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2:35 PM ET, October 29, 2014


 Top News: 
Wolfgang Blau / Guardian:
Guardian US launches responsive, redesigned website with flexible section pages  —  Welcome to the new Guardian US  —  We are proud to introduce our 27 million American readers to the new US edition of today.  Take a look around and let us know what you think
Jasper Jackson / TheMediaBriefing:
Guardian executive digital editor: ‘The decline of print is an absolute given.’  —  Despite all the signs to the contrary, many in the newspaper business still hold on to the idea that print will have a big role to play in the long-term future of news organisations.
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
PBS NewsHour Enters Partnership With The Atlantic Magazine  —  The Atlantic magazine is teaming up with PBS's “NewsHour” in a pact that will produce the first regular broadcast adaptation rof reporting from the periodical, which focuses on long-form journalism and ideas.
Pierre Omidyar / First Look Media:
Magazine journalist Matt Taibbi has left Pierre Omidyar's First Look Media: “Our differences were never about editorial independence”  —  Important Announcement  —  I regret to announce that after several weeks of discussions, Matt Taibbi has left First Look.  We wish him well.
Theo Padnos / New York Times:
Theo Padnos, American Journalist, on Being Kidnapped, Tortured and Released in Syria  —  My Captivity: A Journalist's Years in Syria  —  In 2012, Theo Padnos, an American journalist, was kidnapped by the Nusra Front.  After months of beatings and torture, he was certain he would be executed.
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Digital chief Denise Warren leaves the Times  —  Denise Warren, The New York Times' digital chief and a 26-year veteran, is leaving the company as a result of what Times brass described as “organizational changes.”  —  Warren has served as executive vice president of digital products and services since April 2013.
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Scotsman titles to merge with up to 45 job losses  —  Johnston Press announces flagship daily will share operations with Scotland on Sunday and the Edinburgh Evening News  —  The Scotsman, Scotland on Sunday and the Edinburgh Evening News are to merge operations with the loss of up to 45 jobs.
Sarah Hartley / Prolific North:
Johnston Press ‘near doubling’ of mobile audience alongside revenue decline
Brewster / Internet Archive Blogs:
Internet Archive launches new tools to open archiving process to media-based communities  —  Building Libraries Together: New Tools for a New Direction  —  Let's work together to save all human knowledge.  Today the Internet Archive is announcing a new beta site and new tools to encourage everyone to lend a hand.
The Moscow Times:   Russia Bans Wayback Machine Internet Archive Over Islamic State Video
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Former CBS News reporter Sharyl Attkisson alleges network suppressed stories on ‘corporate partners’  —  CBS News declined to comment on the allegations below.  —  In an astonishing media tour following her resignation from CBS News last spring, correspondent Sharyl Attkisson sat …
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
British Broadcaster Sky Invests $7 Million In YouTube Video Network Whistle Sports  —  Sky (BSkyB) is best known as a British satellite broadcaster, but it is increasingly becoming a startup investor after it announced its third deal in a month.  Fresh from putting $5 million …
Geoffrey King / Committee to Protect Journalists:
For journalists coming into US, policies border on the absurd  —  I was only supposed to be in Miami for the briefest of layovers.  I was en route to San Francisco from São Paulo in Brazil, where I had participated in the NETMundial Conference on Internet governance along with hundreds …
David Folkenflik / NPR:
Behind The Scenes, Storyful Exposes Viral Hoaxes For News Outlets  —  Listen to the Story  —  At most news organizations, journalists celebrate when they get a story in print, on air or online.  —  At Storyful, editors high-five when they knock a story down.
Discussion: @mjenkins and
Charles Lister / New York Times:
Cantlie/ISIS video raises ethical questions about broadcasting material produced by kidnappers  —  Echoes of Patty Hearst in Kobani  —  A propaganda video released on Monday by Islamic State militants in Syria, recorded in the besieged city of Kobani and narrated by a hostage …
Saeed Kamali Dehghan / Guardian:
Iranian journalists detained after reporting on acid attacks  —  Hardliners criticise news agency's coverage of assaults on women in city of Isfahan  —  Iranian authorities, irked by the scale of public outrage about a string of acid attacks in the city of Isfahan, have turned on the media …
Berivan Orucoglu / Foreign Policy:
Jonathan Kaiman / Guardian:
Hong Kong protests bring crisis of confidence for traditional media  —  Young turn to social media as newspapers and TV stations owned by local tycoons take care not to offend mainland China  —  Every time Alice Lau visits Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests, she wears two photo ID badges …
Patrick Frater / Variety:
Australia Channel Replaces ABC's Australia Network  —  HONG KONG — The Australia Channel will take to the airwaves in international markets in a place previously occupied by the Australia Network, which closed definitively at the end of September.  The...
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
UK newspaper ad revenue returns to growth as digital income surges  —  Online ad spend a major factor behind second annual increase since 2007, with total figure set to rise 1% to £1.42bn in 2015  —  Digital ad spend across UK newspapers is predicted to rise 19.5% in 2014, says the Advertising Association.
Discussion: allmediascotland
Diana Marszalek / NetNewsCheck:
Alt Weeklies Plan To Launch Online Radio  —  To try to grow its members' reach — and revenue — the Association of Alternative Newsmedia early next year plans to launch an online radio station that reflects the medium's tradition of being “scrappy, entrepreneurial and willing to push.”
Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
Why the newspaper industry is leaving six-month circulation reports behind  —  For several years now, the Alliance for Audited Media (AAM) has been reporting more and more detail on print and digital audience numbers for individual newspaper organizations while saying less and less about the industry as a whole.
The Seattle Times:
FBI exploited press credibility in bomb ruse  —  The Federal Bureau of Investigation's decision to use The Associated Press name on a made-up story to track down a suspect obliterates a line that never should have been crossed.  —  THE Associated Press has a well-earned reputation as an independent, credible government watchdog.
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