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Fairfax Media To Cut 1,900 Jobs In Australia (The Guardian)
One of Australia's oldest newspaper groups, Fairfax Media, has announced major job cuts at its main Sydney and Melbourne newspapers in what has been described by management as a "landmark" event at the group. Reuters The media industry's old guard is struggling with a massive shift online, declining advertising revenues for newspaper and TV, and shrinking market share for free-to-air TV as consumers' choices multiply for news and entertainment. NYT / Reuters Fairfax, which publishes The Sydney Morning Herald, the Australian Financial Review, and The Age in Melbourne said it would cut 1,900 jobs over three years from its staff of 10,000, shut down two printing plants and reduce broadsheet newspapers to tabloid formats. Poynter / MediaWire Twenty percent of the job cuts, which will take three years to implement, are scheduled for the company's newsrooms. Bloomberg Businessweek Gina Rinehart, Asia's richest woman, is seeking three seats on the board of Fairfax Media and the ability to fire editors. Nieman Journalism Lab This perfect storm has been brewing for some time. The decline and implosion of the media was seen as a European or American disease that Australia would avoid, much like the GFC. The seeds of Fairfax's destruction were born in the mid-1990s when it failed to fully engage, understand and act on the disruptive threats of the Internet.

The Future Of News: Mobile, Video, Data -- And Crowdsourced (GigaOM)
The Knight Foundation, a non-profit entity that is one of the biggest funders of journalism and media-related projects in the United States, announced the winners of the first round of its Knight News Challenge on Monday in Massachusetts -- a contest aimed at funding the next generation of news entrepreneurs. CJR / The Kicker Geographically organized breaking news video aggregation, natural-disaster community Web portals, and a secure service for sensitive reporter-source contact are some of the projects that just won more than $300,000 apiece to aid their development. The winning projects in this first, network-focused round are,,, Watchup, Behavio, and the Tor Project. Poynter Monday's announcement marks the completion of the first News Challenge contest since it shifted from an annual contest to three times a year. 10,000 Words The first round focused on networks, while the second deals with data -- it is accepting applications until June 21 at noon. The third challenge's theme has yet to be announced. Nieman Journalism Lab "When you leave the house, the three things you usually take with you are your keys, your wallet, and your phone," says Nadav Aharony. One of those three things is a "sensing and processing machine," he says. (Hint: not your keys.) The smartphone in your pocket knows where you are, who you're with, how fast you're moving, whether you're standing up or sitting down. What if we could refine all of this invisible metadata into meaningful stories? SocialTimes From the Knight Foundation, here are the first-round winners for 2012.

Facebook Acquires (CNET)
Facebook has acquired, confirming rumors that the companies were in talks. WSJ / Deal Journal's technology helps Facebook users tag and identify others in their photos, a key aspect for Facebook's success. TechCrunch This is important to Facebook because right now there's probably a ton of untagged mobile photos getting posted. Those are lost opportunities for engagement because when you get notified that you've been tagged in a photo, you probably visit Facebook immediately to check it. These tags also help Facebook understand who a photo is relevant to, so it can feature it in the news feeds of your closest friends. AllFacebook It's no secret that Mark Zuckerberg is pulling out all of the stops to enhance Facebook's mobile photo capabilities, first with the acquisition of Instagram, then the development of Facebook Camera, and now this. Reuters Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but previous reports pegged the acquisition price at between $80 million and $100 million. The deal, which is still pending, is expected to close within the coming weeks. Mashable This is the first major acquisition Facebook has made since going public in May.

CNN Switches Up 12 P.M. Format, Launches Newsroom International (TVNewser)
During the work day, CNN has long relied on CNN Newsroom to bridge the gap between its morning shows and The Situation Room. Now the network seems to be switching it up a little bit, tweaking the long-running format. At noon ET Monday, CNN launched a new hour of CNN Newsroom called Newsroom International. HuffPost The addition retains the format of Newsroom with a focus on international news and events. Suzanne Malveaux, who anchors news coverage from noon to 2 p.m. ET, will continue to host the new hour. She is joined by CNN International anchors Michael Holmes, Richard Quest and Hala Gorani.

