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Morning Media Newsfeed: D, Dow Jones to Split | Inside Reuters Next | BBC Cuts 75


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AllThingsD Parting Ways With Dow Jones (Fortune)
The team behind influential tech site AllThingsD is severing ties with founding owner Dow Jones, a subsidiary of News Corp. Fortune reported last month that AllThingsD co-executive editors Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg had hired investment bank Code Advisors to find outside investors, as they continued to negotiate with Dow Jones about either ending or extending a partnership agreement that was set to expire on Dec. 31. In the end, however, they were not able to work out a deal. Not only does that mean the AllThingsD team will no longer share content and certain advertising functions with Dow Jones, but also that Mossberg will leave his Wall Street Journal column after 20 years (he has been with the paper for a total of four decades). Dow Jones also will retain the AllThingsD brand. All of this becomes effective at year-end. AllThingsD First things first: We’re keeping the Steelcase hot-seat red chairs. Forever. In fact, we own quite a few now. And we’ll still be scooping and reviewing all things digital right here, at this Web address, for a few more months. So, while we appreciate the teary farewells we’ve been receiving across the Web, they’re premature — not by just months, but by many, many years. GigaOM The decision leaves All Things Digital — which was wholly owned by Dow Jones — in limbo while it tries to find a new media partner or buyer. NYT Dow Jones confirmed on Thursday evening that the company would part ways with Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher at the end of the year when their contracts expire. Gerard Baker, editor-in-chief of Dow Jones and managing editor of The Wall Street Journal, said in a statement that the Journal was increasing its bet on technology coverage even without Swisher and Mossberg, its most prominent stars. FishbowlNY The separation of AllThingsD and Dow Jones also means the end of Mossberg’s tenure at The Wall Street Journal. He had been with the paper since 1970. TheWrap Swisher and Mossberg launched AllThingsD in 2003, and it quickly became a must-read tech site. Its annual “D” conference is a Who’s Who of Silicon Valley that makes millions of dollars annually for the journalists and Dow Jones. The conference brand had expanded into a media version and to Asia in recent years.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Reuters Axes ‘Next’ | Kucinich Meets Assad | Facebook Apologizes


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Reuters Next Canceled (NY Observer)
Reuters has decided to cancel Next, the consumer-facing website that had been in the works for more than two years, chief executive Andrew Rashbass announced Wednesday morning in a staff email. “Next is a long way from achieving either commercial viability or strategic success. In fact, I believe the existing suite of Reuters.com sites is a better starting point for where we need to go,” Rashbass wrote. TheWrap The wire service on Wednesday said it was losing new Reuters Digital executive editor Jim Roberts and design director Daniele Code, promoting Bill Riordan to publisher of Reuters.com and canceling its Next project after it failed to meet deadlines or stay within its budget. Roberts’ departure after just seven months is especially surprising — he left The New York Times after 26 years with the paper in January, taking a voluntary buyout. Shortly afterwards, he landed at Reuters as its site’s executive editor. FishbowlNY Roberts tweeted his departure, explaining “Yes, I’ll be leaving @Reuters, though not right away. & I’m not leaving news. Stay tuned.” BuzzFeed / Business Reuters insiders said Rashbass began asking skeptical questions about Next — which had at one point been slated to launch on the first of this year, and was nowhere near ready — as soon as he started. And many of the questions focused on how to make money off a venture that many inside saw as more about turning Reuters into a prestigious news brand than about generating cash flow. NYT Joshua Benton, director of the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard, said he was surprised by Reuters’s decision because the preview version of Next had been generating such interest. “There were a lot of really exciting ideas in Reuters’ Next,” he said. “What we saw in the preview was very forward-looking in terms of both content and technology. It generated a fair amount of excitement as a news organization doing something that looked digitally savvy.”

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Jim Roberts Departs Reuters

Jim Roberts, executive editor of Reuters Digital, is leaving the company after only seven months. Roberts joined Reuters after taking a buyout with The New York Times, where he had worked for 26 years.

Roberts tweeted his departure, explaining “Yes, I’ll be leaving @Reuters, though not right away. & I’m not leaving news. Stay tuned.”

Reuters is also losing Daniele Codega, its design director. Codega had been with Reuters since last year. Prior to that Codega served as The Huffington Post’s creative director, and before that, senior interaction designer at New York.

Crusading UN Journalist Calls Out Fake Twitter Accounts

Inner City Press founder Matthew Russell Lee has written for the second time in the past few days about some troublesome Twitter trickery. Lee is an independent investigative journalist focused mostly on matters involving the United Nations, where he has an office.

The journalist’s official Twitter account is @InnerCityPress. The fake ones that have recently sprung up are @InnerCity_Press and @Inner_CityPress.

“It’s the way they’re using these accounts that bothers me most,” Lee tells FishbowlNY via email. “I co-founded a new press freedom group (the Free UN Coalition for Access/@FUNCA_info) and they’ve pitched the imposter accounts to each FUNCA Twitter follower, as well as each @InnerCityPress follower, creating confusion.”

