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Washington Post’s chief revenue officer heads for Yahoo

Kevin Gentzel, The Washington Post’s chief revenue officer, is headed to Yahoo, where he’ll be head of advertising sales, North America, an internal memo from Steve Hills, president and general manager of Washington Post Media, announced on Tuesday.

Kevin is a unique talent and an excellent leader. He has left an indelible mark on our organization and helped us build real momentum in the marketplace. We are growing our digital audience dramatically, and that growth is coming from the young readers that our advertisers most want to reach, so we are earning that momentum every day. Kevin leaves behind a stronger, more nimble and innovative sales organization that will undoubtedly continue our march forward. Thank you Kevin, for all you did for The Post in your time here.

Here’s the full memo:

Kevin Gentzel heads for Yahoo

In September, outgoing publisher Katharine Weymouth mentioned Gentzel in a farewell memo as someone “who has built a world-class, innovative advertising sales team.” Read more

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Career Beat: Yahoo names editors for 2 verticals

Good morning! Here are some career updates from the journalism community:

  • Kate Lanphear is now editor-in-chief of Maxim. Previously, she was style editor at T Magazine. (WWD)
  • Kerry Diamond is now editor-in-chief of Yahoo Food. She is the co-founder and editorial director of Cherry Bombe. Kristen Baldwin is editor-in-chief of Yahoo TV. Previously, she was deputy editor at Entertainment Weekly. (Email)
  • Alice Gabriner will be international photo editor for Time magazine. She was a senior photo editor at National Geographic. Mandy Oaklander will be a staff writer for Time magazine. Previously, she was a senior writer for Prevention.com. Jack Linshi is a breaking news reporter and homepage editor at Time magazine. He was a weekend arts and living editor at the Yale Daily News. Lily Rothman will be an archive editor at Time magazine. Previously, she was a reporter there. Reno Ong will be an audience engagement editor at Time magazine. Previously she was a copy editor there. (Fishbowl DC)
  • Emma Fitzsimmons is a transit reporter for The New York Times. Previously, she was a reporter there. (NYT Metro desk)
  • Pamela Henson is now president and publisher of the Appleton (Wisconsin) Post-Crescent. She was senior vice president of advertising, marketing and digital sales at the Milwaukee (Wisconsin) Journal-Sentinel. (Gannett)
  • Tim Tebow is now a contributor at Good Morning America. He’s a college football analyst for ESPN. (ABC News)

Job of the day: Mashable is looking for a San Francisco-based social media reporter. Get your résumés in! (Mashable)

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James Foley family’s new fund will ‘honor what he stood for’

mediawiremorningGood morning. We’re nearly there. Here are 10 media stories, plus a fact that made me sigh and quietly review my life choices: The Notorious B.I.G.’s “Ready to Die” came out 20 years ago Saturday.

