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  • chrystia-freelandChrystia Freeland, arguably Reuters' biggest star, just got a promotion.

    Freeland, who joined the news service from the Financial Times last march as global editor-at-large, has been named editor of Thomson Reuters Digital. The newly created position will put the veteran business journalist in charge of editorial efforts across the company's online and mobile consumer news platforms starting April 11.

    Stephen Adler, the former Businessweek captain who is two months into his job as Reuters' editor-in-chief, announced the move in a staff memo Thursday afternoon.

    "[Freeland] will manage a team that will select, customize, assign and produce text and multimedia content delivered to consumers via and its global suite of websites, as well as the flagship mobile news applications including NewsPro," Adler said in the memo, which was forwarded to The Cutline. "She and the team will explore exciting new projects in the digital space." She will also continue to write her weekly column.

    Freeland, well known for her commentary and reporting, is one of Reuters' most recognizable names, and she's a regular on the TV news circuit. But in his note to staff, Adler pointed out her web bona fides.

    Read More »from Chrystia Freeland to lead Reuters Digital
  • As reports that Meredith Vieira is planning an exit from NBC's "Today Show" swirl, the anchor has sparked controversy over her failure to question a number of unsubstantiated challenges to the U.S. citizenship of President Barack Obama that Donald Trump floated in an interview with Vieira this morning.

    Trump--the billionaire real estate tycoon and reality TV figure who is flirting with a 2012 presidential run--again sought to suggest that Obama was not born in the United States. "Birther" activists on the right have circulated the unsubstantiated claim in an effort to depict Obama's presidency as the outgrowth of a shadowy, constitutionally illegitimate conspiracy.

    The birther position has been thoroughly debunked, and it hasn't gained traction within the journalistic mainstream. But Trump has nonetheless been on a media blitz in recent weeks promoting it.

    When the issue came up on "Today"--which airs on the same network as Trump's "Celebrity Apprentice"--Vieira didn't exactly hold his feet to the fire.

    "His grandmother in Kenya said he was born in Kenya and she was there and witnessed the birth," said Trump, reiterating a claim that has been proven false, as Vieira sat by silently. (You can watch the exchange in the clip above.)

    Read More »from Trump brings media blitz to NBC, ‘steamrolls’ Meredith Vieira on birther issue
  • Here's our list of headlines that should be on your morning media menu:

    • "Half of the headlines say he's been canceled," Fox News president Roger Ailes told David Bauder of Glenn Beck's departure from the network. "The other half say he quit. We're pretty happy with both of them." (AP)

    • "Despite ratings that would normally bring about an automatic contract renewal, this was a relationship that had grown cold — and run its course," Bill Carter and Brian Stelter write of the breakup. (New York Times)

    • "Fox likes to wield absolute control over their stars," notes Glynnis MacNicol. "Glenn Beck ...  has increasingly been outside of their control. (Business Insider/The Wire)

    • Beck weighs in on who should replace him. (Johnny Dollar)

    Read More »from FIRST CUTS: More on the Glenn Beck-Fox News divorce; Matt Lauer eyeing ‘Today’ exit?


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  • Backstory of 'Gone with the Wind' goes on display 75 years after premiere
    Backstory of 'Gone with the Wind' goes on display 75 years after premiere

    By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) - Before "Gone with the Wind" hit the screen, it was a questionable investment that became a touchstone for race relations and was embroiled in moral questions ahead of Rhett Butler saying he did not give a damn. The backstory of the movie will be put on display to commemorate its 75th anniversary when the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas opens an exhibit on Sept. 9 called "The Making of Gone with the Wind" based on the massive collection of material it houses from the movie's producer David O. Selznick. "As time went on, Selznick starts to get this growing sense of responsibility," said Steve Wilson, curator of film at the Harry Ransom Center. Within months of purchasing movie rights, Selznick's office was inundated with letters from people making suggestions for casting, seeking to audition for the role of Scarlett as well as protests from those telling him not to make the movie because of the racist overtones in Mitchell's novel.

  • Tony Stewart back at the track, looking to heal
    Tony Stewart back at the track, looking to heal

    HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) — Tony Stewart took his seat on the podium — unshaven, his eyes glassy — and unfolded a sheet of paper. His voice quivered as he read, pausing to maintain his composure as he described the death of a driver he hit as "one of the toughest tragedies I've ever had to deal with."

  • What If Teachers Were Paid Like Athletes?
    What If Teachers Were Paid Like Athletes?

    No one will be ‘too cool for school’ ever again .

  • EU ministers call for new sanctions against Russia
    EU ministers call for new sanctions against Russia

    MILAN (AP) — Several European Union foreign ministers on Friday accused Russia of invading eastern Ukraine and said Moscow should be punished with additional economic sanctions.

  • Recline-Gate 2: Another Plane Diverted After Passenger Leans Back
    Recline-Gate 2: Another Plane Diverted After Passenger Leans Back

    An American Airlines flight headed from Miami to Paris had to be diverted into Boston airport late on Wednesday night after two passengers began arguing and the argument turned physical. It was at that moment that air marshals, who were on the flight undercover, had to intervene.

  • New iPhone 6 photo leak shows fully assembled housing… and it’s still ugly
    New iPhone 6 photo leak shows fully assembled housing… and it’s still ugly

    We have good news and we have bad news, Apple fans. The good news is that you’ll soon finally be able to get your hands on an iPhone with a significantly larger display, as Apple has sent out invitations to its big iPhone 6 event set to take place on September 9th. The bad news is that from the looks of things, the new iPhone with a significantly larger display is also going to be significantly uglier than its predecessor. FROM EARLIER: Will the iPhone 6 really be as hideously ugly as we’ve seen in leaks? Several months ago, iPhone 6 schematics leaked from Foxconn and we’ve seen iPhone 6 mockups pop up all over the place ever since. These mockups all

  • Humanity's Longest-Lasting Legacy: Miles of Holes
    Humanity's Longest-Lasting Legacy: Miles of Holes

    People have changed the planet so dramatically that some geologists think the Earth has entered a new phase in its geological timeline, named the "Anthropocene." But what about the marks humans are leaving deep underground? "Because it's not in our immediate living environment, it doesn't seem as significant," said Jan Zalasiewicz, a senior lecturer in palaeobiology at the University of Leicester, in the United Kingdom.

  • After deaths, NYC music festival tightens security
    After deaths, NYC music festival tightens security

    NEW YORK (AP) — Drug-sniffing dogs, peers watching for people feeling ill, a "cooling tunnel" and shorter days are greeting fans this weekend at an electronic music festival where two people died of drug overdoses last year, organizers said Friday.

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