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1:00 PM ET, July 14, 2010

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Lee C. Bollinger / Wall Street Journal:
Journalism Needs Government Help  —  Media budgets have been decimated as the Internet facilitates a communications revolution.  More public funding for news-gathering is the answer.  —  We have entered a momentous period in the history of the American press.
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Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
No American BBC  —  I just don't understand Columbia University's apparent obsession with handing over portions of the press to government subsidy, giving up on the free market.  I haven't given up on it.  Have you?  —  The latest raised palm comes from Columbia President Lee Bollinger …
Zeke Turner / New York Observer:
'Darth D'Vorkin' Arrives at Forbes  —  Highlander V was the last and largest of Malcolm Forbes' yachts.  In the '80s, Mr. Forbes would throw parties on the boat for potential advertisers, his friends, captains of industry and politicians.  Much like the galleries on the first floor …
Discussion: Romenesko and Talking Biz News
Felix Salmon:
How to build a paywall  —  If you're going to put a paywall on your website, this is a very sensible way to do it: … David Brauer seems to be of the opinion that any new paywall should be “robust” and shouldn't be able to be defeated by means of a plugin (or by using multiple browsers …
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BrauBlog:
Journalism Online's Press+ paywall: easy to defeat
Megan Garber / Nieman Journalism Lab:
“Smart editorial, smart readers, and smart ad solutions”: Slate makes a case for long-form on the web  —  Via blogs, or, more likely, Twitter, you might have come across the breezy term “tl;dr.” Which is short — appropriately — for “too long; didn't read.”  —  Yes.
Discussion: eMedia Vitals and Slate
Michelle Kung / Speakeasy:
Want a Shout-Out From the Old Spice Guy? … In a marketing campaign that practically screams, “make me go viral,” actor Isaiah Mustafa — better known as the Old Spice Guy — is tweeting out links to YouTube videos where he's thanking fans, journalists and celebrities such as Ellen DeGeneres and Alyssa Milano.
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The Atlantic Online:
Viral Old Spice Man Ads Could Be Model for Internet Video
Discussion: digg.com, Geekosystem and PopWatch
John Koblin / New York Observer:
Peter Kaplan is Named Editorial Director of Fairchild  —  Former Observer editor Peter Kaplan is replacing Patrick McCarthy as the editorial director of Fairchild.  In the role he will oversee Women's Wear Daily, Footwear News, Menswear, Fairchild Summits and Fairchild Books.
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Michael Wolff / Newser:
What's Really Going on Behind Murdoch's Paywall?  —  Follow him on Twitter @MichaelWolffNYC  —  Rupert Murdoch is trying to make news at the Times and Sunday Times in London—but he's not reporting on it.  Will his paywall work is the biggest story in the media business …
Discussion: Press Gazette
Nicole Sperling / Hollywood Insider:
‘Tron: Legacy’ exclusive: Disney looks to Pixar for help; hires screenwriters Michael Arndt and Brad Bird to beef up script  —  Joe Kosinski's Tron: Legacy is getting a little help from above.  EW.com has learned that the CG-extravaganza due out at the end of the year received some key input …
Ricky Van Veen's GET EXCITED:
RUPERT MURDOCH, NEEL SHAH, AND THE SHORT PANTS  —  Last month, my friend Neel Shah left his job at the New York Post's “Page Six” and moved to LA to write for a network sitcom.  Neel's new gig marked not only the end of his time in New York, but the end of a year-long fascination …
Discussion: Gawker
Joe Pompeo / Silicon Alley Insider:
New Fox News App Shows Big Media Investing In Google's Android  —  Back in April, when Fox News Channel showed up to the iPhone party a bit later than most major news organizations, Jeremy Steinberg, FNC's VP for digital sales & business development, told paidContent's David Kaplan …
Discussion: WebNewser and Shelly Palmer
Media Decoder:
Piers Morgan a Step Closer to ‘Larry King’ Chair  —  Piers Morgan, the mean judge on NBC's “America's Got Talent,” is poised to take over Larry King's coveted time slot on CNN, thanks to an imminent deal between the two media giants that own the channels.  —  NBC, which attracts 20 million viewers to …
Oyl Miller / McSweeney's:
Tweet (7/13/10)  —  I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by brevity, over-connectedness, emotionally starving for attention, dragging themselves through virtual communities at 3 am, surrounded by stale pizza and neglected dreams, looking for angry meaning, any meaning …
Tom Krazit / Relevant Results:
AdMob CEO: Apple not enforcing ad restrictions  —  Omar Hamoui (right), CEO of Google's AdMob, tells new CNBC reporter Jon Fortt at MobileBeat 2010 that Apple has not yet enforced new iPhone rules that could have shut his ad network out of the iPhone.  —  (Credit: Tom Krazit/CNET )
Rachel Dodes / Wall Street Journal:
The 80-Year Hunt For ‘It’ Fashions  —  Stores from Penney's to Bloomingdale's Read It.  How the Original Trend Spotter Got Trendy Again  —  Catherine Moellering, at the Tobe Report's headquarters in New York's garment district.  —  On a recent Friday, Catherine Moellering had a fashion flash.
