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1:30 AM ET, September 22, 2012


 Top News: 
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.
Greg Beato / Reason:
Welcome to the Golden Age of Fact-Checking
Discussion: PandoDaily
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Writer finds more plagiarism, problems in Jonah Lehrer's books
Discussion: FishbowlNY and Hit & Run
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
The story of ‘M,’ Peter Kaplan's latest ambition  —  “The ‘A’ can't point down!”  —  That's what Fairchild Fashion Media editorial director Peter Kaplan said when he got his eyes on the page proofs for the opening essay of his new magazine, M.  —  It was a relaunch of a publication Fairchild had been putting out until 1992.
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:   Move over, GQ and Details: M mag is back
Nieman Journalism Lab:
Postcard from Doha: At Al Jazeera English, interactive journalism built on collaboration  —  DOHA, Qatar — Mohammed el-Haddad knows there is a larger dialogue in the United States and the U.K. about data journalism, hacker journalism, or whatever the term may be.  He knows it's an emerging career track in newsrooms.
Nieman Journalism Lab:   Four reasons why an open-source newsroom is harder than it looks: Lessons from Al Jazeera
Exclusive: Tribune eyes former Discovery executive Liguori as CEO  —  (Reuters) - Peter Liguori, a former top executive at News Corp's Fox and Discovery Communications Inc, has emerged as the leading candidate for Chief Executive at Tribune Co once it emerges from bankruptcy, according to two sources close to the situation.
Discussion: and The Wrap
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 and Reuters
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.
Jeffrey Hermes / Nieman Journalism Lab:
A reason for optimism in the IRS' handling of nonprofit news orgs  —  Editor's Note: This update — from Digital Media Law Project director Jeff Hermes — got lost in the shuffle on Friday afternoon, so we're reposting it here.  The takeaway: There's a reason to be a little more optimistic …
Anna Codrea-Rado / CJR:
A timeline that isn't boring  —  The New York Times reimagines a form to offer new perspective on driving deaths  —  Timelines are generally considered the lowest form of data visualization, because displaying data chronologically doesn't tend to provide much journalist value.
Jim Romenesko:
[UPDATED] Tipster: ‘Plagiarism had almost made it to the final print’ of Chris Anderson's new book  —  UPDATE: Crown Publishing Group marketing and publicity director Tara Delaney Gilbride sends this email: … A tipster who received a review copy of Wired editor Chris Anderson's “Makers” …
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: Engadget and
Ted Hesson / ABCNEWS:
Jose Antonio Vargas Challenges NYT and AP To Drop ‘Illegal Immigrant’  —  Starting today, a non-profit founded by Jose Antonio Vargas, a journalist, activist, and undocumented immigrant, will begin monitoring the use of the phrase “illegal immigrant” in the media, with the goal of shifting the conversation around the issue.
Discussion: Politico
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 …
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
AP promises members it won't break news on social media  —  At the Associated Press Media Editors confab in Nashville, Tenn., AP Executive Editor and Senior Vice President Kathleen Carroll promised the service's users it wouldn't scoop them: … This isn't a new policy for the news co-op …
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
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
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