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NBC News Digital Names Editors For NBCNews.com, MSNBC.com

Now that NBC News Digital has two different news websites to work with, the company is solidifying the leadership at the sites.

NBCNews.com will be led by Gregory Gittrich as VP and executive editor. Gittrich joins NBCNews.com from the NBC Owned Stations group, where he had been VP of digital media. He will report to senior VP and chief digital officer Vivian Schiller.

As for MSNBC.com: regular MSNBC guest and political analyst Richard Wolffe will become VP and executive editor for the site, still slated to launch early next year. He will report jointly to MSNBC president Phil Griffin and Schiller.

Elsewhere: Jennifer Brown has been promoted to VP an executive editor of Today.com. She had been GM of the site. Ryan Osborn has been promoted to VP of digital innovation. Andrew Locke has been upped to VP of mobile and devices, while John Keegan has been named VP of technology strategy.

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Bill O’Reilly Tops Justin Bieber, Again

The old man has done it again. “The O’Reilly Factor” topped part II of NBC’s Justin Bieber special last night. “The Factor” on Fox News at 8pmET averaged 3.254 million total viewers to Bieber’s 3.102 million. Bill O’Reilly also beat out the Biebs on Wednesday night.

Also, remember last Friday on the “Today” show when Bieber sent Matt Lauer‘s first tweets, and then said if he was able to get 750,000 followers by Tuesday, NBC’s social media guy Ryan Osborn would “streak in the studio?”

Well, that deadline has come and gone, and a week after joining Twitter, @MLauer has just 145,387 followers. Of course, it doesn’t help that Lauer hasn’t Tweeted since last Friday.

Justin Bieber Sends Matt Lauer’s First Tweets

Matt Lauer joined Twitter yesterday (@MLauer) and this morning Justin Bieber sent Lauer’s first two Tweets. “I want to find out the power of Bieber,” said Lauer in an interview before Bieber’s “Today” show concert.

“I’m going to speak very proper, because I know that’s how you talk,” said Bieber as he typed in the first Tweets on Lauer’s iPhone. “Hello, period.”

Then, despite pleas from Lauer against it, Bieber made his first Tweet a promotion for his new album.

Bieber then asked his 22 million followers to follow “my man @MLauer.” Matt then made a deal, at the expense of NBC’s digital operations guy, Ryan Osborn. If @JustinBieber helps @MLauer get over 750,000 followers by Tuesday, Osborn “will streak in the studio,” Lauer said.

> Update, 3:21pm Friday: 107,781 followers. Keep your clothes on Osborn.

NBC News Staffs Up Digital Media Department

NBC News is adding two new staffers to its Digital Media department, chief digital officer Vivian Schiller announced today in a memo.

John Keegan joins NBC as Director of Technology for digital media. Keegan, who previously worked at Fox News, will focus primarily on NBC’s web properties, including theGrio and msnbc.com. The Huffington Post’s Craig Kanalley will join NBC in two weeks as Social Media Editor, where he will oversee the use of social media as a reporting platform.

In addition to the new hires, two NBCers — Ryan Osborn and Bonnie Optekman — are being promoted within the department. Osborn, who currently oversees social media for NBC News, has been promoted to Senior Director of Digital Media. Optekman, currently Vice President of News Technology, will take on the expanded role of overseeing NBC’s connected devices and on-demand delivery as her title changes to Vice President, Emerging Technologies.

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Couric, Moran Honor Media at Mirror Awards

Mirror061010.bmp The Newhouse School at Syracuse University hosted the 2010 Mirror Awards today, honoring journalism that “shines a mirror” on the media.

“CBS Evening News” anchor Katie Couric MC-ed the event, along with co-chairs Arianna Huffington, co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post, and David Zaslav, CEO of Discovery Communications.

In addition to the awards for media reporting, ABC News’ “Nightline” anchor Terry Moran presented an award to Biz Stone and the team at Twitter, and ProPublica editor Paul Steiger presented an award to Bloomberg News.

TVNewser also caught up with “Way Too Early” host Willie Geist who told us a bit about his upcoming book American Freak Show.

According to the guest list, other TV news attendees included CNN ad chief Greg D’Alba, HLN chief Ken Jautz, Morning Joe EP Chris Licht and NBC News social media guru Ryan Osborn.

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Ann Curry: “I Think Journalism is a Battle And I Feel The Scars”

140_6-17.jpgNBC’s Ann Curry, CNN’s Rick Sanchez, FNC’s Clayton Morris and Today show producer Ryan Osborn talked social media and foreign reporting yesterday at the 140 Characters Conference in New York.

“Here’s what’s pissing me off,” said Curry. “The reason I have to fight every time to do these stories is because the truth is that it’s hard to get the majority of Americans or even a significant number of Americans in NBC, Fox, ABC, CBS’s world, to care. I think journalism is a battle and I feel the scars and I see the blood on my sword on a daily basis for fights for foreign coverage to be more present in our broadcasting.”

The New York Observer reports the panel had some contentious moments. After Sanchez described Iran coverage and reports from people who aren’t “happy faced, really pretty anchors,” Curry interrupted: “I’m not sure I’m a happy faced, pretty anchor.”

Later, Sanchez defended his network’s coverage, and correspondent Christiane Amanpour. “I think it could be a little insulting to someone like her to say that we weren’t on the story just because…we weren’t rolling coverage of the protest of every moment of the day on Saturday, the second Saturday of the summer,” he said.

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