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2:40 AM ET, June 18, 2010


 Top News: 
Russell Adams / Wall Street Journal:
Vogue Publisher Florio Leaving Conde Nast  —  Tom Florio, the long-time publisher of Vogue, is leaving Conde Nast at the end of the month, Mr. Florio said Thursday.  —  Mr. Florio said in an interview that he's been talking to Conde Nast Chief Executive Chuck Townsend for some time about leaving …
Nat Ives / AdAge:
Sorry: Conde Nast Won't Replace Exiting Vogue Group Publisher  —  Tom Florio's Plum Job Atop Vogue, Other Titles Won't Be Filled  —  NEW YORK ( — For a moment after Conde Nast told staff that Vogue group publisher Tom Florio was leaving at the end of the month …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Huffington Post Buys Adaptive Semantics To Keep Up With 100,000 Comments A Day  —  The Huffington Post has acquired its first company in a small cash deal, and it is not another blog or media site, but a pure technology startup called Adaptive Semantics.  The two-person startup provides …
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
HuffPo's Hippeau On More Acquisitions: 'We'll Be Opportunistic'
Discussion: Fast Company
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
A Google Paid Content System For Publishers May Be Coming By Year-End  —  Updated: Google (NSDQ: GOOG), which had hinted for nearly a year now that it was working on building some sort of paid content system for publishers, is reportedly set to launch such a system by year-end.
Jim Romenesko / Romenesko:
WSJ editor praises departing mag editor Gaudoin  —  “Tina [Gaudoin] and the team have created a magazine that has already become an important franchise for The Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones,” writes WSJ managing editor Robert Thomson.  He adds this thinly disguised swipe at NYT's T magazine …
Amy Wicks / WWD:
WSJ.'s Gaudoin Resigns... Read the Fine Print... Teen Vogue Promotes Feldman...
Discussion: Gawker
Rick Klau / tins:
Techdirt saves journalism - Harper's Magazine  —  Last night I was lucky to be invited to join a group of super smart people at an event hosted by Techdirt (and sponsored by Google).  The event was provocatively (and with tongue planted firmly in cheek) titled “Techdirt Saves* Journalism” …
Largesse and parsimony at the News International summer party  —  Media executives were out in force at News International's summer party last night, where Mark Thompson rubbed shoulders with Lord Browne, Dawn Airey chatted to Mariella Frostrup and Channel 4's low-key CEO David Abrahams …
WordPress 3.0 “Thelonious”  —  Arm your vuvuzelas: WordPress 3.0, the thirteenth major release of WordPress and the culmination of half a year of work by 218 contributors, is now available for download (or upgrade within your dashboard).  Major new features in this release include a sexy …
Alexia Tsotsis / The Snitch:
YouTube Explains Top Secret ‘News Experiment’ to Local Media, But Doesn't Really  —  Sometimes this new media transition thing can be so, how you say, awkward.  —  According to SFAppeal blogger Eve Batey, Google-owned video aggregator YouTube is up to some hush hush citizen journalism project here in our very own San Francisco.
Discussion: HyperlocalBlogger
Foster Kamer / Runnin' Scared:
Capital New York: New York's Newest Media Launch is ALIVE!  Kinda.  (UPDATED)  —  ​Beloved New York Observer editors Tom McGeveran and Josh Benson left the paper late last year to go work on a secret, hush-hush project.  This was after Jared Kushner — the son of a disgraced Jersey real-estate scion …
Discussion: Gawker and New York Magazine
James Robinson / Guardian:
UK and US see heaviest newspaper circulation declines  —  UK circulation fall of 25% since 2007 is second only to the US where the decline was 30%, according to OECD report  —  UK newspapers have suffered the most dramatic circulation declines of any country outside America since 2007 …
Zeke Turner / New York Observer:
Squeals, Buzz and Barcodes as Magazine Types Gather for Technology Show and Tell  —  Adobe senior business development manager Gary Cossimini had 35 minutes yesterday to show off his company's New York Times reader at the Magazine Publishers of America technology conference …
Mallary Jean Tenore / Poynter Online:
5 Strategies for Successful News Organization-University Partnerships  —  The New York Times, The Bay Citizen and Next Door Media have recently partnered with universities in hopes that students can help them expand their hyperlocal coverage, engage new audiences and experiment with different business models.
