The Ticker: Needy newspapers; Politics 2.0; Valley’s cozy culture; Better blog pitches…

SiliconRepublic: Trust, authenticity and Twitter–welcome to politics 2.0

BadPitchBlog: Chris Brogan on Better Blog Pitches

Slate: Spare a Dime for the Times? Can needy newspapers accept donations?

Guardian’s DigitalContentBlog: Embracing social media boosts traffic on news sites

Reuters: Cozy Valley culture under scrutiny in Galleon case