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This & That: The Past Week in Media for Oct. 24, 2013

Oct. 18: From Politico’s Dylan Byers: The NYT’s Jill Abramson decries the horserace mentality of covering politics while her newspaper declares winners and losers from the shutdown … from Philly Mag: Guild plans to be Switzerland in the soap opera-like fight for control of Philadelphia’s two newspapers … from Reuters: There’s a bottomless optimism regarding the future of print journalism among the industry’s billionaire publishers … from Nieman Journalism Lab: What are the “acts of journalism” a shield law should protect? … from Poynter: Plagiarist Jayson Blair created a fallout which seems to have finally leveled off 10 years later.

Oct. 21: From My Fox DC: Changing demographics are changing America’s palate, so what is your newspaper doing to reflect the country’s changing tastes? … from Net News Check: In the post-Snowden world, encrypted — and often crash-prone — technologies are the necessity in the newsroom to protect sources and information for the paper ... from The Washington Post’s Erik Wemple: The Associated Press fired veteran political reporter Bob Lewis and his editor after the Oct. 9 report erroneously stated Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe lied to an investigator in a federal fraud case … from Philly.com: A lawsuit filed to reinstate Inquirer editor William K. Marimow and another lawsuit contending company co-owner Lewis Katz had no authority to sue are part of the newest acrimony surrounding the Philadelphia Inquirer … from Digiday: Newsrooms need to embrace data, the kind of real-time analytics that can turn casual browsers and readers into loyal customers.

Oct. 22: From The Washington Post: Why Lanny Davis, the man who helped Bill Clinton, Martha Stewart and Penn State navigate through scandals, isn’t talking about his latest client, Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder … from Associated Press CEO Gary Pruitt via Net News Check: Being forced to choose between national security and a free press is no choice at all, and an unnecessary one, too … from Giga OM: Flipboard to publishers: “You’ve got it all wrong – we want to help you instead of hurt you.” … from Press Gazette: The Financial Times says after switching to a digital-exclusive model, it now employs more journalists than it ever did in print … from the London Guardian: Whether it’s ignorance or indifference, the public’s non-plussed reaction to NSA intrusions is the real danger.

Oct. 23: From The New York Times: Why selling newspaper properties once considered hallowed ground makes sense for big city dailies and suburban locals alike … from Jim Romenesko: Guild petition calls for reinstatement of fired Associated Press journalist, editor … from The Washington Post: A White House national security staffer is outed and fired for posting critical comments of the Obama administration to Twitter under alias … Point/Counterpoint, first from Fortune: Don’t apologize for paywalls. While we all enjoy reading great content, we all need to get paid for it, too! Counterpoint from Paid Content: Adam Lashinsky misunderstands paywalls, social media … from Columbia Journalism Review: While Grambling State University reels from a football team gone AWOL, two student newspaper editors have their suspensions overturned amid claims of faculty interference.

Oct. 24: From The Washington Post: After 28 years of outstanding work for The Associated Press, a reporter is fired. Did the punishment fit the crime, and does your paper’s policies address this type of situation? … from The New York Times: Staffers spanning six decades of journalism serenade the Graham family after eight decades of ownership of the Post… from the Los Angeles Times: Media watch dog Free Press accuses the FCC of ignoring consolidation in television, singling out Baltimore-based Sinclair as the biggest aggressor … from Nieman Journalism Lab: Nate Silver shares the new age skills needed to be a successful writer: Writing chops (of course), statistical savvy and programming abilities … from Huffington Post: Is this political grandstanding, legitimate admiration, or both? Va. Gov. Bob McDonnell, his Lt. Gov. and a bipartisan group of state senators will host an honorary reception for fired AP reporter Bob Lewis.

—compiled by T.C. Cameron
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