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NYT Spices It Up With Two New Promotions

According to a report by Media Bistro, The New York Times has decided to promote Bruce Headlam and Peter Lattman.

 Headlam has been hired to help the New York Times “expand our video journalism as Managing Editor of Video.” Headlam takes the position after working with the New York Times media desk since 2008. Headlam has been credited with pioneering the New York Times coverage of new media.

 During his time at New York Times, Headlam built a team of reporters with advanced technological knowledge, including David Carr, a media and culture columnist for The New York Times. As apart of Headlam’s new position, he will report directly to the Times’ executive editor, Jill Abramson.

 Headlam will also be in charge of all journalists in the video department. Headlam’s team includes the director of video production, Michael Rubens, who was hired by the Times’ only a few months ago. Ann Derry, editorial director and leader of the Times’ efforts to search for top-notch web content quality. Derry is also looking for chances for the New York Times to work with other news organizations.

 Lattman will work as the Times’ new Media Editor. Lattman originally came to the New York Times from The Wall Street Journal. Lattman began his employment at the times 3 ½ years ago as a reporter for DealBook. His accomplishments include going in-depth on insider trading going on in the government and coverage on the fall of big law firm, Dewey & LeBoeuf.

 Bruce Headlam will also be working with Rebecca Howard, the General Manager of Video Production. Howard joined the Times earlier this year, and since then put together a team of journalist that use creativity to make The New York Times video content more intriguing. Howard has worked on video products such as the recently launched New York Times Minute, and video series such as What’s in It and The Read Around.

 Jill Abramson had nothing but nice things to say about Headlam and Lattman in the memo she posted which announced the Times’ upcoming changes.

Changes will take effect on Dec. 2.


Piers Morgan has the Ladies Attention

“ Piers Morgan Live,” has never been the most watched program among the nation’s three big cable-news outlets. According to a report by Variety however, his program has a huge amount of female viewers. 

Piers Morgan’s CNN program has an audience that is composed of about 56.4% females. “Piers Morgan Live,” has a higher percentage of female viewers than any other primetime running programs on CNN, Fox News Channel, and MSNBC.

 These results were determined from an analysis of Nielsen ratings, which began at the start of 2013 and went through Nov.11. The study was done by Carat, a media-buying firm. According to the report Piers Morgan’s show increased its overall audience by 7% since the beginning of the year, along with its audience in the preferred demographic by news advertisers, people between the ages of 25 and 54.

Morgan’s show however, doesn’t have the most women viewers. Between Sept. 30 and Oct 27. Piers Morgan had an average of 330,000 women viewing his show. “ The Kelly File,” on Fox News had the highest amount of female viewers between the time period with 1.15 million viewers. Morgan doesn’t have the most female viewers it seems but has a shockingly high concentration of them.

 This information comes in a time where advertisers want to know more about the demographic that makes up the viewership of a specific program. This type of information helps them to know which products they can market to the audience.

Anderson Cooper’s show, “Anderson Cooper 360,” has the second greatest concentration of female viewers under Piers Morgan, with 54.7% of its audience consisting of women.

The specifics of the demographics of these audiences can be used by the advertisers in many ways, how they will be used remains to be seen.

Obama Administration Stronghold on Info

According to an article published October 10, 2013 by fox news, the Obama Administration has been doing its best to keep the leaking of information to the media to a minimum. Efforts by the White House include private social networking sites, published articles that put the government in a good light, and video meetings of important officials that aren’t announced publicly.

President Obama was pressured by intelligence agencies and Congress to stop the leaks of national security information shortly after he came into office. The administration made its first prosecution in April 2009, when Shamai Kedem Leibowits, a Israeli-American lawyer who was employed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation as a linguist was charged with leaking information to an unknown blogger named “ Recipient A.” According to Wired, Leibowitz leaked news that Rep. Jane Harman had been caught on NSA wiretap, having a conversation with an Israeli agent.

The Obama administration has prosecuted six government employees and two contractors for alleged leaking of information to the press under the 1917 Espionage Act. With only three prosecutions of this nature happening before Obama in American history, it is clear that the concealment of information is a top priority for the White House.

The control and prosecution of this information is having negative impacts on sources and journalist. Sources are now more fearful, not disclosing information to the media and causing the public to sometimes be left in the dark. Leonard Downie Jr., a former executive editor of The Washington Post, published a 30 page in depth analysis of the relationship between the White House and the media entitled, “ The Obama administration and the Press,” which can be found here. Downie discusses the reluctance of government officials to share information with the press saying, “In the Obama administration’s Washington, government officials are increasingly afraid to talk to the press.” Downie, who was one of the editors involved in The Washington Post’s investigation of Watergate, sites the administrations aggressive approach to the concealment of information as Nixon-like.


Obama has put fear in the eyes of loosed lip government officials by subjecting those who are suspected of disclosing classified info to investigation, lie-detector tests, eavesdropping on telephone calls  and e-mails, and even surveillance by co-workers.