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7:40 PM ET, January 4, 2011


 Top News: 
Wayne Barrett / Runnin' Scared:
Time for Something New  —  ​Ed Koch and I were inaugurated on the same day in 1978.  He became mayor and I became his weekly tormentor.  —  I had written a few pieces for the Voice before I took over the Runnin' Scared column that January, going back as far as 1973.
Jeremy W. Peters / Media Decoder:
Barrett and Robbins Out at Village Voice  —  Wayne Barrett and Tom Robbins, two muckraking fixtures of the New York City press corps, are leaving The Village Voice.  Mr. Barrett was let go; Mr. Robbins quit in protest.  —  Mr. Barrett, who has written for The Voice since 1973 …
Internet Gains on Television as Public's Main News Source  —  More Young People Cite Internet than TV  —  The internet is slowly closing in on television as Americans' main source of national and international news.  Currently, 41% say they get most of their news about national …
Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News:
Judy Miller responds to criticism over Assange slight  —  Judy Miller riled up some bloggers and Iraq War critics on Monday by calling WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange a “bad journalist” who “didn't care at all about attempting to verify the information that he was putting out or determine whether or not it would hurt anyone.”
David Carr / Media Decoder:
HuffPo Hangs the ‘Help Wanted’ Sign  —  Pull up to the bar at any Manhattan media watering hole and you will hear the long, low groans of journos who bemoan the sad state of the industry.  But the relative health of the media employment economy really depends on where you are looking.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Carl Court / Newsweek:
Why Journalists Aren't Standing Up for WikiLeaks  —  Three reasons that efforts to prosecute Julian Assange aren't drawing more of an outcry about the First Amendment.  —  If you think prosecuting journalists is the province solely of the sort of authoritarian governments in the developing world …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitter And Facebook Really Are Killing RSS (At Least For TechCrunch Visitors)  —  Earlier today, we ran a “TechCrunch 2010 In Review” post featuring some key data sent our way for 2010.  Interesting stuff all around.  However, as some people have noticed, in our top referrers for the year …
Stuart Elliott / Media Decoder:
3rd Quarter Ad Spending Accelerated, Report Finds  —  The recovery in advertising spending gained momentum in the third quarter, according to a report scheduled to be released on Tuesday morning, underlining the belief that Madison Avenue may be poised for continuing gains in the new year.
Joe Flint / Los Angeles Times:
Entertainment forecast 2011: Insider predictions on who and what will make headlines  —  Our informed crystal ball says: Apple will unveil its own TV set and Netflix will buy the Starz channel.  Also, CBS will move to gobble up Sony Pictures, and — surprise!  — Carl Icahn will continue to make trouble for Lions Gate.
John Dunbar / CJR:
A Television Deal for the Digital Age  —  How to worry about the Comcast-NBC Universal merger … Those in the know say you don't need a television to watch TV anymore.  All you need is an Internet connection and a screen.  Missed last night's episode of 30 Rock?  No worries.
Nieman Reports:
Gay Talese: On What Endures in Sports Writing Amid Change  —  Early in October Gay Talese came to the Boston Athenaeum to celebrate publication of “The Silent Season of a Hero: The Sports Writing of Gay Talese.”  In this collection of his stories, his words span nearly five decades …
David Folkenflik / NPR:
In London, A Case Study In Opinionated Press … This is the first in a two-part series looking at ideology in the media.  —  British newspaper reporter Polly Curtis strides around back corridors of the Houses of Parliament with a steely confidence in her paper's mission:  —  Get the facts.
Discussion: Yahoo! News and New York Observer
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
USA Today Buys Consumer Electronics Review Network  —  The USA Today just announced the purchase of, a group of 12 consumer electronics review sites that focus on gadgets, technology and more.  Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Discussion: paidContent, PR Newswire and
David Carr / Media Decoder:
Facebook vs. Time Warner: A Not-So-Rigorous Financial Evaluation  —  Word arrived Monday that Facebook, the burgeoning social media company that surpassed Google last year as the most visited Web site, was worth $50 billion dollars based on a deal done by Goldman Sachs.
Jim / Gannett Blog:
Urgent: I hear furloughs have been announced … Newer Post  —  Older Post  —  Home  —  Subscribe to: Post Comments (Atom)  —  Advertise here: 50,000 pages.  15,000 Gannett readers.  Only $150.  —  Gannett Blog's audience is one of the news industry's biggest, and most engaged …
Bob Egelko / San Francisco Chronicle:
Bay Guardian, SF Weekly reach antitrust settlement  —  (01-03) 18:31 PST SAN FRANCISCO — The Bay Guardian and SF Weekly announced a settlement Monday of the Guardian's antitrust suit that led to a $21 million jury verdict against its rival for selling ads below cost.
Why We're Publishing Advertising, and Where We Stand on Funding  —  Starting tomorrow, ProPublica will begin publishing advertising on its web site, and likely soon we'll include it as well in our daily email, on our mobile site and in our iPad app.  —  We're doing this for the usual reason …
James Parker / The Atlantic Online:
The Wild World of Sports  —  In SportsCenter, ESPN's increasingly arcane and anarchic highlights program, the fan still finds solace—even order—in chaos.  —  WHAT HAPPENED HERE, Merril?  John Buccigross and Merril Hoge are standing—like angels, like Gandalfs, like members of the Jedi High Council …
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
Yes, iNewsStand Is Coming, But Not From Apple  —  The fight is on for the nascent digital periodical market, with Apple and Google each positioning itself to be the leading vendor.  In the latest development, Google is courting publishers for a “digital newsstand for users of devices that run …
Laurie Sullivan / MediaPost:
Ziff Davis Shakes Up Publishing Model, Launches Ad Platform, Acquires Coupon Co.  —  Ziff Davis on Tuesday unveiled the launch of the ad platform BuyerBase and revealed the acquisition of, which provides tech deals and coupons.  BuyerBase, an audience-based ad targeting platform …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Chartbeat Says the Rise of the Machines Won't Be So Bad if You're a Cyborg  —  Tony Haile has a vision of the future, and it involves turning people like me into cyborgs.  —  And Haile thinks this is a good thing!  It's part of his pitch for Chartbeat, a Web analytics start-up …
Discussion: New York Observer and chartbeat
Damon Kiesow / Poynter:
Dallas Morning News to launch paid content on Web, mobile  —  The Dallas Morning News will launch new iPad and iPhone apps this month in conjunction with plans to move to a paid content model in February.  —  Brendan Case reports that the new initiative will launch on Jan. 18 …
Discussion: Dallas Morning News
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