Alex Weprin / TVNewser:
ABC News Pulls Out Checkbook for Van Der Sloot Photos; Gets Exclusive Interview  —  Tomorrow night, ABC News will present a special edition of “20/20,” featuring an exclusive interview with Melony Granadillo, the ex-girlfriend of Joran van der Sloot.  Van der Sloot is the alleged killer of a Peruvian woman …
Discussion: Mediaite and ABCNEWS
Tony Ortega / Runnin' Scared:
Deal Between Gothamist and Rainbow Media is Officially Dead  —  ​We don't know whether Knicks and Cablevision owner James Dolan will be writing a new blues song about this, but we've learned here at the Voice that what was earlier just a rumor is now definitely true …
Detroit Free Press:
What's credible and what's not?  —  Look.  An institute of higher learning already should know there is no such thing as a single “media” anymore.  You cannot put credible newspapers or television stations in the same sentence as tweeters.  You cannot lump legit Internet posts with a blog that begins in some guy's basement.
Tom Cowle / Knight Foundation:
Knight Foundation Expands Neighborhood News Project  —  OpenPlans, Columbia Daily Tribune, Boston Globe Launch the $450,000 OpenBlock Initiative  —  Boston, Mass. (June 17, 2010) - Today, at the Future of News and Civic Media Conference at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology …
Discussion: Romenesko, WebNewser and Media Nation
Jeff Bercovici / DailyFinance:
A Blogger's Rant: The Pajama Jokes Are Getting Really Old  —  Here is what I'm wearing right now: a blue collared shirt (ironed), gray linen pants (belted) and tan desert boots (Clark's).  I tell you this not because you asked, but because I am a blogger, and, to judge from the way the world speaks …
Mark Walsh / MediaPost:
Media CFOs Eye Promise of Digital, Mobile  —  Almost three-quarters of chief financial officers at major entertainment and media companies say digital and mobile represent the industry's biggest growth opportunities.  CFOs say they are finally seeing measurable growth in digital revenue …
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Cooper Becomes Loud Voice for Gulf Residents  —  “There aren't any small people here,” the CNN anchor Anderson Cooper said from Louisiana on his prime-time program Wednesday night, emphatically rejecting the remarks by BP's chairman that the oil company cares “about the small people.”
Scott Rosenberg / MediaShift Idea Lab:
Why Can't Journalists Handle Public Criticism?  —  Why do so many journalists find it so hard to handle public criticism?  If you're an athlete, you're used to it.  If you're an artist, critics will regularly take you down.  If you are in government, the pundits and now the bloggers will show no mercy.
Andrew Finlayson / Nieman Journalism Lab:
“A super sophisticated mashup”: The semantic web's promise and peril  —  [Our sister publication Nieman Reports is out with its latest issue, and its focus is the new digital landscape of journalism.  There are lots of interesting articles, and we're highlighting a few.
Discussion: Yahoo! Sports
Stuart Elliott / Media Decoder:
Ad Blogger Jumps the Fence  —  A blogger is about to start being fed by the hand that he bit.  —  Mathew Van Hoven, who since last September has been presiding over a Mediabistro blog called Agency Spy, is joining a new agency in New York, Skinny, in a new post, communications director.
Discussion: AgencySpy and AdScam/The Horror!
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Discussion: The Big Picture
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Eric Pfanner / New York Times:
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Nicholas Carr / Nieman Reports:
News in the Age of Now  —  'On the Web, skimming is no longer …
Dan Kennedy / Media Nation:
Carly Carioli named editor of the Boston Phoenix
Discussion: Romenesko and Association …
Nielsen Wire:
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Discussion: The Wire