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9:50 AM ET, November 2, 2010


 Top News: 
Steve Myers / Poynter Online:
Washington Post Sponsors Election Day Trending Topic on Twitter  —  It's a pretty safe bet that the election will be a hot topic on Twitter on Tuesday, and The Washington Post plans to capitalize on users' interest by sponsoring an election-related trending topic.
Jodiolson / Twitter Blog:
U.S. Midterm Elections 2010  —  Tomorrow the balance of power in both houses of Congress is up for grabs, as is control of more than half of the nation's gubernatorial seats.  Many of the races are still too close to call, and debates are raging about how the 2010 midterm elections will change the country.
Jeremy W. Peters / Media Decoder:
Editor of Daily Variety Is Pushed Out  —  The editor of Daily Variety has been pushed out after less than a year on the job.  —  Leo Wolinsky, a Los Angeles Times veteran who was hired by Daily Variety last year to help it survive in the rapidly changing Hollywood media market, confirmed that he was let go on Monday.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Bang!  Publishers Say Giant Web Ads Have “Stopping Power”  —  Bigger really is better!  —  So say Web publishers who have been running super-sized, don't-you-dare-look-away-from- me ads for the past year.  —  Even better, the ad-sellers insist — they have scientific proof to back up their claim.
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
CNN's Newest Hire on Replacing Larry King and Beating Fox News  —  Piers Morgan.  Image by thisiscow via Flickr  —  If CNN manages to pull up out of the slump it's been in, it will be in large measure because of what it does at 9 p.m., where British television personality Piers Morgan …
Discussion: MarketWatch, Romenesko and TVNewser
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Zucker the ‘Good Guy’ Honored and Roasted  —  “Some would say this lunch has a kiss of death about it.”  —  So said the NBC anchor Brian Williams at the Center for Communication's annual Frank Stanton award luncheon Monday in Manhattan, where the outgoing chief executive of NBC Universal, Jeff Zucker, was being honored — and roasted.
Discussion: Speakeasy
Dominic Ponsford / Press Gazette:
Media Guardian retreats from B2B territory  —  The appointment of Dan Sabbagh as the new head of the Guardian's media and technology team coincides with its retreat from seeking to compete with established trade players such as Press Gazette, Broadcast and Media Week.
Jenna Sauers / Jezebel:
How Justin Long Affably, Reasonably Ended An Internet Flamewar  —  After a critic panned his movie, and cruelly joked about his looks, Justin Long derided her on national television.  But when the critic wrote back, Long left her what must be the kindest, humblest comment in an Internet fight, ever.
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Reddit head leaves Conde Nast for Hipmunk  —  Christopher Slowe, a five-year veteran of Reddit who has been in charge of the Conde Nast-owned social news site since the departure of its founders Steve Huffman and Alexis Ohanian last year, announced on Monday that he's leaving his post.
Discussion: paidContent, TechCrunch, SAI and
Ben Fritz / Company Town:
Disney merges television distribution into home entertainment  —  Walt Disney Studios is shaking up its distribution group in a move that brings television sales together with DVDs and digital for the first time.  There will be an unspecified number of layoffs along with the shift as a trio …
Discussion: paidContent
Katie Manning / The Georgetown Dish:
Bob Woodward admits to starting a rumor during the Q&A Cafe  —  Bob Woodward answers questions from the Georgetown Dish  —  Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter Bob Woodward joined “Q&A Cafe ” host Carol Joynt on Friday at the Ritz-Carlton in Georgetown where he admitted to starting …
Vinny Minchillo / AdAge:
What Internet Election?  Why Online Advertising Didn't Matter In 2010  —  Online's a Fine Place to Start, but TV Is the King of Results  —  Remember 2008?  The battle for the presidency was waged via Facebook and the campaigns battled over Google search terms.  This was supposed to be the future of political advertising.
Discussion: MediaPost
Alex Weprin / TVNewser:
So, How Do Networks Decide to Call a Race?  —  During election night,. you can be certain that every network will, at some point or another, call a race for a candidate.  How do they decide when to call it, and who to call it for?  —  That is where Sheldon “Shelly” Gawiser comes in.
