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11:50 PM ET, October 1, 2013

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Dan Froomkin / Al Jazeera America:
Reporting on government shutdown has failed democracy … American news reports are largely blaming the government shutdown on the inability of both political parties to come to terms.  It is supposedly the result of a “bitterly divided” Congress that “failed to reach agreement” (Washington Post) …
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John Hudson / Foreign Policy:
In Shutdown, Government-Funded News Declared ‘Essential to National Security’
Discussion: Bangor Daily News
Caroline O'Donovan / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Is the government shut down? Quartz will tell you (and drive a little traffic in the process)
Discussion: @zseward
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
The Washington Post closes sale to Amazon founder Jeff Bezos  —  Amazon.com founder and chief executive Jeffrey P. Bezos formally took over as the owner of The Washington Post on Tuesday, officially ending 80 years of local control of the newspaper by the Graham family.
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Jia Lynn Yang / Washington Post:
The future of the Washington Post Co. without its flagship newspaper  —  The sale of the Washington Post newspaper Tuesday marked an emotional milestone for its former parent company, whose future long ago stopped revolving around its flagship publication.  —  What comes next is as much a mystery …
Discussion: @romenesko
Wall Street Journal:
Thomson Reuters to Review Business Units  —  Thomson Reuters Inc. plans a fresh review of the company's business units, in the latest sign the data provider is looking for ways to respond to weak demand from its financial services clients.  —  In a video emailed to staff on Tuesday …
Michael Carney / PandoDaily:
Intel exec Erik Huggers throws his hat into the (surprisingly crowded) Hulu CEO ring  —  Early this year, it seemed like no one associated with Hulu wanted to claim ownership of it.  In January, the company's CEO and CTO both announced their resignation, moves that were followed by multiple high level executive departures.
Discussion: New York Post and Digital Trends
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Tim Peterson / AdAge:
Hulu Ad Chief JP Colaco Is Latest to Depart Video Service
Discussion: Hulu Blog, AllThingsD and Variety
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Did leaks alert al Qaida leaders they were being monitored?  —  WASHINGTON — The U.S. government-ordered closure of 19 U.S. diplomatic facilities in August has prompted a new controversy, this one about whether news reports at the time alerted al Qaida leaders that their communications were being monitored.
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Greg Mitchell / The Nation:
‘NYT’ Fingers McClatchy for ‘Terror’ Leak—and Now McClatchy Hits Back
Bill Carter / New York Times:
George Will to Leave ABC News for Fox News  —  George Will, who has been a conservative presence on ABC News for more than three decades, is leaving for the Fox News Channel, the cable news network announced on Tuesday.  —  The news of Mr. Will's hiring was first reported by the conservative news site The Daily Caller.
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Daily Beast's John Avlon rallies troops as roughly 20 colleagues lose their jobs  —  On the first day of its new life without Newsweek, Daily Beast executive editor John Avlon rallied the troops with an afternoon memo full of good news, like a 36-percent year-over-year traffic gain and a nomination to Adweek's annual “Hot List” poll.
Discussion: Gawker and New York Magazine
Kara Brandeisky / ProPublica:
Northwestern's Journalism Program Offers Students Internships with Prestige, But No Paycheck  —  Northwestern University's journalism school boasts of its prowess in preparing students for prestigious careers — but it also serves as a pipeline for unpaid internships.
Michael Rondon / Folio:
Publishers, AOL Partner on Subscription Service  —  Seven magazines, other services, offered at the new storefront.  —  Publishers have partnered with AOL on a new bundled-subscription offering the company rolled out Monday.  —  The service, Gathr, packages subscriptions to a variety of products and services at a discount.
Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed:
The Inside Story Of One Website's Defense Of Assad  —  A small Minnesota news outlet caused a storm when it ran a story claiming Syria's rebels carried out a chemical attack near Damascus in August.  A look inside the murky world of Mint Press News.  —  As Mnar Muhawesh prepared to publish …
Discussion: @rosiegray and @buzzfeedben
Mattderienzo / Connecticut Newsroom:
Journalism's problem may not be the Internet, indeed  —  Earlier this week, a Connecticut newspaper editor set out to explain “the problem with journalism these days.”  The result was a staggering case for more diversity and digital literacy in the leadership of traditional newsrooms.
Austin Carr / Fast Company:
Scribd, HarperCollins Launch $8.99 Subscription Book Service  —  Spotify and Netflix have brought subscription services to the music and movie space.  Could Scribd apply that model to the world of books?  —  For a small monthly fee, consumers are used to getting unlimited access to all types of content …
Pam Belluck / New York Times:
Comment Ban Sets Off Debate  —  Care to comment on a Popular Science article — say, “These Magnetic Nanobots Could Carry Drugs Into Your Brain” or “FYI: Do Animals Have Orgasms?”  —  That's not possible — not anymore.  Last week, the magazine, known for a chatty, pop-culture approach to serious science …
Discussion: @lauraelizdavis
 
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