Morning Media Newsfeed 09.12.12
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NBC's Today Skips 9/11 Moment for Kardashian (Yahoo! News / AP)
While its rivals covered the solemn commemoration of the first plane striking the World Trade Center on Tuesday, NBC's Today show aired Kardashian family matriarch Kris Jenner talking about her breast augmentation. It was an embarrassing moment for the once-dominant morning show, now often beaten by ABC's Good Morning America in the ratings, and showed the continued delicacy of Sept. 11 memories for television. TVNewser After the moment of silence ended, ABC went right to an interview with actor Richard Gere, while CBS went straight into a commercial break. Here in New York, NBC did show the moment of silence, as WNBC broke into Today to carry locally-produced special coverage. Fox News Coming out of a commercial break, Today co-host Savannah Guthrie segued, "Back now at 8:45 with Kris Jenner, the matriarch of the Kardashian clan," before beginning a five-minute interview that covered the importance of changing out your breast implants later in life, working out with a personal trainer, and welcoming hip-hop star Kanye West into the family. New York Daily News Plane crash, what plane crash? The Washington Post / The TV Column Faster than you can say "All the world's a TV critic on Twitter," people were taking whacks at NBC and the Today show which, we should probably note here, has not carried the annual moment of silence for the past several years, except last year which marked the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. NYT / Media Decoder Despite suggestions on social media that NBC apologize for the gaffe abounded, none will be forthcoming, a spokeswoman for the show said. The simple reason: Unlike its competitors, the Today show has not maintained a tradition of offering a moment of silence on 9/11 mornings. Poynter / MediaWire If there is a post-9/11 journalism, it is represented by the images we remember from that day in 2001 and the moments since that have marked a changed America. These front pages capture those moments.
MSNBC Wins Week-Long Primetime Convention Ratings (HuffPost)
MSNBC reached another historic milestone after becoming the most-watched cable news network during the week of the Democratic National Convention. The network hit ratings gold after beating CNN and Fox News during the first night of the Democratic National Convention. TVNewser Whereas last week Fox News was the number one cable channel on all of TV, with CNN and MSNBC in the top 25, this week Fox News was third in primetime and fourth in total day among ad-supported cable networks, with MSNBC and CNN cracking the top 10. Mediaite Over the five weekdays, MSNBC averaged 2.53 million total viewers, while Fox and CNN tied with roughly 2.35 million. This marks the first time in the network's 16-year existence that MSNBC came in first for a full week of weekday primetime ratings.
Zuckerberg Shows He's the Right Man for the Job. Now That Job Needs Doing (TechCrunch)
This was no sweaty, hoodie-clad boy genius. Tuesday at TechCrunch Disrupt, Mark Zuckerberg demonstrated he's a business man, a mobile product visionary, and most importantly, a leader Facebook's employees can look up to. Speaking quickly but confidently, he admitted mistakes. WSJ Zuckerberg says Facebook Inc.'s future is on mobile phones -- but not on ones made by the social network. In his first public appearance since Facebook's botched public offering in May, the CEO on Tuesday zoomed through a litany of the company's mobile efforts while admitting that the company's previous mobile strategy was wrong. CNNMoney Facebook's founder claimed that he wrote the 2,000-word manifesto that appeared in Facebook's IPO filing on his mobile phone. "That's the future," Zuckerberg said. AllFacebook Zuckerberg explained (as he has done before) that the biggest factor in the company's success is how Facebook can enhance its mobile experience and find some way to turn mobile ads into a money-making venture. He copped that the company's biggest mistake was relying on HTML5 instead of a native platform for mobile apps. Slate / The Slatest It seems investors like what they heard because Facebook shares rose 3 percent after he spoke to above $20, still far from their $38 debut price.
As Buzz Builds Around Apple iPhone 5, Focus Shifts from High-Tech Wizardry to Content (The Washington Post)
The blogosphere is crackling with talk of Apple's iPhone 5 launch today, the latest in a rush of high-tech product announcements. But lost amid the speculation about screen size and battery life is something more important to most consumers: What can you watch on it? Fox News After weeks of speculation, anticipation and a dose of hype, Apple is widely expected to announce a new smartphone at an event in San Francisco Wednesday. Apple isn't saying anything about the topic of the event, but the email invitation it sent to reporters contains a shadow in the shape of a "5" -- a nod to the iPhone 5. ABC News / Tech This Out Numerous reports have revealed that the new iPhone will have a larger, 4-inch display, a new dock connector, a faster processor and LTE for faster data speeds. Purported photos of the phone have also leaked over the last few months, indicating that the phone will have a different design than the current iPhone 4S model. Mashable By all reports, when we finally see the real iPhone 5 (technically Apple's sixth iPhone), it's going to be the biggest redesign of the product since Steve Jobs unveiled the first model way back in January 2007.
