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9:35 PM ET, September 21, 2010


 Top News: 
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Huffington snags N.Y. Times star  —  In the latest sign that Web sites can compete on an equal footing with media giants, a top reporter for the New York Times is defecting to the Huffington Post.  —  Peter Goodman, until recently the paper's national economic correspondent and now a writer …
Discussion: Soup
Brent Lang / The Wrap:
TheGrill: People Spend More Than Half Their Day Consuming Media  —  What a difference two years make.  —  More has changed in media consumption over the last two years than in the 30 years that proceeded it, Bruce Friend, president of Ipsos OTX MediaCT said at the TheWrap's Grill Conference on Monday night.
Nat Ives / AdAge:
Lagardere Names a New CEO at Hachette, Publisher of Elle, Woman's Day  —  Outgoing Lemarchand Cut Costs, Sold Magazines  —  NEW YORK ( — Lagardere Active has named Steve Parr, former president of Primedia Enthusiast Media and Source Interlink Media, the new president-CEO …
Mrs. Bunz / Mercedes Bunz:
The rise of collaborative journalism - 5 points on how social media changed the news  —  About five years after it took the internet by storm, it is apparent that social media has changed how we do journalism.  At the Guardian, CNN and soon the NYTimes, a collaborative journalism of a whole new kind has emerged
Discussion: Kirk LaPointe's …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
VideoEgg Will Acquire Six Apart And Rename Itself SAY Media  —  Advertising network VideoEgg will acquire blogging and advertising network Six Apart, and the combined entity will be renamed Say Media.  The companies will officially announce the transaction tomorrow.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Exclusive: Comcast Reshuffles Its Digital Deck Before NBC Comes Aboard  —  Comcast hasn't finished acquiring NBC Universal.  But it is already moving around some of its digital leadership ahead of the deal's close.  —  Sources familiar with the company say that current digital head Amy Banse …
Discussion: NewTeeVee
Michael Starr / New York Post:
Burnett's OWN deal  —  Tweet  —  Mark Burnett has signed a deal to produce a daily talk show for OWN, Oprah Winfrey's upcoming cable network.  —  The show, targeted for daytime, will feature multiple hosts a la “The View,” sources say.  —  It will premiere in January in tandem with the launch of OWN …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Muck Rack Daily Brings You Some-But Not All-of the News That's Fit to Tweet  —  Yet another news aggregator?  Yup.  And this one is even more meta than most: Muck Rack Daily is a news service dedicated to telling you what journalists are saying, via Twitter, about the news.
Discussion: National Media and Romenesko
Brian Morrissey / Adweek:
Do TV Spots Work in Web Video?  —  The answer is yes, but online-specific creative also has its place  —  A common knock on the Web video industry is that it needs to move beyond repurposed TV spots, often shown as pre-rolls before content begins.  —  But new research from Dynamic Logic finds …
Discussion: NetNewsCheck Latest
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
AOL, Patch Team Up With Slew Of Journalism Schools For PatchU Project  —  AOL and its subsidiary Patch this morning announced the launch of PatchU, a new network of partnerships between local Patch publications and journalism schools, colleges and universities to help prepare the next generation …
Financial Times:
Twitter to step up ‘promoted tweet’ technology  —  Twitter is looking to generate more income from its paid advertising by testing targeting technology that will allow companies to show ‘promoted tweets’ to users based on the kind of people and brands they are following
Discussion: TechCrunch
Marisa Guthrie / Broadcasting & Cable:
Why the TV Grid Still Matters  —  With competition at an all-time high, scheduling has never been more important  —  The DVR is going to end television as we know it, even as just a transitional technology until we move to a completely on-demand world.  The idea of network schedules …
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
Bob Iger: Disney is ‘under-appreciated’  —  Points out study that ranks it as ninth most-valued brand  —  NEW YORK - “At times we feel under-appreciated,” Walt Disney CEO Bob Iger told a Wall Street crowd here Tuesday when asked what investors tend to miss or under-appreciate about Disney.
