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This & That: The Past Week in Media for Oct. 3, 2013

Sept. 27: From The Washington Post: Why is there no J street in D.C.? Is it attributable to John Jay or the similar typeset characteristics of both J and I? … from The Verge: How does Siri do it? Meet a broadcast journalist who helps craft voice programs for Apple … from Net News Check: The New York Times’ Mark Thompson says print has shown it’s got, “resilience with consumers” and has “significant longevity.” … from Nieman Journalism Lab: How Wisconsin’s largest newspaper earned thriving success and community respect by committing itself to watchdog reporting … from Journalism Festival: The economics of newspapering through the eyes of Hal Varian, chief economist at Google.

Sept. 30: From The New York Times: How the Free Flow of Information Act of 2013 will give journalists more firepower to protect sources and secrets … from Jim Romenesko: AOL’s Bud Rosenthal says more Patch sites will be shuttered Oct. 7 … from the Washington Free Beacon: WaPo’s Bob Woodward says history will not remember the Speaker of the House’s role more than the President’s in a government shutdown … from Slate: Here’s how the government shutdown might be covered if it happened elsewhere … from The Associated Press: Google utilizes an updated formula to give better search engine answers without disclosing modifications via a platform called “Hummingbird.”

Oct. 1: From Paid Content: Dallas Morning News becomes second US metro daily to pull down paywall, but soldiers on with “premium content” … Two from Net News Check: Despite being declared “dead,” daily deal space remains lucrative for local media … For newspapers big and small, a community’s trust is the brand’s ultimate value … from Medium: One reporter’s fact-checking finds women are severely underreported in the news business and changing it won’t be easy … from The Daily Dot: User posts video with blatant illegal content, then buys 500,000 views over five months for $500 before YouTube finally pulls the plug.

Oct. 2: From Poynter: Government shutdown leaves data journalists scrambling for new sources … Two from The Washington Post: Nash Holdings officially becomes new owner of the iconic Washington, D.C. daily … What will the Washington Post Co. look like with a new name, a new leader and no ties to the Beltway? … from Pro Publica: Northwestern journalism school asks news organizations to consider paying interns … from Bloomberg: Why does The New York Times allow more free page views when referred by Google? Because search is too vital to be cut off.

Oct. 3: From the Annapolis Capital: Game On! Saturday’s Air Force-Navy football game will play after pressure is exerted from media, fans and local business leaders … from Atlantic: What’s the real cost of investigative journalism? Two reporters logged $750,000 for a scathing report on Tylenol’s primary agent, acetaminophen … from Slate: Someone needs PR! The managing editor of Connecticut’s Journal-Inquirer blames single moms for the woes of his industry … from Huffington Post: Vermont senator complains he learns more about NSA programs in newspapers than in classified briefings … from Columbia Journalism Review: Mick Hume says it’s time to make a stand for the freedom of the press with no ifs, ands or buts.

—compiled by T.C. Cameron
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