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WaPo, New York Times, WSJ Run Same Photo on Front Page

It’s extremely rare for three of the biggest papers in the nation to run the same photograph on their front pages on the same day, but that’s exactly what happened today. The Washington Post, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal all ran Rodrigo Abd’s picture of a young boy mourning the loss of his father — who was killed by a sniper — in Syria.

Merrill D. Oliver, the Times’ Page One Photo Editor for Thursday, said Abd’s photograph was too powerful to pass up. “It’s always horrible when people are grieving a death, but something about a child just raises it to be that much more painful,” Oliver explained. “The emotion in his face just kind of takes you by the throat.”

[Paper pic via Romenesko]

WaPo Offers Buyouts to Some Staffers

Newspapers offering buyouts is beginning to become quite common. The latest to offer staffers a paid way out the door is The Washington Post, which has offered buyouts in the past. Per a memo from Executive Editor Marcus Brauchli, only a limited amount of people will be able to accept the offer, since WaPo can “absorb staffing changes better in some areas than in others.”

The announcement unfortunately comes the same day as this Forbes story, which details how WaPo missed out on becoming one of the earliest investors in Facebook. That’s some bad timing.

More from the memo, which was obtained by Jim Romenesko:

In those departments where we do offer the buyout, there will be caps on the number of people who can participate, in order to moderate the impact and preserve our competitiveness in core coverage areas. In addition, we may turn down some volunteers if we feel their departure would impair our journalism. That said, it is important that we achieve real savings.

Any measure like this is difficult. But we believe this approach is a sensible and effective way of addressing the economic forces affecting our industry.

WaPo Managing Editor Moves Back to WSJ

Raju Narisetti has departed the Washington Post and rejoined the Wall Street Journal. He will be the Managing Editor of The Wall Street Journal Digital Network, which includes wsj.com, SmartMoney.com and MarketWatch.

Narisetti will also be Deputy Managing Editor of the Journal. Narisetti last worked for the company in 2006, as editor of the Wall Street Journal Europe.

“Raju has done remarkable work as the digital czar at the Washington Post, integrating print and online businesses, building a successful web site, and developing key relationships with the digerati,” said Robert Thomson, Editor-in-Chief of Dow Jones and Managing Editor of the Journal.

Narisetti succeeds Kevin Delaney, who departed wsj.com yesterday.

Former Engadget EIC to Pen Column for The Washington Post

Joshua Topolsky, the former Editor-in-Chief at AOL’s Engadget and founding Editor-in-Chief of The Verge, is going to have a weekly column in The Washington Post. The column, which will cover technology culture and reviews, debuts today online, and in print on Thursday.

According to a press release obtained by Poynter, the column is part of a collaboration with the Post and The Verge, a technology news site that is launching later this year. As part of this agreement, once the site launches its writers will have their content featured in the Post as well.

“I am looking forward to sharing my passion for technology with The Washington Post’s broad readership at a time when the cultural influence and accessibility of personal technology has never been greater,” said Topolsky.

Most Popular FishbowlNY Stories for the Week

Here’s a look at what FishbowlNY stories made the most buzz this week.

  1. Judge Rules that Reposting an Entire Article Without Permission is “Fair Use,” June 21
  2. How Alec Baldwin Got an Overworked AOL Blogger Fired, June 22
  3. New York Launches Dating Website, June 20 (left)
  4. Gothamist is Looking for Journalists to Write Long-Form Features, June 23
  5. Why The Washington Post Passed on the Vargas Story, June 23
  6. AOL/Huffington Post Considering Paid Content, June 21
  7. Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist Reveals He’s an Illegal Immigrant, June 22
  8. Al Qaeda “Hit List” Targets Media Execs, June 17

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Why The Washington Post Passed on the Vargas Story

Yesterday FishbowlNY told you about the fascinating revelation by Jose Antonio Vargas that he was an illegal immigrant. We also mentioned that a piece by Vargas would be published in the upcoming New York Times Magazine, and as the day went on, we found out that The Washington Post had passed on the story.

It was a puzzling decision, especially since it’s such an interesting tale and Vargas had won a Pulitzer for his work at the Post. Today, we get some insight into why, exactly, the paper let Vargas’ story go to another outlet. Apparently the piece was all set to run in the Post’s Outlook section, when concerns over some facts in Vargas’ article arose:

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New York Times Adds Web Editor from The Washington Post

Mike McPhate is leaving his position as Entertainment & Lifestyle Web Editor for The Washington Post to join The New York Times. According to a memo obtained by our friends at FishbowlDC, McPhate will be working on the homepage for the Times’ website.

McPhate’s last day at WaPo is June 1st.

Media Giants Gang Up on News Reader App Zite over Alleged Copyright Violations

The Apple iPad news reader app Zite has been making some powerful enemies.

Kara Swisher reports that a round-up of scary media giants including The Washington Post, AP, Gannett, Getty Images, Time, Dow Jones, and many other organizations issued a cease-and-desist letter today to Zite, a content aggregator, citing a ton of copyright violations.

“The Zite application is plainly unlawful,” said the letter to Zite CEO Ali Davar.

“It’s a bummer that they did this, but we expected it,” Davar told Swisher, sounding less terrified than we would have thought. Yeah, it does seem like sort of a bummer.

Davar said Zite, which aggregates personalized content by getting cues from user interest, would comply with the cease-and-desist letter by shifting the content from its “reading” mode to a Web one, which actually points to publisher sites.

Washington Post Writer Responds to The New York Times

Recently, Jennifer Steinhauer of the Times wrote an article about covering the many restaurants around Capitol Hill that are serving crappy food. Apparently that was the last straw with Tim Carman of The Washington Post. Yesterday he wrote a sarcastic piece detailing how often the New York Times bashes Washington (read: a lot). Here’s a sample of Carman’s completely over-the-top tone:

Allow me to apply some ointment to our many probe marks and ask a small favor from the Gray Lady’s staff: Could you please stop rubbing our noses in our inferiority? We understand by now. You’re better than we are. Your fashion is better than ours, your art is better and, of course, your restaurants are better. Washingtonians will forever cower in the long shadow cast by Gotham, nervously picking our nails and hoping you will like us one day.

What Carman doesn’t seem to grasp is that the tongue-in-cheek approach is worthless when talking about this city. At one point Carman hypothetically asks, “Do you get tired of being right all the time?” and every New Yorker from Midtown to East New York would resoundingly answer “No.” Carman sarcastically saying how superior this city is when attacking the Times and Steinhauer’s piece doesn’t work because all we do is sit back and nod in agreement. There’s a reason New Yorkers act like it’s the best city in the world: because it is.

WSJ.Com Snags Washington Post Editor

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The Washington Post
lost its Innovations Editor to The Wall Street Journal‘s website today, when it was announced that starting March 15th, Jonathan Krim will be heading over to WSJ.com to take over the position of senior deputy managing editor. (We just hope that title can all fit on one business card.)

Krim’s tenure with the post has lasted for almost 10 years, as he’s moved from a staff reporter on the tech beat to managing editor and director of strategic initiatives. Krim also directed and edited two Pultizer Prize-winning series while working at the San Jose Mercury News.

Read the memo from WSJ.Com managing editor Kevin Delaney after the jump.

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