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9:20 PM ET, September 10, 2012

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Rachel McAthy / Journalism.co.uk:
US site Homicide Watch DC exceeds $40k crowdfunding target  —  The US site will use the funding to run Homicide Watch DC as a ‘student reporting lab’ for the next year while founder Laura Amico and her husband Chris study journalism innovation at Harvard  —  US crime reporting site Homicide Watch DC …
New York Post:
Penske takes inside track in Variety auction  —  Variety, the legendary but struggling Hollywood magazine, is still not ready for its close-up.  —  Reed Elsevier, looking to unload the 107-year-old title, its last remaining North American trade magazine, has been forced to cut Variety's asking price …
Discussion: LA Observed and FishbowlNY
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Henry Blodget / Business Insider:
Destroyed By Blogs, “Variety” Magazine Will Sell For Less Than $30 Million  —  In case you need another example of the digital missile that has slammed into the traditional media world, check out Reed Elsevier's ongoing attempts to sell Variety magazine.  —  Variety, you will recall, used to rule Hollywood.
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
That was fast: Amazon is already discounting settling publishers' ebooks  —  Just four days after a federal judge approved the Department of Justice's settlement with HarperCollins, Hachette and Simon & Schuster for allegedly colluding with Apple to fix ebook prices, Amazon has already begun discounting HarperCollins ebooks.
Discussion: Media Decoder, CNET and The Verge
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Jeff John Roberts / paidContent:
Lawyer files Hail Mary request to stop ebook pricing changes
Discussion: Forbes and Associated Press
Michael Wolff / Guardian:
The Journal Register debacle: why Chapter 11 comes before ‘digital first’  —  Touted by industry worthies as the digital future in the making, the Journal Register is more a business of financial engineering  —  Last November the New York Times' media reporter, David Carr …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Ken Lerer's CNN-Killer Hires a CNN Veteran  —  Who do you hire if you're a start-up that wants to reinvent TV news?  —  You start, apparently, with pros from brand-name media outlets.  —  That's what Huffington Post co-founder Ken Lerer has been doing as he builds up a supposedly stealthy …
Julie Bosman / Media Decoder:
After Summer of Turmoil, Oxford American Appoints Roger Hodge Editor  —  After enduring weeks of unflattering attention over the firing of its editor, The Oxford American has hired a successor: Roger D. Hodge, a Texas-born editor and veteran of New York media.
Discussion: The Wrap
Robert Mankoff / New Yorker:
Nipplegate: Why the New Yorker Cartoon Department Is About to Be Banned from Facebook  —  The New Yorker has a Facebook page for our cartoons, which a lot of you like, or maybe it's just one person with a lot of time on their hands, liking the page over and over again.  But in any case, it's a whole lotta like.
Discussion: Gawker, Mediaite, Betabeat and PandoDaily
Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
Newspapers' print ad revenue losses are larger than digital ad gains by a ratio of 25 to 1  —  The newspaper industry' s effort to cover print advertising losses with digital ad gains, weak in 2010 and 2011, deteriorated further in the first half of this year.
Discussion: The Newspaper Guild
San Diego Business Journal:
U-T Buys North County Times and Californian  —  Douglas F. Manchester and the San Diego Union-Tribune have purchased the North County Times and Daily Californian.  The sale comes less than a year after Manchester acquired the Union-Tribune and renamed it U-T San Diego, and just months …
Matt Buchanan / BuzzFeed:
How To Get Banned From Instapaper  —  If you tried to snag a page from 9to5Mac to read later with Instapaper yesterday, you got this error message: It's the first time I'd ever seen a publisher block Instapaper — in fact, Instapaper says, “As of the time of writing, no major publishers have chosen to opt out.”
Discussion: 9to5Mac
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Helen Gurley Brown's $18 M bequest to Columbia journalism school nets new-media guru Mark Hansen  —  Six months before she died this past August, legendary Cosmopolitan editor Helen Gurley Brown gave the Columbia Journalism School the largest gift in its 100-year history …
Discussion: CJR and Columbia University …
Rachel McAthy / Journalism.co.uk:
Multimedia project Narratively launches and surpasses $50k funding target  —  The project, which this week started its daily publication of multimedia pieces, had raised $53,000 at the time of writing, with the campaign due to close later today  —  New York focused multimedia project Narratively …
 
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Justin Ellis / Nieman Journalism Lab:
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Dylan Byers / Politico:
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Discussion: Politico