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12:35 PM ET, March 9, 2010


 Top News: 
Jim Romenesko / Romenesko:
Variety editor: 'It doesn't make economic sense to have full-time reviewers'  —  Subject: internal memo, for Variety editorial staff only  —  Change is always scary, and at Variety, we have had a lot of changes in the past few years.  But change is not always bad.  —  We are making further changes in the newsroom.
Sharon Waxman / The Wrap:
McCarthy Fired After 31 Years at Variety: 'It's the End of Something'
Discussion: New York Times
Thompson on Hollywood:
Variety Cuts Its Life's Blood: Critics McCarthy and Rooney
LAT Blogs / The Big Picture:
Variety lays an egg: Is firing its critics really ‘economic reality’?
Wilder promoted at Variety
Discussion: Folio
Damon Kiesow / Mobile Media:
New York Times to spin off Book Review for e-readers  —  The New York Times is planning to offer its Book Review as a separate digital e-reader product, disaggregated from the rest of the Times content on the mobile devices, according to James Dunn, director of marketing for The New York Times.
Paul Bradshaw / Online Journalism Blog:
Print's advertising problem - tying one hand behind its back  —  Last week Karl Schneider, Reed Business Information's Editorial Director, spent an hour chatting with students in my Online Journalism class.  Most of it is available on video here, but of particular interest to me was a point Karl …
Jim Romenesko / Romenesko:
GateHouse fires subpoenaed Kansas reporter for comments about legal representation  —  Claire O'Brien told other reporters that GateHouse refused to pay for her legal representation and scuttled her efforts to find legal help after being ordered to testify about a jailhouse interview with a murder suspect.
Discussion: Associated Press
Editor and Publisher:   ‘Dodge City Daily Globe’ Reporter Who Testified in Murder Case Gets Fired
John Eggerton / Broadcasting & Cable:
FCC Creating Digital Literacy Corp, Ponders Free/Low Cost Broadband Service  —  Corps would boost adoption by training people in low-adoption areas  —  The FCC wants to create a digital literacy corps to help boost broadband adoption by training people in low-adoption areas …
Discussion: KnightBlog
Knight Foundation News Releases:
New Contest Aims to Create Easier Online Access to Government and Community Services
Discussion: KnightBlog
Jane Martinson / Guardian:
Murdoch: Gulf states should open up to foreign media  —  News Corporation chief says region should cut regulation and end censorship, and promotes idea of paying for content  —  Read the full text of Rupert Murdoch's speech (pdf)  —  Rupert Murdoch has called on Gulf states to open …
Jim O'Neill / Online Video News:
Hulu scores deal with the NFL Network for online video  —  Think Hulu's going to suffer because it lost The Daily Show and The Colbert Report?  Maybe, but it gained a whole new audience by adding more than 600 clips of NFL content—more than 400 hours worth—to its site this week.
Terry McDermott / CJR:
Dumb Like a Fox  —  Fox News isn't part of the GOP; it has simply (and shamelessly) mastered the confines of cable  —  Last December 10 was a big news day.  U.S. Senate negotiators announced they had agreed to a compromise on health care reform, final preparations were being made for a global conference …
Discussion: Inside Cable News
Robert Eisenhart / Editors Weblog:
Facebook: A place to share articles on the weekend  —  A recent survey of Facebook user habits by DanZarrella found that users are more likely to share articles with friends over the weekend than the week, even though less news is typically published during this time.
Discussion: Dan Zarrella
Phil Rosenthal / Chicago Tribune:
Chicago Tribune to produce pages for sister paper in Virginia  —  Tribune Co.'s Virginia newspaper plans to outsource the editing and designing of much of its content to the newsroom of its corporate flagship, the Chicago Tribune, in a bid to reduce costs and focus resources on local coverage.
Discussion: Charles Apple
Associated Press:
AP hires NY Times exec to boost digital revenue  —  AP puts New York Times Web vice president in charge of digital sales expansion  —  The Associated Press has named Nick Ascheim as general manager of AP Digital with responsibility for its new strategic business unit, AP Gateway.
Discussion: Romenesko and Editor and Publisher
Mike Fleming /
‘Sopranos’ Creator To Film Rock Drama  —  EXCLUSIVE: Two years after baffling audiences with his abrupt cut-to-black ending for HBO's The Sopranos, David Chase is back — this time, with a feature film.  Unfortunately, it's not about the Mafia.  But the subject matter could be just as compelling.
David Foster Wallace Archive Acquired by Harry Ransom Center  —  AUSTIN, Texas—The Harry Ransom Center, a humanities research library and museum at The University of Texas at Austin, has acquired the archive of writer David Foster Wallace (1962-2008), author of “Infinite Jest” (1996) …
Henny Sender / Financial Times:
Colony Capital to take over Leibovitz's loans  —  Annie Leibovitz, the celebrity photographer, is turning to Colony Capital, a private equity firm better known for its real estate investments, for loans to help clean up her finances, people familiar with the deal said.
Eric Deggans /
Jimmy Fallon hosts live performance of Lazy Sunday  —  It seems almost quaint to think about it now.  But there was a time when TV networks were so freaked out about people circulating their best moments on YouTube, they actually tried to stop it from happening.
Discussion: Mediaite
Richard Huff / NY Daily News:
Andy Richter slams NBC, Jay Leno over Conan O'Brien ‘Tonight’ show mess on ‘Regis & Kelly’  —  Conan O'Brien's sidekick Andy Richter is frustrated with NBC and Jay Leno over the way the network handled O'Brien on “The Tonight Show.”  —  “Everybody said they were going to do something and then they didn't …
Laura McGann / Nieman Journalism Lab:
How Ars Technica's “experiment” with ad-blocking readers built on its community's affection for the site  —  Even on the web, sometimes actions really do speak louder than words.  —  The technology site Ars Technica has a tech-savvy group of readers, of which about 40 percent have installed ad-blocking software in their web browsers.
Discussion: Techdirt and Guardian
Newsosaur / Reflections of a Newsosaur:
Publisher profits dive 1.7x faster than sales  —  While sales have fallen an average of 27.4% at newspaper companies in the last two years, profits have plunged 1.7 times faster, according to an analysis of the financial statements of the publicly held publishers.
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