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3:15 AM ET, January 6, 2011


 Top News: 
Sarah Ellison / Vanity Fair:
The Man Who Spilled the Secrets  —  The collaboration between WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, the Web's notorious information anarchist, and some of the world's most respected news organizations began at The Guardian, a nearly 200-year-old British paper.  What followed was a clash of civilizations …
Jeremy W. Peters / Media Decoder:
Newsweek Hires Publisher  —  After months of staff turmoil including a new owner, editor and chief executive and scores of lower-level departures, the management ranks at Newsweek are beginning to stabilize.  —  The magazine has named a new publisher, Ray Chelstowski, a former publisher of Rolling Stone and Entertainment Weekly.
Discussion: MediaPost and The Wrap
Lucia Moses / Adweek:
Reports: Newsweek Staff Gutting to Continue With Buyouts
Discussion: FishbowlNY
Hamilton Nolan / Gawker:
The Desperate Campaign to Discredit Jane Mayer  —  Last August, Jane Mayer wrote a long investigative article in The New Yorker about the Koch brothers, the conservative billionaires who bankroll a host of right-wing causes.  Since then, she's apparently become the victim of a disturbing, organized smear campaign.
Robinsloan / Twitter Media:
The art of the hashtag  —  This is something we've been talking about with media partners more and more lately, so I thought it would be useful to mention it here on Twitter Media, too:  —  All hashtags are not created equal.  —  MTV's Video Music Awards hashtag—#ifbiebermetgaga— has become a canonical example.
Discussion: Poynter
Joe Flint / Company Town:
Turner CEO says heavy Web exposure made company lose interest in reruns of ‘Modern Family’  —  “Modern Family” co-creator and executive producer Steve Levitan has not been shy about voicing his concerns that the show's exposure on the Web would hurt its long-term value and ratings.
Bill Carter / Media Decoder:
Glenn Beck Hires Former Huffington Post Chief  —  Looking to further expand his growing media presence, Glenn Beck, the conservative talk-show host, has hired a one-time chief executive of the left-leaning Huffington Post to lead his new Web site, The Blaze.
Tips /
Exclusive: Inches Closer To Pay Wall, City Paper Content Swap  —  Like many of us, the brass at Philadelphia Media Network, Inc. — the new corporate entity (sometimes known here also as The Groovie Ghoulies) that controls the Philadelphia Inquirer, Daily News, and …
Matt Thompson / Poynter:
10 lessons for the future from women in media  —  As 2010 drew to a finish and the end-of-year lists started streaming in, I began to feel that there was something missing from the din of bold predictions and celebrated thinkers in the tech and media world: female voices.
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
AOL Goes to Town in Reorg, Closing Men's, Women's Sites  —  Going downhill fast?  AOL's motivational gift to employees.  —  AOL is sometimes criticized for not having a strategy, but that couldn't be more unfair.  Heck, they've got a new one practically every quarter!
James Robinson / Guardian:
News of the World executive suspended over alleged phone hacking  —  News editor Ian Edmondson taken off ‘active duties’ as paper conducts internal investigation  —  A senior News of the World executive has been suspended following a “serious allegation” related to phone hacking.
Discussion: BBC, The Lede and Jon Slattery
Gail Shister /
Why Did John Roberts Join Fox News?  Roger Ailes  —  Why did CNN's John Roberts suddenly jump to Fox News this week?  —  That question has been buzzing in media circles since it was revealed Monday that Roberts — headed to Atlanta as CNN's senior national correspondent …
Vanity Fair's odd HuffPo story  —  What to make of Bill Cohan's big Vanity Fair piece on a slightly skeevy lawsuit where a pair of Democratic party operatives are trying to pull a Winklevoss on Arianna Huffington?  Arianna's flack, Mario Ruiz, is clearly enjoying being asked to comment on it:
Discussion: Guardian, Mixed Media and Vanity Fair
Mark Leccese / Boston Globe:
The Future of Newspapers: National and Hyperlocal  —  One important but unnoted consequence of the Long Dark Decade of the Newspaper Business is the widening circulation gap between America's three national newspapers — the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and the New York Times — newspapers and its regional dailies.
Daniel Indiviglio / The Atlantic Online:
After Slashing Through Newspapers, Internet News Eyes TV  —  If you were writing an obituary for newspaper, you would probably state that its fatal illness became critical in 2008.  That year more people began preferring the Internet for news than newspapers.
Cecilia Kang / Post Tech:
Nielsen: U.S. consumers crave TVs, mobile devices  —  Here's what you need to know about media and tech consumers ahead of the Consumer Electronics Show.  There are a whole lot of TVs and cell phones out there and more and more people are using those technologies to access the Internet.
Discussion: Nielsen Wire and SFGate
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
An Electronics Show That Media Companies Dare Not Miss
Jim / Gannett Blog:
How furloughs helped spur $3.5M in exec bonuses  —  Gannett's board of directors awards bonuses on advice from its four-member executive compensation committee, pictured below.  Left to right, from top: committee members Arthur Harper, Marjorie Magner, Duncan McFarland and Karen Hastie Williams.
Martin Belam / currybetdotnet:
RSS dead for newspapers?  Not at The Guardian it isn't  —  Lots of chatter about whether RSS is dying after this (subsequently updated and calmed down) post from Kroc Camen.  Malcolm Coles has weighed in by showing that the subscription numbers to newspaper RSS feeds are way down in Google Reader with …
Discussion: MediaPost and GigaOM
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Megan Garber / Nieman Journalism Lab:
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Discussion: eMedia Vitals and Poynter
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David Folkenflik / NPR:
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John Plunkett / Guardian:
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