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1:50 AM ET, August 29, 2010


 Top News: 
Arthur S. Brisbane / New York Times:
Why I Would Do This  —  “I feel like I've been sent to the principal's office.”  —  The Times reporter sitting across from me smiled nervously.  I hadn't even spoken yet.  —  Scold, scourge, wreaker of cold justice: apparently, that's what's expected of the public editor.
Soaring on a Pig with Bread Wings:
Ben Huh can has reddit?  I respond entirely in LOLcat photos … You may've heard this news about Ben Huh offering to buy reddit from Conde Nast.  I've been getting a lot of questions about my thoughts on the matter.  —  Frankly, this isn't the first offer to buy reddit I've heard, but it's the first public one.
Discussion: TechFlash, The Next Web and VentureBeat
Jim / Gannett Blog:
Welcome to your new vital, valuable media brand; USA Today's reorganization steps back to the past  —  In a major shift in strategy, a top Gannett executive has announced a sweeping restructuring of its newspaper publishing strategy, one designed to be a model for the newsroom of the future in a rapidly changing digital marketplace.
Ken Doctor / Newsonomics:
USAT: It's (About) Time for the Next Re-Invention  —  You remember USA Today's innovation?  In 1982, it zagged when others were zigging.  The brilliance of Al Neuharth's vision was several-fold:  — Most importantly, it focused on audience.  An audience not attached to any particular local geography …
David Kaplan / paidContent:
USAT Starts ‘Radical’ Shakeup: 130 Layoffs; News Tailored To Mobile, Ads  —  USA Today Publisher Dave Hunke is embarking on the biggest change in the Gannett (NYSE: GCI) flagship's 28-year history as he shifts away from print and towards mobile.  The newsroom is being restructured around content rings instead …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
RIP Breaking News Online App: You Were the Best Way to Get News Fast  —  One year ago this month, the best iPhone app for finding out what's happening around the world, fast, launched to the public.  Breaking News Online (BNO), the incredible team lead by Dutch then-teenager Michael van Poppel …
Discussion: paidContent
Laura Oliver /
Breaking news agency BNO withdraws iPhone app, expands wire services  —  News agency BNO News, which began as a breaking news Twitter service, is withdrawing its iPhone application as it expands its wire service.  —  The organisation launched the iPhone app in August 2009 prior to handing control …
Mary Madden / Pew Internet:
Older Adults and Social Media  —  While social media use has grown dramatically across all age groups, older users have been especially enthusiastic over the past year about embracing new networking tools.  Social networking use among internet users ages 50 and older nearly doubled—from 22% in April 2009 to 42% in May 2010.
Jenna Wortham / Bits:
SideReel Tracks TV Shows Online, Wherever They Are  —  For those who take the plunge and cancel their cable or satellite subscriptions, there's certainly no shortage of television shows and movies to watch online.  The trick is finding it all.  —  There are a handful of Web sites that are vying …
Discussion: WatchingTV Online
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
BBC iPlayer Should Work For Brits Abroad, Global Version ‘Within A Year’  —  BBC director-general Mark Thompson has committed the corporation to making its iPlayer VOD service available to UK license payers whilst traveling overseas.  —  In his MacTaggart Lecture to the MediaGuardian Edinburgh …
Wayne Friedman / MediaPost:
Will Digital Entities Want To Play In The Big-Budgeted TV Game?  —  Where does one market TV shows in the new digital age?  Do you need a big-branded network like HBO or NBC to power up pricey TV dramas and other programs, or will these traditional “brands” come to an end?  Will YouTube, Twitter and Facebook be enough?
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
‘Social Network’ raises questions as debut nears  —  Actors Jesse Eisenberg (left) and Joseph Mazzello, playing Facebook co-founders Mark Zuckerberg and Dustin Moskovitz in the upcoming film ‘The Social Network.’  —  NEW YORK—They're everywhere here: on the sides of buses and along the walls …
Cory Bergman / Lost Remote:
A look at Miami Herald's hyperlocal approach  —  The Miami Herald is one of the five newspapers part of J-Lab's Networked Journalism Project, and compared to the other papers, the Herald is taking a different approach to community coverage with West Kendall Today.
Mark Briggs / Poynter Online:   Why News Startups Should Think Collaboration, not Competition, with Big Media
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Brian Stelter / ArtsBeat:
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Deborah Potter / NewsLab:
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