Morning Report for October 1, 2013

* “The Daily News wins for the most vivid shutdown cover.” (@businessinsider.com) | You win the morning, Daily News. (theatlanticwire.com)
turd* Medill is now asking news organizations if they’re OK with paying minimum wage to students interns. (propublica.org)
* Dallas Morning News takes its paywall down and focuses on premium content. (paidcontent.org) | (news release)
* A McClatchy reporter raises $3,245 for a furlough-week book tour. (kickstarter.com)
* Gawker Media audience is up 38 percent in the last 12 months, reports Nick Denton. I’m told: “We booked 15,293,984 U.S. uniques in September, making it the best month in the history of Gawker, beating our No. 2 month of July ’13, when we did 12.2 million.” (twitpic.com)
* A Tampa Bay Times/Center for Investigative Reporting joint project wins the top Barlett & Steele Award. (businessjournalism.org)
* Why does nytimes.com allow you to read stories for free if you come in via Google? (Because search is too important a component of their traffic to cut off.) (bloomberg.com)
* The fight to save the Times-Picayune: One year later. (myneworleans.com) | More about the book: (hellandhighwater-thebook.com)
* Questions on the one-year anniversary of the Alabama Media Group. (mediaofbirmingham.com)
* Sarah Bartlett is named dean of CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. (observer.com)
* Kathy Best succeeds David Boardman as Seattle Times editor. She urges colleagues to produce “useful, meaningful, kick-ass journalism.” (seattletimes.com)
* Yale drops criminal trespassing charges against Brazilian journalist Claudia Trevisan. (yaledailynews.com)
* NPR’s David Folkenflik launches MurdochsWorld.com, a complement to his soon-to-be-published book. (murdochsworld.com)
* “I’m obsessed with drones right now,” says Tumblr founder David Karp. (nymag.com)
* Journalism organizations support the Patch reporter in Illinois who has been ordered to reveal his source. (patch.com)

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