From The New York Observer, an end of an era as Times kills recording room. Fit to print? The New York Times is intent on ripping up its own ethical rulebook and shooting itself in the foot by hiring a notorious rightwinger William Kristol. The pleasure principle: Michael Hirschorn on why newspapers should try giving readers what they want, not just what editors think they need. Switching sides: Local newspaper shake-ups are leading former journos to the dark side of media relations. The editor as curator: As newspapers expand their online operations, will editors continue to have an active — and valued — role in the journalistic process? Gawker blasts into sci-fi with a new blog, Io9, with Annalee Newitz as editor; and Gawker gets newsier; snarky backlash inevitable.

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