Wayne Swan’s homepage –ACTU??? Ever wondered where www.wayneswan.com led?

To be a journalist in Russia is suicide. Russia is now the third most dangerous place in the world to work as a reporter, after Iraq and Algeria. Since 1992, 49 journalists have been murdered in Russia. Last week three men went on trial accused of involvement in the killing of Anna Politkovskaya – the campaigning journalist and fearless Kremlin opponent shot dead in October 2006 outside her Moscow flat.  Investigators have failed to find Politkovskaya’s killer or the person who ordered her murder. Indeed, those responsible for the murder of journalists in Russia are never caught. (There has been only one prosecution.) — The Guardian

Just how much is a political cartoonist worth? Listen to political cartoonists, newspaper editors and readers and one thing quickly becomes plainly, painfully evident: In these downsizing times, there is no consensus on how much value to place on employing a staff editorial cartoonist. — Washington Post

Twitter, Facebook fizzle acquisition talks. Facebook and Twitter have shuttered “several weeks of serious talks” in which Facebook tried buying the microblogging service for $500 million worth of its own stock. Rumors of Facebook’s interest in Twitter first surfaced at the Web 2.0 Summit several weeks ago. While the idea was dismissed by speculators at the time, it turns out Twitter and Facebook execs were just wrapping up discussions of a potential buyout. Talks were reportedly initiated by Facebook in mid-October. — Marketing Vox

Once-mighty PC Magazine exits print. It isn’t a newspaper, but to millions of computer enthusiasts, PC Magazine is an institution. It led the uprising of PC-empowered office workers against corporate IT departments in the 1980s and peaked at 1.2 million circulation in the 1990s. Issue sizes once ran to 500+ pages and the magazine supported a staff of more than 300 people. Its product reviews were considered the gold standard in the industry. So the announcement this week that PC Magazine will exit the print market and go online-only was a turning point of sorts. — Newspaper Death Watch

HuffPo fiddles with $US15 million as the economy burns. It may be hard out there for those pimping journalism right now, but not for The Huffington Post. Arianna Huffington has raised another $15 million for her website. The Huffington Post will confirm its third round of funding next week, according to the Times UK. Oak Investment Partners, an investment firm that has funded media companies like Federated Media, Demand Media, MobiTV and Oberon Media, will lead the round. — Wired

When left is right. How does a liberal, left-leaning Rachel Maddow Show behave when a left-leaning president is elected? Maddow shrugs off any suggestion that her show will grow stale once Obama is sworn in. There’s plenty of news to report—and America still has a president, albeit a different one, to keep accountable. While she is intensely patriotic, she is not starry-eyed about politicians. Maddow says she has grown up in a generation that has no idols. — Newsweek

Alan Colmes to depart top-rated Hannity & Colmes. Fox News Channel’s (FNC) Alan Colmes will relinquish his role as co-host of Hannity & Colmes at the end of the year. In announcing his decision, Colmes said, “I approached Bill Shine (FNC’s Senior Vice President of Programming) earlier this year about wanting to move on after 12 years to develop new and challenging ways to contribute to the growth of the network. Although it’s bittersweet to leave one of the longest marriages on cable news, I’m proud that both Sean (Hannity) and I remained unharmed after sitting side by side, night after night for so many years.” — Brietbart

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