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Berkshire to Buy TV Station From Graham in $1.1 Billion Swap (Bloomberg Businessweek)
Berkshire Hathaway Inc. reached a deal to acquire a Miami television station and some of the company’s own shares in a $1.1 billion swap for Graham Holdings Co. stock that Warren Buffett held for more than four decades. Deadline New York Buffett’s stake accounted for about 23 percent of the voting shares in Graham as of the last proxy, out early last year. He will receive the ABC affiliate plus an unspecified amount of cash and shares that Graham owns in Berkshire Hathaway. Variety The pact marks a turning point for Berkshire and the Graham Holdings, the publicly held firm that changed its name from the Washington Post Co. after it sold its flagship newspaper to Amazon mogul Jeff Bezos last year. Berkshire had been an investor in Washington Post Co. since the 1970s, with Buffett having served as a board member of the publishing and TV station conglomerate. Poynter / MediaWire Berkshire Hathaway purchased most of Media General’s newspapers in 2012, and it’s added lots of newspapers since. Reuters reported in February that Berkshire Hathaway was in talks with Graham Holdings “to trade the shares it owns in the education and media company for control of a yet-to-be-formed unit of Graham.” Graham Holdings still owns TV stations in Detroit and Houston. NYT / DealBook Buffett has embarked on a late-in-life run as a media mogul of sorts, assembling a prospering portfolio that includes his hometown newspaper, The Omaha World-Herald. The deal will bring Berkshire its first television station, whose call sign refers to Philip L. Graham, Katharine Graham’s husband and her predecessor as the publisher of the Post. Perhaps most notably, however, the deal sharply curtails Buffett’s business ties to the Graham family. TVSpy “Warren Buffett’s 40-year association with our company has been extremely good for our shareholders. Naturally, the deal that we have put together is one that will be good for both companies,” said Donald E. Graham, chairman and CEO of Graham Holdings.

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Liz Heron Moves On to Facebook

LizHeronTwitterProfilePicFrom the Washington Post, to the New York Times, to the Wall Street Journal, to Facebook. As a Will Hunting might say to their journalism brethren, “How do you like them apples?”

This most impressive career progression has been restated and updated just now by Liz Heron via, appropriately enough, Facebook. She’s leaving her position as emerging media editor at WSJ for a job at the social network that will be centered around the news. From her post:

To my friends and colleagues at the Wall Street Journal: Your journalism makes everyone smarter, more informed (and often wittier too). Thank you for an incredible two years. To my team in particular: From Superstorm Sandy to the 2012 elections to major tech IPOS to the Boston bombing, we made social media sourcing/verification and reader participation a key part of our news report. We made huge strides in shareable visual storytelling, built a global social media presence, experimented with news start-ups and raised the profile of mobile journalism around our newsroom. You’re amazing. Keep it up.

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WSJ Adds Social Media Editor

The Wall Street Journal has moved Allison Lichter to its social media team. Lichter, according to Talking Biz News, is now a social media editor. Lichter has been with the Journal since 2010. She most recently served as a senior features editor for wsj.com.

“Amid an extremely busy period of launching, expanding and revamping sections, she has worked closely with all of their editors to oversee their digital strategies — an array of videos, playlists, online conversations, and social-media offerings, that have contributed to our feature sections’ success,” wrote Liz Heron, the Journal’s director of social media, in a memo.

Lichter’s Twitter account is @AllisonWSJ.

New York Times’ Social Media Editor Moves to Wall Street Journal

Liz Heron is leaving her position as The New York Times’ Social Media Editor and heading to the rival Wall Street Journal. She will be the Journal’s Director, Social Media and Engagement.

Heron tweeted about the change, “The news is bittersweet, as I’ll miss my colleagues at @nytimes, for which I have the utmost respect. But thrilled for challenges ahead.”

In a memo to the Journal’s staff, Raju Narisetti said, “In her current job as a Social Media editor at The New York Times, Liz defined its overall social media sensibility, and established new ways of storytelling, gathering news and distributing journalism using social tools…  Liz also developed strategies for innovating on new platforms such as Google+, and set standards for individuals and desks when it came to using Twitter and Facebook for journalism.”

Her first day at the Journal is April 9.

Pretty Study | We’re All Jacksons | A Two Way Street

  • TVNewser: A study says that attractive politicians tend to get more time on news programs. Somewhere, Ross Perot is shaking his fist at the sky and yelling, “I knew they were slighting me!”
  • FishbowlDC: Six degrees of Tito Jackson is more fun than six degrees of Kim Kardashian.
  • 10,000 Words: Liz Heron, the New York Times’ Social Media Editor, says that if news organizations ask a question via social networks, they need to do something with the answers.

The New York Times’ Tweeters

The New York Times has so many journalists that are active on social media platforms it can be hard to keep up. Thankfully the Times has put together a listing of all its writers who are on Twitter.

It makes following a few — or all of them — much easier. Here’s a list just tweeted by Liz Heron, one of the paper’s Social Media Editors. Happy tweeting!

The New York Times Turns Off Automated Twitter Account

Most of the time The New York Times’ official Twitter account, @NYTimes, is automated. However, this week it’s being run by actual people. Liz Heron and Lexi Mainland are tweeting from the account as part of a test to see if having a human run it is better for the paper.

Heron tells Poynter that the change is in response to people considering the @NYTimes account to be cold and robotic:

[Allowing human users] is about changing the perception, and it’s about being a little more strategic about what we put out there — finding the most engaging content.

Of course having the Twitter feed run by human users is a good idea, and it’s easy to see why: People like to be engaged. After all, it’s called social networking, not whatever the opposite of that would be. Antisocial inner monologue? We’ll go with that.