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11:45 AM ET, October 19, 2010


 Top News: 
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.
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.
The Huffington Post May Be Chopping Off Its Investigative Fund  —  The Huffington Post is poised to announce a merger of its investigative fund with the Center for Public Integrity tomorrow morning, a move that will effectively end the fund as it exists today, we hear.
Joe Pompeo / The Wire:
More Staff Shuffling At Newsweek As Merger Talks Collapse  —  Amid the breakdown of negotiations that would have merged Newsweek with The Daily Beast, the magazine's revolving door continues to spin.  —  As reported last week, staff writer Nick Summers is heading over to The New York Observer …
Discussion: Romenesko
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Welch warns beast  —  Tweet  —  Jack Welch, the former General Electric chairman nicknamed “Neutron Jack,” may have blown up merger talks between Barry Diller's The Daily Beast and Sidney Harman's Newsweek, The Post has learned.  —  Welch was brought in early to advise Diller …
Joe Pompeo / The Wire:
Slate Taps Bethany McClean And Annie Lowrey For Business And Economics Coverage  —  There's been a gap in Slate's business and economics coverage since the departure last month of Dan Gross as Moneybox columnist.  But the online news and culture magazine has lured some new talent to fill it.
Kevin Poulsen / Threat Level:
No, We Don't Hate WikiLeaks  —  We interrupt our regular coverage to address a rare dispatch from WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange that crossed the WikiLeaks Twitter feed this morning.  —  In it, Assange slams, and this writer in particular, for what he labels a false report …
The New York Times Company:
The New York Times Company Reports 2010 Third-Quarter Results  —  The New York Times Company announced today 2010 third-quarter results, which are detailed below.  — Total revenues decreased 2.7 percent in the third quarter of 2010 compared with the third quarter of 2009 as advertising …
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.
Andrea Pitzer / Nieman Storyboard:
Death outside a DC nightclub: TBD uses Storify to create a breaking news narrative  —  Can social media serve as source material for compelling news narratives?  A number of innovative tools and programs have been developed that have interesting á la carte uses or make for beautiful visuals …
Discussion: The Evolving Newsroom
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.
Brent Lang / The Wrap:
As Fox, Cablevision Play With Fire, the Whole Cable Industry Could Get Burned  —  Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. and James Dolan's Cablevision are playing with fire, and the whole cable industry could get burned.  —  The two companies continued to squabble late into the day on Monday about the price …
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Hard News Pays Better Than Fluff — or Does It?  —  A study released today has drawn a lot of attention in media circles for suggesting that stories on “serious topics” such as the Gulf oil spill and the mortgage crisis draw more revenue for online media outlets than stories about celebrities like Lindsay Lohan.
Lauren Indvik / Mashable!:
How Massive Was the Chilean Miners' Rescue Online?  [STATS]  —  Broadcasts of the Chilean miners' rescue broke television and online audience records between Tuesday afternoon (ET) on October 12 — when news first broke that the rescue was set to begin the following day — and midnight ET Wednesday …
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