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Et Tu, Journalists Who Wrote That Bogus George Clooney Item?

As we reported Wednesday, George Clooney rarely calls out the media. But when he does, be it over a 2013 item about the delayed release of Monuments Men or a 2014 item about his future wife, it’s duly noted.

With criticism of the Daily Mail continuing for a piece that has since been deleted (a Slate op-ed by Will Oremus for example is headlined “George Clooney is Right About the Daily Mail“), we wondered about the reporters caught in the middle.

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The single source for the article is a “Lebanese friend of the [Alamuddin] family in London” (also later identified by the Mail as a “reputable and trusted freelance journalist”). The byline lists as authors Hannah Roberts, a freelance journalist in Rome, and Sara Nathan, New York-geo-tagged showbiz editor-at-large for MailOnline US. Although there is no sign of an apology on either writer’s Twitter feed, Roberts has been silent there since this Clooney business broke. Nathan, at her end, has moved on to other topics like the 2014 Primetime Emmy Awards nominations.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Netflix to Up Prices | NBC Evaluates Gregory | Slate Plus Launches

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Netflix Plans Price Raise as Streaming Subscribers Grow (Reuters)
Video streaming service Netflix Inc. said it intends to raise its subscription price for new customers by $1 or $2 a month to help the company buy more movies and TV shows and improve service for its 48 million global subscribers. WSJ Netflix said the price increase for the $7.99 a month service, the first since 2011, would help pay for its continued investment in original programs, including series such as House of Cards and Orange Is The New Black. Netflix has committed to spend billions of dollars in programming in the past few years as it has grown to become the biggest stand-alone subscription programming service in the U.S., passing some long-standing traditional TV outlets like HBO in terms of subscribers. Mashable Current subscribers would stay at the $7.99 price for a “generous time period,” the company wrote in a statement to investors. “Our current view is to do a one or two dollar increase, depending on the country, later this quarter for new members only,” the company wrote. The news came as Netflix announced that it added 4 million new members in the first quarter of 2014, as the company beat revenue and profit expectations. Variety In after-hours trading Monday, Netflix’s stock climbed as much as 7 percent to $372.05 per share, after closing up 0.8 percent for the day at $348.49. Netflix also said that in the second quarter of 2014, it will launch the first pay-TV integration of its service in the U.S. That’s after lining up deals with European providers including the U.K.’s Virgin Media to provide access to the unlimited streaming-video service through operator-supplied boxes. Deadline New York The company generated $53.1 million in net income in the first quarter of 2014, up from $2.7 million in the same period in 2013, on revenues of $1.27 billion, up 24 percent.

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Slate Launches Paid Membership Plan

Slate Plus, the paid membership from Slate, is officially live. The first thing you should know about Slate Plus is that it’s not a paywall. The site will remain completely free. You won’t be asked to pay up once you read a certain number of articles. Slate Plus is — like the name suggests — Slate, but with more.

Readers can pay $5 a month or $50 a year for Slate Plus, which offers ad-free podcasts, non-paginated articles, an improved commenting system, access to Slate events and more.

We think Slate Plus is a great idea. It’s not going to alienate anyone who normally would read the site, like paywalls sometimes do. Instead, Slate is simply taking advantage of those who are open to paying for an upgraded experience.

“Are we asking you for money? Yes! We’re asking Slate Plus members to pay us $5 a month or $50 a year to gain access to a richer, smoother Slate experience,” wrote Slate’s editor, David Plotz. “We at Slate have always prided ourselves in experimenting with new kinds of journalism. It’s been equally important to us to experiment with new business models for journalism.”

Interested in Slate Plus? You can try it free for 14 days.

Slate Editor: Please God, Let James Franco Just Be a Creep

As we head into the weekend on the wings of James Franco‘s Live with Kelly and Michael Mea Culpa, FishbowlNY wanted to highlight a favorite bit of media reaction to all this. In case you missed.

Picking up on the suggestion by colleagues that the actor’s Instagram contretemps has some very convenient resonance with Franco’s upcoming theatrical release Palo Alto, Slate assistant editor Katy Waldman posits the equivalent of Dear God… no:

If Franco’s Instagram flirtation is performance, it is deeply, deeply tired. Can celebrities ever really achieve authenticity? Is all the world a stage? What is the value/cost of testing the edges of romantic convention, in a knowing way, for art? What is art? Who am I? God, JF, you were so much more tolerable as the poufy-lipped nothingvillain in Spider-Man.

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Anti-Colbert Hashtag Activist Has a New Target: HuffPost Live

Slate political reporter David Weigel provides a good rundown of the #CancelColbert brouhaha spearheaded by 23-year-old freelance writer Suey Park. Some material on Wednesday’s edition, followed by an insensitive tweet from the Comedy Central official stream, led Park to a very effective viral protest.

