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9:50 PM ET, January 5, 2011


 Top News: 
Bill Carter / Media Decoder:
Glenn Beck Hires Former Huffington Post Chief  —  Looking to further expand his growing media presence, Glenn Beck, the conservative talk-show host, has hired a one-time chief executive of the left-leaning Huffington Post to lead his new Web site, The Blaze.
William D. Cohan / Vanity Fair:
Huffing and Puffing  —  Reminiscent of Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg …
Arianna is the new Zuckerberg  —  A few months ago …
Discussion: Vanity Fair
New York Post:
Smear disappears  —  Who is behind the apparently concerted campaign to smear The New Yorker's Jane Mayer?  —  For several weeks, the Daily Caller, a conservative Web site — co-founded by Tucker Carlson and Neil Patel, a former aide to former vice president Dick Cheney …
Hamilton Nolan / Gawker:
The Desperate Campaign to Discredit Jane Mayer
Jeremy W. Peters / Media Decoder:
Newsweek Hires Publisher  —  After months of staff turmoil including a new owner, editor and chief executive and scores of lower-level departures, the management ranks at Newsweek are beginning to stabilize.  —  The magazine has named a new publisher, Ray Chelstowski, a former publisher of Rolling Stone and Entertainment Weekly.
Discussion: The Wrap
Lucia Moses / Adweek:
Reports: Newsweek Staff Gutting to Continue With Buyouts
Discussion: FishbowlNY
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
An Electronics Show That Media Companies Dare Not Miss  —  LAS VEGAS — When ESPN announced a high-definition channel nine years ago, its executives barely knew about the Consumer Electronics Association.  —  By the time it was ready to announce a three-dimensional channel last year …
Cecilia Kang / Post Tech:
Nielsen: U.S. consumers crave TVs, mobile devices
Discussion: Nielsen Wire
Martin Belam / currybetdotnet:
RSS dead for newspapers?  Not at The Guardian it isn't  —  Lots of chatter about whether RSS is dying after this (subsequently updated and calmed down) post from Kroc Camen.  Malcolm Coles has weighed in by showing that the subscription numbers to newspaper RSS feeds are way down in Google Reader with …
Discussion: NetNewsCheck Latest
Mark Leccese / Boston Globe:
The Future of Newspapers: National and Hyperlocal  —  One important but unnoted consequence of the Long Dark Decade of the Newspaper Business is the widening circulation gap between America's three national newspapers — the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and the New York Times — newspapers and its regional dailies.
TheAustralian:   We didn't kill newspapers, says Google
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
AOL Goes to Town in Reorg, Closing Men's, Women's Sites  —  Going downhill fast?  AOL's motivational gift to employees.  —  AOL is sometimes criticized for not having a strategy, but that couldn't be more unfair.  Heck, they've got a new one practically every quarter!
James Robinson / Guardian:
News of the World executive suspended over alleged phone hacking  —  News editor Ian Edmondson taken off ‘active duties’ as paper conducts internal investigation  —  A senior News of the World executive has been suspended following a “serious allegation” related to phone hacking.
Discussion: The Lede and Jon Slattery
Matt Thompson / Poynter:
10 lessons for the future from women in media  —  As 2010 drew to a finish and the end-of-year lists started streaming in, I began to feel that there was something missing from the din of bold predictions and celebrated thinkers in the tech and media world: female voices.
Jim / Gannett Blog:
How furloughs helped spur $4M in exec bonuses  —  Gannett's board of directors awards bonuses on advice from its four-member executive compensation committee, pictured below.  Left to right, from top: committee members Arthur Harper, Marjorie Magner, Duncan McFarland and Karen Hastie Williams.
David Folkenflik / NPR:
American Media's True Ideology?  Avoiding One … This is the second in a two-part series looking at ideology in the media.  —  In a media landscape littered with opinionated talk show hosts and ideology-driven websites, strong points of view are hardly tough to find.
Discussion: Poynter, Yahoo! News and FishbowlNY
Gail Shister /
Why Did John Roberts Join Fox News?  Roger Ailes  —  Why did CNN's John Roberts suddenly jump to Fox News this week?  —  That question has been buzzing in media circles since it was revealed Monday that Roberts — headed to Atlanta as CNN's senior national correspondent …
David Carr / New York Times:
Cosmo Goes Beyond the Burqa in the Middle East  —  Like Coke and McDonald's, Cosmo is one U.S. brand that has a significant reach outside American borders.  The magazine, which is published by Hearst Magazines and began printing in 1886, now has 61 international editions appearing in 32 languages …
Anil Dash:
If You Didn't Blog It, It Didn't Happen  —  Clive Thompson's newest Wired piece argues that the flow of short-form messages as we see on Twitter and Facebook is encouraging longer meditations in other media.  I've been thinking about this phenomenon for a while in terms of the impact …
Discussion: Stowe Boyd
Kristine Lowe /
Quora: a tech journalist's utopia, but what does it mean for journalism at large?  —  “Feels like just went viral today after months of quiet.  Are others seeing lots of new ‘follows’ as the world checks it out?,” Harward Law professor Jonathan Zittrain tweeted last night.
Discussion: Guardian and
Josh Halliday / Guardian:
BBC must refocus - Attenborough  —  Veteran presenter says in New Statesman interview that corporation has ‘strayed from the straight and narrow’  —  Sir David Attenborough, the face of the BBC's landmark natural history programming, has said the corporation's “sails need to be trimmed” …
Daniel Indiviglio / The Atlantic Online:
After Slashing Through Newspapers, Internet News Eyes TV  —  If you were writing an obituary for newspaper, you would probably state that its fatal illness became critical in 2008.  That year more people began preferring the Internet for news than newspapers.
John Del Signore / Gothamist:
Tom Robbins On Why He Quit the Voice, And Journalism's Plight  —  Yesterday was a sad day for the once-illustrious Village Voice, which lost two of its legendary muckraking reporters, Wayne Barrett and Tom Robbins.  Barrett, who has been with the paper since the Koch administration …
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Eric Wilson / New York Times:
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Wall Street Journal:
The Year Ahead for Media: Digital or Die
Discussion: Company Town
Reid Pillifant / New York Observer:
Meet the Press! …
Megan Garber / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Why ProPublica is publishing web ads …
Discussion: Poynter, eMedia Vitals and ProPublica
Emma Barnett / Telegraph:
Spotify 2010 US launch ‘delayed by labels’ high cash demands'
John Plunkett / Guardian:
Sky Atlantic to launch next month
Tara Bahrampour / Washington Post:
'Daily Show'-type satire finds an audience in Iran, and a big enemy
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Cory Bergman / Lost Remote:
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Cory Bergman / Lost Remote:
CES: Miso checks into funding from Google, Hearst
Yinka Adegoke / Reuters:
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Discussion: Hollywood Reporter
Ruth Teichroeb / Safety Net:
Eighteen Months Later: What's happened to Seattle P-I journalists
Discussion: Guardian, and Poynter
Reynolds Journalism Institute / RJI:
The Transition - creating a new copy editor from the ashes …
Discussion: Poynter
Nick Summers / New York Observer:
Inside the Media Hiring Bubble
Discussion: Poynter, The Corsair and LA Observed