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Morning Media Newsfeed: Risen Appeal Rejected | Top Social TV Shows

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Supreme Court Will Not Review Risen Case (The Guardian)
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to review a lower court’s order requiring a New York Times reporter to testify in a criminal case against a former source, deepening the court’s silence on the question of protections for journalists and confidential sources. FishbowlDC The issue dates back to a May 2011 subpoena received by James Risen to identify a source for his 2006 book State of War: The Secret History of The CIA and the Bush Administration. NYT The court’s one-line order gave no reasons but effectively sided with the government in a confrontation between what prosecutors said was an imperative to secure evidence in a national security prosecution and what journalists said was an intolerable infringement of press freedom. NPR / The Two-Way Risen has said he would refuse to testify in order to protect the identity of his source. Federal prosecutors argued that they need him to testify to pursue their criminal case against Jeffrey Sterling, a former CIA officer. WSJ A divided U.S. appeals court based in Richmond, Va., sided with the government last year, ruling that Risen didn’t have a reporter’s privilege allowing him to refuse to testify about the source and scope of classified information allegedly disclosed to him. The court said there is no privilege in criminal cases that protects a reporter from testifying about conduct the reporter allegedly witnessed or participated in. USA Today Since Obama took office, federal authorities have filed at least seven leak-related criminal cases, including against former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden for leaks about government surveillance programs and Army Pfc. Bradley Manning for giving classified information to the website Wikileaks.

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One-Time Gawker Recapper Richard Lawson Joins Vanity Fair

Forget the recent exit of the Vanity Fair Oscar party from the Sunset Tower. The real Hollywood VF moving and shaking these days is going on in the publication’s Tinseltown editorial ranks.

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As we recently reported, Katey Rich starts December 2 as digital Hollywood editor, based here in New York. When she begins her exciting new duties, she will additionally have at the west coast “bureau” helm former Gawker and The Atlantic Wire writer Richard Lawson. From today’s announcement:

“I couldn’t be more delighted that Richard is joining the team,” digital director Mike Hogan said. “Vanity Fair has always nurtured and celebrated original voices, and Richard’s is both unique and addictive — as the many people here who read him every day can attest. One of them described him as ‘H.L. Mencken if he read US Weekly,’ and I can’t really improve on that.”

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The Atlantic Wire Rebrands as ‘The Wire’

Atlantic-Wire-Logo-1-31The Atlantic Wire, the news site from The Atlantic, has rebranded itself as simply The Wire; a completely unique name. We can’t think of anything similar. When the FishbowlNY editors think of The Wire, our minds are completely blank. We do not imagine an iconic TV show that made rich people scared to visit Baltimore.

Why did The Atlantic Wire change its name? According to Gabriel Snyder, the site’s editor, it had something to do with news.

“News is undergoing a radical transformation in the social era,” said Snyder, in a statement. ”The news is still the news, but how news breaks and the number of places it breaks has increased exponentially. The Wire is your trusted source to help you keep up.” Well said. Also, news. News and news.

Along with the site change (new url, too: thewire.com) there is one staffing shift to report. David Minkin, The Atlantic‘s associate publisher of sales strategy and operations, will also be The Wire’s head of sales and marketing.

In related news, starting next week FishbowlNY will be known as Remington Steele.

Morning Media Newsfeed: Finke ‘Locked Out’ | Fusion Debuts | Atlantic Wire to Rebrand

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Nikki Finke ‘Locked Out’ of Deadline, Planned Exit Gets More Tumultuous (Daily Beast / Sexy Beast)
Late Thursday night, Hollywood’s breaking news czar Nikki Finke made the most decided confirmation yet that she is planning to leave Deadline.com and sever ties with Jay Penske, who bought the site in 2009 and notoriously angered Finke by also buying one of her site’s major competitors, Variety, in 2012. Under her guidance, Deadline earned a reputation for breaking Hollywood’s biggest news while ruthlessly covering the industry’s players. “I am building out NikkiFinke.com and will unveil it right after the new year,” she tweeted. “Can’t wait to report the real truth about Hollywood.” The kinks, apparently, weren’t worked out throughout the course of the day Friday, as Finke claimed in a series of tweets Friday afternoon that, at least temporarily, she had been locked out of her site, unable to post as normal, and suspected that Penske was purposely blocking her from Deadline. Defamer Deadline’s Mike Fleming Jr. makes it clear that while Finke was not locked out of the site as she claims, she has been restricted to editing only her own posts. He also goes on to say that Finke was indeed banned from tweeting Deadline feeds on her own Twitter page, so as to avoid “distractions and diversions” — likely from Finke sharing her side of the story. The Atlantic Wire Now Finke has to figure a way out of her contract with Penske while legally maintaining her right to build a new website that will compete directly with Deadline. That fight will be a difficult one for Finke to win. But as the attacks continue, the knives get bloodier and more bodies are left in this conflict’s wake, eventually Penske will have to step in. FishbowlNY At the moment, things seem to be back to box-office-analysis normal. Or at least as “normal” as it gets when Finke is involved.