Susan Anderson / New Jersey Online:
In the loop with Betty Liu  —  Bloomberg Television morning news anchor Betty Liu is sitting at the Millburn Diner, talking about the subprime housing crisis while having a slice of carrot cake and a cola when the topic suddenly turns to playdates and pickup times for her 5-year-old twin boys.
Discussion: Inside Cable News
Six Journalism Startups and Analysis: Plus One Dead Startup Another Rises from the Dead  —  In the last few weeks there has been some interesting and exciting news in the journalism-startup world.  I wanted to take some time to highlight new players and provide my own personal analysis.
Discussion: MediaShift Idea Lab
Tanzina Vega / New York Times:
Code That Tracks Users' Browsing Prompts Lawsuits  —  Sandra Person Burns used to love browsing and shopping online.  Until she realized she was being tracked by software on her computer that she thought she had erased.  —  Ms. Person Burns, 67, a retired health care executive who lives in Jackson …
Molly Klinefelter / American Journalism Review:
Beltway Bound  —  Miami Herald political writer Beth Reinhard will soon bring her “outsider” perspective to National Journal's beefed-up online report.  —  Molly Klinefelter ( is an AJR editorial assistant.  —  It's hardly a secret that when it comes to politics, 2010 is the year of the “outsider.”
Discussion: Cision and Gannett Blog
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
Ted Turner on the 'world's most pressing issue'  —  CNN founder also opines on the future of print media  —  NEW YORK — The threat of nuclear weapons, the history of CNN and the future of print media and their possible transition to digital — those were all topics that CNN founder Ted Turner tackled here Monday.
Discussion: Romenesko, The Wire and RTTNews
Reporters Committee News:
Newspaper invokes Montana shield law to avoid subpoenas  —  The publisher and two editors of a Montana newspaper are relying on the state's shield law to quash subpoenas for their testimony in a change of venue hearing for a double homicide trial, said Pete Meloy, the newspaper's attorney.
Bill White / Morning Call:
Journalism gates being trampled  —  One of my colleagues sent me a link the other day to a story from Dan Gillmor of, asking the excellent question:  —  “Who is a journalist?  Does it matter?”  —  When a fire destroyed two buildings in south Bethlehem late last summer …
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
CBS taps Yahoo to promote fall premieres  —  Campaign to include Web, mobile, messenger assets  —  NEW YORK — To kick off fall TV premiere week, CBS has teamed with Yahoo to maximize online buzz for its new and returning shows in what is Yahoo's largest single initiative to-date …
Discussion: Media Buyer Planner and NewTeeVee
Dan Misener / CBC News:
Full Interview: Tim Carmody on Blooks  —  These days, it seems I can't visit a bookstore without running into stacks of blooks.  “What's a blook?” you ask? … There are many examples: PostSecret, Awkward Family Photos, $#*!  My Dad Says, Graph Out Loud, Cake Wrecks …
Daniel Frankel / The Wrap:
TheGrill: Yahoo, MSN and the Birth of the ‘No-Risk’ Programming Model  —  In a realm now dominated by Google, Twitter and Facebook, where do portal titans of Web 1.0 fit in.  —  Consider MSN and Yahoo “analogous to the broadcast networks,” said Scott Moore, U.S. executive producer for MSN …
Mark Harris / New York Magazine:
The Vulture Transcript: An In-Depth Chat With David Fincher About The Social Network  —  David Fincher rarely gives interviews, but for the New York cover story on his new movie, The Social Network (which opens October 1), the director sat down with Mark Harris for a long, revealing chat.
Jeff Bercovici / DailyFinance:
Why Sports Illustrated Ignored Apple's iPad Guidelines  —  Magazine publishers are at great pains these days to please Apple (AAPL), whose fast-selling tablet computer, the iPad, just may be the key to their future survival.  But following all the persnickety dictates handed down by Steve Jobs isn't always easy.
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