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Morning Media Newsfeed: AJ Journos Denied Bail | CNN Hits Digital High | FCC Limits JSAs

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Al-Jazeera Reporters Plead for Release (The Associated Press / The Big Story)
Three Al-Jazeera journalists on trial in Egypt directly asked the judge on Monday to release them, insisting the terrorism charges against them were preposterous. The judge denied the request for bail by Australian Peter Greste, Canadian-Egyptian Mohammed Fahmy and Baher Mohammed during the fourth hearing in the trial that opened on Feb. 20. TVNewser The judge did not accept their plea, adjourning the case until April 10. Australian Broadcasting Corp. It was Greste’s fourth appearance in court after more than 90 days in prison, and in an unusual move he was allowed to directly approach the judge and tell him why he should be freed. In words translated for the judge, Greste said that he had only been in Egypt for two weeks before his arrest and he had no connection with the Muslim Brotherhood. NYT One of the journalists even recounted drinking alcohol, which is forbidden in Islam. It was the first time the journalists were allowed to speak in court, about a hundred days after being detained. All three worked for Al Jazeera’s English-language news channel, and their case has elicited protests from human rights and free-speech groups. Mansour has said in public letters to the journalists’ families that he hoped they were soon released. And for a brief moment on Monday, the judge appeared sympathetic to the journalists’ arguments. CNN International Fahmy told the court that he and his colleagues worked in public rather than in secrecy, and covered Egypt as they would other countries. He questioned how any journalist could be labeled a terrorist. Their lawyers also took up the issue of Fahmy’s health. Fahmy injured his shoulder before his arrest in December. He has complained about not getting proper medical treatment while in prison and says that because of the lack of treatment, he no longer has full use of his right arm. The trial was adjourned until April 10.

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Dr. Ruth Has a Question for Michael Bloomberg

Katie Couric, via a new Tumblr blog, has been keeping readers posted about tomorrow’s big Yahoo debut. The global anchor solicited questions from readers for her conversation with Michael Bloomberg and today shared this post-taping photo from the United Nations (Bloomberg was recently appointed special envoy for cities and climate change):

Katie Couric/Michael Bloomberg

Couric thanked everyone for the suggested interview questions and has been sharing some of her favorites. Among the highlighted selections is this one from Dr. Ruth Westheimer:

Is he going to keep fighting for more gun control? I’m not a stranger to guns as I was a sniper in the Israeli underground, but too many people are dying from guns in this country.

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Garance Franke-Ruta Joins Yahoo News

Yahoo! has hired Garance Franke-Ruta as Washington editor for Yahoo News. Franke-Ruta comes to Yahoo News from The Atlantic, where she served as a senior editor with a focus on national politics.

“Garance has the creativity, passion and experience that Yahoo News needs to break news and create conversation with our political coverage,” said Megan Liberman, editor-in-chief of Yahoo News, in a statement. “She also happens to be one of the smartest and most social media savvy political journalists in the business. I am delighted to have her guiding our Washington bureau.”

Previously, Franke-Ruta worked at The Washington PostThe American ProspectThe Washington City Paper and The New Republic.

Morning Media Newsfeed: AOL Sells Patch | Yahoo! COO Out | News Corp. Ices Pensions

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AOL Unloads Controlling Interest in Patch (Capital New York)
AOL all but unloaded its embattled local news network Patch to investment firm Hale Global on Wednesday. Patch will act as a new limited liability company majority owned and operated by Hale. The hyper-local network was a pet project of AOL CEO Tim Armstrong. It hired hundreds of reporters and ad sales staff in a bid for a local advertising market that has yet to materialize, eventually leading Armstrong to promise AOL investors that it would break even by the end of 2013. That did not happen, and the company began to seek buyers. NYT Hale Global, an investment company that specializes in turning around troubled companies through technological innovation, would essentially take over the operation, AOL said. Hale’s intention for now, the companies said, is to keep operating all of Patch’s 900 sites. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Forbes / Jeff Bercovici On its bare-bones website, Hale Global describes itself this way: “We specialize in creating value operationally in businesses facing strategic, financial, product and other challenges. In addition to capital, we bring to these troubled situations extensive turnaround skills, deep operational benches, in-house software and mobile development teams, extreme transactional speed and certainty of close.” Re/code In 2012, Patch lost $35 million; by the end of last month, it was still losing money. Now it’s someone else’s problem. TechCrunch Despite whatever downsizing may have taken place, Patch is still large, possibly too unwieldy to steer into better waters as it is today. But on top of that, it’s seeing decent traffic of 16 million people monthly according to figures from comScore. So now, the plan going forward will be to focus on a few changes to convert some of that traffic into revenues: new technology for community participation; more mobile-first and social experiences; better advertising tools and more geo-targeting for ad products, according to AOL’s announcement.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Cancer Column Backlash | Weather Channel Yanked | Couric Debuts on Yahoo!

