Media news derivatives: Aug. 3

In case you missed it — The economics of Gretawire. Fox News’s Greta Van Susteren blogs not because of the money; there are no ads on her blog. Nor out of obligation; blogging is not in her contract. No, stirring the pot with raw blog posts is a hobby.

Also: single-sourcer Harry Reid.

Elsewhere:

*Huge surprise of the summer: The investigation into national security leaks, according to the New York Times, has led to a suppression of government information on national security issues:

F.B.I. agents on a hunt for leakers have interviewed current and former high-level government officials from multiple agencies in recent weeks, casting a distinct chill over press coverage of national security issues as agencies decline routine interview requests and refuse to provide background briefings.

More:

Already the deterrent effect of the investigation on officials’ willingness to discuss security and foreign policy issues, presumably one purpose of the leak crackdown, has been striking. Some government officials and press advocates say Americans are learning less about their government’s actions.

“People are being cautious,” said one intelligence official who, considering the circumstances, spoke on condition of anonymity. “We’re not doing some of the routine things we usually do,” he added, referring to briefings on American security efforts and subjects in the news.

What great news all of this is.

*Mathew Ingram at GigaOm writes about holes in the iPad content model.

A little over a month ago, The Huffington Post launched an ambitious project with much fanfare: a weekly magazine app for the iPad called Huffington, which users could download for 99 cents an issue or $19.99 for a year’s worth. The demand for this new format seems to have been underwhelming, however, since the new-media giant says it is dropping the fee and will make the app free of charge to download. Meanwhile, another media giant — News Corp. — has laid off dozens of staff at its iPad newspaper The Daily, and there continue to be rumors that the entire operation could be in jeopardy. Are these two isolated cases, or a sign that cracks are starting to show in the content model that publishers have bought into with the iPad?

Ingram appears to embrace the latter view, noting that publishers’ hopes that the iPad would create a pay market for their apps aren’t quite bearing out.

*Spoilers may well promote viewership, according to this:

NBC researchers are finding that people who know Olympic results before the network’s tape-delayed telecast are more likely to watch it.

The preliminary research undercuts an assumption that has guided production of Olympic broadcasts from locales outside of U.S. time zones for decades. NBC has been criticized for not televising live some of the London Games’ marquee events like swimming and gymnastics so they can be aired in prime time.

*Al Sharpton takes it to Romney over dressage:

Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

Erik Wemple writes the Erik Wemple blog, where he reports and opines on media organizations of all sorts.

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