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Cable Networks Cover Donald Trump Endorsement (TVNewser)
At 3:45 p.m. ET, MSNBC, CNN, and Fox News went live to the Donald Trump press conference in Las Vegas, where the real estate mogul -- and frequent cable news guest -- endorsed Mitt Romney for president. HuffPost: The New York Times, The Associated Press, Politico, National Journal, and CBS all initially reported that the Celebrity Apprentice host would announce his support of Newt Gingrich. According to Politico, the Times was the first to report Trump's endorsement of Gingrich. News sources like Drudge, however, reported that Trump would endorse GOP candidate Romney. By Thursday morning, news sources seemed to wonder -- who's it going to be? B&C: Gingrich's campaign continued to hammer on the media as a campaign strategy, specifically a fund-raising strategy. CJR / Campaign Desk: Journalists are suddenly eager to admit the media is biased in favor of an extended campaign. Will they do anything about it?

Fenwick Named CEO Of Dow Jones (WSJ)
News Corp. named former Bloomberg CEO Lex Fenwick CEO of Wall Street Journal publisher Dow Jones. NYT / Media Decoder: The move, announced Thursday by News Corp., Dow Jones' parent company, fills a six-month vacancy created when Les Hinton resigned in July amid a phone-hacking scandal at the company's British newspaper unit. Fenwick, 52, will assume the helm of the publisher as it aggressively pushes into new digital platforms as readers increasingly turn to the Web. / Media Alley: Fenwick spent 25 years at Bloomberg, and his new job will place him in charge of a Bloomberg competitor. Reporting to News Corp. chief operating officer Chase Carey, Fenwick will oversee The Wall Street Journal, the Dow Jones newswires, and the Dow Jones financial information service, among other properties. Adweek: Unlike his predecessor, who was a longtime Murdoch soldier and confidant, Fenwick is a News Corp. outsider, and his selection could be seen as aimed at helping distance the division from the phone-hacking troubles.

Staff Reduction At CNN's Asia Bureaus (TVNewser)
Two of CNN's Asian bureaus are experiencing staff cuts. The reorganization, as it's being described, is affecting offices in Jakarta and Bangkok. TVNewser: As Christiane Amanpour plans a return to the CNN airwaves this spring, hosting an international newscast from New York, Liza McGuirk has been named her executive producer.

Remembering Danny Pearl, 10 Years On (WSJ)
This week marks the 10th anniversary of the death of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl. While his murder at the hands of militants in Pakistan shocked and saddened the world, it has also sparked efforts to build on Danny's ideals of tolerance and understanding across cultures.

Arthur Sulzberger Tells Shareholders That The Times' Search For A New CEO Is Still In 'Early Stages' (Capital New York)
The New York Times Co.'s search for a new CEO "is in its early stages," according to Arthur Sulzberger Jr., the company's chairman and interim CEO. Nieman Journalism Lab: The New York Times is one of the most respected brands on the planet. It is a pinnacle of the news trade. It generated revenues of $2.32 billion in 2011, according to the latest quarterly numbers released Thursday morning. It sits square in the middle of the planet's media capital, New York. And yet its longtime CEO just parachuted out in a cloud of more than 20 million dollar bills, and few can come up with a shortlist of names who could, or should, take on the job. paidContent: Late last year, The New York Times relaunched its tech blog to add more reporters and more video -- in hopes of pulling in more ad revenue. That followed an even larger buildup of its business and finance blog, DealBook. Now, the company will be giving the same treatment to its health blog, Well.

NBC Adds New Ultra-Slow-Motion Cameras For Super Bowl (B&C)
NBC Sports has decided to use four new NAC Hi-Motion II cameras from NAC Image Technology for the network's coverage of Super Bowl XLVI. AdAge / Super Bowl: You know how women have been trying to teach men for decades that a gift or a date is not an economic transaction guaranteed to garner bedroom action later that night? Well, Teleflora has missed that message. / The Box: Are throwbacks the big trend when it comes to Super Bowl ads this year? Matthew Broderick created quite the stir this week when it was revealed that he'd spoof his 1986 film, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, in an ad for the Honda CR-V to air during the Big Game Sunday. And now, as it turns out, football giant "Mean Joe" Greene has offered his own variation on the theme. The former Pittsburgh Steeler re-creates -- sort of -- his classic 1980 Super Bowl ad for Coca-Cola, in a new ad for Downy Unstopables In-Wash Scent Booster. AdAge / Super Bowl: While Twitter hashtags and Facebook page addresses have become common sights in commercials of many stripes, movie-ticketing service Fandango hopes it can make its name a steady presence in the dozens of movie trailers that appear on TV. LA Times: Over the past several months, Los Angeles-based advertising agencies have put a Saint Bernard in a fat suit, a French bulldog in red sneakers, a Holstein in pigtails, and Broderick, a la Ferris Bueller, in an SUV. During Sunday's Super Bowl broadcast, with big-budget ads for clients like Volkswagen, Toyota, Honda, and Pepsi, the agencies are going head-to-head with competitors from Madison Avenue to Marina del Rey. Time / Techland: Here are 32 tech companies from Super Bowl ads over the years. Just like National Football League teams, some of these companies have flourished; others haven't fared nearly as well. Multichannel News: For the first time, the NFL's title game will be streamed live to mobile devices, with Verizon Wireless exclusively offering the telecast of the New York Giants taking on the New England Patriots to subscribers with select smartphones. Mashable: The explosive growth of social media over the past four years has drastically changed how the Giants and Patriots market themselves and connect with fans compared to the two teams' most recent Super Bowl trips. Twitter Blog: While the @Giants' and @Patriots' rematch and halftime show play out on TV, the national conversation is happening well beyond your den: It also happens on Twitter. Follow your favorite NFL players, coaches, and commentators during the game, or just search for #SuperBowl to see how everyone is reacting to the action on the field. CNET: The NFL is gearing up for tens of thousands of visitors to descend upon Indianapolis to watch the Super Bowl live this weekend. In order to help fans navigate the city and stadium, the sports federation released a free app for iOS and Android called Super Bowl XLVI Guide. TechCrunch: Shazam, an app that allows people to connect with extra TV content by listening to a few seconds of audio, says it has big plans for Sunday, and IntoNow, a Yahoo!-acquired app offering similar capabilities, is announcing a big partnership, too. AllThingsD: About one-half of the Super Bowl advertisers have given Shazam bonus content (like videos and sweepstakes entries) to reward those who "tag" the ads from Shazam's smartphone apps. Plus, Interscope and Bud Light are sending out bonus halftime-show content, and game stats and social features will be running throughout the game. TVNewser: Here's some counterprogramming for you. With the Super Bowl airing on NBC, CBS' 60 Minutes gives it up for the ladies.

