PBS Appoints the First Female Anchor Team

Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff are making history in the world of TV News. They’ll co-anchor PBS’ “NewsHour” becoming the first female co-anchor team on a nightly network newscast. The New York Times reports that Ifill and Woodruff will take over the nightly newscast in September, and they’ll also share managing editor responsibilities.

Hari Sreenivasan who was recently announced as the anchor of the “PBS Newshour” will also serve as a senior correspondent for the weeknight version of the broadcast.

The milestone comes seven years after Katie Couric became the first female solo anchor of a network nightly newscast. Ifill’s previous credits include The New York Times, a Washington Correspondent for NBC, the moderator of PBS’s “Washington Week,” and a senior correspondent for “NewsHour” in 1999. Woodruff was the chief Washington correspondent for “NewsHour” in the 1980s, and she also spent dozens of years at CNN before rejoining ‘NewsHour” as the senior correspondent in 2007.

The program was founded by Jim Lehrer and Robert MacNeil in the 1970s.

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Twitter Rolls Out New Rules, Threats Continue

Twitter is cracking down on abusive tweets and threats; however, threats to women still continue on the popular social media website. British Journalists India Knight and Laurie Penny were some of the latest high-profile women who’ve received threats.

Twitter has implemented a list of changes in response to complaints that it wasn’t doing enough to combat hate speech, particularly against women. They’ve also hired extra staff to handle abuse reports.

This comes after gender politics in England erupted on Twitter. Activist Caroline Criado-Perez won a campaign to add “Pride and Prejudice” author Jane Austen on 10-pound notes. Criado-Perez faced threats of rape and violence on Twitter immediately after. One man was arrested in Manchester, England and several accounts were suspended.
Twitter Threat - Laurie Penny

Twitter’s Senior Director of Trust and Safety division Del Harvey said that people deserve to feel safe on Twitter. A “report abuse” button has been added on some mobile versions of Twitter and said it will be available on others and on the web in the coming month.

“We want people to feel safe on Twitter, and we want the Twitter Rules to send a clear message to anyone who thought that such (behavior) was, or could ever be, acceptable,” wrote Harvey and Twitter UK general manager Tony Chang in a blog post.

Twitter’s old policy required users to contact the website’s online help center to report or flag any threatening messages.

Jeff Bezos to Bring Innovation to the Washington Post

The world is wondering what’s in store for the new publishing revolution as Amazon.com founder and CEO Jeff Bezos will purchase the Washington Post for $250 million. Seattle-based Amazon has no role in the deal as Bezos will buy the organization and become its sole owner.

Bezos is known as an avid reader and writer, so it’s no surprise that he’s up for a challenge to save the paper that’s suffered a 44 percent decline in operating revenue over the past six years. Business Week reports that Bezos banished PowerPoint from all meetings at Amazon. Presenters were asked to pass out a narrative document (within six pages) that outlined the topic being discussed.

Washington Post chairman and CEO Donald Graham says the decision to sell was made after years of newspaper industry challenges.

In a letter written to employees of Washington Post, Bezos said he would bring Amazon-style innovation to the 66-year-old newspaper. He ensured employees that the values of The Post won’t need much change but mentions the newspaper will need to evolve with technology.

“The Internet is transforming almost every element of the news business: shortening news cycles, eroding long-reliable revenue sources, and enabling new kinds of competition, some of which bear little or no news-gathering costs. There is no map, and charting a path ahead will not be easy. We will need to invent, which means we will need to experiment,” said Bezos.

The Washington Post is reported to be one of the most popular news sources online. Print circulation has dwindled at 7 percent daily and Sundays during the half of this year.

The deal will include other publishing businesses, including the Express newspaper, The Gazette Newspapers, Southern Maryland Newspapers, Fairfax County Times, El Tiempo Latino and Greater Washington Publishing, the company said.