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10:25 PM ET, October 25, 2010


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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 …
Sam Schechner / Wall Street Journal:
No Longer ‘Must-See TV’  —  Drop in Thursday's Prime-Time Viewing Could Cost Marketers Weekend Shoppers  —  Television is losing ground in one of its most lucrative strongholds: Thursday nights.  —  Fewer people in the U.S. are watching Thursday prime-time TV so far this fall …
Ian Austen / New York Times:
Globe and Mail Uses Old Weapons in Press War  —  TORONTO — Like many newspapers in North America, The Globe and Mail rushed out an iPad application.  But the technology that the 166-year-old Globe is really staking its future on is not the sort that immediately comes to mind in an increasingly digital world.
Discussion: J-Source and The Wire
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
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 …
Brian Steinberg / AdAge:
CW Says Study ‘Dispels Myth’ About Aversion to Ads in Online Video  —  Fans Watched 95% of Spots to Completion; Industry Sees Signs That Viewers Will Tolerate More Intrusion Into Shows  —  NEW YORK ( — In the infant business of streaming TV shows online, media companies have long …
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
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: Gothamist, Gawker, Jezebel and Romenesko
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 …
Discussion: 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
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.
Discussion: FishbowlNY
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 …
Kevin Nguyen / The Bygone Bureau:
On Editing: A Look Inside The Morning News, McSweeney's, and The Awl  —  The web has a reputation for being scrappier and looser with its editorial standards than traditional print outlets.  But even with fewer formal structures for editing and fewer editors, a handful of websites still publish …
Mike Hudack / NewTeeVee:
The Golden Age of Choice and Cannibalization in TV  —  (The following guest post was written by Mike Hudack, CEO of, who will be speaking at our fourth annual NewTeeVee Live conference on November 10 in San Francisco.  To learn more about the show, click here.)
Claire Atkinson / New York Post:
NFL's cable play  —  Tweet  —  The NFL has jumped into the increasingly tangled morass of disputes between content providers and the cable and satellite companies that distribute them, The Post has learned.  —  The league's NFL Network, hoping to reach a carriage agreement with Cablevision …
Alex Balk / The Awl:
Why I Won't Talk  —  A recent article in a local newspaper had some kind things to say about this site, and we're very pleased with the reaction.  It's a testament to the hard work that the those of us at this site—David and Choire, sure, but particularly the amazing and talented contributors …
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
In Growing Up, Did Wikileaks Also Sell Out?  —  Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.  Image via Wikipedia  —  One of the most noteworthy things about this past weekend's gigantic release of Iraq War documents by Wikileaks was what wasn't in it: the names of confidential informants who worked with American and Iraqi security forces.
Discussion: Gawker, Thanks:bcaulfield
Michael Gross / Crain's New York Business:
Elvis has left the building  —  I've been in and i've been out. in is better.  A fashion designer said that to me about the famously punitive Women's Wear Daily in its heyday.  I couldn't help but recall the line when Richard Johnson abruptly left his job as editor of Page Six.
Discussion: Romenesko
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Just who does Jon Stewart think he is?  —  These days, he can claim to be many things: political satirist, pseudo-anchorman, media critic, author, successful businessman, philanthropist, Emmy Award magnet.  On Monday he arrives in Washington in a new, self-anointed role: as our national voice of reason …
Discussion: Next Media Animation and Romenesko
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.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Schmidt's “Just Move” Joke About Google Street View & How It Went Missing  —  Don't like Google Street View taking pictures of your house?  “Just move,” joked Google CEO Eric Schmidt, in a CNN interview on Friday.  A controversial joke, no doubt — one made even more controversial for later seeming to disappear from the interview.
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Noam Cohen / New York Times:
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Discussion: New York Observer and GalleyCat
Jon Slattery:
Raymonds News Agency goes into liquidation
Julie Bosman / New York Times:
Self-Publisher Comes to SoHo
Jon Orlin / TechCrunch:
Internet TV and The Death of Cable TV, really
Discussion: Online Video News
Chad Catacchio / The Next Web:
Will Instapaper and other “read it later” …
Frédéric Filloux / Monday Note:
Expanding Into New Territories  —  In defining business strategies …