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5:35 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!
Jen Doll / The Atlantic Wire:
Manti Te'o and the New Burden of Internet Truth
Discussion: Forbes, The New Yorker Blog and NPR
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 for 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
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.
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.
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
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 …
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.
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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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.
Guardian:
John Witherow named acting editor of the Times  —  Publishing directors refuse to endorse appointments amid a standoff with Rupert Murdoch's News Corp over merger plans  —  John Witherow has been named acting editor of the Times after a bizarre standoff between Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation …
Andrew Pugh / PressGazette:
Sunday Times: £1m fraud claim ‘strengthened’ after Lance Armstrong's Oprah confession  —  Sunday Times: 'We watched Lance Armstrong's interview with interest' Paper seeking to recoup 2006 costs plus interest Case is ‘stronger’ after Oprah confession The Sunday Times today warned Lance Armstrong it will …
Aaron Blake / Post Politics:
Gallup and USA Today part ways  —  Gallup will no longer be conducting polls for USA Today, the two organizations announced Friday.  —  Both said the split, after 20 years of collaboration, was a mutual decision based on the changing media and polling landscape.
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Media roll out plans for Inauguration Day, stressing how ‘multiplatform’ they'll be  —  Over the last couple of days, news outlets have been rolling out their plans for covering Barack Obama's second swearing in as President of the United States on Monday at the National Mall …
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
PCC to investigate Julie Burchill column  —  The Press Complaints Commission is to launch an inquiry into the publication of Julie Burchill's controversial column in The Observer that caused outrage among transgender people.  The commission decided to act after receiving 800 complaints.
Discussion: Observer, @jeffjarvis and Digital Spy
Keach Hagey / Corporate Intelligence:
Tribune's New CEO: Not A Newspaperman, Or A Hatchetman … Veteran television executive Peter Liguori just became CEO of a company named after a newspaper - Tribune Company , owner of the Chicago Tribune - but he says he doesn't “profess to be a newspaperman by any stretch of the imagination.”
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Joe Flint / Los Angeles Times:
New Tribune CEO Peter Liguori sees opportunity to grow
 
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Robert Kessler / Gawker:
Group Arrested for Posing as TV News Crew, Tasering Unsuspecting Interviewees
Discussion: WKYC-TV and TVSpy
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Why news sites benefit from having writers with legal backgrounds
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Total Boox Hopes to Change How We Buy E-books
Erik Maza / WWD:
American Society of Magazine Editors Under Fire From Industry
Discussion: mediabistro.com
Katherine Fung / The Huffington Post:
BuzzFeed's Michael Hastings: Rahm Emanuel Physically Assaulted Me
Discussion: BuzzFeed
Josh Halliday / Guardian:
BBC may change severance policy after George Entwistle payout criticised
Alexander C. Kaufman / The Wrap:
Washington Post Suspends Mexico Bureau Chief for Plagiarism
Discussion: Poynter, City Desk and Politico
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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
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Winfrey's Low-Rated Channel Is Poised to Break Through
Calvin Reid / PublishersWeekly.com:
Penguin Revamps Book Country, Adds Services, Reduces Cost to Authors
Discussion: GalleyCat and paidContent
Jim Romenesko:
Keep in mind: Reporters are no longer given time to report
Discussion: Associated Press and Baltimore Sun
Michael Martinez / CNN:
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Discussion: Pop Culture