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TGI Gawker | Aloha O’Reilly | Gaiman Doodle

PRNewser: Any Internet trail that culminates with Gawker’s Hamilton Nolan responding to Target with – “Take a moment to contemplate how low the bar for heroism in corporate communications must be…” – is definitely worth catching up to.

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TVNewser: On last night’s The O’Reilly Factor, the host detailed flack received from viewers for his recommendation of Hawaii as a vacation spot. His response amounted to The Big Advice.

GalleyCat: One measure of a man is how much their doodle can fetch at auction. With a few days still to go, Neil Gaiman has already reached neighborhood-pub #humblebrag levels.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: FiveThirtyEight Is Live | Sony Layoffs Begin | Carney to Resign?

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Statistician Nate Silver’s ESPN Site Kicks Off Amid Blog Frenzy (Bloomberg Businessweek)
Nate Silver, the New York Times blogger who jumped to ESPN last year, introduced his revamped FiveThirtyEight.com website Monday as more traditional media companies seek investments in online journalism. Poynter / MediaWire In an article welcoming readers, editor-in-chief Silver says the fact that he called the 2012 presidential election “was and remains a tremendously overrated accomplishment.” It only stood out “in comparison to others in the mainstream media,” Silver writes. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media The new site already features a number of articles and visualizations on topics ranging from the Crimean independence vote to the efficacy of toilet seat covers to Silver’s highly anticipated March Madness predictions. FiveThirtyEight will also produce podcasts and documentaries. GigaOM Silver said that he doesn’t want his site to replace or supersede traditional journalism, but to fill what he sees as a “need in the marketplace” for rigorous data-oriented journalism. The site’s logo, a stylized fox head, comes from what Silver says is an ancient Greek aphorism about how the hedgehog knows one large thing, while the fox “knows many small things.” Capital New York Remnants of Silver’s time as a data wonk at the Times remain. The site includes an archive of many, but not all, of the FiveThirtyEight articles published when it was a Times brand, dating back to 2009. Several are even bylined by the current head of the Times‘ impending data venture The Upshot: David Leonhardt. Times graphics editor Kevin Quealy also makes appearances in the archives, as well as Thomas Schaller, a professor of political science at the University of Maryland who contributed to the site when it was part of the Times, and Andrew Gelman, professor of statistics and political science at Columbia University. FishbowlDC FiveThirtyEight is back, baby. And for all of you in D.C. journo-land, this likely means you will have no jobs. The overwhelming and undeniable power of Nate Silver‘s math will render your quaint approaches to “newsgathering” as irrelevant as they are devoid of insight. Sorry.

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Bloomsbury Press Publisher Talks Book Price Wars and Social Media On The Menu

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Yesterday was all about advertising, but today’s mediabistro.com Morning Media Menu podcast was all about publishing. Hosts Jason Boog of GalleyCat and AgencySpy‘s Matt Van Hoven welcomed Bloomsbury Press publisher Peter Ginna, who discussed the biggest publishing news of the moment, starting with the reported pricing war between Walmart, Target and Amazon.

“As of now, that discount is confined to I think 10 titles and is more about getting attention and pulling people’s eyeballs away from Walmart or Amazon or whoever the competitor is,” Ginna said. “The concern that publishers have is if this is going to establish in the consumer’s mind that that’s what a best-selling hard cover book is worth.”

Ginna also gave some advice to people looking to break into publishing: “I think the most important thing for anybody going into the industry now is to really learn as much as you can and, to the extent that you can, master social media. That’s going to be the most important channel that publishers have to sell books. And that’s one of the other areas that we’ve been struggling with.”

Ginna also recently launched a blog himself. “I know that in the future we’re not going to be able to rely on newspaper print reviews and authors on television and subway ads, which are really, really expensive. So we need other ways of communicating with the public. So this is my attempt to at least experiment with a way of doing that,” he said.

You can read Ginna’s blog Dr. Syntax at www.doctorsyntax.net.

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Scary News On The Pre-Halloween Menu: WSJ Closes Boston Bureau

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Boo! It’s Halloween eve on the mediabistro.com Morning Media Menu podcast, and hosts Jason Boog of GalleyCat and AgencySpy‘s Matt Van Hoven opened the show with some scary news about The Wall Street Journal‘s closure of its Boston bureau.

“This unit in particular was working on longer form investigative pieces, and there’s just not too many outlets for that anymore,” Jason said. “And to watch them lose some resources at a paper that is doing better than other papers is kind of scary. People are worried about the future of investigative journalism.”

Also discussed: WPP’s earnings and Walmart’s book pricing battle with Target and Amazon.

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AFI Teams With Target for Film Fete

george.jpegThe American Film Institute is taking its 40th anniversary public thanks to a Target sponsored bash on Oct. 3 at the Arclight Hollywood. The film fete has already snagged RSVPs from George Lucas, Morgan Freeman, Jack Nicholson, Clint Eastwood, Kirk Douglas, Julie Andrews and Sylvester Stallone. AFI‘s big event will feature 11 classic films screening on the same night, each with a live intro by either the pic’s star or director. Tickets go on sale to the gen pub Sept. 19. Cost is $25 and more info can be found at www.AFI.com.

- CHRIS GARDNER