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Washington Post Ombudsman Deborah Howell Dies

howell.jpgDeborah Howell, who was one of the first women in America to head up a major news organization with her work at the St. Paul Pioneer Press in Minnesota, died Friday evening in a car crash in New Zealand where she was vacationing. She was 68.

Though this unfortunate accident happened while we were on vacation, we’d like to point you in the direction of the myriad of writers who shared their personal memories of Howell — who also worked as a reporter and editor at The Minnesota Star and most recently served as ombudsman for The Washington Post — this weekend, from former Star editor Tim McGuire‘s remembrance to Jeff Jarvis‘ memorial blog titled “The Death of Curious Mind” on BuzzMachine.com and The New York TimesDavid Carr‘s memories of Howell as “the editor everyone should have had.”

Through these memorials — and many others made by colleagues and friends over the past few days — Deborah Howell will be remembered as both a pioneer for women in the field, as well as a great coworker, boss, journalist, editor and friend.

Read More: The death of a curious mind –BuzzMachine

Deborah Howell, prominent editor, killed in car accident –Star Tribune

My tortured journey to becoming Deborah Howell’s friend –Tim McGuire

The Editor Everyone Should Have HadNew York Times

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Editor & Publisher Reveals 10 Papers That “Do It Right”

post-star.pngAt a time when local newspapers across the country are imperiled — cutting staff and resources to stay alive, drawing more from pooled resources like the Associated Press to the detriment of their own original content and instituting furloughs — it’s important to celebrate those papers that are still doing challenging work that makes an impact on their communities.

With this is mind print trade pub Editor & Publisher has revealed its ninth annual list of “10 That Do It Right,” ten newspapers that are doing things that “merit recognition for that effort and achievement.”

“None of the papers that made the list or were seriously considered has escaped the turmoil of the industry,” E&P said. “In fact, one of them, the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, is among the papers in bankruptcy reorganization. Nearly all have endured deep cuts to their newsrooms.”

Still, the achievements of the papers show that good work can still be done despite massive debt and financial pressures. Priorities, people!

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Amazon Buys Zappos|Editor: James Murdoch Approved Settlements In Cell-Tapping Scandal|How 3 Papers Handle Online Commenting|Page Six Seeks Reporter|It’s Not Too Soon To Joke About McKinsey & Conde Nast

WebNewser: Amazon.com has bought Zappos. Here’s hoping they don’t change the way the shoe purveyor does business. We really do need shoes that fast.

New York Times: An update on the News of the World cell phone hacking scandal: the tabloid’s editor told a parliamentary committee that Rupert Murdoch‘s son James approved a $1.1 million payment to settle the allegations against the paper.

MinnPost: A look at how three newspapers – the Fargo Forum, the Star Tribune in Minneapolis and the St. Paul Pioneer Press approach commenting policies for their Web sites. Interestingly, the Strib blocks comments on eight kinds of articles.

Gawker: Looks like Page Six’s Richard Johnson hasn’t found a new reporter to replace Paula Froelich yet. Any takers?

The Atlantic: Want a laugh? Have a look at some thoughts that McKinsey may have about Condé Nast, including “Is ‘A. Leibovitz’ the accounting code for a corporate jet?”