From Pauline to Australian Women’s Weekly. Helen McCabe, the incoming editor of the incredibly shrinking Australian Women’s Weekly, will start at the ACP Magazine icon next month with considerable baggage: ie. her role in the publication of those infamous nude photographs that the Sunday Telegraph, Ms McCabe and her boss, Neil Breen, claimed were of Pauline Hanson.

Ms McCabe’s new gig at the Weekly was announced yesterday.

The story in The Australian (a stablemate to the Sunday Tele) and other papers skated over Ms McCabe’s key role in the decision to publish the claimed photos of Ms Hanson. Ms McCabe’s role in the publication of the photos has never been properly assessed, but look at these comments from her and reported in the Fairfax media at the the time.

Of the new gig at AWW, the 41-year-old told the paper: “It’s one of the biggest jobs in Australian journalism … It’s a massive magazine and it gives me the chance to chase great stories.”

The departure of Robyn Foyster from the editor’s role “follows speculation a rift had developed with her predecessor, Deborah Thomas, who keeps her role as general manager, editorial and advertising initiatives, for the women’s lifestyle division,” writes Lara Sinclair in The Oz.

The Weekly‘s sales have plunged 19% since June 2007, or about 114,000 copies. The decision to hire Ms McCabe was apparently about getting quality journalists. Just don’t mention the fake Pauline Hanson pics, OK.

Then again, News Ltd hacks editing ACP magazines don’t have the best record recently on privacy: Woman’s Day, edited by Fiona Connolly, the former editor of the Tele‘s opinion pages, published those pics of the Prime Minister’s wife Therese Rein exercising in a Brisbane gym, without permission. — Glenn Dyer

Satirist the most trusted for news. The latest TIME poll has revealed that Daily Show host Jon Stewart is now the most trusted newscaster in the United States. The poll was rather limited, choosing only 4 out of the vast masses of American newscasters (leaving out CNN’s silver fox Anderson Cooper — a great injustice) but given the sheer insanity that is the 24-hour news channels, it’s hardly surprising that a news satire show, that consistently cuts through it all, manages tops the lot. We wonder whether Stewart’s Emmy-worthy critique of the financial news networks (and in particular, CNBC’s Jim Cramer) and their role in the GFC has earned him a higher level of trust in the voters.

It is also worth noting that Iowa, somehow consistenly votes the opposite to that of everyone else in TIME polls. As BuzzFeed asks, What’s up Iowa? Given the sudden rise of news-parody shows in Australia, we wonder how such a poll would run here, pitting comedians against the greats of Australian journalism. For now, Ten have stressed that their new news-based comedy show, The 7PM Project, is really not The Daily Show (and we agree), so Kerry O’Brien and Tony Jones probably don’t have to worry about Dave Hughes just yet. — Crikey intern Josh Taylor

The catch with user-generated content. In my view, Cheezburger and news journalism are both in the media business. Although news journalism is arguably more important to society than LOLcats (arguably!), the business models are basically the same: we acquire content (either through licensing or by hiring people to create it), and then monetize that content, typically through advertising and subscriptions. — Scott Porad, Journalism 2.0

AP to “protect” online content. The US news agency the Associated Press, in a move aimed at protecting its content online, announced on Thursday it was building a “news registry” that would track the use of its stories on the web. The New York-based AP, a cooperative owned by more than 1400 US newspapers, said that the news registry will “tag and track all AP content online to assure compliance with terms of use.” — The Australian

Amazon CEO apologises for Orwellian removal of 1984 eBook from Kindles. “This is an apology for the way we previously handled illegally sold copies of 1984 and other novels on Kindle. Our “solution” to the problem was stupid, thoughtless, and painfully out of line with our principles. It is wholly self-inflicted, and we deserve the criticism we’ve received. We will use the scar tissue from this painful mistake to help make better decisions going forward, ones that match our mission.” — Jeff Bezos, Amazon CEO (via TechCrunch)

Newspapers: 180 years of not charging for content. I have a history lesson worth reading for those who think news should or may have a price online. The common discussion among such people these days goes like this: “We’ve always charged people to read us in print, and so people ought to pay something for reading us online, too.” But here’s the truth, folks: Newspapers haven’t actually charged for news content since the 1830s. — Jeff Sonderman, NewsFuturist

New York Times now gets as much money from circulation as from ads. If current trend lines hold up, circulation revenues at The New York Times will pass ad revenues sometime this quarter for the first time ever. In the second quarter, the Times brought in $185 million in advertising revenue, while it reaped $166 million from its subscribers. Three years ago, those numbers were $316 million and $156 million respectively. — Ryan Chittum, Columbia Journalism Review