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6:55 PM ET, August 24, 2011

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Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
EXCLUSIVE: Media Pioneer Jim Romenesko To ‘Semi-Retire’  —  NEW YORK — When Jim Romenesko attended an annual Poynter Institute board meeting in 2002, a few years after bringing his pioneering brand of media blogging and aggregation to the journalism school's site, some of the country's top editors complained …
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Bill Mitchell / Poynter:
How the Romenesko Years have changed journalism and Poynter  —  It was the summer of 1999, still early days on the Web, and former Poynter president Jim Naughton and I were scheming ways of creating a site that journalists would find useful to the point of habit-forming.
Steve Myers / Poynter:
Journalists freed from Rixos hotel in Tripoli  —  After being held at the Rixos hotel in what increasingly seemed like a hostage situation, about three dozen people, including journalists and foreign diplomats, were released Wednesday.  CNN Senior International Correspondent Matthew Chance …
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James Rainey / Los Angeles Times:
On the Media: A front-row seat to Libyan rebellion  —  Alex Crawford of Britain's Sky News and CNN's Sara Sidner and Matthew Chance provide cable TV viewers with riveting reports from Tripoli.  —  Too bad a little shaky ground on the East Coast seized the better part of the news cycle Tuesday …
Discussion: Future of Journalism
New York Times:
Times Journalists Briefly Held by Loyalists in Tripoli  —  A New York Times reporter and photographer, along with their Libyan driver, were briefly detained at gunpoint in Tripoli on Wednesday, after their car approached a luxury hotel controlled by loyalists to Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi.
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Time Warner to Subsidize Subscribers' TV Device  —  Time Warner Cable, one of the nation's top cable and Internet providers, said on Tuesday that it would subsidize some purchases of a set-top box called Slingbox that allows users to watch their home television programming from anywhere, like a vacation home or a mobile phone.
Michaelle Bond / American Journalism Review:
Aggregating Without Aggravating  —  What are the best practices when it comes to collecting the material of other news outlets?  Wed.  August 24, 2011  —  Michaelle Bond (mbond@ajr.umd.edu) is an AJR editorial assistant.  —  The day after media columnist Simon Dumenco wrote a post commenting …
Discussion: eMedia Vitals
D.M. Levine / Adweek:
Hulu Buyer May Be Getting a Network, Not a Video Platform  —  Hulu's network partners—ABC, NBC and Fox—have had a famously ambivalent relationship with the video venture since its launch in 2008.  Now, as Hulu readies itself for a sale with initial bids due on Wednesday …
Lauren A. E. Schuker / Wall Street Journal:
Hollywood News Machine Getting a New TV Entrant  —  PMC, the digital-media company owned by entrepreneur Jay Penske whose properties include Nikki Finke's Deadline.com, is making a push into entertainment television by teaming up with ION Television to produce short news segments on Hollywood.
Discussion: Poynter and Medacity
Erik Sherman / Wired In Blog| BNET:
MarketBrief Shows Media's Future: More Automation, Fewer People  —  The future of news is increasingly automated.  Just look at a company called MarketBrief, which translates SEC documents into template-driven reports.  The company makes them available on its site and also hopes to syndicate them to other publishers.
Dylan Byers / Adweek:
Slate Lays Off Jack Shafer, Several Others  —  Slate, the online news magazine owned by the Washington Post Company, has laid off a number of employees, including editor-at-large Jack Shafer, Adweek has learned.  —  “We have made some editorial changes, including a small reduction in our full …
Gautham Nagesh / The Hill:
ICE arrests NY man for illegally streaming boxing, UFC events  —  Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested a New York man accused of running a website that illegally streamed Pay Per View boxing and mixed martial arts events over the Web on Tuesday.  —  Queens native Mohamed Ali, 19 …
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Gina Lovett / New Media Age:
Specific Media to launch video creative testing tool  —  Specific Media is to launch a video version of its creative campaign testing technology that uses eye-tracking.  —  The tool for display advertising analyses the impact of advertising creative by tracking user eye movement.
Discussion: Future of Journalism and Medacity
National Post:
Graeme Hamilton: Quebec seeks special status for select journalists  —  MONTREAL — Who hasn't experienced the mild annoyance of being passed over in favour of someone whose credit card is shinier or whose airline ticket is pricier?  —  Soon, if a Quebec government proposal to award professional status …
Nicholas Carlson / The Business Insider:
Is Jon Miller Up To Something Big At News Corp?  Or Nothing At All?  —  Former AOL CEO Jon Miller joined News Corporation as its “King of Digital” back in March 2009.  —  In the beginning, he talked a lot about turning around MySpace.  Eventually he backed off that as it became clear no such thing would ever happen.
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
MediaNews Group Consolidates Eleven Bay Area Papers Into Two  —  California's Bay Area residents are a couple months away from losing many of their local newspapers, as the Bay Area News Group—a division of MediaNews Group—consolidates eleven newspapers, including the Oakland Tribune, into just two: The Times and the East Bay Tribune.
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Jim Romenesko / Poynter:
About 120 lose jobs in Bay Area News Group rebranding, streamlining
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