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11:30 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.
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Steve Myers / Poynter:
WSJ Asia moves more than half of its copies through heavy discounting, like WSJ Europe
Discussion: Mediaite, Forbes and Softpedia News
Frédéric Filloux / Guardian:
How can we stop publishers inflating circulation?
Roy Greenslade / paidContent:
Three UK Papers Are Still Hooked On The Bulk Sales Drug
Discussion: Guardian
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: CJR, Knight Foundation and LA Observed
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.
Alex Weprin / TVNewser:
Natalie Morales Latest NBCer to Join ‘Rock Center’ Roster  —  NBC's upcoming primetime newsmagazine “Rock Center with Brian Williams” continues to add high-profile contributors.  The latest addition is NBC “Today” news anchor and third hour co-host Natalie Morales.
Discussion: Broadcasting & Cable
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 …
Chris O'Shea / FishbowlNY:
NYMag.com Sets Traffic Record in September with Over 10 Million Unique Visitors  —  September was a historical month for New York, as its website topped 10 million unique visits for the first time.  While that's great news, the best part about it might be that about 90% of the users during that time were enjoying web-only content.
Discussion: Nieman Journalism Lab
Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:
Yahoo Vexed by Weak Sales  —  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, which oversees annual ad spending …
Brian Moylan / Gawker:
Zachary Quinto Inspires ABC News Anchor to Come Out on Air  —  Dan Kloeffler, one of the anchors of ABC's World News Now, the zany 3am news program that most people only see when they wake up on the couch to shut off the TV, came out on the air early this morning.  And it's all because of Zachary Quinto.
Jim Romenesko / Poynter:
U. of Virginia editor faces charges for telling readers about plagiarist on staff  —  Cavalier Daily editors at the University of Virginia discovered last month that they had a plagiarist on staff and reported the writer to the school's Honor Committee.  They also published a Sept. 12 editorial …
Discussion: The Cavalier Daily
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
Andy Fixmer / Bloomberg Businessweek:
Calstrs Plans to Withhold Votes for Entire News Corp. Board  —  Oct. 17 (Bloomberg) — The California State Teachers' Retirement System will oppose re-election of News Corp.'s entire board, including Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Rupert Murdoch, citing a lack of independent members.
Tanya Irwin / MediaPost:
AmEx, ‘Billboard’ Launch Facebook Entertainment Channel  —  American Express is joining with Billboard to launch an entertainment channel on its Facebook page that will provide cardmembers with exclusive ticket offers and other specials.  —  Consumers (including non-cardmembers) can “like” …
Michael Arrington / Uncrunched:
WSJ Gets Personal With Gravity  —  The Wall Street Journal quietly enabled a personalization feature today (or at least this is the first time I've noticed it).  Articles are now automatically sorted based on what they think you'll like to read.  It's powered by Los Angeles based startup Gravity.
Discussion: Talking Biz News
Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat:
Music video site Vevo eyes news and features with new editorial director  —  Vevo, the music video site jointly created by YouTube and music labels, is eyeing a new editorial focus with the hire of veteran journalist Jim Macnie as its editorial director.  —  Macnie, who previously served …
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
GigaOm's Michael Wolf Launches Digital Publisher BSTSLLR  —  In a move he describes as akin to “having your own minor-league baseball team,” Michael Wolf, GigaOm's VP research, is launching his own digital publishing imprint, BSTSLLR.  (In response, several minor-league baseball teams are dropping all vowels from their team names.)
Noah Davis / Business Insider:
Demand Media Just Made It Almost Impossible For 75% Of Its Writers To Get Work  —  On Monday night, Demand Media's SVP of editorial Jeremy Reed sent an email to all the writers announcing the creation of the “First Look” program.  —  The program gives writers with a “structure” …
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
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Clear Channel And LivingSocial Team Up To Bring Daily Deals To Radio  —  Media company Clear Channel Radio and daily deals service LivingSocial are today announcing an agreement that names LivingSocial as the sole daily deal provider for over 500 Clear Channel-owned radio stations across 90 cities …
Discussion: rbr.com
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
Jeff Roberts / paidContent:
Is Patent Expert/Blogger Florian Mueller Getting Too Cozy With Microsoft?  —  Florian Mueller, a German software savant, is invaluable to many in the public and media for his ability to explain the arcane patent battles engulfing companies like Google (NSDQ: GOOG) and Apple (NSDQ: AAPL).
Discussion: Softpedia News and WebProNews
Crayton Harrison / Bloomberg:
Carlos Slim's America Movil Buys DLA to Add Playboy TV, Concert Channel  —  America Movil SAB, the phone carrier controlled by billionaire Carlos Slim, agreed to buy DLA Inc., adding video-on-demand programming and Latin America cable-TV channels including Playboy TV and the Concert Channel.
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
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.
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Jim Cooper / Adweek:
A Letter to Adweek's Readers
 
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Matt Lakin / Knoxville News-Sentinel:
UT student-publisher uses periodical to trumpet professor's affair with ex-wife
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John Plunkett / Guardian:
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