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11:05 PM ET, July 6, 2011


 Top News: 
Hugh Grant: How I exposed hacking  —  The actor Hugh Grant has been speaking about how he recorded a conversation between himself and Paul McMullen, in which the journalist revealed details of phone hacking by the media.  —  Details of the exchange were then revealed by Mr Grant in the New Statesman.
Nick Davies / Guardian:
News of the World surveillance of detective: what Rebekah Brooks knew  —  Brooks summoned to meeting with Scotland Yard to be told her journalists had spied on behalf of murder suspects  —  As editor of the News of the World Rebekah Brooks was confronted with evidence that her paper's resources …
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Murdoch Responds To Hacking Claims From Sun Valley  —  Rupert Murdoch is standing by News International head Rebekah Brooks in his first public statement on the new phone hacking accusations causing a firestorm for the News Corp (NSDQ: NWS).  UK publishing group—and a potential last-minute roadblock …
Peter Oborne / Spectator:
What the papers won't say  —  The omertà of Britain's press and politicians on phone-hacking amounts to complicity in crime  —  Let's try a thought experiment.  Let's imagine that BP threw an extravagant party, with oysters and expensive champagne.
Discussion: New York Times and Reuters
Mallary Jean Tenore / Poynter:
5 ways to turn traffic spikes from major news stories into return visits  —  Many news sites have seen traffic spikes this year following major news events.  But as website editors are learning, just because readers come to a site once for news doesn't mean they're going to come back later.
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
CNN Cancels ‘In the Arena’ With Eliot Spitzer  —  CNN on Thursday cancelled Eliot Spitzer's 8 p.m. political talk show, “In The Arena,” and said it would shift Anderson Cooper's 10 p.m. nightly newscast into the time slot.  —  The cable news channel also said that Erin Burnett …
‘Page One’ Excerpt: How The New York Times learned to stop worrying and love the blog  —  To coincide with the release of “Page One: Inside The New York Times,” NPR's David Folkenflik edited a book by leading thinkers about where media is headed.  In this essay, former New York Times reporter …
Jim Romenesko / Poynter:
De Rosa named social media editor  —  Anthony De Rosa is currently a product manager and technologist at Reuters, and — according to NBC New York — “one of the top 20 people to follow on Twitter.”  From the memo announcing his appointment: … From: Impoco, Jim (M Edit Ops)
Discussion: FishbowlNY
Lucia Moses / Adweek:
Jack Essig Named to Lead Hearst's Men's Titles  —  Hearst Magazines' Michael Clinton had long been a fan of Men's Health publisher Jack Essig, but it took years to find the right offer to lure him over to the women's title-heavy Hearst.  —  The opportunity came with Hearst's purchase …
Discussion: The Wrap and FishbowlNY
The New York Observer:
New York Media Power Couples: The Varsity Lineup and the Incoming Class  —  Tina and Sir Harry, Ken and Binky, Nan and Gay — the long-standing Old Guard of media couples are well known.  But who else is at the top of the love-in-journalism field?  We've compiled a primer.
Gabriel Sherman / New York Magazine:
Times Newsroom Mounts Defense of Fracking Coverage: Memo  —  The New York Times newsroom, under fire from backers of the natural gas extraction method known as fracking, is fighting back with a detailed defense of its reporting.  —  In the run-up to a ruling by the New York State Department …
Megan Garber / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Another perk for NYT subscribers: “Share your access”  —  Are you a New York Times subscriber?  Are you related to one?  If so, today's your lucky day: The Times, in an email just sent out to print subscribers, is announcing that subscribers will now be able to share their digital access with a family member of their choosing.
Rebecca Meany /
Valley greets, but doesn't meet, heavy hitters  —  Allen & Co. attendees come to Sun Valley for annual retreat, possible business deals  —  Telltale signs of the much-discussed but always secretive Allen & Co. conference create tantalizing images of business deals taking place in Sun Valley.
Arthur S. Brisbane / The Public Editor's Journal:
Times curbs Pogue's P.R. appearances  —  Journalists are accustomed to seeing public relations pitches in their inbox.  I was surprised, though, when I recently got one on June 8 touting tech columnist David Pogue's speech to P.R. professionals in which he credits P.R. with providing most of his ideas.
Amy Wicks / WWD:
Playing the Ad Game in the Age of Print-Plus  —  NEW YORK — Innovation.  Exploration.  Experimentation.  —  With only a few weeks to go before fashion magazines close their all-important September issues, media buyers are using those words to implore magazine publishers to think big …
Discussion: MediaPost
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