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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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Rotten Tomatoes Expansion Into TV Gets Quick, Bad Review

That didn’t take long. A few hours after Variety‘s Marc Graser tipped the first big change at rottentomatoes.com since the site launched in 1998, Atlantic Wire fellow Esther Zuckerman has given the expansion a thumbs down.

Launching Tuesday, RT’s TV Zone will rate TV series using the same scale that is employed for movies. With one big difference – TV ratings will be tied to full seasons rather than single episodes. Writes Zuckerman:

TV criticism isn’t the same as movie criticism. Whereas movie criticism is fairly finite — a critic states his or her case and it’s done — television criticism has to account for the fact that shows can vary wildly over the course of their seasons. Note, for instance, how initially critics weren’t too thrilled by Mad Men or Breaking Bad at the shows’ outsets…

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The Atlantic Wire Launches Web App

The Atlantic Wire has a new look. On the iPad, at least. The site has launched a new HTML5 web app — touch.theatlanticwire.com — that is specifically designed for the Apple tablet.

The Atlantic Wire decided to venture into iPad web apps because its audience increasingly comes via iPads and other tablets. According to internal stats, from 2011 to 2012, the number of readers visiting The Atlantic Wire via a tablet increased by 210 percent.

“As we see increased tablet adoption rates among our readers, we are actively experimenting with technologies that help us create great experiences in a media landscape with more and more choice,” said Kimberly Lau, vice president and general manager for Atlantic Digital, in a statement. “We believe the future of digital publishing will require a multiple-platform, multiple-product strategy where users can access Atlantic content whenever and however they want it.”

If you’re an iPad user, give the new app a try. When the New York Times launched their HTML5 based web app for the iPad, we loved it. It provides a slicker experience than the typical app.

Why Richard Lawson Left Gawker For Atlantic Wire

It’s been almost eight months since entertainment writer and TV recapper extraordinaire Richard Lawson jumped into The Atlantic Wire. After racking up 2.4 million monthly views as Gawker’s most popular writer, you’d think Lawson would want to stay put.

But in Mediabistro’s latest So What Do You Do? interview, the scribe said he left Nick Denton‘s empire simply because it was time to “grow up.”

“After a while, the Gawker snark — for lack of a less heavy word — can get a bit tiring. I think it’s great and I think it has its place, but I felt like I wanted to be a little more mature, I guess,” he said. ”I love all of the writing at Gawker still, but just for myself, I’m getting a chance to do more serious movie reviews and stuff I think wouldn’t have necessarily played out well on Gawker.”

The Atlantic Wire Nabs Gawker Vet

The Atlantic Wire has hired Richard Lawson as a Senior Writer. Lawson was previously with Gawker, where he started in 2007. At The Atlantic Wire, Lawson reunites with Gabriel Snyder, the Editor-in-Chief of the site.

Snyder had previously worked at Gawker, and is looking forward to teaming up with Lawson once again. ”Richard is one of the finest writers I have worked with, and I am thrilled he is bringing his unique voice to The Atlantic Wire,” said Snyder.

Bob Cohn, Editorial Director of Atlantic Digital, said that The Atlantic Wire has been doing well, so expansion is in the future. “Under Gabriel’s leadership, the site has more than doubled its traffic in the last year, and with the addition of Richard to the team, we’re ready to expand our reach and impact,” said Cohn. “Look for more great hires in the coming months.”

What Choire Sicha Reads

Choire Sicha, the Co-Founder of The Awl, is the latest to take part in The Atlantic Wire’s Media Diet series. As someone who runs a great site, we’re surprised that he reads as much as he does, but maybe that’s what makes The Awl so good.

So what does Sicha read? First he goes to Twitter, Tumblr and The New York Times (though he does say “After breakfast you can’t really look at the front page — it’s useless.”). He says that he checks college papers, like from Harvard, Yale and UCLA, which is pretty interesting. He also reads a slew of local news sites — Gothamist, City Rooom, EV Grieve — and he eventually makes his way to other major papers, like The LA Times.

Sicha is also a supporter of print, which is always nice to hear. He says he subscribes to The New YorkerHarper’sArchitectural DigestN+1The Atlantic, Meat Paper and Lucky Peach.

There’s quite a bit more (BBC, Al Jazeera, The New York Observer, Europopped), and maybe it’s too much — Sicha says he usually falls asleep reading on his iPhone.

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