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Don Graham bids adieu to The Washington Post building

Former Washington Post chief Don Graham posted a goodbye to his old paper’s building on Facebook Monday night. “This probably was my last day at 1150 15th Street after 43 years,” he wrote. “The Post seems to be in wonderful shape under Jeff Bezos, Katharine Weymouth and Marty Baron.”

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Graham Holdings Company, the former Washington Post Co., is moving from Washington, D.C., to Arlington, Virginia.

GraHoCo offered items from its art collection to Post employees last month, with proceeds designated to TheDream.us, a scholarship fund for undocumented students that Graham founded.

The Post won’t be in its 15th Street building for much longer either; it plans to move to a building with a serious Dan Brown connection. Read more

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Gannett spins off, Murdoch and Time Warner square off

mediawiremorningGood morning. Here are 10 media stories.

  1. Gannett will split publishing, broadcast assets: Its acquistion of broadcast companies and the 73 percent of Cars.com it didn’t own make this “the right time for a separation,” CEO Gracia Martore says in a statement. Robert J. Dickey will run the publishing company, which be called Gannett and will hold USA Today and 81 dailies, plus the U.K.’s Newsquest. (Poynter) | Just yesterday, Ken Doctor asked whether Gannett would be the next big media company to split its assets. (Nieman) | Rick Edmonds explained the rash of splits last week. Newspaper groups can “theoretically do better with management whose exclusive focus is on the particular challenges of that industry,” he wrote. (Poynter)
  2. Let us now observe Rupert Murdoch’s mating dance: Time Warner’s “unyielding stance has at least some analysts wondering if an acquisition really is inevitable,” Jonathan Mahler writes. The company is “trying to stir up doubts about the prospects of a combined entity, underscoring the potential for regulatory concerns and playing up the possibility of a culture clash between the generally liberal, purely public Time Warner, and the conservative, essentially family-run Fox.” (NYT) | Both companies announce earnings tomorrow. | Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox “is expected to make an aggressive case for merging with Time Warner Inc during its quarterly earnings call,” Jennifer Saba writes. Time Warner “will be on the hook to explain why it is better off going solo.” (Reuters) | Viacom, CBS and Disney also announce earnings this week. “All major media companies reporting this week are expected to show some weakness in their advertising business,” Amol Sharma writes. (WSJ)
  3. Mobile traffic dropped 8.5 percent during Facebook outage: And desktop traffic increased 3.5 percent. “While we certainly can’t claim that the outage was the cause of that uptick in desktop traffic, the timing is certainly notable,” Josh Schwartz writes, saying there was a “9% increase in homepage direct traffic on sites with loyal homepage followings.” (Chartbeat) | “Four takeaways from Facebook’s outage for publishers” (The Media Briefing) | Vaguely related: Google News launches a center for publishers. Here’s how it says to get the most out of it. (Google)
  4. The newspaper in the “middle” of the Gaza war: Haaretz “has the most potential for bridging across biases and political barriers” in coverage of the conflict, Gilad Lotan writes. (Medium) | “Unfortunately, Ha’aretz is struggling, squeezed both by the general decline of print newspapers and the growing rightward tilt of Israeli opinion.” (Quartz)
  5. Journalism Diversity Project relaunches: A list of journalists for bosses who say they can’t find qualified minority applicants. “Who makes the list? People of color, committing acts of journalism, and pushing the craft forward in the digital age.” (Journalism Diversity Project) | BACK IN 2011: “How a Twitter chat led to an online minority talent bank” (Poynter)
  6. The Washington Post announced its sale to Jeff Bezos a year ago today: Former owner Don Graham “has had a big burden lifted off him and he is very focused on looking forward and not back,” Slate chairman Jacob Weisberg tells Christine Haughney. (NYT) | FLASHBACK: Here’s audio of Graham’s announcement to Post staffers. (Poynter)
  7. Anchor faces charges: KTXL anchor Sabrina Rodriguez was charged with stealing wallets at a Coach store in Folsom, California. (Sacramento Bee) | “Her fiancé is behind bars on drug and arson charges.” (CBS Sacramento) | Rodriguez has taken leave. (KTXL)
  8. Leave James Risen alone: Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and Committee to Protect Journalists back a petition supporting the New York Times reporter. (CJR)
  9. “Selfie” and “bromance” will get the headlines: But true Scrabble players know the real news is that the Scrabble dictionary now has four new two-letter words. (AP)
  10. Job moves, edited by Benjamin Mullin: Hatzel Vela will be a reporter for WPLG in Miami. Formerly, he was a reporter with WJLA in the Washington, D.C. area. Nina Judar will be beauty director for More magazine. Formerly, she was beauty director for Good Housekeeping. (Meredith Corporation) | Jessica Torres will be deputy editor of Siempre Mujer. Formerly, she was lifestyle editor there. (Meredith Corporation) | Eric Ulken will be executive director for digital strategy for Interstate General Media. Currently, he is product director at Seattletimes.com. (Philly.com) | Jeff Bergin has been named vice president of vertical strategy at Hearst Newspapers. Previously, he was senior vice president of advertising sales at the San Francisco Chronicle. (Hearst.com) | Mark Ellis has been named senior vice president of corporate sales for Time Inc. Previously, he was vice president of North American sales at Yahoo. (Time Inc.) | Kelly Cobiella has been named London correspondent for NBC News. Previously, she’d been a correspondent for both ABC News and CBS News. (TV Newser) | Job of the day: Mozilla is looking for freelance tech reporters for Mozilla Voices. Get your résumés in! (Journalism Jobs) | Send Ben your job moves: bmullin@poynter.org.

