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6:40 AM ET, October 18, 2013


 Top News: 
Josh Sternberg / Digiday:
Pragmatic Publishers Move Beyond the Great Paywall Debate  —  Starting next year, the New York Times will begin offering a pair of new digital-only subscription products at different rates in order to help it remain profitable and relevant.  That will bring the various subscription options to more than the three it now has.
Darren Boyle / Press Gazette:
FT says that following shift from print to digital it now employs more journalists than ever before  —  The shift from print to digital journalism can lead to an increase in editorial staff according to the Financial Times.  —  Mary Beth Christie, the title's head of operations …
Discussion: @raju
Josh Halliday / Guardian:
Digital subscriptions to the Times and Sunday Times top 150,000
Discussion: mUmBRELLA
Henry Farrell / The Monkey Cage:
Why Glenn Greenwald's new media venture is a big deal  —  Glenn Greenwald, who has published many of the most important scoops from the Edward Snowden leaks, is leaving The Guardian and setting up a new media venture with long-time journalist Laura Poitras and Jeremy Scahill from The Nation.
Adrienne LaFrance / The Great Debate:
Former Civil Beat reporter tells what it's like to work with Pierre Omidyar
Eric Newton / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Eric Newton: Students can pull journalism schools into the digital age  —  Journalism education isn't evolving fast enough, and you should help change that  —  Editor's note: Last summer, longtime Knight Foundation executive Eric Newton issued a call for reform in journalism education …
Andrew Wallenstein / Variety:
It's Official: Mike Hopkins Named CEO of Hulu  —  Interim CEO Andy Forssell exits  —  Hulu has announced Fox Networks distribution chief as CEO of Hulu.  —  Interim CEO Andy Forssell will be leaving the company.  —  “After an extensive search, Mike was simply the best candidate for the job.
Lucas Shaw / The Wrap:
Cinedigm Pays $51.5M for Home Entertainment Player GVE  —  Cinedigm has acquired home entertainment company Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment (GVE) for $51.5 million, the company announced Thursday.  GVE was a division of Gaiam, a health and wellness company, that became a player in the home entertainment space …
Discussion: Home Media Magazine and Variety
Stuart Dredge / Guardian:
Kim Dotcom's Mega ‘not being used for wide-scale copyright infringement’  —  CEO Vikram Kumar claims cloud storage service is appealing less to pirates and more to ‘accountants, lawyers, financial advisers, architects...’  —  Kim Dotcom may be seen as a villainous pirate-king by the creative industries …
Alastair Reid /
How entrepreneurial journalism is building a local voice in Egypt  —  Mandara Online, an Egyptian NGO, acts as a portal for news and content from across rural and disconnected Upper Egypt  — Read more  —  Other top stories  —  Also on
Adam Bernstein / Washington Post:
Journalist Sara Fritz dies at 68  —  Sara Fritz, a Washington-based journalist who worked on early computer-assisted investigations, won awards for her coverage of the White House and Congress, and wrote searchingly about the suicide of her 12-year-old son, died Oct. 16 at George Washington University Hospital.
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Breitbart News shakes up masthead  —  Breitbart News, the combative right-wing news and opinion network, will today announce “a fundamental restructuring” of its masthead that will leave the 27-year-old Alexander Marlow in charge of editorial operations, POLITICO has learned.
Discussion: @bankofkev, @dylanbyers and @noltenc
Cassell Bryan-Low / Wall Street Journal:
British judge forbids WSJ from publishing names in Libor fraud probe  —  U.K. Prosecutors Win Injunction Amid Investigation  —  Cassell Bryan-Low … LONDON—British prosecutors on Thursday obtained a court order prohibiting The Wall Street Journal from publishing names of individuals …
Margaret Sullivan / The Public Editor's Journal:
Behind the Scenes on Changes to a Story on Pope Francis  —  Laurie Goodstein covers one of the most scrutinized beats at The Times.  As national religion correspondent, her recent articles on Pope Francis have been the topic of plenty of conversation and discussion - and have had very heavy readership.
Ricardo Bilton / VentureBeat:
The rise of ‘dark search’ is great for publishers, bad for keyword stuffers  —  At Google, the keyword is inching towards its inevitable, overdue demise.  But then again, maybe its death is already here.  Over the past few months publishers have seem a dramatic rise in the amount of traffic …
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Failure of Verizon's cable partnership kills secretive Nuon content-sharing project  —  Verizon's announcement Thursday that it has terminated an R&D partnership with cable companies announced earlier this summer puts an end to a top-secret project that would have competed with over-the-top services …
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Josh Sternberg / Digiday:
Pageview Journalism Gets a Reset
Tom Cheredar / VentureBeat:
NewsCred launches NewsRoom, a freelance-based newswire service
Discussion: Fast Company and Mashable
Brian Lowry / Variety:
News' Need to Pump Web Traffic Presents Speedbump for Network TV Coverage
Discussion: @davidpoland
Joe Coscarelli / New York Magazine:
How Robert Costa Became the Golden Boy of the Government Shutdown
Kyle Alspach / Boston Business Journal:
Brightcove gets AOL video unit as customer for Zencoder
Andrew Albanese / Publishers Weekly:
Macmillan to Offer Entire E-book Backlist to Libraries
Discussion: @jafurtado and GigaOM
Sami Aboudi / Reuters:
Abu Dhabi-based Sky News Arabia says has lost contact with crew in Syria
Discussion: Guardian, Sky News and and breaking
 Earlier Picks: 
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Union warns ‘Philadelphia Inquirer’ employees to be ‘careful what you say’
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Maker Studios Founder Danny Zappin Buys Website NewMediaRockstars
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
Journalism festival canceled due to funding problems
A year on, no news of US journalist captured in Syria
Discussion: Today and GlobalPost