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8:50 PM ET, May 17, 2010


 Top News: 
David Carr / New York Times:
Taylor Momsen Did Not Write This Headline  —  Don't know who Taylor Momsen is?  Neither to do I, beyond that she is the mean one on “Gossip Girl.”  But Facebook knows her well, Twitter loves her, and she and Google have been hooking up, like, forever.  —  One more fact about Ms. Momsen …
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic Online:   After You Read This Headline, Please Click It
Kirk LaPointe / Kirk LaPointe's   David Carr of the New York Times on Web headline SEO
Chris Nuttall / Financial Times:
Google and Intel in web TV launch  —  Google and Intel are expected to announce a significant breakthrough into consumer electronics and the broadcast industry this week with the launch of a “Smart TV” platform.  —  Top executives from the Silicon Valley companies are reported to be ready …
Rebecca Mead / New Yorker:
RAGE MACHINE  —  Andrew Breitbart's empire of bluster.  —  On Sunday, March 21st, the day that the House voted to pass health-care reform, Andrew Breitbart, the conservative Internet entrepreneur, was thousands of miles away, at home in Westwood, a neighborhood of Los Angeles.
Andrew Romano / Newsweek:
Tweet the Press  —  A NEWSWEEK reporter risks public embarrassment by attempting to profile controversial Congresswoman Michele Bachmann in 140-character bursts.  —  Cameron Wittig for Newsweek  —  Reaching Out?  Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann listens to a voter's concerns after a recent ‘jobs forum’ in her district
Joe Pompeo / Silicon Alley Insider:
New York Times Will Announce Paywall Specifics Toward ‘Latter’ Part Of The Year (NYT)  —  The New York Times will announce the “pricing and specifics” of its online metered paywall model “toward the latter part of the year,” the company's senior vice president of digital operations …
Megan McCarthy / Mediagazer News:
Mediagazer Leaderboard brings you the top 100 media news sites  —  Today we're launching the Mediagazer Leaderboard - a list of our top 100 source websites, ranked in order.  The ranking is based on a variable we call presence - the percentage of headline space a source occupied on Mediagazer over the past 30 days.
Discussion: WebNewser, Techmeme News and TNW Apps
Foster Kamer / Runnin' Scared:   Mediagazer Leaderboard: A Ranking System That Isn't Insulting, That Actually Works
Mark Potts / Recovering Journalist:
Sneaking Around the Paywall  —  The Wall Street Journal online edition is the poster child for the argument in favor of paid subscriptions for news Web sites. has 400,000 paid online subscribers (hundreds of thousands more get the site along with their print subscription) …
Mia / YouTube Blog:
At five years, two billion views per day and counting  —  Five years ago, after months of late nights, testing and preparation, YouTube's founders launched the first beta version of in May, with a simple mission: give anyone a place to easily upload their videos and share them with the world.
Hunter Walk / The Huffington Post:   RIP Online Video; Long Live Video — 5 Predictions for the Next 5 Years
Peter Lauria / The Daily Beast:
The Most Powerful Woman in Newspapers?  —  Hungry Beast Giving Beast Women in the World  —  Blogs and Stories  —  As the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal bash each other, the Financial Times, led by its sharp, glamorous new U.S. editor, Gillian Tett, intends to become a status symbol of American business.
Discussion: Talking Biz News
Laura McGann / Nieman Journalism Lab:
WaPo wades into HuffPo's unpaid content model  —  A top news and politics site is packaging content written by unpaid bloggers, hoping to engage its audience, give writers a platform, and make some money selling ads.  No, I'm not talking about The Huffington Post.
Discussion: FishbowlDC
Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
Fans of Gourmet Magazine Accept No Stand-Ins  —  Loren Shlaes, a pediatric occupational therapist in Manhattan, is the kind of amateur cook who bakes cakes for her friends' weddings and makes her own spaetzle.  She's an avid reader of food magazines, and, over the years, has subscribed to Cook's Country …
Discussion: Romenesko, FishbowlNY and Eater NY
David Goetzl / MediaPost:
Upfront Challenge: Selling Buyers When Key C3 Network Ratings Down  —  In upfront presentations this week, networks touting ratings face a tough PR job.  With talk about the business thriving despite challenges from the Web and elsewhere, advertisers looking under the hood may find engines still needing a jump-start.
