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University of Wisconsin’s Badger Herald is killing the Friday print edition, but “we still consider ourselves a daily newspaper,” says editor-in-chief Ryan Rainey.

It’s definitely not indicative of any major problems that we have. We’re just responding to changes in [advertiser] behavior and seeing what we can do to adjust to that so that in the next several years as things continue to change we’re not surprised by what advertisers decide to do or how the publication model works. (collegemediamatters.com)

* Washington Post executive editor Marcus Brauchli “has signaled to some people that he expects to be out by the end of the year.” (huffingtonpost.com)
* Recalling Nate Silver’s Burrito Bracket days in Chicago’s Wicker Park. (bizjournals.com)
* A SUNY Oswego journalism student is suspended over emails to hockey coaches. (He told them that “what you say about [the story subject] does not have to be positive.”) (thefire.org)
* County commission wants the Memphis Commercial Appeal to release information about commenters. (commercialappeal.com)
* Impatient nation: Online viewers leave if a video doesn’t play in 2 seconds. (gigaom.com)
* Ken Paulson: In today’s media world, newspapers should be allowed to own TV and radio stations in their markets. (firstamendmentcenter.org)
* Having a bad day, sir? Aurora police spokesperson “refused to give us any information regarding this incident and told 7News to never call again.” (thedenverchannel.com)

The Seattle Times explained last month that it was launching a $75,000 ad effort on behalf of Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna to prove that “in-paper advertising is an effective means for campaigns to deliver their messages to voters.”

It appears the newspaper backed a loser and, thus, its ad-effectiveness experiment failed.

William Dietrich, who worked at the Seattle Times from 1982 to 2008 (on and off, he notes), writes:

Though McKenna has yet to concede and vote counting remains glacial in Washington State, it appears likely he will lose narrowly to Democrat Jay Inslee, as polls predicted all along. Washington hasn’t elected a Republican governor for three decades.

More importantly, the Times blatant favoritism of one candidate over another didn’t appear to move the dial at all. …

My wife wanted to cancel our subscription. We didn’t, out of my loyalty (I worked at the paper for a quarter century) and my trust that reporters would do their best to remain fair.

Dietrich says the paper’s ad strategy “seemed pathetic, extortionist (buy our ads or we give it to your opponent free!) and now an abject failure. …The McKenna ads were not just ethically wrong, they were dull.”

I’ve invited the paper to respond.

* The gift that didn’t give (williamdietrich.com)
* Seattle Times pays for McKenna ads (jimromenesko.com)

(Credit: Scout Tufankjian)

Slate: When you shot the hug, back in August, did you have any sense that you had gotten something special?
Scout Tufankjian: Any interaction between the two of them is always going to be the best stuff that I shoot in any given day, almost without exception. So yes, I guess.

* How Scout Tufankjian snapped that shot of Barack hugging Michelle (slate.com)
* Not obvious? Howard Kurtz and Lauren Ashburn explain why the photo went viral (daily-download.com)

Nate Silver (Photo: Eric Owles)

* Nate Silver wears a wizard’s hat at dinner. (allthingsd.com) | 15 fun stats about numbers wizard Silver. (adage.com)
* Voice Media Group settles “Best Of” trademark infringement lawsuit against Yelp. (altweeklies.com)
* Who’s the best pollster of 2012? That’s a tough call. (huffingtonpost.com)
* Conservative blogger Patterico tells his story of being SWAT-ed over his Anthony Weiner posts. (laobserved.com)
* A new film criticizes the media for the way they depicted Joe Paterno. (philly.com)
* Alex Jones speaks for newspapers: “We are paranoid, but we are not complacent.” (thetimes-tribune.com)
* Reporting tips from Pulitzer Prize winners. (watchdog-watcher.com)
* CNN’s Don Lemon “has been on a mission to blast Jonah Hill across multiple media platforms.” (tmz.com)
* A better explanation of why the NYT called the presidential election late. (nytimes.com)
* Claim: Conservative media did the most harm to their own side. (prospect.org)
* Flooded out of its offices, Newsweek manages to put out this week’s print edition early. (nypost.com)
* Sean Hannity says he’s “evolved” and has changed his immigration reform position. (latimes.com)
* Student newspapers at University of North Alabama are stolen, apparently because of a frat story. (splc.org)
* Boston Globe film critic Wesley Morris is on Ebony’s “Power 100″ list. (boston.com)
* GOP mailer rips off South Dakota newspaper’s nameplate. “The party should have known better than to do this.” (copydesk.org)