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2:50 PM ET, September 20, 2010

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Tanzina Vega / New York Times:
New Journalism Degree to Emphasize Start-Ups  —  The Graduate School of Journalism at the City University of New York wants to capitalize on some of the shifts that have rocked traditional journalism — and traditional journalists — with the creation of the Tow-Knight Center …
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Amy Dunkin / CUNY Graduate School of Journalism:
TWO $3 MILLION GRANTS TO FUND NEW ENTREPRENEURIAL PROGRAM  —  The CUNY Graduate School of Journalism has been awarded two $3 million grants to help it establish the nation's most intensive program in entrepreneurial journalism with the creation of the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism …
Wall Street Journal:
Apple Courts Publishers on iPad Subscriptions  —  Effort Suggests Magazines, Newspapers Will Be Company's Next Media Frontier  —  Apple Inc. in recent weeks has accelerated its efforts to persuade publishers to join the company's first foray into selling newspaper and magazine subscriptions …
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Sports Illustrated Tells iPad Readers to Turn Around
Discussion: eMedia Vitals
Andrew Vanacore / Associated Press:
The next front for Murdoch's Journal: the weekend  —  NEW YORK - The Wall Street Journal's editor, Robert Thomson, is never short of fighting words.  And he had a few to add in a recent interview about the Journal's new weekend edition, which launches this Saturday with two new sections …
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Michael Gross / Crain's New York Business:
Forget the denials. It's war for Times, WSJ
Discussion: Strupp and Michael Gross
Bill Mitchell / Newspay:
10 Ways Journalism Around the World Is Being Revived and Reinvented  —  Prepping for a session for the International Press Institute (IPI) annual congress last week in Vienna, I asked the panelists, among other things, to describe a media trend they find encouraging.
Discussion: Editors Weblog
Wall Street Journal:
Shaping Ads for Web-Connected TV  —  Software Offers New Real Estate to Tout Products, Ability to Target Messages  —  Technology companies racing to deliver video to the living room over the Web are exploring the idea of offering ads on their services, seeking to capture some of the billions of ad dollars that flow to television.
Frédéric Filloux / Monday Note:
Aggregators: the good ones vs. the looters  —  News aggregators have grown into all shapes and forms.  Some are truly helping the producers of original content but others simply amount to mere electronic ransack.  —  My daily media routine starts on Techmeme.
Lucia Moses / Mediaweek:
Barbara Fairchild Out at Bon Appétit  —  Barbara Fairchild, the longtime editor of Condé Nast's Bon Appétit, will be replaced later this year after a 32-year career with the magazine, including 10 as its editor-in-chief, the company announced today.
Discussion: New York Observer and LA Observed
Gene Weingarten / Washington Post:
Goodbye, cruel words: English.  It's dead to me.  —  The English language, which arose from humble Anglo-Saxon roots to become the lingua franca of 600 million people worldwide and the dominant lexicon of international discourse, is dead.  It succumbed last month at the age of 1,617 after a long illness.
Howard Kurtz:
MSNBC finally pays off at 30 Rock  —  NEW YORK—Steve Capus glances at the eight video feeds on the flat-screen monitors in his Rockefeller Plaza office, smiling as he spots Andrea Mitchell in a head scarf, doing a morning live shot for MSNBC.  —  The 46-year-old NBC News president ticks …
David Carr / New York Times:
Blurring Satire and Politics  —  Picture a football game where the reporters and commentators, bored by the feckless proceedings on the field, suddenly poured out of the press box and took over the game.  —  In politics, it seems as if the media is intent on not just keeping score but also calling plays.
Inc:
The Way I Work: Michael Arrington of TechCrunch  —  Michael Arrington loves breaking tech stories, but he's not big on PR people, conversational niceties, or sunlight.  —  Michael Arrington says his style is to “bust the door down and clean the mess up later.”
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Jeremy W. Peters / Media Decoder:
Culture Vulture Stands Alone  —  Regular readers of New York magazine are familiar with its Approval Matrix, which is really more of a graph than a matrix.  But that's beside the point.  —  The matrix plots on X and Y axes pop culture happenings of the previous week, ranking them neatly …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Goodbye (Crummy) CAPTCHAs.  Hello Ad Dollars?  —  Hate dealing with captchas-the squiggly, indecipherable text strings Web sites often force you to read and regurgitate for security reasons?  Join the club.  And pay attention to what Solve Media is trying to do.
Shira Ovide / Wall Street Journal:
News Corp., Cablevision Square Off  —  In the latest standoff over fees sought to air television channels, News Corp. is trying to rally consumers to its side in a spat with Cablevision Systems Corp.  —  News Corp.—which is seeking higher fees for its channels in negotiations with Cablevision …
Discussion: Company Town and NYConvergence
Wall Street Journal:
Spitzer: Politician to Pundit  —  The Ex-Governor Discusses His Anxiety as He Prepares to Launch a TV Program  —  As a politician, Eliot Spitzer was not known to play well with others, whether they were New York Stock Exchange CEO Richard Grasso, Republican state Senate leader Joe Bruno, or state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo.
Discussion: Metropolis and New York Observer
Olivia Torres / Associated Press:
Mexico daily cuts drug war coverage after slaying  —  CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico - The biggest newspaper in Mexico's most violent city will restrict drug war coverage after the killing of its second journalist in less than two years, just as international press representatives will urge the government …
Discussion: CNN, Guardian, The Awl, Gawker and CJR
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
TV Guide Cuts Path to Relevance  —  There was a time years ago when TV Guide's fall television preview issues were hundreds of pages thick.  Studios would clamor to get their ads placed next to the prime-time listings, knowing that the magazine sat on as many as 20 million coffee tables each week.
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
In Martha Stewart's Work With Hallmark, Questions for Future  —  LOS ANGELES — A cheerful Martha Stewart was on the line, ready to talk about her new partnership with the Hallmark Channel.  Last week, the channel started to run no less than eight hours a day of programming, five days a week, from the décor doyenne's orbit.
Discussion: Gawker
Matthew Creamer / AdAge:
Creative Exodus in Adland: It's Just Not ‘Fun’ Anymore  —  Graf, Montague, Bogusky, Hirshberg — a Parade of Top Talent Departs Big Agencies, or the Industry Altogether  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — Late one night about three weeks ago, Gerry Graf had a bit of a freak-out.
Discussion: AdScam/The Horror!
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
Biz appetite for acquisitions under scrutiny  —  NEW YORK — The current appetite for acquisitions — or in their stead more stock buybacks and bigger dividends — is expected to be a key focus at Goldman Sachs' 19th annual Communacopia conference, which runs Tuesday through Thursday in New York.
Laura McGann / Nieman Journalism Lab:
L.A. Times' controversial teacher database attracted traffic and got funding from a nontraditional source  —  Not so long ago, a hefty investigative series from the Los Angeles Times might have lived its life in print, starting on a Monday and culminating with abig package in the Sunday paper.
Discussion: LA Observed
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Mormon-Owned Paper Stands With Immigrants  —  SALT LAKE CITY — Joseph A. Cannon is nobody's liberal.  His résumé reads as if it belongs to a delegate to the Republican National Convention, which, incidentally, he was in 2004.  —  He was an official for the Environmental …
Discussion: Free Press
Peter Lauria / The Daily Beast:
NBC's Female Power Duo  — trending topics - COLLEGE RANKINGS - GET AMERICA BACK TO WORK - NY FASHION WEEK - MIDTERMS - CHRISTINE O'DONNELL - TEA PARTY  —  Comcast has two plans for NBC: one a radical transformation that would give Bonnie Hammer and Lauren Zalaznick power.
Discussion: The Wire and Media Buyer Planner
 
