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10:45 AM ET, October 13, 2011


 Top News: 
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
Tara Conlan / Guardian:
Pakistan and Iraq most dangerous countries for journalists
Discussion: Garcia Media
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 …
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% …
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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: paidContent and Talking Biz News
Chris O'Shea / FishbowlNY:
Us Weekly Stays The Course, Keeps EIC  —  Despite Us Weekly suffering through some poor newsstand sales, the magazine is keeping Mike Steele, its Editor-in-Chief, reports The New York Post.  When Steele began as Editor-in-Chief last year sales were healthy, but as his contract inched toward ending, times have been much tougher:
Discussion: eBookNewser
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:
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: NY Daily News
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
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.
Ga.'s Morris to focus on digital journalism  —  AUGUSTA, Ga. — Morris Communications Co. announced Wednesday it is restructuring the company to create a “digital-first” approach across its media divisions.  —  The Augusta-based company on Wednesday named Mark Lane from The Florida Times-Union …
Discussion: Big News
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
WH Smith Replacing Its eBook Store With Broad Kobo Partnership  —  Kobo has struck a deal with WH Smith that will see the UK newsagent and stationer sell Kobo's e-readers and shut its existing WH Smith e-book store, replaced by a Kobo-powered alternative.  —  This is Kobo's first UK opportunity …
Discussion: Softpedia News and Guardian
David Lieberman /
Discovery And News Corp Flunk Research Firm's Governance Tests  —  It's not surprising to see that News Corp was one of 10 companies given an “F” grade by corporate research firm GMI Ratings for management or accounting practices that could make them risky bets for investors.
Ally Schweitzer / Arts Desk:
Labor Film Fest Takes Heat for Washington Post Film  —  Local labor groups have plenty of experience battling governments and executives.  But this year, organizers of the annual D.C. Labor Film Fest encountered surprising opposition from people in their own camp.
Discussion: Poynter
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 …
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 …
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
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
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.
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.
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