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4:25 AM ET, August 25, 2010


 Top News: 
Joe Strupp / Media Matters for America:
Former White House Correspondents President Chen: Fox News Seating ‘A Travesty’  —  Allowing Fox News to move up to the first row in the White House briefing room was a “travesty of a decision,” according to Ed Chen, the former White House Correspondents Association president who left that post just a few months ago.
Discussion: Mediaite and The Huffington Post
Jeff Bercovici / DailyFinance:
Why Media Matters Should Stop Picking on Fox News (This Time)
Discussion: On Media's Blog and Mediaite
Apple Said to Prepare New 99-Cent TV Show Rental Service  —  Apple Inc. is in advanced talks with News Corp. to let iTunes users rent TV shows for 99 cents and is in discussions with other media companies about similar deals, said three people familiar with the plan.
Marc Graser / Variety:
‘Angry Birds’ flies with Hollywood  —  IPhone game eyes TV shows, movies, toys  —  The “Angry Birds” are flocking to Hollywood.  —  Rovio, the Finnish creator of the hit iPhone and iPad game, which has sold more than 6.5 million downloads, wants to turn the property into a major franchise …
Lara Sinclair / TheAustralian:
Newspapers gone by 2022 says futurist  —  NEWSPAPERS as we know them will be irrelevant within 12 years, according to futurist Ross Dawson, who said journalism would be largely ‘crowdsourced’.  —  Mr Dawson, who will address a Newspaper Publishers' Association forum on the future of the industry …
John Hamer / Washington News Council:
Ira Glass on broadcasting's “failure of craft”  —  A radio personality filling a concert hall with fans?  That's pretty rare, but it happened Aug. 21 when Ira Glass, host of “This American Life” (TAL) on National Public Radio (NPR) appeared at Seattle's Benaroya Hall.  The place was packed.
Discussion: Romenesko and The Book Bench
Ellen McCarthy / Washington Post:
Candy Crowley, veteran CNN reporter, takes on competitive Sunday morning slot  —  There's no secret about what works on cable news these days.  —  Flashy graphics and raised voices burst through the screen to jostle into our agitated, unfocused, Twitterized minds.  —  Anchors are loud, beautiful and opinionated.
Philip B. Corbett / Times Topics:
Everything From This to That  —  Notes from the newsroom on grammar, usage and style.  (Some frequently asked questions are here.)  —  My colleague Vanessa Gordon and others have noted our frequent use of what critics call “false ranges.”  These constructions generally are framed with phrases like …
Discussion: Romenesko
John Cook / Yahoo! News:
What does News Corp. want in return for that $1 million?  —  Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. raised eyebrows last week with a $1 million donation to the Republican Governors Association that the New York Times described as “bold” and “one of the biggest [contributions] ever given by a media organization.”
Ryan Singel / Epicenter:
Ad Firm Sued for Allegedly Re-Creating Deleted Cookies  —  Specificmedia, one of the net's largest ad-serving and tracking companies, has been hit with a federal lawsuit accusing the company of violating computer intrusion laws by secretly re-creating cookies deleted by users.
Keach Hagey / The Politico:
New life for Washington Times  —  The owner of the Washington Times entered into an agreement Tuesday to sell the paper to another entity affiliated with its parent, the Unification Church, which would return funding to the cash-strapped conservative publication, POLITICO has learned.
Discussion: City Desk, Washington Post and DCist
Tom Bissell / New York Observer:
From Tragedy to Trend Story: In Defense of Virginia Quarterly Review Editor Ted Genoways  —  On July 30, Kevin Morrissey, the managing editor of The Virginia Quarterly Review, one of America's most respected and ascendant literary journals, took his own life, apparently unable to abide the pressures of his job.
Jason Linkins / The Huffington Post:
News Corp. Executives Actually Recently Met With Saudi Billionaire In Mosque Controversy  —  By now, you may have heard about how on last night's edition of The Daily Show, Jon Stewart made fantastic comedic hay out of a Fox And Friends segment, in which the gathered panel indulged …
Discussion: Arab News, Think Progress and Mediaite
Lauren Kirchner / CJR:
Patch's Problematic Redesign  —  Blurring the lines between edited and user-generated content  —  AOL's Patch Media launched its 100th hyperlocal news site last week in Morristown, New Jersey, and is apparently planning on quintupling in size by the end of the year.
Peter Morris / Prospect Magazine:
Who guards the Guardian?  —  “Securing the long-term future of the Guardian” was the headline on the cover of Guardian Media Group's (GMG) 2008/09 annual report.  Not long after, in March 2010, the group's chief executive Carolyn McCall announced she was leaving after 24 years to become chief executive of easyJet.
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Is $10 The Magic Number In Online Publishing?  —  A growing school of thought in online publishing holds that, when you get down to brass tacks, more important than size of audience is scale of revenue.  —  So a metric telcos and pay TV operators have used for years - average revenue per user …
Discussion: Canadian Magazines
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
Is it time for Yahoo to Hulu?  —  Decline in paying subs is an incentive for deal  —  NEW YORK — Just as Yahoo weighs Wall Street advice to buy a significant stake in online video site Hulu, SNL Kagan reported the first-ever subscriber decline for the U.S. TV multichannel industry.
Jim Romenesko / Romenesko:
Li returns to Reuters to become tech and media editor  —  Thomson Reuters Announces Return of Industry-Leading Journalist Kenneth Li  —  Kenneth Li appointed Reuters Editor-in-Charge of Technology, Media and Telecoms  —  New York August 24, 2010 Thomson Reuters today announced the appointment …
Joshua Benton / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Download the new Nieman Journalism Lab iPhone app  —  Every day, there are 16 gazillion news articles about the future of journalism, 27.5 flabillion blog posts, and 294 quinzillion tweets.  (These are all estimates.)  There's a lot of great stuff in there, but just keeping up to date …
Joe Pompeo / The Wire:
Conde Nast Grabs Monica Ray From Time Inc.  —  The Great Magazine Executive Shuffle of Summer 2010 continues!  —  Now that Bob Sauerberg has moved up the Conde Nast ladder to become president of the whole company, he'll need somone to take the lead on consumer marketing …
MOSQUE CONTROVERSY, IRAQ WAR DOMINATE THE NEWS  —  A statement of support for religious freedom by President Barack Obama fueled an ideologically driven debate in the media over a proposed Islamic center in New York last week.  A milestone in the Iraq war, continued economic travails …
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Zeke Turner / New York Observer:
The Awl Will Launch a Comedy Blog
Bill Mitchell / Poynter Online:
Telegram & Gazette Pay Meter Can Be Adjusted to Balance Reach & Revenue
Discussion: Editors Weblog
Los Angeles Times:
Cable companies make comparison shopping ridiculously tough
Discussion: DSLreports
Zeke Turner / New York Observer:
Washington All-Star Matt Cooper Joins ‘National Journal’ as Managing Editor
Zachary Woolfe / Capital New York:
The fabulous New York life of Lauren Leto
Discussion: New York Observer and The Awl
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Douglas MacMillan / Business Week:
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Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
News Corp. To Integrate Fox Audience Network Into MySpace
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
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Discussion: MediaPost and TechCrunch
John Plunkett / Guardian:
TV ads skipped by 86% of viewers
Discussion: NewTeeVee
Stijn Debrouwere / stdout:
Two cultures in media criticism
Wall Street Journal:
Author to Bypass Publisher
Discussion: Twist Image
Adrian Monck / Guardian:
Can apps save news journalism?
Discussion: Editors Weblog