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Morning Media Newsfeed: Newsweek to Print Again | Daily Download Dead | Kennedy Joins FBN

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Newsweek Plans Return to Print (NYT)
Newsweek, the struggling weekly magazine that ceased print publication last year, plans to turn the presses back on. The magazine expects to begin a 64-page weekly edition in January or February, said Jim Impoco, Newsweek’s editor-in-chief. Impoco said in an interview that Newsweek would depend more heavily on subscribers than advertisers to pay its bills — and that readers would pay more than in the past. “It’s going to be a more subscription-based model, closer to what The Economist is compared to what Time magazine is,” Impoco said. CNNMoney The announcement is a remarkable twist in Newsweek’s evolution, coming less than a year after its previous owner, IAC, stopped printing the magazine. The brand was basically left for dead — but now the cover of IAC’s final edition, with the phrase “#LastPrintIssue” rendered as a Twitter hashtag, seems decidedly premature. TheWrap The magazine, which had published weekly since 1933, ran what was expected to be its last print issue on Dec. 31, 2012. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Newsweek’s ride the past few years has been anything but easy. The Washington Post Company sold the magazine to Sidney Harman for $1 plus liabilities in 2010, upon which Harman joined forces with Tina Brown’s former online publication, The Daily Beast, which is owned by Barry Diller’s IAC/InterActiveCorp. Despite generating some controversy, Brown was never able to bring the magazine back to life. After the print edition folded at the end of 2012, top staff started heading for the exits. Adweek The move runs counter to prevailing print media trends. This week, weekly New York magazine announced it would cut back to a biweekly frequency; other weeklies have generally curtailed their publication schedules over the years amid shrinking print revenue and soaring paper and postage costs.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: NYT Site Under Siege | Kurtz Column Slammed | AllThingsD Moving On


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New York Times Site Is Disrupted in Attack by Hackers (NYT)
The New York Times‘ website was unavailable to readers on Tuesday afternoon after an online attack on the company’s domain name registrar. The attack also forced employees of the Times to take care in sending emails. The hacking was just the latest of a major media organization, with The Financial Times and The Washington Post also having their operations disrupted within the last few months. It was also the second time in August that the website of The New York Times was unavailable for several hours. The Atlantic Wire The attackers have been acknowledged by the Times to be the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA), a roguish collective sympathetic to the regime of Bashar al-Assad. TechCrunch Once the SEA had gained access to registry records, it was able to change both contact details and domain name servers. Now, the SEA is claiming access to a variety of international Twitter domains. A Twitter representative told TechCrunch that the company was “looking into” the possibility that the SEA had changed DNS records. The Next Web Statements to The Next Web from Melbourne IT explain that the SEA was able to enter its IT system by using a reseller’s username and password. Once inside Melbourne IT’s system, the group had access to a range of data and information. It presumably knew exactly what it was looking for and proceeded to change the DNS records of “several domain names,” Melbourne IT says, one of which was nytimes.com. FishbowlNY About two weeks ago, NYTimes.com went dark due to what a spokesperson called “a scheduled maintenance update.”

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Kurtz Show Gets Name | NYT Drops F Bomb | Miley Boosts MTV


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Howard Kurtz’s Fox News Show Media Buzz to Challenge CNN Head-On (The Washington Post / Erik Wemple)
For those who formerly tuned in on Sunday mornings at 11 a.m. to watch Howard Kurtz discuss the media on CNN, there’s good news: He’ll be doing essentially the same thing at the same hour in his new post at Fox News. The head-to-head scheduling is a tough break for those 17 Americans who have an appetite for two hours of media-crit-related cable talk-show fare. TVNewser Fox News says it is scheduling the show in that timeslot for logistical purposes, rather than for competitive ones. Kurtz wants to do the show live and from Washington, D.C. The show it’s replacing, Fox News Watch, tapes on Friday and airs on Saturday. The one-hour show will also feature Lauren Ashburn — a regular on Kurtz’s Reliable Sources. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media The show will also feature “Bing Pulse, provided by Bing technology, which will display real-time reactions to the different segments throughout the show,” according to the release. Variety Since Kurtz’s departure, CNN has used a series of fill-in hosts on Reliable Sources, including New York Times reporter Brian Stelter, former Portfolio editor Joanne Lipman and Tampa Bay Times media critic Eric Deggans.

