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3:40 PM ET, October 13, 2011

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Brian Stelter / New York Times:
New York Times Plans Staff Reductions  —  In the midst of a deteriorating advertising climate, The New York Times plans to eliminate up to 20 newsroom positions and seek additional savings in the business units, the company said Thursday.  —  The reductions, described by the New York Times Company …
Steve Myers / Poynter:
WSJ confirms side deals in paid circulation boost at Journal's Europe edition  —  The Wall Street Journal follows the Guardian's story about a circulation scheme at the Journal's sister paper in Europe with its own story confirming many of the details first reported by its competitor.
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Mark Sweney / Guardian:
WSJ circulation figures to be investigated  —  European edition of Rupert Murdoch's flagship title under scrutiny over allegations of artificially boosting sales figures  —  The newspaper circulation watchdog is set to launch an investigation into Rupert Murdoch's flagship Wall Street Journal Europe …
Ryan Chittum / CJR:
Wall Street Journal Europe Sourcing Was Unusual
Discussion: FishbowlNY, Forbes and msnbc.com
Steve Myers / Poynter:
Dow Jones calls Guardian allegations of WSJ Europe circulation scheme ‘inflammatory’
Paul Thomasch / Reuters:
In Wall Street protests, TV news finds battleground  —  * Critics says networks too positive in reporting  —  Just as Fox News has staked out the conservative Tea Party movement as a pet topic, the unabashedly liberal MSNBC television news network appears to be doing the same with the Occupy Wall Street protests.
Discussion: TVNewser and The Huffington Post
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Brian Stelter / New York Times:
A News Story Is Growing With ‘Occupy’ Protests
Discussion: Chickaboomer and Capital New York
Jesse Holcomb / Journalism.org:
Occupy Wall Street Drives Economic Coverage
Rachel McAthy / Journalism.co.uk:
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 …
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Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
‘Arab spring’ revolutions fail to provide greater press freedom  —  The fall of repressive regimes in north Africa and the Middle East, in the so-called Arab spring, has failed to usher in greater press freedom, according to a global media organisation.  —  A report by the World Association …
Discussion: Media Network
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  —  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 - showing once again how difficult …
Reuters:
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.
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Editor Janine Gibson banks on 'The Guardian's' distinctly British appeal to the ‘internationalist’ Yank  —  One morning just a day or two into the new year of 2011, Janine Gibson was curled up on a couch in Soho, where she'd been staying for a winter vacation from her native England.
Steve Myers / Poynter:
FBI: We didn't raise concerns about Globe naming Bulger informant, but that doesn't mean we approved it  —  The Boston Herald continues its criticism of rival Boston Globe's decision to publish the name of the informant who tipped off the FBI to the whereabouts of James “Whitey” Bulger.
Discussion: Boston Herald, Media Nation and CJR
Poynter:
Let's take news apps out of the newsroom and create products instead of content  —  There was a great story in The Onion a few weeks back, right after Steve Jobs announced that he was stepping down as CEO of Apple.  The headline read, “New Apple CEO Tim Cook: 'I'm thinking printers'”
Merrill Knox / TVNewser:
Ted Koppel Named Special Correspondent For NBC's ‘Rock Center with Brian Williams’  —  In a move that has been widely speculated, NBC News has named Ted Koppel as a special correspondent to “Rock Center With Brian Williams.”  —  Koppel, who left ABC News in 2005, began his career as an NBC page.
Andrew Gauthier / TVSpy:
Kansas City Stations Refuse to Share Raw Footage with Investigators in Lisa Irwin Case  —  After receiving grand jury subpoenas requesting that they share video footage connected to the disappearance of 10-month-old Lisa Irwin, Kansas City stations plan to cooperate with investigators …
Discussion: Kansas City Star, B&C and TVNewser
Jeff Sonderman / Poynter:
Bloomsburg Press-Enterprise's post-floods paywall a folly or financially sound?  —  Journalists are reacting strongly to the Bloomsburg Press-Enterprise's stance that anyone who wants its news should have to pay for it.  Readers had asked the paper to drop its website paywall for an extended …
Discussion: The Bloomsburg Daily
Dylan Stableford / Yahoo! News:
Erin Burnett's ‘OutFront’ stumbles out of the gate  —  Erin Burnett's new primetime show is off to a rockier start than CNN probably had hoped—and not just in the ratings.  The former CNBC star's 7 p.m. show, “OutFront,” drew 535,000 total viewers in her debut, according to Nielsen Research …
Discussion: Business Insider and Chickaboomer
Newsosaur / Reflections of a Newsosaur:
Engagement: The new digital metric  —  Everyone knows you have to measure things correctly to manage a business well.  But the converse of this axiom is that you can get into a lot of trouble if you measure the wrong things.  —  Unfortunately, this has happened in the newspaper industry with respect to the digital media.
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Netflix licenses reruns from CW Network  —  The CW Network series “The Vampire Diaries” is coming to Netflix's streaming library.  —  Netflix has licensed content from CBS and Time Warner's jointly operated CW Network, the companies announced today.  —  The agreement is for four years …
Merrill Knox / TVNewser:
Current TV CEO: 'Our Three Competitors are About Breaking News, and We're About Fixing It'  —  For Current TV, the addition of former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm to the primetime lineup was an easy decision.  —  “When Joel [Hyatt] and I sat down with her and sort of began a conversation …
Discussion: FishbowlLA and NY Daily News
Rachel McAthy / blogs.journalism.co.uk:
wef11: ‘News industry is in the vortex of a fast changing world’  —  Newspapers are “in a vortex of a fast changing world”, the new president of the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers Jacob Mathew, who was elected in April, said today (Thursday, 13 October) as he opened the World Editors Forum in Vienna.
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.
Carol Marie Cropper / NetNewsCheck Latest:
Paper's Paywall Proves Boon For Competition  —  In Albuquerque, N.M., the Albuquerque Journal's paywall — erected in 2001 — has let the rest of the market's online players catch up to the top site.  Now, with aggressive mobile plans, the area's TV sites are poised to breakout.
Discussion: Erik Wemple
Chris Ariens / TVNewser:
Lee Cowan gets Champagne Toast Upon Return to CBS  —  As TVNewser first reported in August, Lee Cowan has changed channels and is returning to CBS News after four years with NBC News.  —  Cowan will continue to be based in Los Angeles and will report for CBS News as National Correspondent.
 
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Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
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Discussion: Big News Network.com
Chris O'Shea / FishbowlNY:
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Discussion: eBookNewser
David Lieberman / Deadline.com:
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Discussion: Forbes
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
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Discussion: Softpedia News and Guardian
Ally Schweitzer / Arts Desk:
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Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
Hunt chosen as ‘wartime’ PCC chief
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Marcus Vanderberg / FishbowlLA:
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Matt Scott / Guardian:
‘Fake sheikh’ denies all knowledge of hacking
Discussion: Media Diary
Lindsay Rubino / Broadcasting & Cable:
Broadcast Network Chiefs: We Need to Rethink Our Business Models
Discussion: The Wrap
Megan Garber / Nieman Journalism Lab:
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Discussion: Berkman Center
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