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1:55 AM ET, October 6, 2010


 Top News: 
Tina Brown / The Daily Beast:
Howard Kurtz Joins The Daily Beast  —  Media and investigative reporter Howard Kurtz joins The Daily Beast as Washington Bureau Chief.  The Daily Beast turns two tomorrow, and an early piece of birthday good news is that Howie Kurtz, who has won renown for his media and investigative reporting …
Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News:
Washington Post's Howard Kurtz joins the Daily Beast  —  The Daily Beast stunned media insiders Tuesday by announcing that Howie Kurtz, the Washington Post's long-running media reporter, is joining the site as its new Washington bureau chief.  —  Tina Brown, editor-in-chief of the Daily Beast …
David Carr / New York Times:
At Flagging Tribune, Tales of a Bankrupt Culture  —  In January 2008, soon after the venerable Tribune Company was sold for $8.2 billion, Randy Michaels, a new top executive, ran into several other senior colleagues at the InterContinental Hotel next to the Tribune Tower in Chicago.
Discussion: and LA Observed
Alex Weprin /
WebMediaBrands Acquires 10,000 Words Blog  —  WebMediaBrands, the parent company of, has acquired the blog from Mark S. Luckie.  Luckie is the national Innovations Editor for The Washington Post.  The terms of the purchase were not disclosed.
Discussion: Romenesko
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
New Fuel for Local Papers: Medical Marijuana Ads  —  COLORADO SPRINGS — When it hit the streets here last week, the latest issue of ReLeaf, a pullout supplement to The Colorado Springs Independent devoted to medical marijuana, landed with a satisfying thud.
Jemima Kiss / Guardian:
Jason Calacanis: Revenge is a new editorial project to rival TechCrunch  —  Jason Calacanis is angry.  You can tell he's angry partly because he talks even faster than normal, but also because he's (still) spitting feathers about TechCrunch founder (and now AOL, employee) Mike Arrington.
Josh Tapper / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Doubling down on print: Canada's Globe and Mail unveils a new print edition to complement the web  —  The Globe and Mail, Canada's most-circulated national daily newspaper, revealed its much-ballyhooed redesign on Friday.  The paper is calling it “the most significant redesign” …
John Carney / CNBC:
Blogonomics: The New York Observer's Bid For DealBreaker  —  The news that the New York Observer is close to a deal to acquire DealBreaker has already spurred lots of smart commentary, including pieces from Mike Merced, Felix Salmon and Robert Cyran.  —  For those of you who are new to the story …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Yahoo / Yodel Anecdotal:
Yahoo! to Acquire Dapper to Extend Our Lead in Display Advertising  —  Yahoo! has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Dapper, a technology platform providing dynamic display ad creation and optimization.  —  Yahoo! is already the largest and most successful force in display advertising …
Christina Dunbar-Hester / The Atlantic Online:
The History and Future of Hyper-Local Radio  —  Some day soon, Congress may pass the Local Community Radio Act, a piece of legislation that will allow a couple thousand new low-power FM radio stations to go on the air.  —  The new broadcasters would be much smaller than the stations …
Discussion: New Public Media Blog
David Goetzl / MediaPost:
Internet Broadcasting To Serve More Trad Media Properties
Joe Pompeo / The Wire:
Bad Ratings Follow Bad Reviews For Eliot Spitzer's New Show  —  CNN's new 8 p.m. show, “Parker Spitzer,” which premiered last night, already got beat up today with some pretty bad reviews.  Now the Nielsen ratings have come in, via MSNBC's Keith Olbermann, who also has a show at 8 p.m., and it ain't pretty!
Marc Graser / Variety:
Ford revs up Web series  —  Motor Co. teaming with ‘Amazing Race’ producers on net show  —  Ford Motor Co. is pairing up with “The Amazing Race” producers Bertram van Munster and Elise Doganieri to launch their own reality competition show “Focus Rally: America” that will bow as a Web series early next year.
Discussion: Speakeasy
Jim Fruchterman / The Huffington Post:
‘Science Friday’ Radio Program Faces Funding Crisis  —  I was just in touch with Ira Flatow of Science Friday, and heard that they were facing a funding crisis.  According to Ira: … Ouch!  I think Science Friday is one of the most outstanding radio programs I listen to …
Hamilton Nolan / Gawker:
In Praise of College Newspaper Scandals  —  College newspapers are not totally worthless.  They are where young journalists go to learn.  About scandal!  Angry readers!  Outraged parents!  Repentant editors!  Scared-s**tless administrators!  And all over some kids who are just making it up as they go!
Discussion: Detroit News and Inside Higher Ed
Martin Belam / currybetdotnet:
“It's not a perfect system” - my thoughts on changes to Reuters' commenting policy  —  I've previously made some of my views on newspaper website comments pretty clear - I miss them when they aren't there, and I don't think forcing people to use their real names is a way to improve their value to a news organisation.
Discussion: Strange Attractor
Martin Robbins / Guardian:
Why I spoofed science journalism, and how to fix it  —  Last week I posted a spoof of science journalism that to my complete surprise went viral.  Since then, I've been trying to find answers.  What's wrong with science journalism, and how do we fix it?  —  Bizarrely, the most read article …
Alex Weprin /
The Huffington Post Launching a ‘Divorce’ Vertical  —  Continuing its rapid expansion into new verticals and topics, The Huffington Post is planning a section dedicated to the subject of “Divorce.”  —  Journalist and author Nora Ephron conceived the vertical, and will serve as its founding editor …
Discussion: GalleyCat and WebNewser
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Cory Bergman / Lost Remote:
NBC Local praises social media for traffic jump
Discussion: MediaPost and NetNewsCheck Latest
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
Silicon Valley at a Cross Roads: Entertainment or Science?
Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News:
O'Keefe says he wasn't going through with CNN seduction plot
Discussion: CNN, Romenesko and Salon
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Sony Raises the Curtain on Ariama, Its Classical iTunes
Discussion: Ars Technica and Gizmodo
Nat Ives / AdAge:
Hulu CEO to Big Media: Serve Consumers or Lose Them
Time Warner chief Jeff Bewkes advises against ITV paywall
Discussion: paidContent
 Earlier Picks: 
David Goetzl / MediaPost:
‘B&C,’ ‘Multichannel News’ Erect Pay Walls Between Mags, Online Stories
Discussion: Media Buyer Planner
Nellie Andreeva /
Ben Silverman Partners With Sofia Vergara For Electus' First Big …
Dan Zarrella:
New Data: Articles Published in the Morning Shared More on Facebook
Julie Bosman / New York Times:
2 E-Books Cost More Than Amazon Hardcovers
Discussion: eBookNewser and New York Observer
Adam Ostrow / Mashable!:
As the Twitter App Ecosystem Tightens, 12seconds Calls it Quits
Discussion: VentureBeat
Los Angeles Times:
New kids' TV channel raises product-placement concerns
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Digits:
NBC Invests in Targeted TV Ads Business
Discussion: paidContent and AdAge
Melanie West / Metropolis:
Bedbugs Suspected Inside Wall Street Journal's Office