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Morning Media Newsfeed: TWC Drops CBS Briefly | Zealot to No. 1 on Amazon | Reuters’ Twitter Hacked


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Time Warner Temporarily Removes CBS in Major Cities (NYT)
CBS stations were temporarily removed from cable systems in millions of homes in major cities — including New York and Los Angeles — about midnight on Monday, after protracted negotiations between CBS and Time Warner Cable over fees collapsed. In statements, each side blamed the other. The Consumerist In a bizarre coda to a story full of misinformation and bad math from both sides, the TWC blackout only lasted about 30 minutes, with the cable company explaining, “At the request of CBS, we have halted going dark on their channels.” Good to know that these titans of industry care enough to be this fickle with deadlines and consumers’ viewing options. TVNewser “We are now at war with Time Warner Cable,” CBS CEO Les Moonves said to the LA Times’ Joe Flint. “The outrageous demands for fees by CBS Corporation have forced Time Warner Cable to remove several of its networks,” TWC said in a statement. LA Times / Company Town Although squabbles between programmers and distributors are fairly common, seldom does it reach a point that a signal gets taken off the air, especially in big markets such as Los Angeles and New York. Deadline New York Time Warner Cable now says it has agreed to yet another extension with CBS “while we continue negotiations.” This moves the deadline to Friday, Aug. 2 at 5 p.m. ET.

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Reuters Fires Staffer Accused of Aiding Hacking Group [Updated]

Matthew Keys, Reuters’ social media editor, has been fired. In March, Keys was indicted by the Department of Justice for allegedly aiding Anonymous, the computer hacking group. Keys was charged with giving computer log-in information to Anonymous, who then used it to hack into the Los Angeles Times.

When news of Keys’ indictment broke, Reuters suspended him. According to Keys, he is now officially unemployed:

Update (5:00 pm):
The Newspaper Guild of New York says Keys was “fired without cause.” Below is the full statement:

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Reuters Sends Paul Ingrassia to London

Reuters’ managing editor, Paul Ingrassia, is on the move. The company has announced that he will relocate from New York to London, and will be based in Canary Warf.

The Pulitzer prize winning Ingrassia has been with Reuters since 2011. Before being named a managing editor, he served as deputy editor-in-chief. Prior to his time with Reuters, Ingrassia worked for the Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones for 31 years.

We’ll probably never know if Ingrassia is actually happy about being shipped to London, but his statement certainly looked on the bright side of things. “Moving to London literally puts me at the geographic centre of the Reuters news operation,” he said. “We face many exciting challenges in 2013 and I am committed to ensuring that Reuters continues to produce groundbreaking and award winning journalism.”

Reuters Previews New Website

There must be something in the air, because over the last week three major news companies have announced that their respective websites were getting updated. It started with The New York Times. Then yesterday The Wall Street Journal revealed a new site was coming. Now have a look at the new Reuters, pictured above.

A couple things we like about the Reuters update: It’s much cleaner and columnists are easy to locate. However, regarding the look, there is only one ad on this preview, so we’ll see how much white space remains in the final version. Another great new feature is a constantly updated feed that includes social media and news.

We don’t know what the Journal has in mind for its new site, but the little we’ve seen from the Times and Reuters has us excited. Because we’re dorks.

Reuters Social Media Staffer Indicted for Allegedly Aiding Computer Hacking

Matthew Keys, a deputy social media editor at Reuters, has been indicted by the Department of Justice for his alleged involvement with Anonymous, a computer hacking group. Politico reports that Keys is charged with providing Anonymous members with log-in information to Tribune Company computer servers.

According to a DOJ release, Keys began working with Anonymous when he worked for Fox 40, a Tribune Company network:

Keys identified himself on an Internet chat forum as a former Tribune Company employee and provided members of Anonymous with a login and password to the Tribune Company server. After providing log-in credentials, Keys allegedly encouraged the Anonymous members to disrupt the website. According to the indictment, at least one of the computerhackers used the credentials provided by Keys to log into the Tribune Company server, and ultimately that hacker made changes to the web version of a Los Angeles Times news feature.

Keys’ employment status is currently unknown, but a Reuters employee said his desk was being disassembled and his security pass was deactivated.

The three counts Keys faces each carry a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and fines up to $250,000.

Jim Roberts Joins Reuters

Jim Roberts, one of the more veteran New York Times journalists to accept a buyout, is joining Reuters. Roberts had been with the Times for 26 years, most recently as assistant managing editor. At Reuters, Roberts will serve as executive editor of Reuters Digital, a new role at the company.

“Jim, who was a masthead editor at the New York Times, brings to this role a unique and ideal combination of new and traditional media skills and experience,” said Reuters digital editor, Chrsytia Freeland, in a note to staffers.

Roberts joins Reuters February 25. Freeland’s full memo is below.

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