The ‘Newsweek’ wind-up, in slow motion

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As we reported last night, several top masthead positions were eliminated from The Newsweek Daily Beast Company as a result of the layoffs handed down yesterday.

But it wasn't just senior staffers who lost their jobs. The cuts "went all the way up and down the line editorially," according to a source.

The full extent of the layoffs has yet to be seen; the New York Post's Keith Kelly reports that the total number "could eventually reach 65 people — or more than a quarter of the 270 people working on the combined staffs."

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A source familiar with the situation confirmed the estimate but emphasized that it includes employees both in and out of the newsroom; pink slips had already been handed out on the business side prior to yesterday's newsroom cuts, as Tina Brown wrote in her memo to staff yesterday morning.

The estimate also includes members of the Newspaper Guild of New York, the union that represents about 100 staffers of the combined operation, the source said. As unionized employees, there's a longer window for determining how many of them will leave their jobs, so fuller numbers may not be known for some weeks.

Neither NewsBeast nor the Guild is commenting on the staff reductions at the moment.

On Capital...

Assessing the bloodbath at Newsweek: Several top masthead spots are eliminated, but full extent is hard to gauge

In other news...

It was a bad week for the journalism industry. [The Huffington Post]

The Washington Post is planning a paywall. [The Wall Street Journal]

More on the death of The Daily. [The Daily Beast]

"The shutdown of the tablet publication has affected 126 employees." [Bloomberg]

Newspapers as "endangered species." [The Economist]

George Zimmerman is suing NBC for defamation. [NYT/Media Decoder]

Mat Honan has a blistering assessment of the Vice-John McAfee saga. [Wired/Gadget Lab]

Jack Cafferty is out at CNN. [TV Newser]

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If it is the “record” you seek, do not expect the [New York] Times or anybody else to compile it. The only place anything approaching the record exists is locked up in Google, Nexis and Factiva. If you want it, you’ll have to do the work yourself.

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The Associated Press looks back at 2012:

From Hurricane Sandy to the civil war in Syria, The Associated Press will look back at the big events that shaped 2012 in a series of text and multimedia stories. These highlights in the weeks ahead were listed in an advisory distributed to member news organizations:

• Top 10 Stories: AP will run down the year's biggest developments, as determined by a poll of U.S. newspaper editors. The AP has conducted this poll every year since 1936. The top story that year was the abdication of King Edward VIII.

• Year of Storms: An essay by National Writer Justin Pope will examine the turbulence that shook our atmosphere, our politics and our economy in 2012.

• Year in Washington: AP’s Tom Raum will look at political problems that bedeviled 2012 and those that will dominate the agenda in 2013.

• Weather Disasters: The hottest year in U.S. weather history began when winter went AWOL and wildfires and a devastating drought followed. But in the eastern third of the country that was overshadowed by superstorm Sandy in October. And what happened in the United States is only part of the picture, AP’s science writer Seth Borenstein will report.

• Business: AP journalists will round up the year’s top stories and review the year on Wall Street, from fear about slowing global growth to turmoil in Europe and uncertainty about a “fiscal cliff.”

• Sports: While there were certainly stories to savor, 2012 may be remembered as a year where so much sports news was simply bad. AP will also reveal the Sports Story of the Year and Male and Female Athletes of the Year, as determined by sports editors at AP member news organizations.

• Entertainment & Lifestyles: In addition to naming an Entertainer of the Year (also chosen by editors at AP member news organizations), AP journalists will highlight the year in books, music, movies, television shows, theater and video games. And on the lifestyles front, our beat writers will note trends in food and important moments in fashion and pop culture.

• Deaths: AP will compile 2012's most notable obituaries.

• Photos: AP editors will choose the best news, feature and sports images from 2012, including photos from all major news events.

• Multimedia: An interactive will quiz readers on the top news stories of the year and look at notable people who died in 2012.