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2:50 AM ET, August 16, 2011


 Top News: 
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
MediaNews Group Adds Paywalls To 23 More Newspapers  —  Readers of MediaNews Group's small- and medium-sized newspapers in California, Pennsylvania, New Mexico, Massachusetts and Vermont will pay for online content under a metered model starting today, even if they are print subscribers.
Foreign Policy:
Epiphanies from Bob Woodward  —  A decade and five books later, the world's most famous investigative journalist has told us more about what happened behind closed doors in Washington's global war on terror than anyone.  So how does he think it will be remembered?  —  Ten years since 9/11.
Discussion: ...the deadline
Megan Garber / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The (actual) future of the Big Idea  —  The critics are right: Neal Gabler's essay in yesterday's New York Times — the one proclaiming the death of the big idea at the hands of Twitter and Facebook and the Internet in general — is wrong.  And we should probably, after giving the thing …
Chris Rovzar / New York Magazine:
Why the Observer Is Going All In (the Pink) on Power Lists  —  Just two weeks ago, the Observer poked fun at itself for overplaying its hand when it came to “Power Lists.”  At the time, editors were reacting to lots of (not entirely flattering) attention paid to their Media Power Couples list.
Cory Bergman / Lost Remote:
Why Google's Motorola acquisition is a huge TV play  —  Google announced this morning that it's sweeping up Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion, a whopping 60% premium over Friday's close.  You've likely read that the acquisition will give Google access to a fresh crop of patents and allow …
Dave Itzkoff / New York Times:
The Gregory Brothers Auto-Tune the Internet  —  When Diana Radcliff stepped into a convenience store in Kansas City, Mo., on the morning of Sept. 1, 2010, she had no idea she'd be a witness to a botched robbery and a frantic escape accompanied by a hail of bullets; or that her account of the thwarted crime …
Discussion: Betabeat
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
What Reddit says about the expanding idea of journalism  —  Can we find clues about the future of news and journalism in the way a link-sharing site like Reddit operates?  David Weinberger, co-author of the seminal Web 2. book The Cluetrain Manifesto, took a look at that question over the weekend …
Jim Romenesko / Poynter:
Orlando Sentinel editor: ‘We chose to cut news pages to help bolster our bottom line’  —  Give Mark Russell a few points for honesty.  The editor of Orlando Sentinel tells readers that “the move to cut news pages was driven by our need to reduce expenses ...
Dan Reimold / PBS:
Twitter Interview Requests: #Innovative or #Epicfail?  —  Over the past year, I have noticed an emerging student press trend sweeping the Twitterverse: the tweet greet.  —  An increasing number of student journalists appear to be using Twitter as the prime spot to seek sources for their story …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Google Can't Say Hello to Hulu Now.  (Can It?)  —  Way down on the list of ripple effects from the Google-Motorola deal: The notion that Google could buy Hulu gets even harder to take seriously.  —  Prior to today, I kept hearing chatter, none of it stronger than word-of-mouth gossip …
Jillian Rayfield /
News Corp: Phone Hacking Scandal Might Be Bad For Our Rep  —  News Corp has allowed that the ongoing UK and US investigations into the News Of The World phone hacking scandal might just hurt its reputation and business interests.  —  “It is also possible that these proceedings could damage …
Lewis DVorkin / Forbes:
The Future of Digital Journalism is Transactions  —  There is a framed movie poster sitting on a radiator in my office almost directly across from my desk.  I can't help but see it every day, all the time.  It's an original “one-sheet” (creases and all) that was used in theaters to promote …
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Pandora Young / FishbowlLA:
Layoffs Coming to LA Times Pressroom
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Nilka Thomas / The Official Google Blog:
Scholarships for aspiring journalists from Google, the AP and ONA
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Drake Martinet / AllThingsD:
A Social Update From AllThingsD's Social Media Editor
Dylan Stableford / Yahoo! News:
Michele Bachmann's bodyguards developing reputation for bullying reporters
Felix Salmon:
Why the NYT paywall isn't like the FT's
Discussion: TeleRead and PSFK
Colby Hall / Mediaite:
NBC Woos Ryan Seacrest As Possible Matt Lauer Replacement For Today Show
David Kaplan / paidContent:
Fueled By Ad Gains, TPM To Broaden Political Coverage
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