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2:10 PM ET, August 25, 2011

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Hamilton Nolan / Gawker:
Twilight of the Media Critics  —  Yesterday, the already-shrunken world of media reporting lost its two grandest figures: Jim Romenesko, the quiet man who singlehandedly set the agenda, like a front page editor for all media news (semi-retiring, by choice); and Slate's Jack Shafer …
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Dylan Byers / Adweek:
Slate Lays Off Jack Shafer, Several Others  —  Slate, the online news magazine owned by the Washington Post Company, has laid off a number of employees, including editor-at-large Jack Shafer, Adweek has learned.  —  “We have made some editorial changes, including a small reduction in our full …
Mark Lisheron / American Journalism Review:
A Fearless Media Critic  —  Slate's Jack Shafer has distinguished himself with his uncompromising approach to his craft.  Fri.  August 26, 2011  —  Senior Contributing Writer Mark Lisheron (mark@texaswatchdog.org) is Austin bureau chief for Texas Watchdog, a government accountability news Web site.
Dylan Byers / Adweek:
An Interview With Jack Shafer  —  Slate media critic and Press Box columnist Jack Shafer lost his job on Wednesday.  He was, along with three others, part of a round of layoffs at the online news magazine.  The news was met with much consternation: Just that day, an article praising Shafer as a …
Discussion: The Awl and FishbowlNY
CmdrTaco / Slashdot:
Rob “CmdrTaco” Malda Resigns From Slashdot 77  —  from the steve-got-front-cutsies dept.  —  After 14 years and over 15,000 stories posted, it's finally time for me to say Good-Bye to Slashdot.  I created this place with my best friends in a run down house while still in college.
Bloomberg:
‘Today’ Promotes Curry to Hot Seat as Surging ABC Closes Gap  —  NBC's “Today” show, making its biggest talent change since Katie Couric left in 2006, heads into the new television season with its 15-year dominance of morning TV challenged by a resurgent ABC.
Discussion: TVNewser
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Jenna Goudreau / Forbes.com:
Ann Curry: 'I Didn't Ask To Be Co-Anchor Of Today'  —  Subscribe to Forbes Get a Free Trial Issue … It is inching towards 7:30 a.m. as I stifle a yawn and scan the eager crowd assembled at Rockefeller Center to watch a taping of NBC's Today.  Suddenly Ann Curry, the program's new co-anchor …
Discussion: TVNewser
Joe Flint / Company Town:
For Murdoch, media has often been about friends and influence  —  In 1996, the teenage son of a prominent political figure in Washington, D.C., got suspended from his tony prep school.  —  Not wanting to see himself, his family or his boss embarrassed by his son's actions, the father scrambled to keep the incident out of the news.
Discussion: Stop Big Media News
Adam / One Man & His Blog:
Nostalgia is not a viable approach to journalism (part 267)  —  Yesterday, a rather depressing story about journalism training appeared on the Press Gazette site.  It wasn't depressing because of the headline finding: … As Joanna Geary pointed out in the comments, that has a definite “Pope revealed to be Catholic” element.
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Alysia Santo / CJR:
From Commenter to Contributor  —  On some blogs, taking the comment section seriously can mean hiring people from it  —  During a string of “boring, terrible” office jobs, Gabriel Delahaye started to regularly comment on Gawker's articles.  He wasn't just doing this for fun.
Discussion: Poynter
Tom Grubisich / Street Fight:
Why Hyperlocal News Is Better Than Ever  —  Hyperlocal news is on the threshold of a period of impressive achievement.  I'm not talking about revisiting the wishful thinking of the previous decade, when we were regaled with dithyrambics about “grassroots” and “citizen” journalism.
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Bill Mitchell / Poynter:
How the Romenesko Years have changed journalism and Poynter
Ken Doctor / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The newsonomics of loss  —  Editor's Note: Each week, Ken Doctor — author of Newsonomics and longtime watcher of the business side of digital news — writes about the economics of news for the Lab.  —  The Bay Area News Group's announcement Tuesday caused a few ripples, and some head-scratching.
Dan Gillmor / Guardian:
The ghostwritten op-ed: an unacceptable deception |  Dan Gillmor  —  If I'd fail a journalism student for a paper written by another, why does the media give a pass to the rich and powerful?  —  My former employer, the San Jose Mercury News, recently ran an opinion column …
Sarah McBride / Reuters:
Social media magazine Flipboard pursues TV, films  —  (Reuters) - Internet video is getting even more crowded.  Flipboard, the social media magazine whose investors include actor Ashton Kutcher, plans to add television shows and films to move it beyond the online articles that it offers now.
Discussion: MacStories
Echo:
Echo partners with ABC to make “Dancing with the Stars” social  —  Highlights:  — Echo continues to sign major media customers - today announces partnership with ABC  — ABC starts by launching Echo powered real-time experience for Dancing with the Stars
Thanks:chrissaad
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
CNN Correspondents Describes Being Held Hostage In Libya  —  NEW YORK — For the past six days, CNN's Matthew Chance feared that he and roughly 35 journalists trapped by Gaddafi loyalists in Tripoli's Rixos hotel might be somehow used as part of the crumbling regime's endgame — or even executed.
Discussion: Mediaite
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New York Times:
Times Journalists Briefly Held by Loyalists in Tripoli
Discussion: Poynter
Sarah Kessler / Mashable!:
Storify Adds Slideshow Format to Its Social Reporting Tool  —  The Washington Post, The New York Times and the White House have all used the social reporting tool Storify to drag and drop tweets, posts and other media culled from the social web into neat, embeddable timelines.
Discussion: Poynter
 
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Gautham Nagesh / The Hill:
ICE arrests NY man for illegally streaming boxing, UFC events
Discussion: NYConvergence.com, Thanks:gnagesh
Nicholas Carlson / SAI:
Is Jon Miller Up To Something Big At News Corp? Or Nothing At All?
National Post:
Graeme Hamilton: Quebec seeks special status for select journalists
Economist:
What's the big idea?
Michaelle Bond / American Journalism Review:
Aggregating Without Aggravating
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D.M. Levine / Adweek:
Hulu Buyer May Be Getting a Network, Not a Video Platform