Intrigue at The Deadline Club, of All Places

What is going on at the Deadline Club? The New York chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists is reportedly keeping two sets of books, not filing its IRS forms, and giving only 8% of its proceeds from events and contests to scholarships, which most j-school students don’t even know to apply for. It’s a complicated story, but if you care about old-school journalism clubs and $2500 scholarships, read on. Or just crash their annual awards dinner at the Waldorf tonight! [iMediaEthics]

CLARIFICATION: Deadline Club president J. Alex Tarquinio contacted the Observer to respond. She pointed out that the “two sets of books” are for two separate organizations, the Deadline Club and the Deadline Club Foundation, which have separate bank accounts. She added that the Deadline Club’s tax forms have been up-to-date since December 2010.

Twitter founder Biz Stone sold a book about “creativity and different ways of thinking, as demonstrated through Biz’s fascinating personal stories from his life and career” to Grand Central. It’s called…Things A Little Bird Told Me. Like the Twitter bird. [Press release]

Can Facebook founder turned publisher Chris Hughes‘s star power reverse the magnetic field on The New Republic, allowing it to draw talent from The New Yorker and The New York Times magazine rather than feed them? Maybe. [WWD]

They got Walter Kirn, after all. [Politico]

Oh thank God: Herman Cain is getting a radio show. We missed him. [Mediaite]

Gawker’s new commenting system is in place and also here’s all Neetzan Zimmerman‘s bloggy secrets. [Gawker]

Sales of Rupert Murdoch‘s rebound tabloid, The Sun on Sunday, have slipped 28 percent since February. [NY Times]

Republicans in a House subcommittee sent anti-mountain top removal activist Maria Gunnoe to Capitol police to be questioned over this “child pornography.” Don’t people realize that it’s much creepier to claim a journalistic photo of a naked child is pornographic than it is to have a journalistic photo of a naked child? [New Inquiry]

When Harvey Weinstein filled  in for CNN host Piers Morgan, he asked Oprah Winfrey for advice and had Nobu delivered for the staff. [Page Six]

Happy 75th birthday, Mort Zuckerman!

Intrigue at The Deadline Club, of All Places