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Readers Lash Out About Bill Keller’s Column on Woman With Cancer (NYT / Public Editor’s Journal)
Bill Keller’s column in The New York Times on Monday about Lisa Bonchek Adams has generated a great deal of negative response. Xeni Jardin, the well-known writer who blogs on Boing Boing, sometimes about her own experience with cancer, was outraged, calling it bullying. Adams herself responded this way on Twitter: “I don’t know why I, a person dedicated to education and personal choice by cancer patients, have been so mischaracterized.” CJR / Behind The News Before last Wednesday you probably hadn’t heard of Adams, a Connecticut mother of three who has been tweeting and blogging about her experience living with, and being treated for, stage IV breast cancer. Adams’ moderate following occupies a niche realm, consisting largely of cancer activists and those afflicted with the disease, and there would’ve been little way for her frequent updates to make their way onto the press radar — aside from a short feature on Adams in USA Today published in 2011 (the piece didn’t mention her Internet presence). Then Bill and Emma Keller took it upon themselves to chaperone her feeds to a new breed of Internet fame, in a husband wife one-two punch: Emma published a controversial piece on Adams in The Guardian Wednesday and Bill wrote an editorial on the same subject for Monday’s Times. HuffPost In a piece in the Times entitled “Heroic Measures,” Bill compared her “fierce” approach to that of his father-in-law, who he said died a “calm” death in a British hospital that emphasized palliative care. “His death seemed to me a humane and honorable alternative to the frantic medical trench warfare that often makes an expensive misery of death in America,” he wrote. NYT In The Guardian, Emma questioned Adams’ documenting her illness in a public forum. “Are her tweets a grim equivalent of deathbed selfies, one step further than funeral selfies?” Emma wrote, referring to self-taken images. A wave of online criticism developed from Adams’ followers and others, accusing Emma of mischaracterizing her. Emma was also criticized for publishing private correspondence with Adams as part of her column. Poynter / MediaWire The Guardian has removed the post. “Following an investigation by the Guardian’s independent readers’ editor, we have removed the article in question from our website because it is inconsistent with the Guardian editorial code,” spokesperson Gennady Kolker tells Poynter via email. On The Media / TLDR It’s unclear to me why Emma picked on Adams. Before Emma’s piece, Adams’ follower count was in the 7,000 range. That’s not a huge audience. I don’t know what the larger scene of writers who discuss illness online is, but I assume that there’s a lot more people than Adams, and that many people are more prominent. Medium / Zeynep Tufekci Both Kellers get the basic facts wrong. That’s quite an astonishing event in and of itself — and exactly why Adams is providing such an important educational service.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Yahoo!’s Media Plans | NBC Gears Up for Olympics | Dr. Oz Covers Mag

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Yahoo! Launching Digital Magazines, Starting With Food (Adweek)
Yahoo! is getting into the magazine business. During a keynote presentation at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), CEO Marissa Mayer announced several new products, including a planned line of digital magazines, starting with Yahoo! Food. A similar product is in the work for Yahoo! Tech, which is being helmed by former New York Times columnist David Pogue. Mayer also used her CES keynote to unveil Yahoo! News Digest, a twice daily mobile news product that aggregates and synthesizes news from across the Web. USA Today The ventures represent the latest manifestation of Mayer’s emphasis on creating original material as a key part of her effort to turn around the fortunes of the tech company. The Verge When the news-summarizing startup Summly shut down last March, it was easy to imagine the company had simply been swallowed by the Yahoo! machine. Like so many founders before him, Nick D’Aloisio had sold his company to Yahoo! only to see it shuttered soon after. Its core technology was absorbed into Yahoo!’s news app less than a month later, used to summarize the day’s events. That was the last we heard from D’Aloisio, who sold Summly to Yahoo! for a reported $30 million at the age of 17 — until Tuesday. NY Observer / BetaBeat A buzz balloon about Yahoo!’s CES appearance and new product unveiling has been building and building, and now it’s popped, raining tiny chunks of news stories (“atoms”) on the heads of tech journalists everywhere. It’s not a disappointment, provided you were searching for yet another way to consume news in 2014. Ad Age / Digital Over the past year, Yahoo! has re-launched email, the homepage and Flickr. Now it’s time for a new look for its old ad business. Yahoo! is doing away with two of its highest profile ad-tech products — Right Media and Genome — and unveiling a new one, Yahoo! Advertising.

