Beyond PR

May 08, 2012

May Media Moves

Below is a sampling of recent media moves and news compiled by PR Newswire’s Audience Research Department.

CBS Television Network and the entire news community is mourning the loss of CBS Reporter Mike Wallace. The 60 Minutes Correspondent passed away at the age of 93. Wallace has won 21 Emmy Awards throughout his career, his last when he was 89. He was known for his inquisitiveness and his tough, probing questions. He retired from the show as a regular Correspondent in 2006 but occasionally contributed to the show. Wallace started his career in the 1940s as a Radio News Writer for the Chicago Sun. He began working at CBS in 1951. CBS President and CEO Leslie Moonves said in a statement “His extraordinary contribution as a broadcaster is immeasurable and he has been a force within the television industry throughout its existence. His loss will be felt by all of us at CBS.”

NBC Miami Reporter Jeff Burnside was fired after WTVJ-TV discovered that Burnside deliberately edited a tape of George Zimmerman’s 911 call before he shot Trayvon Martin. Burnside has been with the NBC station for over 13 years.

The Philadelphia Inquirer won their 19th Pulitzer Prize for a series that explored violence in the public schools of Philadelphia. The team of writers included Susan Snyder, Kristen A. Graham, Dylan Purcell, Jeff Gammage and ex-Inquirer Reporter John Sullivan (who is now a Professor at Medill University). They wrote the series entitled “Assault on Learning” and you can read the seven-part series here:…

The Wall Street Journal has produced a new, online title. CIO Journal is written for chief information officers and any executive interested in technology. While CIO Journal acts as an aggregator, it also contains original articles for subscribers. It also includes a daily email blast. Editing the Journal is Michael Hickins. Senior Editor is Darren McDermott. They can be contacted at and, respectively.

Michael J. Berens and Ken Armstrong of The Seattle Times ( won a Pulitzer for Investigative Reporting. Their report is on the state of Washington’s healthcare program which prescribes the questionable drug methadone. You can read the entire piece here:…

Associated Press Reporters Eileen Sullivan, Chris Hawley, Matt Apuzzo and Adam Goldman also won a 2012 Pulitzer for Investigative Reporting. They wrote a series on NYPD’s investigations and profiling of Muslim neighborhoods since 9/11. Check out the series of stories here:

Lisa Murphy has left Bloomberg TV. The “Street Smart” Anchor and Bloomberg TV made a mutual decision to part ways. The network is transitioning to a digital newsroom and has recently let go 30 of its staff members, including Morning Anchor Margaret Brennan. However, a spokesperson says the layoffs are not related to Murphy’s exit. Different Anchors from Bloomberg TV will fill-in her spot on “Street Smart.”

So many readers missed Domino Magazine that publisher Conde Nast has decided to create two special issues. One was just produced in April with another planned for September. Subtitled, “Quick Fixes” the website can be found at The do-it-yourself magazine went out of print in 2009.

Reporter Sara Ganim won a Pulitzer Prize for Local Reporting for her coverage on Penn State University’s football coach Jerry Sandusky’s alleged child sex abuse scandal for The Patriot-News. Sara’s Pulitzer story coverage can be read here:…

No, the new magazine launching this month entitled “WAX” is not about surfing in the Pacific. It’s actually about surfing, art and culture in New York City. Yes, the Big Apple. Editors David Yun, Aeriel Brown ( and Zak Klauck have created this bi-annual to explore the history of surfing, beaches and artists in NYC. The first issue has the theme, “Dialogues in Spring.” More details can be found on or by emailing 

The New York Times Business Reporter David Kocieniewski won a Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting which covered the intricacies of the Federal Tax Law.(…)

Photojournalist Craig F. Walker of The Denver Post won a Pulitzer for his photographic essay of an Iraq war veteran dealing with post-traumatic stress. You can view the slide show of photos here:…

The Politico’s Editorial Cartoonist Matt Wuerker won a Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning. His winning cartoon collection is here:…

John Derbyshire, longtime columnist at the National Review, was let go by them after a racially insensitive piece was published on Taki’s Magazine.

The Boston Globe has launched a new online archive called “From The Archives”. The Archives will include photographs throughout the paper’s 140 year history. The Archives will be updated every Thursday with three to five photos from when the paper first started to the present. “From The Archives” is available for print and digital subscribers only.

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