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Weekend Media Watch: CNN Cuts Dozens of Jobs, Kindle Fire vs. Nook, Romensko Saga Continues

Thompson on Hollywood By Maggie Lange | Thompson on Hollywood November 14, 2011 at 1:04PM

Weekend Media Watch: CNN Cuts Dozens of Jobs, Kindle Fire vs. Nook, Romensko Saga Continues
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Kindle Fire vs. Nook
Kindle Fire vs. Nook

CNN has trimmed dozens of jobs in its New York, Atlanta, Washington, and Los Angeles offices. The Wrap quoted one employee: "It was a complete shock. No one had any idea this was going to happen.. This is not the friendly company it used to be. And no one really knows why -- the economy, the ratings, or what." At the same time, CNN Digital plans to expand its beat reporting and launch new blogs focused on education, photography, identity, innovation, and technology.

-The Kindle Fire vs. Nook showdown is heating up as both are launching digital newstands this week. Amazon's Kindle Fire Newsstand will be all-too-similar to Barnes & Noble's Nook Newsstand, it seems, with subscriptions to 400 digital media outlets. PaidContent vividly describes this one-upmanship moment: "imagine both devices snapping back and forth at each other like squabbling children."

-Most journos use Twitter less to follow conversations than as a glorified rss feed and promo tool, reports Nieman Journalism Lab:

Fully 93 percent of the postings over the course of the week offered a link to a news story on the organization’s own website.

-The Romenesko controversy continues unabated as floods of supporters and media critics have reacted to the popular blogger and news aggregator's decision to resign from Poynter.  The person set the dominos falling was journalist Erika Fry at Columbia Journalism Review, who Poynter's Julie Moos credited with highlighting Jim Romenesko for his lack of attribution credit. Fry wrote:

 Thursday, Poynter's Julie Moos published a controversial post on the journalism institute's Romenesko+ blog, which she credited to my 'sharp eye.' Her post, which addressed 'incomplete attribution' in the posts of Jim Romenesko, the industry's most beloved aggregator, instantly created a firestorm, with many journalists quickly tweeting and blogging in defense of Romenesko, while others raised charges of plagiarism. Romenesko twice asked to resign because of the matter, and Poynter finally allowed him to do so Thursday night. What a shame. That the matter escalated to that point is strange to us, particularly since it all flowed from a set of questions I sent Moos Tuesday -- in advance, I thought, of an interview for a story. My questions did not focus solely on Romenesko (who did not respond to my request for comment), but on several recent changes on the blog since it became Romenesko+, adding a number of writers and changing its aggregation style.

[Via MediaBistro.]

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.