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Daniel Klaidman Named Deputy Editor of Yahoo News

Daniel Klaidman is joining Yahoo News as deputy editor. Klaidman comes to the site from The Daily Beast, where he served as national political correspondent.

“Dan is an exceptional choice for deputy editor of Yahoo News,” said Megan Liberman, editor-in-chief of Yahoo News, in a statement. “He is known for his talent in guiding writers and reporters, conceiving high-impact original stories, reacting quickly and creatively to breaking news and managing a large and active newsroom. He will make a huge contribution to the Yahoo News team.”

Prior to his time at The Daily Beast, Klaidman served as Newsweek’s managing editor from 2006 to 2011. He also served as the magazine’s Washington bureau chief from 2001 to 2006. Klaidman joined Newsweek in 1996.

Klaidman’s appointment is effective immediately.

Michelle Shocked Quits Twitter After Nine-Month War with Music Journalist

In the shadow of this week’s Phil Robertson GQ controversy, another scandal involving a celebrity and homophobic comments has come to a very sudden and suitably bizarre end. This one involves veteran freelance journalist Chris Willman, singer Michelle Shocked and her disastrous on-stage comments during a March 17 concert-tour kickoff performance at Yoshi’s in San Francisco.

In March and April, MichelleShockedTweetthe Los Angeles-based Willman wrote extensively for Yahoo and The Hollywood Reporter about Shocked “Dixie Chick-ing herself.” His coverage sparked a nine-month Twitter war, with Shocked mercilessly targeting both the reporter and those having social media conversations with him. Finally, earlier this week, Willman informed his Facebook followers of the following:

Michelle Shocked just succeeded in her months-long campaign to get me suspended from Twitter. She is down to 32 followers and I have (had?) 16,500, but I guess numbers don’t matter when someone is determined to bring someone down with countless phony abuse reports…

Look at her Twitter account if you want to see her posting a photo of herself smiling, saying, “Ask not for whom the punk smirks. She smirks for Yahoo!” – meaning me, since she’s been out to get revenge on me ever since my first Yahoo story about her career-ending SF gig.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Couric Joining Yahoo! | iVillage Shuts Down | Inquirer Editor Back

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Katie Couric Negotiating ABC News Exit (THR / The Live Feed)
Less than three years after joining ABC in a lucrative and wide-ranging deal that included a daytime talk show and a role at ABC News, Katie Couric is negotiating an exit package, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The move comes as Couric is close to finalizing an extensive deal with Internet giant Yahoo!, according to multiple sources. TVNewser “Katie is an incredible journalist and this was an opportunity that she couldn’t pass up,” an ABC newser in the know tells TVNewser. “Thanks to the powerful association between ABC News and Yahoo! we know that Katie will continue to work closely with us and welcome her on our air anytime.” AllThingsD The deal is set to be announced on Monday, said multiple sources at the company, which could designate Couric as “global news anchor” of the Silicon Valley Internet giant. Capital New York The negotiations over whether she will continue her daytime talk show, Katie, for the network are still ongoing, and the Yahoo! deal does not prevent her from keeping it. NYT The Katie program was among the highest-rated of the new syndicated talk shows over the last two years, but like most recent rating results, the numbers were considerably lower than syndicated shows scored in the past. Variety Couric has always been admirably aggressive about experimenting with online video and social media, so this is no neophyte putting a toe in new waters. But the problem is she is still a fixture of the old media world. Regardless of how willing she is to shed her skin and embrace new ways, the world still mostly sees her in the over-familiar constructs of “anchor” and “talkshow host.”

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Matt Bai Leaves NY Times for Yahoo News

Another one bites the dust. Sort of. We just told you about Brian Stelter leaving The New York Times, and now Matt Bai is departing too. Bai is joining Yahoo! News as a national political columnist.

Bai had been with the Times since 2002, and during his tenure as chief political correspondent for the Times Magazine, he covered the last three presidential elections.

“Matt has an ideal voice for Yahoo News,” said Megan Liberman, editor-in-chief of Yahoo News, in a statement. “He has a singular ability to write about politics in a way that will connect with Yahoo News’ broad readership and bring in younger readers who aren’t always attracted to political commentary. I’m thrilled he is joining us.”

Now please, no one else leave the Times today. We can barely keep up.

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