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3:05 PM ET, October 15, 2011

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Jack Shafer:
How to think about plagiarism  —  An editor must have a heart like leather.  Not freshly tanned leather—all supple and yielding like a baby's bum—but like an abandoned baseball glove that's been roasting in the Sonoran Desert for five or six years.  Only those who are hard of heart …
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Erik Wemple:
Politico scandal: Kendra Marr and the go-go journalism culture  —  Just last week, Politico Pro editor Tim Grieve sent one of those rah-rah e-mails to his staff.  Here's what it said, in part: … Or second, in the case of some recent work by Politico Pro's Kendra Marr …
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
News Corporation parts company with law firm Farrer & Co  —  News Corp's legal advisers to be replaced by Olswang, who will now advise on civil claims in relation to phone hacking  —  News Corporation has parted company with the law firm used to defend the News of the World in lawsuits taken …
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Emily Bell / CJR:
Rupert Murdoch's “Arse”  —  An ex-tabloid editor tells Parliament who kissed what  —  Ever since the News of The World phone-hacking scandal gathered pace in July this year, members of the UK press have been attempting in vain to capture the thoughts of one of Rupert Murdoch's …
Jill Treanor / Guardian:
News Corp faces revolt by quarter of shareholders
Discussion: Guardian and Media & Entertainment
Sinead Cruise / Reuters:
Investor group to vote against Murdochs at NewsCorp AGM
Rachel McAthy / Journalism.co.uk:
NYT.com: ‘incredibly surprising’ growth in unique users  —  Assistant managing editor Jim Roberts reveals 2.3% year-on-year increase in unique users despite introduction of digital subscriptions earlier this year  —  The New York Times, where a ‘leaky paywall’ allows a certain number …
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Poynter:   New York Times' buyouts, contract negotiations show newsroom shift to Web
John Cook / Gawker:
How the Bush Administration Got Reporters to Stop Writing So Many ‘Bodybag’ Stories From Iraq  —  Public relations is about “relationships.”  Flacks develop “relationships” with reporters by calling them and yelling at them until the reporters start to realize, before they write something, that an unpleasant conversation might ensue.
Discussion: Future of Journalism
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
University Presses Get Into E-Singles, Starting With Princeton Shorts  —  Princeton University Press appears to be the first university press to join the e-singles game.  On November 9, the press will launch Princeton Shorts, a series of nonfiction e-singles consisting of selections from previously published books.
Tom Grubisich / Street Fight:
In Jefferson's Hometown, a Hyperlocal Focuses on Digital Democracy  —  Brian Wheeler is executive director of Charlottesville Tomorrow, a thriving nonprofit hyperlocal in Virginia that focuses on land use and other civic issues that are key to protecting the character of the community that was the home of Thomas Jefferson.
Discussion: Poynter
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Yahoo Hires Heidrick & Struggles for CEO Search  —  According to sources close to the situation, Yahoo has hired Heidrick & Struggles for its CEO search.  —  It will be a dicey job, since the effort is on a separate track than the Silicon Valley Internet giant's wide-ranging strategic review …
Washington Post:
How Fox News changed the face of journalism  —  One night last month, Roger Ailes stood before a crowd of Fox News employees gathered at Chelsea Piers in Manhattan for a celebration marking the channel's 15th anniversary.  “Our prime time is just unbeatable,” he told them.
Discussion: TVNewser and Inside Cable News
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Paul Carr's ‘The New Gambit’ Wants To Be ‘The Economist,’ But Funny (And Tablet-Only!)  —  Here's the one in which we figure out what Paul Carr's startup will actually do; Okay so it is a publication!  Okay it's a whole company focused on publishing only for tablets and e-readers!
Discussion: FishbowlLA and Blog.
John Koblin / WWD:
Emily Nussbaum Headed to The New Yorker  —  NUSSBAUM TO NEW YORKER: New York Magazine writer Emily Nussbaum will succeed Nancy Franklin as The New Yorker's TV critic.  She's leaving New York in two weeks and will start her job at The New Yorker early next month.  “I'm completely excited,” said Nussbaum.
 
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