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7:20 AM ET, February 19, 2011


 Top News: 
Mike Shields / Adweek:
Sources: IAB Considering Rehiring Rothenberg  —  Held president/CEO post from 2007 to last December  —  Does Randall Rothenberg want his old job back?  —  He may soon get the chance.  Given Time Inc.'s ouster of Jack Griffin yesterday (Feb. 17), The Interactive Advertising Bureau …
David Carr / New York Times:
Time Inc.: The Anatomy of a Fiasco  —  Like most bad news, the departure of Jack Griffin — the chief executive of Time Inc. for less than six months — dropped at the end of the day, leaving the publishing community scratching its head and wondering how things had gone so wrong.
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
How Much Severance Does Axed Time Inc. CEO Have Coming?  —  Jack Griffin, far right, with ex-colleagues from Time Inc. Image by via @daylife  —  Time Warner hired Jack Griffin last summer to be the CEO of its magazine division, Time Inc., home to People, Time and Sports Illustrated, among other titles.
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Ousted Time Inc CEO Griffin fires back about reason for departure
Abbey Klaassen / AdAge:   Jack Griffin: ‘My Exit Was Clearly Not About Management Style or Results’
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Gawker's Gulp Moment: Big Redesign Is Driving People Away  —  About ten days ago, gossip blog Gawker and its sister sites Gizmodo, Lifehacker and others switched over to a drastic redesign which was met with plenty of jeers.  People always complain about design changes …
Terry Heaton / Terry Heaton's PoMo Blog:   Pick one: Gawker takes a hit/Gawker is coming back
Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry / The Wire:   After Its Big Redesign, Gawker Media Pageviews Seem To Be Coming Back
Brad McCarty / The Next Web:
The AOL Way claims its first victim: Engadget editor Paul Miller resigns  —  A few weeks ago, in case you've missed the news, AOL released an internal document to its staff that was entitled The AOL Way.  The documents contained what could be taken as a manifesto, of sorts, but really showed how AOL was intending to do business.
Futurepaul / paul j. miller:
Leaving AOL  —  Today was my last day at Engadget.  —  I've been writing for Engadget for more than five years.  What an insane thing to be able to say!  In my time as Contributing Editor / Associate Editor / Senior Associate Editor / Pixel Density Enthusiast, I've written 1.5 million words on roughly 5,500 posts.
New York Times:
Security Forces in Bahrain Open Fire on Protesters  —  MANAMA, Bahrain — At exactly 5:18 p.m. Friday, the pro-democracy demonstrators, mostly young men, came to a fork in the road.  Turn right, and they would head to a hospital that has cared for protesters.
Joe Pompeo / Yahoo! News:
Violence against journalists escalating in the Middle East
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
ESPN Gives Web Star Bill Simmons His Own Site  —  Here's Bill Simmons' reward for sticking with ESPN: His own piece of turf, where the star columnist/multimedia experimenter can cultivate a new sports/pop culture site.  —  Simmons already has his own page on, but this is something …
Dan Shanoff / Quickish:   Why Bill Simmons' New Sports Media Project Is Going To Thrive
Felix Salmon / CJR:
Business Insider's Barcelona Junket  —  Victoria Barret reports on the nice little deal that Dan Frommer has going on in Barcelona: “Samsung was generous enough to sponsor our trip”, in the words of Frommer himself.  —  Barret is reasonably sympathetic, and likes the fact that Frommer inserts …
Discussion: Upside Potential
Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News:
NY Times reinventing ‘Week in Review’ section  —  The New York Times is overhauling the paper's Sunday “Week in Review” section, a “reinvention project that will involve staff from both the newsroom and the editorial department.”  —  Times editor's aren't just tinkering with the existing “Week in Review.”
Discussion: Poynter
Mark Joyella / Mediaite:
BBC Plans To Boost News Coverage In The U.S.: “Never Been A Greater Need For Impartial News”  —  The BBC has announced changes in its American news efforts, including changes for the network's flagship U.S. newscast, BBC World News America, expanded ties to PBS stations …
Erik Sass / MediaPost:
By Design: ‘Time,’ ‘Newsweek’ Plan Another Revamp  —  There seems to be a deep-seated belief in the consumer magazine industry that a new look can give a beleaguered publication a new lease on life — but the evidence suggests that superficial (or even more substantial) redesigns actually have little impact on circulation or ad sales.
Bill Barol / Buzz, Boom & Sizzle:
The Atavist: Building a home for longform in the digital landscape  —  I don't understand some of the specific grievances registered against The Atavist, an intriguing new news product out of Brooklyn.  “I thought journalism was about news and not an avenue for someone to sell their non-fiction to the public …
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