Morning Links: Felix Salmon, Columnist, on Felix Salmon, Source

New York Times editor Bill Keller won a Payne Award for Ethics in Journalism for appropriate handling of Wikileaks. Unrelated: No word on the four reporters missing in Libya. [University of Oregon]

If you count all the freelancers and permalancers hanging in limbo, AOL’s layoffs should possibly invoke the WARN labor protection law, which applies once companies lay off more than 25 percent of the workforce or over 250 people, and means all those employees deserved 90 day warnings. [Forbes]

The Washington Post suspended Sari Horowitz, who was responsible for the plagiarized Tucson stories. This oversight, coupled with Monday’s article published with candid editor’s notes still in the copy, suggests something is missing from that newsroom. [Washington Post]

News Corp shareholders are suing Rupert Murdoch over the purchase of his daughter Elisabeth’s Shine Group for $320 M, citing “nepotism.” We didn’t know you could sue for that but it, uh, interests us. Does anyone know a good nepotism lawyer? [Los Angeles Times]

Felix Salmon explains that he lets other people break news so that he can commentate without dangerously skewing our understanding of the hard facts. How generous! Also how generous of him to post an e-mail interview a journalist conducted with him to his own blog, which we suspect gets more traffic than her news outlet, before her story was published. [Reuters]

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