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Pro-Russian Separatists Seize TV HQ In Eastern Ukraine (Reuters)
Pro-Russian separatists took control of the regional prosecutor’s office and television center in the eastern city of Luhansk on Tuesday, having earlier seized the government headquarters, a Reuters photographer said. BBC News Activists went into the regional television station, but decided not to take it over after they were allowed to make a live broadcast. Following the takeovers, President Oleksandr Turchynov demanded the dismissal of the police chiefs in Luhansk and the other eastern city of Donetsk. Business Insider Pro-Russian separatists have now seized government buildings in at least 10 cities throughout the eastern part of the country. Pro-Russian activists have also shot the mayor of Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city. All the while, journalists throughout eastern Ukraine routinely face intimidation amid the threat of kidnapping and assault. The Guardian About 3,000 activists — some in masks and military fatigues — stormed the regional government HQ and other key buildings. A pro-Russian militia had occupied the security service office in Luhansk, a town of 465,000, just 20 miles from the Russian border. In recent days, Kiev’s tentative grip on local law enforcement in the east appears to have slipped completely. In Luhansk, riot police stood passively in a courtyard. “The regional leadership does not control its police force,” Stanislav Rechynsky, an aide to the interior minister in Kiev said. “The local police did nothing.” WSJ The latest moves in Ukraine’s eastern Luhansk region came despite a new wave of sanctions on Russia by the U.S. and European Union aimed at forcing the Kremlin to rein in the activists, who have echoed Russian President Vladimir Putin in denouncing Ukraine’s two-month-old government as illegal. The attacks on Luhansk’s regional police headquarters, administration building, prosecutor’s office and television broadcasting facilities mark the biggest advance for the pro-Russia rebels since early April, when militants took control of the regional building of Ukraine’s state-security service, the SBU.

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The Washington Post Opens New York Design Office

Washington Post logo GThe Washington Post is opening up a design and development office — called WPNYC — right here in New York City. The paper announced today that the new hub (led by director of digital strategy Sarah Sampsel and principal architect Greg Franczyk) will be tasked with updating WaPo’s website.

WaPo is always welcome in New York, but we’re especially happy to hear that WPNYC is hiring. The paper said it is looking to add at least 12 new staffers, including engineers, strategists and architects.

“We have seen great success by embedding a fast moving engineering team directly in the newsroom, and now we want to foster that same environment of accelerated innovation by embedding engineering within Sales in dynamic and vibrant New York City,” said WaPo’s chief information officer, Shailesh Prakash, in a statement. “If you are a software engineer looking to work in a fast-paced, innovative environment and make an impact in the media industry, we want to talk to you.”

Ezra Klein Leaves Washington Post to Launch New Venture

klein-imageWe know this is DC news, but it’s big enough for us to cover as well: Ezra Klein is officially leaving The Washington Post. According to a WaPo memo, Klein — along with Melissa Bell, WaPo’s director of platforms, and Dylan Matthews, a Wonkblog reporter — are leaving to start a new venture. Klein had been with WaPo since 2009.

Klein’s departure has been a few weeks in the making, and frankly, it’s unsurprising. The rumor was that Klein wanted WaPo to pay for this new venture, which apparently carried an $8 million price tag. Wisely, WaPo said no. Now Klein is going to do it on his own.

Below is the full memo announcing Klein’s departure. In it, Klein and Matthews were referred to as “wunderkinds.” Bell was not. Which seems sort of mean.

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WaPo Loses Economics Editor to NY Times

Neil Irwin GNeil Irwin, a Washington Post columnist and economics editor of the Wonkblog, is leaving the paper to join the New York Times. Irwin had been with WaPo for 13 years.

Irwin will be part of the new digital venture being launched by David Leonhardt. In a memo from Jill Abramson, the digital startup was described as analyzing “the nexus of data and news.”

Irwin tweeted that he will miss his WaPo colleagues “enormously.”

Warren Buffett Didn’t Buy Washington Post Because He’s Considerate

Warren Buffett and his company — Berkshire Hathaway — have purchased plenty of newspapers over the past few years. And given that Buffett was once a paper boy for The Washington Post, many thought he might scoop it up, instead of Jeff Bezos. But Buffett passed on the paper.

He told Fortune that he didn’t buy WaPo because he knew no one else would want that dead weight dragging them down:

True, the company he heads, Berkshire Hathaway, was the largest shareholder of Washington Post Co; an owner of other newspapers: and a sort of natural buyer for the Post. But Buffett said that for him to have bought it for Berkshire would have saddled the next CEO (whoever that might be, taking office at an unknown date) with a metro newspaper that he or she possibly wouldn’t want. And to buy it personally, he added, would have at his death burdened his three children — Susie, Howard, and Peter Buffett — with the same kind of complex considerations.

Now wasn’t that nice of him?

WaPo Columnist Is ‘Really Encouraged’ by Jeff Bezos

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Michelle Singletary, the personal finance guru, has truly seen it all. She has worked in radio, once hosted her own TV show (the now defunct Singletary Says) and currently writes “The Color of Money” column for the Washington Post, which is syndicated in more than 100 newspapers around the country.

