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9:45 AM ET, September 28, 2013


 Top News: 
Paul Carr / PandoDaily:
NSFWCORP's public appeal for funding succeeds following loosened SEC rules  —  NSFWCORP's race to survive... The results are in  —  On Monday, I wrote about my “Brewster's Millions"-style struggle to close NSFWCORP's latest round of funding before we were forced into a unwanted “pivot.”
Andrew Roth / The Lede:
Russian News Sites Protest Detention of Journalists With Greenpeace Activists  —  A Russian court on Thursday ordered that 22 members of the Greenpeace team that protested Arctic drilling by trying to scale a state-run oil rig may spend up to two months in detention in a Murmansk jail …
Nico Hines / The Daily Beast:   Kieron Bryan: British Journalist Held Without Trial in Russia
Russian media protests detention of Greenpeace freelance photographer
Cale Guthrie Weissman / PandoDaily:
Chris Hughes: The separation of business and editorial is outdated  —  Chris Hughes, Facebook co-founder, Obama campaigner, and current owner and editor-in-chief of the New Republic, says he would repeat the most controversial move he's made since the publication's January re-launch.
Justin Ellis / Nieman Journalism Lab:
What makes the Texas Tribune's event business so successful?  —  When The Texas Tribune launched in 2009, Evan Smith says the nonprofit news site was in a “proof by assertion” stage.  The assertion, in this case, was that there was an audience hungry for intensely focused-coverage of Texas politics …
Discussion: Knight Foundation
Sarah Marshall /
The Economist rethinks ‘lean forward, lean back’ model  —  The rise in popularity of touch-screen devices means publishers should be ‘touch first and mobile second’, Neelay Patel from The Economist Group tells conference  —  Until recently The Economist's model was lean forward, lean back publishing.
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Top NBCU Digital Exec Lauren Zalaznick to Depart Company  —  Well-known NBCUniversal exec Lauren Zalaznick, who has recently been working on the media giant's growth into new digital arenas, is leaving the company, according to an internal memo.  —  A longtime veteran of NBCU …
Chris Ariens / TVNewser:
Lee Thornton, First African American Woman to Cover the White House for TV, Has Died  —  Lee Thornton, a former CNN and CBS correspondent, has died.  —  Thornton, who died Wednesday of pancreatic cancer, was the first African American woman to cover a regular White House beat for one of the big three broadcast networks, at CBS News.
Discussion: FishbowlDC
Alexis Sobel Fitts / Columbia Journalism Review:
For the sake of science  —  PopSci's ‘scientific’ justification for shutting down comments conveys the research poorly  —  The internet has largely weighed in on Popular Science's sudden decision to shut off its comments section earlier this week.  The responses have been, for the most part …
Rachel Bartlett /
The Forbes contributor model: Technology, feedback and incentives  —  A look at Forbes's approach to content production by a technology and data-driven newsroom, and wide network of contributors  — Read more  —  Other top stories  —  Also on
Discussion: @jasonmoriber
Erik Wemple:
CNN on ‘Crossfire’ ethics: Ha!  —  News organizations promulgate standards to ensure that their employees and affiliates abide by certain rules and procedures as they go about their journalism.  The logic behind such internal corporate regulations is compelling, considering that journalists …
Discussion: @noahcrothman and @erikwemple
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Conflicts of Interest: CNN adjusts ethics policy around Crossfire
George Brock / New Statesman:
Journalism is going to survive this era of creative destruction  —  Here's why.  —  Creative destruction is no fun if it is your livelihood or beloved newspaper that is being destroyed.  But my researches have convinced me that journalism is being adapted, rethought and reconstructed …
Discussion: @annnyberg
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Feds: DOJ press guidelines don't raise bar for leak case  —  New guidelines Attorney General Eric Holder issued recently for investigations involving journalists don't undercut legal arguments made in an ongoing leak prosecution, prosecutors said in a court filing Friday.
Discussion: @joshgerstein and @kgosztola
Tom Hals / Reuters:
Judge tosses lawsuit opposed to Sirius takeover by Liberty Media  —  (Reuters) - The board of Sirius XM Radio Inc did not breach its duty to shareholders by allowing a takeover by Liberty Media Corp without demanding it pay a premium for the stock, a Delaware judge ruled on Friday.
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Reuters cuts raise questions about company's consumer strategy  —  Today, the Newspaper Guild, a union that represents approximately 400 employees of the global information provider Thomson Reuters, announced that management is seeking “to eliminate five Guild positions from the recently …
The Newspaper Guild of New York:   Next, Reuters targets five jobs in demise of website project
Jim Romenesko:
GateHouse Media: Our bankruptcy filing ‘is not a reflection of any operational problem’  —  GateHouse Media has filed for voluntary Chapter 11 bankruptcy.  CEO Michael Reed says in a memo that “with the challenges facing our industry and the impending maturity of our secured debt next year …
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Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
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Todd Spangler / Variety:
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David Oxenford / Broadcast Law Blog:
What a Federal Government Shut-Down Would Mean for Broadcasters
Discussion: @brendansasso and @bloombergnews
Patrick Wintour / Guardian:
Press regulation debate nears final reckoning
Discussion: Big News
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