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1:15 PM ET, January 18, 2013


 Top News: 
Jim Romenesko:
Gawker Media sets traffic record with Deadspin's Manti Te'o blockbuster  —  For the first time ever, Gawker Media drew more than 10 million U.S. visitors in one week.  The memo to Gawker staff: … * Te'o story is still on top of the Gawker Media Big Board (
Jason Del Rey / AdAge:
With All Eyes on Manti Te'o Hoax Story, Deadspin Doesn't Immediately Cash In  —  Scoop Highlights Difficulty Publishers Face When Traffic Spikes  —  Deadspin's blockbuster article revealing that the girlfriend of star Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o never existed eclipsed 3.5 million views Thursday evening.
Jen Doll / The Atlantic Wire:
Manti Te'o and the New Burden of Internet Truth
Discussion: AdAge, App Advice and NPR
Margaret Sullivan / The Public Editor's Journal:
Reporting in The Times on Football Star's Nonexistent Girlfriend Was Glancing, but Still Troubling
John R. MacArthur / Harper's:
Google's Media Barons  —  I had to cheer when I read the news the other week about a French company that's selling an ad-blocking service on the Internet.  Xavier Niel, the entrepreneurial owner of the web-service provider Free, is threatening to smash the advertiser-supported “free-content” model.
Keach Hagey / Corporate Intelligence:
Tribune's New CEO: Not A Newspaperman, Or A Hatchetman … Veteran television executive Peter Liguori just became CEO of a company named after a newspaper - Tribune Company , owner of the Chicago Tribune - but he says he doesn't “profess to be a newspaperman by any stretch of the imagination.”
Joe Flint / Los Angeles Times:
New Tribune CEO Peter Liguori sees opportunity to grow
Jeff Sonderman / Poynter:
How news organizations can sell sponsored content without lowering their standards  —  Advertisers want to be let out of the box.  —  They want to break out of the constrained 300-pixel display ad box that everyone's eyes have learned to ignore, and leap into the stream of engaging content that readers actually pay attention to.
Discussion: SPEAKEASY, CNN and Gawker
Andrew Pugh / PressGazette:
Sunday Times: £1m fraud claim ‘strengthened’ after Lance Armstrong's Oprah confession  —  Sunday Times: 'We watched Lance Armstrong's interview with interest' Paper seeking to recoup 2006 costs plus interest Case is ‘stronger’ after Oprah confession The Sunday Times today warned Lance Armstrong it will …
Discussion: Forbes, Adweek, Guardian, FishbowlNY and TVNewser
Dylan Byers / Politico:
POLITICO interview: Piers Morgan  —  To Piers Morgan, the answer is simple: pro-gun advocate and conservative radio show host Alex Jones was the best guest he ever had.  —  “The best thing about Alex Jones is that 8 million people watched that video on YouTube,” Morgan told POLITICO …
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Publicist sues FishbowlDC for libel  —  Washington, D.C., publicist Wendy Gordon has filed a lawsuit over a series of unflattering photos that the media-gossip site FishbowlDC ran of her, Zoe Tillman reports. … Gordon's complaint says she isn't a public figure, and the posts …
Discussion: The BLT and The Huffington Post
Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke / The New York Observer:
Alice DuBois Takes Times Buyout to Go to BuzzFeed  —  New York TimesAlice DuBois is the latest Times editor to take a buyout, POLITICO reports.  Ms. DuBois has been at the paper of record since 2000, most recently as editor for special projects and development, will go to BuzzFeed.
Discussion: Politico and FishbowlNY
Erik Maza / WWD:
American Society of Magazine Editors Under Fire From Industry  —  PROFILES IN UMBRAGE: A noted editor was on the phone recently discussing the American Society of Magazine Editors, the industry's main professional club, whose board is comprised of 18 rotating editors in chief from magazines as varied as Redbook and BusinessWeek.
Dean Starkman / Columbia Journalism Review:
Major papers' longform meltdown  —  No one equates story-length with quality.  Let's start with that concession.  —  But still.  Story-length is hardly meaningless when you consider what it takes to explain complex problems, like say, the financial crisis, to the broader public.
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
PCC to investigate Julie Burchill column  —  The Press Complaints Commission is to launch an inquiry into the publication of Julie Burchill's controversial column in The Observer that caused outrage among transgender people.  The commission decided to act after receiving 800 complaints.
Discussion: @jeffjarvis
Alexander C. Kaufman / The Wrap:
Washington Post Suspends Mexico Bureau Chief for Plagiarism  —  The Washington Post suspended Mexico bureau chief William Booth on Thursday after he admitted to plagiarizing four sentences from an academic journal, an individual with knowledge of the situation told TheWrap.
Discussion: Poynter, City Desk and Politico
Nieman Journalism Lab:
When print is thriving, where does social media fit?  A look at practices at India's The Hindu  —  In November, Sam Pitroda, technology advisor to Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, held a “global Twitter press conference” on his account (@pitrodasam).  Hyped as the first of its kind …
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Katherine Fung / The Huffington Post:
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Josh Halliday / Guardian:
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Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
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Discussion: TVNewser
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Discussion: Engadget
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
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Discussion: paidContent and GalleyCat
 Earlier Picks: 
Jim Romenesko:
Keep in mind: Reporters are no longer given time to report
Discussion: Associated Press and Baltimore Sun
Michael Martinez / CNN:
Pauline Phillips, longtime Dear Abby advice columnist, dies at 94
Discussion: Pop Culture
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Lawrence Wright Publisher Defends Book Against Church Of Scientology Claims
Ed Pilkington / Guardian:
Bradley Manning denied chance to make whistleblower defence
Discussion: Techdirt
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Philly Guild, owners find room to negotiate
Josh Halliday / Guardian:
TMZ video of murder condemned by victim's family