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Tech Cos. Share Ideas About Charging For Content|Tina Brown Talks Wintour|Remembering Dominick Dunne|HuffPo Uses Twitter For Headline Writing

Associated Press: The Newspaper Association of America has asked IBM, Microsoft, Oracle and Google to come up with ideas about how media companies can easily charge for content on the Web.

Daily Beast: Tina Brown on Vogue editrix Anna Wintour‘s recent spate of good press.

New York Times: Remembering Dominick Dunne at his memorial on Thursday.

Huffington Post: The Huffington Post crowdsources a headline for a story about Congressman Joe Wilson via Twitter. The result? “I’m Sorry…Send Me Money.”

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On The Menu: Classic Literature For The Facebook Generation


Today’s Morning Media Menu podcast featured freelance writer and author Sarah Schmelling, who has written the social media satire “Ophelia Joined the Group Maidens Who Don’t Float: Classic Lit Signs on to Facebook.”

Schmelling spoke with hosts Jason Boog of GalleyCat and AgencySpy‘s Matt Van Hoven about how she came up with the idea for her book, which envisions what famous literary characters and works would look like translated into Facebook news feeds, profile pages, groups and events. She talked about submitting a piece first to McSweeney’s, which has become a go-to place for comedy writers although it doesn’t pay for the work it publishes.

“A lot of writers, especially right now, really want to get paid,” Schmelling said. “But I would argue, especially after this experience, that just being published online like that in a place that a lot of people are going to see is so worth it. It really doesn’t matter that they don’t pay anything…I would really recommend that anyone submit there.”

Also discussed: Congressman Joe Wilson‘s inappropriate outburst during President Barack Obama‘s speech on health care reform last night and Wilson’s subsequent Twitter celebrity and MTV’s recent hire of a Twitter correspondent, iJustine.

You can learn more about Schmelling and her book at www.maidenswhodontfloat.

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Conservative Columnist Robert Novak Dies

rnovak.jpgVeteran journalist Robert Novak died this morning after battling brain cancer for the past year. He was 78.

Best known for his conservative political columns, syndicated around the country, and appearances on cable news, Novak was at the center of the Valerie Plame controversy after he outed her as the CIA agent married to Bush critic Joe Wilson.

In July 2008, Novak made headlines after running down a pedestrian while driving his black corvette. A week later, it was announced that doctors had discovered a brain tumor. When he retired shortly after, Novak told the Chicago Sun-Times, his home paper since 1966, that his prognosis was “dire.”

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