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12:20 PM ET, August 30, 2011


 Top News: 
Christopher Hope / Telegraph:
Phone hacking: judge to question Rupert and James Murdoch under oath  —  Rupert Murdoch and his son, James, are to be questioned about the phone hacking scandal under oath in the High Court.  —  Lord Justice Leveson, the man who prosecuted Rose West, will hold his inquiry at the Royal Courts of Justice.
Murdoch expands internal inquiry of papers  —  (Reuters) - Lawyers for Rupert Murdoch's News International are conducting a broad inquiry into reporting practices at all of the company's UK newspapers, according to sources who have been briefed on the probe.
Discussion: Adweek
Joe Grimm / Poynter:
Following layoff, Jack Shafer tells journalists: ‘Always be looking’  —  In this week's career chat, we talked with longtime media critic Jack Shafer, who has covered the media for about 25 years.  Just last week, he was laid off from Slate.  —  Shafer, who said no audience questions were off-limits …
Paul Smalera / MediaFile:
How to reboot Slate  —  The opinions expressed are his own.  —  There's really no schadenfreude to be had for Slate, which laid off four staffers and a few freelancers last week.  After all, this is the online magazine that gave birth to a Twitter meme, #Slatepitches …
Discussion: Poynter
Jeff Sonderman / Poynter:
How The New York Times is taking Twitter reporting faster and deeper with @NYTLive  —  After 346 tweets and 22,000 followers in three days, @NYTLive has gone dormant — for now.  —  The Times' new Twitter megaphone for in-depth, real-time curation of big news stories got its first test run this weekend for Hurricane Irene.
New York Times:
Joao Silva: ‘This Is What I Do.  This Is All That I Know.’  —  Photographs by Joao Silva are on exhibit at the Visa Pour l'Image photojournalism festival in Perpignan, France.  Mr. Silva spoke at the Bronx Documentary Center on Aug. 2, during his first visit to New York since he was injured in Afghanistan.
Discussion: Poynter and Gawker
John Cook / Gawker:
How Bill O'Reilly Tried to Get His Wife's Boyfriend Investigated By the Cops  —  Last summer, Fox News anchor Bill O'Reilly came to believe that his wife was romantically involved with another man.  Not just any man, but a police detective in the Long Island community they call home.
Noah Davis / SAI:
Thanks To Covers You Love To Hate, Tina Brown Is Turning Around Newsweek  —  Newsweek may have a bit of a turnover issue, but there are signs Tina Brown is righting the ship.  —  Her cover choices are certainly talked about with increasing frequency.  —  The “insane” Michele Bachmann cover …
Sherry Ricchiardi / American Journalism Review:
Out of the Shadows  —  Two high-profile incidents have propelled the long-ignored issue of sexual violence against journalists into the spotlight.  And women aren't the only victims.  Two photographs tell the story.  In the first one, Umar Cheema displays a wide, dimpled smile crowned by a bushy mustache.
Ellie Behling / eMedia Vitals:
Newspaper paywalls: Lessons learned  —  News sites have launched a variety of different online paywall models this year, some with more success than others.  There's no one way that works for every local market, but a few best practices are emerging for any news publisher to consider before charging for digital content.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
The global internet speedup initiative will make web video faster  —  Get ready for a ride on the Global Internet Speedup Initiative.  It's an alliance of companies who want to make the internet faster by shortening the distance that data has to travel when someone is requesting it.
Patrick Foster / Telegraph:
BBC staff earn £32.5m a year in extra allowances  —  The BBC pays £32.5 million a year in extra allowances to more than 8,000 employees whose hours of work are deemed unpredictable because they “only” receive two weeks' notice of their shift patterns.
Discussion: Press Gazette
Alex Weprin / TVNewser:
When Hurricane Irene Was on Approach, Weather Channel Was Tops in Cable News  —  Friday evening, with Hurricane Irene barreling toward the eastern seaboard, the Weather Channel became the go-to cable news channel.  Ratings data from Nielsen show that Weather was easily the most watched cable news outlet …
Tim Carmody / Epicenter:
Without Jobs as CEO, Who Speaks for the Arts at Apple?  —  What is the secret to Apple's success?  After introducing the iPad 2 in March, Steve Jobs offered one answer: … Steve Jobs' resignation as CEO of Apple leaves the company without its founder and lead visionary, but still in very capable hands.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Sequoia Leads $9.5 Million Round In Interactive Video Advertising Startup Innovid  —  Innovid, a video advertising startup, has raised $9.5 million round led by Sequoia Capital with Genesis Partners and T-Ventures (Deutsche Telecom) participating in the round.
Discussion: VideoNuze and VatorNews
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Dan Sabbagh / Guardian:
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Discussion: Future of Journalism
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Discussion: Poynter and New York Magazine