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11:40 AM ET, September 20, 2011


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Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
WSJ Social, For a World Where Facebook Is the New Internet  —  Is Facebook a friend of news companies, or is it a rival?  No matter how much success publishers have piggybacking off its traffic, they can't escape the cruel math: The more of their time consumers spend on Facebook …
over(heard) & under:
I have some news to share.  —  Today, I'm excited to unveil a project I've been working on over the last few months: WSJ Social, an standalone news publication on Facebook.  —  Having recently moved from startup hub San Francisco — where I mused about the future of newspapers in the app economy …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Source: Facebook To Launch Read, Listened, Watched, And Want Buttons  —  The cat is out of the bag that Facebook is going to launch something big at its developer conference f8 this week.  We've heard about the social music services that could be debuting in a few days …
NetNewsCheck Latest:
Scripps Consolidates Digital Operations  —  The company is moving all of its digital properties under one umbrella in an effort to accelerate the launch of new products and services for digital platforms.  Adam Symson will lead the company's new effort as vice president and chief digital officer.
Discussion: Editors Weblog
Scripps Consolidates All Digital Under Symson  —  E.W. Scripps Co. announced a reorganization of its digital operations, consolidating it under Adam Symson vice president and Chief Digital Officer.  Based in Cincinnati, Symson will oversee all of the digital teams for Scripps' 13 daily newspapers and 10 TV stations.
Discussion: paidContent
A. G. Sulzberger / New York Times:
In Small Towns, Gossip Moves to the Web, and Turns Vicious  —  MOUNTAIN GROVE, Mo. — In the small towns nestled throughout the Ozarks, people like to say that everybody knows everybody's business — and if they do not, they feel free to offer an educated guess.
Discussion: New York Magazine and Gawker
David Kaplan / paidContent: Ad, Traffic Strategy Focuses More Heavily On Verticals  —  The value of being a weekly print brand in the online era has been in doubt for years, but Time magazine believes that it can retain relevance by putting a little less emphasis on Time the brand online—and a lot more on news niches …
Jerry Vermanen / Online Journalism Blog:
Dutch regional newspapers launch data journalism project RegioHack  —  In a guest post for OJB, Jerry Vermanen explains the background to RegioHack  —  The internet is bursting with information, but journalists - at least in The Netherlands - don't get the full potential out of it.
Andrew Keen / TechCrunch:
Keen On... Sir Martin Sorrell: We Have to Get Consumers to Pay for Their Content (TCTV)  —  It's Stream time again.  Last year, when I interviewed Sir Martin Sorrell, the co-founder and CEO of WPP at the company's annual Stream unconference in Athens, Sir Martin argued that “free=fail.”
Discussion: NetNewsCheck Latest and Media Week
Steve Myers / Poynter:
Calling the beginning of a story a ‘lede’ is just another form of nostalgia  —  A Sunday morning tweet from NYU's Jay Rosen provoked a conversation about why journalists call the opening of a story a “lede.”  —  Jennifer Connic, a social media producer at, tweeted, “I kind of like lede still.
Discussion: The Awl and Change of Subject
BBC chairman Lord Patten wants more women on air  —  Lord Patten praised Fiona Bruce as a “terrific” example of female presenters at the BBC  —  BBC Trust chairman Chris Patten has said there are not enough women in on-air roles at the public broadcaster.  —  “We should have more women …
Discussion: Digital Spy
Richard Littlejohn / Daily Mail:
No, I'm not kidding.  We really have to defend the Guardian  —  Are YOU sitting comfortably?  Then prepare for a shock.  You may even like to pour yourself a stiff drink.  I'm about to defend the Guardian.  —  First, though, the caveats.  When I heard that Scotland Yard was using …
Discussion: Guardian and Jon Slattery
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Why Netflix is a cautionary tale for newspapers  —  When Netflix first announced earlier this year that it was changing its pricing plans for its legacy DVD-by-mail service as a way of promoting its digital streaming business, we wrote about how this was very similar to what newspapers …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
‘AdWords For Images’ Stipple Debuts Image Licensing Marketplace For Publishers  —  Stipple, a technology that allows you to tag people in images no matter where they reside on the web, is debuting a new product today—image licensing platform Stipple Marketplace.
Michael R. Triplett / The NLGJA Blog:
NLGJA Joining UNITY Coalition  —  Historic news from NLGJA and UNITY this morning.  The NLGJA board has unanimously voted to accept an invitation to join UNITY as a full member.  We will be joining our colleagues at the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, the Asian American Journalists Association …
Discussion: Poynter
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Discussion: The Huffington Post
Jim Romenesko / Poynter:
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Paul Sawers / The Next Web:
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