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10:20 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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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 …
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: WebNewser, MediaFile and Romenesko
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Nicholas Schmidle / The Atlantic Online:
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Discussion: Gawker
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, MinOnline and AdAge
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Another Cable Company Shows You How to Live Without Cable
Leon Neyfakh / New York Observer:
David Karp Explains How Companies Can Win Points With Tumblr Users …
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Lois Beckett / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Engagement: Where does revenue fit in the equation?
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