In the latest installment of Mediabistro’s So What Do You Do?, Singletary talks about the state of newspapers, how she connects with readers and what she thinks of the paper’s new owner, Jeff Bezos:

He came and spoke to the newsroom, and I was pleasantly surprised. He was very down-to-earth. He doesn’t come off as being elitist. He’s just a really nice guy. He said a lot of things that agreed with my philosophy on how to deal with our customer base, which is primarily our readers. And he spent a lot of time talking about how we need to make our readers the center focus of what we do, even saying that may not necessarily win us Pulitzers, but it will win us with our readers and our customer base — and that’s what’s going to make us survive. So I’m really encouraged.

For more on the paper’s sale and advice on how to make it in media, read: So What Do You Do, Michelle Singletary, WaPo Columnist and Finance Guru?

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Yahoo! Unveils New Logo | Bezos Schmoozes | Manjoo Joins WSJ


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Yahoo! Introduces New Logo (Yahoo!)
We’re excited to share the new Yahoo! logo with you. It will begin appearing across Yahoo! properties globally. We wanted a logo that stayed true to our roots (whimsical, purple, with an exclamation point) yet embraced the evolution of our products. Ad Age / Digital Yahoo! has refreshed its 18-year-old logo to match the nearly two-decade-old portal’s ongoing makeover under CEO Marissa Mayer. Capping a 30-day campaign leading up to the official unveiling, Yahoo! pinned the first major redesign of its logo since 1995 to the site’s homepage early Thursday morning. But here’s the punchline: the new logo was not among the 30 teased over the past month. AllThingsD The new logo is slimmer and neat, with all the old serifs gone and minus the longtime whimsical tone. Stark and sensible — with an Optima font flavor and a whole lot of sharp edges (not very kid friendly, IMHO) — it’s very much in keeping with Mayer’s tidy design sensibilities. TechCrunch Honestly, the new logo reminds one a lot of fonts used in the 90s, especially the stock beveled and glossy fonts that appeared on the internet portal GeoCities, where many of us first learned to build these funny things called “Web pages.” Unfortunately, this is no longer the 90s and this logo is feeling pretty dated.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Jeff Bezos Visits WaPo | Mike Allen Most Followed | News Corp Sells Papers


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Jeffrey P. Bezos Visits Washington Post to Meet With Editors And Others (The Washington Post / Style)
The Jeffrey P. Bezos era at The Washington Post had its symbolic beginning at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, when the high-tech magnate indulged in a decidedly low-tech ritual: striking a triangle to summon editors for their afternoon meeting. The chimes, amplified electronically across the Post’s historic newsroom, is a decades-old tradition. The Guardian Speaking to the Post before meeting staff for the first time on Tuesday, Bezos said his major contribution would be to offer his “point of view” to the paper’s leadership. He also said he would provide “runway,” which the Post described as “financial support over a lengthy period in which the management can experiment to find a profitable formula for delivering the news.” AllThingsD Just because Bezos is going to own the press doesn’t mean he has changed his approach to the press. When he speaks to journalists, he says nothing. FishbowlDC WaPo reporter Paul Farhi reports that Bezos has high hopes for the future of the paper in the coming years. Bezos’ quest for a new “golden era” at the Post must’ve come as a great relief to Farhi, as the newspaper is taking a financial nosedive, a nosedive that caused the sale of the organization to Bezos after being owned and operated by the Graham family for the past 80 years. Nieman Journalism Lab Since when is an interview with the new billionaire owner of a newspaper a Lifestyles/Style story?

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Everyone is Talking About the NY Times Being Sold

Now that Jeff Bezos has put The Washington Post in his cart, all everyone wants to talk about is what this means for The New York Times. Will it be sold? While most are yelling “Yes! Of course!” No one has any idea.

However, the Post’s sale is making media reporters’ mouths water, so they’ve got to say something, even if it means nothing. Below are just a few of the many discussions.

The Post says the Times lack of assets might lead to it being sold:

Whereas The Post has been owned by a diversified media and education company that could absorb some of the newspaper’s continuing operating losses, the New York Times Co. has been shedding assets that might have cushioned its flagship newspaper… The Times Co. owns just two major assets — its famous newspaper and the International Herald Tribune, a global paper that will be rebranded in October as the International New York Times.

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Jeff Bezos to Buy Washington Post for $250 Million

The Washington Post Company has signed a contract to sell The Washington Post and other papers to Jeff Bezos for $250 million. This is Bezo’s buy alone, it has no ties to Amazon.com Inc., which Bezos founded and remains CEO.

The deal includes the Post, the Express News, the Gazette Newspapers, Southern Maryland Newspapers, Fairfax County Times, El Tiempo Latino and Greater Washington Publishing. Washington Post Company will retain Slate, TheRoot and Foreign Policy. 

Katharine Weymouth (CEO and publisher); Stephen Hills (president and general manager); Martin Baron (executive editor); and Fred Hiatt (editorial page editor) will continue in their roles at the Post.

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