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4:55 AM ET, September 21, 2010

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Jim Romenesko / Romenesko:
Kaus takes his blog to Newsweek.com  —  MICKEY KAUS BRINGS KAUSFILES BLOG TO NEWSWEEK.COM  —  New York - Blogger and recent U.S. Senate candidate Mickey Kaus has joined Newsweek and will be posting his pioneering political blog “kausfiles” several times a day on Newsweek.com, Newsweek announced today.
Discussion: LA Observed
Robert Hernandez / Online Journalism Review:
Real-time Web + journalism = Real-time reporting  —  By Robert Hernandez: The next phase of the Internet affecting journalism — for better or worse — is well underway.  —  We started out with websites, then blogs, then the interactivity of Web 2.0.  Now, we are in the era of the real-time Web.
Discussion: Web Journalist Blog
Joe Flint / Company Town:
In Comcast-DirecTV talks over new G4 deal, there's no playing around [Updated]  —  Looks like satellite broadcaster DirecTV and cable giant Comcast Corp. are headed toward another throw-down.  —  At issue this time around is G4, the Comcast-owned channel that caters to young men with shows …
Nikki Usher / Nieman Journalism Lab:
In a hamster-wheel world, is there room for journalistic creativity?  Evidence from The New York Times  —  The essential question facing newsrooms today is this one: Does more speed and more content come at the cost of creativity?  Does the “hamster wheel,” as described by Dean Starkman …
Discussion: CJR and Kirk LaPointe's …
MediaShift:
Professors Speak Out About Changes Coming to J-Schools  —  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 Learn.News21.com.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Goodbye (Crummy) CAPTCHAs.  Hello Ad Dollars?  —  Hate dealing with captchas-the squiggly, indecipherable text strings Web sites often force you to read and regurgitate for security reasons?  Join the club.  And pay attention to what Solve Media is trying to do.
Gene Weingarten / Washington Post:
Goodbye, cruel words: English.  It's dead to me.  —  The English language, which arose from humble Anglo-Saxon roots to become the lingua franca of 600 million people worldwide and the dominant lexicon of international discourse, is dead.  It succumbed last month at the age of 1,617 after a long illness.
John Koblin / New York Observer:
Picture Time!  The Front-Page Dummy for the 'Journal's New Saturday Edition  —  The Associated Press spoke to Robert Thomson about the Journal's new weekend edition that debuts this weekend.  —  The Journal's spokeswoman Ashley Huston helpfully sent us an image of the front-page dummy.
Joshua Benton / Nieman Journalism Lab:
A warning to nonprofit news organizations: Government funding may not boost the bottom line much  —  At a time when some Americans are talking about increasing government support for journalism, here's an interesting new study that adds a useful data point to the discussion …
Discussion: papers.nber.org
Jim Romenesko / Romenesko:
Kiely leaves USA Today to join National Journal  —  Kathy Kiely Joins National Journal Editor Team  —  Washington, D.C. (September 20, 2010) — National Journal Group announced today that veteran political journalist Kathy Kiely is joining the news organization as Managing Editor for Politics.
Discussion: FishbowlNY and Gannett Blog
Joseph Plambeck / New York Times:
A Journalist Whose Sport Is Controversy  —  KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Since Jason Whitlock's arrival here in 1994 to write a sports column at The Kansas City Star, he has grappled publicly with team owners and coaches, local news media personalities and even the Rev. Al Sharpton.
Discussion: Deadspin and Romenesko
Nat Ives / AdAge:
Why Hearst Created an Advertising Director for ‘Tablet Media’  —  Q&A With Hearst President Michael Clinton on the Newly Created Job and What It Means for Hearst's Magazine Publishers  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — Hearst Magazines has named an advertising manager at Town & Country …
Shira Ovide / Wall Street Journal:
News Corp., Cablevision Square Off  —  In the latest standoff over fees sought to air television channels, News Corp. is trying to rally consumers to its side in a spat with Cablevision Systems Corp.  —  News Corp.—which is seeking higher fees for its channels in negotiations with Cablevision …
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Publishers Should Be Careful What They Wish For  —  Both the Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg News have confirmed earlier reports that Apple is working on a “digital newsstand” venture that would handle subscriptions for newspaper and magazine publishers through the iTunes store.