Suggestions? Criticisms? Would like me to send you this roundup each morning? Please email me: abeaujon@poynter.org.

Note: A previous version of this story incorrectly said that Jessica Torres will be deputy beauty director of Siempre Mujer. In fact, she will be deputy editor. Read more

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Former Washington Post owner offers art collection to employees

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Graham Holdings Company will sell its art collection at reduced prices to Washington Post employees, Philip Kennicott reports. Graham Holdings is the new name of the company that sold the Post to Jeff Bezos last year.

Proceeds from the sale will go to TheDream.US, “a scholarship fund founded by Donald Graham to help undocumented students,” Kennicott writes.

Graham Holdings is moving out of the Washington Post building next month to a space with “very few walls,” GraHoCo spokesperson Rima Calderon tells Kennicott.

The collection “is much like the family: Unflashy and deeply local in its focus,” Kennicott writes.

Artists associated with the Washington Color school—Sam Gilliam, Jacob Kainen, Gene Davis, Thomas Downing, among others—are well represented, as are national figures such as Alex Katz, whose work was originally in the Newsweek corporate collection in New York. When the Washington Post sold Newsweek in 2010 (for $1), the art was not included in the sale. Now those pieces are some of the most valuable on offer.

Graham Holdings recently moved deeper into the home-healthcare and hospice business with its acquisition of a majority share in Residential Healthcare Group. It owns Celtic Healthcare, which also provides homecare and hospice services. And it still owns some media properties, including Slate and Foreign Policy. Read more

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Publishing businesses contributed to revenue gain at former Washington Post company

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Revenue from businesses including Slate, Foreign Policy and the advertising agency SocialCode was up 77 percent at Graham Holdings Company in 2013, the company said in its year-end earnings report.

That double-digit revenue rise was “due to growth at SocialCode and Slate and revenue from the Company’s recently acquired Celtic Healthcare and Forney businesses,” Graham Holdings says. Graham Holdings used to be The Washington Post Co. before it sold its flagship asset to Jeff Bezos last year. Forney makes control systems for combustion processes and Celtic Healthcare is a hospice firm.

Revenue from Graham’s cable-TV division was up 3 percent for the year and revenue from its TV broadcasting division, which includes stations in Detroit, Houston and Miami, was down 6 percent, with a decrease in political advertising revenue offset in part by higher retransmission fees, the company said. Revenue at the company’s education division, which includes Kaplan, was down 1 percent over 2012. Read more

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Don Graham: Social news unlocks the ‘great mystery’ of young readers

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In a video interview, Washington Post Co. chairman Don Graham (who’s also a member of Facebook’s board of directors) talks with Kara Swisher about the Post’s new Facebook app and the future of news. “The key issue [for newspapers] is very simple: We need to learn. We need to do experiments like this,” Graham says of the Washington Post Social Reader app, which enables users to share their news reading activity with friends. The Facebook app is especially aimed at “younger readers” in their 20s who are “the great mystery,” Graham says. “They are interested in news … but they don’t want it in an old-fashioned print format as I do.” He says social reading isn’t the future of newspapers, “but it is a part of that future.” || Related: With ‘frictionless sharing,’ Facebook and news orgs push boundaries of online privacy Read more

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Graham: Washington Post not ‘going to be a pioneer’ in charging for online news

Washington Post Company CEO Don Graham’s candid take on trends in the news business has been a staple of the 10 media conferences I’ve attended each December in New York City.

This year, though, Graham in brief prepared remarks said only that the Post newspaper is “having a good year” and spent the rest of his time defending the company’s much larger Kaplan for-profit education business currently under fire from regulators. Read more

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