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2:25 PM ET, July 22, 2010


 Top News: 
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Times Co. Posts Operating Profit Gain  —  The New York Times Company reported on Thursday that its second-quarter profit declined 18 percent compared with results in the period a year earlier, when it recorded a tax benefit.  On an operating basis, profit more than doubled.
Zeke Turner / New York Observer:
After Second Quarter, New York Times Co. is ‘Well Positioned’ But Also Staring at Increasing Costs  —  The New York Times Company is “well-positioned to thrive,” according to CEO Janet Robinson, who announced the company's second-quarter earnings this morning.  The best news is that there were no major catastrophes this quarter.
David Kaplan / paidContent:
NYTCo's Robinson: Paywall Enters Development Phase, Pricing Coming Soon  —  The metered paywall is currently entering its second phase, said New York Times Co. (NYSE: NYT) CEO Janet Robinson as she began the earnings call.  “We have transitioned from the requirements phase …
Discussion: Romenesko and Reuters
New York Times:
Faster Than a Speeding Blog  —  The Obama administration has been shamed by its rush to judgment after it forced the resignation of a black midlevel official in the Agriculture Department who was wrongly accused of racism by the right-wing blogosphere.  Shirley Sherrod was sandbagged …
Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News:
Gibbs criticism of Sherrod media coverage puts cap on frantic 48 hours
Discussion: Ethics, The Politico and Big Government
David Frum / The Week Magazine:
Shirley Sherrod and the shame of conservative media
Chris Ariens / TVNewser:
Martin Bashir Leaving ABC for MSNBC; GMA Weekend Anchor Bill Weir Moves to ‘Nightline’  —  First on TVNewser: Big changes afoot in the TV news world.  ABC News “Nightline” co-anchor Martin Bashir is leaving the network and joining NBC News.  At the same time, ABC has announced Bill Weir …
David Kaplan / paidContent:
ABC News Puts A Different Spin On Its iPad App  —  While a lot of iPad apps are mostly larger versions of an existing iPhone app, ABC News has tried to do something a little different with its new free app, making the most of the screen with a spinning, expandable “news globe” that features the news items.
Peter Robins / Guardian:
The Times paywall won't be built in a day  —  Rupert Murdoch's new fan club should not lose heart yet.  Charging for content at the Times and the Sunday Times is a long-term project - at least, it ought to be  —  An awful lot of British journalists were hoping that the Times and Sunday Times's paywalls would be an overnight success.
Paul Bradshaw / Online Journalism Blog:
The New Online Journalists #6: Conrad Quilty-Harper  —  As part of an ongoing series on recent graduates who have gone into online journalism, The Telegraph's new Data Mapping Reporter Conrad Quilty-Harper talks about what got him the job, what it involves, and what skills he feels online journalists need today.
Joe Pompeo / The Wire:
New Graduate J-School Program Will Teach Students How To Actually Run A Business  —  Earlier this month, Stephen B. Shepard, dean of CUNY's Graduate School of Journalism, announced on the school's website that it would be introducing a new master's degree track.
David Kaplan / paidContent:
AOL Campaigns For Political Dollars With New Ad Hub  —  Since the Supreme Court struck down limits on corporate spending on political candidates ads, media companies have been salivating over the expected deluge related to this fall's midterm elections.  Online advertising should be an even bigger factor …
Discussion: TechCrunch
Paul Verna / eMarketer and Blog Posts:
As the E-Book World Blossoms, Is There Room for Both the iPad and the Kindle?  —  We all knew this day would come but it arrived sooner than some of us had expected.  On July 19, Amazon announced it had sold more e-books than hardcover books over the past three months.
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
‘As the World Turns’ Replaced By Chat Show Featuring Julie Chen  —  CBS has ordered a daily daytime talk show that will replace the soap opera “As the World Turns” in the fall.  —  The concept is being called a variation of ABC's popular talk show, “The View,” but with six moms sitting around the table.
Writers Explain What It's Like Toiling on the Content Farm  —  “We are going to be the largest net hirer of journalists in the world next year,” AOL's media and studios division president David Eun said last month in an interview with Michael Learmonth of Ad Age.
Reinventing the Newsroom:   Algorithms Aren't Evil  —  Recently I've been quoted a fair amount …
Comcast, GE Boost Spending as U.S. Considers NBC Deal (Correct)  —  Comcast Corp., the largest U.S. cable provider, boosted spending on political donations and lobbying as it sought approval to take over the operations of General Electric Co.'s NBC Universal.
Discussion: MediaPost
Felix Salmon:
Kneale, craven  —  You won't find many defenders of Dennis Kneale's philosophy of journalism on Twitter or even among his colleagues in the CNBC studio.  —  I spent a large chunk of this afternoon debating Kneale on Twitter, and for a while afterwards I thought that time was wasted …
Discussion: CJR, New York Observer, CNBC and AOL
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