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‘Today’ Mishandles Ann Curry’s Departure

Savannah Guthrie was officially named the new Today show co-host, just a day after Ann Curry gave her tearful on-air good-bye. Now the challenge for Today is making the transition to a new host without alienating the fans of the old one. To do that, according to the NY Times, the show is trying to keep the change low-key.

The problem is this change was anything but. There were leaks and speculation for about a week. And on the day of her departure, there was this big story in USA Today.

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Ann Curry Bids a Tearful Farewell to ‘Today’

There were rumors yesterday evening that this news would be coming today, but it didn’t make watching it any easier.

Ann Curry bid a tearful farewell to the Today show this morning, expressing her love for the viewers, her colleagues, and the behind-the-scenes players on the show.

There had been speculation over the past week or so that she would be leaving the show, possibly with a big payday. During her announcement, Curry said she’d be working on big stories, “the work that most of us got into journalism to do,” which will be broadcast across NBC’s news programs. NBC News president Steve Capus went into further detail about the types of stories Curry would be covering: “humanitarian” stories both here and abroad.

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UPDATED: CNN, Fox Issue Statements After Incorrect SCOTUS Ruling Reported

Zoinks! Both Fox and CNN, in a rush to report this morning’s historic Supreme Court health care ruling, told everyone the exact wrong thing. That’s embarrassing.

Fox corrected itself on the air after seeing news on the SCOTUSblog that contradicted their initial statement that the health care law had been ruled unconstitutional. EVP of news for Fox News Michael Clemente has put out a statement about the gaffe that includes a poke at “one other cable network.” This statement is after the jump and gets the side eye.

CNN amended its reporting on air as well. They’ve also sent out an email to correct their previous “Breaking News” email alert and issued a statement, which we’ve also got after the jump.

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Revolving Door: ‘The Newsroom’ debuts, More on Ann Curry

The media has been very busy weighing in with their reviews of the new Aaron Sorkin HBO program The Newsroom. HBO, in line with its promotions for Girls and other programming this season, has made the debut episode available to all on YouTube. The show has already debuted with 2.1 million viewers.

Word on the street is Ann Curry is set to receive $10 million to vacate her post at Today. ICYMI, The New York Times published a professional profile of Curry and her time with the show. And over on TVSpy, they’ve conducted an informal poll and determined that Natalie Morales is the preferred replacement (among TVSpy readers).

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Study: Journos Continue to See Growing Digital Influence

The Oriella PR Network has released its 5th Annual Oriella Digital Journalism Study, finding that digital continues to have a growing influence on the reporting and consumption of news. Nearly half (48 percent) of respondents said the majority of their readers are offline, slightly lower than 2011 (50 percent). That figure was much smaller in the U.S., where only 20 percent said their audience was offline.

Reporters are also relying upon social media and trusted blogs as regular sources for stories. More than half (54 percent) said updates on Facebook, Twitter, and other social sites have become a source; 44 percent say they turn to blogs.

The key word here is “trusted.” The study suggests that marketers must use all forms of digital technology to get their messages out, but good, solid information is a necessity. Credibility is currency.

The Network surveyed 613 journalists in 16 countries (about 38 in each country). The research took place in April and May of this year. For more info, click here. And click through for an infographic.

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TV One Rebrands With a Focus on Storytelling

In keeping with the recent spate of broadcast network rebrands, TV One, the cable network targeting African Americans, is getting a refresh with a new tagline — “Where black life unfolds” — and a renewed commitment to storytelling.

“TV One enjoys high brand awareness among our target audience, and we want to make sure our viewers understand exactly what the network is all about: great storytelling through a variety of genres that reflect and celebrate the rich diversity of black life in America,” the network’s EVP and CMO Kenetta Bailey told THR.

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‘Times-Picayune’ Makes Big Staff Cuts

For more than 200 staffers at the New Orleans Times-Picayune, September 30 will be their last day at the paper.

The Times-Picayune announced a couple of weeks ago that it would be cutting its print schedule to three days per week, making New Orleans the largest U.S. city to not have a daily paper. At that time, there was talk of layoffs. The cuts are deep.

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Revolving Door: Robin Roberts announces new health battle, Changes at ‘The Cut’ blog and MSNBC

Robin Roberts announced on GMA this morning that she has a rare blood and bone marrow disease called MDS for which she is beginning treatment today. You can learn more about this disease here and watch video of Roberts revealing her illness here. But be warned, it’s absolutely heartbreaking. We wish Roberts a speedy recovery.

Christina Han has joined New York magazine’s The Cut blog as its first beauty editor. Gawker’s Maureen O’Connor announced last week she was joining the site as the first features editor.

New York Times reporter Charles Duhigg outlines five ways to get on the cover of the paper. There’s a lot of personal embarrassment involved. [via JimRomenesko.com]

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Revolving Door: SJP, Anna Wintour for Obama, Margaret Brennan to CBS, Narrative.ly

Margaret Brennan, previously an anchor at Bloomberg TV, is joining CBS News as a State Department correspondent and general assignment reporter. Brennan was with Bloomberg for three years. She spoke with us for a Media Beat interview last summer, which you can check out here.

Vogue‘s Anna Wintour is pushing hard for President Obama via email. “There’s simply no excuse to let this slip,” reads the note, which The New York Observer characterizes as having “her trademark dose of mild menace.” The email is part of a campaign fundraising effort that includes a dinner with Sarah Jessica Parker. The ad for that fundraiser debuted during the MTV Movie Awards last night. Attached above. *Update 6/5: Glenn Beck rants, gets the facts wrong, mocks Wintour’s accent.

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Revolving Door: Anthony Bourdain to CNN, Staff changes at the ‘Times-Picayune,’ and More

Anthony Bourdain is heading to CNN and CNN International for a new weekend show. The network says the new programming will “creat[e] a signature showcase for the network’s coverage of food and travel.” He’ll also be a commentator on other CNN programming. He’ll finish out his final episodes of the Travel Channel’s No Reservations and The Layover, another Travel Channel show, with those episodes to air through 2013. Bourdain will be working with the same people who helped him produce his Travel Channel shows. [via]

New Orleans Times-Picayune employees will start learning who stays and who goes on June 4 or 5. Those who stay will be offered new positions and there is talk of bringing on new hires. In addition, there have been changes in how news is being reported on the website. Last week we learned that the Times-Picayune will be published in print just three times per week, making New Orleans the largest U.S. city without a daily paper.

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