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11:20 AM ET, September 29, 2013


 Top News: 
Steven Mufson / Washington Post:
As Jeff Bezos prepares to take over, a look at forces that shaped The Washington Post sale  —  On April 4, Donald E. Graham sat for a videotaped interview about how the Internet and digital technology had hammered and transformed the news business.  Cradling a coffee cup emblazoned with the word …
Discussion: Poynter, @mathewi, @carr2n and Riptide
Jim Romenesko:
Memo: ‘Regretfully, a number of Patches will have to be closed’  —  Bud Rosenthal, the new CEO of AOL's Patch, told employees in a memo sent at 6:14 p.m. ET Friday that “we have believed strongly in the value of a connected local community.  However this commitment has not translated …
Discussion: @dangillmor
Margaret Sullivan / New York Times:
Perilous Task of Innovation in a Digital Age  —  CRUISES.  Conferences.  New forms of advertising.  Fancy multimedia storytelling.  —  The Gray Lady, as The New York Times has long been known, isn't as sedate as she used to be.  The company is innovating like a house afire.
Discussion: @carloslozadawp and @sulliview
Adrienne LaFrance / Nieman Journalism Lab:
What does the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel know that your newsroom doesn't?  —  Editor's note: In 1882, not long before his 25th birthday, a Wisconsin newspaperman named Lucius Nieman gave his new paper, The Milwaukee Journal, a mission: “The Journal will be the outspoken …
Discussion: @jayrosen_nyu and Nieman Reports
Paul Carr / PandoDaily:
NSFWCORP CEO announces success in public appeal for funds following loosened SEC rules  —  NSFWCORP's race to survive... The results are in  —  On Monday, I wrote about my “Brewster's Millions"-style struggle to close NSFWCORP's latest round of funding before we were forced into a unwanted “pivot.”
Jared Malsin / Columbia Journalism Review:
In Egypt, an anti-Brotherhood media crackdown  —  The current censorship exceeds the crackdown of ousted president Mohamed Morsi  —  CAIRO—The screens went black around 9pm.  It was night of July 3, and Egypt's military chief, General Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, announced on state television …
Discussion: Middle East
Eleanor Clift / The Daily Beast:
As Newsweek changes owners, contributing editor Eleanor Clift reflects on her 50 years there  —  The Magazine That Was  —  “Those were the days, my friend, we thought they'd never end”—as the song from the 1960s goes.  I can still remember the thrill of walking into the lobby …
Sarah Marshall /
The Economist rethinks ‘lean forward, lean back’ model  —  The rise in popularity of touch-screen devices means publishers should be ‘touch first and mobile second’, Neelay Patel from The Economist Group tells conference  —  Until recently The Economist's model was lean forward, lean back publishing.
Discussion: @jeffjarvis and @marklittlenews
Edirin Oputu / Columbia Journalism Review:
Q&A: Andrew Kueneman and Steve Duenes, NYT graphic and Web designers  —  Behind the scenes of “Tomato Can Blues,” the Times' latest multimedia project  —  The New York Times celebrated its 162nd birthday in style last week with the launch of “Tomato Can Blues,” a longform multimedia piece …
Andrew Roth / The Lede:
Russian News Sites Protest Detention of Journalists With Greenpeace Activists  —  A Russian court on Thursday ordered that 22 members of the Greenpeace team that protested Arctic drilling by trying to scale a state-run oil rig may spend up to two months in detention in a Murmansk jail …
Nico Hines / The Daily Beast:
Kieron Bryan: British Journalist Held Without Trial in Russia
Discussion: @greenpeaceuk
Russian media protests detention of Greenpeace freelance photographer
Justin Ellis / Nieman Journalism Lab:
What makes the Texas Tribune's event business so successful?  —  When The Texas Tribune launched in 2009, Evan Smith says the nonprofit news site was in a “proof by assertion” stage.  The assertion, in this case, was that there was an audience hungry for intensely focused-coverage of Texas politics …
Cale Guthrie Weissman / PandoDaily:
Chris Hughes: The separation of business and editorial is outdated  —  Chris Hughes, Facebook co-founder, Obama campaigner, and current owner and editor-in-chief of the New Republic, says he would repeat the most controversial move he's made since the publication's January re-launch.
Alexis Sobel Fitts / Columbia Journalism Review:
For the sake of science  —  PopSci's ‘scientific’ justification for shutting down comments conveys the research poorly  —  The internet has largely weighed in on Popular Science's sudden decision to shut off its comments section earlier this week.  The responses have been, for the most part …
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Chris Ariens / TVNewser:
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Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Feds: DOJ press guidelines don't raise bar for leak case
Discussion: @joshgerstein and @kgosztola
Tom Hals / Reuters:
Judge tosses lawsuit opposed to Sirius takeover by Liberty Media
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