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7:20 PM ET, March 11, 2010


 Top News: 
Media Buyer Planner:
‘BusinessWeek’ Axes 25 Staffers  —  About 25 editorial staffers of Bloomberg BusinessWeek are being axed today.  —  The move follows a 22.4% drop in ad pages this year through its March 1 issue, according to the Mediaweek Monitor.  —  As the publication becomes more integrated with its new owner …
Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
Layoffs begin at BusinessWeek
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Big Media or Big SEO Spammers?  —  Updated: Faced with declining revenues and increasingly dismal prospects, some mainstream media outlets are adopting questionable tactics, specifically dead-end web pages stuffed with outbound links and pay-per-click ads.  A liberally funded LA startup is only too quick to help them.
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Facebook threatens to sue Daily Mail  —  Social networking site fears reputation permanently damaged by false claim that it let older men pressure teenage girls for sex  —  Facebook has threatened to sue the Daily Mail for damages after the paper wrongly claimed in a piece published …
Josef Adalian / The Wrap:
Exclusive: Coco A-Go-Go!  The Conan Tour Starts April 12  —  Conan O'Brien will begin his Legally Prohibited From Being Funny on Television Tour April 12 in Eugene, Oregon, working his way across the United States and Canada over the course of two months.  —  O'Brien will hit at least 20 states …
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Video: Murdoch: Newspaper Ad Model Isn't Dead  —  News Corp..  (NYSE: NWS) Chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch celebrates his 79th birthday with a cameo on his own Fox Business Network.  Among the topics ... the newspaper ad model not dead yet (if we were Gawker we'd have to follow that with …
David Cohen / WebNewser:   Rupert Murdoch Pokes at Google, Bing on Fox Business Network
Ian Chillag / NPR Blogs:
In Which I Try To Use All Of WGN's Newly Banned Words In One Sentence  —  Tribune Company CEO Randy Michaels has banned 119 “newsspeak” words and phrases from ever crossing the lips of anchors and reporters at WGN-AM.  There's a list here, but if you'd like them in a sentence, how about this:
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Social Media Incubator Betaworks Gets $20 Million From NYT, AOL Ventures, Others  —  Betaworks, the NYC-based tech investor and social media incubator that has positioned itself at the center of the ‘real-time web,’ has raised $20 million in a second round of funding led by RRE Ventures and Intel (NSDQ: INTC) Capital.
Discussion: MediaPost
David Kaplan / paidContent:
@ Media Summit: Sulzberger: Metered Model Is Right Today—But 10 Years From Now, Who Knows?  —  Just a few weeks after NYTCo (NYSE: NYT) chairman and publisher Arthur Sulzberger, Jr. and president and CEO Janet Robinson discussed the company's new metering pay model at our conference, the pair continued to tease out the idea.
Pink Floyd win EMI court ruling  —  Pink Floyd tracks may be removed from digital music services like iTunes after a High Court ruling went against record label EMI.  —  The band's latest record deal, signed before services like iTunes appeared, said their songs must not be sold individually without their permission.
Ken Doctor / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The Newsonomics of new news syndication  —  [Each week, our friend Ken Doctor — author of Newsonomics and longtime watcher of the business side of digital news — writes about the economics of the news business for the Lab.]  —  It's tough to get the printer's ink out of news people's veins.
Joe Strupp / Media Matters for America:
Former Los Angeles Times Scribes Launching Non-Profit Investigative Team  —  The latest non-profit news outlet aimed at investigative reporting may well be  —  The brainchild of former Los Angeles Times reporters Myron Levin and Joanna Lin, the outfit plans …
Discussion: Talking Biz News
Newsosaur / Reflections of a Newsosaur:
Andreessen's not-so-hot idea for publishers  —  Marc Andreessen had a really good idea when he invented the first popular browser for the web, but his latest notion - that newspapers should walk away from a business grossing more than $30 billion a year - is just plain nutty.
Kevin Roderick / LA Observed:
Bonuses in the Register newsroom  —  Last year the staff at the Orange County Register took a pay cut I've heard was 5%.  They have apparently been getting some of it back in recent quarters, but now comes a nice-sized boost for fulltimers.  The editor's memo says the hard time aren't over, but that things are looking up:
Discussion: Romenesko and Editor and Publisher
Eric Alterman / The Nation:
Money for Nothing  —  On February 23 the New York Times reported that ABC News had decided to reduce its staff by a whopping 300 to 400 people, or approximately a quarter of its workforce.  Three days later, the paper ran a full-page ad featuring a Photoshopped crowd of the network's biggest and best-compensated celebrities.
Alex Alvarez / FishBowlNY:
Condé Nast Says No To Pay Walls  —  While many publications are either erecting or planning to build pay walls for their online content, Condé Nast says the company has no current plans to follow suit.  —  Speaking at the Bloomberg BusinessWeek 2010 Media Summit, Julie Michalowski …
Discussion: The Business Insider
Noah Shachtman / Wired:
How Andrew Breitbart Hacks the Media  —  Andrew Breitbart has been waiting 45 minutes for a filet mignon.  He drums his fingers on the table in this plush Italian restaurant off Times Square, a place where the media types he regularly trashes used to flaunt their expense accounts — back when they still had them.
Associated Press:
China orders reporters trained in Marxist theory  —  BEIJING — China will toughen requirements for reporters by launching a new certification system that requires training in Marxist and communist theories of news, a media official said, citing problems with the current crop of mainland journalists.
Karen Carmichael / American Journalism Review:
Investigations with Impact  —  The Huffington Post Investigative Fund aims to meld classic reporting with the power of the Web.  —  Karen Carmichael is an AJR editorial assistant.  —  Two months after its launch, the Huffington Post Investigative Fund published the story of Benjamin French …
Discussion: Romenesko and The Huffington Post
Nieman Foundation News:
Chicago Tribune wins Taylor Family Award for Fairness in Newspapers for “Clout Goes to College”  —  CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The Chicago Tribune has won the Taylor Family Award for Fairness in Newspapers for “Clout Goes to College,” its evenhanded and thorough investigation of improper influence peddling …
Discussion: Romenesko
Rory Carroll / Guardian:
‘Jail journalists who call him a dictator’  —  Actor accuses US media of smearing Venezuelan president  —  Sean Penn has defended Hugo Chávez as a model democrat and said those who call him a dictator should be jailed.  —  The Oscar-winning actor and political activist accused …
Discussion: Blog of a Bookslut
Mark Milian / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
With scaling issues out of the way, Blogger focuses on features, starting with powerful design tool  —  Users of Blogger can give their pages major makeovers starting Thursday morning thanks to a new tool called Template Designer.  —  After a few quiet years, Google's pioneering blog platform plans …
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