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4:10 PM ET, November 8, 2011


 Top News: 
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
News of the World paid me to follow 90 people, claims private detective  —  Former policeman says he surveilled figures including Prince William and the parents of Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe  —  A private detective has claimed the News of the World paid him to target more than 90 people …
Discussion: Business Insider and The Lede
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?’
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
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 …
Rachel McAthy /   Phone hacking: Tom Crone admits ‘incorrect’ evidence
Stephen Hull / The Huffington Post - UK:
Phone Hacking: Top 10 Must Read Stories Ahead Of James Murdoch's Committee Meeting
Discussion: CJR and Guardian
Julie Moos / Poynter:
The Daily names original Herman Cain accuser, other news orgs follow  —  Journalists protected the identities of two women who accused Herman Cain of sexual misconduct, until Tuesday when iPad publication The Daily identified one of them as Karen Kraushaar.  After The Daily published Kraushaar's name …
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Twitter and journalism: It shouldn't be that complicated  —  The Associated Press caused a minor furor recently when the news-wire service updated its social-media policy and forbade its writers from expressing any opinions on Twitter, including implied opinions caused by retweeting others.
Discussion: Future of Journalism 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
Foster Kamer / The New York Observer:
NY Daily News Layoffs Massacre Continues: Two More Shown The Door, Bringing Total Count to 16  —  The bad news keeps coming at the New York Daily News.  Another two staffers have been let go, and the rumor is that there are more to come.  We've received word that Michael Bowers …
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: Speakeasy, Mediaite, The Week and Inside TV
Kimberly Nordyke / Hollywood Reporter:
MSNBC to Air Documentary About Conrad Murray Trial Four Days After Guilty Verdict
Discussion: TVNewser and
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
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
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
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.
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
Kat Stoeffel / The New York Observer:
Dan Klaidman Returns to Newsweek  —  A former Newsweek veteran, Dan Klaidman, has rejoined The Newsweek Daily Beast Company, editor in chief Tina Brown announced to staff today.  Mr. Klaidman was Newsweek's managing editor until February.  Among the last of the old guard editors to leave …
Cary Sherman / CNET News:
RIAA chief: Copyright bills won't kill the Internet  —  Editor's note: This is a guest column.  It is a rebuttal to a column written by Molly Wood, a CNET editor and published October 31.  —  Let's all take a deep breath.  —  RIAA CEO Cary Sherman  —  That's what we do every …
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Tibor Krausz / Christian Science Monitor:
Thailand floods: When journalists embellish visuals
Discussion: Code Words
New York Times:
Journalists Held Back Candid Comments of Obama and Sarkozy
Discussion: The Lede
Sam Allen / Los Angeles Times:
Authors of stories promoting water district can't be found
Discussion: Poynter
Michael Malone / Broadcasting & Cable:
Scripps TV Revenue Down 11% in Quarter
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:
E-Books Now Make Up 21 Percent Of Hachette Sales In U.S., 9 Percent In UK
Discussion: Lagardère and Publishers Lunch
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Pat Buchanan's MIA From MSNBC While Promoting Controversial Book
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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
Chris Ariens / TVNewser:
Kelly Cobiella and Bazi Kanani Join ABC News
Discussion: TVSpy
John Eggerton / Broadcasting & Cable:
Net Neutrality-Blocking Resolution Senate Vote Expected Thursday
Michael Martinez / CNN:
Study: More women, traditional media are blogging
Discussion: Medacity
Ben Sisario / New York Times:
At Sony Music, a Plan to Dominate the Industry
Discussion: Company Town