The Cutline
  • Here's our list of headlines that should be on your morning media menu:

    • Jack Shafer pans Bloomberg View. (Slate)

    • Fox News Channel's Shep Smith teaches a journalism course to students from Ole Miss. (AP)

    • Tech reporters are running for the doors. (Beta Beat)

    • How magazines are leveraging their brands through Tumblr. (Business Insider/The Wire)

    • Local stations in the south and Midwest preempted the "Oprah" finale in favor of severe weather coverage. (TV Spy)

    • Regulars mourn the closing of Elaine's. (AP)

    Read More »from FIRST CUTS: Tech reporter exodus; Shep Smith, j-school prof
  • Fox News: ‘We are not changing Sarah Palin’s status’


    Despite a flurry of reports that Sarah Palin may indeed be inching closer to a presidential bid, Fox News, at least for the moment, has no plans to suspend or drop her as a contributor.

    "We are not changing Sarah Palin's status," Bill Shine, Fox News executive vice president of programming, told The Cutline.

    Palin signed a multi-year deal with Fox News in January 2010, and has appeared regularly as a political pundit ever since.

    The cable network suspended the contracts belonging to a pair of other on-air contributors--former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and former Senator Rick Santorum--in March pending their decisions about running for president.

    Fox then officially terminated those contracts in May, after a network-imposed deadline for Gingrich and Santorum to reveal their 2012 plans passed.

    Another on-air personality under contract with Fox, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, recently announced his decision not to run for president on his Fox show.

    Palin, though, has been dropping more hints about a run for the White House than Common dropped rhymes there.

    Read More »from Fox News: ‘We are not changing Sarah Palin’s status’
  • NewAriannaPhotoFinance frenzy: In the wake of this year's mega-merger with Huffington Post, AOL took a hatchet to dozens of editorial properties. But the net company--which, let it be disclosed, is a direct competitor with Yahoo!-- held on to its Daily Finance vertical. The inveetment site kept a steady stream of traffic--and while the HuffPo merger did create some shakeups  among its workforce, AOL is now retooling and expanding the property, adding eight new full-time staffers to its roster. "We are unleashing fresh voices with unique points of view to help our readers make intelligent decisions about what to do with their dollars," said Peter Goodman, executive business editor of the AOL Huffington Post Media Group, in a statement. "Our audience can look forward to an irreverent, unpredictable and engaging take on personal finance."

    How will Daily Finance differ from its sister business coverage over at HuffPo? "The two sites are complementary but distinct," said Mario Ruiz, a spokesman for the company. "HuffPost Business is a lens on business and finance that tracks the news and makes explicit the connections between the corporate realm and the world of ordinary people. ... DailyFinance is a place where people go to gain insight into how to wisely manage their money." HuffPo, it's worth noting, just lost Ryan McCarthy, the editor credited with building up its business page over the past few years, to Reuters. There was a going-away party for him last night.

    Oh, Canada!: In other HuffPo news, the online juggernaut has launched a Canadian edition, which debuted today as the site's first international offering. Here's the announcement from Arianna: "Canadians are no strangers to The Huffington Post: 1.5 million of them visited us in March. So starting our international expansion north of the border was a natural. I can't wait to watch our talented HuffPost Canada edit team bring our real-time 'digital water cooler' to Canadians -- and Americans looking to get some insight into our neighbours to the north." And here she is partying Maple Leaf-style to celebrate the launch. Next stop: HuffPo U.K.

    Read More »from In Media Res: HuffPo goes north; big hire at


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  • Austin to host Match Play Championship from 2016-19

    (Reuters) - The elite WGC-Match Play Championship will be staged in Austin, Texas, from 2016 to 2019 as part of a four-year deal with its new title sponsor, the International Federation of PGA Tours announced on Tuesday. Texas-based PC maker Dell, which has major sports sponsorship experience with Formula 1 and America's Cup, will take over as the event's title sponsor next year when the event will be renamed the WGC-Dell Match Play. "We're confident that Dell will find the World Golf Championships to be an extremely effective and valuable global marketing and business-to-business platform," PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem said in a statement. Austin, the 11th-most populous city in the United States, last hosted a sanctioned PGA Tour event from 2003-2009 on the over-50s Champions Tour.

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