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HLN Heads In An Interesting New Direction

Albie Hecht, network president for HLN, is in Atlanta for a 2-day network meeting with his entire production staff according to an article by MediaBistro.

 Hecht held the meeting in order to discuss the networks next moves. Hecht is planning on turning HLN into a social media network of sorts. 

The network has experienced many staff changes in the recent months to prepare for the networks new direction. Hecht, six weeks after taking over as general manager, canceled Kyra Phillips’ show, “Raising America,” and Ryan Smith’s show “Evening Express.” Hecht said in a memo to his staff, “While change is necessary to evolve HLN, it is also difficult.

Along with Hecht’s layoffs and programming changes there have been other staff changes in the network. EP of Nancy Grace’s show, Dean Sicoli departed from the network. Katherine Greene, former SVP and managing editor of HLN left before Sicoli.

Hecht relayed the pitch to his staff, of turning the network into social media television, on Dec. 3, and followed up the following day by conducting brainstorming session with production teams. HLN employees from New York, Los Angeles, and Atlanta joined Hecht at a hotel in Atlanta to discuss further moves.



Fox News Does Well To Keep Secrets

According to an article released by the New York Times, the reputation of the Fox News Channel is currently at stake. The issue that puts their reputation on ice involves the former chief spokesman and close adviser to Roger Ailes, Brian Lewis. Ailes is the chairman of Fox News.

Brian Lewis spent years at the Fox News Channel, as the executive vice president. While holding this position he helped Fox News with public relations and communications.

Lewis was fired last July and escorted out of the 21st Century Fox building in Manhattan. A News statement by Fox News accused him of being guilty of “issues relating to financial irregularities, as well as for multiple, material and significant breaches of his employment contract.”

This is a claim that was denied by Lewis and his lawyer, Judd Burstein, at the time. Shortly after his firing Burdstein made the statement “Roger Ailes and News Corp. have a lot more to fear from Brian Lewis telling the truth about them than Brian Lewis has to fear from Roger Ailes and his toadies telling lies about Brian Lewis.”

It seems Fox has taken care of this problem. According to an unnamed source, who works at the channel, Lewis agreed to a deal to accept payment with the condition that he remain quiet about details of the company. Apparently Fox News Channel has a lot to hide.

When it comes to Fox News Channel it is always hard to verify information. However, no one has denied the information that Lewis struck a deal with Fox. Individuals like Burstein, have been avoiding confirmation or denial of the deal. Ms. Brandi, the lawyer of Fox News Channel, has followed in Burstein’s steps and refuses to give any information.

It seems Burstein will not be following up with threats he made earlier. Fox News Channel are true experts at keeping their business in-house. It is still unknown why they would go to such great lengths to do so.

NYT Launches Today’s Paper Web App

 The New York Times, in a brilliant move, launched a new web app called Today’s Paper on Dec. 5th according to an article published by The Verge.

Today’s Paper will work as a way to bring the daily print edition to tablets and computers. The app is very concise and only offers the articles and sections readers see every day. The app is displayed in a very attractive manner, similar to the papers iPhone and iPad app featured in Newsstand.

The app will be appealing to readers who enjoy reading a daily edition of the paper. It will be beneficial to the readers that enjoy the daily print edition headlines but prefer reading through digital devices. The app is concise, limiting itself to only the articles that make it to the paper each day.

This isn’t the first time the NYT times has introduced something like this. The website has had a “Today’s Paper,” tab placed on the top of the website that provides a list of the headlines that made it to print. The layout could be very difficult to use for inexperienced users and didn’t run too smoothly.

 Today’s Paper will replace a beta web-app that came with a variety of options. The previous beta app included a Today’s Paper option along with a feed of the latest articles, a list of trending stories, and the traditional web view. The app runs for a variety of “devices and browsers,” according to a rep from the NYT. The web app has not been made available for smart phones yet.

This is a huge move for the NYT, as the news ecosystem is changing the desire for digital news is increasing. The simplicity of the “Today’s Paper,” web app is something that will draw in users who don’t wish to deal with the overwhelming amount of news that the website and paper publications offer. Alexandra Hardiman, executive director of mobile products at the NYT, explained to The Verge that “part of what makes the….web app appealing is its simplicity as a stand-alone experience that caters to a particular kind of audience.”


Check out the easy-to-navigate web app here.

CJR Gets A New Editor-In-Chief

After a six-month search that started as a budget issue, which resulted in the firing of several staff members, CJR has hired Liz Spayd as their new editor-in-chief.

Spayd replaces Cyndi Stivers, who left CJR to become the editor-in-chief of AOL.com.

