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7:05 PM ET, November 10, 2011


 Top News: 
Julie Moos / Poynter:
Questions over Romenesko's attributions spur changes in writing, editing  — works hard to meet the highest standards of journalism excellence, and I learned late Wednesday that we have not consistently met those standards.  —  A centerpiece of our editorial work has been the Romenesko blog …
Choire Sicha / The Awl:
The Intolerable Evolution of Poynter's “Romenesko+”  —  The “Romenesko” blog (launched in 1999!) was a one-man shop, under the corporate parentage of the Poynter Institute, until fairly recently.  It was quite successfully run by its founder, Jim Romenesko, though you could tell every once …
Discussion: Recovering Journalist
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Journalism Ethics Taken Too Seriously?  Romenesko Scolded on His Own Blog  —  Sometimes you can follow rules right out the window.  —  That is the situation the Poynter Institute — an organization that teaches journalistic ethics and practices — finds itself in after scolding its most famous writer …
@romenesko:   NYT reports accurately that I asked a 2nd time to be released from contract 7 wks early. I feel it's time to go.
Amy Chozick / Media Decoder:
Viacom Reports 33 Percent Gain in Profit  —  A robust television advertising market, climbing cable fees and box office sales from “Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon” helped bolster Viacom's profit 33 percent in the quarter that ended in September.  —  The company, which owns MTV Networks …
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
Viacom, Nielsen Investigating ‘Inexplicable’ Nickelodeon Ratings Drop … NEW YORK - Viacom is investigating, together with TV ratings firm Nielsen, a sudden mid-September ratings drop at kids network Nickelodeon, CEO Philippe Dauman told analysts Thursday.  —  On his company's quarterly earnings call …
Discussion: Company Town
ESPN Poynter Review Project:
ESPN stumbles with Penn State coverage  —  ESPN was slow this week to grasp the full implications of the recent criminal indictments at Penn State University.  —  On Saturday, news broke that a grand jury had charged former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky with 40 criminal counts …
Eduardo J. Morales / Abandoned Couches:   The secretive culture at Penn State is nothing new
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
Can you really believe James Murdoch's hacking story?  —  Let's imagine that James Murdoch spoke the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth to the Commons select committee.  I know it's a stretch, but stay with me.  —  Here's his story.  He was appointed as chairman of News International …
James Robinson / Guardian:
James Murdoch claims truth about phone-hacking was hidden from him
Andrea Morabito / Broadcasting & Cable:
NBC Sports Taps Ross Greenburg to Produce Docs  —  Former HBO Sports president's first project to debut Jan. 2  —  Former HBO Sports president Ross Greenburg has been hired by NBC Sports Group to produce sports documentaries for the new NBC Sports Network (formerly Versus), Golf Channel and NBC.
Discussion: Multichannel and
Jennifer Saba / Reuters:
Exclusive: NYT expands tech blog  —  The New York Times is expanding its technology blog Bits to include more reporting and analysis about the enterprise portion of the tech sector.  The expanded coverage will encompass a broader range of subjects like “big data,” “cloud computing” and security issues.
Discussion: MediaPost, Betabeat and Bits
Nando Di Fino / Mediaite:
The Young Turks With Cenk Uygur To Debut On Current TV Dec. 5  —  Current TV announced on Thursday that The Young Turks With Cenk Uygur, their new show starring former MSNBC anchor Cenk Uygur, now has an official start date: Dec. 5.  The show, according to a release from Current …
Discussion: TVNewser and The Wrap
Bruce Weber / New York Times:
Hal Bruno, Director of Election Coverage at ABC, Dies at 83  —  Hal Bruno, who helped shape political coverage at ABC News for nearly two decades and was a frequent analyst on its radio and television broadcasts, died on Tuesday, Election Day, in Bethesda, Md. He was 83.
Los Angeles Times:
Michael Jackson's estate demands MSNBC ax Conrad Murray documentary  —  Executors for the estate of Michael Jackson demanded Wednesday that MSNBC drop its plan to air a “reprehensible” documentary that promises a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the singer's relationship with Dr. Conrad Murray …
Robert Beckhusen / Danger Room:
Mexican Man Decapitated in Cartel Warning to Social Media  —  Warning: Graphic image below.  —  A Mexican man has been decapitated, in an apparent warning to social media users to stop tipping off the authorities about the local drug cartel.  —  The man appears to have been handcuffed …
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Self-Published British Author Sues For Libel Over Bad Amazon Review  —  In his self-published book The Attempted Murder of God: Hidden Science You Really Need to Know, British entrepreneur Chris McGrath set out to prove the existence of God and advance creationist theory.
Discussion: The New York Observer
Tim Carmody / Epicenter:
Yap Isn't Much Like Siri.  So Why Does Amazon Want It?  —  CLT Blog's Justin Ruckman decoded SEC filings to turn up an intriguing recent Amazon acquisition: Yap, a Charlotte-based speech-recognition startup best known for its recently shuttered voicemail transcription app and backend services …
The Independent:
Met offers NOTW journalist a lifeline: turn supergrass against paper and you'll go free  —  The former chief reporter of the News of the World has been approached by Scotland Yard to give potentially vital evidence in the phone hacking scandal against his former employer.
BBC:   Police have 300 million News International emails
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