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12:40 PM ET, July 25, 2011


 Top News: 
Anthony Lane / New Yorker:
HACK WORK - A tabloid culture runs amok.  —  On March 21, 2002, a thirteen-year-old English schoolgirl took the train home.  Usually, she took it all the way to Hersham, seventeen miles from London, where she lived, but on that day she got off one stop before, at Walton-on-Thames, to get something to eat.
Discussion: CJR, The New York Observer and Guardian
David Carr / New York Times:
Scandal Splinters a Family Business  —  News Corporation, the global enterprise controlled by Rupert Murdoch, has a history of living by its own rules and operating beyond consequence.  That ended last week.  —  Mr. Murdoch, long a spectral presence who made his plays on a chess board of his own making …
Alicia Shepard / Washington Post:
Rupert Murdoch, Juan Williams and the upside of media scandals  —  Ten arrests.  An imperiled prime minister.  Parliament under attack.  Scotland Yard mortified and England's largest tabloid shuttered.  The scandal unfolding around Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. finds a new victim or oozes …
Vikram Dodd / Guardian:
Letters cast doubt on NoW claim that it ‘co-operated fully’ with police
Discussion: Crikey
Adweek:   Monitoring Murdoch's Meltdown
Tim Castle / Reuters:
News Corp's James Murdoch under pressure over hacking testimony
New York Times:
CNN Host Is Dragged Into Phone Scandal
Discussion: Chickaboomer
Seth Mnookin / New York Magazine:
The Kingdom and the Paywall  —  Some people thought that on Arthur Sulzberger Jr.'s watch, the New York Times could actually become extinct.  They might need to issue a correction.  —  Two weeks ago, I went to the New York Times' gleaming, modernist, Renzo Piano-­designed headquarters …
John Koblin / WWD Media Headlines:
Bill Keller Pulls Plug on New York Times Magazine Column  —  Bill Keller is giving up his New York Times Magazine column, which will end in September, six months after it started.  —  Keller, who is becoming a full-time writer at the paper after he steps down as executive editor in September, will become an op-ed columnist.
Discussion: Poynter, Mediaite, FishbowlNY, Gawker and Adweek
David Kaplan / paidContent:
Flipboard Kicks Off Its First Advertising Program With Condé Nast  —  Users who follow The New Yorker magazine through iPad social reader Flipboard will start noticing advertising as part of the mix.  The ads, beginning with a campaign by American Express, are part of a deal …
Wall Street Journal:
Kobo, WSJ Halt Direct Sales on Apple-Device Apps  —  In a pair of moves that suggest Apple Inc. is enforcing rules for selling content on its devices, Kobo Inc., the Canadian e-book retailer, and The Wall Street Journal said Sunday they will no longer sell content directly to customers through their apps for Apple devices.
Edmund Lee / AdAge:
AOL Sales Head Jeff Levick Out in Exec Shakeup  —  Ned Brody Names Chief Revenue Officer in Restructuring of Sales Team  —  AOL, one of the largest digital content and advertising companies, is undergoing a significant shake-up in its executive ranks.  —  Jeff Levick, who headed up global sales …
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Gawker Will Go to Court in Fox Investigation  —  Gawker, the popular blog based in New York, is going to court to investigate the relationship between the Fox News chairman, Roger Ailes, and Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey.  —  On Monday, the company and one of its reporters, John Cook …
Wall Street Journal:
‘What About the Journal?’  A Report from the Special Committee  —  Are 2,000 reporters self-censoring themselves when we ask if they are under ideological pressure?  We don't think so.  —  As a condition of the acquisition of Dow Jones & Co., publisher of The Wall Street Journal …
Discussion: Poynter and Guardian
Craig Silverman / Regret the Error:
Massive failure of disclosure by writer brings Seattle Week cover story into question  —  Seattle Weekly published a remarkable cover story last week.  Over the course of more than 6,000 words, it made the argument that true crime author Ann Rule made a series of mistakes and false conclusions in her book, Heart Full of Lies.
Nat Ives / AdAge:
Meredith Guarantees Top Advertisers Sales Gains  —  Publisher Promises Free Space if Marketers Don't Meet Pre-arranged ROI Goal  —  Meredith, the publisher of large-circulation magazines such as Better Homes & Gardens and Ladies' Home Journal, is beginning to guarantee some of its biggest advertisers …
Lauren A.E. Schuker / Wall Street Journal:
Pitching the Softer Side of Anderson Cooper  —  CNN news anchor Anderson Cooper and his producers will kick off a campaign this week to persuade America that Mr. Cooper has a softer side.  —  On Tuesday, the 44-year-old Mr. Cooper will take the stage at the television industry's semiannual conference …
J. Maureen Henderson /
How To Make A Magazine In Two Days  —  Announce your theme at noon on a Friday using all of the powers of social media at your disposal.  Give potential contributors 24 hours to create and submit their masterpieces.  Spend the next 24 hours in a sleepless, coffee-powered editing haze.
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