According to a report by Capital, CJR’s search for a new editor-in-chief came down to two people. Eric Bates was also considered for the position. Bates was the executive editor of Rolling Stone until they fired him in a response to the troubled advertising environment. Bates also worked for Mother Jones as an investigative editor and is listed as a scholar at the Institute for Public Knowledge, which is a social-research unit at New York University.

The search for a new editor-in-chief was cut short, when Bates decided to take a job at Glenn Greenwald’s news start-up, narrowing CJR’s options.

Both CJR and Spayd are excited about the new acquisition. Steve Coll, Columbia Journalism’s dean that publishes CJR was quoted saying “ We’re very excited about Liz’s arrival and have high hopes that she will lead CJR into a new era of influence and digital adaptation.”

Spayd has high hopes for her new job position and wishes to make a heavy impact saying, “ I hope as we fortify CJR’s mission, we’ll emerge as something of a North Star for those who care about journalism.”

In a memo by Coll on Spayd’s appointment he also thanks Victor Navasky, who co-chaired in the hunt for a new editor-in-chief  “with great wisdom and persistence.”

Twitter and Facebook among the top sources for news on social medial

According to an article by USAToday, based off a study by the Pew Research Center, released Thursday, Facebook and Twitter are taking over the social media news industry.

The Pew Research Center along with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation took a deep look at the amount and characteristics of news consumers on 11 different social networking sites. Among the sites were Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Google Plus, Tumblr, Instagram, Vine, Myspace, Reddit, LinkedIn, and Pinterest.

52 percent of Twitter users use the site for news, and 47 percent of Facebook users use the website to receive news. Reddit beat out both Facebook and Twitter, with 62 percent ofits users accessing the website for news related purposes.


Even though a higher percentage of Reddit users use the site for news Facebook reaches a higher amount of Americans with 64 percent of Americans using the site, and 30 percent of them acquiring news on it. Reddit is only used by three percent of U.S. adults, but two percent of Americans use it for news. Twitter is used by 16 percent of Americans, with 8 percent of Americans using it for news.


The research study also showed the audience overlap of social media users, the demographics of social news consumers, and the relationship between the consumers and other news platforms like radio, broadcast, and print.

Pew conducted the survey interviewing 5,200 people from Aug. 21 to Sept. 2, 2013

Look Out Armenia Here Comes Forbes!

According to an article by Chris Roush and published by TalkingBizNews, Forbes magazine will be launching an Armenia edition. 

The popular magazine Armenia venture would make it the 27th international publication to publish in Armenia. Forbes magazine will partner with Media Partners in order to bring the magazine to support its new international venture. Media Partners company, is responsible for publishing 12 issues of the magazine per year and running the forbes.am business portal.

Gagik Yeghiazarian, a graduate of Harvard University and an entrepreneur, will work with Forbes as the editor in chief for the Armenia branch. Yeghiazarian prior to his employment as editor and chief held a variety of senior level positions in both state and international corporations.

In a comment made by Yeghiazarian, he expressed Forbes excitement to reveal through the magazine the “success and talent of Armenian entrepreneurs.” Along with the publishing of some of the top moneymen in Armenia, Forbes Armenia will also publish the Forbes Life magazine and other special editions of the magazine.

Forbes, which is most known for its periodical publication of rankings of the wealthiest, most influential people on the planet, has a 61% male audience and a 39% female audience. According to an article published by Asbarez, Forbes readers are economically active individuals form the ages of 26-45. Usually these readers are CEOs, directors, mid-level managers and entrepreneurs. 

The addition of Armenia, would make Forbes’s 24 international acquisition, with publications in Africa, Argentina, Brazil, Bulgaria, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Israel, Kazakhstan, Korean, Lativa, Middle East, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Turkey, and Ukraine. 

The Armenia edition of Forbes will be released to newsstands in November.

Vivian Schiller to work as Twitter’s News Chief

According to an article written by CNNMoney, Vivian Schiller current NBC News chief digital officer, will act as Twitter’s News Chief.

Schiller, will work as a middle woman between news organizations and Twitter. Apparently news organizations have long awaited a chance to better connect with social media, and with this latest power move by twitter connection should be fairly easier.

 Schiller has worked for the New York Times, NPR, and CNN and brings a credible amount of experience to the table. Schiller spent 15 years at CNN and worked as the Discovery Times Channel’s senior Vice President and general manage for four years from 2002 to 2006. Schiller then worked for NYTimes.com in the same position for three years.

Schiller suffered some controversy at NPR before their board ousted her in March 2011.

Many have criticized Twitter for having a board of directors that consist of all white males. The addition of Schiller comes at a time where there has been a lot of talk about the lack of diversity at tech companies.