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Drew Grant

Is The Associated Press Running On Slave Labor?

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No one in their right mind is going to tell you that journalism — especially online journalism — pays very well. Sure, there are a couple of examples where people have made names for themselves and ended up a featured (and well paid) columnist for a newspaper’s website or a blog, but overall you’d be better off being a waitress if you were in this gig for the money. (Look no further than our own ex-Fishbowler Amanda Ernst for a clue.)

Yet we’re still shocked to hear that a source as big as The Associated Press still manages to undercut its writers, especially since this is the same company that makes such a stink about online aggregators making money off its content.

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New York Times Won’t Address Paterson Rumors

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In the Sunday edition of The New York Times, Clark Hoyt fumed about the nature of salacious rumor-mongering about the alleged sex scandal his paper was assumed to be writing about New York Governor David Paterson. From John Koblin at The New York Observer to the front-page of The New York Post, the story so saturated in this month’s news cycle that Paterson himself had to address the issue in a conference. Now the Times is taking an official stance on the subject: “No comment.”

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Tomorrow: WhyHunger.Org Teams Up With MediaBistro

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Save the date: Tomorrow night join Mediabistro.com for a cocktail party to bring awareness to WhyHunger, a 35-year old non-profit dedicated to fighting poverty and hunger both in the United States and world-round.

The event, which teams up with WhyHunger to raise the profile of its annual Harry Chapin Media Awards Ceremony begins at 6:30 and runs till 8:30 at the Trattoria Cinque. According to the site, the Harry Chapin Media Awards were founded in 1982, to “bring exposure and prestige to journalists who tell the stories of hunger and poverty.” Last year’s winners include Debbie Cenziper and Sarah Cohen of The Washington Post for “Forced Out,” an investigation into the D.C. real estate boom and its effects on the housing projects, and Aliya Sternstein for her CQ Weekly piece “Hunger Hits Home.”

The winners and finalists will be honored during a ceremony at the Times Square Hard Rock Cafe in September 2010.

The event is open to the media and RSVP only. Reserve your space here!

Read More: Enter the Harry Chapin Media Awards — Why Hunger

Wall Street Journal Weekend Radio Show Names New Producer

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It’s been only one month since Air America shut down its operations, yet not all radio entities are scaling back in their operations. Take for instance The Wall Street Journal Radio Network, with over 168 affiliates over its last 25 years on the air, and which produces segments such as the “Dow Jones Money Report,” “Watching Your Wallet,” “The Wall Street Journal This Morning” “The Wall Street Journal This Weekend.”

“The Wall Street Journal This Weekend” has named Mike Gavin as its new producer, a veteran of New Jersey’s WHTG/WBBO station. As the show’s new producer, Gavin’s duties include taking the day’s top stories from the paper and translating them to a different a medium; a not-easy task considering how thick the weekend editions of WSJ are. Says Executive Director of The Wall Street Journal Radio Network Nancy Abramson, “Mike’s creativity, extensive knowledge of the industry and commitment to providing the best radio programming will lead us to new levels of success.”

Before taking this job, Gavin was the coordinating producer of the show, and also ran the This Morning Blog.

Read below for press release.

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Polk Awards Focus On War In Middle East

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The 2009 George Polk made history yesterday by announcing its first ever anonymous winners: the men and/or women who captured the footage of Iranian protester Neda Agha-Soltan dying after being shot during the controversial reelection of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in June. John Darnton of the Polk Awards called the video “an iconic image of the Iranian resistance.” Other winners of the highly-esteemed journalism award include David Rohde for his five-part New York Times series on being captured and held by the Taliban for seven months, and the Stars and Stripes trio of Charlie Reed, Kevin Baron and Leo Shane III for their piece on a secret Pentagon program meant to reward journalists who covered the war in a positive light.

Read More: Filmers of Iran Protest Death Win Polk Award in NY — New York Times, Files prove Pentagon is profiling reporters — Stars and Stripes

Previously: Kidnapped Journalist Rohde Answers Readers’ Questions

Fishbowl Newstand: Your Morning At A Glance

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Canada Gets The Finger | Newhouse Gets Fashion-Happy Feet | Media People Become Politicians, Possibly | Buzzkill

New York Post: Condé Nast publisher Si Newhouse was present with the Glamour dancers practicing in the company cafeteria for Fashion Week, and was even seen “bobbing his head” to their Lady Gaga routine. Human after all!

New York Times: Is Mort Zuckerman going to run for senator?

• FishbowlDC: Is Jake Tapper running for D.C. mayor?

Reuters: Google’s new Buzz platform is already causing some privacy issues that the company needs to address.

InStyle Gets An AdAge Smackdown

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Yesterday’s column by Larry Dobrow was anything but kind to Time Inc. title InStyle. Calling the magazine “stale” “semiliterate babble,” the Advertising Age journo manages to eviscerate the 424-page March issue of the magazine, and in doing so raises some interesting questions. If it’s true that InStyle has just become a thick imitation of its competitors (Glamour, Lucky), than how come it remains one advertising feather in Time Inc.’s cap? Even if the magazine did, say, ripoff Esquire with its augmented reality cover, InStyle has managed to conform itself to whatever is selling in the market. And while that might not lead to the most original brand, it certainly remains a successful one.

Read More: Success Breeds Imitation, Which Breeds Trouble –AdAge

Previously: InStyle Tries Augmented Reality, Too

Update: More Details on MediaNews And Press+

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Yesterday we reported on MediaNews‘ trial of Steve Brill‘s JournalismOnline pay wall platform Press+, which seeks a way for writers to maybe one day get paid for Internet reporting. Today, new details have emerged about the experiment, which will launch on two of MediaNews newspaper websites — York Daily Records and the Enterprise-Record — and which VP for content development Howard Saltz has already compared to The Financial Times pay model. So which content will we be coughing it up for in the future?

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NYTimes.Com Back To Being A Popular Website

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After falling to an abysmal 7th place in December, NYTimes.com climbed back to spots last month in the Nielsen ratings of current events websites. The site has still seen a 5.2 percent decrease in total unique visitors from the same month last year, which surprisingly follows the trend of the top 5 most popular sites, all which saw declines in readership. CNN Digital Networks — which made it to the #1 slot for January after overtaking Yahoo News — actually saw a bigger year-to-year decrease than it’s competitor: 2.5 compared it 1.2 percent. And here we thought everyone was reading news on the Internet these days.

Below a list of the Top 10 most popular sites, and their unique visitors over a year-to-year comparison.

Read More: In January, NYTimes.com Makes it Back to Top 5 — Editor & Publisher

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