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NYT Scoops Itself (Politico / Dylan Byers on Media)
The New York Times had a “groundbreaking” story, and the Las Vegas Sun published it first. Just before 8 p.m. on Sunday, New York Times political editor (and soon-to-be Washington bureau chief) Carolyn Ryan announced via Twitter that her paper had “a very unusual, groundbreaking” story due for publication later that evening. “I can’t say too much but it’ll make u rethink- well, I should stop. Stay tuned,” she wrote. Ryan’s tease gave way to a torrent of inquiries and speculation from fellow journalists — the hashtag #nytguesses became a popular meme. Gawker As time paused for Ryan, the Las Vegas Sun, a subscriber to the New York Times wire, found the story slug and eventually published the full piece on the Sun website around 8 p.m. NY Mag / Daily Intelligencer BuzzFeed’s Andrew Kaczynski noticed that the Times News Service’s raw budget appeared on the website of the Las Vegas Sun, and that one story sure seemed to fit the bill, as described by Ryan. The Sun appears to have violated its contract with Times News Service. Toward the bottom of the budget, a paragraph stipulates that sharing the document constitutes a violation of the contract terms. Just after midnight the Sun pulled the story and apologized, appropriately, via Twitter. Facebook / Las Vegas Sun “Due to a technical problem, the Las Vegas Sun prematurely published a New York Times News Service story Sunday on the Sun’s website. The problem occurred when a new wire feed that the Sun implemented last week failed to recognize that the story was embargoed for publication at a later time. The Sun has pulled the story from its site and apologizes for this inadvertent error.”

AOL Editor-in-Chief to Exit (NY Post)
More turmoil seems to be engulfing AOL. The latest is that AOL editor-in-chief Cyndi Stivers is said to be exiting. She only joined in May. One source said it is a “slow fire” which suggests it won’t go public until next year. FishbowlNY The news of Stivers being let go comes after AOL dropped 20 staffers, mostly from the editorial side of’s homepage. Capital New York AOL is in the process of hashing out a new content strategy for its homepage. The strategy will emphasize video, which is becoming an increasingly favored medium industry-wide because of the higher advertising rates it commands. Earlier last week, the company announced it had hired an HGTV executive as head of programming and executive producer of

Uh-Oh, SpaghettiOs Trolls Pearl Harbor Day, Sparks Outrage, Apologizes (Digiday)
Campbell Soup brand SpaghettiOs has a rather quiet Twitter account. It has just 11,000 followers and its typical tweet gets little, if any reaction. Not surprising considering it posts just a few times a week and favors close-up shots of the product in action. That all changed Friday night when SpaghettiOs decided to commemorate the attack on Pearl Harbor by tweeting an image of its mascot, Mr. O, holding an American flag, grinning maniacally and assuming a rather defiant left-arm akimbo stance. Marketing Land Suffice to say, asking Americans to remember one of the worst attacks on their country by a foreign power by sharing a picture of a giant, smiling piece of pasta waving an American flag probably wasn’t wise. Time / NewsFeed Social media fired back with an outpour of criticism from folks who found the ad distasteful and disrespectful. The brand has since pulled the tweet and issued an apology. USA Today / AP A representative for Campbell Soup Co., which owns SpaghettiOs, said Saturday that the message had been deleted.

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Heather Cox Asks Jameis Winston Four Straight Questions About Sexual Assault Case After Florida State’s ACC Championship (New York Daily News)
After Jameis Winston put Florida State in the BCS National Championship game — and likely secured the Heisman Trophy for himself — ESPN’s Heather Cox pressed him on the case against him that was dismissed last week, raising questions about her approach. Was it good reporting or antagonistic? Sherman Report Winston answered three questions from Cox about the investigation. On the fourth one, he walked away abruptly. It seemed to me the fourth question was a bit of overkill given the timing. It occurred minutes after a big victory for Florida State. It wasn’t the time for a long in-depth interview with Winston. Tampa Bay Times / Tom Jones It wasn’t out of line or bad timing. Winston had not spoken to the media or answered any direct questions about the case. How could Cox not ask? She asked one game-related question, then followed with four questions about the off-field controversy. He walked away without answering the fourth question. Granted, Cox’s fourth question — “How come you decided not to talk during the process and on Thursday?” — wasn’t necessary and seemed nothing more than an attempt to keep the line of questioning going. She probably should have stopped after the third question, especially because Winston had been cooperative until then. But overall, Cox shouldn’t be criticized. Sports Illustrated / Media Circus I reached Cox Sunday night to ask her about the interview. Earlier in the day ESPN stood behind its reporter in this statement to “Florida State agreed to the interview with no restrictions,” said ESPN executive vice president of production John Wildhack.