  1. Foley, Tice parents speak: “I really feel that our country let Jim down,” James Foley‘s mother Diane Foley tells Anderson Cooper. She says her son “was sacrificed because of just a lack of coordination, lack of communication, lack of prioritization.” (CNN) | Earlier this week, Austin Tice‘s parents told Clarissa Ward, “If an American citizen is held hostage overseas, you are discouraged and disparaged if you even consider paying a reward for a precious human child, because you don’t know where that reward money’s gonna go. …You know, we’re just a mom and dad. We just want our child back, and we wanna do whatever it takes.” (CBS News) | A message from the Foley family Twitter account: “please follow our new Twitter account @JamesFoleyFund.” (@freejamesfoley) | The fund will “honor what he stood for,” the family writes, with plans to build “a resource center for families of American hostages and [foster] a global dialog on governmental policies in hostage crises,” among other goals. (James W. Foley Legacy Fund)
  2. Networks say they won’t show Rice video anymore: ESPN made that call Tuesday morning, David Bauder reports. “It was obviously quite disturbing and we felt the audience had seen it enough,” ESPN spox Josh Krulewitz said. (AP) | Meredith Clark: “Using the video without consent violates our ethical obligation to treat Janay Rice and other survivors of intimate partner violence as people rather than vehicles for social change.” (Poynter) | Related: How “did Goodell pick the Rice case to appear insufficiently authoritarian?” Jack Shafer asks. (Reuters)
  3. What a watch-based media landscape may look like: “The Apple Watch also makes a solid case for a more algorithmically curated, condensed Twitter timeline,” Dan Frommer writes. “One thing we noticed is the text in Twitter’s app that describes your Timeline: ‘New and interesting.’” (Quartz) | “We are about to enter the era of ‘glance journalism.’” (Nieman) | Yahoo News Digest already works on Apple Watch, and Circa is looking into it. (BuzzFeed) | Very related: Research from Irene Costera Meijer and Tim Groot Kormelink looks into news consumption, including “Checking and scanning vs snacking and monitoring.” (Online Journalism Blog)
  4. Speaking of Yahoo News Digest: Its new iPad app hit the App Store last night. (Yahoo’s Tumblr) | Nick D’Aloisio, who heads the Yahoo News Digest team, tells Leo Kelion he is “weighing up university and Yahoo” for next year. (He’s 18.) (BBC News)
  5. Attn: NYC tourism folks: Humans of New York blogger Brandon Stanton: “Out of all the countries that I’ve been to, Ukraine reminded me the most of home.” (Kyiv Post)
  6. You know how we keep talking about the revenue potential of video ads? Almost 20 percent of that market belongs to YouTube, but that may be as high as it gets. (WSJ)
  7. Intern apologizes: Mallory Musallam wrote a letter to former internship host David Letterman saying she’d withdrawn from a class action suit and had been “approached by a beguiling legion of lawsuit-hungry attorneys.” (NYDN)
  8. Vook has bought the ashes of Byliner: “The deal may be good news for Byliner authors who wondered how they were going to get paid,” Laura Hazard Owen reports. “Vook said Thursday that it would be paying them 85 percent royalties on works that were already for sale at digital retailers like Amazon and Apple.” (Gigaom)
  9. Front page of the day, selected by Kristen Hare: A moving photo on The New York Times. (Courtesy the Newseum.)

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  10. Job moves, edited by Benjamin Mullin: Kate Lanphear is now editor-in-chief of Maxim. Previously, she was style editor at T Magazine. (WWD) | Kerry Diamond is now editor-in-chief of Yahoo Food. She is the co-founder and editorial director of Cherry Bombe. Kristen Baldwin is editor-in-chief of Yahoo TV. Previously, she was deputy editor at Entertainment Weekly. (Email) | Alice Gabriner will be international photo editor for Time magazine. She was a senior photo editor at National Geographic. Mandy Oaklander will be a staff writer for Time magazine. Previously, she was a senior writer for Prevention.com. Jack Linshi is a breaking news reporter and homepage editor at Time magazine. He was a weekend arts and living editor at the Yale Daily News. Lily Rothman will be an archive editor at Time magazine. Previously, she was a reporter there. Reno Ong will be an audience engagement editor at Time magazine. Previously she was a copy editor there. (Fishbowl DC) | Emma Fitzsimmons is a transit reporter for The New York Times. Previously, she was a reporter there. (NYT Metro desk) | Pamela Henson is now president and publisher of the Appleton (Wisconsin) Post-Crescent. She was senior vice president of advertising, marketing and digital sales at the Milwaukee (Wisconsin) Journal-Sentinel. (Gannett) | Tim Tebow is now a contributor at “Good Morning America.” He’s a college football analyst for ESPN. (ABC News) | Job of the day: Mashable is looking for a San Francisco-based social media reporter. Get your résumés in! (Mashable) | Send Ben your job moves: bmullin@poynter.org

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Rupert Murdoch bids on Time Warner

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Time Inc. launches digital sports network; Yahoo hires editor for breaking news desk

Here’s our roundup of the top digital and social media stories you should know about (and from Andrew Beaujon, 10 media stories to start your day):

— Time Inc.’s new digital sports network, 120 Sports, launches tonight. The network, backed by professional sports leagues (but not the NFL), is geared for mobile and social media users, Emily Steel reports in The New York Times: “240 clips, each two minutes long, across eight hours of daily programming.”

— In the UK, more people now use the Internet for news (41 percent) than newspapers (40 percent). But TV (75 percent) is still the dominant provider of news, according to Ofcom’s annual News Consumption study, reports BBC News.

— Yahoo has hired Lauren Johnston, previously digital editorial director for the Daily News, “as a managing editor to build out a breaking news desk,” Capital New York’s Joe Pompeo writes.

— A new Apple TV app from ABC News “will deliver a 24-hour video news channel; content will include about eight hours of live video per day,” according to Capital New York’s Alex Weprin.

