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12:20 AM ET, October 19, 2010

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Russell Adams / Wall Street Journal:
Daily Beast Drops Out of Talks With Newsweek  —  The Daily Beast news and commentary website has withdrawn from talks with Newsweek magazine about a possible merger between the two news organizations, according to a person familiar with the matter.  —  The two parties have been discussing …
New York Times:
Tribune Board Said Ready to Oust Chief Executive  —  The board of directors of the Tribune Company is expected to ask for the resignation of Randy Michaels, the controversial chief executive of the company, on Tuesday, according to a person directly involved in the matter.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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Robert Feder / blogs.vocalo.org:   Editor calls damage to Tribune reputation ‘shameful’
Tanzina Vega / New York Times:
Pooling Resources, Two Newsrooms Merge  —  The nonprofit investigative journalism world continues to expand with the announcement on Tuesday that the Center for Public Integrity will absorb the Huffington Post Investigative Fund, a nonprofit journalism arm of The Huffington Post.
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Gawker:   The Huffington Post May Be Chopping Off Its Investigative Fund
David Folkenflik / NPR:
What's The Point Of Journalism School, Anyway? … If there's one thing a journalism school expects of its students, it is the ability to pose a tough question.  —  Orion de Nevers, a freshman at the University of Southern California, serves up this one: Why would anyone major in journalism at all?
Chris Wickham / Reuters:
Reuters columnist resigns after trading code breach  —  (Reuters) - A columnist at Reuters Breakingviews has resigned after multiple breaches of the Thomson Reuters TRI.N (TRI.TO) code of conduct on share dealing, and cases involving other commentators are being investigated.
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Howard Kurtz finds there are news nuggets in the tough, often tacky blog world  —  I didn't get into journalism to write about Brett Favre's private parts, and I suspect most of my colleagues would like that story ruled out of bounds.  —  But our ability to spike such tawdry tales ended many seasons ago.
Discussion: Chickaboomer and MinOnline
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David Carr / New York Times:
When Salacious Is Irresistible
Discussion: Runnin' Scared
Laura McGann / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Online journalist cuffed in Alaska explains his biz model  —  When I talked with the editor of a startup news site in Alaska, Tony Hopfinger, last week, he told me his business model is based on cultivating an audience inside the Frontier State, while still writing stories with a national appeal.
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Richard Mauer / Anchorage Daily News:
Miller security guards handcuff editor
Gabriela Schneider / Knight Foundation News Releases:
Sunlight Foundation to Launch “National Data Apps” with grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Sunlight Foundation will create a series of new “National Data Apps” that will help citizens easily use federal data to better understand everything …
Discussion: Sunlight Foundation and KnightBlog
Mike Shields / Mediaweek:
Univision, Vevo Strike Content Pact  —  Vevo is looking to widen its footprint in the Hispanic market by adding Univision to its content distribution and ad sales network.  —  The music video site—a joint venture between Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment and Abu Dhabi Media Company …
Discussion: NewTeeVee and rbr.com
Rick Edmonds / The Biz Blog:
New York Times to Launch Texas Regional Edition By Month's End  —  The New York Times will up the ante on its year-old venture into regional editions with the launch later this month of two pages of statewide Texas news in its Friday and Sunday papers.  —  While the business metrics …
Jason Fry / National Sports Journalism Center:
Five Reasons Sports Departments Are Digital Innovators  —  Earlier this month, the University of Memphis's Carrie Brown-Smith and Drury University's Jonathan Groves offered a post on Brown-Smith's excellent blog The Changing Newsroom identifying sports departments as homes for newspaper's Web innovators.
Yinka Adegoke / Reuters:
Brightcove preparing for IPO in 2011: source  —  (Reuters) - Online video publisher Brightcove is preparing for an initial public offering in the first half of next year, according to a person close to the company.  —  Brightcove, which helps media and marketing companies distribute Web videos across …
Oliver Luft / Press Gazette:
Independent to launch new cut-price national daily  —  Alexander Lebedev is to launch a cut-price daily national newspaper next Tuesday aimed at the quality market.  —  The paper, called i, will launch as a spin-off version of The Independent with a cover price of just 20 pence targeting …
Discussion: Media Week and Editor's Blog
Stephen Mayne / Crikey:
Rupert and me: 48 hours of travel for a 12-minute exchange  —  With 38.4% of the voting shares, there is no doubt Rupert Murdoch still controls News Corporation after 57 years as chief executive.  —  However, for the first time I can recall, Friday's AGM in New York saw …
Discussion: Press
Martin Schwimmer / The Trademark Blog:
NY Times v Kachingle  —  Kachingle says that it has pioneered a new approach that will save traditional journalism thorugh ‘micropayment monetization’ of content such as blogs.  A Kachingle customer's account is billed some small amount when they read content on a site that partners with Kachingle.
Discussion: paidContent
Russ Smith / splicetoday.com:
One Quibble About the Best English-Language Magazine  —  Britain's Spectator stomps the competition for witty and erudite commentary, but its explanation of a re-design was gratuitous.  —  An editor of a magazine these days may receive no greater compliment than when a reader expresses …
The Maynard Institute:
Editor & Publisher Staff Fired  —  Replacements named at “bible of the newspaper industry” (10/18/10); White House stands by bloggers; uplifting, yes, but were 1,300 journalists needed?  ; O'Reilly's ratings rise after dust-up on “The View”; “journalist” calls to mind white women …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Fear And Loathing At The Wall Street Journal  —  Ahhhhhhhhhahhhaha!  —  The inmates are now running the asylum.  —  All anyone is talking about today is the series of articles that the Wall Street Journal has written about a “Privacy Breach” at Facebook.
 
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Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Curley: AP Plans Independent Rights Clearinghouse
Paul Carr / TechCrunch:
NSFW: Respected Newspaper Man on the Death of Print - “La La La, I Can't Hear You”
Discussion: Guardian
Jeremy W. Peters / Media Decoder:
Informed Shopping, at a Price
Lucia Moses / Mediaweek:
OK! to Take On People With New Content Plan
Tim Arango / New York Times:
Fox News Insinuates, but Investor Shrugs It Off
Discussion: TVNewser, Gawker and New York Magazine
J. Jennings Moss / Portfolio:
The Quiet Mogul  —  What does it take to succeed in China …
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Twitter's Biz Stone Shares a Stoli
Discussion: Luxist
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Elizabeth Jensen / New York Times:
With Grant, NPR to Step Up State Government Reporting
Discussion: Big Journalism
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Redesigned, Self Adjusts Its Formula
Discussion: New York Observer
Sam Schechner / Wall Street Journal:
Leno's Younger Viewers Slip Away
Discussion: Perez Hilton and Deadline.com
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
HTML5 Video is Not Ready for the Web, W3C's Le Hegaret
Nat Ives / AdAge:
Zenith Media Merges Print, Digital Divisions
Discussion: MediaPost
Lucia Moses / Mediaweek:
Daily Beast Still Reeling From ‘Brill-gate’
Discussion: Gawker