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8:30 AM ET, October 13, 2011


 Top News: 
Nick Davies / Guardian:
Wall Street Journal circulation scam claims senior Murdoch executive  —  Andrew Langhoff resigns as European publishing chief after exposure of secret channels of cash to help boost sales figures  —  One of Rupert Murdoch's most senior European executives has resigned following Guardian inquiries …
Steve Myers / Poynter:
Dow Jones calls Guardian allegations of WSJ Europe circulation scheme ‘inflammatory’  —  Dow Jones is refuting allegations by the Guardian that The Wall Street Journal Europe paid a third party, through other companies, to buy its newspapers as part of a scheme to boost its circulation.
Discussion: Future of Journalism
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
A News Story Is Growing With ‘Occupy’ Protests  —  ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Splashed across the front page of the local newspaper here on Tuesday was the story of a 24-year-old Occupy protester named Keith Cuesta.  He was not in New York, where some have been living in a park near Wall Street …
Discussion: Chickaboomer
Jesse Holcomb /
Occupy Wall Street Drives Economic Coverage  —  The economy reclaimed its perch at the top of the news agenda as the No. 1 story last week, largely driven by dramatically increasing media attention to the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations.  —  Overall economic coverage accounted for 22% …
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Spitzer wants a petition to dump Geithner; has no plans for another TV show
Ben Fritz / Company Town:
Apple prepping movie cloud service  —  Apple Inc. is preparing to put movies in the cloud, entering a market in which it may be both competitor and ally to a similar offering backed by most Hollywood studios.  —  Representatives of the iPhone and iPad maker have been meeting with studios …
MediaMonkey / Guardian:
Financial Times's FT Tilt service to close |  Media Monkey  —  Puzzling news out of FT Towers on London's South Bank: the pink 'un's flagship online emerging markets service, FT Tilt, is being shut down after just nine months.  The reason?  Slow subscription sales, apparently …
Discussion: paidContent
AOL CEO pitches investors on Yahoo deal: sources  —  (Reuters) - AOL Inc CEO Tim Armstrong has been meeting with top shareholders in the past couple of weeks to push the idea of a sale to Yahoo Inc that could wring up to $1.5 billion of cost savings, according to sources with knowledge of the discussions.
Rachel McAthy /
WEF calls for pressure on Eritrea to release journalists  —  Erik Bjerager renews calls for the release of all journalists detained in Eritrea, as he presents the 2011 Golden Pen of Press Freedom to the brother of Dawit Isaak  —  The president of the World Editors Forum today called …
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
Reader's Digest Parting Ways with Rachael Ray  —  Reader's Digest Association doesn't want to be in the Rachael Ray business anymore.  —  A month after replacing its CEO, the publisher just announced that it intends to sell Every Day with Rachael Ray, a cooking magazine launched five years ago in partnership with the TV host.
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
Hunt chosen as ‘wartime’ PCC chief  —  So, as Dan Sabbagh reported three days ago, David Hunt (aka Baron Hunt of Wirrall) is to take over as the chairman of the Press Complaints Commission.  —  In fact, he begins the job on Monday, bringing a swift end to the reign of Peta Buscombe …
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
The Next Big Media Technology: Paper?  HP Thinks So  —  Eat your heart out, iPad.  —  This may come as a shock to some people, but not everyone's an early adopter.  Even in the United States of America in the year 2011, there are still people who use candy bar phones, watch cathode ray TVs and buy compact discs.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
CNN: Blackberry Outage Impacting Users On Almost Every Planet  —  There's no escape.  The Blackberry service outage is now impacting users on almost every planet, CNN reports.  Tatooine and Coruscant appear to not have been affected yet, but users all over Geonosis, Naboo and Yavin were reportedly hit hard.
Megan Garber / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The contribution conundrum: Why did Wikipedia succeed while other encyclopedias failed?  —  The guys behind Wikipedia weren't the first to experiment with creating a crowd-sourced online encyclopedia.  They were just the first ones to do it successfully, on a worldwide scale.
Discussion: Berkman Center
Marcus Vanderberg / FishbowlLA:
Three Advertisers Reportedly Pull Ads From KFI  —  Three advertisers agreed to pull their ads from the John and Ken show on KFI, according to the National Hispanic Media Coalition.  —  The afternoon talk show has come under fire after giving out the cellphone number of Jorge-Mario Cabrera …
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Judge: Reporter must discuss writing style in leak case  —  A New York Times reporter will be required to testify about his writing style at the upcoming trial of a former Central Intelligence Agency officer accused of leaking information about a U.S. effort to undermine Iran's nuclear program, a federal judge ruled.
Lindsay Rubino / Broadcasting & Cable:
Broadcast Network Chiefs: We Need to Rethink Our Business Models  —  Upfronts, content distribution among discussion topics during HRTS panel  —  With the entertainment business changing as rapidly as it has in the past several years — content that was once limited to one screen …
Discussion: The Wrap and Company Town
Matt Scott / Guardian:
‘Fake sheikh’ denies all knowledge of hacking  —  Former News of the World investigations editor tells court he hopes perpetrators will be ‘sent down’ for activities  —  Mazher Mahmood, the former News of the World investigations editor, has denied any knowledge of phone hacking during …
Discussion: Media Diary
Steve Myers / Poynter:
Homicide Watch D.C. uses clues in site search queries to ID homicide victim  —  Laura Amico, editor of Homicide Watch D.C., describes how she used site analytics to identify a homicide victim — again.  Early Sunday morning, she saw a police department news alert stating that a juvenile male had been killed.
Rosa Ramirez / MediaShift:
Can Mainstream and Ethnic Media Collaborate?  —  While investigative collaborations are blossoming in newsrooms across the country, few are taking place between mainstream and niche media.  As a result, news organizations could be missing the opportunity to reach a wider audience …
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
For The Towns With No Newspaper, Online Upstarts Try Filling A Gap  —  A TV producer, a rugby club and and a university are the latest players to try filling a content gap in Neath and Port Talbot, the south Wales towns left without a local newspaper when Trinity Mirror (LSE: TNI) folded its Neath and Port Talbot Guardians in 2009.
Lucia Moses / Adweek:
‘Food & Wine’ to Translate ‘Top Chef’ Into Print  —  Can Food & Wine go where Food Network Magazine and Every Day With Rachael Ray have gone?  In the latest effort to parlay a TV brand into print, Food & Wine will publish a 24-page section in its January issue called Top Chef Magazine.
Discussion: FishbowlNY
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Discussion: FishbowlLA
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Robert Andrews / paidContent:
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