— “Most websites record some information,” Dan Barker writes. “BuzzFeed record a whole ton.”


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The Day in Digital: Inside the New York Times CMS and the impending Amazon phone

Content management systems are so in this season. Luke Vnenchak has a fascinating look inside Scoop, The New York Times’s “homegrown digital and (soon-to-be) print CMS.”

Jeff Bezos is expected to announce an Amazon smartphone today. How can the company compete with Apple, Android and Samsung? Quartz’s Dan Frommer has some thoughts on the strategy.

The Atlantic’s in good shape, for lots of reasons. Here’s another one, from a Jeff Sonderman tweet during American Press Institute’s summit on video:

Media critics weren’t critical enough of Aaron Kushner’s print-centric strategy at the Orange County Register, Clay Shirky writes, helping to poison the minds of young people who need to understand that print is in a death spiral from which it can’t recover.

“Do you really need another app for sharing photos and videos with your friends?” Ina Fried asks at Re/code as Facebook releases its new Snapchat competitor, Slingshot.

At PBS MediaShift, Dorian Benkoil explores efforts by Chartbeat, Upworthy, the Financial Times and more to measure “what advertisers and publishers really want — people actually paying attention.”

Yahoo revealed its worldwide workplace diversity. Employees are overwhelmingly white and Asian, and 62 percent male.


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Advice columnist fooled by ‘Breaking Bad’ letter

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“Stressed and Confused” in Winnipeg has a question for Winnipeg Free Press advice columnist Miss Lonelyhearts:

I’ve been happily married to my husband for 15 years; however, he was recently diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer. Ever since his diagnosis, he’s become a completely different person. He sometimes comes home in the middle of the night with no explanation of where he was. I found out he started smoking marijuana. I also have a pretty good suspicion he has a second cellphone, though he denies it. I desperately need help. I’m currently pregnant, to go along with a moody son, a husband with lung cancer and an overdrawn chequing account.

Miss Lonelyhearts’ advice is pretty good: “Your husband has focused on his shortened life,” she writes. “You must stand up and become a protective Mama Bear to your children.” This is, of course, pretty much along the lines of what Skyler White did when the events described in “Stressed and Confused”‘s letter hit her family in the first season of “Breaking Bad.”

Maybe the relationship can be saved. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Invision/AP)

The Albuquerque Journal ran a paid death notice for Skyler’s husband Walter White, Matthew Coutts writes for Yahoo, advising that the Winnipeg paper be on the lookout for a letter beginning “I’m the faceless president of an international chain of fried chicken restaurants.” Read more

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Joe Zee leaves Elle for Yahoo

Joe Zee, Elle’s creative director, is the new editor-in-chief and executive creative officer of Yahoo Fashion, Yahoo announced in a press release Monday.

“I have always embraced technology and innovation in everything I do — from making a magazine, to executive producing and hosting my television shows, to writing my books. So, the chance to combine all of these passions at Yahoo during a period of tremendous innovation and transformation is a dream,” says Zee. “I’ve spent more than two decades speaking to women through magazines. What’s so exciting about Yahoo is that I can inspire and connect with hundreds of millions more women, and bring them the magic of the fashion world in ways they haven’t yet experienced.”

Zee joins makeup line creator Bobbi Brown, who is the new editor of Yahoo Beauty. Read more

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Flipboard acquires Zite from CNN as bigger players are moving into news aggregation

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CNN has sold personalized news aggregator Zite to Flipboard for $60 million, CNN Money reports. Flipboard will also offer custom magazines for some CNN shows as part of the deal.

Zite — whose algorithm always manages to surface customized content that I don’t come across anywhere else — was previously acquired by CNN in 2011. In December, AllThingsD reported that a new round of funding valued Flipboard — with its 100 million active users — at $800 million.

The consolidation by two of the largest news readers comes as major players like Google, Facebook and Yahoo have moved to compete in the space. Read more

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It’s official: Katie Couric will join Yahoo News

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Katie Couric will join Yahoo News as its “Global Anchor,” Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer says in a post.

In addition to being the face of Yahoo News and shooting features for our homepage, Katie will continue to host her syndicated daytime talk show, Katie.

At Yahoo, “we can do everything from a town hall meeting to in-depth interviews to a breaking news story,” Couric told Alex Weprin. Read more

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