Morning Media Newsfeed: 04.25.13
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Leave Jill Abramson Alone, You Sexists (Daily Beast)
The New York Times just won four Pulitzer Prizes, the third-largest haul in its 162-year history, so you'd expect its executive editor to be rolling in accolades. Instead, she has been rewarded with a profile depicting her as an unpleasant, difficult woman in an article published Wednesday on Politico. The Wrap / Sharon Waxman According to the piece, Abramson -- the first woman to be chief editor at the Gray Lady -- is arrogant and aloof. She is absent and dismissive. The Guardian / Emily Bell The lame nature of the reporting suggests it might be better just to ignore the piece entirely, but it deserves attention, as it fuels an exasperating and wholly sexist narrative about women in power. Jezebel When you boil it down, this is actually a story about how "likable" Jill Abramson is as a leader -- and particularly, as a female leader. It's textbook stereotyping, down to the words used to describe her style and the way her detractors confirm her competence in the same breath that they rip apart her personality. The Atlantic I have no idea what's actually going on inside The New York Times but reading Dylan Byers's piece on Jill Abramson's tenure as the paper's first female editor I could not stop thinking about chapter three of Sheryl Sandberg's Lean In -- you know, the one titled "Success and Likability." In it, Sandberg dives into the research on how female leaders find their temperaments subjected to constant negative scrutiny. Business Insider "She's got my support," said Times media reporter Brian Stelter. "A lot of the [Politico story] didn't ring true me. My sense is that she has the support of the news room. When I read the story I came away thinking, she sounds like she's the boss. That's what she is. I have to wonder if would have been written if there was a male editor-in-chief." FishbowlNY Hmm… What was the problem again? Oh, right. Some people at the Times don't like working for a strong, smart, powerful woman.
Here Comes Amazon's Kindle TV Set-Top Box (Bloomberg Businessweek)
Amazon is making e-readers, tablets and will likely soon introduce a smartphone. As it works to build all types of connected devices, that leaves a natural next step: a television set-top box. The e-commerce giant is planning to introduce a device this fall dedicated to streaming video over the Internet and into its customers' living rooms, according to three people familiar with the project who aren't authorized to discuss it. Gizmodo Nothing is certain yet, but Amazon's contribution to the market will probably rely heavily on consolidating the whole streaming experience, from the point of purchase all the way to your TV with a walled -- but not impenetrable -- ecosystem, probably based on forked Android. Oh and did we mention it will probably be dirt cheap? It will probably be dirt cheap. TechCrunch As Amazon finds its way to more niche shows that it can present exclusively, the reasons to grab an Amazon-branded device for your TV makes more sense. In the same way that Apple leverages each of its devices to sell new ones, Amazon is learning how it's done. It also doesn't help that it has millions of shoppers visiting its site daily looking for new things.
Time Warner Cable Revenue Misses as Data Services Disappoint (Reuters)
Time Warner Cable Inc, the second-largest U.S. cable operator, reported first-quarter revenue below analysts' estimates as it added fewer than expected subscribers for its high-speed data services. Time Warner Cable and its larger rival, Comcast Corp, have increasingly relied on Internet customers for growth as they continue to lose cable-TV subscribers and grapple with rising programming costs.
Twitter Said to Bolster Security After AP Account Hacked (Bloomberg)
Twitter Inc. plans to bolster security on its site after the account of the Associated Press news service was hacked and an erroneous post triggered a stock- market decline, according to a person familiar with the matter. NYT / Bits Until now, Twitter has resisted incorporating two-factor authentication, a verification approach that can, for example, send a second, one-time password via text message to users' mobile phones to keep attackers from hijacking their accounts with a single, stolen password.
Press Herald Parent Accuses Former CEO of Misusing More Than $530,000 (Portland Press Herald)
The company that publishes the Portland Press Herald is accusing its former chief executive of misusing more than $500,000 in company money. Richard L. Connor, who ran MaineToday Media from June 2009 until he left for undisclosed reasons in October 2011, gave himself unauthorized salary increases, according to a letter released to company employees Wednesday by Lisa DeSisto, MTM's current CEO.
Vancouver Sun, The Province Offering Employee Buyouts (The Globe and Mail)
The Vancouver Sun and The Province newspapers will offer their employees buyouts to deal with "unprecedented revenue declines", their publisher said in a memo to employees that bluntly warned that unless changes were made the papers wouldn't be likely to survive a drop in print advertising.
CQ Roll Call Offers Buyouts (FishbowlDC)
As part of the transition from print to digital, CQ Roll Call has announced that it's offering a "small handful" of employees an editorial voluntary buy-out packages. In order to achieve their goals, they have to make reductions to the print product, hence the buyout option. There are 180 employees in the department.
Soledad O'Brien Named Harvard Fellow (Politico / Dylan Byers on Media)
Soledad O'Brien -- who recently served as CNN's morning show host -- will be joining the Harvard Graduate School of Education as a visiting fellow for the 2013-14 school year. O'Brien will focus on public education in America as a distinguished visiting fellow, the graduate school announced on Wednesday.
Maxim Lost $5 Million In 2012 (NY Post / Media Ink)
Cerberus and Credit Suisse will have a hard time earning back their investment in Maxim and its parent company, Alpha Media, which is now being shopped. Sources said that the books of key financial data that just began circulating show revenue of just over $40 million and a loss of about $5 million last year.
Alexandria, Virginia Is Amazon's Most Well-Read City in America (GalleyCat)
Alexandria, Virginia is the most well-read city in America once again, according to Amazon's annual ranking that measures "all book, magazine and newspaper sales in both print and Kindle format" in cities around the country.
A La Carte TV Will Never Be (Variety)
A-la-carte channel choice no longer makes a lick of sense in the age of on-demand viewing. A post-bundle world would require a much different environment than the one a la carte fans envision, one that probably draws more on title-oriented platforms like Netflix or iTunes than on TV's linear lineage.
Many Journalists, Fans Wish Zach Braff Wasn't on Kickstarter (Fishbowl LA)
A sizable gallery of journalists and fans rolled their eyes on Twitter Wednesday at the idea of TV sitcom millionaire Zach Braff joining the Kickstarter ranks to fund indie sequel Wish I Was Here. The Wrap By mid-afternoon, Braff was half-way to his $2 million goal. But passions were running high against the campaign on social media, with a sizable contingent questioning whether wealthy celebrities should use a platform favored by those without similar financial access.
Warner Bros. Enlists Walmart Stores to Promote Man of Steel (NYT)
Which is more powerful: Superman or Walmart? In an unusual promotional partnership, customers at U.S. Walmart stores will be able to buy tickets to early screenings of Man of Steel, the coming Superman movie. Warner Bros. and Walmart bill the partnership as a Hollywood first.
ChartGirl Boxes the News (Reuters / Jack Shafer)
If you love to break ideas down into their sequential components, keep your socks folded and sorted by color in a dresser, compose everything you write with an outliner and consider a pair of tweezers a blunt instrument, then you probably view the news through the schematic eyes of Hilary Sargent, the creative force behind the ChartGirl website.
BuzzFeed on Responding to Interview Requests: 'We Can't Reveal ALL of our Secrets' (Poynter / MediaWire)
New York Post reporter Lois Weiss' story about BuzzFeed's purported hunt for more office space contains a bombshell: "BuzzFeed, led by former Huffington Post founders Kenneth Lerer and Jonah Peretti along with John Johnson and former Politico editor Ben Smith, did not return 13 calls or e-mails for comment."