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Morning Media Newsfeed: 550 Buyouts, Layoffs at Turner | Amazon Acquires Twitch

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550 Buyouts, Layoffs Imminent at Turner; HLN, CNN Among Cuts (The Wrap)
Some 550 buyouts are to be offered at Time Warner’s Turner network this week, including a large number of those at CNN and HLN, which will lead to layoffs if they are not taken voluntarily, according to an individual with knowledge of the network’s plans. TVNewser CNN chief Jeff Zucker will certainly want to protect CNN’s investment in original series and documentaries; the type of programming he’s gone all in on since taking the reins last year. Which departments and programming are affected by cuts remains to be seen. Variety Word of the staff cuts comes at a time when key Turner nets are at a crossroads. Turner’s entertainment networks are poised for a management overhaul following the departure in April of Steve Koonin as entertainment group chief. Meanwhile, CNN sibling HLN has been rumored to be in for a major makeover, possibly in a partnership deal between Time Warner and Vice Media. B&C The buyouts are part of the Time Warner unit’s efforts to cut costs as part of new CEO John Martin’s Turner 2020 plan aimed at cutting costs and aligning spending with company priorities. Turner officials had no comment, but sources said that the voluntary layoffs will be offered throughout Turner, including its news networks CNN and HLN, as well as its entertainment networks, including TNT and TBS. The company is not aiming at a specific headcount but rather is seeking to hit an expense number that includes personnel and other costs. THR The plan at Turner, which employs about 14,000 people worldwide, involves a formula that will allow workers at least age 55 and with a certain number of years seniority to take a buyout somewhat more generous than the usual two weeks of pay for every one year of service, according to a person familiar with the situation.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: BuzzFeed Editor Fired for Plagiarism | Palin Launches Channel

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BuzzFeed Fires Staffer for 40 Instances of Plagiarism (FishbowlNY)
It looks like the magic number was 40. BuzzFeed has decided to fire its viral politics editor, Benny Johnson, after finding that many instances of plagiarism in his work. FishbowlDC A note to editorial staff sent Friday evening from BuzzFeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith announced that the website has parted ways with Johnson after identifying “40 instances of sentences or phrases copied, word for word, from other sites, many of them inappropriate sources in the first place.” Capital New York Earlier last week, a pair of Twitter users called into question several of Johnson’s posts that had taken phrases and sentences from sources including About.com and National Review. Smith said Friday that editors were reviewing Johnson’s work. Poynter / MediaWire In his note to readers, Smith wrote that the plagiarism constituted “an act of disrespect to readers” and that Johnson’s editors were “deeply embarrassed and sorry” for misleading BuzzFeed’s audience. HuffPost Smith said BuzzFeed would correct every post where plagiarism was found and add editor’s notes to them. Johnson was previously with Glenn Beck’s The Blaze and has also written for Breitbart News.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Second TV HQ Seized | Twitter Stock Tanks | Filmmaker Strikes Deal With the AP

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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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