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11:00 PM ET, June 21, 2010


 Top News: 
Alex Weprin / TVNewser:
It's Official: CNN Drops AP Subscription  —  As TVNewser first reported earlier this month, CNN is dropping its subscription to the Associated Press, effective immediately.  —  CNN's own newsgathering operation will be the primary source of content on CNN, and CNN Radio.
Media Decoder:
Arthur Brisbane Is Times's New Public Editor  —  The New York Times announced today that Arthur Brisbane, a longtime journalist, will become its new public editor.  Here's an edited draft of the memo sent out by the company:
Jeff Bercovici / DailyFinance:
The New Public Editor at ‘The New York Times’: Another White Dude  —  The public editor of The New York Times is meant to be the so-called reader's representative — the official at the paper whose sole job is “to serve as an advocate for the interests of readers,” in the words of executive editor Bill Keller.
Russ Smith /
The Internet's Best Media Provocateur  —  Michael Wolff continues to draw scorn from the High Ambassadors of journalism.  Why?  He doesn't care what anyone thinks about him.  —  By now it's an unremarkable fact that men and women in the media—print, online, broadcast …
Michael Wolff / Newser:
Tony Judt: Did He Make It Up?  —  Tony Judt has become perhaps …
Discussion: Runnin' Scared
David Carr / Media Decoder:
Google's Newspass: Is the King of Free About to Help News Providers Get Paid?  —  On Thursday, word seemed to quietly leak out, in Italian no less, that Google would soon unveil a one-click payment system for content called “Newspass.”  —  According to the newspaper La Repubblica, Google …
Joe Ciarallo / PRNewser:
Fake Press Releases Continue to Cause Problems for News Wires  —  Just last week, General Mills was affected by a fake press release issued on PRNewswire that said, “Obama Orders Full Investigation of General Mills Supply Chain Following Food Recalls.”  —  This past Friday …
Discussion: WebNewser
Reuters:   Business Wire bans email submissions after hoax
David Kaplan / paidContent:
Interview: Gannett Holds Off On Charging for USAT iPad App—For Now  —  During Gannett's last earnings call, CEO Craig Dubow said the company would introduce a subscription model for its USA Today iPad app just after July 4.  Of course, Dubow made that statement about two weeks after the iPad's release …
Steve Myers / Mobile Media:
New York Times Designer Argues for Launching iPad App with Limited Features  —  Apple promotes the iPad as practically unlimited in its potential to reshape how we consume media.  No wonder many responded tepidly to some media apps, with complaints about how little they do or how much they resemble their print ancestors.
John Koblin / New York Observer:
Sources: Conde Nast to Revive Gourmet Brand  —  Earlier this year, we told you how Conde Nast was considering licensing some of its brands.  This is an idea that had been on the table for years, but Si Newhouse always frowned upon it (why cheapen your brand and take focus off the printed magazine?).
David Teather / Guardian:
Losses on social networks hit £1bn  —  Facebook is still a winner but Bebo, MySpace and Friends Reunited show the high price of investing in fickle trends  —  The media industry has now lost $1.5bn (£1bn) on investments in the social networking craze after AOL sold Bebo last week …
Discussion: New York Observer
Steve Smith / Re-Launches, Waves Free Content Banner  —  The financial news service and owner of Bloomberg Businessweek re-launched its main business news and information site this morning and claimed to be making a stand for free, ad-supported content models.
Laura McGann / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Knight News Challenge: How will Marines use new social media rules to tell the story of Afghanistan?  —  The U.S. Marine Corps lifted its ban on social media tools like Twitter and Facebook earlier this year.  One Knight News Challenge Winner, Teru Kuwayama, wants to chronicle what that new policy means …
Jim Barnett / Nieman Journalism Lab:
What makes a nonprofit news org “legit”?  Here's one six-fold path  —  Back in February, I posted an essay in this space posing the question: What makes a nonprofit news organization legitimate?  It's a question that nonprofits and their critics have been wrestling with for some time now.
Increased Advertiser Interest Signals Resurgence of Big TV  —  NEW YORK ( — After spending years complaining about TV, have advertisers embarked on a new love affair with the medium?  Marketers have expressed frustration over pricing, effectiveness and nearly everything …
Discussion: AdPulp
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Increasingly, nonprofits fill a need for investigative reporting  —  In a seventh-floor conference room festooned with framed articles and journalism awards, Managing Editor Gordon Witkin leads the morning discussion of stories his staff is pursuing.  —  Their latest scoop …
Joe Pompeo / The Wire:
David Simon: 'The Huffington Post Doesn't Mean Sh#t To The Average American'  —  There's been a lot of talk lately—this website included—about The Huffington Post's rising web traffic and revenue prospects.  —  HuffPo is now getting around 13 million uniques a month (as of March).
Dylan Stableford /
Portal Predicament: No One Hangs Around Anymore  —  Before the Internet could finish off newspapers, the pillars of the digital age are already suffering their own slide.  Portals Yahoo!, MSN and AOL — for years the largest source of traffic on the web — are seeing recent dropoffs in visitors …
Discussion: Romenesko and
Alex Weprin / WebNewser:
Aol Wants a Peek at Confidential Comcast-NBCU Filings  —  Today, June 21 is the last day for companies and individuals to file comments with the FCC on the proposed Comcast-NBC Universal merger.  —  In between dozens of letters of support and opposition filed to the commission today were a pair …
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Local Broadcasters Are Fearful of an NBC-Comcast Deal  —  Comcast, the nation's biggest cable provider, has long played hardball with competitors and content providers.  Now that it is seeking control of NBC Universal in a $30 billion transaction, those competitors are piping up …
Marcus Brauchli / Washington Post:
Ask the Post: Executive editor Marcus Brauchli takes your questions  —  The Washington Post's executive editor, Marcus Brauchli, was online Monday, June 21 at 1 p.m. ET to take questions about the newspaper, the Web site and the current state of the news industry.
Discussion: Romenesko
Stuart Elliott / Media Decoder:
The New Yorker Sings ‘O Canada’  —  The new issue of The New Yorker magazine might as well be called The Canadian.  Yes, The Canadian.  —  The issue, which is coming out on Monday, has a cover date of June 28.  Inside, every ad page other than a house ad has been sold to Canadians …
Jenna / Jezebel:
Fashion's Tastemaker Journo Will Come To Your Party For A Mere $2500  —  Derek Blasberg, the ubiquitous man-about-town social arbiter, covers parties for Condé Nast's  Last Friday, he wrote about a fun little shindig Yves Saint Laurent threw.  Thing is, a credible source tells us he asked for $2500 from the brand.
David Carr / New York Times:
Larry King's Endgame at CNN  —  At the beginning of June, CNN's Larry King celebrated 25 years in the same slot on the same network — a remarkable achievement in a come-and-go business — and was joined over a week by Bill Gates, LeBron James and the leader of the free world to mark the occasion.
Margaret Sullivan / Buffalo News:
Seeking a return to civility in online comments  —  Some editors were sitting in a news meeting one morning not long ago, bemoaning the often outrageous, intolerant and hateful online “comments” attached to stories on The News Web site, when News Business Editor Grove Potter uttered a simple but eloquent truth:
Jim Romenesko / Romenesko:
Obama asked for a signed copy of New Yorker's walking-on-water cover  —  “There were other covers maybe they didn't like as well,” says New Yorker editor David Remnick (low in the “Reliable Sources” transcript).  “But I think they got over it.  In fact, they got over it a lot faster than some other people. ...
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