Now, there’s more trouble brewing. Brought on to HuffPost Live today to discuss all this with Josh Zepps, Park is tweeting up a new storm:

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Sweeney’s Successor | Weiner to Pen Column at BI | Bartiromo Given FNC Show

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Disney Names Ben Sherwood as Anne Sweeney’s Successor (THR)
ABC News president Ben Sherwood has been named Anne Sweeney’s successor as co-chairman of Disney Media Networks and president of Disney/ABC Television Group. He’ll officially take over the role on Feb. 1, 2015. TVNewser Sherwood will begin the transition immediately and take on the role of co-president of Disney/ABC while also overseeing ABC News until his successor is named. Variety Sherwood was a front-runner for the job ever since Sweeney shocked industry on March 11 when she announced she was resigning as of January 2015 to pursue a career as a television director. Sherwood steered the rise of Good Morning America and brokered deals like ABC News’ partnership with Yahoo!. He will also serve as co-chairman of Disney Media Networks alongside ESPN’s John Skipper. NYT Among Sherwood’s first decisions — with oversight from Disney chairman Bob Iger and Sweeney — will be the choice of his own successor in the news division. “We have a deep bench of leaders at ABC News,” he said. The standout candidate for that job is James Goldston, the senior vice president of ABC News who has been instrumental first in the revival of the late-night program Nightline and then in the rise of GMAWSJ Sherwood was named president of ABC News in December 2010. He is responsible for all aspects of ABC News’ broadcasts. In addition, Sherwood oversees ABC News Radio, ABCnews.com, satellite service NewsOne and ABC News Now. ABC News reaches a combined audience of well over 270 million people a month on television, on radio and online, and is enjoying significant audience growth driven by a creative renaissance and innovative deal-making. In addition, during Sherwood’s tenure, the news division has won the most prestigious honors in the industry.

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Slate Introduces Paid Membership Plan

There’s paywalls and metered paywalls, and then there’s Slate Plus, the new membership plan from Slate. The New York Times reports that Slate readers can subscribe to the plan — which will give them special access to the site’s writers, ad-free podcasts, and admission to live events — for $5 a month or $50 a year.

Slate Plus is unique in that the entire website will remain free. It’s a smart idea because Slate is keeping casual readers’ attention, but tempting their most dedicated fans with a paid product.

David Plotz, Slate’s editor-in-chief, said Slate Plus was a natural move for the site. “Advertising remains central to our success, but we think we’d be better off if we were less dependent on it,” he told the Times. “We also think it’s important to give readers a stake in the journalism they value, which is why we’re asking them to pay for membership.”

Slate Plus launches tomorrow.

Winner of Second Place Behind Slate/Travoltified: The LA Times

Bravo, LA Times editors. Bravo!

In today’s print editions, for a Calendar section article by David Ng and Oliver Gettell about the endlessly fascinating John Travolta/Adele Dazeem flub, the paper went with the following headline:

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The Esquire Cover That Changed Everything

The wonderful design podcast “99% Invisible” regularly gets its cross-posting due at Slate. The publication embeds each weekly episode together with a summary of the latest discussion.

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Episode #101 was a humdinger. Producer Avery Trufelman welcomed design legend George Lois, Esquire design director David Curcurito and former Rolling Stone art director Andy Cowles. At one point, the program revisited the early 1960s juncture during which Lois engineered a lightning-fast transition from the days when the magazine would feature on its cover mascot Esky, a mustachioed ladies man:

In 1962, Harold Hayes, the newly hired head editor of Esquire, asked [ad man] Lois to do a cover for him. As Lois tells it, Hayes was desperate and needed a cover in three days.

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Inc. Media Welcomes New Editor, Publisher

Inc. Media is into its fourth decade now. The company was founded in 1979 and acquired in 2005 by Mansueto Ventures, Inc. In addition to the monthly magazine, it currently counts an average of more than six million monthly unique visitors via Inc.com and The Build Network.

Portrait of Reuters staffer XXX, in New YorkToday is another sterling day for the brand. The company has announced James Ledbetter (pictured) as its new editor and John Donnelly as publisher. As part of these changes, Eric Schurenberg has moved over to the twin posts of president and editor-in-chief. From the announcement:

Most recently, Ledbetter spent more than three years at Thomson Reuters as its op-ed editor, working with notable names such as Lawrence Summers, Mohamed el-Erian, Steven Brill, Jack Shafer and Bethany McLean. He founded and ran Slate’s financial news site, The Big Money, from 2008 until 2010.

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