A ‘Daily News’ photo op with the mayor on guns; Scientologists at ‘The Atlantic’

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Bloomberg sits down with some mail from the 'Daily News.' (Corey Sipkin/Daily News)
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Daily News editor-in-chief Colin Myler and columnist Mike Lupica met with Mayor Bloomberg at City Hall yesterday to deliver the tabloid's petition to ban assault weapons.

From the meeting, according to Lupica's column today:

Now Bloomberg is .. back in the Manhattan Room, and on a table in front of him are two bags’ worth of signed petitions from readers of the Daily News, from among nearly 130,000 signed petitions in all calling for an assault weapons ban, and for the kind of stricter gun control Bloomberg has been demanding for years.

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This is not some kind of contest for the readers of The News. It is a way to make their voices heard about guns in the aftermath of children being shot dead the second Friday before Christmas in Newtown.

“We just have to continue to show (Congress) that the NRA isn’t all that powerful,” Bloomberg says. He smiles and adds this: “These are people who said they were going to do everything they possibly could to make Obama a one-term President. That’s how powerful they really are.”

Of course it also made for a good photo op:

Corey Sipkin/New York Daily News

On Capital...

Dick Stevenson named 'Times' chief Washington correspondent

Jim Impoco to leave Reuters as the company readies new digital strategy

Andrew Cuomo's favorite columnist is up in arms

In other news...

The Atlantic's sponsored Scientology content has caused a big stir among media watchers. [Gawker; BuzzFeed; The Next Web; Erik Wemple]

Former Yahoo executive Ross Levinsohn is the new C.E.O. of the newly-minted company that owns The Hollywood Reporter, Billboard and Adweek. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Rupert Murdoch on News Corp's potential acquisition of The Los Angeles Times: "It won’t get through with the Democratic administration in place." [LAT/Company Town]

Rick Berke is leaving the New York Times masthead. [Politico/On Media]

Howard Kurtz denies interfering with a Daily Beast story in order to keep Anderson Cooper in the closet. [Politico/On Media]

DKC is handling press inquiries for the embattlee Journal News. [WaPo/Erik Wemple]

The Wall Street Journal is launching a new personal-finance magazine for the luxury set, WSJ Money. [Adweek]

Hearst magazines had a record-breaking March. [Adweek]

What the Lance Armstrong interview is worth to OWN. [Forbes/Mixed Media]

Quote of the day...

I watched the Globes last night, an event that I used to cover, and watched people enjoy some adult beverages. I am very pro-alcohol, but I just tend to end up in handcuffs when I used. I have more fun -- way more fun -- when I don't drink or do drugs. In the times I have used, it was never baked into my work life. If I am going to really go there, it ain't going to be with some flacks for a big magazine company. That said, I was looking at my best clips lately and you can't really tell which were written drunk or sober. There is no correlation. The muse comes when it does and it can't be beckoned by a six-pack or something you stick up your nose.

David Carr

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Alex Jones: “Glenn Beck is despicable. He has five guys watching everything I do… I’m sick and tired of him. He’s a punk."

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Here's a message from our pal Nicole Brydson to readers of her website, BrooklynTheBorough.com, which is launching a new project:

Happy 2013! Our independent internet economy is in full swing and for that reason Brooklyn needs cooperative public media by and for our maker culture.

Our IndieGoGo campaign to fund BrooklynTheBorough.com's new local media project by and for the public without advertisers or corporate sponsors is underway. Support the community media that will connect you to the artists, musicians, writers and small businesses all around you.

We're excited to unveil a new kind of media network that focuses on connecting local people to local culture without the marketing middle man. Thank you for your ongoing support of BrooklynTheBorough.com!

Sincerely,

Nicole Brydson
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The Guardian is a launching an Australian digital edition:

The Guardian today announced it will be extending its global reach with the launch of a new digital edition in Australia.

Katharine Viner, deputy editor of the Guardian, will be the launch editor of the Australian operation. Paul Chadwick, the outgoing director of editorial policies at the ABC, will become a non-executive director of the Guardian’s Australian entity. Graeme Wood, the entrepreneur founder of travel website ‘wotif’ and chair of the news and features website The Global Mail, will be a founding investor.

The launch, to take place in 2013, is a natural next step for the Guardian, which, with a global digital audience of 39 million unique users per month, is the third largest newspaper website in the world. 1.3 million of the Guardian's unique users are based in Australia, making it the Guardian’s fourth largest market*.

Katharine Viner said: “This is such an exciting time to be launching the Guardian in Australia. We already have a large number of Australian readers, who tell us they want more of our on-the-ground reporting, lively commentary and groundbreaking open journalism. We will build a small Australian team to cover the issues that really matter to the nation and connect our Australian readers to the Guardian’s global network of correspondents and commentators.”

Alan Rusbridger, editor-in-chief, Guardian News & Media, said: “As a global media organisation with a history of growth and ambition, this is a natural next step for Guardian journalism. Our Australian digital edition will not only offer our unique take on Australia, a significant nation both regionally and globally, but will also serve as a base for reporting on, and engaging with, people across Asia.

“It will be of real benefit to our global audience, to see how dominant questions of our time - economics, geopolitics, climate change, immigration, media, democracy and more - are being grasped in such an important part of the world. The digital age has enabled the Guardian to be read by millions around the world and have an impact far beyond the dreams of those who launched the paper in Manchester, England in 1821.”

Neil Leifer's famous Sports Illustrated photos will be on display soon at SoHo's Morrison Hotel Gallery:

Morrison Hotel Gallery is pleased to announce the addition of a sports brand to their fine art photography galleries located in New York and Los Angeles, featuring a roster of renowned sports photographers including Neil Leifer, Walter Iooss, Ken Regan, Neal Preston, Theo Ehret and Michael Zagaris.

The kick-off exhibition and photographer's reception for the sports brand, in association with Sports Illustrated, will take place on January 23rd at the Morrison Hotel Gallery's SoHo location in New York City and will feature the esteemed work of photographer Neil Leifer (Sports Illustrated, LIFE, TIME). Mr. Leifer, who has shot record numbers of Olympic Games, World Soccer Cups, World Series, Super Bowls and heavyweight title fights, cites his favorite subject as that of the great heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali, who he has had the opportunity to photograph on nearly 60 different occasions.

Peter Blachley, owner of the Morrison Hotel Gallery, states "Our entry into fine art sports photography fits well with our brand and our customers' needs. As we have demonstrated our success in offering fine art music photography, we are now excited to offer the most beautifully photographed sports images, from the most iconic and historically significant to the most esoteric as taken from the archives of the leading photographers in the field."

Karen Carpenter, executive director at Sports Illustrated adds, "This partnership will tap into the deep emotion that music and sports fans share. We are excited about the opportunity this collaboration with the Morrison Hotel Gallery presents to Sports Illustrated."