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12:30 PM ET, September 21, 2012


 Top News: 
Greg Beato / Reason:
Welcome to the Golden Age of Fact-Checking  —  What the Jonah Lehrer debacle reveals about the state of journalism today  —  For the last several years, the universe has been kicking journalists.  In 2012, they started kicking themselves.  There was Jonah Lehrer and his fake Dylan quotes.
Discussion: Hit & Run
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Writer finds more plagiarism, problems in Jonah Lehrer's books  —  Greg Beato's “Welcome to the Golden Age of Fact-Checking” is an excellent meditation on the technological and cultural changes that have contributed to our ever-more-transparent society.  —  But screw it, let's get to the parts where he nails Jonah Lehrer.
Discussion: Hit & Run
Ben Sisario / Media Decoder:
Joaquin Almunia on Europe's Tough Terms for Approving Universal-EMI Deal  —  The most important man in music at the moment is not a hit-spotting executive in New York or London, but, rather, a diminutive Spanish bureaucrat whose decisions about the breakup of EMI will largely determine the shape of the industry for years to come.
Discussion: Guardian
Margaret Sullivan / The Public Editor's Journal:
In New Policy, The Times Forbids After-the-Fact ‘Quote Approval’  —  The New York Times is drawing “a clear line” against the practice of news sources being allowed to approve quotations in stories after the fact.  —  The practice, known as quote approval, “puts so much control over the content …
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
New York Times bans quote approval, kind of
Discussion: @kegill and @moorehn
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
James Murdoch ‘set for top Fox Networks job’  —  Rupert Murdoch's second son is being lined up to run News Corp's Fox TV businesses in the US, according to a report  —  James Murdoch is reportedly being lined up to run News Corporation's Fox TV business in the US despite being sharply criticised …
Discussion: Reuters, Bloomberg, BBC and Financial Times
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:   NI chief tries to boost Sun morale
Sam Kirkland / Poynter:
New USA Today website ‘very, very influenced by iPad design’  —  When “the nation's newspaper” decided to redesign its website alongside its print product for its 30th anniversary, it chose an international team of Web designers based in the U.S. and abroad.
Discussion: Garcia Media
Kirsten Acuna / Business Insider:
Check Out These USA Today Homepage Design Concepts That Didn't Make The Cut
Discussion: HyperVocal and JIMROMENESKO.COM
Andrew Phelps / Nieman Journalism Lab:
NPR's Todd Mundt says public radio needs to innovate or die  —  NPR has become a poster child for legacy news organizations' ability to reinvent themselves for the digital age: Its website and mobile apps are used by millions of people, NPR Music is a runaway hit, office hack days are a model …
Brett Sokol / The Awl:
One Town, Two Newspapers: Will the Real Digital Innovators Please Stand Up?  —  Another day, another newspaper bankruptcy.  This time it was the Journal Register national chain, home to eighteen small dailies including the New Haven Register, and now operating under the seemingly sexier-sounding name of Digital First Media.
Discussion: NetNewsCheck Latest and Poynter
Greta Van Susteren / Gretawire:
The Self Delusion of BROADCAST news and the danger of ‘quiet’ bias  —  I just watched Ted Koppel on NBC with Brian Williams on NBC.  The theme of their show?  Cable new anchors are biased and network news anchors - especially those of yesteryear - are not or if they are, they don't show it.  Really?
Discussion: TVNewser
Tracie Powell / Poynter:
New Comedy Central ads: ‘You can trust us’ for political coverage  —  “The Daily Show” and “The Colbert Report” are back, after being on hiatus following coverage of both national political conventions.  In the next few weeks, viewers can look forward to seeing more unadulterated political coverage …
Discussion: Media Decoder
Bob Cohn / The Atlantic Online:
Hiring in the Digital Age  —  Even for twentysomethings, the job description is clear: Everyone is an editor in chief.  —  Not so long ago, magazine and newspaper editors knew exactly what they were looking for when hiring young journalists.  Certain jobs called for certain skills …
Discussion: Poynter and B2B Memes
Jim Romenesko:
Distrust in U.S. media hits a new high  —  Highlights from the just-released poll:  —  * This year's decline in media trust is driven by independents and Republicans.  —  * Republicans express the least trust in the media, while Democrats express the most.
Scott Soshnick / Bloomberg:
NFL Said to Have Deal With Time Warner for NFL Network, RedZone  —  The National Football League reached agreement with Time Warner (TWC) Cable Inc. to carry the league-owned NFL Network and RedZone Channel, a person with direct knowledge of the situation said.
Nat Ives / AdAge:
Maxim Cuts Circulation 20%  —  Publisher Drops Rate Base From 2.5 Million to 2 Million and Eyes Growth Elsewhere  —  Maxim magazine is cutting the paid circulation it guarantees advertisers from 2.5 million to 2 million next year, a 20% drop, and reducing its publishing frequency to 10 issues next year from 11 this year.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
It's 2012, and Web Video Still Hasn't Made a Dent in TV  —  Everyone watches a lot of Web video.  So, obviously, the people who spend a lot of money advertising on TV are going to start spending that money on the Web.  —  “Go where your customers have gone,” Google chairman Eric Schmidt told advertisers …
The Guardian's future: Unguarded  —  UK Only Article: UK article only Issue: Could Asia really go to war over these?  Fly Title: The Guardian's future Rubric: No newspaper is having an easy time, but one faces unique challenges Main image: 20120922_BRP003_0.jpg LAST year the Guardian newspaper …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Aereo Says New Content Deals Coming for Web TV  —  Aereo, the start-up that lets users watch broadcast TV over the Web, is branching out.  —  CEO Chet Kanojia says his IAC-backed company will soon start offering programming that doesn't come from local TV stations, which he'll sell for an additional fee.
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Discussion: Reuters
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Jim Romenesko:
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Discussion: FishbowlNY
Jeff Sonderman / Poynter:
NPR, other news orgs tighten comment moderation to improve conversation
Discussion: NPR and Kirk LaPointe's …
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