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2:05 PM ET, January 29, 2014


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Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Washington Post announces plans to hire bloggers, redesign site  —  A memo to staffers from Washington Post Executive Editor Marty Baron outlines some of the paper's plans for the next year.  —  The news organization plans to hire “writers to author ‘verticals’ on a wide array of subjects,” Baron writes.
David Carr / New York Times:
As I Was Saying About Web Journalism ... a Bubble, or a Lasting Business?  —  Last week, it occurred to me that the departure of Ezra Klein, the creator of The Washington Post's influential Wonkblog, to join the young company Vox Media was a bit of a moment — an inflection point in the emergence of a news economy online.
Sarah Wheaton / New York Times:
Rep. Michael Grimm Threatens an NY1 Reporter  —  The Staten Island lawmaker can be heard telling Michael Scotto, a reporter for NY1, “I'll break you in half” in footage broadcast by the network.
Azi Paybarah / Capital New York:
Grimm offers a ‘friendly’ apology to NY1 reporter  —  Rep. Michael Grimm apologized in a phone call to the NY1 reporter who he threatened after an on-air interview in Washington last night.  —  NY1 reporter Michael Scotto, appearing on air this morning, said Grimm “called to apologize” and “said it was really not him.”
Jim Romenesko:
Report: Hundreds of Patch employees laid off  —  I'm told that hundreds — two tipsters claim two-thirds of the editorial staff — have been laid off by Patch's new owner, Hale Global.  I have asked the company for confirmation.  (It bought Patch from AOL on January 15.)
Michael Hiltzik / Los Angeles Times:
The O.C. Register's supremely ghoulish financial strategy  —  The Orange County Register building in Santa Ana is shown.  The company is seeking to buy life insurance on its employees, not to benefit the employees' families, but to benefit the company's pension plan.  (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)
Jim Romenesko:
Orange County Register owner blasts Los Angeles Times' story on his ‘ghoulish strategy’
Discussion: The Newspaper Guild
Katerina Eva Matsa / Pew Research Center:
Local TV audiences bounce back  —  Bucking a long-range trend of declining viewership, the audience for local TV news grew in all three major time slots in 2013.  Viewership climbed 6% in the morning (5 to 7 a.m.) and 3% in the early evening (5 to 7 p.m.) newscasts, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis.
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
CNN And Twitter Partner With Dataminr To Create News Tool For Journalists  —  CNN is hosting a press event today to announce a partnership with Twitter and social analytics company Dataminr to launch a new tool called Dataminr For News.  —  Dataminr CEO Ted Bailey said the goal is to …
Discussion: The Verge, @willoremus and @jweb
Chris Welch / The Verge:
NFL will block streaming video inside Super Bowl stadium  —  To ensure that Super Bowl attendees can smoothly post Facebook status updates, tweets, and send texts during the big game, the NFL plans to block streaming video from inside MetLife Stadium on Sunday.
Alexei Oreskovic / Reuters:   Facebook teams up with Fox on Super Bowl
Associated Press:
Egypt Refers 20 Al Jazeera Journalists To Trial On Terrorism Charges  —  CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's chief prosecutor has referred 20 journalists from the Al-Jazeera TV network, including four foreigners, to trial on charges of joining or assisting a terrorist group and spreading false news that endangers national security.
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
News of the World phone hacker was refused full immunity by CPS, jury told  —  Prosecutors believed Dan Evans might be ‘vulnerable’ to allegations he was making up evidence, Old Bailey hears  —  The News of the World phone hacker Dan Evans was told he would be not getting full immunity …
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Time Inc. to cut nearly 500 employees: sources  —  The imminent layoffs at Time Inc. are expected to cut close to 500 people, or about 6 percent of the work force, reliable sources tell Media Ink.  —  One source said the target date for an announcement is now Feb. 4 …
Zachary M. Seward / Quartz:
Refresh, refresh, refresh... Twitter is monetizing your compulsiveness  —  Every time you refresh your tweets, Twitter banks a tenth of a penny.  —  The company, which will issue its first quarterly earnings report next week, considers “timeline views” the best measure of how engaged its users are.
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
Andy Carvin joins the Tow Center for Digital Journalism as a fellow  —  Andy Carvin will join the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia Journalism School as a fellow.  —  Tow published the news on Wednesday morning, then unpublished it, but not before Google picked it up and sent …
Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke / The New York Observer:
HowAboutWe...Buy Nerve and Become a Media Company?  —  HowAboutWe, the dating site that published editorial content, is taking it to the next level.  —  The company bought and is becoming a full-fledged lifestyle media brand about modern love, complete with stand-alone verticals and advertising.
Stuart Dredge / Music Ally: gets on-demand streaming music with Spotify partnership  —  It's safe to say digital music service is going through some big changes in 2014.  We wrote about its switch to YouTube as the source for its personal radio service, but now it has a Spotify partnership for fully on-demand music too.
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Judge Blocks Class Action Lawsuit Over Lakers and Dodgers Channels  —  Time Warner Cable and two Los Angeles sports teams win a court battle on Tuesday.  —  L.A. Lakers owners Jeanie and Jim Buss  —  If given the choice between seeing live professional sports or having a lighter cable bill …
Choire Sicha / The Awl:
An Oral History Of Gawker, By Reddit  —  When the history of the web is written, the final word will obviously belong to Reddit.  What else will be left?  —  And: what will we remember of a network of blogs called “Gawker Media”?  Here is the collected wisdom on the topic of Gawker …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
TiVo to Buy Content-Recommendations Firm Digitalsmiths for $135 Million  —  TiVo plans to acquire Digitalsmiths, a provider of TV and movie content discovery and recommendation services, for $135 million in cash.  —  Digitalsmiths offers personalized video search, recommendations and browsing …
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
CBS, Nielsen In Pact To Measure Video-Watching Across Different Media  —  The nation's most-watched broadcast TV network wants to figure out how people watch its programs when they aren't using TV to do so.  —  CBS, home to such big-audience programs as “The Big Bang Theory” and “NCIS,” …
Jack Marshall / Digiday:
Elite Daily: Inside One Publisher's Viral Eruption  —  Publishing used to be a long, hard slog.  For most, it still is, even more so these days, but in the Facebook era there are the select few — think Upworthy, ViralNova, even History in Pictures — that record eye-popping traffic-growth numbers that beggar belief.
Wall Street Journal:
Netflix Gears Up to Expand in Europe  —  Rival Media Companies Race to Grab Subscribers, Program Rights  —  As streaming-video juggernaut Netflix Inc. plots an expansion in Europe, media companies across the continent are girding for battle.  —  The U.S.-based online video service …
Discussion: Gigaom
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