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4:50 PM ET, September 1, 2011


 Top News: 
The Politico:
Washington Post to close all but two local bureaus  —  The Washington Post is closing all of its local bureaus except two, in the state capitals of Virginia and Maryland, according to a note posted on the Post Guild website.  —  “As some of you have probably heard already …
Matt Thompson / Poynter:
What journalists can learn from scientists and the scientific method  —  I don't need to tell you that the Scientific Revolution kickstarted the modern age.  Kevin Kelly lists the discovery of the scientific method alongside the invention of libraries and the printing press as “meta-changes” …
Zachary M. Seward / Speakeasy:
When It Rains, It Pours: Yes, August Really Was a Huge News Month  —  Ah, August: time to kick back, take some vacation, soak in the end of summer and enjoy a brief respite from the otherwise relentless news cycle.  But not this August.  From Gadhafi to Irene, the month that ended yesterday …
Kevin Roderick / LA Observed:
Daragahi, Petruno, Jones latest names to leave L.A. Times  —  After the Tribune Co. asked the bankruptcy judge Wednesday to OK $42.5 million in incentive bonuses for 640 managers, L.A. Times Beirut correspondent Borzou Daragahi tweeted that the money “could be used 2 hire 640 journos.”
Jim Romenesko / Poynter:
Tribune Co. asks bankruptcy judge to OK $42.5 million incentive plan
Discussion: and Reuters
Frank Greve / American Journalism Review:
Taking Readers for a Ride  —  The world of car reviewing is replete with expensive perks and fantasy vehicles.  Consumer advocates need not apply.  Wed.  August 31, 2011  —  Taking Readers for a Ride The world of car reviewing is replete with expensive perks and fantasy vehicles.
Discussion: The Truth About Cars
Connie Loizos / PE Hub Blog:
Groupon PR to peHUB: Call Us Before You Write Another ‘Nastigram’  —  For a company that's in registration to go public and thus forbidden from pumping up the company stock in advance of an IPO, Groupon is having an awfully hard time keeping quiet.  Last week, of course …
Tim Currie / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Chats don't have to be online: A newspaper finds success with its downtown news cafe  —  Not long ago, the Winnipeg Free Press's social media editor hosted an online chat from her desk at the paper's downtown news cafe.  She had done it many times in recent months but something unexpected happened.
Discussion: Fast Company
John Koblin / WWD:
Tavi's Rookie Gets Ready for Lift Off  —  TAVI GETS READY FOR LIFT OFF: WWD has learned that Tavi Gevinson's new Web magazine, Rookie, will launch Monday.  The editorial content for the site will be dictated by monthly themes.  There will be about three posts a day, scheduled for times …
Discussion: The New York Observer
David B. Wilkerson / MarketWatch:
Newspaper ad spending down 7% in 2Q  — Front Page - News Viewer - Commentary - Markets - Investing - Personal Finance - Community - Games  —  CHICAGO (MarketWatch) — Newspaper advertising spending fell 7% in the second quarter to $6 billion, the Newspaper Association of America said Thursday.
Discussion: Poynter, and FishbowlNY
Daniel de Vise / Washington Post:
Why is Northwestern University teaching journalism in Qatar?  —  Two students at Northwestern University Qatar.  (NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY) Three years ago, Northwestern University opened a satellite campus for journalism and communications in Qatar.  —  It might have seemed an odd choice …
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Murdoch daily angers Australian government  —  The Australian publishes erroneous report about country's PM that could lead to a withdrawal of state ads  —  The Australian government has reportedly put itself on a war footing with Rupert Murdoch's Australian newspaper division after it published …
John Gapper / Financial Times:
It is right to curtail web anonymity  —  One of the founding principles of the web - not only the technology but the culture that has grown up with it - is that, as the New Yorker cartoon once put it: “On the internet, nobody knows you're a dog.”  —  The policy that people are free …
Amy Wicks / WWD:
Gaga vs. Horyn  —  GAGA VS. HORYN: Before Cathy Horyn takes her front-row seat at New York Fashion Week, setting her critical eyes on the collections, Lady Gaga has a few harsh words for the New York Times fashion critic.  For some reason, Lady Gaga has decided to issue a takedown of Horyn and her ilk …
Ellie Behling / eMedia Vitals:
Content licensing: the next revenue stream in mobile?  —  So far most of the conversation about monetizing mobile has revolved around subscriptions and advertising which is no surprise as both are the bread and butter of media companies.  But publishers should also explore alternative revenue streams …
Paul Balcerak / Lost Remote:
Q&A with Jenni Hogan, Twitter's top local TV journalist  —  One of the great privileges I enjoy as an employee of KIRO 7 Eyewitness News in Seattle is the opportunity to work with Jenni Hogan.  Jenni (@jennihogan) is our traffic reporter, and she's just as well-known in Seattle for her on-air presence …
Discussion: TVSpy
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