Media Insider: Twitter Downsizes, Washington Post Reporter Convicted in Iran, and Media Moves

Welcome to Media Insider, PR Newswire’s round up of journalism, blogging and freelancing stories from the week.

Photo by Brian Talbot used under CC BY-NC 2.0

Photo by Brian Talbot used under CC BY-NC 2.0

Some Twitter Employees Found Out They Got Laid Off When Their Email Was Disconnected (Business Insider)

Well, that’s a rough way to find out you’ve no longer got a job. Business Insider reports some Twitter employees found out they were laid off when they could no longer log in to the company email. The layoffs affect 8 percent, or 336 employees, of Twitter’s workforce. Business Insider also posted the email that CEO Jack Dorsey sent to all affected employees.

Iran Says Washington Post Reporter Jason Rezaian Convicted (WTOP)

Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian, who has been detained in Iran for more than a year, has been convicted of charges against him. WTOP reports “Gholam Hossein Mohseni Ejehi confirmed the verdict in comments aired on state TV late Sunday night but gave no indication of what punishment the 39-year-old Iranian-American journalist could face.” In its report, Iranian state TV called Rezaian an “American spy.” He faces up to 20 years in prison.

Reddit Gets More Directly Into the Publishing Business With Upvoted (Nieman Lab)

The next editorial evolution has arrived at Reddit. Nieman Lab reports Reddit has launched Upvoted, a site with stories sourced from the online community and written by a small team of editors. Upvoted “follows on the launch of some earlier editorial experiments from Reddit this year, including Upvoted the podcast, and Upvoted Weekly, an email newsletter, both designed to showcase some of the best material working its way across Reddit,” Nieman Lab says.

Teens And Millennials Are Abandoning Network TV (Business Insider)

It appears network TV is in big trouble. Nielsen figures reported by AdAge finds “viewership of broadcast TV shows on the big four networks (ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC) among 18-to-49-year-olds is down 25 percent from last year.” The reason? It’s likely because younger viewers are “no longer tuning in for TV shows at their appointed times,” Business Insider reports. The steepest drop is among 12- to 17-year-olds, who just a few years ago were watching roughly 25 hours of TV each week. Today, that number has dropped to 15 hours.

Media News and Moves for the Week of October 12 (PR Newswire’s Media Moves)

Media moves keeps you up to date with who went where in the world of media. This week, promotions took place at Harper’s Magazine and Bloomberg BusinessWeek, and a new education reporter joined U.S. News and World Report.

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Christine Cube is an audience relations manager with PR Newswire and freelance writer. Follow @cpcube or check out her latest on Beyond Bylines on PR Newswire for Journalists.

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  1. November 6, 2015

    […] and murdered in the line of duty has reached an all-time high this past decade. The list includes Washington Post Reporter Jason Rezaian, who was recently convicted for charges in Iran. These acts against reporters and the free press […]

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