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5:25 PM ET, September 14, 2010

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Jack Neff / AdAge:
Magazine Readership Off Sharply Among Affluent  —  Ipsos Survey: Younger Well-Off Readers More Receptive to Ads Than Elders  —  BATAVIA, Ohio (AdAge.com) — Magazine readership among the affluent plunged 16% in the past year as the group spent 12% more time using the internet and sharply stepped …
Discussion: MediaMemo and Romenesko
Nikki Usher / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Why SEO and audience tracking won't kill journalism as we know it  —  [I'm happy to introduce Nikki Usher, a new contributor here at the Lab.  Nikki is a Ph.D. candidate at USC Annenberg and, before academia, was a reporter for The Philadelphia Inquirer and elsewhere.
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C.W. Anderson / Nieman Journalism Lab:   “Squeezing humanity through a straw”: The long-term consequences …
Joe Eskenazi / The Snitch:
Declaring San Bruno Fire ‘Crime Scene’ Kept Media Out  —  It would be hard to begrudge San Bruno police for moving to keep non-emergency personnel out of the neighborhood impacted by last week's blast and fire.  On Friday, police declared the incinerated areas a “crime scene,” which severely restricted access.
Laura McGann / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Five important mobile app findings for news orgs  —  A new report out today gives news organizations reasons to start thinking mobile apps (if they haven't already).  The Pew Internet and American Life Project partnered with Nielsen to survey cellphone users on their app habits …
Niraj Chokshi / The Atlantic Online:
Book Excerpt: Can Videogames Be Journalism?  —  In July, 2009, Wired magazine waded into the ongoing coverage of Somalian pirate raids with an eight-page visual feature called “Cutthroat Capitalism.”  The piece was accompanied by an online game, which, besides being fun to play …
Dean Starkman / CJR:
The Hamster Wheel  —  Why running as fast as we can is getting us nowhere  —  “Newsrooms have shrunk by 25% in three years.”  —Project for Excellence in Journalism, “State of the News Media 2010”  —  “A large majority (75%) of editors said their story counts . .  …
Discussion: Romenesko and National Media
Jeff Bercovici / DailyFinance:
Future Dweller Nick Bilton on What Newspapers Can Learn from Porn  —  No one knows what the future holds for newspapers, but Nick Bilton's guess is worth more than most.  A compulsive multitasker, Bilton has had a peripatetic career path through the realms of film, advertising, technology and publishing.
Discussion: Multichannel News
Howard Kurtz:
Jack Anderson's Nixonian tactics  —  There was a time in Washington when Jack Anderson was a hero, the columnist who kept unearthing Richard Nixon's dark secrets, a Pulitzer winner who revealed the administration's secret tilt toward Pakistan in its war against India.
Robbie Brown / New York Times:
Civil Rights Photographer Unmasked as Informant  —  ATLANTA — That photo of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. riding one of the first desegregated buses in Montgomery, Ala.?  He took it.  The well-known image of black sanitation workers carrying “I Am a Man” signs in Memphis?  His.
Joshua Benton / Nieman Journalism Lab:
More growth for Gawker comments, and more power to elite commenters  —  We've written before about the commenting system at Gawker Media's family of sites, which for my money strikes the best balance between complexity and simplicity, between encouraging good behavior and policing bad.
Discussion: Gizmodo
The Wrap:
Michael Eisner and the L.A. Times—A Marriage Made in Heaven?  —  Michael Eisner running to the Tribune Company, the man in charge of the Los Angeles Times?  That seems to be the word - and, actually, it does make perfect sense.  After all, more than most companies what does a newspaper need to thrive?
Discussion: The Wire
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
Techmeme Turns 5: Interview With Founder Gabe Rivera  —  This week, leading tech news aggregator Techmeme turned 5 years old.  The service launched in September 2005, under the name tech.memeorandum, and ReadWriteWeb was one of the first media publications to review it.  —  In 2005, tech.memeorandum mostly tracked blogs.
Zeke Turner / New York Observer:
Life After Luxury Advertising at Condé Nast: Bon Appétit, Carol Smith  —  On Sunday afternoon, Carol Smith was thinking about what to order for lunch, but she already knew.  She was sitting on the booth side of a table facing the center of the dining room that was set up in Avery Fisher Hall for Fashion Week.
David Kaplan / paidContent:
Looking For More Content, Ad Partners, iVillage Promotes Curbishley  —  The media personnel shifts keep on coming... iVillage is promoting John Curbishley from VP of strategy to SVP of Business Development, the NBC Universal (NYSE: GE) unit will announce later this morning.
Discussion: WebNewser and mediabistro.com
Marc Fest / Knight Foundation News Releases:
Locally Focused Foundations Increase Support for Community News and Information Projects  —  Nineteen Ideas Receive $3.14 Million In Matching Funding from Knight Foundation  —  To help ensure that communities are informed on key issues, 19 locally focused foundations will support local news …
Vadim Lavrusik / Mashable!:
The Future of Social Media in Journalism  —  This series is supported by Gist.  Gist provides a full view of the contacts in your professional network by creating a rich business profile for each one that includes the most news, status updates, and work details.  See how it works here.
David Kaplan / paidContent:
NBCU Digital Dealmaker Jessica Schell Shifting To Film At Universal  —  After nearly five years, Jessica Schell is leaving her post as SVP of NBC Universal's digital strategy and business development to take on a new role in the company's film division.  Schell's new title is EVP …
Sophie Hoeller / New York Times:
What's a Virtual Assignment Desk ?  —  If The Local East Village, a collaboration between The New York Times and New York University's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, is an experiment in online journalism, then one of its most ambitious applications, the Virtual Assignment Desk, is an experiment within an experiment.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Bebo's Back.  And They Plan To Have A Plan (Video)  —  Bebo is like a bad case of herpes - it just keeps coming back.  They sold to AOL for $850 million in 2008.  Then AOL, under new management, sort of just shut it down for tax purposes, selling it for next to nothing to Criterion Capital Partners.
Claire Atkinson / New York Post:
Disney's Iger aims to put ABC back in game  —  Tweet  —  Bob Iger is marking his fifth anniversary as CEO of the Walt Disney Co. with an extreme makeover of ABC — in an attempt to save the network from falling into last place among the nation's Big Four broadcasters.
Discussion: Company Town
Jon Lafayette / Broadcasting & Cable:
Oprah Sends Fans to Australia in Season Opener  —  Surprises audience of 300 during farewell season premier show  —  In the premiere show of her farewell season, Oprah Winfrey surprised an audience full of 300 of her biggest fans by telling them she was flying all of them to Australia.
Discussion: Mediaite and Media Decoder
Nick Davies / Guardian:
Phone-hacking scandal: Sienna Miller set to join legal action  —  Actor poised to take legal action while it emerges Sean Hoare has been interviewed by police under caution  —  Sienna Miller was today expected to become the latest public figure to join the legal assault on Scotland Yard …
Discussion: Press Gazette
 
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Dianne de Guzman / The Wire:
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Keach Hagey / On Media's Blog:
Brauchli's restless troops
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James Barron / City Room:
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Ryan Tate / Gawker:
A Suspicious Hunger for ‘News’
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Mihai Parparita / Official Google Reader Blog:
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Discussion: TechCrunch and Scobleizer
Robert Hernandez / Online Journalism Review:
Online Journalism or Journalism Online? There is a difference
John Koblin / New York Observer:
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Discussion: Multichannel News
Andrew Wallenstein / Hollywood Reporter:
EXCLUSIVE: HBO subscribers dwindling
Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News:
Washington Post to start running front-page ads