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5:45 PM ET, October 17, 2011

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Adweek:
Editorial Director Michael Wolff to Leave ‘Adweek’  —  Michael Wolff leaves his post as editorial director of leading media industry publication Adweek, parent company Prometheus Global Media announced today.  Executive editor Jim Cooper has been tapped to oversee the day-to-day operations …
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Dylan Stableford / Yahoo! News:
Adweek managing editor Hillary Frey leaves for Yahoo News on heels of Michael Wolff exit  —  On the same day as Michael Wolff's sometimes tumultuous tenure as the editorial director of Adweek comes to end, the trade publication is losing another big name.  Hillary Frey, Adweek's managing editor, is joining Yahoo News.
Discussion: FishbowlNY
Jim Cooper / Adweek:   A Letter to Adweek's Readers
David Streitfeld / New York Times:
Amazon Rewrites the Rules of Book Publishing  —  SEATTLE — Amazon.com has taught readers that they do not need bookstores.  Now it is encouraging writers to cast aside their publishers.  —  Amazon will publish 122 books this fall in an array of genres, in both physical and e-book form.
Los Angeles Times:
McDonald's to launch in-store channel  —  Mark Burnett, BBC America and KABC-TV Eyewitness News will provide content for dine-in customers.  —  McDonald's customers will soon be able to have local school sports, movie previews and heartwarming human interest stories to go with their fries — McTV is here and in high definition.
Ken Auletta / New Yorker:
Gabriel Sherman / New York Magazine:
83 Minutes With Chrystia Freeland  —  Fielding a faux pitch by the new, Davos-friendly face of Reuters, who's trying to build a team to take on Bloomberg.  —  We have the money," Chrystia Freeland tells me one recent afternoon on the nineteenth-floor newsroom of Reuters' gleaming Times Square tower.
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
John Miller to Join CBS, Bolstering ‘The Early Show’  —  Every week or so comes another signal that CBS is reshaping “The Early Show,” its low-rated morning newscast.  On Monday will come another: the announcement that John Miller is joining the network as a senior correspondent with a special emphasis on the morning show.
Keach Hagey / The Politico:
Pew: Media not in love with Obama  —  Sarah Palin put an end to her possible presidential candidacy this month with a familiar parting critique: President Barack Obama has an unfair advantage as a candidate because he's got “about 90 percent of the media still there in his back pocket.”
Steve Myers / Poynter:
WSJ Asia moves more than half of its copies through heavy discounting, like WSJ Europe  —  Responding to one of our posts about The Wall Street Journal Europe's use of bulk sales to, well, bulk up its circulation, a commenter questioned whether The Wall Street Journal Asia employs a similar strategy.
Discussion: Guardian, paidContent and Monday Note
Jennifer Preston / Media Decoder:
A Print Focus on Social Media  —  Four new monthly magazines advising business owners on how to use social media tools will go on sale on Monday.  Each publication focuses on one of the major platforms: Twitter, Facebook, Google and LinkedIn.  —  The magazines, published by GSG World Media …
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Former Time exec Sareyan tapped to run National Journal  —  David Bradley, the multi-millionaire magazine owner who turned his first-ever profit at The Atlantic last year, is now focusing on jump-starting his National Journal.  —  He's just hired Andy Sareyan, a former top executive of Time Inc …
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Republican Debates Are a Hot Ticket on TV  —  In September 2007, Fox News put Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee, Ron Paul, Rudy Giuliani and a man who was, back then, a long shot for the Republican presidential nomination, John McCain, on a debate stage in New Hampshire.
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Scoop: Skype founders gunning for Netflix with Vdio  —  With Skype's sale to Microsoft finally sealed, one might wonder: What are Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis, the European serial entrepreneurs that have founded KaZaA, Skype, Joost and Rdio, up to next?  The surprising answer …
Rachel McAthy / Journalism.co.uk:
Times libel appeal reaches Supreme Court  —  The Times announced in July last year it would seek to appeal a judgment which found the newspaper was not entitled to a defence of qualified privilege based on the Reynolds test of responsible journalism  —  The Supreme Court will consider whether …
Discussion: Guardian
Steve Myers / Poynter:
NPR's Andy Carvin takes Twitter break to write book about covering Arab Spring via social media  —  Just after he logged his 100,000th tweet, NPR's Andy Carvin told people on Twitter that he's taking the week off so he can work on a book about covering the Arab Spring via social media.
