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5:50 AM ET, October 24, 2011


 Top News: 
David Carr / New York Times:
The Media Equation: Bonuses Worthy of Protest for Gannett and Tribune Executives  —  Almost two weeks ago, USA Today put its finger on why the Occupy Wall Street protests continued to gain traction.  —  “The bonus system has gone beyond a means of rewarding talent and is now Wall Street's primary business …
Elana Zak / 10,000 Words:
4 Questions With ProPublica's New Social Media Editor  —  The role of social media editor is a relatively new, and highly coveted, spot in newsrooms.  While there are still a lot of questions about what exactly this job entails, everyone can agree that there needs to be at least …
Craig Silverman / Regret the Error:
The New York Times offers an amusing Angry Birds correction  —  An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated the premise of “Angry Birds,” a popular iPhone game.  In the game, slingshots are used to launch birds to destroy pigs and their fortresses, not to shoot down the birds.  Link
Gabriel Sherman / @gabrielsherman:   The NYT writes that the only control Steve Jobs insisted on for his bio was the book cover design
Netflix, Inc.:
Netflix to Launch Service in the UK and Ireland for Streaming Movies and TV Shows in Early 2012  —  Netflix, Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX), the leading global Internet movie subscription service, today announced it will expand to the United Kingdom and Ireland in early 2012, offering unlimited TV shows …
Newspaper Association of America:
Traffic to newspaper websites increases 20 percent in past year  —  Double-digit growth in multiple categories demonstrates high level of engagement by newspaper website visitors;  —  More than 110 million unique visitors in Q3; strong reach in key demographics continues
Andrew Pugh / Press Gazette:
Agency says HuffPo story payout sets precedent  —  The website Huffington Post has made a payment to a news agency which accused it of using stories without credit or consent.  —  Vienna-headquartered Central European News (CEN) invoiced HuffPo after discovering it had covered two stories …
Jeff Bercovici / Forbes:   Newspaper Guild Drops Boycott of the Huffington Post
Jeff Sonderman / Poynter:
Why Apple's virtual Newsstand is driving a surge in magazine, newspaper iPad app subscriptions  —  A couple weeks ago I predicted that Apple's virtual Newsstand for iPads and iPhones would provide “a little more convenience for the user, and a little more discoverability for the publisher — but nothing here is a game-changer.”
Megan Garber / Nieman Journalism Lab:
‘Public Parts’ and its public parts: In a networked world, can a book go viral?  —  Last month, Jeff Jarvis published his new book, Public Parts: How Sharing in the Digital Age Improves the Way We Work and Live.  Last week, Evgeny Morozov published a scathing review of it.
Tony Ortega / Runnin' Scared:
Scientology Targeted South Park's Parker and Stone in Investigation  —  ​Another interesting revelation at Marty Rathbun's blog this morning: Rathbun released what he said was an internal Scientology document which suggests that the church targeted Trey Parker and Matt Stone …
Bill Carter / New York Times:
In a Gloomy Economy, TV Sitcoms Are Making a Comeback  —  In television, funny is money again.  —  For the better part of a decade, while drama became more ambitious, and reality shows became more outrageous, comedy had the worst track record in prime time.
John Eggerton / Broadcasting & Cable:
FCC to Take Another Crack at Boosting Station Disclosures  —  Commission seeks to develop best way for broadcasters to file detailed programming reports online  —  The FCC next week is expected to scrap its 2007 Enhanced Disclosure decision to require broadcasters to file more detailed programming reports …
Heather Ford / MediaShift Idea Lab:
Wikipedia Isn't Journalism, But Are Wikipedians Reluctant Journalists?  —  Wikipedia articles on breaking news stories dominate page views on the world's sixth-largest website.  Perhaps more importantly, these articles drive the most significant editor contribution — especially among new editors.
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Stephen Singer / Associated Press:
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