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4:25 AM ET, September 20, 2010


 Top News: 
Media Decoder:
Newsweek's Howard Fineman to Join The Huffington Post  —  Howard Fineman, one of the more recognizable pundits on cable television and a correspondent for Newsweek for 30 years, is leaving the magazine to become a senior editor at The Huffington Post.  —  Mr. Fineman's move from a print medium …
Tanzina Vega / New York Times:
New Journalism Degree to Emphasize Start-Ups  —  The Graduate School of Journalism at the City University of New York wants to capitalize on some of the shifts that have rocked traditional journalism — and traditional journalists — with the creation of the Tow-Knight Center …
Discussion: Kirk LaPointe's …
Frédéric Filloux / Monday Note:
Aggregators: the good ones vs. the looters  —  News aggregators have grown into all shapes and forms.  Some are truly helping the producers of original content but others simply amount to mere electronic ransack.  —  My daily media routine starts on Techmeme.
Andrew Vanacore / Associated Press:
The next front for Murdoch's Journal: the weekend  —  NEW YORK - The Wall Street Journal's editor, Robert Thomson, is never short of fighting words.  And he had a few to add in a recent interview about the Journal's new weekend edition, which launches this Saturday with two new sections …
Jeremy W. Peters / Media Decoder:
Culture Vulture Stands Alone  —  Regular readers of New York magazine are familiar with its Approval Matrix, which is really more of a graph than a matrix.  But that's beside the point.  —  The matrix plots on X and Y axes pop culture happenings of the previous week, ranking them neatly …
Wall Street Journal:
Spitzer: Politician to Pundit  —  The Ex-Governor Discusses His Anxiety as He Prepares to Launch a TV Program  —  As a politician, Eliot Spitzer was not known to play well with others, whether they were New York Stock Exchange CEO Richard Grasso, Republican state Senate leader Joe Bruno, or state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo.
the nytpicker:
Washington Post Kicks NYT's Ass Today With Page-One Stunner: U.S. Soldiers Killing Afghan Civilians “For Sport.”  —  In a profile of Washington Post editor Marcus Brauchli this week in the Columbia Journalism Review, NYT executive editor Bill Keller offered one of his characteristically snide comments about his competitor.
Todd Wasserman / New York Times:
Can Digg Find Its Way in the Crowd?  —  AMY VERNON still recalls the first time, two years ago, when a story she posted on the social news site Digg became popular.  She had promoted a blog post titled “Why Does Tony Almeida Hate America?” that riffed on the villain from “24,” the Fox television series.
Discussion: ChasNote
Zachary Pincus-Roth / Los Angeles Times:
New media: YouTube creative artists pride themselves on being a separate breed  —  Popular series have gone subscriber-only, and Hollywood has come knocking, but independent spirit reigns.  —  Shane Dawson, who has produced over 300 YouTube videos of Shane Dawson TV, says his goal remains …
Todd Spangler / Multichannel:
Sezmi Raises $17.3 Million  —  Hybrid Broadcast-Internet TV Service Now Has Collected $92 Million In Funding  —  Sezmi, the startup marketing a hybrid broadcast-Internet TV service as a cheap replacement to cable and satellite TV in more than three dozen U.S. markets, has raised …
James Rainey / Los Angeles Times:
On the Media: Fake news flourishes under the feds' noses  —  Hucksters continue to masquerade as journalists under FCC and FTC ‘enforcement.’  —  An old actor I know would watch a plodding drama and growl, “If you watch closely, it almost moves.”  —  That's the feeling I'm getting …
L. Gordon Crovitz / Wall Street Journal:
Now the News Finds You  —  A Pew study finds people spend an average of 70 minutes a day accessing new and old media.  —  The woes of the news industry are well reported, but accounts of the financial troubles of the media bury the lead: People are consuming more news.
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