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9:00 AM ET, September 21, 2011

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Ben Fenton / Financial Times:
Newspaper editors argue for self-regulation  —  Newspapers need to maintain a self-regulatory regime despite the excesses that led to the phone hacking scandal, members of a high-level panel said last night as they discussed whether the UK got the press it deserved.
Discussion: Erik Wemple
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Guardian:
Met police drop action against the Guardian over hacking sources  —  Scotland Yard has dropped bid to force the Guardian to reveal confidential sources behind phone hacking stories  —  The Metropolitan police has dropped its attempt to force the Guardian to reveal confidential sources for stories relating to the phone-hacking scandal.
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
After Disclosures by WikiLeaks, Al Jazeera Replaces Its Top News Director  —  CAIRO — Al Jazeera, the pan-Arab news network controlled by Qatar, named a member of the Qatari royal family on Tuesday to replace its top news director following disclosures from the group WikiLeaks indicating …
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Mallary Jean Tenore / Poynter:
10 ways journalists can use Twitter before, during and after reporting a story  —  There's no doubt that Twitter is a useful tool for news organizations.  I see journalists use it throughout the day to find story ideas, share news and talk with one another, so I've long known …
Greg Farrell / Bloomberg:
News Corp. Said to Get U.S. Letter Seeking Information For Bribery Probe  —  News Corp. (NWS) was sent a letter by U.S. prosecutors investigating foreign bribery, requesting information on alleged payments employees made to U.K. police for tips, according to a person with knowledge of the matter.
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Megan Garber / Nieman Journalism Lab:
With WSJ Social, the Wall Street Journal is rethinking distribution of its content...on Facebook  —  The most recent stats could be, for news outfits, pretty grim: Americans spend 22.5 percent of their time online visiting social networks and blogs, and only 2.6 percent of their time learning about current events.
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Sobees Brings Social News Reader NewsMix To Facebook
Kat Stoeffel / The New York Observer:
Sasha Frere-Jones Backs Away from Duties at The Daily  —  Sasha Frere-Jones, The Daily's bold-face culture editor and New Yorker pop music critic, has relinquished his full-time editing duties at the iPad tabloid, a source familiar with the operations told The Observer.
Matthew Lynley / VentureBeat:
Digg delivers automatically curated news content with new Newsrooms  —  News aggregation site Digg unveiled Newsrooms today, a new section of the site that features automatically curated news content on specific topics like technology or politics.  —  Here's how it works …
Jack Shafer:
Media bias?  Give me more, please!  —  The views expressed are his own.  —  Before we go any further on the topic, may we first please thank the gods for media bias?  —  If not for media bias, I'm certain that my news diet would taste so strongly of sawdust and talc that I would abandon news consumption completely.
Discussion: Poynter
James Rainey / Los Angeles Times:
On the Media: It's time for America to talk class  —  Income disparity isn't a headline-grabbing topic, but the nation needs to have a serious discussion about it.  —  In a week that saw the number of people in poverty hit a half-century high and President Obama propose a tax increase …
Greg Marx / CJR:
Passing Interference  —  As politicians find new ways to connect with voters, journalists need a fresh playbook  —  At the Poynter site last week, Jason Fry had a sharp post about a major change reshaping the sports journalism landscape.  The endless MSM-vs.-bloggers feuds are fading …
Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
New Enterprise, Benchmark, Ron Conway And More Pour $10 Million Into Web Talk Radio Startup Stitcher  —  Last we heard, video had killed the radio star.  But thanks to the Web, radio is finding new distribution channels and a new mobile home.  When you think of Web radio, you might think of Pandora — and for good reason.
Wall Street Journal:
TV Lures Ads but Viewers Drop Out  —  Here's a business riddle: More people are turning off their televisions.  So why are advertisers spending ever-larger sums—at ever-steeper rates—to advertise on TV?  —  In many ways, the very fragmentation of modern media has made television all the more valuable.
Hamilton Nolan / Gawker:
Can Ginia Bellafante Save the New York Times' Soul?  —  In your provocative Tuesday media column: the NYT's new Big City columnist gives us hope, Ted Turner vs. Rupert Murdoch, Utah newspaper standards war, the internet won't be free forever, and Cenk Uygur to Current TV.
Discussion: TVNewser, rbr.com and Mediaite
 
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Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
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Diana Marszalek / TVNewsCheck:
How Social Should A Newscast Be?  —  KOMU Columbia, Mo. …
Discussion: Poynter
Tanzina Vega / Media Decoder:
Former NPR Official Gets New Position
Discussion: Poynter and The New York Observer
Quote and Comment:
Could we please see this sentence in the New York Times more often?
Discussion: Boing Boing
Emily Witt / The New York Observer:
New Yorker Writer Peter Hessler and Radiolab Producer Jad Abumrad Among This Year's MacArthur Geniuses
Discussion: Poynter, Transom, UnBeige and The Book Bench
Alexei Oreskovic / Reuters:
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Stephanie Miles / Street Fight:
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Discussion: Poynter and Pulse2
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
What Does AOL's Life After Access Look Like?
Discussion: SplatF, The Big Picture and Open Mic
Jerry Vermanen / Online Journalism Blog:
Dutch regional newspapers launch data journalism project RegioHack
BBC:
BBC chairman Lord Patten wants more women on air