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12:10 AM ET, October 21, 2010

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Brian Stelter / New York Times:
NPR Ends Analyst's Contract After Comments on Muslims  —  NPR has terminated its contract with Juan Williams, one of its senior news analysts, after he made comments about Muslims on the Fox News Channel.  —  NPR said in a statement that it gave Mr. Williams notice of his termination on Wednesday night.
Keith J. Kelly / NY Post:
Editor McDonell stays put at Sports Illustrated  —  Terry McDonell, the editor of Sports Illustrated Group, who was flagged as a potential candidate for the top job at Newsweek, has shot down speculation that he is in the running to be the newsweekly's editor-in-chief.
Discussion: The Wrap
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Zeke Turner / New York Observer:
The Media Deal That Wasn't  —  Around lunchtime on Monday …
Discussion: The Corsair and The Wire
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
Tina Brown on Newsweek Talks and Jack Welch's Role
Discussion: Romenesko
Chicago Tribune:
Tribune's top exec poised to resign  —  Sources: Michaels to exit amid claims of crass behavior  —  Randy Michaels, Tribune Co.'s embattled chief executive, has decided to resign his post at the Chicago-based media company and intends to leave the company before the end of the week, sources close to the situation said.
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David Kaplan / paidContent:
Tribune CEO Michaels Plans To Step Down; Replaced By Four-Member Council
Discussion: MediaFile, FishbowlNY and Mixed Media
Robert Gavin / Boston Globe:
Local group says it wants to buy The Boston Globe  —  A group of more than a dozen investors and management specialists will offer to buy The Boston Globe from its long-time owner, The New York Times Co., the leader of the group said.  —  Aaron Kushner, an entrepreneur who owns Marian Heath …
Mark Suster / Both Sides of the Table:
The Future of Television & The Digital Living Room  —  Dana Settle & I are hosting a dinner tonight (10/20/10) with some of the biggest companies in entertainment to talk about the future of television, film & digital media.  Michael Ovitz, the co-founder of CAA will be the keynote speaker.
Discussion: A VC, The Wire and NewTeeVee
Constance Boozer / Columbia Daily Spectator:
J-School launches Tow Center for Digital Journalism  —  With the launch of Columbia Journalism School's Tow Center for Digital Journalism, the J-School is ready to make its mark on new media.  —  At an evening peppered with Columbia Journalism School faculty and press stalwarts …
Discussion: mediabistro.com and Romenesko
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Jennifer Saba / Reuters:
Analysis: AOL lurches for a content strategy  —  (Reuters) - Just three weeks ago, AOL Inc (AOL.N) Chief Executive Tim Armstrong promised no more “hail Mary passes” like its deal to buy Time Warner, now considered the worst merger in history.  —  Instead, it looks like AOL, which Time Warner Inc …
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Washington Post Tells Reporters To Stop Engaging Readers On Twitter  —  I've occasionally gotten into debates with Techdirt critics on Twitter, and I'll admit the medium is not all that well-suited for thoughtful debate.  But, I have found that it is often a good way to, at least …
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
Soros Donates $1 Million to Media Matters  —  Media Matters, the liberal activist group that wages a rhetorical war against Fox News Channel and others in the conservative press, will announce on Wednesday the receipt of a $1 million donation from the philanthropist George Soros.
Jack Shafer / Slate:
Why Time Needs Newsweek  —  “We've become a category of one,” Time magazine editor Richard Stengel crowed to the Washington Post's Howard Kurtz at the end of August.  The cause for Stengel's celebration?  The Washington Post Co. had unloaded Newsweek on millionaire Sidney Harman for $1 plus …
Discussion: The Wire
Danny Sullivan / Daggle:
Fast Company's “Influence Project” - So Lame, Fast Company Ignored Its Own Results  —  Cast your mind back to July.  Fast Company launched its “Influence Project,” a scheme supposedly designed to see who has the most influence online.  The results are in!  And the winners aren't anyone …
Discussion: TechCrunch and Fast Company
David Cohen / WebNewser:
The Providence Journal to Post Excerpts Only on Web Site  —  The Providence Journal will test out an interesting tactic in the “war” between print and online, using its Web site to try to drive readers to purchase the print edition by posting only excerpts of stories on the site, Ted Nesi reported on his WPRI blog.
WWD:
A More Frequent WSJ... Seeing Demarchelier... Digital Ads Up at New York Times..  —  A MORE FREQUENT WSJ.: So much for that speculation that Rupert Murdoch wasn't a fan of The Wall Street Journal's glossy magazine WSJ.  The supplement will increase its frequency to nine issues next year and 10 issues in 2012.
Discussion: Romenesko and MinOnline
Carolyn Kellogg / Jacket Copy:
UVA issues Virginia Quarterly Review audit: No bullying on record  —  The University of Virginia issued its audit of the Virginia Quarterly Review on Wednesday.  The audit, which focused on finances and management issues at the award-winning magazine, was spurred by the suicide of Managing Editor Kevin Morrissey on July 30.
Discussion: Washington Post
New York Post:
Richard Desmond hopes things will turn out OK!  —  Tweet  —  Things are not looking OK for British press mogul Richard Desmond.  —  It appears from filings across the pond that Desmond has a lot more skin in the game than recently disclosed, Media Ink has learned.
Discussion: tony of all media
 
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James Rainey / Los Angeles Times:
On the Media: Public radio is enjoying boom times
Discussion: Romenesko and MarketWatch
David Shapiro / The Awl:
Went to a Literary Gala, Interviewed Jann Wenner, Jann Wenner's Son …
Jason Fell / Folio:
Allure Floods Issue with 2-D Barcodes, Sees Subscription Bump
Megan Garber / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Meet “The Hub,” a virtual clubhouse for community nonprofit news sites
FAIR:
Taking the Public Out of Public TV
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Romenesko
European Fund for Investigative Journalism:
1,1 million euro for journalistic research grants
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