This Week’s Headlines: Fired KCS Reporter Fights Back, HuffPo Removes Story with Fabricated Quotes

As we celebrate American Independence Day, headlines in the media and publishing world were dominated by stories of questionable ethics. Read on for links ot the stories that caught our eye this week:

2011 Headlines in Review, Part 2

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The second half of 2011 brought news of Occupy protests across the country (which were covered at length by professional journalists, citizen journalists, and bloggers). Developments in digital journalism and scandals involving journalistic practices colliding with blogging and copywriting services rounded up the year’s headlines.

Here’s a continuation of our look at 2011 news in the journalism and media business.

In case you missed it, here’s our roundup of headlines from the first part of 2011.

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How to Write Amazing Pitch Letters that Land You Freelance Writing Jobs

As a freelance writer, writing an article is easy, but writing a pitch can sometimes be the hardest part. How do you put the words just right to get an editor’s attention or convince them that you are the right freelancer for a job? Kelly James-Enger of Dollars and Deadlines has put together some of her pitch letter tips greatest hits in her post: 10 Query Posts that Tell you Everything you Need to Know about Queries…and Then Some.
Here are a couple of her tips:
For the rest of her tips, check them out here!

Millions of WordPress Blogs Hacked, Reuters’ Boss Talks Attribution, and Does Huffpost Crowdsource or Steal?


For today’s recap of media stories and analysis from across the internets, we have some good ideas, but some bad news.  Today we witnessed an massive attack on blogs and article writers around the world, as 18 million sites have succumbed to digital assaults. But we also were given some interesting ideas about the future of journalism, and the tactics that journalists and media companies are taking today.

It’s all the news fit to blog at Ebyline’s Daily Dose.

18 Million Blogs Compromised In Attack

“Automattic, the company that owns the blogging platform that powers more than 18 million blogs, announced this morning that its servers had been broken into and source code, among other things, could have been exposed.”

Arianna Huffington: Slave Owner or Crowdsourcing Pioneer?

“When AOL bought The Huffington Post for $315 million, some saw it as a validation of the Web 2.0 model of new media: aggregation, curation and providing a platform for bloggers, many of whom donated their services in return for the attention of readers. Others, however, seem to feel that founder Arianna Huffington owes those unpaid writers something for her success, and now one blogger has put that idea to the test with a class-action lawsuit that claims The Huffington Post is guilty of “unjust enrichment” for profiting from the labor of others. Web 2.0 has grown up, it seems, and decided to call in the lawyers.”

Five myths about the future of journalism

“There are few things journalists like to discuss more than, well, themselves and the long-term prospects for their industry. How long will print newspapers survive? Are news aggregation sites the future? Or are online paywalls — such as the one the New York Times just launched — the way to go? As media organizations plot their future, it’s worth discarding some misconceptions about what it will take to keep the press from becoming yesterday’s news.


Post Huffington Post Deal, AOL’s Patch Will Become More ‘Social’

“New details about what AOL  has in store for its Patch network of hyperlocal sites in the wake of its purchase of the Huffington Post: The company tells Bloomberg that Patch sites will soon become ‘a lot more social.’”

Link economy and journalism

“A guest column by Chris Ahearn, President, Media at Thomson Reuters: Last summer, I published a blog post that laid out my feelings about the link economy and its positive contribution to the evolution of the business of journalism. One year later, continues to encourage linking to the rich content we offer and even pulling interesting excerpts for discussion in a different forum.   In exchange for that occasional use of our content, we ask others to respect the hard work our journalists put into their craft and in some cases risk their lives in doing so by offering prominent links and attribution.”


The Case for Social Media “Rock Stars,” How the Paywall Affects New York Times, Freelancer Takes on AOL Huffington, RIP Flip Cam


From across the internet, we’ve gathered up some pertinent and interesting stories about the media and working in it. We have some advocacy for social media “rock stars” and a look at how the paywall is affecting the New York Times. We also have the latest on the Huffington Post/AOL freelancer controversy, which has elevated to a new threat level as a freelancer tries to take on the company.

It’s all the news fit to blog at Ebyline’s Daily Dose.

4 Reasons Why News Orgs. Need Social Media Rock Stars On Staff

“These days it shouldn’t be too much to ask that a reporter or investigative technical writer at a newspaper or magazine is fluent in the basics of social media. They should have a Twitter page, actively use Facebook, know how to use YouTube, but preferably even more than that. While all of your staff doesn’t need to be totally connected and constantly updating their various social profiles, there should be two or three who are doing just that…”

Impact of paywall on

“After months of speculation, the paywall for The New York Times went live at 2pm on Monday, March 28th, which limits online readers (non-print subscribers) to 20 articles each month. For smartphone and tablet applications, only the top news section will remain free and access to other sections will need a subscription.”

Famed Freelancer Files Lawsuit Condemning HuffPo’s Use Of Free Bloggers

“Jonathan Tasini’s name will always have a place in the history of media law because of his role in one of the most famous digital-age media lawsuits, Tasini v. New York Times. Now it looks like Tasini’s going for a second entry in the history books. Today,Tasini became the lead plaintiff in a proposed class-action suit against The Huffington Post and parent company AOL, arguing that HuffPo’s habit of filling its pages with content from upaid bloggers is actually illegal and seeking $105 million in damages.”

Oops! newspaper prints wrong lotto numbers, lets down local couple

“Imagine waking up and checking the Sunday paper to find that you’ve won the lottery, but then learning that the newspaper printed the wrong numbers.”

Cisco To Shut Down Flip Video Camera Business; Will Give Pink Slips To 550 Employees

“Wow. Cisco has just issued a release stating that in a strategic plan to “align its operations,” the company will exit parts of its consumer businesses and realign the remaining consumer business to support four of its five key company priorities: core routing, switching and services; collaboration; architectures; and video. One of the casualties of this realignment: Cisco’s video camera Flip business, which was part of its $590 million acquisition of Pure Digital.”