Discussion: GalleyCat
Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News:
Breitbart, ABC News spar over his election night role  —  Andrew Breitbart says it will be “quite a statement” if he spends seven hours at an ABC News-Facebook digital town hall event Tuesday and doesn't get to offer his political analysis during the network's election night television broadcast.
Efowler / Wesleyan Media Project:
An Uptick in Negativity: Last Few Weeks Provide Confirmation - 2010 Campaign Most Negative in Recent History  —  Republicans Using Pure Attack Ads More Often; Dem Attack Ads Still More Personal  —  (MIDDLETOWN, CT) - In just the last few weeks a large uptick in negative ads has pushed …
Anatomy of blekko's press launch … After the Wall Street Journal broke our press embargo 5 hours early, someone on Hacker News asked why we were launching the site on a Sunday afternoon.  —  But if you want to be in the Monday morning press, a writer's story needs to be done and ready by Sunday.
Media Standards Trust:
Foreign news coverage in UK press falls 40% since 1979  —  A new report published by the Media Standards Trust finds that:  — Foreign news coverage across four UK national newspapers has fallen by 40% since 1979 in absolute terms  — International news makes up only 11% of the national newspapers studied compared to 20% in 1979
Bill Mitchell / Newspay:
Winners of Poynter's Entrepreneurial Journalism Prize Announced  —  Two ventures focused on civic affairs — I-News and Localocracy — have been selected as winners of the Poynter Promise Prize, an incubation project in entrepreneurial journalism run by The Poynter Institute and funded by the Ford Foundation.
Discussion: I-News Network
Alexis Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
Inside the Google Books Algorithm  —  Google is famous for the brilliance of its algorithm for searching web pages.  While the company looks at dozens of factors in determining which results to display, the heart of the search engine is using links between pages to rank their relevancy.
Gary Levin / USA Today:
Oprah Winfrey prepares to venture out on her OWN  —  After delays, management shake-ups and a renegotiation of her on-air commitment, Oprah Winfrey is ready for her cable close-up.  —  The Oprah Winfrey Network premieres at noon ET/PT on New Year's Day with a weekend lineup of sneak previews …
Discussion: Company Town
Damon Kiesow / Poynter Online:
Life Magazine offers photo archive in a new iPad app  —  Life Magazine is back again, this time as a free iPad app.  —  The app was released to the iTunes store on Saturday and contains material from the magazine's archives as well as current news coverage.
Discussion: New York Observer
Rosland Gammon / …:
Former LAT reporter tells how to turn a series into a book  —  In 2006, former Los Angeles Times reporter Judy Pasternak wrote a four-part series detailing the exploitation of rich uranium finds on Navajo lands by the federal government and private mining companies.
Mallary Jean Tenore / Poynter Online:
5 Takeaways from the Online News Association Conference  —  Jane McDonnell, executive director of the Online News Association, opened up this year's conference by calling it “the conference where journalism doesn't know it's supposed to be dead.”  That couldn'thave been more true.
Discussion: 2mrw. and Knight News Challenge
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
YouTube Meets Formspring With Video Q&A Site VYou  —  Founded by Steve Spurgat and Chuck Reina, the New York-based and newly launched VYou is a combination of Formspring, YouTube and Twitter ("Formspring + video + crack." is a popular description amongst its beta users).
Ross Dawson / Trends in the Living Networks:
Launch of Newspaper Extinction Timeline for every country in the world  —  Back in August I predicted that newspapers in their current form will be irrelevant in Australia in 2022.  That received significant international attention including from The Australian, The Guardian, Editor & Publisher …
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch Europe:
Dutch social network Hyves sold to media group, as European-based networks feel the Facebook heat  —  Leading Dutch social network, Hyves, which for a long time held out against the encroachment of Facebook, is selling the entire company to Dutch media group TMG (Telegraaf Media Groep) for an undisclosed sum.
Discussion: paidContent
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