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7:30 PM ET, October 13, 2010


 Top News: 
Dylan Stableford / The Wrap:
Exclusive: Yahoo Hires Ex-Talking Points Blogger to Replace John Cook  —  Yahoo may be having trouble retaining top executives, but the company continues to hire high-profile bloggers to crank out original content.  —  On Wednesday, Yahoo is expected to announce the hiring of Zachary Roth …
Discussion: Romenesko and WebNewser
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
Tribune Exec Lee Abrams Suspended  —  Tribune Co. chief innovation officer Lee Abrams, who was forced to apologize after sending a company-wide email containing racy video, has been suspended from his duties.  Here's the memo:
Boston Globe:
BU, Globe partner on ‘Your Town’ sites  —  Boston University journalism students will help to cover the city's neighborhoods and nearby communities for's “Your Town” websites, The Boston Globe and the university said yesterday.  —  The students' coverage will add to a wide variety …
Ken Doctor / Newsonomics:
“Public Media” $100 Million Plan: 100 Journalists Per City  —  We've seen lots of motion in the public radio world over the last year.  We've seen 12 topical sites prominently launched in major cities, under the rubric of Project Argo.  We've seen National Public Radio building out a state …
Discussion: Romenesko
Alex Weprin /
Comcast, NBCU Tout News, Public Interest Commitments for Proposed Deal in FCC Meeting  —  Comcast and NBC executives met with the FCC last week to tout the unified company's commitment to news and public interest programming once the acquisition of NBC Universal is completed, according to documents obtained by TVNewser.
Discussion: and FishbowlNY
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
In Coverage of Mine Rescue, Watching, Waiting and Counting  —  The pictures said it all.  In a remote part of Chile, a capsule emblazoned with the colors of the country's flag was hoisted out of an underground tomb and inside was a miner, the first of 33 to be rescued in a remarkable effort televised …
Peter Lauria / The Daily Beast:
Current TV Attempts to Reboot  —  Now five-years-old, Current TV has failed to make a dent.  But CEO Mark Rosenthal wants to broaden by doubling-down on investigative programming.  He talks exclusively to Peter Lauria.  —  Early on in War on the Border, a three-part special examining …
Discussion: TVNewser, Romenesko and The Daily Beast
Jim Romenesko / Romenesko:
NPR staff told to stay away from Colbert, Stewart rallies if not covering them  —  From: [NPR chief executive] Vivian Schiller  —  Sent: Wednesday, October 13, 2010 8:58 AM  —  Subject: FW: NPR Journalists and political activity  —  Please see Ellen Weiss' note to her staff below …
Zeke Turner / New York Observer:
A New Gossip Girl at the Post  —  Last Wednesday night, Page Six reporter Emily Smith was at the club Provocateur in the meatpacking district at a party for the season finale of The Spin Crowd, an E! network reality show produced by Kim Kardashian.  —  Ms. Kardashian came and left quickly …
Discussion: Romenesko, Gawker, The Awl and New York Post
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
It's a brave new world at Condé Nast Digital  —  Tweet  —  The latest buzz inside Condé Nast is that a sweeping reorganization of the Condé Nast Digital operations is about to take place.  —  One outcome will combine the corporate print ad side with corporate digital ad sales …
Emma Heald / Editors Weblog:
The Times of London's impenetrable but straightforward paywall  —  Assistant editor for online Tom Whitwell and Director of Times Digital Gurtej Sandhu told participants at a lunch during the 17th World Editors Forum a few details about the progress of the Times of London's new paywall and the thinking behind it.
Revamped Forbes Pushes Advertorials, Social Media, Conflict  —  Earlier this year Kevin Gentzel, the chief revenue officer of Forbes, took a look at what the chief marketing officers in the Forbes CMO Network were doing with their companies.  He realized they were becoming content creators …
Mark Brown / Guardian:
Howard Jacobson wins Booker prize  —  • Jacobson's The Finkler Question comes out top in 3-2 vote  —  • Andrew Motion praises ‘clever, complicated, wise’ novel  —  Howard Jacobson's laugh-out-loud exploration of Jewishness, The Finkler Question, last night became …
Discussion: Observer and Omnivoracious
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Newspapers Need to Do More Than Copy Groupon  —  Over the past year, Groupon has become a rocket-powered social shopping phenomenon.  It's one of the fastest-growing startups in decades, is valued at more than $1 billion, and expects to close the year with almost $500 million in revenue.
Joe Pompeo / The Wire:
Uh Oh!  What Happened To The New York Times iPad App?  —  If you happened to be cruising the news section of the App Store today, you may have noticed something peculiar — that being, the absence of The New York Times iPad app.  (See screen grab at right)
Discussion: WebNewser
Jim O'Neill / Online Video News:
Google TV, Apple TV, iPads, a revolution of online video products fueled by Boomer buying power  —  I am a Baby Boomer.  Class of '55, I get AARP magazine, but am still reluctant to ask for the 5 percent discount a local bakery gives “seniors” over 50.  I find myself reaching for my reading glasses …
Trevor Butterworth / Medialand:
Dim Reading in Geekville  —  On the eve of 2010, a year that would be a landmark in cyber-insecurity, the Washington Post downsized cybersecurity reporter, Brian Krebs.  It sent something of a shockwave through the world he covered, where Krebs was widely respected not just for his doggedness …
Paul Bradshaw / Online Journalism Blog:
Stories hidden in the data, stories in the comments  —  My attention was drawn this week by David Hayward to a visualisation by David McCandless of the tax gap (click on image for larger version).  McCandless does some beautiful stuff, but what was particularly interesting in this graphic …
James Robinson / Guardian:
Guardian asked for hacking evidence  —  Paper's editor, Alan Rusbridger, points out that police already have access to material on practices at the News of the World  —  Read Alan Rusbridger's letter to the Metropolitan police  —  The Metropolitan police have written to the Guardian asking …
Discussion: and Jon Slattery
Felix Salmon:
How Dealbook lost its HP scoop  —  The NYT's Dealbook franchise spent a chunk of yesterday in internal discussions on how to use Twitter, which is hopeful.  But first they should work on their ability to use the Web.  —  A nice little scoop fell into Dealbook's lap yesterday, when Ray Lane …
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Brian Moylan / Gawker:
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Jason Fell / Folio:
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Tim Carmody / Wired News:
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Discussion: CJR, ReadWriteWeb and The Atlantic Wire
Steve Krakauer / Mediaite:
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Discussion: Tuned In
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Discussion: Gawker
Mac Slocum / O'Reilly Radar:
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Discussion: broadstuff
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
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Eric Deggans / National Sports Journalism Center:
Legacy of Brett Favre-Jennifer Sterger story could be future of sports media ethics
Discussion: Romenesko
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Discussion: The Huffington Post and Beet.TV