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3:55 AM ET, October 2, 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’  —  Despite a wave of disruptive furloughs at the Pentagon, CIA, NASA and other federal agencies, Uncle Sam will continue pumping out thousands of hours of government-funded news programs to foreign audiences during the shutdown.
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: Digital Trends
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Tim Peterson / AdAge:
Hulu Ad Chief JP Colaco Is Latest to Depart Video Service
Discussion: Hulu Blog, Variety and AllThingsD
Greg Mitchell / The Nation:
‘NYT’ Fingers McClatchy for ‘Terror’ Leak—and Now McClatchy Hits Back  —  Yesterday morning the top story at the New York Times site reported on US analysts feeling that the early-August leak to the media on how Al Qaeda communicates had done more to harm our anti-terrorism effort than anything revealed by Edward Snowden.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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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.
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.
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 …
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.
AdAge:
BtoB Magazine to Become Part of Advertising Age  —  BtoB Magazine, the leading publication for business-to-business marketers, will become part of Advertising Age, its sister publication on the consumer marketing side, Crain Communications announced Tuesday.
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
CBS Leads News and Documentary Emmy Award Winners  —  ‘60 Minutes,’ ‘CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley’ lead Eye to dozen wins  —  CBS lead TV news hounds with a dozen wins at the 34th annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards, presented Tuesday night at Lincoln Center's Frederick P. Rose Hall.
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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Dawn C. Chmielewski / Los Angeles Times:
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Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Florida university disciplines student journalist who tried to report on suicide
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Lucia Moses / Adweek:
National Journal Goes Responsive, Shuns App
Discussion: FishbowlDC and NationalJournal.com
Austin Carr / Fast Company:
Scribd, HarperCollins Launch $8.99 Subscription Book Service
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Music video site VEVO launches in Germany
Discussion: VEVO.com, CMU, GigaOM and Softpedia News
Joel Connelly / seattlepi.com:
Kathy Best is new editor of Seattle Times
Discussion: Poynter and The Seattle Times