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1:10 PM ET, September 1, 2013


 Top News: 
Sir David Frost, broadcaster and writer, dies at 74  —  Veteran broadcaster Sir David Frost has died at the age of 74 after a suspected heart attack.  —  Sir David's career spanned journalism, comedy writing and daytime television presenting, including The Frost Report and That Was The Week That Was.
Peter Walker / Guardian:
David Frost: a career in clips  —  From That Was The Week That Was to the Nixon interviews to al-Jazeera, Frost delivered 50 years of broadcasting excellence  —  The difficulty in describing Sir David Frost's career arises both from the sheer scale of it - he achieved national fame …
Discussion: @bbcnews
Margaret Sullivan / New York Times:
A Year in the Life of a Watchdog  —  IT'S a Monday morning in August — last Monday, to be precise — and more than 500 e-mails have arrived in the public editor's in-box.  Some are spam.  Some are requests for corrections or assignments, which can be sent to another desk.
Spiegel Online:
NSA Spied On Al Jazeera Communications  —  Arab news broadcaster Al Jazeera was spied on by the National Security Agency, according to documents seen by SPIEGEL.  The US intelligence agency hacked into protected communication, a feat that was considered a particular success.
Al Jazeera English:
Egypt frees four-member Al Jazeera team  —  Four-man team set free after being detained for five days without charge, as three other staff are still in custody.  —  Egyptian authorities have freed a four-member team of Al Jazeera journalists after holding them in detention for five days without charge.
Discussion: Reuters and @antderosa
Matt Buchanan / The New Yorker Blog:
Syria's Other Army: How the Hackers Wage War  —  At 5:41 P.M. on Tuesday, a tweet from the account of the hacker collective known as the Syrian Electronic Army, which supports the regime of Syria's President, Bashar al-Assad, said, “Media is going down...” It had been a couple of hours since …
Discussion: Krebs on Security, Crikey and BBC
Alex Weprin / TVNewser:
Network Correspondents Converge On Syria And Surrounding Countries
Discussion: @yancyfaith
Alissa J. Rubin / New York Times:
Press Adds ‘What if?’ to Five W's in France  —  PARIS — What does a newspaper do over the summer in a country where nearly everybody goes on vacation at the same time?  —  With many French journalists (and their sources) away from late July to late August and many vacationing readers less inclined …
Felix Salmon:
Do online business models matter?  —  Nick Bilton has an odd column up about Business Insider and NSFWCorp — two publications which he has picked to represent the “reliant on ad revenue” and “reliant on subscription revenue” business models, respectively.  He's particularly interested …
Discussion: @thelepathy and @mathewi
Peter Jukes / The New Republic:
Murdoch's Papers Fight the Guardian (and Free Speech)  —  Journalism's circular firing squad, UK edition  —  While it might be a mite too early to assess the historic and political impact of Edward Snowden's leaks of top secret NSA documents, the first casualty is already clear: journalism.
Discussion: Mediashift
Erik Hayden / Hollywood Reporter:
CNN's ‘Crossfire’ to Debut One Week Earlier to Cover Syria  —  The political debate show is now scheduled to debut on September 9.  —  CNN is resurrecting Crossfire earlier than expected.  —  On Sunday, the network said that the political debate show would return on Monday …
Pit Gottschalk / INMA:
Does your editorial team support your digitisation strategy?  —  A newspaper's print employees can be its best digital ambassadors, by driving traffic to the online edition from print — with links.  A recent study took a look at how well 102 German newspapers do just that.
Discussion: @earljwilkinson
Ken Doctor / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The newsonomics of big and little, from NBC News and GlobalPost to Thunderdome  —  Ah, the joys of big and of little.  —  In media businesses, little means few if any layers of bothersome decision-making.  Agility.  Nimbleness.  Independence.  All great and positive values.
Discussion: @kdoctor, @jayrosen_nyu and @niemanlab
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Caroline O'Donovan / Nieman Journalism Lab:
AIR's Localore is putting down roots and trying to build a more networked public media
Discussion: @jbenton
The Media Briefing:
WPP's Sorrell: No media sector is safe from digital disruption
Discussion: @drewb, Thanks:@mediabrief
Beejoli Shah / Defamer:
Can Journalism Save Hollywood? (Or Vice Versa?)
Meg James / Los Angeles Times:
L.A. City Council to debate Time Warner Cable-CBS blackout
Discussion: @megjameslat
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Joshua Benton / Nieman Journalism Lab:
New York Times improves its recommendations engine
Discussion: The Next Web and @niemanlab
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