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12:55 PM ET, November 8, 2011


 Top News: 
Ben Dowell / Guardian:
Jeremy Hunt tried to delay broadcast of Panorama's Fifa exposé  —  Culture secretary understood to have called BBC director general about timing of broadcast ahead of 2018 World Cup vote  —  Culture secretary Jeremy Hunt personally intervened in a failed attempt to delay …
Discussion: Future of Journalism
Dean Starkman / CJR:
Confidence Game  —  “The question that mass amateurization poses to traditional media is ‘What happens when the costs of reproduction and distribution go away?  What happens when there is nothing unique about publishing anymore because users can do it for themselves?’
Michael Oneal / Chicago Tribune:
New twist in Tribune Co. bankruptcy case could benefit billionaire Sam Zell  —  Judge's finding for holders of certain notes could support recovery claims of company chairman  —  A bankrupcty court judge's ruling could mean that Tribune Co. Chairman Sam Zell, who engineered a leveraged buyout …
Discussion: LA Observed, and Poynter
Evan Hansen / Goes Creative Commons: 50 Great Images That Are Now Yours  —  From NIN Dazzles With Lasers, LEDs and Stealth Screens  — photographers have the enviable job of shooting the coolest stuff and most intriguing people in the technology world.  Now we're giving away many of those photos to you, the public, for free.
Joshua Benton / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Wired releases images via Creative Commons, but reopens a debate on what “noncommercial” means
Rachel McAthy /
Phone hacking: Tom Crone admits ‘incorrect’ evidence  —  In response to a letter from the committee Crone insists the evidence he gave in September ‘was at the time my best recollection of the relevant events’ but that some details were incorrect  —  Crone (right) has told the committee …
Stephen Hull / The Huffington Post - UK:
Phone Hacking: Top 10 Must Read Stories Ahead Of James Murdoch's Committee Meeting
Discussion: CJR and Guardian
David Carr / New York Times:
Jackson Doctor Trial Fails to Ignite Audience Interest  —  In a bit of anticlimax, Dr. Conrad Murray was found guilty late in the day on Monday of involuntary manslaughter two-and-a-half years after the death of Michael Jackson.  Networks broke in for live coverage, cable networks hit …
Discussion: Inside TV
Kimberly Nordyke / Hollywood Reporter:
MSNBC to Air Documentary About Conrad Murray Trial Four Days After Guilty Verdict
Discussion: and TVNewser
Jim Romenesko / Poynter:
Hotel owner considers buying San Diego Union-Tribune  —  Politically active San Diego developer Doug Manchester says “there's lots of people interested in that asset” — the paper owns 13 acres of prime real estate — and that “we're looking at it.”  (Platinum Equity, the paper's owner since 2009 …
Discussion: Voice of San Diego
Steve Myers / Poynter:
SC newspaper reporter proposes in column  —  “I'd like to tell you about someone very close to my heart,” writes reporter Nick McCormac at the beginning of a column published Tuesday.  “I promise you, it's worth your time to read through to the end.”  After describing how he and his girlfriend met …
Discussion: Item
Joel Gunter /
Leveson rejects bid for police review of inquiry evidence  —  Lord Leveson has largely rejected a submission by the CPS and Met police calling for the police to make decisions about witnesses and evidence in his public inquiry  —  Lord Leveson, who is due to begin hearing evidence next week …
Kim Willsher / Guardian:
Max Mosley wins French privacy action against News of the World  —  NoW publisher to pay £32,000 after being found guilty of violating former F1 boss's privacy  —  The publisher of the News of the World has been ordered by a French court to pay £32,000 in costs and damages …
John Koblin / WWD:
The New Yorker Names Creative Director  —  ALWAYS A FIRST: Condé Nast's digital magazine design director Wyatt Mitchell has been tapped to become The New Yorker's first-ever creative director.  Mitchell, who has been the number two to Condé Nast's design guru Scott Dadich …
Discussion: FishbowlNY
Dylan Byers / Adweek:
Josh Tyrangiel Means Business  —  Josh Tyrangiel has a preposterous mission: to convince readers that a weekly business magazine left for dead two years ago is now a must-read.  —  That would be challenging enough in a good market.  But in 2011, with print advertising still in crisis …
Discussion: FishbowlNY and Business Insider
Crayton Harrison / Bloomberg:
Slim's Move Into Online Video Draws Protests of Piracy From TV Competitors  —  Carlos Slim, the billionaire banned from providing television service in his native Mexico, is offering shows for free on the Web, drawing protests from rivals wary of his influence in the market.
Chris Ariens / TVNewser:
Kelly Cobiella and Bazi Kanani Join ABC News  —  ABC News is on a talent hiring spree.  In addition to two local news anchors from Chicago set to join the network.  ABC News president Ben Sherwood has announced he is beefing up his international reporting staff with the hires of Kelly Cobiella …
Discussion: TVSpy
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Pat Buchanan's MIA From MSNBC While Promoting Controversial Book  —  NEW YORK — Pat Buchanan, the longtime conservative pundit, has been making the TV rounds in recent weeks promoting his latest book, “Suicide of a Superpower: Will America Survive to 2025?”
Jonathan Pearlman / Telegraph:
Papua New Guinea reporter undergoes circumcision to get the scoop  —  A Papua New Guinea reporter who agreed to be circumcised with bamboo sticks to secure an interview with a group of jungle rebels has won a journalism award for “best scoop”.  —  The journalist, Simon Eroro …
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Gawker
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
E-Book Sales Now Make Up 21% Of Hachette Sales In U.S., 9% In UK  —  E-books now make up about a fifth of “big six” publisher Hachette's U.S. sales, but net sales for the quarter were down overall.  —  Hachette parent company Lagardère announced its Q3 2011 earnings today.
Discussion: Lagardère and Publishers Lunch
Jeff Bercovici / Forbes:
Demand Media's Bold New Strategy For eHow: Suck Less  —  No one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public, said H.L. Mencken.  Maybe so, but in the third quarter, Demand Media lost $3.3 million doing it, and they know it, judging from the publisher's earnings call Monday.
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Now, Breathe: Demand Media Beats Wall Street Expectation in Q3
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Dylan Byers / Politico:
HuffPost to ‘reclaim’ 2012  —  One year out from the 2012 election …
Discussion: Poynter
Polly Becker / The Wall:
Twice as many get their news via Facebook compared to Twitter
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Hollywood, Silicon Valley Inspire New Teen E-Book Publisher
Michele McLellan / Knight Foundation:
Pittsburgh investigative news site launches, experiments with collaborative model
Discussion: PublicSource and Poynter
Merrill Knox / TVNewser:
Dianne Festa Expands NBC News Duties
John Eggerton / Broadcasting & Cable:
Net Neutrality-Blocking Resolution Senate Vote Expected Thursday
Discussion: Hillicon Valley
Michael Martinez / CNN:
Study: More women, traditional media are blogging
Discussion: Medacity
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Culture and Control: Murong Xuecun, Chinese Novelist, Pushes Censorship Limits
David Carr / New York Times:
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Ben Sisario / New York Times:
At Sony Music, a Plan to Dominate the Industry
Discussion: Company Town
Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
Head of Google's Public Policy Operations Resigns
Discussion: Hillicon Valley
Paul Bond / Hollywood Reporter:
TumTiki Becomes Newest Destination for TV Shows and Movies on the Internet
Jeff Sonderman / Poynter:
Gannett local newspapers earning high ad rates from online video
Jeff Sonderman / Poynter:
News organizations can finally create Google+ pages