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2:45 AM ET, September 4, 2010


 Top News: 
Team Vox:
Vox is closing September 30, 2010  —  Vox has been a fun place to explore, create and connect with your friends.  But Vox is closing its doors on September 30, 2010.  —  This doesn't mean you have to say goodbye to your blog.  We want you to make sure you can keep the great content you've shared on Vox …
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:   Six Apart and Vox—How Promise Gets Squandered
Chris Rovzar / New York Magazine:
101 Minutes With Arianna Huffington  —  Arianna Huffington, fresh from a TV appearance, her hair blown out, her five-foot-ten frame amped up by a two-inch set of heels, clacks into the hushed Soho offices of the Huffington Post.  It is her first visit to her newsroom since she left …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Digg's Decline, Illustrated  —  Why does Digg have a new design and a new CEO?  Here's one answer, via a handy chart.  —  This one comes from Christopher Mascari, a Gawker Media marketing guy, and it illustrates the blog network's traffic from social media sites.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Facebook Adds News Search  —  Facebook has begun surfacing widely “liked” news stories from independent media organizations in its basic search bar today, it appears.  First reported by watchdog blog AllFacebook, the change is something that seems likely to be understood as a challenge to Google.
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
More Thoughts On Demand: A Referendum of Sorts on Google and Social  —  It's been nearly a month since Demand filed its S1, and I promised you all a longer look after my initial posting.  Here are some thoughts now that I've had a chance to digest the document.
Discussion: Romenesko
Tumblr Staff:
Fixing Content Attribution (Once and For All)  —  Back when we launched two of Tumblr's most unique features, reblogging and the Tumblr Bookmarklet, we devised automatic “via” links in post captions as a simple solution for attribution.  Three years later, this solution has gotten us pretty far.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, The Blog Herald and Soup
James Rainey / Los Angeles Times:
On the Media: Analyzing The Times' teachers series  —  The paper is under fire for naming names, but the goal — of media and the union — should be better educating students.  —  The police officer disciplined on the job.  The foster child killed by a caretaker.  The city manager drawing a pension after a long career.
Kaitlin Butler / LearnVest Blog:
A Labor Of Love On Campus: I'm A Senior Struggling To Save My College Newspaper  —  We know the newspaper industry has suffered since the dawn of electronic media, but odds are that the newspaper of your alma mater hasn't escaped unscathed either.  Our sustained economic downswing …
Shawn Moynihan /
Q&A: Journalism Online's Gordon Crovitz  —  NEW YORK  —  Journalism Online has arrived on the paid-content scene with the purpose of providing publishers a wider variety of options in charging for online access.  With its Press+ service, publishers can determine which of its Web offerings …
Discussion: Romenesko
Robert Niles / Online Journalism Review:
Take two: How - or any national network of local news websites - might succeed  —  By Robert Niles: Last week, I wrote about my skepticism of, based on my assumption that the economies of scale available to a national chain of local publications online were no longer enough …
All the Propaganda That's Fit to Print  —  Why Xinhua, China's state news agency, could be the future of journalism.  —  It had all the trappings of a globally significant confab: big-deal appearances (by Google, BBC), a weighty theme ("the digital age"), and speechifying by international pooh-bahs.
Mark Lisheron / American Journalism Review:
Reloading at the Statehouse  —  As traditional news organizations shed state government reporters, a wide array of innovative startups is rising to fill the gap.  —  AJR Senior Contributing Writer Mark Lisheron ( is Austin bureau chief for Texas Watchdog, a government accountability news Web site.
Andres Palmiter / comScore Voices:
Live Streaming Video Jumps 600% in Past Year  —  Nearly a decade before anyone had heard of YouTube, the first viral video spread among snickering teens and procrastinating college students.  Discovered via direct download links and embedded QuickTime players, Trey Parker and Matt Stone's …
Bill Gorman / TVbytheNumbers:
Tonight Show Ratings: Leno's Repeats Below Conan's Original Episodes From Last Year  —  Since Leno's Tonight Show was in repeats last week, and Conan's was in original episodes during the comparable week of 2009, this week's ratings comparison is entirely apples to oranges.
Discussion: Hollywood Reporter
Google Loses German Court Ruling Over YouTube Videos  —  Sept. 3 (Bloomberg) — Google Inc.'s YouTube video service lost a Hamburg court ruling over copyrighted material that was posted online without permission for rebroadcast.  —  YouTube may be liable for damages involving video shown …
Business, Entrepreneurial Skills Come to Journalism School  —  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
Cary Spivak / American Journalism Review:
Short on Ethics?  —  Two Web sites that investigate business fraud are funded by short selling—placing market bets that the stock of companies they write about will go down.  It's an approach that makes journalism ethicists very uncomfortable.  —  Cary Spivak ( …
Discussion: Romenesko
Ellie Behling / eMedia Vitals blogs:
The pros and cons of writing for a content farm  —  On the upside, content farms expose journalists and amateur bloggers to an audience; on the downside, they often pay less than minimum wage.  —  That was the conclusion I came to after I tried working for one content farm,, last year.
Mary Walton / American Journalism Review:
Investigative Shortfall  —  Many news outlets are doing far less accountability reporting than in the past, bad news indeed for the public.  New nonprofit investigative ventures have emerged, but they can't pick up the slack by themselves.  On her last day at Fort Lauderdale's Sun-Sentinel …
James Hewines / BBC:
BBC iPlayer gets even better  —  The BBC iPlayer team are very excited about the latest developments going live next week - this is a big step for the product, and its users, bringing:  — A new design which is more fun to use, and distinctively styled.  — A range of personalisation features …
Discussion: Pocket-lint
Chris Roush / Talking Biz News: aims to take business news to a new level  —  TALKING BIZ NEWS EXCLUSIVE  —  Editor's note: This is the fourth interview in a series of discussions with top people in business journalism to celebrate the fifth anniversary of Talking Biz News.
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Lauren Kirchner / CJR:
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
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Wall Street Journal:
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Discussion: Company Town and Digits
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Jeff Bercovici / DailyFinance:
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Discussion: The Atlantic Wire and Epicenter