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9:15 AM ET, October 18, 2011

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Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Charting WSJ Europe's Circulation Over The Last Decade  —  Our analysis shows how The Wall Street Journal (NSDQ: NWS) Europe, which is being investigated for an alleged circulation “scam”, doubled its subscription sales to offset diminishing single-copy circulation.
Discussion: Talking Biz News
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Frédéric Filloux / Guardian:
How can we stop publishers inflating circulation?  —  The WSJ Europe ‘scam’ highlights the fact that audiences, print or digital, are often artificially bought rather than naturally sold  —  Surprise: To boost its circulation, Rupert Murdoch's Wall Street Journal Europe engaged in massive channel stuffing.
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.
Roy Greenslade / paidContent:
Three UK Papers Are Still Hooked On The Bulk Sales Drug
Discussion: Guardian
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.
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
Jim Cooper / Adweek:   A Letter to Adweek's Readers
Lucia Moses / Adweek:
‘Fortune’ Expands Editorial Franchise  —  Fortune magazine plans to double down on editorial franchises in 2012 as it tries to build on the popularity of its Fortune 500 list to appeal to readers and advertisers.  —  It's the latest example of how magazines, business titles in particular …
Discussion: Poynter and Talking Biz News
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Viacom and Google Pick Up the Gloves, Again  —  They're back!  —  Viacom and Google, who have been tangling over copyright violations at YouTube since 2007, will be at it again today at a federal courthouse in New York.  The two sides will start oral arguments for Viacom's appeal of the case …
Discussion: paidContent:UK and Softpedia News
Alex Kantrowitz / Fortune:
Meet the journalist behind Tumblr's rise  —  Former Newsweek editor Mark Coatney won't take all the credit.  But since he joined Tumblr and began selling the platform to other publishers, it has skyrocketed.  —  By Alex Kantrowitz, contributor  —  FORTUNE — Mark Coatney is Tumblr's secret weapon.
Discussion: Future of Journalism
Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
New Knight study identifies 3 surprising keys to nonprofit news business success  —  The Knight Foundation has a new study out this morning examining the business models for seven locally-based nonprofit news sites in their drive to achieve sustainability.  —  Focusing on high-profile ventures …
Discussion: Knight Foundation and LA Observed
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.
Discussion: The New York Observer
Josh Halliday / Guardian:
Mail to pay Lady Moore ‘substantial’ damages  —  Sir Roger Moore's wife accepts payout for paper's false claims about her past relationships  —  Daily Mail publisher Associated Newspapers has agreed to pay “substantial” damages to Lady Moore, the wife of Sir Roger Moore …
Discussion: Press Gazette and Tabloid Watch
Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:
Weakening Ad Business Vexes Yahoo Amid Sale Talk  —  As Yahoo Inc. shops itself to potential buyers, its core advertising business is weakening.  That trend is evident through Craig Atkinson's ad agency.  —  Mr. Atkinson is president of ad giant Omnicom Media Group's PHD unit …
Discussion: PC Magazine, MediaFile, Forbes and Digits
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Scoop: Skype founders gunning for Netflix with Vdio  —  Updated.  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?
Media Monkey / Guardian:
Lord Wakenham recalls PCC's glory days-and a quick call to Rupert?  —  During his evidence to the first session of the parliamentary committee on privacy and injunctions on Monday, former Press Complaints Commission chairman Lord Wakeham reflected on the glory days of the newspaper's self-regulator (when he was running it, natch).
Rachel McAthy / Journalism.co.uk:
Member of S4C launch team returns as chief executive  —  Ian Jones, currently managing director of content distribution and commercial development at International for A+E Television Networks in New York will return to S4C as chief executive by April next year
Rebecca Shapiro / The Huffington Post:
Fox News ‘Fair And Balanced’ Slogan Believed By Plurality In New Poll  —  Good news, Fox News!  A plurality of people believe that your slogan is true.  —  On Sunday, polling companyPoll Position released the results of a survey, which asked people whether they thought Fox News' slogan …
Discussion: On Media's Blog and Poll Position
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Apuzzo and Goldman's long campaign: Behind the Associated Press' big NYPD counterterror investigation  —  It was a morning late in December or early in January at the Washington bureau of the Associated Press when two reporters, Adam Goldman and Matt Apuzzo, swung by the desk of Ted Bridis …
Discussion: New York Times
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Taboola Signs Reuters and the Washington Post to its Video Recommendation Platform  —  Taboola, the video recommendation platform which generates related thumbnail images on the pages of major news sites including Bloomberg, CNN, Gannett and The New York Times, now has agreements with Reuters and the Washington Post.
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
Tommy Sheridan ‘should be freed from prison’  —  Tommy Sheridan, who is serving a three-year jail sentence for committing perjury during his libel action against the News of the World, should now be released, argues Kenneth Roy.
Discussion: The Scottish Review
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
The Times hails 10% rise in digital subscribers  —  The number of people paying for a digital version of the Times has risen to just over 110,000, according to new figures  —  The number of people paying for a digital version of the Times has risen 10% in the past three months to just over 110,000, according to new figures.
Sara Dickenson Quinn / Poynter:
4 reasons the Sunday front page now looks a lot like the Monday front page  —  Where are all of the truly great Sunday, front page designs in the U.S. these days?  —  As I do my daily run through the Newseum's collection of front pages, Sunday looks a lot like Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday.
Discussion: Charles Apple
Sam Schechner / Wall Street Journal:
Hulu Puts Owners in New Quandary  —  Now that big media companies have decided not to sell online-video venture Hulu LLC, they have to figure out what to do with it.  —  News Corp., Walt Disney Co. and Providence Equity Partners LLC said late last week that they were abandoning efforts …
Discussion: Company Town and Adweek
 
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