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3:20 PM ET, September 23, 2010


 Top News: 
James Robinson / Guardian:
US editor attacks net news ‘parasites’  —  Leonard Downie Jr attacks aggregators including the Huffington Post as ‘parasites living off journalism produced by others’  —  • Read Leonard Downie Jr's speech in full (pdf)  —  Leonard Downie Jr, the former executive editor of the Washington Post …
Jill Drew / CJR:
See It Now!  —  Video journalism is dying.  Long live video journalism.  —  As the video begins, no announcer welcomes you, no headline scrolls across the computer screen.  There is no need for either.  You know where you are from the logic of the images.
Discussion: KobreChannel
Joe Pompeo / The Wire:
Reuters Adds Some Star Power, Moves Away From The Old “Wire Mentality”  —  Reuters was never the type of media outlet that well-known journalists with prestigious newspaper and magazine credentials were clamoring to work for.  But that seems to be changing.
Discussion: Romenesko
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
YouTubeSocial Lets You Simultaneously Watch Videos With Friends  —  I/O accelerator company SocialVision, purveyors of white-label “Viewing Party” software today launch YouTubeSocial as their first consumer facing product.  Similar to Clipsync, YouTubeSocial combines Facebook's Social Graph …
Brad Stone / Business Week:
Facebook: At the Movies with the Winklevosses  —  The twins, early Zuckerberg collaborators turned foes, give their take on The Social Network  —  “It's a little surreal,” says Cameron Winklevoss, standing outside the Sony (SNE) office building in midtown Manhattan with his twin brother, Tyler.
Discussion: New York Observer
Suzanne Vranica / Wall Street Journal:
Nielsen Testing a New Web-Ad Metric  —  Nielsen Co. is working on a service that would offer advertisers and Web publishers a new stream of data to improve audience measurement for online advertising, a move that may bring more ad dollars to the sector.  —  As with TV ratings …
Discussion: The Next Web
Blockbuster Files for Bankruptcy After Online Rivals Gain  —  Blockbuster Inc. filed for bankruptcy protection after failing to quickly adapt its movie- rental model from storefronts to mail-order and online technology pioneered by rivals such as Netflix Inc.
Nikki Usher / Nieman Journalism Lab:
What impact is SEO having on journalists?  Reports from the field  —  Last week, I wrote that SEO and audience metrics, when used well, can actually make journalism stronger.  But I got pushback from journalists who complained that I was parroting back management views rather …
Discussion: WebNewser, Guardian and Cision
Ken Doctor / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The Newsonomics of Apple's “digital circulation” share  —  [Each week, our friend Ken Doctor — author of Newsonomics and longtime watcher of the business side of digital news — writes about the economics of the news business for the Lab.]  —  So the newspaper business is now figuring out how to deal with a new middleman, Apple.
Discussion: New York Observer and Newsonomics
Justin Kistner / Official Webtrends Company Blog:
Twitter is releasing a real time analytics solution in Q4  —  At the Sports Marketing 2.0 Summit yesterday, Ross Hoffman shared with the crowd that sports leagues, teams, and players will have access to a real time analytics dashboard from Twitter.  I had the opportunity to ask Ross …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Hey Cable Guys!  Cord Cutting is Real, and It's a Problem, Says Verizon CEO  —  The party line from cable executives is that the “cord-cutting” phenomenon-consumers swapping cable subscriptions for Internet video-is a myth.  Or, at best, greatly exaggerated.  Not so, says Verizon CEO Ivan Seidenberg.
Andrew Vanacore / Associated Press:
Forbes undergoes radical overhaul  —  Forbes is having a “money where your mouth is” moment.  —  The magazine has been one of the loudest cheerleaders of entrepreneurial capitalism, a force that, through the Web, is draining profits from Forbes and the magazine industry as a whole.
