. McDonnell (R). JimRomenesko.com News Media Guild members are asking colleagues to sign a petition protesting the dismissals of Associated Press journalists who were involved in the retracted story about McAuliffe. Poynter / Regret The Error Based on close to a decade of tracking media errors, my (admittedly anecdotal) view is that you’re more likely to keep your job after an error if: The mistake in question was not a willful attempt to mislead, a significant conflict of interest that was deliberately concealed, or a breach of ethical standards related to plagiarism and fabrication. The reporter has been with the organization for a long time, is not a contractor, and previously avoided other major mistakes. The reporter is well respected by colleagues internally and externally. The organization is not sued as a result of the error. The error doesn’t get too much media attention. By my count, Lewis ticks every box except for the last one: This error got a lot of attention.

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Reuters Offers Buyouts to Veteran Staffers

Reuters is offering buyouts to staffers who have been with the company for at least 18 years. The Newspaper Guild of New York is planning on countering Reuters’ initial offer, which applies to 97 people.

Reuters also announced it was cutting seven editorial jobs and moving its Americas desk from Washington DC to New York. No word on if these moves are part of the five percent staffer cutbacks promised by Reuters’ editor, Stephen Adler, last week.

The Guild’s officers and members have already met to discuss the buyout terms. The Guild plans to submit their counteroffer before the end of the week.

Morning Media Newsfeed: Reuters Cutting Staff | Tom Clancy Dead at 66 | Ronan Going to MSNBC?


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Reuters Will Cut Around 5 Percent Across Editorial (NY Observer)
Stephen Adler, the president and editor-in-chief of Reuters, announced during a staff conference call Wednesday morning that the news service will be cutting around 5 percent across the board in editorial. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media The announcement comes in the wake of weeks of high-level staff departures from the organization and the announcement the company was canning its ambitious new digital product Reuters Next. Despite cancelling Next, Adler told staff improving the current website is still a priority. FishbowlNY Adler said that staffers (and some managers) were being notified as soon as possible, and the reductions would impact Reuters offices across the world. TheWrap “To simplify and strengthen the Reuters news operation, we are making changes that will result in a slightly smaller editorial staff,” said spokeswoman Barb Burg. “One that is more strategically positioned and better equipped to help Reuters report and deliver the news that matters most to our customers and society as a whole.”

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Reuters Cutting Five Percent of Editorial Staff

Reuters has plans to cut about five percent of its editorial staff. According to The New York Observer, Stephen Adler, Reuters’ president and editor-in-chief, announced the changes during a conference call.

Adler said that staffers (and some managers) were being notified as soon as possible, and the reductions would impact Reuters offices across the world.

“People should never make light of it [the cuts] and it’s really significant in people’s lives,” noted Adler.

Karla Zabludovsky Departs NYT for Newsweek

After linking this afternoon on Twitter to Capital New York reporter Joe Pompeo‘s summary of the first round of staff hires at the “new” Newsweek, here’s how New York Times Mexico City-based reporter Karla Zabludovsky further framed it:

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Zabludovsky is the magazine’s new Latin America correspondent. According to Pompeo, she is just one of several impressive hires. Also enlisted to help revive the brand-name newsweekly are Alexander Nazaryan, coming over from The Atlantic Wire to cover culture and science, and two more:

Newsweek‘s new international editor, Capital has learned, is Nicholas Wapshott, a veteran British journalist who’s held top positions at The Times of London in addition to a role as a contributing columnist at Reuters.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: PopSci Kills Comments | @Horse_ebooks Exposed | New Reuters Editor Named


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Why We’re Shutting Off Our Comments (Popular Science)
Comments can be bad for science. That’s why, here at PopularScience.com, we’re shutting them off. It wasn’t a decision we made lightly. As the news arm of a 141-year-old science and technology magazine, we are as committed to fostering lively, intellectual debate as we are to spreading the word of science far and wide. The problem is when trolls and spambots overwhelm the former, diminishing our ability to do the latter. The Atlantic Like a narrow Supreme Court opinion, PopSci‘s defense was case-specific, without presuming to tell other sites they should follow along. Comments “erode the popular consensus” on scientifically validated topics, Suzanne LaBarre, PopSci‘s online content director wrote, such as climate change and evolution. It’s perfectly legal to wonder aloud on your Facebook page whether dinosaur bones are real or placed there by a spiritual entity to test our faith. But it’s not quite the discussion a site like PopSci wants to cultivate under a column by a world-renowned paleontologist. The Washington Post / ComPost End the comments! For civilization! They’re finally doing it. No more comments. Popular Science has just announced that it is putting the kibosh on the comments. And it can’t come soon enough. paidContent I’m tempted to argue that it’s also bad for science when you jump to conclusions based on very little evidence, or when you close off potential avenues for informed debate that might help your reporting, but there’s a bit more to it. FishbowlNY It’s hard to argue with her, but we’re sure someone, somewhere, really wants to.

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Dan Colarusso Succeeds Jim Roberts as Executive Editor of Reuters Digital

Dan Colarusso has been named executive editor of Reuters Digital. He was most recently head of global programming for Reuters. Prior to that he worked with Bloomberg TV, The New York Post, and more. Felix Salmon tweeted the news.

Colarusso succeeds Jim Roberts, who announced last week that he was leaving the company.

Colarusso reports to Steve Adler, Reuters’ editor-in-chief.

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