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10:55 PM ET, August 22, 2011


 Top News: 
Brooks Boliek / The Politico:
FCC finally kills off fairness doctrine  —  The FCC gave the coup de grace to the fairness doctrine Monday as the commission axed more than 80 media industry rules.  —  Earlier this summer FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski agreed to erase the post WWII-era rule, but the action Monday puts …
Jasmin Melvin / Reuters:
Outdated US media rules to be taken off the books  —  The U.S. Federal Communications Commission is stripping 83 rules from its books as part of its reform agenda and commitment to a request from President Barack Obama earlier in the year to improve or remove any rules that were out of date, the agency said on Monday.
Andrew Hough / Telegraph:
Libya: Sky News reporter Alex Crawford praised for dramatic Tripoli reporting  —  An award-winning reporter from Sky News, Alex Crawford, provided some of the most riveting and dramatic reporting from the Libyan capital of Tripoli on Sunday night.  —  As Col Muammar Gaddafi's power “crumbled” …
Alex Alvarez / Mediaite:
Covering Libya: Who Was There, Who Wasn't, And Who Aired Caught On Tape
Discussion: Guardian, Salon, ProPublica and Adweek
Chris Ariens / TVNewser:
Covering the Imminent Fall of Tripoli
Robert Peston / BBC:
Coulson got hundreds of thousands of pounds from News Int  —  Mr Coulson resigned from News International in January 2007  —  Andy Coulson, the former editor of the News of the World who has been arrested on suspicion of involvement in phone hacking and bribing the police …
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Miramax Launching Multi-Title Facebook Movie App In U.S., UK & Turkey  —  Watching movies on Facebook isn't new—Warner Bros. (NYSE: TWX), Paramount and Universal each are trying variations on the theme.  But today, paidContent can report, Miramax is launching the largest-scale Facebook …
Gayle MacDonald / Globe and Mail:
Tony Burman, Al Jazeera and the future of news  —  Tony Burman was in his 11th-floor office at Al Jazeera English in Washington, D.C. - a stone's throw from the White House - when a news item appeared on his computer screen that made the veteran Canadian news man stop dead in his tracks.
Rob Lewis /
Vancouver's Zite to be acquired by CNN for $20-25 Million?  —  Last week's GROW Conference in Vancouver was a huge success.  All week the city was abuzz as Canada's smartest entrepreneurs descended on the city along with venture capitalists from across Canada and south of the border.
Discussion: VentureBeat and App Advice
Jeff Sonderman / Poynter:
Huge generation gap evident in attitudes about website comments  —  An Ad Age/Ipsos Observer online survey of 1,003 households shows a large generation gap in how people view website commenting.  Young adults (18 to 24) are three and a half times more likely than those 55 and older to comment “often” on Web articles.
Discussion: eMedia Vitals and Techland
Roy Peter Clark / Poynter:
Good tabloid writing turns crap into a front-page natural  —  On August 11, many news organizations covered another dramatic drop of the Dow, this one more than 500 points.  So volatile was the market that week that even the roller coaster cliché seemed insufficient.
Discussion: Reuters and Mediaite
Lucas Shaw / The Wrap:
Magazines Flex Their Apps — But Will They Make Any Money From Them?  —  Beach-goers this summer may have noticed that their favorite magazines — from Time to Vanity Fair to Esquire — have shiny new tablet editions.  —  Magazine publishers are betting heavily on the tablet platform …
Discussion: Noted
Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:
Viewers vexed by Fox's TV Everywhere pay wall  —  It's been just a week since Fox instituted its eight-day delay for non-authenticated viewers of its shows online, and already people are heading to BitTorrent to watch instead.  According to TorrentFreak, the number of viewers downloading shows …
Russell Adams / Wall Street Journal:
Newspapers Edit Down Outlooks  —  Newspaper companies are resetting their advertising expectations after a discouraging first half of the year, a shift that could spur a return to more of the job cuts and other belt-tightening moves that spread through the industry in 2008 and 2009.
Wall Street Journal:
Tight Credit Stymies MediaNews Deal With Freedom
Megan Garber / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The NYT's new education site with WNYC will be collaborative, experimental...and meter-free  —  This morning, The New York Times and WNYC announced a new collaboration: SchoolBook, a site for news, data, and conversation about New York City schools.  Slated to launch September 7 …
Hamilton Nolan / Gawker:
Bill Keller's Goodbye Party Has a Cash Bar  —  The time has finally come for New York Times editor Bill Keller to pass the torch.  New York Times staffers just received this invitation to his going-away party this Wednesday, at Canal Room.  —  “CASH BAR.”
Discussion: FishbowlNY and New York Magazine
Emily Witt / The New York Observer:
John Locke, Self-Published Bestselling Author, Signs Distribution Deal with Simon & Schuster  —  Locke.  —  John “NOT the father of liberalism” Locke, a self-published author of a series of thriller novels starring an ex-CIA assassin named Donovan Creed, has signed a sales and distribution agreement with Simon & Schuster.
John Koblin / WWD:
Preview: WSJ Magazine's September Issue … JOURNAL ENTRY: While Sally Singer handed over her latest cover of T: The New York Times Style Magazine to the relatively unknown jazz singer Esperanza Spalding, editor Deborah Needleman is going conventional: Rachel Weisz is WSJ's September cover girl.
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