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2:50 PM ET, August 26, 2012

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Dylan Byers / Politico:
NYT's Abramson rebuts Brisbane charge  —  The executive editor of the New York Times is disputing an accusation of liberal bias made by her very own public editor, Arthur Brisbane.  —  In his final column for the Times, Brisbane wrote that his fellow staffers “share a kind of political …
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Arthur S. Brisbane / New York Times:
Success and Risk as The Times Transforms  —  “WHY on earth would you want this job?”  —  Two years ago, I set out to answer this question in my inaugural public editor column — if only because so many people at The New York Times had asked it.  Now, as I complete my term and hand the baton …
Julie Moos / Poynter:
Tampa prepares for 15,000 journalists covering the RNC  —  While local broadcasters in Tampa Bay prepare to cover the Republican National Convention next week, the area is preparing for the 15-16,000 journalists who will arrive Sunday and stay for five days.
Discussion: The Wrap
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Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Reporters: Why are you in Tampa?  —  I challenge every journalist in Tampa for the Republican convention — every one of the 15-16,000 of you — to answer this:  —  * Why are you there?  —  * What will we learn from you?  —  * What actual reporting can you possibly do that delivers anything …
Discussion: @hernanri, @pkafka, @dangillmor and Poynter
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
No, metered-content walls won't save journalism  —  Paywalls of all kinds have been popping up at newspapers across North America like mushrooms after a rainstorm, thanks in large part to the adoption of a metered paywall at the New York Times last year.  The latest to join the cavalcade …
The Independent:
Angry Murdoch used Harry photos to defy Leveson  —  An angry Rupert Murdoch ordered The Sun to publish pictures of a naked Prince Harry against the wishes of the Royal Family because he wanted to send a warning shot to Lord Justice Leveson, sources said yesterday.
Discussion: BBC, Guardian and Digital Spy
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Dylan Byers / Politico:
Blink: The 21-minute news cycle  —  The whole story — from gaffe to attack to defense — was shorter than a sitcom episode.  —  Friday, at 12:23 p.m. EST in Commerce, Mich., Mitt Romney made a crack about President Barack Obama's birth certificate, and reporters at the event immediately recognized a landmine.
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
New York Times explains graphic photo from Empire State Building shooting  —  The New York Times explains the graphic photo (shown below) on its home page that illustrates coverage of Friday's deadly shooting at the Empire State Building.  —  “It is an extremely graphic image and we understand …
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Jeff Sonderman / Poynter:
How the media handled graphic images of Empire State Building shooting
Adrienne LaFrance / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Coming in the side door: The value of homepages is shifting from traffic-driver to brand  —  Moving on from newspapers, journalism industry soothsayers are now predicting the decline of something much younger: the homepage.  —  As with newspapers — which haven't so much disappeared …
Curtis Brainard / CJR:
CBS goofs up the green beat  —  Only two months after hiring him, CBS News has already botched a report from its new science and environment contributor, allowing him to interview a fire ecologist from The Nature Conservancy without mentioning that the contributor is the lead scientist at the very same group.
Mike Hoyt / CJR:
Backstory: the reporter who interviewed Akin  —  As transitions go, it was pretty jagged, a classic of the “moving right along” category.  Answering a question about abortion in the case of rape, Todd Akin, the 65-year Missouri congressman and current candidate for the US Senate, says:
Discussion: Associated Press
Sharon Waxman / The Wrap:
Whoops!  NBC News Reports Death of Astronaut Neil ... Young  —  NBC News was one of the first to learn of the death of astronaut Neil Armstrong on Saturday, but instead announced the death of astronaut Neil ... Young.  —  “Astronaut Neil Young, first man to walk on moon, dies at age 82,” …
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Photo Alert: Instagram Goes Mainstream as the AP Plans Convention Coverage via iPhones  —  The AP's staff photographers covering the upcoming political conventions in Tampa and Charlotte will not just be shooting for the wire service with their high-end DSLR cameras, they will shoot separate …
 
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