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The New Republic Fires Timothy Noah (HuffPost / The Backstory)
On Thursday, New Republic columnist Timothy Noah received an email from editor Frank Foer asking him to meet at 2:30 p.m. on Friday. During the meeting, Foer told Noah that he was out of a job. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Noah shared the news himself on Twitter, writing to his followers, "I just got fired from @tnr. Don't have a clue why. Anybody got a job?" TPM / Live Wire Foer said in a statement sent to TPM: "Tim Noah has been a strong voice for liberalism and a rigorous columnist for The New Republic. We've appreciated his passion and contribution to the magazine over the past two years and wish him the very best."

Washington Post Defends not Running Article on Iraq Media Failure (HuffPost / The Backstory)
Greg Mitchell, author of a recently updated book on media mistakes during the run-up to the Iraq War, So Wrong For So Long, revealed Saturday night on his blog that the Washington Post's Outlook section had killed an assigned piece related to the press debacle that was slated for publication this weekend. Pressing Issues The Washington Post killed my assigned piece for its Outlook section this weekend which mainly covered media failures re: Iraq and the current refusal to come to grips with that (the subject of my latest book) -- yet they ran this misleading, cherry-picking piece by Paul Farhi claiming the media "didn't fail."

Long Night at Today (NY Mag)
"I'm confident that the show we're doing today is the one that will allow us to dig ourselves out of the hole," says Matt Lauer. But Today's own staff appear divided on that, with some leaking their criticisms to the press, including to New York Times reporter Brian Stelter, Lauer's nemesis, who recently reported on speculation that Lauer could be taken off the show. Inside NBC, Stelter's report was viewed as retaliation for Lauer's having given an interview to The Daily Beast trying to defend himself against the story line that he was the villain in the Curry debacle -- a narrative he believes Stelter will publish in his book this April.

FCC Shift may Thwart a Murdoch Media Deal (NYT)
In weighing a bid for the Los Angeles Times, Rupert Murdoch finds himself in a familiar role: waiting for rule changes from the government. With the resignation last week of Julius Genachowski, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, he may have to wait a little longer.

Andrea Mitchell, Jessica Yellin Make Elle's Influential Women in Washington List (TVNewser)
NBC News chief foreign affairs correspondent Andrea Mitchell and CNN chief White House correspondent Jessica Yellin have been named to Elle's list of the 10 most influential women in Washington.

In Leak Case, State Secrecy in Plain Sight (NYT)
Reporters covering the government's prosecution of Pfc. Bradley Manning, who is being court-martialed for conveying secret information to WikiLeaks, have spent a year trying to pierce the veil of secrecy in what is supposed to be a public proceeding.

In Burma, Newspapers are Going Daily, but the Transformation to Watch may be in Mobile (Nieman Journalism Lab)
For the last 50 years, Myanmar's journalists have fled to the Thai and Indian borders, where they provided some of the only insights available to anyone into the brutal actions of their government. The casual observer of the Myanmar of today can almost be forgiven for failing to notice that past. Following two heralded reform elections and a two-year period of economic opening, today Yangon sprawls with development projects and capitalistic fervor amid its decaying British-colonial buildings. That same tide of growth sweeping the country is affecting the media business just as much as everyone else.

Jake Tapper's The Lead Debuts to Lower Ratings Than CNN Predecessor (HuffPost)
"The face of the new CNN" debuted with rocky ratings during his first week. The Lead, the new show anchored by Jake Tapper, premiered with huge expectations on Monday. New CNN chief Jeff Zucker hailed Tapper as one of the key assets in his reinvention of the network.

CBS Poised to buy Half of TV Guide, Partner with Lionsgate (Deadline Hollywood)
CBS Corp, which already owns/co-owns broadcast networks CBS and the CW, pay cable network Showtime, and international TV channels, is adding a domestic basic cable network to its portfolio. I've learned that it is nearing a deal to acquire JP Morgan's One Equity Partners' interest in TV Guide, the company that encompasses the TV Guide Network, recently rebranded as TVGN and TVGuide.com.

Will the end of Saturday Mail Delivery Change Journalism? (Daily Download)
How do mailmen affect the magazine business? Quite a bit apparently. One potential casualty of the ongoing budget debate in Washington D.C. may be Saturday mail delivery. The United States Postal Service is a quasi-public entity that's been bleeding money since Congress directed it to prepay $5 billion a year in pension obligations since 2010.

Reader's Digest Files Plan for Bankruptcy Reorganization (Bloomberg)
RDA Holding Co., the publisher of Reader's Digest magazine, filed a bankruptcy reorganization plan to shed 80 percent of its debt by converting $231 million of notes into new equity.

How the @ Reply Killed Google Alerts (BuzzFeed)
Vanity seeps into all worlds, but on the Internet it thrives. There's never been a greater need -- or, at least, desire -- to know what's being said about you than among the Internet's ceaseless torrent of content.

Publishers are in Love with This new Photo Platform (Adweek)
In a world where half of Facebook posts are now images, Web editors swoon over responsive design and brands place photos in tweets, it's clear the Internet has become a more visual place. Now, one company is looking to exploit the love of pictures with a product that both editors and advertisers can use to make digital images more interactive, engaging and, perhaps most importantly, super shareable.

Shane Smith: 'I Want to Build the Next CNN with Vice -- it's Within my Grasp' (The Guardian)
Twenty years ago, Shane Smith set up a hip little Montreal magazine called Vice. Then along came the Internet and Vice reinvented itself as the edgiest, wildest online media brand in the world. It's staffed by twentysomethings and aimed at a global youth who have no interest in mainstream media. Which is why he is courted by everyone from Rupert Murdoch to Google.

Columbia Flunks Relevancy Test (USA Today / Michael Wolff)
Journalism school, especially Columbia's vaunted program, is often anti-market in outlook. Much of what the market wants, journalism training doesn't give it. You surely won't learn at Columbia how to be a tabloid reporter, or an opinionated Fox News host, or an online aggregator, or a brand-name columnist full of brio or bile, or a social or mobile visionary or quant.

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