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11:50 PM ET, November 17, 2010

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Aaron Wiener / The Washington Independent:
The Washington Independent, signing off  —  Nearly three years ago, The Washington Independent was launched as a bold experiment in online journalism.  The idea was to combine hard-nosed investigative reporting with all the web had to offer: the nimbleness of real-time coverage …
Joe Flint / Company Town:
Sen. Rockefeller rips media industry at hearing on recent distribution fights  —  Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) blasted the media industry at a hearing Wednesday afternoon.  —  Although the topic of the hearing being held by the Senate Commerce Committee's subcommittee on Communications …
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Gautham Nagesh / The Hill:
Rockefeller: News media has surrendered to “forces of entertainment”  —  The 24-hour news cycle has forced the media to embrace hype and rumor-mongering to the detriment of the public interest, according to Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.).
Discussion: Hillicon Valley, Thanks:gnagesh
Russ Smith / splicetoday.com:
Love the Royals, Hate the Republicans  —  Media celebrity Tina Brown is extraordinarily agile: one day she'll bash wealthy Americans, and the next wax flowery about Prince William and his future bride.  —  There's only one certainty in the event of a nuclear war: Tina Brown will survive.
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Michelle Lodge / CNBC:
A year from now, the marriage Newsweek magazine with the Daily …
Discussion: Romenesko
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Newsweek and the Gray Lady: Your Future Awaits
Howard Kurtz / The Daily Beast:
Roger Ailes Lets Rip  —  In an exclusive interview with The Daily Beast, the Fox News chief says Obama thinks differently from most Americans, defends Murdoch's GOP donations, and admits Beck sometimes goes too far. … In the media world, as in politics, having a high-profile target can be a very good thing.
David Kaplan / paidContent:
Bewkes: Era Of ‘Media Mogul’ Is Over  —  After trying to determine which seat was the power seat on stage at The Paley Center's International Council conference, the NYT's David Carr asked Jeff Bewkes, Time (NYSE: TWX) Warner's chairman and CEO, about where power resides in the media business today.
Discussion: Broadcasting & Cable
Adam Ostrow / Mashable!:
Twitter's Official Analytics Product Has Arrived  —  Twitter has started inviting a select group of users to test a new analytics product, Mashable has learned.  Such a product has been rumored for some time, and a Twitter executive said earlier this year that Analytics would debut by the end of 2010.
Alex Williams / ReadWriteWeb:
No Tweeting Allowed for President Bill Clinton's Keynote at Salesforce.com Event  —  No tweeting, live blogging, posting to Facebook or any other use of social media will be permitted when President Bill Clinton gives the keynote address at Dreamforce, the annual Salesforce.com event taking place Dec. 6-8 …
Joy Mayer / RJI:
What “engagement” means to Lauren McCullough at the Associated Press  —  How do you build a relationship with a global audience, personalizing a brand and involving users in your coverage?  The Associated Press is going for it, with aggressive social media strategies and a reliance on its 3,000 journalists.
Jonathan Stray:
What's the point of social news?  —  According to Facebook, social news seems to be mostly about knowing what all my friends are reading.  I'm not so sure.  But I think there really is something to the idea of “social news” for journalism, and for journalism product design.
Joe Pompeo / Yahoo! News:
‘The Daily’ is Murdoch's ‘No. 1 most exciting project’  —  On Tuesday, The Cutline's Michael Calderone and I wrote about News Corp.'s rapidly evolving plans for a national “newspaper” that will be available exclusively on the iPad and other tablet devices.  —  Details remain scarce …
Chip / Redlights and Redeyes:
open letter to newspaper photographers  —  If you think you are safe in your job, you aren't.  —  I say that bluntly to make the point stick.  You are a number.  You are expendable.  Your work will win awards.  Your work will sell papers.  In the end, if they don't sell that ugly ad around your photo, you don't have a job.
Nick Davies / Guardian:
Court says News of the World staff who ordered phone hack must be named  —  Judge rules that private investigator Glenn Mulcaire must identify journalists who instructed him to intercept voicemail messages  —  The private investigator at the centre of the phone-hacking scandal has been ordered …
David Kaplan / paidContent:
Village Voice Media To Handle Portion Of Ad Sales For Gothamist  —  Village Voice Media is branching out into ad sales for sites outside its blog network.  The free city weekly publisher has started selling some ad placements on Gothamist's site this week.  In an interview with paidContent Bill Jensen …
Discussion: eMedia Vitals, Thanks:nitwitty
Jay Rosen / Pressthink:
Building a Better Explainer: Help Us Out  —  My graduate students and I are embarking a big project that revolves around a particular genre in journalism: the explainer.  And we need your help.  —  An explainer is a special feature that does not provide the latest news or update you on a story.
DigiDave:
How I turned 20k into 48k  —  There are many things that excite me about Spot.Us.  One in particular, which I believe is part of our pathway to sustainability is “community-focused sponsorship” (CFS).  It is the main thrust of my fellowship at the Reynolds Journalism Institute.
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
A shift at Shape  —  Tweet  —  Shape Editor-in-Chief Valerie Latona, who was criticized for putting country singer LeAnn Rimes on the October cover, is out at the American Media-owned monthly after five years.  —  Tara Kraft, a one-time p.r. consultant for Clinique who has spent …
Dan Duray / New York Observer:
Scrawl of Duty: Novelists and Journos Defect to Video Game Industry  —  Attendance was low for a recent showcase at concert promoter Todd “P” Patrick's pop-up video games gallery near Grand Central.  The event felt like a transplanted loft party, decorated with papier-mâché furniture …
Discussion: GalleyCat
Lauren Rabaino / 10,000 Words:
Six must-have WordPress plugins for newsrooms  —  Last year, the Online Journalism Blog brought you 85 plugins for blogging journalists.  I've narrowed my own selection down to six plugins, not necessarily for individual journo-bloggers, but for any newsroom with an active WordPress install …
Jon Lafayette / Broadcasting & Cable:
Comcast Joins Sporting News For Electronic Publications  —  Electronic magazines will feature regional sports content  —  Comcast Sports Group has entered into an electronic publishing deal with the Sporting News to create regional editions of Sporting News Today in the markets where Comcast has regional sports networks.
Discussion: paidContent
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
More Nielsen Problems: Under-Counting ‘Unique Visitors’ by 5%  —  Company Making Progress in Fixing Initial Glitches, but Finding More  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — Nielsen disclosed today that its online measurement system has been under-counting unique visitors to the top 1,000 sites …
Brian Morrissey / Adweek:
The Dawn of Like-vertising  —  Social nets are quickly changing the online ad dynamic  —  Two truths of the online media world: brands want to develop social connections with consumers and there are tons of cheap ad inventory thanks largely to the explosion of social networking.
Thanks:rawmeet
 
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