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5:50 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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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 …
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 …
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
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Greg Mitchell / The Nation:
‘NYT’ Fingers McClatchy for ‘Terror’ Leak—and Now McClatchy Hits Back
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Politico
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.
Karthika Muthukumaraswamy / The Huffington Post:
A La Carte Journalism: Where People (and Reporters) Set the Agenda  —  So you want to do investigative journalism?  Or produce a TV series?  Or create a biopic?  But you don't have the money to fund it?  No problem.  Ask your future consumers for money.
Discussion: Kirk LaPointe's …
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Music video site VEVO launches in Germany  —  Music and entertainment-focused video site VEVO has arrived in Germany, ending its two-year long effort to meet local licensing demands in the European country.  —  VEVO has opened an office in Berlin, out of which its operations in Germany — its 13th market worldwide — will be run.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Another Key Hulu Executive Leaves  —  Hulu sales head JP Colaco, one of the video company's key remaining early hires, is leaving the company.  —  Andy Forssell, the website's acting CEO, announced the departure via a blog post yesterday, and said Colaco was leaving later this month to …
Discussion: Hulu Blog and Variety
Molly Young / New York Magazine:
A profile of Tumblr and David Karp after Yahoo  —  “It Was the Biggest Game of Chicken I've Ever Seen.”  —  David Karp built a massive, culturally totemic company that was losing millions of dollars a month.  After a huge infusion of Yahoo cash, he's breathing easier.  —  Tumblr  —  Founded: 2007
Lucia Moses / Adweek:
National Journal Goes Responsive, Shuns App  —  Atlantic Media Co.'s National Journal is adopting a responsive design while moving away from apps, counter to the thinking of other publishers who believe there's a role for both to play in reaching mobile users.
Discussion: FishbowlDC and NationalJournal.com
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
How a Fox News Lawsuit Might Impact the Future of News  —  When Fox News sued a media monitoring company called TVEyes at the end of July, did it realize it was suing a defense contractor?  The lawsuit alleges that TVEyes is running a service making “verbatim reproduction” …
Dawn C. Chmielewski / Los Angeles Times:
Netflix stock hits all-time high on forecast of strong global growth  —  Netflix Inc. stock soared to record levels Tuesday, apparently propelled by a new analyst report predicting surprising growth in the streaming video service's international subscribers.
Discussion: TheStreet.com and NASDAQ.com
 
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Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke / The New York Observer:
Dan Nosowitz Leaving Popular Science For Ken Lerer's Animal-Themed Website
Jim Romenesko:
Gawker Media hits 97.5M uniques in September
Discussion: Gawker and @nicknotned
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Florida university disciplines student journalist who tried to report on suicide
Discussion: The Daily Pulp and @poynter
Mick Hume / Columbia Journalism Review:
Free speech threats in the US and UK
Joel Connelly / seattlepi.com:
Kathy Best is new editor of Seattle Times
Discussion: The Seattle Times and Poynter
Aarti Virani / India Real Time:
South Asia's Growing Impact on U.S. Films, TV
Discussion: @theaerogram
 Earlier Picks: 
Greg Mitchell / The Nation:
Media Coverage of Shutdown Threat: A Journalistic ‘Disgrace’
Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke / The New York Observer:
Sarah Bartlett Named New Dean of CUNY Graduate School of Journalism
Alison Langley / Columbia Journalism Review:
Google France's $81 million media boost
Discussion: @jayrosen_nyu
Ben Sisario / New York Times:
Congressman Proposes New Rules for Music Royalties
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Dallas Morning News to drop paywall Oct. 1