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3:30 AM ET, September 1, 2011


 Top News: 
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Campaign Reporters Are Younger, and Cheaper  —  WASHINGTON — A group of five fresh-faced reporters from National Journal and CBS News clicked away on their MacBooks one recent afternoon, dutifully taking notes as seasoned journalists from the campaign trail shared their rules of the road.
Rem Rieder / American Journalism Review:   Stepping Back  —  Even in—or maybe particularly in …
Sean Connolly / ONA11:
Finalists announced for the 2011 Online Journalism Awards  —  WASHINGTON, D.C., Aug. 30, 2011 — Finalists for the 2011 Online Journalism Awards, many pushing the envelope of innovation and excellence in digital storytelling and distribution, were announced today by the Online News Association …
Megan Garber / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Amazon's new @author feature launches, and changes (just a bit) what a book is all about  —  Back in May, Amazon asked what seemed to be a rhetorical question: “How can authors more easily connect with their readers?”  —  Well, rhetorical no longer.  Last night, Amazon announced its answer …
Jason Kirk / Kindle Post US:
@author: Connecting Readers and Writers
Darrell Etherington / GigaOM:
Can HTML5 replace an iPad app?  Financial Times to find out  —  While it may be an oversimplification to talk about HTML5 as a direct competitor to native apps, one company is about to find out how the two compete in a very real sense.  The Financial Times, which in June introduced a tablet …
Regina McCombs / Poynter:
How 6 news organizations are using QR codes to drive traffic to news content  —  Walk past a bus shelter, check product packaging, visit a home improvement store and you'll see Quick Response (QR) codes.  They have gone mainstream, as 14 million people scanned a QR code in June …
Mark Walsh / MediaPost:
Gannett, Yahoo Widen Ad Alliance  —  Gannett Co. and Yahoo are expanding a local advertising partnership under which the media company's newspapers and TV stations sell Yahoo inventory as part of their digital ad offerings.  The companies will extend the year-old deal from nine to all of Gannett's 19 broadcast markets nationwide.
Discussion: Future of Journalism
Ki Mae Heussner / Adweek:
Yahoo, Gannett Expand Local Ad Tie-In
Terry Heaton / Terry Heaton's PoMo Blog:
Court redefines “The Press”  —  This was inevitable.  —  A few weeks ago, I wrote of the coming clash between police and everyday people with cameras.  The issue advanced significantly on Friday with a stunning Federal Appeals Court ruling affirming the First Amendment right of citizens …
Discussion: Future of Journalism
Vanity Fair:
Vanity Fair Exclusive: Conrad Black on Life in Prison, Maintaining His Innocence, and Why He Blames Rupert Murdoch and News Corp. for His Legal Woes  —  “The myth is that the price war put so much pressure on our profits that I was forced to steal money to maintain my opulent lifestyle,” Conrad Black tells Vanity Fair's Bryan Burrough.
Jim Romenesko / Poynter:
Tribune Co. asks bankruptcy judge to OK $42.5 million incentive plan  —  The bonuses would go to 640 management employees.  Under the plan, Tribune will pay $16.4 million if it achieves “threshold” performance of its planned consolidated operating cash flow, $32.4 million for “target” …
Discussion: Reuters
Jeremy W. Peters / Media Decoder:
Scientology Strikes Back at The New Yorker  —  The Church of Scientology is certainly no withering violet when it comes to defending itself.  —  “The New Yorker: What A Load of Balderdash,” reads the cover headline on the church's in-house magazine Freedom, which was being handed out for free …
Hollywood Reporter:
Former Funny or Die Executive Launches Social Movie Website … Former COO of Funny or Die Mitch Galbraith has launched a new website, Flickme, a social streaming movie service.  —  Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and Warner Bros. Digital Distribution are the first to ink license agreements …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Twitter Ramps Up Its Ad Plan Again, With Ads You Haven't Asked To See  —  Coming to some of you, in about a month: Ads in your Tweetstream, from Twitter accounts you don't follow.  —  In an incremental but important step for Twitter's ad business, Dick Costolo's company …
Robert Andrews / paidContent:UK:
Future, Gawker Will Launch Gizmodo UK Edition  —  Despite already having a strong portfolio of technology titles, magazine and website publisher Future is bringing a localised version of Gawker Media's Gizmodo tech blog to the UK.  —  It tells paidContent Gizmodo UK will run entirely separately …
Discussion: Guardian, Media Week and Medacity
Felix Salmon:
Will AOL go private?  —  Some companies are in growth businesses; the stock market, as a rule, tends to love them.  Other companies are in an inexorable secular decline; they tend to get punished by equity investors.  There's a good reason for that: stock-market investors are looking …
Daniel D'Addario / The New York Observer:
Meet the Mollys!  Social Network Sweeties Tumbl Upwards  —  What makes a Molly?  —  Three well-known Internet writers-Molly Young, Molly Lambert, and Molly McAleer-share more than a name.  The three have long attracted attention for their similar methods of self-promotion on the blogging platforms Tumblr and Twitter.
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