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11:30 AM ET, October 29, 2010


 Top News: 
Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News:
Gawker editor defends anonymous O'Donnell post  —  Gawker was convicted Thursday in the court of Twitter opinion.  The charges: misogyny and reckless link-baiting.  —  “Today, we are all Christine O'Donnell,” wrote Salon's Justin Elliott.  —  He was one of several journalists and bloggers …
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
Behind Gawker's Christine O'Donnell ‘One-Night Stand’ Story  —  Christine O'Donnell.  Image by Getty Images North America via @daylife  —  Gawker has proven yet again that the journalist's pen is sometimes most effective when it's writing out a check.  —  The Nick Denton-owned gossip site scored …
Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson / Financial Times:
NY Times confident ahead of new era  —  At times over the past two years, the New York Times has seemed to be a bastion under siege.  A gruelling advertising recession, coupled with continued pressure on newspapers from digital alternatives, compelled it to take a $250m loan in January 2009 from Carlos Slim …
Discussion: Romenesko and Guardian
Joel Meares / CJR:
Keeping Up With Chuck Todd  —  “I'm in a business where I'm not allowed to miss right now”  —  It's 6:50 a.m. on a drizzling New York morning and Chuck Todd is standing behind a wall on the cluttered Today Show set, safely out of shot as he waits to talk America's early risers through the upcoming day in politics.
Discussion: Romenesko
Jon Friedman / MarketWatch:
Jon Stewart: America's anchor-in-waiting  —  Commentary: The Most Trusted Name in ... something or other  —  NEW YORK (MarketWatch) — Comedy Central's Jon Stewart will be the first person to tell you, again, that he is an entertainer, not a journalist.  Therefore, he can't qualify …
Tom Ramstack / All Headline News:
Traditional Journalists Switch to Internet or Face Layoffs  —  Washington, D.C., United States (AHN) - Some journalists complained Thursday during a business conference in Washington, D.C., about what they see as the sunset of the traditional news media while others said the Internet was opening new opportunities.
Steve Smith / MinOnline:
Consumers See Old Media Ways Doomed  —  American may still prefer to get their information and news via traditional means, but most of us don't feel these venues will survive in their current form.  In a shocking poll result from Harris and 24/7Wall Street, 55% of 2,095 U.S. adults surveyed …
Discussion: MediaPost
Ryan Lawler / NewTeeVee:
YouTube Won't Fix Google TV's Content Problems  —  Updated.  There's been an interesting development in the recent Google TV saga, in which the search giant has shifted responsibility for the new TV operating system into its YouTube division, according to a report the SF Chronicle.
Steve Buttry / The Buttry Diary:
Craig Silverman shares excellent advice on accuracy, verification and preventing errors  —  We knew we were risking schedule conflicts when Craig Silverman agreed to present a workshop on accuracy and verification for the TBD Community Network while he was in Washington for the Online News Association.
Discussion: TBD All News
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Search Ads Are a Hammer, But Not Everything is a Nail  —  Search-related keyword advertising is a multibillion-dollar industry for a reason — because it is extremely good at converting people who are searching for information into shoppers who want to buy something.
Carly Harrington / Knoxville News-Sentinel:
Scripps Networks Interactive moving headquarters to Knoxville  —  Register or log in using your account on these websites.  —  Web Search powered by YAHOO! SEARCH  —  Election 2010 links  —  KNOXVILLE — Scripps Networks Interactive, the company that operates cable channels HGTV and The Food Network …
Choire Sicha / The Awl:
The Campaign That Put a Book at #1 on Amazon, Beating out Glenn Beck  —  This week, David Malki (who makes his living doing comics on the Internet) and friends self-published an anthology, called Machine of Death.  It was self-published, in part, because traditional publishers didn't like that it didn't have any “names” in it.
Discussion: Wondermark and The Atlantic Wire
Irin Carmon / Jezebel:
Antoine Dodson Responds To The Haters  —  Antoine Dodson has been accused of “turning rape into a joke”, and before his viral video fame, he survived sexual abuse and homophobic bullying.  But he's not letting any of it get him down, he told me recently.  —  Antoine had no way of knowing …
How the Tea Party Utilized Digital Media to Gain Power  —  The biggest story of the U.S. midterm election has been the growing influence of the Tea Party movement.  Since their first rallies in early 2009, these vocal, visible conservatives have succeeded in shifting the center of American political discourse to the right.
David Saleh Rauf / American Journalism Review:
Shield Law Showdown  —  It's do or die.  That's how media groups describe the state of the long-stalled legislation to create a federal shield law for journalists.  The bill passed the House and has emerged from the Senate Judiciary Committee.  But it is on the verge of suffering a familiar fate: death in the Senate.
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
What's the Boston Globe Worth, Anyway?  Try $120 Million  —  A group of investors, led by entrepreneur Aaron Kushner, wants to buy the Boston Globe.  The New York Times Co. says it's not for sale — but then that's what the Bancroft family said when Rupert Murdoch offered them $5 billion …
Discussion: Romenesko
Brian Steinberg / AdAge:
To Hype ‘Conan’ on TV, Conan Takes to Web  —  Diet Coke to Sponsor Online ‘Triple Simulcast’ of Mr. O'Brien's Warm-Up  —  NEW YORK ( — Before Conan O'Brien takes to TBS to launch his new program on Nov. 8, he'll appear online to hype the new effort, in a brief video feature sponsored by Coca-Cola's Diet Coke.
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Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
Deputy Sunday biz editor at NYT leaving for Morgan Stanley
Thomson Reuters raises revenue forecast, EPS beats
Jeremy W. Peters / Media Decoder:
Condé Nast Moves One Executive Out, Another Up
Discussion: Speakeasy, The Wire, AdAge and MinOnline
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Another Cable Company Shows You How to Live Without Cable
Leon Neyfakh / New York Observer:
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Joe Mandese / MediaPost:
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Keach Hagey / The Politico:
A nonprofit journalism pioneer shifts strategy
Discussion: Romenesko
Ari Melber / The Nation:
In a White House First, Gibbs To Call on Twitter in Press Briefing
John Plunkett / Guardian:
Conrad Black hints he may return to media ownership
Amanda Natividad / paidContent:
Chart: How Newspaper E-Editions Are Faring
Discussion: The Wire