Harrisburg's Daily Patriot-News to Publish on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays Starting Jan. 2 (The Washington Post / AP)
Harrisburg's daily newspaper, The Patriot-News, said Tuesday it will scale back the publication of printed papers to Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays starting Jan. 2. The announcement followed last month's disclosure that The Patriot-News and the Post-Standard of Syracuse, N.Y., are switching to a three-per-week publication schedule as their corporate owner shifts away from daily publication. Both papers are owned by Advance Publications Inc. Lebanon Daily News At the same time, The Patriot-News and PennLive.com will merge into one company -- PA Media Group -- which will thrust a majority of its efforts toward a 24/7 digital-first operation. The Sentinel According to Twitter feeds from Patriot-News reporters and editors, the decision was made after a survey of readers and advertisers.
New Yorker Cartoons: Facebook Does a '180' on 'Nipplegate' (The Washington Post / Comic Riffs)
In the eyes of Facebook, The New Yorker had apparently sinned. According to Robert Mankoff, the magazine's cartoon editor, The New Yorker was "temporarily banned" from Facebook over a Mick Stevens cartoon posted on the New Yorker's Facebook page. FishbowlNY As The New Yorker notes, it wasn't the man's nipples that got it banned; male nipples, according to Facebook, are fine. Something called "female nipple bulges" and female nipples, are not. The Wrap Facebook said it "quickly worked to rectify the mistake" as soon as its team of moderators was alerted.
Geneva Overholser: Keeping Journalism, and Journalism School, Connected to the Public (Nieman Journalism Lab)
The USC professor says journalism schools should become "lively centers of campus -- and of community -- life."
Feminist Press Lands Pussy Riot eBook (Publishers Weekly)
The nonprofit, indie Feminist Press will be publishing the first eBook about the Russian punk band Pussy Riot. LA Times / Jacket Copy Pussy Riot! A Punk Prayer for Freedom will be available Sept. 21 from all major eBook retailers. Members of the all-female Russian performance collective Pussy Riot were arrested in February after performing a political punk rock show in a church. Called a "punk prayer," their provocative act was meant to address freedom of expression and a variety of failings they see in the administration of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Another Exit at the Observer: News Editor Megan McCarthy (Capital New York)
Now, there's another: news editor Megan McCarthy is out. Her last day will be sometime this week. McCarthy, who joined the paper a year ago but first endeared herself to New York reporters during her tenure as founding editor of the aggregation site Mediagazer, was among the crop of hires brought in under the Observer's previous editor, Elizabeth Spiers. FishbowlNY The others who departed include Foster Kamer (left for Complex), Brian Gallagher (moving) and Laura Griffin (unknown). McCarthy did not say what her plans for the future were.
A Sneak Peak at Roll Call's New Name Plate (FishbowlDC)
Leaked to FishbowlDC: a picture of the new nameplate for Roll Call that come November will combine Roll Call and CQ Today and an internal memo laying out more details about it.
New York Times Union Reps Back in Talks with Management over Contract (New York Observer)
Negotiations over the New York Times union contract started up again this week, and labor and management are already at loggerheads, with union members fuming over the "disrespect" they've been shown so far. HuffPost The biggest sticking point in the talks remains employee pension. The Guild is also demanding a single contract for digital and print employees, while the Times has insisted on negotiating separate terms for the two units.
Digital Domain Files for Chapter 11, to Sell Itself (Yahoo! News / AP)
Less than a year after going public, the digital production company founded by director James Cameron has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and agreed to sell the core of its business to a private investment firm for $15 million.
Ratings Dwindle for MTV's Annual VMA Show (The Kansas City Star / AP)
What a difference a year makes for MTV's Video Music Awards, and not in a good way. MTV's annual big event last week was seen by 6.1 million viewers, less than half of the 12.4 million who watched in 2011, when the show was believed to be MTV's most-watched program ever, according to the Nielsen Co., which measures media consumption.
For Paton, Bankruptcy for Journal Register Is 'Embarrassing' but Necessary (NYT / Media Decoder)
The last few days have provided a lesson in humility, John Paton acknowledged. Paton, the chief executive of the management company Digital First Media Group, had his subsidiary, the Journal Register Company, file for bankruptcy protection last Wednesday. Since then, he has found himself facing a firing squad of media bloggers and former employees on Facebook and Twitter. Journal Inquirer Journal Register Co., the Pennsylvania-based media business that has filed for bankruptcy protection for the second time in three years, still owes the state of Connecticut more than $4.3 million in connection with its first filing.
Maybe This Is Why Newspapers Are Failing: Boring Headlines (The Atlantic)
Display copy in American broadsheets is oppressively dull -- and reflective of a deeper attitude that contributes to their declining fortunes.