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3:40 AM ET, August 19, 2012

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Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed:
How Management Killed “The Village Voice”  —  Mike Lacey figured out sex ads on the Internet, but little else.  The paper edges toward collapse.  —  Follow  —  Alt-weeklies are always dying.  But the news Friday that four editorial staffers were laid off or had their hours cut to part …
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Foster Kamer / The New York Observer:
Layoffs Hit Editorial Staff at The Village Voice  —  Layoffs are hitting the editorial staff at The Village Voice today, and they're hitting some of the most widely-read staff writers in the office.  The Observer has heard from multiple sources familiar with the situation that the bad news …
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New York Times:
Criticism Greets List of Debate Moderators  —  Complaining about the moderators of the presidential debates is a time-honored tradition of the election season.  Usually, the complaints wait until the moderators have actually asked a question.  —  Not this year.
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Gail Shister / TVNewser:
For Female Journalists, Another Significant ‘First’ This Election Season On PBS
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Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Mobile's not the next big thing, just a path to it  —  The Knight Foundation's News Challenge just announced its next theme: mobile.  And that's a good thing because news organizations have been all-too pokey in figuring out how to serve people in this venue.
Nikki Finke / Deadline.com:
‘The Tonight Show’ Lays Off 20 Staffers And Host Jay Leno Takes Pay Cut To Save Jobs  —  SATURDAY UPDATE: Jay Leno's spokesman has now issued this statement: “Jay's foremost concern is for the wonderful people who work for The Tonight Show.  He did what was necessary to ensure their well-being.”
Jeff John Roberts / paidContent:
Oracle, Google file list of paid journalists  —  A federal judge last week wrote that he was “concerned” Oracle and Google had paid journalists and bloggers to comment on their highly-publicized intellectual property trial and ordered them to provide a list of names.  The responses are now in.
Discussion: Softpedia News, AllThingsD and CNET
Politico:
Obama's soft-media strategy  —  Forget Chris Matthews — he'll take Nancy O'Dell.  —  President Barack Obama has been taking a lot of questions in the two months since his last press conference or national news interview.  He's just been doing them with ESPN, Entertainment Tonight …
Louis Goddard / The Verge:
Streaming music revenues forecast to grow almost five times faster than downloads in 2012  —  Global revenues from streaming music services such as Spotify, Pandora, and Rdio will grow almost five times faster than revenues from downloads over the course of this year, according to a new forecast from Strategy Analytics.
Lisa de Moraes / Washington Post:
PBS CEO: Romney plans to cut funding ‘extremely disappointing’  —  PBS CEO Paula Kerger finds recent comments by GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney about cutting the programming service's federal funding as “extremely disappointing” given the “value the American people place on public broadcasting …
Discussion: mediabistro.com and C21Media
Curtis Brainard / CJR:
UPI shirks responsibility  —  The plagiarism, or problematic paraphrasing, parade continued on Thursday as several reporters from Science News complained on Facebook that the wire service UPI had cribbed their stories.  —  Reporting on the charges, the Knight Science Journalism Tracker's Paul Raeburn laid …
Discussion: MIT and Poynter
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Facebook Passed Yahoo To Become The Second Largest Video Site In The U.S. In July  —  comScore's monthly online video data is in and it looks Facebook passed Yahoo in July to become the second largest video site in the U.S. behind Google/YouTube.  According to comScore …
Andrew Phelps / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Twitter's API changes will have a real impact on news developers  —  Twitter's newly fortified mission to “deliver a consistent Twitter experience,” which is FREAKING OUT the tech world right now, will also force some news organizations to re-examine their code.
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Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
News Corp.'s IGN Head Roy Bahat Leaves  —  Roy Bahat, who heads up News Corp.'s IGN Web unit, is leaving the company.  —  Bahat had spent more than a year trying to engineer a spinoff of the business, which publishes Web sites that cater to dudes who like video games and other stuff dudes like.
 
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