Andrea Mitchell To Komen Chief: I'm Expressing 'Anger' Of Many People (HuffPost)
MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell had some tough words for Susan G. Komen chief Nancy Brinker about the growing firestorm over Planned Parenthood. HuffPost: The co-hosts of The View got into a contentious and chaotic debate over Susan G. Komen For the Cure's controversial decision to halt its relationship with Planned Parenthood on Thursday's show.

Reactions To Facebook's IPO Announcement (AllFacebook)
Reaction to the official announcement Wednesday about Facebook filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission for its initial public offering was fast and furious. Business Insider / Money Game: Many high-profile investors have been sounding off on the company since news of the IPO filing broke. AllFacebook: Scammers will seize any angle they can to try to reel in the unsuspecting, and the IPO announced by Facebook Wednesday is no exception. AllFacebook: Netflix and The Washington Post, companies with close ties to Facebook, bought a combined $8 million in advertising last year, according to the IPO registration the social network filed Wednesday.

NYC Stations Among Media Coalition Protesting NYPD's Treatment Of Reporters (TVSpy)
A coalition of media organizations -- including WABC, WNBC, and WCBS -- sent a letter Wednesday to the New York Police Department protesting recent media access issues and police handling of reporters.

HuffPost Streaming Network: Game Changer? You Decide (FishbowlNY)
Thursday at the AOL Studios in New York, AOL and Huffington Post executives assembled media pros for hors d'oeuvres -- including, as one reporter put it, lobster bisque in a shot glass -- a one-year anniversary celebration, and an unveiling of the HuffPost Streaming Network. TechCrunch: Say what you will about The Huffington Post and AOL, their merger has given HuffPost the resources to conquer the online news-aggregation business. Thursday HuffPost dropped some big stats about the year since its acquisition, most importantly a 47 percent growth of monthly unique visitors to 36.2 million. Next it's aiming to take down CNN and the cable news industry with The Huffington Post Streaming Network, which will stream content live on the Web for 12 hours per day. NYT / Media Decoder: The ambitious plans come at a time when all manner of media organizations are trying to expand into live video, creating a new set of online competition to established television channels like CNN. The Wall Street Journal streams about four hours of live video each weekday on its website. The New York Times started its first daily business Webcast earlier this week. AllThingsD: Will it work? There's little question that Web video viewing is on the rise. According to a 2011 Nielsen report, U.S. consumers now spend an average of four hours and 20 minutes per month watching video on the Web, one hour and 10 minutes more than the amount they watched in early 2010. But Huffington and Huffington Post founding editor Roy Sekoff believe that, despite the fact that HuffPost is mirroring the cable TV model and a lot of the programming will be live, consumers still aren't all that interested in watching on a set schedule. GigaOM: At a time when some newspaper websites are happy to get page views in the tens of millions in a month, HuffPost racked up more than 1 billion page views in December. And while page views can be inflated, some of the site's other metrics show that if there's one thing the team that builds HuffPost understands, it is how to get reader engagement to hit levels that other news sites and publishers can only dream of. AdAge / Digital: There were Prosecco bottles popping, waiters gliding around with platters of hors d'oeuvres, and Huffington, in a sleek black dress, looking the part of a Greek movie star. For all intents and purposes, this was a movie premiere starring, who else, Arianna. FishbowlNY: Sekoff mentioned that the network will be a full division of the media company and equipped with at least 100 employees. Huffington chimed in that they are actively hiring at every level in preparation for the summer launch.

Glamour, Bazaar Unveil Spring Makeovers (Adweek)
This month, two of fashion's biggest titles are unveiling a new look in time for spring.

Richard Johnson On Living And Daily-ing In LA (FishbowlLA)
If nothing else, former New York Post Page Six gatekeeper Richard Johnson has a great sense of timing. One year into his new job as West Coast editor of The Daily, he finally got around to checking out a Clippers game.

USA Today Hires Paul Singer (FishbowlDC)
Paul Singer is joining USA Today as its new politics editor. Singer, who was a star reporter for Roll Call, will be joining the Washington bureau for the paper to cover the 2012 campaign.

Yahoo! News Hires Virginia Heffernan As National Correspondent (Yahoo! News / The Cutline)
Yahoo! News has hired Virginia Heffernan, a veteran of The New York Times, as national correspondent. Politico / Dylan Byers: Heffernan, who wrote The Medium column for The New York Times Magazine before joining the paper's opinion section, accepted a buyout from the Times last week, and will start writing for Yahoo! News later this month.

Selena Roberts Has Left Sports Illustrated (The Big Lead)
Selena Roberts, the sports columnist who left The New York Times in 2008 to write for Sports Illustrated, has left the magazine.

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