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4:20 AM ET, August 25, 2011

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Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
EXCLUSIVE: Media Pioneer Jim Romenesko To ‘Semi-Retire’  —  NEW YORK — When Jim Romenesko attended an annual Poynter Institute board meeting in 2002, a few years after bringing his pioneering brand of media blogging and aggregation to the journalism school's site, some of the country's top editors complained …
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Bill Mitchell / Poynter:
How the Romenesko Years have changed journalism and Poynter  —  It was the summer of 1999, still early days on the Web, and former Poynter president Jim Naughton and I were scheming ways of creating a site that journalists would find useful to the point of habit-forming.
Rem Rieder / American Journalism Review:
The Romenesko Revolution  —  He has had an enormous impact on media coverage.  Wed.  August 24, 2011  —  Rem Rieder (rrieder@ajr.umd.edu) is AJR's editor and senior vice president.  —  Life without Romenesko.  It's impossible to contemplate.  —  Luckily we won't have to.
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 …
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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.
Discussion: On Media's Blog and LA Observed
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.
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James Rainey / Los Angeles Times:
On the Media: A front-row seat to Libyan rebellion
Discussion: Future of Journalism
New York Times:   Times Journalists Briefly Held by Loyalists in Tripoli
Martin Belam / currybetdotnet:
Let's train journalists for the future, not for the past  —  I'll be speaking tonight at the London Hacks/Hackers meeting, and one of the points I'll be making is that the digital publishing revolution is a perpetual revolution, one that requires constant learning.
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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.
David Higgerson:   How the NCTJ proved that asking the wrong question is one of the most basic fact-finding failings
Granta:
Interview: Anthony Shadid  —  Anthony Shadid is a foreign correspondent for the New York Times.  Over his fifteeen year career he has won numerous awards, including two Pulitzer Prizes, for his coverage across the Middle East.  Shadid's fluency in Arabic and his deep understanding of the region …
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Time Warner to Subsidize Subscribers' TV Device  —  Time Warner Cable, one of the nation's top cable and Internet providers, said on Tuesday that it would subsidize some purchases of a set-top box called Slingbox that allows users to watch their home television programming from anywhere, like a vacation home or a mobile phone.
The Huffington Post:
Four Italian Journalists Reportedly Kidnapped In Libya  —  ROME — Suspected regime loyalists kidnapped four Italian journalists and killed their local driver in Libya as the group traveled down a highway to Tripoli on Wednesday, the Italian foreign ministry said.
Michaelle Bond / American Journalism Review:
Aggregating Without Aggravating  —  What are the best practices when it comes to collecting the material of other news outlets?  Wed.  August 24, 2011  —  Michaelle Bond (mbond@ajr.umd.edu) is an AJR editorial assistant.  —  The day after media columnist Simon Dumenco wrote a post commenting …
Discussion: eMedia Vitals
John Plunkett / Guardian:
BBC foreign editor defends Libya coverage  —  News chief admits corporation was scooped by Sky's Alex Crawford in race to Tripoli, but says ‘war is not a competition’  —  Jon Williams, the BBC's foreign editor, has defended the corporation's coverage of the battle for Tripoli after it was beaten …
Discussion: blogs.telegraph.co.uk
David Weigel / Slate:
The Krugman Google+ Saga: Or, Why Fact-Checking is Important … - Completely Implausible Republican Candidates Who May Still Join the Race!  - Why Patricia Marx Made the Heroine of Her New Novel a Lingerie Designer - Are East-Coast Buildings as Earthquake Proof as West-Coast Buildings?
 
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