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6:20 PM ET, January 19, 2011


 Top News: 
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
Relax, Everyone: Apple Isn't Bending Its Rules for Playboy  —  Hugh Hefner got a little over-excited.  About the iPad, that is.  Image via Wikipedia  —  Playboy founder Hugh Hefner touched off some excitement with a series of ebullient tweets yesterday, announcing that current and past issues …
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Playboy Magazine coming to iPad in its uncensored form in March, including full back catalog  —  From its very first issue in 1953 to its latest incarnation, the full catalog of Playboy Magazine is coming to the iPad this March.  And not only that, it'll be faithful to its original form by arriving to your Apple slate uncensored.
Joe Pompeo / Yahoo! News:
Uncensored Playboy to hit iPad in March, says Hefner (The Cutline)
Discussion: Gizmodo and The Daily Caller
Ken Doctor / Newsonomics:
The Demise of Lean Dean Singleton and the Rise of Private Equity  —  Dean Singleton worked the deals in corners of the U.S. for decades, building from scratch a major chain, that by circulation (though, not revenue) is probably the second largest in the country.
Discussion: Poynter, bizjournals and BrauBlog
Russell Adams / Wall Street Journal:
Consolidation Weighed for Newspaper Publishers  —  MediaNews Group Inc., publisher of more than 50 daily U.S. newspapers including the Denver Post, is eyeing a merger with Freedom Communications Inc. and possibly several other newspaper companies, according to a person familiar with the matter.
Associated Press:
Greenblatt Set To Craft NBC Prime-Time Strategy  —  NBC, the peacock network, should get a full-scale preening at the hands of its new entertainment chief once the Comcast Corp. takeover is complete.  —  Comcast has said that it's appointing Bob Greenblatt, the programming executive …
Steve Myers / Poynter:
Nonprofit news orgs see validation, new funding in Comcast-NBC merger
Discussion: Future of Journalism, Thanks:myersnews
Henry Blodget / Clusterstock:
THE GOLDEN AGE OF NEWS: Mainstream Media Staffers Agog At Huge Salaries Huffpo And Daily Beast Are Paying Big-Name Stars  —  Oh, the wailing!  —  A year or two ago, you couldn't spend five minutes online without seeing some mainstream media scribe bemoaning the death of journalism and the high-paying, cushy old jobs that went with it.
Discussion: New York Observer
Nat Ives / AdAge:
Why It's Getting Harder to Find a Good Magazine Newsstand  —  Problem Partly Began When Convenience Stores Dropped Skin Titles  —  NEW YORK ( — Magazines had better hope they get a nice prominent digital newsstand on the tablets flooding the market, because their bricks-and-mortar retail outlets are continuing to disappear.
Discussion: Poynter
Ryan Chittum / CJR:
The Dead Source Who Keeps on Giving  —  Fortune joins the WSJ in putting Jerome York on the record after his death  —  Back in March, I noticed The Wall Street Journal appearing to burn an off-the-record source a few days after he died.  —  Now it's Fortune's turn to put the same source on the record posthumously.
MediaShift Idea Lab:
How Can We ‘Gamify’ the News Experience?  —  One of the biggest emerging conversations over the past year in Silicon Valley is around “gamification.”  Simply put, this is the idea of applying game mechanics, particularly those found in videogames, to all sorts of non-game experiences.
Nick Summers / New York Observer:
The Crisis at the Front of the Book  —  On a Tuesday night some weeks ago, at a jam-packed book party at Sidecar, the handsome upstairs space next to P.J. Clarke's on East 55th Street, Hugo Lindgren was leaning on the bar next to his deputy.  The new editor of The New York Times Magazine …
Discussion: Poynter
A SPECIAL REPORT ON THE MEDIA AND THE TUCSON SHOOTING  —  The aftermath of the January 8 shooting spree in Tucson dominated the American news media last week in a way events rarely do: the tragedy registered as the third-biggest story in a single week since PEJ began tracking coverage in January 2007.
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Times Names New Metro Editor  —  Carolyn Ryan, who helped lead The New York Times to a Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of the downfall of Eliot Spitzer when he was governor of New York, has been named the paper's metropolitan editor.  —  Ms. Ryan, 46, has worked at The Times for three and half years.
Discussion: Gawker
Annys Shin / Washington Post:
Blogger aims to chronicle every D.C. homicide victim  —  On the morning of Nov. 15, Laura Norton Amico found herself penned inside a scrum of journalists who had packed a room at D.C. Superior Court for a glimpse of the lead suspect in one of Washington's highest-profile murder cases: the 2001 killing of federal intern Chandra Levy.
