Star Tribune sold, NYT shuts down another blog

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  1. Fox News milestone: It has passed its 50th straight quarter “as the most watched cable news network in both total day and primetime.” (THR) || CNN last topped Fox during 9/11, a snappy graph of cable ratings shows (Bloomberg Businessweek) || Related: “Fox Mole” Joe Muto reviews network’s offerings: “More shrill, more stupid, more reflexively anti-Obama, anti-gay, anti-woman and anti-science. I expect it will change eventually, but only as a consequence of its fan base dying off entirely.” (Capital)
  2. Salt Lake Tribune stops running NYT columnists on op-ed page: “It came down to keeping the New York Times News Service or keeping a local news staffer,” Erik Wemple reports. (The Washington Post)
  3. Bye-bye, India Ink: Another New York Times blog goes. “We will continue to produce web-only India Ink sketches, analyses, narratives and news stories, but they will appear on the World page, along with the rest of the newspaper’s coverage.” (NYT) || Previously: “‘Almost half’ of the NYT’s blogs will close or merge” (Poynter)
  4. Only some Iraqi journalists are for sale: “New York Times foreign correspondent Rod Nordland apologized to Iraqi journalists on Monday,” Michael Calderone reports. His criticism of Iraqi journalists who took bribes at a press conference was not “intended as blanket condemnation of all Iraqi journalists.” (HuffPost)
  5. Why sports desks often lead in digital innovation: “Sports fans are legion and passionate and always looking for new ways to engage with the teams and games they love; and sports’ (undeserved) image as the newsroom lightweight—the proverbial Toy Department—actually made experimentation seem less risky.” (CJR) || Related: How The New York Times approached its World Cup coverage (Nieman)
  6. Glen Taylor now owns the Star Tribune: The Minnesota Timberwolves owner would also consider buying the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Adam Belz reports. (Star Tribune) “I want to reinforce that we do not plan any near-term changes to our operations or strategy,” Publisher Mike Klingensmith tells staffers in an email obtained by Poynter. Taylor will visit the Strib’s offices today, Klingensmith says.
  7. Magazine companies now owned by forest: Felix Dennis left his publishing businesses in the U.S. and the U.K. to The Heart of England Forest Ltd. Both “have had double-digit profit margins for a number of years,” Nicole Levy reports. (Capital)
  8. Another advantage to encrypted email: It might preserve a scoop, Andrew Ford Lyons writes. “Encryption is going to help keep your story exclusive and protect your raw material from being seized or leaked.” (PBS MediaShift)
  9. Some details on Jim Brady’s new startup: “To those who remember TBD.com, the recipe will seem familiar,” Rem Rieder writes. Chris Krewson will be the editorial head of Brady’s Philly news startup Brother.ly, which he plans to launch in the fall. (USA Today) || I worked with Brady at TBD.com.
  10. Lightning strikes news: Northeastern Iowa’s KWWL had to cancel its 6 p.m. newscast after a lightning strike. (KWWL) || “Sorry to say, we have to scrap our late @kwwl news. But, our engineers just about have everything fixed from our earlier lightning strike.” (Ron Steele)

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