The Microsoft Surface, A 10.6-Inch Windows 8 Tablet From Microsoft (TechCrunch)
"It embodies hardware and software working together. People want to work and play," Steve Ballmer said Monday amid much fanfare at Milk Studios in downtown Los Angeles. Microsoft has officially entered the ring with Apple. CNET The Surface tablets will be available in two distinct versions. The Windows RT version -- which is effectively the "light" version of Windows 8 -- will launch with Windows 8 in the fall, and run on an ARM CPU. While it won't have the full desktop version of Windows 8 (it runs only the "Metro" apps available through the Windows app store), it will include a version of Microsoft Office at no additional charge. AppNewser The cover of the Surface also doubles as a touchpad keyboard with a mousepad. When the designers revealed the snap-on keyboard, the audience of tech journalists cheered. The tablet contains a hinged kickstand on the back that allows it to stand up like a television or PC. The Associated Press Microsoft said the Surface's price tag will be similar to the iPad, which sells for $499 to $829, depending on the model. GalleyCat We waited an hour to see the device up close. At one point, a BBC cameraman shot some footage as we wrote about the Microsoft Surface on an iPad. When we finally got to touch the tablet, we asked to see the Kindle or Barnes & Noble eBook apps -- but they weren't prepared to show that yet. "You have to wait." We asked to see the stylus in action up close, but they weren't demonstrating that either. "You have to wait." Forbes / AdVoice Microsoft's Surface tablets won't join the Zune in the Redmond Hardware Deadpool anytime soon for the simple reason that they won't be released until the kids are already back in school. Is this just delaying the inevitable? Or will the Surface absorb all of the summer heat and propel itself to Xbox-like heights?

Shiba Russell Takes Over Sue Simmons' Seat At WNBC (New York Daily News)
Shiba Russell, who said when she came to WNBC/Channel 4 last year that she was not hired to replace Sue Simmons, Monday night officially did. TVSpy During a monthly staff meeting that took place Monday morning, WNBC president and general manager Michael Jack announced that, "effective today, Shiba Russell will be expanding her responsibilities to include the 11 p.m. news." FishbowlNY Russell, hired by Channel 4 in early 2011, has been on the fast track to Simmons' slot ever since. From the beginning, Russell was the main fill-in for Simmons alongside Chuck Scarborough. NYT / Media Decoder WNBC, the NBC network's flagship station in New York, hired Russell away from WCVB, the ABC station in Boston.

Everything In Moderation: As The Shouters Grow In Volume, The Comment Moderator's Job Has Become More Demanding (Adweek)
As online publishing grows increasingly social, publishers are eagerly trying to foster community on their sites. But when everyone gets a voice, things can easily go too far. Thus, among several top Web publishers, the role of comment moderator is becoming that much more demanding.

CBS Set To Launch New Morning Show In New York (TVSpy)
CBS is set to launch a new morning show on WLNY, the Long Island, NY-based station that the company acquired in April. New York Daily News Carolina Bermudez from Z100's Elvis Duran and the Morning Show will host WLNY-TV/Channel 10/55's new morning show. Joining her as co-hosts are John Elliott and Lisa Kerney, who will continue handling weather and sports, respectively, for WCBS/Channel 2 during its weekday 4:30 a.m. to 7 a.m. newscast. B&C Diana Miller, who was a producer on Anderson Cooper's daytime show, will executive produce the new program. FishbowlNY The WLNY morning program airs from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. beginning in early July.

Glenn Beck Drops His Name From Web Network, Promises Media 'Revolution' (CNN)
Hugely successful and often controversial, Glenn Beck is a man full of complexities. Now, the media mogul is dropping his name from the online TV network based on his personal brand. GBTV will be merged with, the Beck-owned but independently operated news and opinion website. The entire network will be called TheBlaze. TVNewser Executives at GBTV and TheBlaze, who include former Fox News executive Joel Cheatwood, Premiere Radio Networks executive Kraig Kitchin and former Huffington Post CEO Betsy Morgan, will take on slightly tweaked roles in the new venture as co-presidents, each overseeing an aspect of the new company. Mediaite TheBlaze in its current iteration claims more than 7 million unique visitors a month, and GBTV has about 300,000 subscribers. Adweek According to comScore figures, TheBlaze has performed quite well, adding well over 1 million unique viewers in the past year. GBTV, in comparison, launched in July 2011 and has seen significant trail off in terms of monthly unique visitors.

