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12:55 PM ET, September 21, 2011

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Guardian:
Al-Jazeera chief's surprise resignation raises fears for channel's independence  —  Wadah Khanfar stood down after eight years that consolidated the satellite network's reputation and his own position  —  Seated behind a vast desk, surrounded by TV screens, deep leather sofas and a wall …
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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 …
Aljazeera:
Al Jazeera director general steps down
John Koblin / WWD:
More, and Less, of Harper's Bazaar  —  MORE, AND LESS, OF HARPER'S BAZAAR: Now that Hearst has had its hand on Elle for four months, the publisher is ready to roll out some changes at one of its other fashion titles: Harper's Bazaar.  WWD has learned that, in the coming months …
Steve Myers / Poynter:
Study: Commenters on CNN.com may call you an idiot; on msnbc.com they tell you why you're an idiot  —  Tim Libert, a Web developer for NYU's journalism department, conducted a detailed study of about 2,400 article comments posted on six news sites to learn how commenters view the hacking group LulzSec.
Discussion: timlibert.me
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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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 …
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
BBC Overhauling Its Website For ‘Swipabiity’  —  Expect to see more of this.  The BBC is redesigning its website to take account of how users are now “swiping” using touchscreen devices.  —  The programme began under new future media director Ralph Rivera's regime on Wednesday …
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 …
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.
Discussion: FishbowlNY
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.
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Tyrant Editor Sends a Reporter Off the Deep End  —  Matthew Winkler was down under last week, and on top of the world.  The Bloomberg co-founder interviewed the Aussie prime minister, and gushed in a laudatory Australian profile that “it's really an extraordinary time to be around, to be alive …
Discussion: Media Diary
Kat Stoeffel / The New York Observer:
Awl My Children: Spawn of Gawker Inspires and Advises Editorial Ideologues  —  During his first company-wide meeting two weeks ago, Nick Denton declared that Gawker Media is a technology company, not an editorial one, according to a report published on The Awl.
New York Post:
Talent drain saps health-conscious Rodale  —  Rodale, the family-run publishing empire that publishes Men's Health, Runner's World and a host of other titles, has just seen one of its top non-family executives, chief operating officer Ken Citron, exit.  —  The move comes two years …
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.
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 …
 
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Emily Witt / The New York Observer:
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Discussion: Poynter, City Room, Transom and UnBeige
Alexei Oreskovic / Reuters:
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Alex Alvarez / Mediaite:
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Stephanie Miles / Street Fight:
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