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Robert Andrews / paidContent:UK:
Interview: Meltwater CEO Lyseggen Will Fight UK ‘Link Tax’ On Two Fronts
Alan Rusbridger / Spectator:
How to stifle the press  —  England has become the world capital of libel.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Microblogging Wars Escalate: Posterous Claims Tumblr Blocks Its Autopost Feature
Paul Bradshaw / Online Journalism Blog:
The BBC and missed data journalism opportunities
Discussion: BBC
David Kaplan / paidContent:
WebMediaBrands Buys Semantic Tech Conference And Blog Company
Billy Witz / New York Times:
Dodgers Fan Makes Most of McCourt Divorce Case
Discussion: MinnPost
Brooks Barnes / Media Decoder:
First Products. Then the Plots.
Joseph Menn / Financial Times:
Web group to screen bogus drug sellers
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Eric Pfanner / New York Times:
E.U. Laws Shielding Journalists' Sources Limited
Todd Wasserman / New York Times:
Can Digg Find Its Way in the Crowd?
Discussion: ChasNote
James Rainey / Los Angeles Times:
On the Media: Fake news flourishes under the feds' noses
L. Gordon Crovitz / Wall Street Journal:
Now the News Finds You  —  A Pew study finds people spend …
Zachary Pincus-Roth / Los Angeles Times:
New media: YouTube creative artists pride themselves on being a separate breed
Todd Spangler / Multichannel:
Sezmi Raises $17.3 Million
Discussion: NewTeeVee
Media Decoder:
Newsweek's Howard Fineman to Join The Huffington Post
 

 
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Deepa Seetharaman / Reuters:
Amazon tests offering local services like assembly, installation, and repair from Seattle to New York and LA

 
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