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Revolving Door: Anderson Cooper; CNN; NBC News head talks Ann Curry, and more

Anderson Cooper revealed in an email to The Daily Beast’s Andrew Sullivan that he’s gay. “I couldn’t be any more happy, comfortable with myself, and proud,” he adds. Perhaps more importantly, he said that he felt he needed to say something on this topic because people may have mistaken his reticence for feelings of shame. Moreover, instances of bullying and discrimination make speaking out a necessity.

“I still consider myself a reserved person and I hope this doesn’t mean an end to a small amount of personal space. But I do think visibility is important, more important than preserving my reporter’s shield of privacy,” Cooper writes at the end of his comments.

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This is The First Paragraph of the AP’s Release About Its New Logo

The Associated Press will roll out a new visual identity system, including an updated logo, this year. The identity system is the first significant change in AP’s look in 30 years and follows the development and implementation of a master-brand strategy in 2010.

“Visual identity system”? “Master-brand strategy”? Why are they talking like that?

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The AP’s Holiday Style Guide is Here

He's Kriss Kringle, not Kris

The AP has released its guide to the list of words and phrases that will be popular during this holiday season. The Associated Press notes that some of the terms come from the Stylebook and others from its own stories, in case you’re checking. Among the items of note for PR pros looking to pitch holiday stories:

Hanukkah: Eight-day Jewish Festival of Lights starting Dec. 20 this year.

Christmastime: One word.

Kriss Kringle: Not Kris. Derived from the German word, Christkindl, or baby Jesus.

regifting: Passing along an unwanted present to someone else.

Xmas: Don’t use this abbreviation for Christmas.

[via AP]

News from Quora, Klout, Cision, and More

Remember Quora? Business Insider thinks they might be getting millions in another round of fundraising. Are you (still) using Quora? Should we be using it (again)?

Next week, Klout is introducing some changes to its scoring. According to a post on its blog, Klout’s People Rank is getting a tune up after a three month renovation project. The site says some users could see their scores drop after the changes, but it’s a sacrifice for accuracy.

Cision has introduced Cision Social Publish, a feature that uses the company’s PitchEngine partnership to distribute news across a number of social media platforms and with a variety of different content. The dashboard for the feature includes a Facebook app to publish stories on a company page, unlimited publishing on the PitchEngine site, and the choice to integrate newsfeeds.

And Business Wire announced this week that it has an expanded relationship with the AP. More news y’all!

Media Wrestles With Graphic Gadhafi Photos

Photo: Max Rossi/Reuters

Today’s tremendous news comes from the struggle in Libya where images and amateur video are emerging that claim to show the minutes surrounding the death of that country’s former dictator, Col. Moamar Ghadafi (spelled the CNN way). As Libyans and others around the world celebrate an end to his brutal rule, others are grappling with what images to release.

CNN published both the criticism and praise it has gotten over some of the photos it has published. Images of Ghadafi bleeding and being jostled by a hostile group, and a still of what looks to be his face post-mortem are all over the Web now. Gawker also has a chilling video of what it’s calling Gaddafi’s (Gawker spelling) “last moments.”

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Roll Call: CNN, IMAX, Porsche, and More

VP of PR for CNN Worldwide Nigel Pritchard has announced he will be retiring after 15 years with the company and more than 28 in broadcast media. Lauren Cone, a senior publicist with the organization, will be taking on the majority of the duties Pritchard leaves behind. And Bridget Leininger, director of PR for CNN in Atlanta, will be head of the PR function for TV programming.

Marc de Grandpre has been named the CMO of IMAX, The Hollywood Reporter writes. De Grandpre will lead the efforts to bring 3D viewing into the home through a partnership with Discovery. He was previously CMO of Qualcomm’s mobile commerce brand, Firethorn.

Nick Twork has been named manager of product comms for Porsche North America. He will lead product-related media activities for the company in the U.S. He was previously as GM where he managed PR for Cadillac. In addition, Gary Fong has been named product experience manager and Dave Engelman has been appointed media relations manager.

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AP Considering Charging News Outlets for Exclusives

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If OK! magazine will pay $500,000 for the rights to run Michael Jackson‘s death photo, The Associated Press, it seems, is no longer content sitting on the sidelines when it could be charging for access to the premium content it produces.

No specific details have been announced yet, but the AP is “considering whether to sell news stories to some online customers exclusively for a certain period, perhaps half an hour,” according to a report on AP chief executive Tom Curley‘s remarks at the Hong Kong Foreign Correspondents’ Club yesterday. “…products can be reserved, and there can be exclusives given, perhaps on a time-base measure. Those who get access to that content and the rich multimedia or metadata that comes with it might get an exclusive for, oh, 20 or 30 minutes,” he said.

Keith Trivitt, account executive at RLM Public Relations said, “In a 24/7 news cycle where people can get information instantly, the AP idea seems absurd.” David Teicher, Social Media Manager & Strategist at McCann-Erickson NY thinks it’s an interesting approach. “They need to generate additional revenue somehow, he said, but added, “This system would work better with exclusives or the not time sensitive stories. Not breaking news.”