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2:30 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.
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: FishbowlNY and Hit & Run
Jim Epstein / Reason:
David Simon Accuses Reason of Producing a “Shanked” Interview With Him.  Decide for Yourself.  —  Yesterday, we released a 21-minute-long interview with David Simon (video and a transcript here), the creative force behind much great television, including The Wire and Treme, which starts its third season on HBO this Sunday.
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 …
Dominic Rushe / Guardian:
James Murdoch as Fox TV head would be a ‘slap in the face’ to shareholders  —  News that Rupert Murdoch's son could soon lead Fox Networks met with shock and anger from News Corp shareholders  —  News Corp shareholders have reacted angrily to news that James Murdoch could soon run the media giant's flagship Fox TV channel.
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
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 …
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
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: Poynter and TVNewser
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
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
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.
Discussion: and Engadget
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
Steve Buttry / The Buttry Diary:
apme2012 and #ONA12: Sharp contrast in social media view  —  Walking to the Online News Association Friday morning in San Francisco, I tuned in using Twitter to the Associated Press Media Editors conference in Nashville.  The contrast was striking.  —  At ONA, I attended an enlightening …
Nieman Journalism Lab:
Four reasons why an open-source newsroom is harder than it looks: Lessons from Al Jazeera  —  Editor's Note: Nikki Usher and Seth C. Lewis are academic researchers studying the intersection of journalists and technologists, or “hacks and hackers.”  The latest part of their work included Usher's …
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 …
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Discussion: TechCrunch
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
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Stefan Simons / Spiegel Online:
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Discussion: Reuters
Jim Romenesko:
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Alex Weprin / TVNewser:
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Jeff Bercovici / Forbes:
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