Morning Report for May 12, 2015

logo* AOL shares jump in pre-market trading after the $4.4 billion Verizon deal is announced. (variety.com) | Huffington Post to be spun off? (recode.net) | Will BuzzFeed buy HuffPo? (@dkberman)
* [RIGHT] “I made us a new logo.” (aedwardslevy)
* What AOL chief Tim Armstrong said at this morning’s all-hands meeting: (@AlexCKaufman)
* The price offered for AOL is more than the combined valuation of Buzzfeed and The New York Times. (vox.com)
* “Another old person tricked into buying AOL so they can connect to the Internet.” (@kleinmatic)herald
* Unhappy 2011 Pulitzer winner Jeff Gottlieb leaves the Los Angeles Times. (laobserved.com)
* New York City investigations chief praises journalists for helping to improve government. (capitalnewyork.com)
* Columbia Journalism Review puts out a student edition. (cjr.org)
* [RIGHT] Boston Herald backs Tom Brady. (bostonherald.com) | New York tabs have fun with balls. (@NYTnickc)
* Richard Sandomir: “Bill Simmons would work well at digital-first outfits like Yahoo, AOL or Vice Media.” (nytimes.com)
* Another ratings win (total viewers) for Lester Holt and “NBC Nightly News.” (adweek.com)
* Hyphen-mania in the New York Times. (nytimes.com)
* A former Virginian-Pilot columnist launches a free biweekly newspaper, and hopes to break even in the first year. (hamptonroads.com)
* JOBS: A NYC-based education news website is looking for a director of video. (Romenesko Jobs)

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