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Tina Brown Punks Howard Kurtz

Damn. Someone call an ambulance, because Tina Brown just murdered Howard Kurtz.

For some context, Kurtz was fired after he wrote an incredibly stupid column about former NBA player Jason Collins, who came out via a Sports Illustrated article.

Maybe it’s time for Kurtz to just chill? Maybe.

Morning Media Newsfeed: LA Times Cuts Staff | Kurtz Signs Off CNN | New Yorker Backlash


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Profit at Los Angeles Times Owner Tribune Co. Plummets 41 Percent (LA Times / Money & Co.)
Earnings at Tribune Co., parent of the Los Angeles Times, fell sharply in the first quarter as advertising revenue continued to slide and the company incurred a big tax bill. The company reported net income of $58.4 million in the three months, a 41 percent plunge from the $99.1 million in the year-earlier period. Revenue slid 3.3 percent to $705 million and pretax income declined 7.8 percent to $80.2 million. SCPR / The Breakdown The Los Angeles Times laid off an unspecified number of employees Friday, newspaper spokeswoman Nancy Sullivan confirmed to KPCC. Sullivan declined to specify how many employees lost their jobs or which departments were affected, saying only that the paper “undertook a modest staff reduction.” Times staff members — who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak for the company — said about 20 employees were laid off. The graphics department took a huge hit, the employees said. TheWrap / MediaAlley In a letter to the newsroom obtained by TheWrap, editor Davan Maharaj and managing editor Marc Duvoisin called the layoffs “difficult” before describing a plan for a more sweeping overhaul of the website and alluding to “new recruits.”

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Kurtz Joins Fox News | Oregonian Downsizes | Instagram Video Debuts


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Howard Kurtz Joining Fox News to Anchor New Version of Fox News Watch (Mediaite)
Mediaite has learned that Howard Kurtz is joining Fox News to anchor a new version of Fox News Watch. Beginning July 1, the network said in a press statement, Kurtz will anchor a version of what is now called Fox News Watch, which airs Saturdays on the network. He will also serve as an on-air analyst for the network throughout the week, in addition to writing a regular column for FoxNews.com. Jon Scott, the current anchor of Fox News Watch, will move to the specials unit, serving as an anchor for that programming. TVNewser Kurtz had been host of CNN’s media affairs show since 1998. His CNN contract had been up for several weeks, insiders tell us. In May, he parted ways with The Daily Beast and Newsweek where he was a media reporter and columnist. FishbowlDC The shortest goodbye note known to mankind just in from CNN to Kurtz: “Howie Kurtz has served as host of Reliable Sources for 15 years, developing it into a leading source for commentary and critique on the media. We thank him for all his contributions to CNN, and wish him all the best in this new opportunity. Reliable Sources will continue on CNN, and will be hosted by a variety of people in the coming months.” JimRomenesko.com “I want to thank CNN for giving me such a prime opportunity over the years and was tempted to continue, but the chance to create a revamped program and establish a strong online presence was too good to pass up,” Kurtz said. THR “Howie is the most accomplished media reporter in the country,” said FNC’s executive vice president of news, Michael Clemente. “He’s also a master of social media trends, information good and bad, and a veteran political reporter. Altogether, he will add even greater depth to a very accomplished team of reporters and anchors.” Deadline Hollywood Kurtz came under scrutiny in early May when what he characterized as “sloppy” reporting on NBA player Jason Collins got him canned from his gig as D.C. bureau chief for The Daily Beast and Newsweek. The incident also triggered an internal review at CNN, with Kurtz ultimately keeping his job and apologizing for his flub on the show. NYT The seeds of Kurtz’s departure were sown before that blog post, though; he was highly paid by The Daily Beast but was spending time writing and promoting a small, unaffiliated website called Daily Download, to the chagrin of some of his colleagues. Since the scrutiny that flared up in early May, Kurtz has not made any Web videos for Daily Download or promoted it on Twitter. Read more

Howard Kurtz is Joining Fox News

Howard Kurtz — who was last seen getting fired from The Daily Beast for writing a stupid column that questioned if Jason Collins was “telling the whole story” — is headed to Fox News. Kurtz was the Daily Beast’s Washington bureau chief and penned the site’s Spin Cycle blog. He also hosted CNN’s Reliable Sources, and was a veteran of The Washington Post.

