In case you missed it---Brett Anderson, the phenomenal Times-Picayune restaurant critic, tells me his layoff was related to his acceptance of a Nieman fellowship.
Also: Wall Street Journal reporter Gina Chon resigns over the e-mail revelations that she carried on a relationship with a highly placed U.S. official while she was stationed in Iraq. According to a statement from the Wall Street Journal, Chon didn’t reveal the relationship to her editor.
*Huffington Post unveils new tablet mag titled “Huffington.” Joe Pompeo gives the skinny:
[I]n most respects it appears to follow many print-media conventions: There’s a front-of-book section with “appetizer”-length content such as columns from prominent Huffington Post contributors; a feature well, with two or three multi-thousand-word articles by Huffington Post reporters, as the main course; and a back-of-book culture-reviews section for “dessert.” The bells and whistles are pretty standard tablet fare: embedabble video, live commenting, interactive graphics, sharing capabilities and out-bound links. There will also be a weekly photo essay.
“Certainly from the beginning we wanted to do something that felt like a print magazine,” said [creative director Josh] Klenert. “We’ve started smart, small and nimble and we’ll grow from there.”
“A weekly felt a nice compromise to the frenetic rush of a daily and the detachment of a monthly, so we could be on the news but not necessarily just of the news,” said [Huffington Post executive editor Tim] O’Brien. “We felt this was a nice counterpart to the web experience we offer readers.”
One distinctive thing about the magazine is that it has a period right after “Huffington,” like this: “Huffington.” So even if you use it in a sentence, you might write something like the following “Huffington Post’s new tablet mag, ‘Huffington.,’ has stories on blah blah blah. Pompeo, in his writeup on the mag, includes a short editor’s note saying that he’ll honor the period this time, but never again.
*Time Inc. staffers brim with anxiety as leadership awaits report from Bain & Co. consultants on how to improve the company.
*Is Twitter determined to put the institution of “social media editor” out of a job?
*CNBC and Yahoo Finance are partnering up to share content.
In terms of what the partnered content will look like, both sides are holding any announcements until a later date (most likely the fall). [CNBC president and CEO Mark] Hoffman noted that there will be some Yahoo embeds in CNBC newsrooms, which could draw speculation as to a possible co-branded broadcast show. However, CNBC and Yahoo told Adweek that they were holding off on any specific content announcements for the time being.
Content partnerships always sound like great things on paper. But can news orgs really and truly share something as dear to them as their content? I’d like to put together a list of winning content partnerships.
*Michael Cavna of The Washington Post tells all about the layoff of cartoonist Steve Kelley from the Times-Picayune:
Kelley, whose last day will be Sept. 30, says the news wasn’t expected — yet wasn’t a shock — after the Times-Picayune announced plans to go from a daily print newspaper to three print editions a week come this October.
“It’s something I had not been given any indication of,” he tells ‘Riffs of being laid off, “but I’m not surprised by the news, either. They’re running a business, and cartoonists tend to be highly compensated and fairly easily replaced with syndicated material.” (Kelley’s political cartoons are distributed by Creators Syndicate. His award-winning comic strip “Dustin,” co-created by Florida Today’s Jeff Parker, is syndicated by King Features.)
*Sean Hannity asks Rep. Charlie Rangel whether it’s fair that he pay 55 percent of his income in taxes.