Sean Blanda / eMedia Vitals:
The McDonalds of local news  —  Main Street Connect plans on rolling out 3000 local news websites by 2013.  —  Most independent hyperlocal startups have the same plan: start a news site, make it profitable and franchise the model out to other locations.  —  Few however, have been successful in scaling local news.
Michael Hirschorn / New York Magazine:
1. Embrace Change  —  The industry is in turmoil.  Hooray!  —  When all else fails, try being good.  This may seem like an awfully cynical way to start an analysis of how great TV gets made.  But TV is the most finely tuned of commercial instruments (up there with boy bands …
Discussion: NYConvergence
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Howard Kurtz explores how oil spill, bombing news trumped Nashville flood  —  As Nashville anchor Bob Sellers watched his city submerged and spent time helping colleagues whose homes were utterly ruined, he was struck by how the disaster remained a largely local story.
Peter Preston / Guardian:
So you want a media career?  Taking a course is only the start  —  With 15,000 media students out there, that's an awful lot of hopefuls in a hard world.  To succeed, they'll need iron ambition  —  A distant relative with an 18-year-old daughter interested in a media career …
Frédéric Filloux / Monday Note:
The Oxymoronic Citizen Journalism  —  Let's fire a few missiles at politically correct ideas such as “Digital media makes all of us journalists”, “citizens will soon displace professional reporters”, and so on.  That's nonsense (I have more explicit words in mind).  Does it means public input in news should be kept at bay?
Peter Lauria / The Daily Beast:
Can Hollywood's Survivor Do It Again?  —  Hungry Beast Giving Beast Women in the World  —  Blogs and Stories  —  After a soft opening for Robin Hood, Universal's veteran studio boss, Ron Meyer, again finds his job in jeopardy.  Peter Lauria on a looming showdown with his new corporate masters.
Hamilton Nolan / Gawker:
Jonathan Alter vs. Michael Wolff: The Pissy Email War  —  Last Friday, professional media beef-starter called Newsweek's Jonathan Alter “the most pompous man in American journalism.”  Today, Wolff's column dismissively cited Alter's new book about Barack Obama.
Discussion: Newser and Newsweek
Nellie Andreeva /
CBS Picks Up Sitcom ‘Bleep My Dad Says’  —  The William Shatner starrer Bleep My Dad Says based on the Twitter account becomes CBS' second new comedy series, joining Chuck Lorre's Mike & Molly.  For those keeping score, it's been one comedy (Bleep) and four new drama series pickups …
Discussion: From Inside the Box and Movieline
Luke Harding / Guardian:
Alexander Lebedev: 'I'm thinking about alliances, not a free paper'  —  The Russian billionaire tells of his admiration for the UK and how he laughed with a Murdoch over the Independent's ad campaign  —  It was the election's biggest media bust-up.  After the Independent launched …
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Brooks Barnes / Media Decoder:
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Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
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Alexander Trowbridge / On Media's Blog:
Lehrer on journalism  —  Fresh off a book tour for his 20th novel …
Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News:
President signs press freedom act amid grumblings about pool coverage
Editor & Publisher:
EPpy Award Finalists for Best Media Web Sites Announced
Discussion: Romenesko and News On News
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Surprise: Traditional Blogging Platforms Still Reign Supreme
Discussion: PostRank Blog, The Toad Stool and Soup
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
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Discussion: and The Wall Blog
Mike Shields / Mediaweek:
Big Publishers Circling Foursquare
 Earlier Picks: 
Dave Goodchild /
Developers and journalists forging common ground
Jim / Gannett Blog:
Amid more competition, local-local offers an edge; but will …
Eric Deggans / St. Petersburg Times:
Former Tampa Bay radio star Skip Mahaffey cast aside, ignored
The Independent:
Stephen Glover: The nearest thing to a one-party press
Discussion: Guardian, Daily Mail and Jon Slattery
Eric Pfanner / New York Times:
For U.S. Newspaper Industry, an Example in Germany?
Sally Jackson / TheAustralian:
At the end of the day, ex-journalist counts on hackneyed cliches
Discussion: Gawker
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Future of news  —  I taped this show months ago and didn't even know when it aired on PBS.
Discussion: Nieman Journalism Lab