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8:10 PM ET, September 27, 2013


 Top News: 
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Seymour Hersh on Obama, NSA and the ‘pathetic’ American media  —  Pulitzer Prize winner explains how to fix journalism, saying press should 'fire 90% of editors and promote ones you can't control'  —  Seymour Hersh has got some extreme ideas on how to fix journalism - close down the news bureaus …
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Top NBCU Digital Exec Lauren Zalaznick to Depart Company  —  Well-known NBCUniversal exec Lauren Zalaznick, who has recently been working on the media giant's growth into new digital arenas, is leaving the company, according to an internal memo.  —  A longtime veteran of NBCU …
Meg James / Los Angeles Times:
Tribune prepares for cost-cutting, says no targets for expense reduction have been issued  —  Tribune newspapers, including L.A. Times, prepare for cost-cutting  —  Tribune newspapers, including the Los Angeles Times, may be due for another round of cost-cuting.  Above, at the Tribune Tower in Chicago.
Robert Feder:
Tribune boss orders $100 million in cuts
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Conflicts of Interest: CNN adjusts ethics policy around Crossfire  —  Yesterday we reported that Crossfire host Newt Gingrich may have broken ethical rules for conflicts of interest set forth by CNN's EVP of standards and practices Rick Davis.  —  Today, those rules appear to have changed.
Erik Wemple:
CNN on ‘Crossfire’ ethics: Ha!
Discussion: @erikwemple and @noahcrothman
Jim Romenesko:
GateHouse Media: Our bankruptcy filing ‘is not a reflection of any operational problem’  —  GateHouse Media has filed for voluntary Chapter 11 bankruptcy.  CEO Michael Reed says in a memo that “with the challenges facing our industry and the impending maturity of our secured debt next year …
Discussion: Poynter
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Attention v. relationship economy  —  Oddly, Google chief economist Hal Varian analyzes newspapers' problems and prescribes solutions strictly from an old-media perspective — based on attention to marketing messages — rather than an internet (namely, Google) perspective of relevance and relationships.
Mathew Ingram / paidContent:
Google's chief economist understands media better than some industry executives do
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Reuters cuts raise questions about company's consumer strategy  —  Today, the Newspaper Guild, a union that represents approximately 400 employees of the global information provider Thomson Reuters, announced that management is seeking “to eliminate five Guild positions from the recently …
The Newspaper Guild of New York:   Next, Reuters targets five jobs in demise of website project
Russian media protests detention of Greenpeace freelance photographer  —  A dozen Russian websites have used black and gray squares instead of photos, protesting against the detention of a Russian freelance photographer with other Greenpeace activists for their action in the Arctic.
Nico Hines / The Daily Beast:
Kieron Bryan: British Journalist Held Without Trial in Russia
Discussion: BBC
Angela Washeck / 10,000 Words:
Plagiarism and Attribution Tests for Journalists: A Must or Not?  —  If there's anything journalists know, it's how not to plagiarize in our writing.  Right?  Right?!  Wrong, apparently.  —  Wednesday Jim Romenesko broke the news on his blog that Digital First Media (DFM) …
GNM press office:
Alex Koppelman joins the Guardian as US News Editor  —  The Guardian announced today that it has hired Alex Koppelman as US news editor.  The announcement was made by the Guardian's US editor in chief Janine Gibson.  —  Koppelman will be a senior member of the editing team and will help set …
Discussion: @nxthompson and FishbowlNY
Chris Ariens / TVNewser:
Lee Thornton, First African American Woman to Cover the White House for TV, Has Died  —  Lee Thornton, a former CNN and CBS correspondent, has died.  —  Thornton, who died Wednesday of pancreatic cancer, was the first African American woman to cover a regular White House beat for one of the big three broadcast networks, at CBS News.
Discussion: FishbowlDC
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Feds: DOJ press guidelines don't raise bar for leak case  —  New guidelines Attorney General Eric Holder issued recently for investigations involving journalists don't undercut legal arguments made in an ongoing leak prosecution, prosecutors said in a court filing Friday.
Discussion: @joshgerstein and @kgosztola
William Launder / Wall Street Journal:
New York Times Forecasts Further Drop in Ad Revenue  —  Overall Revenue to Rise, Though, Thanks to Stronger Circulation  —  New York Times Co. expects to report around a 3% decline in print and digital advertising revenue for the third quarter, Chief Executive Mark Thompson said Thursday …
Discussion: Reuters and MoneyBeat
George Brock / New Statesman:
Journalism is going to survive this era of creative destruction  —  Here's why.  —  Creative destruction is no fun if it is your livelihood or beloved newspaper that is being destroyed.  But my researches have convinced me that journalism is being adapted, rethought and reconstructed …
Discussion: @annnyberg
Tom Hals / Reuters:
Judge tosses lawsuit opposed to Sirius takeover by Liberty Media  —  (Reuters) - The board of Sirius XM Radio Inc did not breach its duty to shareholders by allowing a takeover by Liberty Media Corp without demanding it pay a premium for the stock, a Delaware judge ruled on Friday.
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