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5:40 PM ET, October 25, 2010


 Top News: 
James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
Why NPR Matters (Long)  —  I have known and very occasionally worked with Juan Williams, and I don't want to say much about him.  I think Andrew Sullivan is very astute in pointing out the difference between the complex way Williams wrote about racial stereotypes and racial differences early in his career …
Steve Krakauer / Mediaite:
Major Garrett Talks Juan Williams On Morning Joe: FNC Embraces “Polarization”  —  MSNBC's Morning Joe welcomed National Journal Executive Editor Ron Brownstein and NJ correspondent Major Garrett this morning, the day the magazine and web site relaunched.  —  Of course, Garrett on Morning Joe …
Farai Chideya / The Huffington Post:
What Everyone Is Missing About NPR's WilliamsGate
Discussion: Free Press and WBUR and NPR
David Carr / New York Times:
Against Odds, Web Site Finds Niche  —  Something odd showed up last week in the mailbox of Choire Sicha, a veteran blogger who lost his job and started a Web site with a few pals two years ago: a paycheck.  —  In September 2008, Mr. Sicha, Alex Balk and David Cho all found themselves laid off from Radar …
Alex Balk / The Awl:
Why I Won't Talk  —  A recent article in a local newspaper …
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Debut for a Nimbler, Newsier National Journal  —  WASHINGTON — “The conversation” is a term of art in the media often associated with longing.  Media companies want to join it, shape it, lead it.  —  This has not always been a strong suit for National Journal.
Financial Times:
National Journal defies print logic
Steve Fishman / New York Magazine:
Newsboy  —  Looking for one last turn in the spotlight, 92 year old Sidney Harman paid his dollar for Newsweek.  And Tina Brown was all set to dance.  So why did it fall apart?  —  Tina Brown has always had a thing for older men—years ago, she'd married one.
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Pitching Movies or Filming Shows, Hollywood Is Hooked on iPads  —  Last month at a meeting in Hollywood, it was time to plot out the sequel to “Star Trek,” last year's blockbuster reboot of the sci-fi franchise.  —  The attendees all brought smartphones — gadgets far more powerful …
Discussion: TUAW
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
A Win for Adobe: Condé Nast Will Use It Instead of Rolling Its Own Tablet Magazines  —  Here's a win for Adobe, which could use one: Condé Nast, which has been testing the software company's tablet publishing tool against a homegrown version, is going to use Adobe's offering instead.
Megan McCarthy / Mediagazer News:
See a great media story?  Tip it to Mediagazer on Twitter and get recognized.  —  You can now use Twitter to tip Mediagazer to breaking media industry news - and you may do so unintentionally.  —  If you read Mediagazer, you're probably aware of Twitter, the microcontent platform …
John Koblin / WWD: Moves to Fairchild Group  —  NEW YORK —The Condé Nast Web site is becoming part of Fairchild Fashion Group, effective immediately.  —  The editorial team at, including editor Dirk Standen, will now report to Fairchild editorial director Peter Kaplan.
Kevin Shalvey / Flood Magazine:
The New Yorker has a Paywall Problem, Part 2  —  Comments left throughout The New Yorker's JavaScript code include an email address of a faculty member at Lehman College.  —  Eleven years ago, when Jon Lech Johansen was a 15-year-old kid in Norway, he sat at his computer and banged out code …
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
Blurring the Line Between Apps and Books  —  STEPHEN ELLIOTT, a 38-year-old from San Francisco, just introduced his first piece of software for sale: an app for the iPad and iPhone called “The Adderall Diaries.”  —  He's not exactly a programmer — better to call him a writer.
Discussion: GalleyCat and New York Observer
Xeni Jardin / Boing Boing:
Local newspaper boasts ultimate passive-aggressive paywall policy  —  The North County Gazette, a regional paper covering upstate New York, offers its articles online with a sort of an honor system instead of a standard paywall.  OK, but instead of a straight-up honor system or “tip jar” …
Discussion: Urlesque
Nat Ives / AdAge:
How to Read Newspapers' New Circulation Numbers  —  Industry's Circulation Decline Slows, But Dive Below the Top Line to Really Understand  —  NEW YORK ( — Newspapers' circulation losses have slowed further, to a 5% daily drop in the most recent report from an 8.7% decline …
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
MTV Is Looking Beyond ‘Jersey Shore’ to Build a Wider Audience  —  The second-season finale of “Jersey Shore” last week was one of the highest-rated hours all year on MTV.  There was, perhaps, no better time to promote another boozy, in-your-face unscripted show.
Jose Martinez / NY Daily News:
Mommy blogger Lyss Stern agreed to write puff piece to pay off $45K dental bill then reneged: suit  —  Author Lyss Stern shows off her winning smile at the “If You Give A Mom A Martini...” book launch last year.  A Manhattan dental practice claims she didn't pay for it.
Discussion: Gawker, Romenesko and Gothamist
Jon Orlin / TechCrunch:
Internet TV and The Death of Cable TV, really  —  Yes, you heard this before.  The Death of Cable TV.  Yet, it hasn't happened.  But now, so many disruptions are happening in the video space, cable tv is really stepping towards the cliff.  Don't expect the cable industry to just give up.
Discussion: Online Video News
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Discussion: MediaPost
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
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Discussion: Media Week and FleetStreetBlues
Jon Slattery:
Raymonds News Agency goes into liquidation
Julie Bosman / New York Times:
Self-Publisher Comes to SoHo
Chad Catacchio / The Next Web:
Will Instapaper and other “read it later” …
Frédéric Filloux / Monday Note:
Expanding Into New Territories  —  In defining business strategies …
John Cook / TechFlash:
KING TV, The Seattle Times start local online ad network for blogs
Discussion: Journalism 2.0