Discussion: Gawker
Mallary Jean Tenore / Poynter Online:
‘Media Evangelist’ Explains How Tumblr Fits into News Organizations' Publishing Options  —  Mark Coatney, also known as “Newsweek Tumblr guy,” announced Monday that he had accepted a job as Tumblr's “media evangelist.”  The position, he said, will allow him to teach other journalists …
EditorandPublisher.com:
Good News On the Way from Gannett This Week?  —  McLEAN, Va.  —  (AP) Gannett Co., the largest U.S. newspaper publisher, is scheduled to report its second-quarter earnings before the stock market opens Friday.  —  WHAT TO WATCH FOR: This quarter could be Gannett's most encouraging performance …
Discussion: Fitz & Jen
Steve Herrmann / BBC:
BBC News website redesign (2)  —  Welcome to the new-look BBC News website.  As previewed last week on this blog, we're introducing a number of improvements from today to our design and layout.  —  This video gives a 90-second tour of the new features:  —  In order to see this content …
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Squarespace Gets $38M to Compete With WordPress and Six Apart  —  Squarespace, a hosted content service that competes with companies such as WordPress (see disclosure below) has closed a $38-million financing round from two leading technology VCs — Accel Partners and Index Ventures …
Joshua Benton / Nieman Journalism Lab:
An update on Colombian journalist Hollman Morris  —  I want to give you a quick update on the case of Hollman Morris, the Colombian journalist whose visa application has been rejected by the U.S. government.  Hollman was set to come here to Harvard for the next year under a Nieman Fellowship.
Steve Buttry / Pursuing the Complete Community …:
A possible new business model for obituaries  —  Monday night I criticized a Pennsylvania newspaper's plan to charge loyal online readers to read the obituaries.  Today I want to suggest a more innovative, future-focused approach to obituaries.  —  I was interested that Ernie Schreiber …
Discussion: jeffsonderman
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Hearst tells senior staff to get out of Town  —  The other shoe finally dropped at Town & Country, where Stephen Drucker moved from House Beautiful back in April to replace longtime Editor-In-Chief Pamela Fiori, who was ousted after a 17-year run.  —  Fiori landed as an editor-at-large for Hearst Corp. …
Discussion: FishbowlNY
James Rainey / Los Angeles Times:
On the Media: A reporter's vigilance in the Grim Sleeper case  —  LA Weekly's Christine Pelisek got hesitant detectives to drop the veil of secrecy in the serial-killing case and alerted South L.A. to a menace in the community.  —  How deep did reporter Christine Pelisek get into the Grim Sleeper serial killer case?
Jim Romenesko / Romenesko:
Washington Post launches co-branded online business section with Bloomberg  —  The Post's business section partnership with Bloomberg comes after the January 2010 launch of a global news service, The Washington Post Service with Bloomberg News, which provides daily stories to newspapers, websites and other subscribers.
David Propson / Capital New York:
New York's last best strike at Hollywood  —  In recent decades, certain picturesque sections of lower Manhattan and Brooklyn have come to seem like one big studio backlot.  For 20 years, Law & Order acted as a kind of public works program to keep Broadway actors employed …
Chris Nuttall / blogs.ft.com:
The short life of online TV shows  —  | LinkedInMixxstumbleupon  —  ‘, Assanka.  $(this).parents(’.falconpostactions'), “, ‘Share’, 530)”>Share  —  Clicker, the internet TV guide, has come up with some interesting analysis on how much and for how long shows from the major US networks are available online.
Jeff Israely / Nieman Journalism Lab:
With partners found, figuring out how best to link up  —  [Jeff Israely, a Time magazine foreign correspondent in Europe, is in the planning stages of a news startup — a “new global news website.”  He details his experience as a new news entrepreneur at his site, but he'll occasionally …
 
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Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
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io9:
Author posts her vampire novel online for free — and gets an awesome book deal
Discussion: eBookNewser, Techdirt and GalleyCat
Adam Langer / Publishers Weekly:
Why We Lie  —  Casting ourselves in fiction: We were a sissy bunch …
Kunur Patel / AdAge:
Kraft Unveils App for Apple's IPad
Matt Saldana / Speakeasy:
Liz Phair: Why I Left My Record Company
Discussion: New York Magazine
Dennis Kneale / CNBC:
Rupert Murdoch Should Break Up News Corp
Chris Ariens / TVNewser:
Dawna Friesen Leaving NBC News to Anchor Canadian Network Newscast
 Earlier Picks: 
Ryan Chittum / CJR:
Anatomy of a Zombie Lie
Discussion: Romenesko
Ben Fritz / Company Town:
Chris Albrecht's e-mail misfire led to McGurk and Rosett's exit from Overture
Discussion: The Wrap and Gawker
Jennifer Van Grove / Mashable!:
The Boston Globe Takes Readers on Mobile Scavenger Hunt
Discussion: Boston Globe
Felix Salmon:
Paywalls encroach on Alphaville
Discussion: FT Alphaville
Nikki Finke / Deadline.com:
My First & Last Statement On HBO's ‘Tilda’
Jim Romenesko / Romenesko:
Mother Jones reports 125% increase in unique visitors in 2Q
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Appeals Court Strikes Down Indecency Rule