Discussion: TechCrunch, Mashable! and MarketingVOX
Bill Carter / New York Times:
At Networks, Gloves Are Already Off  —  The new TV season kicks off on Monday night — and it's sure not starting with a whimper.  —  In what several network executives described as the most intensely competitive opening night in recent memory, each of the four major networks has something to prove and a lot on the line.
Lucia Moses / Mediaweek:
Barbara Fairchild Out at Bon Appétit  —  Barbara Fairchild, the longtime editor of Condé Nast's Bon Appétit, will be replaced later this year after a 32-year career with the magazine, including 10 as its editor-in-chief, the company announced today.
Hamid Tehrani / Global Voices Advocacy:
Iran: Jailed blogger, Hossein Derakhshan ("Hoder") may face death penalty  —  A reliable source has told Global Voices that Tehran's prosecutor is seeking the death penalty for jailed Iranian blogger Hossein Derakhshan (also known as “Hoder").  The presiding judge, named Salavati, has not yet ruled in the case.
Siddharth Cavale / Reuters:
Internet Brands to be acquired for $640 mln  —  (Reuters) - Private equity firm Hellman & Friedman on Monday agreed to acquire internet media company Internet Brands (INET.O) for $640 million in cash.  —  The private equity firm's offer of $13.35 a share was 46.5 percent more than the company's last closing price.
Scott Rosenberg / Scott Rosenberg's Wordyard:
The blog-broadcast barrier and the reach-responsibility ratio: How our media system crashes, and what to do about it  —  This is a long post describing a phenomenon I've been observing for a decade and a half.  Here is the summary:  —  You know the blood-brain barrier?
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Sports Illustrated Tells iPad Readers to Turn Around  —  Magazine publishers keep adding bells and whistles to their iPad editions.  But Sports Illustrated's newest tweak goes the other way, and takes an option off the table.  —  The magazine used to give readers the ability to look at the app in …
Archibald Preuschat / Wall Street Journal:
BMG Rights Venture Buys Music Publisher  —  BMG Rights, a Joint Venture of KKR And Bertelsmann, Agrees to Acquire Evergreen Copyrights, a Small Rival  —  BMG Rights Management, a music publishing venture of Bertelsmann AG and Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., on Monday announced …
yelvington.com:
Beware, journalists: Apple is not your friend  —  Decades ago I read a business book by Robert Ringer called “Winning Through Intimidation.”  Ringer is a political kook (he's gotten much worse over the years) and more than a bit paranoid, but he sounded a warning that should be the first rule …
Discussion: Techdirt and Poynter Online
James Hibberd / Hollywood Reporter:
Mark Cuban joining ABC's ‘Shark Tank’  —  EXCLUSIVE: Entrepreneur to appear in three episodes  —  Entertainment entrepreneur Mark Cuban is joining ABC's “Shark Tank” for the show's second season.  —  The owner of the NBA's Dallas Mavericks and chairman of cable channel HDNet will be a guest venture capitalist for three episodes.
Discussion: PopWatch and New York Magazine
Joe Strupp / Strupp:
Fineman On Newsweek, Huffington Post and Fox News  —  After spending 30 years at Newsweek, Howard Fineman is leaving for Huffington Post.  His move from the traditional weekly magazine to the leader of online news and opinion is itself a mark of the change afflicting media coverage today.
 
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Alan Rusbridger / Spectator:
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Bill Mitchell / Newspay:
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Discussion: Reportr.net and Editors Weblog
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Michael Gross / Crain's New York Business:
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Discussion: Strupp, Michael Gross and Romenesko