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8:35 AM ET, October 29, 2010


 Top News: 
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
Discussion: Multichannel, The Wrap and Vanity Fair
Bill Carter / Vanity Fair:
The Unsocial Network  —  Plunging ratings.  Tense negotiations.
Discussion: Mediaite and The Corsair
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 …
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 …
Jeremy W. Peters / Media Decoder:
Condé Nast Moves One Executive Out, Another Up  —  Carol Smith, the former Elle brand chief who made waves in the publishing industry this spring when she jumped ship for Condé Nast, is leaving, saying her partnership with the company was not the right fit.
Discussion: Speakeasy, MinOnline and AdAge
Lois Beckett / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Engagement: Where does revenue fit in the equation?  —  Our post earlier this week about's seven-part equation to measure user engagement has sparked a lively debate in the comments.  The central question: Should a news site's engagement equation factor in revenue?  If so, how?
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.
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
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 …
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.
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: Guardian
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.
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 …
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.
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Updated: Head Dube Joins AOL As SVP-GM AOL News & Info  —  AOL (NYSE: AOL) media chief David Eun said he was serious about AOL's journalism.  Following a spate of editorial departures, Eun who left as VP of over the summer with a voluntary buyout during that group's re-org …
Discussion: MediaFile, WebNewser and Romenesko
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Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
Deputy Sunday biz editor at NYT leaving for Morgan Stanley
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
What's the Boston Globe Worth, Anyway? Try $120 Million
Discussion: Romenesko
Thomson Reuters raises revenue forecast, EPS beats
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
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Leon Neyfakh / New York Observer:
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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
Laura Oliver /
The bureau, the whistleblower and the data journalist: how WikiLeaks …
Discussion: Press Gazette
Sharon Waxman / The Wrap:
Exclusive: Mike Lang, Post-News Corp., to Be Named Miramax CEO