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4:50 PM ET, January 24, 2013


 Top News: 
Dylan Byers / Politico:
NYT's Jim Roberts takes buyout  —  New York Times assistant managing editor Jim Roberts is leaving after 26 years with the paper, making him the ninth staffer on record to leave the Times as it seeks to cut 30 positions from the newsroom.  —  “After 26 years at the New York Times …
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Sports Editor Joe Sexton Leaving The New York Times  —  New York Times sports editor Joe Sexton is expected to leave the paper for ProPublica as a voluntary buyout deadline approaches Thursday afternoon, sources tell The Huffington Post.  (Update: It's official.)  Sexton did not respond to calls and emails seeking comment.
Chris O'Shea / FishbowlNY:
New York Times Buyout Deadline Hours Away, Joe Sexton Leaves [Update]  —  The next few days are going to be rough at the New York Times.  Not only is the deadline for editors to accept buyouts today at 5 pm, Jill Abramson said in a memo that staffers will have to wait “a day or two after that” to know if there are going to be layoffs.
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
Twitter's 6-Second Video Sharing App, Vine, Goes Live In The App Store  —  Twitter has officially launched its Vine video sharing app in the App Store, as announced on the company blog.  —  With Instagram taking the world by storm, and subsequently selling to Facebook for $1 billion …
Gerry Shih / Reuters:   Twitter's new service suggests its future may lie in video
Dylan Byers / Politico:
CNN to launch weekend sports program  —  CNN's expansion beyond traditional news programming continues with news of a new weekend sports show, which will launch later this year.  —  New CNN president Jeff Zucker has announced that Turner has hired ESPN reporter Rachel Nichols to anchor …
Rachel Nichols Joins CNN and Turner Sports  —  Nichols Will Anchor New Weekend CNN Sports Program and Report for Turner Sports  —  Across Television and Digital Platforms  —  CNN and Turner Sports have hired veteran ESPN reporter Rachel Nichols, it was announced today by Jeff Zucker …
Marlow Stern / The Daily Beast:   Alex Gibney On His WikiLeaks Documentary: Julian Assange Got Corrupted
Jeff John Roberts / paidContent:
Robot news curator NewsCred launches human editorial team  —  NewsCred, a tech-intensive news aggregator, is an up-and-coming player in the media industry thanks to licensing agreements with elite publishers like the Economist and Bloomberg.  The company relies on these partnership deals …
Discussion: NetNewsCheck Latest
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Former ‘Observer’ editor Aaron Gell to leave the paper, after a demotion  —  Earlier this month, after Jared Kushner appointed a new editor, Ken Kurson, to run his New York Observer, interim editor Aaron Gell told us he wasn't sure whether he'd stick around in the diminished title of executive editor.
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Macmillan to launch two-year ebook library lending pilot  —  Big-six publisher Macmillan, which has kept its ebooks out of libraries until now, is launching a pilot lending program, the company announced Thursday.  —  The pilot is limited to 1,200 older titles from the Minotaur Books mystery …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
With Today's Update, Tumblr Starts To Look More Like A Fully Featured Twitter Than Blogging Platform  —  In an effort to make its Dashboard a “smaller and more streamlined experience,” the social blogging platform Tumblr is today overhauling the way users create posts on its website.
Discussion: Forbes, and Engadget
Chris Ariens / TVNewser:
New Managing Editor at ABC News  —  Jon Williams is leaving the BBC where he was World Editor to join ABC News as the Managing Editor for International News.  Williams will begin in March and will be based in New York.  —  Marcus Wilford, who has overseen the international desk for the last several months …
Jim Romenesko:
More than 70 newspapers respond to reality series casting call  —  More than 70 editors and publishers have responded to NBC Peacock Production's casting call for a reality series about a small-town newspaper.  Producer Cara Biega “noted that she was impressed with how amazing their stories are …
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