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Nate Silver Previews Site, Hits Politico (Politico / Dylan Byers on Media)
Nate Silver, the statistician who recently joined ESPN from The New York Times, previewed his new website on Friday and dished out some criticisms of the current journalism environment, much of it directed at Politico. Delivering the keynote address at this year’s Online News Association conference in Atlanta, Silver said the new fivethirtyeight.com will be free and will launch “very early next year.” “The idea is that it’s a Web product, first and foremost. I’m sure we’ll build out podcasts and video coverage over time, but really the core challenge is in identifying writers and journalists who have the right critical thinking ability,” Silver said. TheWrap Silver also took a few swipes at Politico, whose coverage of elections and politics he’s often criticized, calling it an example of what journalists shouldn’t do. A recent article assumed that correlation equaled causation, Silver said, in stating that the government shutdown lead to Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe’s upswing in the polls. TPM / LiveWire Silver said that the way in which the information was presented in the article, not the information itself, was the issue. “It was a fine theory, but instead it was stated as a fact when there was no proof of it whatsoever,” he added.

Guardian, Boston Globe, NYT Take Home ONA Honors (Poynter / MediaWire)
The Guardian took two top journalism honors Saturday night at the Online News Association awards banquet for its coverage of leaked files on the National Security Administration. The London-based publication won both the Gannett Foundation Award for Innovative Investigative Journalism and the foundation’s Award for Watchdog Journalism. The Boston Globe took home the Knight Award for Public Service for its coverage of the violent Bowdoin-Geneva neighborhood. The Globe also won the breaking news award (large category) for its work on the Boston Marathon bombings. The Guardian Guardian U.S. editor-in-chief Janine Gibson, who accepted the awards at the ceremony in Atlanta, said: “We’re very proud to accept these awards from the ONA and the Gannett Foundation. It means a great deal to have the endorsement of our peers in the US media and we are thankful for their support.”

AP’s Lewis Suspended After McAuliffe Flub (Politico / Dylan Byers on Media)
Bob Lewis, the Associated Press political reporter who last week published an erroneous report about Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe, has been temporarily suspended, Politico has learned. Lewis, a highly respected veteran on the Richmond political scene, will no longer cover the race between McAuliffe and Ken Cuccinelli, and may be suspended through the election. His last story on the race was published Oct. 14.

Wall Street Journal Reporters Muzzled in Reporting of Hacking Scandal (The Guardian / Greenslade Blog)
Wall Street Journal reporters were frustrated in their attempts to tell the story of the News of the World hacking scandal, according to a new book by David Folkenflik. He implies that one part of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp media empire in the United States was not allowed to report freely on another part in Britain.

Dan Lothian Leaving CNN (TVNewser)
CNN White House correspondent Dan Lothian is leaving the network, a CNN source confirms to TVNewser. Lothian is a 10-year veteran of the cabler, and has covered the administration for nearly five years. Previously he was with NBC News out of its Los Angeles bureau.

New Filings Ratchet Up The War Among Inquirer Owners (Philadelphia Inquirer)
A lawsuit filed in Philadelphia to reinstate Inquirer editor William K. Marimow should be dismissed because the case belongs in Delaware, where the newspaper’s parent company was incorporated, lawyers for publisher Robert J. Hall argue in court papers filed Friday. Hall’s lawyers also contend that company co-owner Lewis Katz had no authority to sue because he lacked approval from the board that controls Interstate General Media. Hours after that filing, Katz and another co-owner, H.F. “Gerry” Lenfest, filed a new complaint in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court, this time asking a judge to declare illegal a Tuesday meeting at which their rival co-owners voted to investigate Katz.

Associated Press Is The Latest News Organization to Try Sponsored Content (Ad Age / Media News)
The Associated Press is planning to introduce sponsored articles into the stream of news stories on its mobile apps and hosted websites. The rollout is expected in early 2014, with potential sponsorship deals centered around major events the AP is planning to cover, such as the Super Bowl, the Winter Olympics and the Academy Awards.

Who Killed The Magazine App? (Adweek)
The Association of Magazine Media, the magazine publishers trade group, this month reported some seemingly encouraging results for an industry that’s become all too used to bad news. While print advertising — still by far the lifeblood of the magazine business — continues to contract, ad units in magazine tablet editions have soared 22 percent so far this year versus last. It would appear reassuring for publishers desperate to grow their businesses beyond the core yet shrinking print product. But the fact is that many of those tablet ad units are merely pickups from print — meaning that advertisers paid not a nickel for them.

On the Ground With Syria’s News Smugglers (New Republic)
Syria is now the most dangerous country in the world for reporters: According to the Doha Centre for Media Freedom, at least 114 journalists have died there since the spring of 2011. Among the dead are seasoned correspondents like the American Marie Colvin, who was killed in Homs in 2012, and freelancers like the Frenchman Olivier Voisin, who was wounded in February near Idlib and later died in Turkey. Meanwhile, 16 foreign journalists are officially missing, along with an untold number of fixers and translators. Because of voluntary media blackouts — enforced to avoid encouraging would-be kidnappers — the real number is almost certainly higher.

Tech Wealth And Ideas Are Heading Into News (NYT)
Producing serious news is an expensive enterprise with a beleaguered business model, one that remains tied to the tracks as a locomotive of splintered audiences and declining advertising hurtles toward it. But just when it looked as if all were lost, an unlikely cavalry has come roaring over the hill with serious money, fresh ideas and no small amount of enthusiasm. Silicon Valley and its various power brokers — some who had roles in putting the news business in harm’s way to begin with — are suddenly investing significant sums of money in preserving news capacity and quality.

Why Getting Married to The TV Industry May Not Be The Road to Success for Twitter (GigaOM)
Twitter is banking on its status as a “second screen” for TV content to drive a lot of the value it is promising as part of its public offering — but what if that value turns out to be a mirage?

An Unfinished List of Ventures in Journalism You Should Be Watching (David Bauer)
One thing that makes current times so interesting for journalism is that everybody is still looking for a model that will work in the 21st century. Given the speed of technological change and the complexity of what is now the media landscape, it’s unlikely we’ll ever find a model that will work for more than a few years for more than a few publishers. The hype around native advertising or metered paywalls is primarily a manifestation of the hope for silver bullets.

Roll Call Editor to USA Today (FishbowlDC)
Roll Call has lost its managing editor to USA Today. Thursday was Katie Smith‘s last day on the job. She was employed there for eight years. Smith wrote a lengthy, heartfelt farewell note to colleagues. Sounds like she wore a lot of hats at the publication.

SNL‘s Gender Equality Movement Left Black Women Out (Salon)
Kenan Thompson’s claim that Saturday Night Live has no black female cast members because qualified black female comedians just aren’t out there has prompted a lot of much-needed discussion — it’s also an opportunity to look back at the show’s history. While SNL has had only four black women cast members in the 38-year history of the show, the success of SNL alums like Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Kristin Wiig and Maya Rudolph make it easy to forget that, once upon a time, SNL used to have issues with women overall.

Twitter Likely to Kill Its Music App (AllThingsD)
Just six months after launching it, Twitter is strongly considering killing off its Twitter #Music mobile application, according to multiple sources familiar with the matter. It is unclear what Twitter’s time frame is for ultimately ending support for Twitter #Music, as the company is currently in the midst of revamping its music department. But sources tell AllThingsD that the app’s fate is nearly sealed.

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