Time Inc. IPO May Be Delayed Until Late 2014: Report (NY Post)
The spinoff of Time Inc. will need more time. Jeff Bewkes, the CEO of the magazine publisher’s parent, Time Warner, had hoped to float the IPO in the second quarter of 2014 but is now resigned to the fact it will take several more months, according to a published report. With the prospect of poor results in the current quarter following similarly underwhelming results in the prior one, Bewkes is now eyeing a third- or fourth- quarter initial public offering for Time Inc., the publisher of Time, People and Sports Illustrated.

Tech Giants Launch Group Aimed at Government Surveillance Reform (BuzzFeed)
AOL, Apple, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Twitter and Yahoo! have banned together to start a group that proposes principles for better laws and practices for government surveillance. The companies also urge the president and the United States Congress in an open letter to take the lead on reform.

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Brian Stelter Makes Reliable Sources Debut (TVNewser)
Brian Stelter, who filled in a few times on Reliable Sources the last few months, made his debut as host of the CNN media criticism show Sunday morning. Stelter covered the week’s revolving media door, President Obama‘s media criticism and the death of Nelson Mandela. Stelter opened with a panel on Martin Bashir‘s resignation and Sam Champion‘s move to The Weather Channel.

Gawker’s Zimmerman Gets His Own Corner (Capital New York)
Gawker’s editors are cooking up a plan to give Neetzan Zimmerman, Gawker’s in-house savant of viral material, his own subvertical on the site. And when they do, his editor, John Cook, knows what he would like to name it. “I was trying to get him to go for,” Cook said on the phone. “But I don’t think he’s going to go for it.” FishbowlNY As Capital frames it, Zimmerman currently outpaces, on his own, blog networks with tens of employees.

Memo: ‘Sucks’ Is Not Appropriate for ESPN (
ESPN on-air talent got this no-”sucks” memo late Friday afternoon from executive vice president, production John Wildhack and senior vice president, talent development & planning Laurie Orlando.

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Magazine Assistants Add Social Media to Scheduling And Coffee Runs (NYT)
As magazines deal with new financial challenges, including budget cuts that have trimmed the staff, few editors can afford to squander the employees they have left on tasks like hanging up their coats when they swoop into the office. True, fetching coffee may never completely disappear from the job description, but assistants like Sergio Kletnoy have been empowered in part because they are part of a more connected generation. The modern assistant has an understanding of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram that time-stretched (and old school) magazine executives lack, and increasingly they are assuming responsibility for spreading the magazine’s message, and brand, across social media.

Why Are Upworthy Headlines Suddenly Everywhere? (The Atlantic)
I haven’t seen anything like it in a long time. On Facebook, on Twitter, and even sometimes in my email inbox, there are these headlines. “We Don’t Hear Enough From Native American Voices. Here’s an Inspiring Message From One.” “An Auto Executive Talks Up Gas. The Guy Next to Him Who Builds Space Rockets Puts Him in His Place.” “We May Tell Our Kids That Life Isn’t Fair, But We Should Actually Listen to Them Talk About Fairness.” They make an emotional promise. They usually have two phrases. They paint their political proposition as obvious, as beyond debate. They’re headlines in the Upworthy style, and they seem to have colonized every news source.

Remnick: New Yorker Mulled Biweekly Route, Once (Capital New York)
Since news of New York’s move to biweekly publishing in 2014 broke Dec. 2, media personalities have spun the decision two ways: as a promising flank of the magazine’s digital advance and a dismal signifier of the industry’s retreat from print. David Remnick, editor-in-chief of The New Yorker, doesn’t think the news of New York magazine going biweekly is good news.

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Al Jazeera America Now on Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks (TVNewser)
As of Friday morning, Al Jazeera America is on Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks, the second and sixth-largest cable systems, respectively, in the U.S. AJAM is now in 55 million U.S. homes. Its predecessor, Current TV, was in 48 million homes as of August. Capital New York The deal will expand AJAM’s distribution significantly, with TWC having around 11 million subscribers, including a substantial chunk of the New York and Los Angeles TV markets. “Now that we have some content under our belt, we are out there trying to let people know — with very specific examples — some of the great things we have done,” Al Jazeera America president Kate O’Brian told Capital in a recent interview.

How to Use The Media to Sell A Company (BuzzFeed)
“Time Warner Cable’s Next CEO Ready to Sell if Price Is Right,” blares the headline of a Bloomberg story published Friday morning. The headline isn’t as informative it sounds, however: A basic operating principle of mergers and acquisitions reporting is that companies aren’t for sale until they are — and they usually are when the price is right.

Condé Nast Videos Go ‘Over The Top’ (minOnline)
The next great migration of Web content will be to television. As connected TVs as well as set-top boxes or such so-called “over the top” devices as Apple TV, Roku and now Chromecast attract users, the hunt for digital video is on. After exponential growth online in the last year, Condé Nast Entertainment — the digital video network of its magazine brands — is coming to the Roku box.

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