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3:10 AM ET, July 21, 2010


 Top News: 
Jim Romenesko / Romenesko:
Boston Herald's Convey named NYDN editor  —  MARTIN DUNN TO LEAVE DAILY NEWS; VETERAN JOURNALIST KEVIN CONVEY APPOINTED NEW EDITOR-IN-CHIEF  —  NEW YORK (July 20, 2010) Daily News Chairman and Publisher, Mort Zuckerman, and Editor-in-Chief Martin Dunn, announced that Dunn is leaving the Daily News to deal with a family medical issue.
Discussion: MediaPost and New York Magazine
Peter Lauria / The Daily Beast:
Sumner's Witch Hunt  —  Viacom's billionaire owner wants to know who's badmouthing his girl-band pet project to The Daily Beast.  And he offered to make Peter Lauria “well-rewarded” if he fessed up.  HEAR THE TAPE.  —  Viacom employees be warned: Sumner Redstone is on a witch hunt.
Joe Pompeo / The Wire:
Sumner Redstone Tries To Bribe Reporter To Reveal Sources Who Embarrassed Him  —  Remember the sex war that was brewing at MTV last month?  The one where MTV CEO Judy McGrath was on the verge of leaving the company because 87-year-old Viacom chairman Sumner Redstone was forcing the network …
Discussion: Company Town
Reyhan Harmanci / Bay Citizen:
From Ashes of 48 Hour Magazine Rises Longshot Media  —  This morning, J-Lab announced the recipients of the Knight-Batten Innovation Award, and SF-based experimental 48 Hour Magazine got recognized with a $1,000 prize.  It's perhaps more accurate to refer to it as the magazine formerly known as 48 Hour.
Joe Pompeo / The Wire:
48 HR Magazine Gets A New Name That CBS Can't Sue Them Over
Discussion: TVNewser and Longshot!
John Koblin / New York Observer:
Intrigue at The Times Magazine: Marzorati's Departure Followed Soured Morale and a Controversial Deputy  —  Just over four years ago, The New York Times' magazine empire was getting bigger and richer, and a reward was in order.  In March 2006, executive editor Bill Keller announced …
Joe Pompeo / The Wire:
Longtime Top Forbes Editor William Baldwin Is Changing Roles To Become A Writer  —  William Baldwin, one of the highest-ranking editorial staffers on the Forbes masthead, who's basically been editing the magazine since 1999 (Steve Forbes has the title of editor-in-chief), announced today that he's, well, transitioning to a new role.
Romenesko:   Read Steve Forbes' statement about Baldwin's move
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
The Ideology Of Journalists: A Response To Jay Rosen  —  Here is my first attempt at responding to Jay Rosen's advice to journalists.  I largely agree with his basic points.  But I propose an additional distinction between ideological polemics and journalism.
Henry Blodget / The Wire:
On Our Third Birthday, Some Thoughts On Digital Media And The Future Of The Newspaper Business  —  Yesterday, we poked fun at the New York Times's latest discussion of how hard people in successful online media companies work.  —  We poked fun because the New York Times never seems to portray the energy …
Discussion: Romenesko and Gannett Blog
Marion Maneker / The Big Money:
Is the Wall Street Journal the Future of News Video?  —  Why TV news in 2015 could look a lot like the outlet's video today.  —  It's not hard to mock the Wall Street Journal's online video operation.  The outlet's daily broadcasts can feel a bit like the A.V. club at a tony school aping the nightly news.
Discussion: Romenesko
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
4chan Hackers Attack Gawker Again  —  Anarchic internet hangout 4chan sent a little more hate Gawker's way today, launching a denial of service attack against our website, spamming our email accounts and even trying to bother one staffer's spouse.  All so we'd stop talking about them.
Ryan Broderick / The Awl:
Helpful Explanations: Understanding the Gawker v. 4chan Thing
Keach Hagey / The Politico:
Dana Priest's controversial co-author  —  With two Pulitzer Prizes to her name, Dana Priest is one of the Washington Post's most celebrated reporters.  Until Monday, when the Post published the first installment of a bombshell series on post-9/11 intelligence industrial complex …
Discussion: Romenesko, Mediaite and Big Journalism
malcolm coles:
Behind the Times paywall: 46,154 readers a day  —  There have been several attempts to work out how many people are paying to access the Times website now its gone behind a paywall.  My estimate is: 46,154 a day.  Update: Tom Whitwell, assistant editor of the Times, says in the comments below …
Sam Whiting / San Francisco Chronicle:
KQED expands local news, integrates media  —  KQED expands local news, integrates media  —  KQED Public Media will increase its local news content and integrate radio and online formats starting today when 10 newscasts are added to 88.5 FM and made instantly available in audio on
Jim Romenesko / Romenesko:
Marine Corps drops PR rep for referring to RIMPAC as SNOOZEPAC on blog  —  The annual Rim of the Pacific exercise — called RIMPAC — has thousands of sailors and Marines participating in 38 days of nation-building and joint operations off the coast of Hawaii.
Discussion: Battle Rattle
Austin Carr / Fast Company:
The State of Internet Music on YouTube, Pandora, iTunes, and Facebook  —  “More people are engaged with music than ever before,” said Tom Silverman, chairman and CEO of Tommy Boy Records.  “It's a hockey stick going up; it's an incredible opportunity that so far has eluded us.”
Discussion: hypebot
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
PBS Ombudsman Criticizes Shultz Series  —  A three-part PBS series about the Reagan-era Secretary of State George Shultz has come under scrutiny in recent days for its financing ties to his friends and associates.  —  Michael Getler, the PBS ombudsman, sided with the critics …
David Teicher / AdAge:
Why Media Agencies Don't Need Separate Units For Social Media  —  Interpublic's Universal McCann, Publicis' Vivaki Are Building Out Separate Units for Social Media.  Should They?  —  As marketers shift budgets from traditional media that they buy through advertising to the more labor …
Discussion: ReveNews
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
MOG Launches All-You-Can-Eat Music Service For iPhone And Android  —  After months of waiting, it's finally here.  Streaming music service MOG has launched its mobile applications for Android and iPhone, giving subscribers unlimited access to its library of 8 million songs, which can be streamed or downloaded over both 3G and WiFi.
Discussion: MediaPost and GigaOM
Margaret Sullivan / Buffalo News:
Editor: End of anonymous commenting stirs debate  —  A few weeks ago, I wrote about The News' plans to change our policy on readers' online comments.  The gist is this: Beginning Aug. 2, we will no longer post anonymous comments.  If you want to comment in The News — both in print and online …
Discussion: Romenesko and MarketingVOX
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Discussion: Writing / Editing
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
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Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
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Discussion: Romenesko
Jonathan Fildes / BBC News:
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Jolie O'Dell / Mashable!:
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Discussion: eMedia Vitals
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Discussion: The Awl, New York Observer, Gawker and /Film
Glen Dickson / Broadcasting & Cable:
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Discussion: and
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Dave Itzkoff / New York Times:
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Discussion: ArtsBeat