New York Daily News Tries To Capitalize At The Newsstand On Post Price Bump (Capital New York)
Monday morning at the intersection of 40th Street and 8th Avenue, a woman was shouting at the top of her lungs, dressed in a blue smock, at the onrush of commuters coming out of the Port Authority Bus Terminal. "Check it out! Daily News is 75 cents!" she was hollering.

More Tablet Owners Want Free Apps, With Ads, Instead Of Paid (AdAge / Media News)
Both the number of people who use tablets and usage per tablet user are exploding. But tablet users' appetite for paid apps isn't following the trend. A new study commissioned by the Online Publishers Association found that 54 percent of tablet users prefer free, ad-supported apps over paid ones, up from 40 percent a year ago. At the same time, just 19 percent of users say they prefer to pay more for apps with no ads, down from 30 percent last year. Forbes / Mixed Media The study asked 2,540 Internet users about their use of and attitude toward tablet readers. Among the most noteworthy findings were the consistently different responses to advertising between those who've purchased digital content on a tablet and those who haven't. Adweek Tablet users, it appears, are overwhelmingly willing to pay for content. Fully 61 percent said that they've purchased content like eBooks, magazines or video, while 72 percent have paid for apps. That market has nearly doubled in the past year. An estimated $2.6 billion was spent on apps in the past 12 months, up from $1.4 billion in the year-ago period. Poynter / MediaWire What kinds of media are they buying? Some magazines (39 percent) and eBooks (35 percent), fewer newspapers (15 percent).

Martin Dickson Named Financial Times U.S. Managing Editor (
A memo to the Financial Times staff says Martin Dickson is replacing Gillian Tett as U.S. managing editor. Tett "is going on a short and long-planned book leave on September 1," writes editor Lionel Barber. Reuters Dickson, currently the paper's deputy editor, will take over for Tett on September 1. His responsibilities will include oversight of the FT's print and online editions in North America.

Regis And Kathie Lee Reuniting On Today (TVNewser)
Before there was Live! with Kelly, there was Live! With Regis and Kathie Lee. On Wednesday, for the first time in 12 years, Regis Philbin and Kathie Lee Gifford will be co-hosts once again, as Philbin fills in for Hoda Kotb during the fourth hour of NBC's Today. HuffPost Gifford made the announcement on Monday's Today, after having dinner with Philbin and his wife over the weekend.

NewsDiffs Tracks Changes To New York Times, CNN (Poynter / Regret The Error)
Web pages, articles, blog posts and other content are easily altered, changed, deleted. And it's not always clear what's new or has been removed. Cached versions of content exist, but it can be tough to locate them. To help address this issue, a group of participants in this weekend's Knight Mozilla MIT hackathon have launched a new tool to make it easier to track changes made to content from two news organizations. NY Observer / BetaBeat Back in October, The New York Times made substantial changes to a report about Occupy Wall Street protesters marching over the Brooklyn Bridge. The kerfuffle inspired former Times reporter Jennifer 8. Lee and sibling programmer duo Eric and Greg Price to build a site at a news hackathon at MIT this weekend that tracks changes made to Times stories using Github. 10,000 Words As a starting point, NewsDiffs tracks revisions for CNN and New York Times stories, with more news organizations to come later.

Newsweek Hires Ex-TNR Editor Richard Just (Politico / Dylan Byers On Media)
Richard Just, the former editor of The New Republic, has been hired by Newsweek / The Daily Beast. FishbowlNY He served as TNR's editor from 2010 until late last month, when Franklin Foer returned to the magazine as editor. At Newsweek / The Daily Beast, Just will work as consulting editor at the company's Washington, D.C. bureau.

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