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1:35 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
EMI chief executive Roger Faxon's email to staff  —  Music labels will have to be sold off to enable Universal's takeover to go ahead  —  It has been almost eleven months since Citi reached an agreement to sell EMI Music to Universal Music Group.  From that moment to this …
Ben Sisario / Media Decoder:
Joaquín Almunia on Europe's Tough Terms for Approving Universal-EMI Deal
Discussion: Guardian
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
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
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 …
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
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
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: Poynter
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.
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
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.
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
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.
Discussion: and Adweek
Sarah Marshall /
Social news app News360 partners with 30 news outlets  —  Tablet and smartphone app News360 launches beta publisher programme  —  Social newsreader app News360 has announced the launch of the first stage of a publisher programme.  —  The US-based app has teamed up with 30 publishers …
Nick Wingfield / NYT Bits:
Salon Sells The Well to Longtime Members  —  One of the earliest online communities, The Well, has a new owner: its members.  —  On Thursday evening, Salon Media Group, the previous owner of The Well, said it had sold the community to The Well Group, a private investment group consisting …
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Move over, GQ and Details: M mag is back  —  Conde Nast, which has been largely absent from the world of launching magazines since its $100 million flop with Portfolio, is returning to the start-up game next week.  —  M magazine, from Condé Nast's Fairchild division …
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 …
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
ESPN builds a Twitter-style firehose for sports news  —  ESPN is giving sports fans a way to hook up to its firehose of content with a new Twitter-style stream called SportsCenter Feed.  The sports cable and online network is amassing almost every bit of content it pushes out over …
Discussion: TechCrunch
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Nieman Journalism Lab:
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Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
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 Earlier Picks: 
Stefan Simons / Spiegel Online:
‘A Drawing Has Never Killed Anyone’
Discussion: Reuters
Jim Romenesko:
Groupon loses managing editor to Sun-Times parent Wrapports
Discussion: Street Fight and AllThingsD
Alex Weprin / TVNewser:
Second Israeli Video Provider to Drop CNN International
Jeff Bercovici / Forbes:
Time Warner CEO Explains Why He Doesn't Care About Selling HBO To Cord-Cutters (Or Old Folks)
Jim Romenesko:
Here's the pension letter that New York Times sent to ex-employees
Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke / The New York Observer:
Harper's Hires an ‘Anti-Economist’
Discussion: FishbowlNY
Jeff Sonderman / Poynter:
NPR, other news orgs tighten comment moderation to improve conversation
Discussion: NPR and Kirk LaPointe's …