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Washington Examiner Will Cease Daily Publication (Washington City Paper / City Desk)
Tuesday's layoffs at the Washington Examiner extend beyond the Local section. Staffers are being told that the paper will cease daily publication in June to become a weekly political magazine and website, according to two sources who attended a meeting about the change. A total of 87 Examiner employees will be laid off, according to a representative of Clarity Media Group, the Examiner's parent company. Washington Examiner The dozens of colleagues losing their jobs range from veteran journalists to cub reporters just out of college. But they all have this in common: They have done good work here. The Washington Post / Erik Wemple Editor Stephen Smith will oversee the entire new operation, which will consist of straight-up news reporting supplemented by the right-leaning Examiner opinion voices, including Michael Barone, Byron York and Tim Carney. "I think the new website and weekly magazine will contribute to the national conversation in different ways and be extremely challenging and extremely valuable," he said. FishbowlDC Several other executives on the business side will remain to lead the effort. In addition, 20 positions will be created for the new digital platform and weekly publication.

Steve Kornacki Named Host of MSNBC's Up (TVNewser)
Steve Kornacki is the new host of MSNBC's weekend morning program Up, MSNBC president Phil Griffin announced Tuesday. Kornacki was previously a co-host on The Cycle, the network's weekday 3 p.m. show. He is a senior political writer for Salon He's shared vital analysis in his daily Opening Shot column, keen insights into his own life, and even been subjected to a makeover. After all of that, it seems, he's ready for his own TV show. NYT / Media Decoder Up, which was started 18 months ago in an expansion of MSNBC's progressive-minded programming, is more influential than the Nielsen ratings imply. It had about 139,000 viewers ages 25 to 54 last month, but it attracts a fiercely loyal fan base that typically gets a Twitter hashtag, "#uppers," trending online during every episode.

End of an era for Daily Variety (LA Times / Company Town)
Leslie Moonves has had the same morning routine for decades. "The first thing I do after getting out of the shower is pick up Daily Variety and have a cup of coffee," the CBS Corp. chief executive said. "It's a 30-year habit." That habit is ending for Moonves and lots of other Hollywood power players, movie and television stars, producers and publicists and thousands of wannabes: Daily Variety is ceasing as a print publication after almost 80 years. Tuesday's edition was its last. Variety Variety is "evolving," as our ads say, along with the businesses it covers. I've been thinking about how we got here and where we're going -- "we" being the entire media business, print, audio, video and more. HuffPost / Reuters Long considered the bible of the entertainment industry, Variety said it would merge the editorial content and staff of Daily Variety and its weekly international sister publication, known simply as Variety, to form a new weekly printed edition that will debut on March 26 and publish every Tuesday.

Roland Martin out at CNN (Politico / Dylan Byers on Media)
CNN analyst Roland Martin says that he is leaving the network on April 6 due to a decision made by new president Jeff Zucker. CNN spokesperson Edie Emery confirmed that Martin's contract will end in the first week of April. TVNewser Martin has been a regular on CNN since 2007, and also hosts Washington Watch on African American network TV One. THR Martin got himself in hot water during last year's Super Bowl, when he sent out a tweet that many called homophobic.

Environment Coverage Down at The New York Times (CJR / The Observatory)
When the Green blog closed, a farewell post encouraged readers, "Please watch for environmental policy news on the Caucus blog and energy technology news on the Bits blog." As of Monday afternoon, however, the Caucus had posted four pieces about the environment out of 60 total since the Green blog folded, and Bits had posted four out of 81 total.

Journalism Professor Sues Columbia, Claiming Misuse of Endowment Funds (NYT)
A tenured professor at Columbia's Graduate School of Journalism and co-director of that school's business program filed a lawsuit on Tuesday accusing the university of misdirecting $4.5 million in funds over the last decade.

Time Out Chicago Going all Digital (Chicago Sun-Times)
Time Out Chicago magazine, a weekly staple in waiting rooms and coffee tables around the city, is ceasing print operations and going all digital, according to sources. The move comes as billionaire Chicagoan Joe Mansueto, the majority owner of Time Out Chicago, plans to sell his stake in the nightlife, music and shopping magazine to a partnership that publishes the Time Out brand in dozens of cities around the world.

Sun-Times Overdue on Payments to Tribune (Time Out Chicago / Robert Feder)
No one's supposed to know it, but the parent companies of the Chicago Tribune and the Sun-Times are on a collision course over unpaid bills. At issue are the $70 million-a-year contracts for Tribune Co. to print and distribute the Sun-Times and its suburban daily newspapers.

Family's Stake in New York Times Declines (WSJ)
The Ochs-Sulzberger family's total shareholding in New York Times Co. fell to 13 percent in the past year, from 15 percent a year ago, the Times Co. disclosed in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing Tuesday. The decline continues a steady reduction in the overall stake held by the family, from 19 percent as recently as 2010.

Andrew Sullivan Tightens Paywall Because People are Cheap (FishbowlNY)
Andrew Sullivan and his experiment in ad-free, completely subscriber-based content got off to a great start, but things have since fizzled. In a post, Sullivan wrote that while traffic to The Dish was strong with one million visitors last month, it was time to tighten his metered paywall.

Why Women Turned on Matt Lauer (The New Republic)
There are a very small number of jobs where it just doesn't matter if you're not that well-liked. Solitary-confinement prison guard, maybe. Large-scale media or movie mogul. Solo-rig long-haul trucker. Matt Lauer has seen his Q score (a popularity ranking that's watched closely by TV execs) tumble to just nine, down from a solid 19 in 2011.

Cable News is Still Unbearably White (Daily Download)
It's easy to sound like a broken record when you're talking about the lack of diversity among major cable TV news anchors.

How TMZ got Lil Wayne's 'Last Rites' Report Dead Wrong (
The story of Lil Wayne's bout with seizures took an ominous turn on Friday when TMZ reported that Wayne was in a medically induced coma and being read his last rites. The news was troubling enough before there were any reporting discrepancies. Then TMZ's claim about Wayne having his last rites read was removed without explanation. It was a major part of the report and its absence left a gaping hole in the story.

Condoleezza Rice Lands Book Deal for An Examination of Democracy (GalleyCat)
Former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice has inked a book deal to write "an examination of democracy at home and abroad." Henry Holt and Company will publish the book in 2015.

Tucker Carlson Welcomes new Executive Editor, Instructs Staff to Treat him as Such (FishbowlDC)
On Friday afternoon, Daily Caller editor-in-chief Tucker Carlson sent a memo to staff signaling to them that they officially have a new editor for at least six weeks while all parties see if it's a good fit.

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