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Show's Title, in Symbols, Defies DVRs  —  CBS knew that when it ordered a sitcom with a vulgar word in the title, it would get attention.  The network also knew there would be some hand-wringing about the coarseness of popular culture.  —  Here's what the network did not know …
Discussion: Mediaite and TVbytheNumbers
Karin Munkebo / The Wall Blog:
Print is dead - long live the internet  —  It is the end of paper publishing; we have reached the point of no return.  There I said it!  - And I am not alone.  It is now the global common, spoken or unspoken consensus that the publishing industry's paper products have reached the end of their lifecycle.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Company Claims Legal Right To Stream Broadcast TV Online; Broadcasters Disagree  —  Here's a fun one.  Just as Hollywood is getting especially freaked out about TV shows being available online, and is pushing for this new censorship law to block any site that points people to such video content …
Discussion: TechFlash
Peter Kellner / Prospect Magazine:
Number cruncher: a matter of trust  —  As the party conference season gets under way, how much will we believe of what politicians and commentators say?  Not a lot, according to new YouGov research for Prospect.  It will come as little surprise that trust in politicians has declined since the age of innocence, before the Iraq war.
Discussion: Guardian and
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
ESPN's Newest Premium Apps Are For Insiders Only  —  While other publishers brag about surpassing single-copy sales on the iPad or look for ways to manage subscriptions outside of iTunes, ESPN (NYSE: DIS) is running a different pattern.  The Disney sports unit has a number of successful free and one-time purchase apps.
Discussion: Poynter Online and WebNewser
Jim Romenesko / Romenesko:
Patricia Wilson named National Journal deputy editor-in-chief  —  Patricia Wilson Joins National Journal Group as Deputy Editor-in-Chief  —  Washington, D.C. (September 23, 2010) — National Journal Group announced today that veteran news professional Patricia Wilson is joining the organization as Deputy Editor-in-Chief.
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
Online content affecting cable offerings  —  Barry Diller predicts entertainment distribution chain changes  —  NEW YORK — Possible a la carte cable offers and cable cord cutting thanks to expanding opportunities for consumers to get online content were recurring themes at a big investor conference here Tuesday.
Dan Gillmor / Salon:
The second great migration to new media  —  In the '90s, old-school journalists jumped for stock options.  Now, it's for safety and the right to a real voice  —  Back in the Internet bubble days of the late 1990s, lots of journalists decamped from traditional news organizations to start or join dot-com companies.
Discussion: Ezra Klein and Etaoin Shrdlu
Elizabeth Jensen / New York Times:
Public TV Project Aims to Make Baby Boomers Its Own  —  THE commercial television networks, eager to portray their shows as demographically desirable to youth-craving advertisers, have always had a love-hate relationship with aging baby boomers.  —  But the 77 million or so boomers …
Martin Peers / Wall Street Journal:
NYT Co. Pays The Price on Circulation  —  Talk about one-time gains.  Price increases at the New York Times and Boston Globe in mid-2009 helped New York Times Co. show healthy growth in circulation revenue for several quarters.  Until now.  —  The Times said Wednesday that circulation revenue …
Discussion: Business Wire, and MediaMemo
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
New York Times Integration with International Herald Tribune Attracts Big Global Online Audience  —  PARIS — Last year, the Web sites of The New York Times and the Times-owned International Herald Tribune were combined to become the Global Edition of the Times.
Discussion: paidContent:UK
Steve Rosenbaum / The Wire:
Web Video Is The New Television  —  Video overwhelms the Web.  And it should.  —  There is plenty of evidence to suggest that the Internet, at one time the plumbing that connected pages of text and occasional images, is rapidly transforming itself to be a network of video publishing and viewing.
Discussion: LocalNewser
Joe Pompeo / The Wire:
Curbed Takes Its Real Estate Porn National  —  Back in June, the Curbed Network started looking for an editor to oversee a new national version of its flagship real-estate-porn blog that would “extend Curbed's fascination with real estate ... across the country,” according to a post on CurbedNY.
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Michael Oliveira / Globe and Mail:
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