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11:55 PM ET, September 2, 2010


 Top News: 
Ian Burrell / The Independent:
Has Rupert Murdoch's paywall gamble paid off?  —  Advertisers don't like it.  Analysts are unconvinced.  The paywall at News International may not be winning many fans, but the man behind it is determined to keep it standing.  —  As the fugitive businessman Asil Nadir flew back to Britain …
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Analyst: Paywall Subscribers Worth A Quarter Of Print Readers  —  Even if newspapers migrate every print reader to paying online, they will still face big losses, according to one analyst.  —  Annual income per paywall subscriber on and is just a quarter that from subscribers …
Joe Pompeo / Silicon Alley Insider:
EXCLUSIVE: Newsweek's Big Name Economics Editor, Dan Gross, Is Headed To Yahoo Finance  —  Dan Gross, Newsweek's economics editor, is leaving the magazine, The Wire has learned.  He's headed to Yahoo Finance.  —  Yahoo has been on something of an editorial hiring spree this year, ramping up its original content efforts.
Discussion: Romenesko and New York Magazine
Vanity Fair:
Rupert Murdoch's War On The New York Times  —  Photo illustration by R. Mutt Studios.  “I read the Journal a little less now.  I find that I can skim it in a way I couldn't before.  If the Journal is gaining market share I'd guess it is more at the expense of USA Today than the Times,” …
Ken Doctor / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The Newsonomics of less-is-more, more or less  —  [Each week, our friend Ken Doctor — author of Newsonomics and longtime watcher of the business side of digital news — writes about the economics of the news business for the Lab.]  —  It is a head-turner, which seems to be, at first, an only-in-Utah story.
Discussion: Salt Lake Tribune and Newsonomics
Peg Mcentee / Salt Lake Tribune:
Day One at the new Deseret News  —  One of the top stories appearing …
Discussion: Romenesko
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
YouTube Ads Turn Videos Into Revenue  —  SAN BRUNO, Calif. — Last month, a YouTube user, TomR35, uploaded a clip from the AMC series “Mad Men” in which Don Draper makes a heartfelt speech about the importance of nostalgia in advertising.  —  Viewers wouldn't notice, but that clip also makes …
Discussion: Bits
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
AOL Already Spending ~$45 Million Per Year On New Patch Employees  —  AOL made 900 hires over the summer with 50% of the new people going to local blogs network Patch, CEO Tim Armstrong just told employees in a company wide meeting.  —  Figure all-in costs for each new employee is $100,000 per year …
Discussion: Romenesko
Scott Rosenberg / Scott Rosenberg's Wordyard:
In Defense of Links, part three: In links we trust … Nick Carr, like the rest of the “Web rots our brains” contingent, views links as primarily subtractive and destructive.  Links direct us away from where we are to somewhere else on the Web.  They impede our concentration, degrade our comprehension, and erode our attention spans.
Ryan Lawler / NewTeeVee:
New ESPN TV Everywhere Service Begins With Time Warner Cable Deal  —  Disney and Time Warner Cable have settled their retransmission negotiations, finalizing a deal that will keep ABC, ESPN and Disney networks on Time Warner Cable and Bright House Network cable systems.
Joe Pompeo / Silicon Alley Insider:
Forbes Is Going To Start Digging Up Dirt On Everyone On Its Billionaires List  —  It's been a month since launched a new landing page for its blogs, to which every editorial staffer and a growing number of external writers now contribute.  —  As part of that expansion …
Discussion: New York Magazine
Steve Krakauer / Mediaite:
CBS News Fires Back At “Perverse Hobby” Of “Ridiculous” Collapse Predictions  —  The Daily Beast's Rebecca Dana wrote yesterday about the “implosion” and “collapse” at CBS News, focusing on a variety of issues - from ratings to business cards.  —  Today, CBS News fires back …
Lisa de Moraes / Washington Post:
Martha Stewart wants to take Barbara Walters place as next important interviewer  —  Martha Stewart, whose talk/crafts show is moving to cable's Hallmark Channel in two weeks, coinciding with the launch of her prime-time interview specials for that network, wants to become the new Important Interviewer in the television firmament.
Andrew Wallenstein / Hollywood Reporter:
Why Apple rental plan alienated most studios  —  Holdouts fear 99-cent price endangers business model  —  Don't look for rival studios to join Disney and News Corp. for Apple's announced 99-cent TV rental offering anytime soon.  —  Unveiling a new Apple TV product Wednesday …
Wendy Davis / MediaPost:
Judge Rules News Station Is Immune From ‘Cyber Libel’ Resulting From Commenters  —  A federal court has dismissed news anchor Toni Miles' claim that her former employer, Raycom Media's WLOX-TV, committed “cyber libel” by allowing readers to post unfiltered comments about her.
Discussion: Techdirt
How to Conquer Journalism Students' Fear of Technology  —  Education content on MediaShift is sponsored by Carnegie-Knight News21, an alliance of 12 journalism schools in which top students tell complex stories in inventive ways.  See tips for spurring innovation and digital learning at
Discussion: Jen Lee Reeves and J-Source
Joanna / Fiction in Truth:
Jay Rosen @ Sciences Po: Who is the audience, and what does that make us, journalists?  —  NYU journalism professor Jay Rosen was invited by Sciences Po's School of Journalism today to give an inaugural lecture to the fresh new crop of wannabe journalists.  As soon as there is video available, I will link to it here.
Stefanie Chernow / Editors Weblog:
AFP goes mobile?  —  L'Agence France-Presse (AFP) has announced it plans to offer readers direct access to AFP content on digital devices rather than just a “Business to Business” model.  AFP is the third largest news agency in the world, tailing the Associated Press and Reuters …
Josh Kosman / New York Post:
Trib creditors zero in on Zell  —  Tweet  —  Tribune Chairman Sam Zell's bid for immunity from legal claims arising from the disastrous buyout of the company could be slipping away.  —  The judge overseeing the Tribune bankruptcy case yesterday appointed a mediator to try to hammer …
Discussion: Bloomberg and NewscastStudio Blog
Shira Ovide / Wall Street Journal:   Tribune Talks to Be Guided by Mediator
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James Macintyre / New Statesman:
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 Earlier Picks: 
Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
WSJ's digital ops will eventually be larger than print
Discussion: The Wire
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Shameful News Industry Willing To Sacrifice Wikileaks To Get Shield Law
Lou Heldman / Wichita Eagle:
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
AOL and Facebook Get the New Yorker Treatment
Discussion: Gawker
New York Times:
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Discussion: ReveNews
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