Morning Media Mix

Newspapers The Washington Post is now selling space in their op-ed section in the form of “Sponsored Views,” which allow organizations and corporations to pay to post comments (capped at 600 characters) in response to op-eds and editorials. The Post “reserves the right to require substantiation for any factual assertions within a Sponsored View.” So the Post might fact-check the assertions that companies are paying the Post to publish without going through the newsroom or opinion editors. (Washington Post/Poynter)

In other media news:

New York‘s Daily Intel blog has ended its long-running “Sex Diaries” feature. But what does this mean for the Sex Diaries tv show? (Daily Intel)

PBS NewsHour, which is headquartered in D.C., will lay off staff and close its satellite offices in San Francisco and Denver. (The New York Times)

President Obama had an surprise meeting with a handful of journalists yesterday. Of course, it was off-the-record. (Buzzfeed)

A survey finds that only 47 percent of adults in New York read daily newspapers. Pittsburgh has the highest percentage of newspaper readers, at 51 percent, while the national average is 35.7 percent. (Ad Age)

The Hairpin added a contributing editor, Jia Tolentino, who previously interviewed virgins for the site. Meanwhile, as of Monday,  The Awl had received over 50 applications for its editor-in-chief position. (The Hairpin/Romenesko)

The New Yorker hired a new advertising director, Breda O’Reilly, from The Guardian, where she was director of sales. (FishbowlNY)