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4:35 PM ET, August 12, 2011


 Top News: 
Chris Rovzar / New York Magazine:
The Times Is Losing Its 1111111111 Caller ID Number  —  If you've ever wanted to avoid a call from the New York Times — and let's face it, many of you have — it's been relatively easy.  Because whenever someone from the Gray Lady calls, the caller ID turns up as 1111111111.
Discussion: and The Awl
Jeremy W. Peters / Media Decoder:
At The Times, Era of ‘111-111-1111’ Nears Its End  —  Known simply as “The Ones,” they have been one of the most distinctive — and peculiar — features of working at The New York Times.  —  Anytime someone inside The Times's Manhattan headquarters makes a phone call, the number that appears …
Discussion: LA Observed and Gizmodo
Martin Belam / currybetdotnet:
Riots are an opportunity for long-form data journalism  —  It is easy to think of “data journalism” as being about the automatic computer analysis of large datasets, but good data journalism has story-telling at the centre.  Over the coming days, weeks, and months there is a lot of data journalism …
Paul Bradshaw / Online Journalism Blog:
Why we need open courts data - and newspapers need to improve too  —  Few things sum up the division of the UK around the riots like the sentencing of those involved.  Some think courts are too lenient, while others gape at six month sentences for people who stole a bottle of water.
Discussion: Guardian and Daily Mail
Felix Salmon:
How the NYT paywall is working  —  When I wrote about the success of the NYT paywall last month, I got a lot of pushback in the comments and on Twitter.  Here's a sample: … But of course the paywall is working — with the emphasis very much on the “pay” rather than on the “wall”.
Discussion: Felix
Somini Sengupta / Bits:
A Perp Walk on Twitter  —  Lifting a page from the hacker's handbook, the Greater Manchester Police are naming and shaming rioters on their Twitter feed.  —  “We promised we'd name all those convicted for their roles in the disorder — here we go ...” the police announced …
News Corp. Analysts, Who Are These Guys?  —  While many in the press anxiously awaited News Corp.'s quarterly earnings call with analysts on Wednesday, the reality of the event quickly killed any anticipated drama after weeks of coverage of the company's phone hacking scandal.
Ken Auletta / News Desk:   The Stain on News Corp.
Tom Grubisich / Street Fight:
How SeeClickFix Built Revenue Streams From Potholes  —  SeeClickFix started humbly in 2008 — from potholes in New Haven, Conn. But it grew quickly as it mobilized citizens in thousands of communities around the U.S. to flag irritating and sometimes serious 311-type problems in their neighborhoods.
Andrew Phelps / Nieman Journalism Lab:
KQED public radio embraces the other guys, forging partnerships with HuffPo and hyperlocal sites  —  San Francisco's KQED is embarking on two partnerships you might not expect from a well-established public broadcaster: one with just-launched Huffington Post San Francisco …
Alysia Santo / CJR:
Borders' Newsstand Blues  —  Store closings spell trouble for niche magazine titles  —  Just like plenty of other Borders shoppers, Kevin Walter has been getting messages in his inbox from the bankrupt book behemoth, reminding him to hurry in and take advantage of the storewide clearance …
D.M. Levine / Adweek:
Joel Hyatt: ‘A Natural Thing’ To Re-Claim CEO Title New Current TV boss plays up network's tilt toward news By D.M. Levine  —  Current TV CEO Joel Hyatt says that the departure of Mark Rosenthal, his former co-chief at the network, a few weeks ago, came amidst a broader push to revamp Current …
Discussion: TVNewser
Robert Andrews / paidContent:UK:
Mirror Group Digital Will Charge For Some Content To Recoup Bingo Losses  —  Trinity Mirror's national news wing is set to start charging for some content this autumn, to arrest falling digital revenue.  —  CEO Sly Bailey told City analysts: “Expect significant developments to the …
Jim Rainey / The Big Picture:
No hacking at the N.Y. Post, says former N.Y. Post hack  —  Jared Paul Stern certainly doesn't have the warm fuzzies for his old employer, the New York Post.  The one-time contributor to the Page Six gossip column was driven out of the tabloid after accusations, never proven …
Discussion: Poynter, The New York Observer and SAI
William Wheeler / CJR:
Building Haiti's Post-Quake Media  —  While I was reporting in Haiti last year, over the course of a few months, the Port-au-Prince guesthouse where I often stayed—once the dominion of grassroots activists disdainful of reporters—was gradually overrun by journalists.
Discussion: Free Press
Jim Romenesko / Poynter:
NLRB orders Santa Barbara News-Press to take back fired reporters  —  In a 55-page decision released Thursday, the National Labor Relations Board ordered Wendy McCaw's Santa Barbara News-Press to reinstate eight reporters that the paper fired for union activities.
Discussion: Craig Smith's Blog
Keach Hagey / On Media's Blog:
Fox shifts its role in GOP primary  —  For all the talk, here and elsewhere, of the “Fox primary” over the past year, Fox News's role in the Republican 2012 presidential primary shifted during last night's debate, as questioners served up a barrage of tough questions that left a fair amount of blood on the floor.
Mike Shields / digiday:DAILY:
Hulu's Home: Yahoo vs. Google  —  Landing Hulu would seemingly be the Hail Mary Yahoo so desperately needs.  But for in-limbo Hulu, Google would be a far better match.  —  That's assuming, of course, that Hulu is worth buying at all.  Obviously, Hulu is only worth something to Yahoo …
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Discussion: Nieman Journalism Lab
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