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8:10 PM ET, January 18, 2013

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Jim Romenesko:
Gawker Media sets traffic record with Deadspin's Manti Te'o blockbuster  —  For the first time ever, Gawker Media drew more than 10 million U.S. visitors in one week.  The memo to Gawker staff: … * Te'o story is still on top of the Gawker Media Big Board (gawker.com/stats)
Discussion: JIMROMENESKO.COM
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Jason Del Rey / AdAge:
With All Eyes on Manti Te'o Hoax Story, Deadspin Doesn't Immediately Cash In  —  Scoop Highlights Difficulty Publishers Face When Traffic Spikes  —  Deadspin's blockbuster article revealing that the girlfriend of star Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o never existed eclipsed 3.5 million views Thursday evening.
Simon Dumenco / AdAge:
So the Manti Te'o Scandal Is Some Sort of Indictment of Online Culture?  Nonsense!  —  Bulk of Deception — If It Was Deception — Depended on 19th-Century Tech  —  As my colleague Nat Ives reported yesterday, sports journalists are doing a certain amount of soul-searching in the wake …
Jen Doll / The Atlantic Wire:
Manti Te'o and the New Burden of Internet Truth
Christine Haughney / Media Decoder:
John Geddes, Managing Editor, Is Leaving The New York Times  —  John M. Geddes, left, with the executive editor of The New York Times, Jill Abramson, and a fellow managing editor, Dean Baquet.  —  2:37 p.m. |  Updated John M. Geddes, a managing editor at The New York Times for the last decade …
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Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke / The New York Observer:
Alice DuBois Takes Times Buyout to Go to BuzzFeed
Discussion: Politico and FishbowlNY
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Armstrong Confession Draws 4.3 Million Viewers to Oprah's Network  —  The first part of Lance Armstrong's doping confession to Oprah Winfrey drew about 4.3 million viewers to OWN on Thursday night, according to preliminary Nielsen ratings released on Friday.
Discussion: Forbes, The Wrap and TVNewser
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Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Winfrey's Low-Rated Channel Is Poised to Break Through
John R. MacArthur / Harper's:
Google's Media Barons  —  I had to cheer when I read the news the other week about a French company that's selling an ad-blocking service on the Internet.  Xavier Niel, the entrepreneurial owner of the web-service provider Free, is threatening to smash the advertiser-supported “free-content” model.
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Publicist sues FishbowlDC for libel  —  Washington, D.C., publicist Wendy Gordon has filed a lawsuit over a series of unflattering photos that the media-gossip site FishbowlDC ran of her, Zoe Tillman reports. … Gordon's complaint says she isn't a public figure, and the posts …
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Will Sommer / City Desk:
The FishbowlDC Lawsuit Is a Work of Art
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Dean Starkman / Columbia Journalism Review:
Major papers' longform meltdown  —  No one equates story-length with quality.  Let's start with that concession.  —  But still.  Story-length is hardly meaningless when you consider what it takes to explain complex problems, like say, the financial crisis, to the broader public.
Hunter Walker / Politicker:
How Ed Koch Helped Make Nikki Finke a Reporter  —  Nikki Finke during her days in Mr. Koch's office as depicted in a 1974 New York Times engagement notice.  —  Former New York Mayor Ed Koch has had an influence in Hollywood as well as the Big Apple.  Before coming to City Hall …
Discussion: @penenberg
Dylan Byers / Politico:
POLITICO interview: Piers Morgan  —  To Piers Morgan, the answer is simple: pro-gun advocate and conservative radio show host Alex Jones was the best guest he ever had.  —  “The best thing about Alex Jones is that 8 million people watched that video on YouTube,” Morgan told POLITICO …
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Journal News removes gun map, citing New York's new gun law  —  Ed Tagliaferri, the executive vice president of DKC Media, forwards this statement from Janet Hasson, Publisher of the Journal News, the New York state-based newspaper that published the “gun map” featuring the names and addresses …
Jeff Sonderman / Poynter:
How news organizations can sell sponsored content without lowering their standards  —  Advertisers want to be let out of the box.  —  They want to break out of the constrained 300-pixel display ad box that everyone's eyes have learned to ignore, and leap into the stream of engaging content that readers actually pay attention to.
Mike Farrell / Multichannel News:
Time Warner Cable Bans Some Gun Ads  —  Company-wide Initiative Comes Weeks After Sandy Hook Tragedy  —  Just weeks after the mass shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Con., Time Warner Cable has initiated a company-wide ban on certain gun ads.
Discussion: Mediaite
Al Jazeera English:
Al Jazeera reporter killed by sniper in Syria  —  Qatar-based media network says freelance journalist Mohammed al-Horani was killed by a sniper in the province of Deraa.  —  A sniper has shot dead Al Jazeera freelance reporter Mohamed Al-Massalma in the southern Syrian province of Deraa, the Qatar-based media network has said.
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Aaron Blake / Post Politics:
Gallup and USA Today part ways
Robert Kessler / Gawker:
Group Arrested for Posing as TV News Crew, Tasering Unsuspecting Interviewees
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Erik Maza / WWD:
American Society of Magazine Editors Under Fire From Industry
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Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
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Nieman Journalism Lab:
When print is thriving, where does social media fit? A look at practices at India's The Hindu
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