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3:10 PM ET, September 27, 2013


 Top News: 
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  —  It's not clear how they're supposed to do it, but Tribune Co. executives have been ordered to come up with $100 million in budget cuts, sources said, as the company prepares to spin off the publishing side of the business.
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 …
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  —  Hal Varian, Google's chief economist, talked about the challenges facing the newspaper business in a recent presentation in Italy, and showed that he understands those challenges better than most media executives.
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
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 …
Discussion: BuzzFeed
The Newspaper Guild of New York:   Next, Reuters targets five jobs in demise of website project
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 …
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: FishbowlNY and @nxthompson
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
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.
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) …
Sara Morrison / The Wrap:
BuzzFeed Dominates on Facebook, BBC Tops Twitter, Study Says  —  BuzzFeed, “the media company for the social age,” has mastered at least one social network.  —  A NewsWhip study released on Thursday showed that the social sharing-focused site had far and away the most engagement on Facebook …
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Patrick Wintour / Guardian:
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Lance Murray / Dallas Business Journal:
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Genevieve Belmaker / Poynter:
The Guardian's Rusbridger talks about his new book, which is ‘partly about having a crazy life’
Discussion: Capital New York and @arusbridger
Chris Rauber / San Francisco Business Times:
Former Bay Guardian editor Tim Redmond launching left-wing nonprofit news site
Samir Husni / Mr. Magazine:
Esquire At Its Best: David Granger, the Editor Behind the Magazine Talks About Print …
Discussion: @janefriedman and @agilitycms
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Intel Looking for Help from Amazon or Samsung to Keep Its Web TV Project Alive
Desiree Everts DeNunzio / CNET:
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