At Fox News, Kurtz will host Fox News Watch, a media-cenrtic show. He’ll also lend his take to stories to various other Fox News programs and write a column for FoxNews.com. The latter, according to a release will be focused on “social media news, industry trends and breakthroughs, in addition to looking at how media are used in politics.”

Kurtz’s appointment is effective July 1.

Morning Media Newsfeed: The Onion Hacked | Kurtz Pay Hit | Scripps Revenue Down


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The Onion‘s Twitter Feed Hijacked by Pro-Syria Hackers (The Wrap / Media Alley)
The Onion, America’s finest fake news organization, was the latest victim of cyber hacking on Monday when the Syrian Electronic Army took over its Twitter account to tweet a slew of anti-Israel messages. NYT / Bits A member of the Syrian Electronic Army who goes by the hacker handle “Th3 Pr0″ told The New York Times that the group aimed at The Onion because of a recent Onion parody post, purportedly written by Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad, titled: “Hi, In The Past 2 Years, You Have Allowed Me To Kill 70,000 People.” “The Onion is a satire news organization and quite often is more trusted to reflect the news than the corporate media is known to,” Th3 Pr0 wrote in an email. The Onion Following Monday’s incident in which the Syrian Electronic Army hacked into the Onion‘s Twitter account, sources at America’s Finest News Source confirmed that its Twitter password has been changed to OnionMan77 in order to prevent any future cyber-attacks. “We have taken the necessary measures to ensure this kind of thing never happens again,” said Onion IT specialist Nick Abersold. Read more

Morning Media Newsfeed: The Onion Hacked | Kurtz Pay Hit | Scripps Revenue Down


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The Onion‘s Twitter Feed Hijacked by Pro-Syria Hackers (The Wrap / Media Alley)
The Onion, America’s finest fake news organization, was the latest victim of cyber hacking on Monday when the Syrian Electronic Army took over its Twitter account to tweet a slew of anti-Israel messages. NYT / Bits A member of the Syrian Electronic Army who goes by the hacker handle “Th3 Pr0″ told The New York Times that the group aimed at The Onion because of a recent Onion parody post, purportedly written by Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad, titled: “Hi, In The Past 2 Years, You Have Allowed Me To Kill 70,000 People.” “The Onion is a satire news organization and quite often is more trusted to reflect the news than the corporate media is known to,” Th3 Pr0 wrote in an email. The Onion Following Monday’s incident in which the Syrian Electronic Army hacked into the Onion‘s Twitter account, sources at America’s Finest News Source confirmed that its Twitter password has been changed to OnionMan77 in order to prevent any future cyber-attacks. “We have taken the necessary measures to ensure this kind of thing never happens again,” said Onion IT specialist Nick Abersold.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Howard Kurtz Apologizes | Keys Gets Revenge | WaPo Earnings Plunge


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Howard Kurtz Apologizes on CNN For Errors (Politico)
Howard Kurtz took to his Reliable Sources show on CNN on Sunday to apologize for his “inexcusable” erroneous report last week about NBA player Jason Collins and for a string of past mistakes that the media critic admitted he was sometimes too slow to correct. During Kurtz’s extraordinary 15-minute long confession of journalistic sins, he repeatedly said he’s learned a lesson and promised to double and triple-check all his facts in the future to win back the trust of readers and viewers. TVNewser NPR’s David Folkenflik and Politico‘s Dylan Byers grilled Kurtz about Collins as well as other mistakes from the past that Kurtz admitted he had sometimes waited too long to correct. It was riveting, powerful, and frequently uncomfortable to watch. The live interrogation on CNN was not Kurtz’ idea. HuffPost / The Backstory Kurtz claimed Sunday that Daily Download, a site founded by USA Today veteran Lauren Ashburn, has “always been a limited venture for me.” The Knight Foundation provided a $115,000 grant for the Daily Download project in December 2011, via Maryland Public Television, and provided a second $115,000 grant in November 2012. A Knight Foundation spokesman told HuffPost that Kurtz’s “involvement was a factor in our support for the Daily Download.” Daily Download / Lauren Ashburn In a regular Daily Download feature where Kurtz and I comment on the day’s media news, he made a mistake. And so did I. As founder and editor-in-chief, I am responsible for what goes on Daily Download. I am committed to being more vigilant to ensure our facts are correct and that we are more transparent if issues arise. Read more

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