Whither shall she wander? The race to plot Ann Curry’s career course

Ann Curry's tearful farewell to 'Today.' ()
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Thinly sourced rumors about Ann Curry leaving NBC are the new thinly sourced rumors about Katie Couric leaving CBS.

Used to be there was a race among media reporters and gossip hounds to be the first with any incremental updates about Couric's intentions toward the Tiffany Network, where she was unable to significantly boost ratings for the "CBS Evenings News" before eventually fleeing to start her own syndicated daytime show.

Now it seems like there's a new item every other day speculating about Ann Curry's position at the Peacock, which all but decapitated the veteran newswoman last summer by removing her as "Today" co-anchor after just a year on the job.

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First she was headed to work with her old boss Jeff Zucker at CNN. Then she wasn't because Zucker reportedly has "NO INTEREST" in giving her a primetime anchor gig at the network.

And now? Well she's in talks with Al Jazeera America, of course!

Radar Online reports:

Ann Curry has been approached by Al Jazeera America about the possibility of working for the soon to be launched U.S. branch of the Qatar government owned company, RadarOnline.com is exclusively reporting.

“Ann has had informal talks about working for the new Al Jazeera operation in America which is expected to formally launch later this year,” a source tells Radar. “She’s extremely interested in what the network will be doing in the U.S. and has always held their reporting in high regard. She’s still in talks with CNN, but the opportunity of being front and center at the launch of a new international news channel, especially one that promises to shake up and challenge existing reporting of world events, is something that greatly appeals to her.”

But Inside Cable News calls "B.S.":

Up until now Radar Online’s prognostications on the Curry saga have at least had the tinge of believability to them. Until now. Al Jazeera? For a “name” like Curry Al Jazeera would be career suicide in this country. The network has gained a reputation, justified or not. Anyone who joins will have to contend with that. The potential resume damage one could receieve as a result of joining Al Jazeera is much much greater for a “name” talent than one who is not a name. Curry and her agent should know this. Which is why I seriously want to call BS to this story.

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Expect to see more "fun brites" in the news pages of The Wall Street Journal. [The Huffington Post]

Chris Hughes is considering Monocle-style retail spaces to get The New Republic to profitability by 2015. [Politico/On Media]

How Matt Buchanan went from Gizmodo to BuzzFeed to The New Yorker (and his parents didn't seem that impressed). [The New York Observer]

The branded-content world is providing refuge for journalists: "Maybe people are more attached to Old Spice and Doritos than to The Wall Street Journal and The Denver Post.” [The New York Observer]

Newsweek Global has "hundreds of thousands" of subscribers, but roughly 150,000 Newsweek subs were sold to Time. [New York Post]

The Time Inc. layoffs will cost Time Warner $60 million. [AllThingsD]

John King is reportedly safe at CNN, but what about Candy Crowley? [Fishbowl DC]

Dick Morris is dunzo at Fox News. [Politico]

Guardian journalists to strike? [Press Gazette]

For magazine magnate Felix Dennis, Mental Floss is "a pioneer of editorial merchandising." [Reuters]

Kevin Klose's plans for Radio Free Europe. [The Huffington Post]

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The Committee to Protect Journalists is preparing to launch its latest book of Attacks on the Press:

The Committee to Protect Journalists will release Attacks on the Press: Journalism on the World’s Front Lines, a yearly assessment of the state of press freedom worldwide, on February 14.

CPJ will present key data detailing the unprecedented rise in the number of attacks, imprisonment and killings, along with expert analysis of trends and potential solutions. Topics will include: the misuse of terror laws to punish and censor journalists, persistent impunity in media killings, crisis and opportunities in the Middle East, the anti-press offensive by non-state actors in Africa, the weakening of the Inter-American human rights and press freedom system, and the looming media vacuum in Afghanistan.

The 2013 edition of Attacks includes CPJ’s new Risk List, which identifies the 10 countries where press freedom suffered the most significant setbacks over the past year. The book also provides up-to-the-minute analyses of global issues, press freedom violations, and emerging threats to journalists in every corner of the world and detailed reports on conditions in close to 60 countries.