Discussion: EJC
Zee / The Next Web:
Sesame Street's YouTube Channel Gets Hacked.  Badly.  —  Children hoping to watch Sesame Street on YouTube on Sunday were greeted with quite the opposite.  The channel was hacked, all videos deleted, design modified and graphic porn uploaded.  A blurred screenshot is posted below.
Richard L. Brandt / Wall Street Journal:
Jeff Bezos of Amazon: Birth of a Salesman  —  Behind the rise of Jeff Bezos and Amazon: Richard L. Brandt on the founder's Texas roots, the site's chaotic early days, why negative reviews are allowed and his increasing use of personal data.  —  Jeffrey Preston Bezos was 4 years old …
Discussion: Business Insider
Valentina Gimenez / MediaShift:
In Spain, ‘Little Black Book’ of Journalism Shows Profession in Crisis  —  Pressure from the publishing industry has weakened the watchdog role of journalists, turning them into lapdogs at the service of  —  corporations and politicians and unable to serve their readers.
Dan Roberts / Guardian:
Lessons from our open news trial  —  The first week of the Guardian's experiment in publishing its news lists has reaped advantages, but more is needed  —  Well, the sky didn't fall in.  One week in, and the remarkable thing about our experiment publishing The Guardian's list of upcoming stories …
Discussion: Jon Slattery and Poynter
Jolie O'Dell / VentureBeat:
UberMedia launches Twitter/Digg/Reddit/Facebook clone Chime.in  —  UberMedia CEO Bill Gross isn't dodging the fact that his latest app, Chime.in, is a patchwork of other successful apps.  —  “It's an amalgam of blogging and Reddit and Facebook — there's aspects of each in there,” he told VentureBeat in a phone interview last week.
Brett Pulley / Bloomberg:
Gannett Third-Quarter Profit Slides on Advertising, Circulation Declines  —  Gannett Co., the owner of 82 newspapers and 23 television stations, reported third-quarter profit decreased 1.6 percent as circulation and print- advertising revenue declined.  —  Net income fell to $99.8 million …
Discussion: Poynter and Guardian
Adweek:
First Mover: Randy Falco Univision's new CEO says it's time to embrace the realities of the Hispanic media marketplace  —  You don't have loads of Spanish-language media experience under your belt.  ¿Habla Español?  —  [Laughs] I don't speak Spanish.
David Lieberman / Deadline.com:
Google Wrapping Up Groundbreaking Deals To Launch 25+ Professionally Produced YouTube Channels: Debut In January  —  EXCLUSIVE: I've learned that Google has put Hollywood on notice to keep mum as it prepares to announce its big plan to redefine YouTube with 25 or so channels …
Discussion: Techland
Megan Garber / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Adam Moss: NY Mag publishes new content every six minutes  —  Here's a tidbit that will likely make your organizational productivity seem wildly inadequate: NYmag.com publishes new material every six minutes.  Every six minutes.  —  You're welcome.  —  In a talk celebrating the 25th anniversary …
Discussion: Poynter
Betsy Rothstein / FishbowlDC:
Former Bloomberg Scribe Blasts WaPo  —  SOS!  WaPo needs an emergency fact checker.  —  Former mild-mannered Bloomberg White House Correspondent Ed Chen, now Federal Communications Director for the Natural Resources Defense Council, finally had it over the weekend after WaPo ran a story calling …
Craig Silverman / Regret the Error:
Why won't Politico's top editors answer questions about Kendra Marr's plagiarism?  —  A young reporter named Kendra Marr resigned from Politico last week after it was discovered she had plagiarized the work of other publications.  She did it at least seven times.
 
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