Discussion: Poynter
Alicia Shepard / NPR Blogs:
How NPR's Giffords Mistake Hurt The Families  —  This story was updated at 4:31 p.m. to make clear that after NPR correspondent Ted Robbins told NPR's newsdesk that Giffords had not died, NPR changed its reporting.  —  I've since learned what real, excruciating pain NPR triggered …
Discussion: AOL News, Poynter and Runnin' Scared
Nellie Andreeva /
Weinstein Co. Plans To Launch TV Division With Meryl Poster In Talks To Run It  —  EXCLUSIVE: Harvey and Bob Weinstein are plotting a big re-entry into television and are talking to an old pal, producer Meryl Poster, to run the new Weinstein Co. TV arm.  Poster worked with the Weinsteins …
Discussion: Company Town
Glynnis MacNicol / The Wire:
WHOA: Piers Morgan Beats Fox's Sean Hannity In 9pm Demo  —  CNN may have a hit on their hands.  —  Early ratings numbers from Nielsen for Piers Morgan's second CNN show with Howard Stern reveal that (as he promised) he beat competitor Sean Hannity in the ever-coveted 25-54 demo: 551,000- 506,000.
Jay Yarow / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
AOL Is Launching A Flipboard-Killer, “Editions”  —  AOL is getting ready to launch its own iPad magazine called “Editions.”  —  The tag line for the magazine is “The Magazine That Reads You.”  —  We don't know much about it, but it sounds like it will be an app like Flipboard, using your interests to figure out what you like.
Discussion: Nieman Journalism Lab
Gabriel Sherman / GQ:
The Worldwide Leader in Dong Shots  —  With his leering coverage of Brett Favre's penis (allegedly!), Rex Ryan's foot fetish, and the surprising sex life of ESPN, A. J. Daulerio has turned into the raunchiest, funniest, and most controversial sports site on the Web.  But at what cost to his soul?
Lois Beckett / Nieman Journalism Lab:
“Gee, you guys are spending an awful lot of money”: The Bay Citizen editor on funding quality news  —  Seven months into its bid to reinvent the metro newspaper, The Bay Citizen, the San Francisco-based nonprofit news site, has so far raised a total of $14.5 million in philanthropic gifts …
Katherine Rosman / Wall Street Journal:
How Adam Got @Adam and Became Cool Online  —  All Rob Goldman ever wanted was to be himself.  In the Silicon Valley start-up obsessed world he inhabits, that means being or @Rob on Twitter.  —  But Mr. Goldman can't get what he wants, even at a website he founded.
Discussion: Gawker
Lois Beckett / Nieman Journalism Lab:
1.4 million fans can't be wrong: NPR's Facebook page  —  “They swear like sailors, but boy, they're smart.”  —  That's how NPR strategist Andy Carvin described the 1.4 million fans who comment and share stories through NPR's Facebook page.  The page — originally created by an NPR enthusiast from the UK …
Anthony Kaufman / Speakeasy:
Sundance 2011: 7 Film Companies To Watch … Sundance is mostly known as a film “festival,” but the event is equally a marketplace—the most important in the world, in fact, for the buying and selling of American independent films.  While the indie film business has gone through a cooling period …
Discussion: Online Video News
The Wrap:
Will Tribune Co. Sell its Newspapers Post-Bankruptcy?  —  What will be the fate of the Tribune Company's flagship newspapers when the giant media company emerges from bankruptcy later this year?  —  While a judge is expected to approve a reorganization plan in March to clear away …
Amy Wicks / WWD Media Headlines:
David Pecker: Chairman of the Tabloids  —  Anthrax.  Bankruptcy.  Scandal.  One of those alone would be enough to ruin the career of any media honcho.  —  Then there's David Pecker.  —  The chairman, chief executive officer — and perennial cheerleader — of American Media Inc. has survived …
James Rainey / Los Angeles Times:
On the Media: Groupon experiences growing pains with customers, merchants  —  The Internet phenom experiences growing pains with customers and merchants — and hold on to your ‘expired’ coupons.  —  Groupon Inc. signage is displayed outside the company's headquarters in Chicago.  (Tim Boyle / Bloomberg)
Media Week:
Hachette to close teen magazine Sugar after 16 years  —  Hachette Filipacchi is to close teen print magazine Sugar in March, which has suffered flagging circulation figures, and ahead of an anticipated group sale to US publisher Hearst.  —  Sugar: Hachette Filipacchi is set to close its teen print magazine
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Justin Ellis / Nieman Journalism Lab:
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Josh Halliday / Guardian:
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Damon Kiesow / Poynter:
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Discussion: Nieman Journalism Lab
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Matt Shatz / paidContent:
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Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News:
Publisher asks journalists not to comment on Obama novel
Discussion: Poynter, Scocca, Mixed Media and GalleyCat
Tom Junod / Esquire:
The Next Steve Jobs Is Roger Ailes
Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News:
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Discussion: FishbowlDC
Amanda Hickman / MediaShift Idea Lab:
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