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3:45 AM ET, September 19, 2010


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Arthur S. Brisbane / New York Times:
Covering Murdoch and Company  —  THE NEW YORK TIMES masquerading as a tabloid — it was more than enough to draw me into the story, I'll admit.  The Sept. 5 Sunday Magazine cover blared, “TABLOID HACK ATTACK!” amid funny little color balloons offering tantalizing subheads …
Ira Stoll / The Future of Capitalism:
How Murdoch's Wall Street Journal Covers Kushner  —  News Corp. chief executive Rupert Murdoch and New York Observer owner and real estate investor Jared Kushner are close enough pals that Mr. Kushner and his wife reportedly accompanied the Murdoch family on a recent Middle East trip for the christening of the Murdoch daughters.
Adrian Chen / Gawker:
Steve Jobs In Email Pissing Match with College Journalism Student  —  Steve Jobs is known for replying to random emails sent to his personal Apple email address.  Well, a college journalism student from Long Island emailed him about a problem she had with Apple's PR department.  Jobs' response?
MediaShift Idea Lab:
5 Mistakes That Make Local Blogs Fail  —  So you're thinking about starting a local blog.  Maybe you're a reporter tired of office politics and lowest-common-denominator assignments.  Maybe you're a neighborhood gadfly who wants to create a new place for locals to gather.
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
Spoiler Alert: Whodunit?  Wikipedia Will Tell You  —  At the end of each performance of the Agatha Christie play “The Mousetrap,” the person revealed to be the murderer steps forward and tells the audience to “keep the secret of whodunit locked in your heart.”
Apple Said to Negotiate With Publishers Over Digital Newsstand  —  Apple Inc. is developing a digital newsstand for publishers that would let them sell magazines and newspapers to consumers for use on Apple devices, said two people familiar with the matter.  —  The newsstand …
Ken Doctor / Newsonomics:
The (Still-Evolving) Newsonomics of Digital Transition  —  First published at Nieman Journalism Lab  —  It seems like a simple enough question.  If newspaper companies could make the switch to digital publishing, how much would they save in costs?  —  Newspapers have been Big Iron companies …
Discussion: Lost Remote
C.W. Anderson / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Yeah, but what does it mean for journalism?  A visual rhetoric guide  —  It's become something of a Twitter joke.  A new gadget appears, or a dramatic development takes place on the world stage, and the cry goes up: But what does it mean for journalism?  I'm guilty of it myself.
Joe Flint / Company Town:
Nielsen's deal with ABC on iPad application: The referee joins the game  —  Nielsen, the company that the broadcast and cable channels pay to provide ratings for their programs, is getting into a side business to help the networks promote their shows.  —  In a deal announced Thursday …
Chris Ariens / TVNewser:
Mitchell on Ahmadinejad Interview: 'One of the most complicated challenges I've faced'  —  NBC News chief foreign correspondent Andrea Mitchell has experienced a lot in her 16 years on the beat.  But she calls this week's interview with Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad “one of the most complicated challenges I've faced.”
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Ex-child prostitute sues Village Voice over sex ads  —  A teenage child trafficking victim has filed a lawsuit against Village Voice Media, for knowingly allowing her pimp to post ads for her “services” on the popular  The pimp, Latasha Jewell McFarland, has already pleaded guilty …
Claire Atkinson / New York Post:
NBC's fall guys  —  Tweet  —  NBC Universal is looking at a new fall lineup — not just on the screen but in the executive suite.  —  Execs have been nervously awaiting moves by Comcast Corp., the cable giant that is buying a majority stake in NBC Universal, giving it control of the Peacock network …
Discussion: TVNewser and
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Craig Silverman / CJR:
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Nicholas Carlson / New York Times:
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