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11:15 PM ET, August 4, 2011

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Yogita Mehta / The Official Google Blog:
Google News highlights unique content with Editors' Picks  —  (Cross-posted on the Google News Blog)  —  News organizations tell stories online in ways that bring together the best of traditional and digital journalism, whether that involves long-form investigative features …
Discussion: Search Engine Land and WebProNews
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Megan Garber / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Google News gets a new human touch, launching publisher-curated Editors' Picks as a standing section  —  When Google News launched in 2002, it did so with some declarations: “This page was generated entirely by computer algorithms without human editors.”  And: “No humans were harmed or even used in the creation of this page.”
American Journalism Review:
A Welcome Change  —  After years of decline, the audience for network news jumps upward.  Thurs.  August 4, 2011 By Deborah Potter
Discussion: Poynter
Julie Moos / Poynter:
Media stocks drop more than the market as a whole  —  Stocks fell across the board Thursday in the worst day of trading since 2008.  The drop was fueled by a global credit crisis and a weak U.S. economic recovery, with the expectation that Friday's jobs report will add to the worries.
Discussion: MarketBeat and Fox News
Gail Shister / TVNewser:
Rick Sanchez on Cable News: 'It's an ugly, nasty, vitriolic business'  —  CNN exile Rick Sanchez is not a big fan of cable news.  —  “It's an ugly, nasty, vitriolic business,” Sanchez, 53, says from his home in Atlanta.  “Every day, it's a knife fight in an alley, and you don't walk away …
Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
9 reasons newspapers are suddenly asking print subscribers to pay for full Web access  —  After years of searching for a workable paid digital content model, a wave of small and mid-sized newspapers have all hit on the same solution: Ask print subscribers to pay just a little more to get full website access.
John Higginson / Metro.co.uk:
Guardian journalist: Phone hacking gave me a ‘thrill’  —  A Guardian executive admitted hacking telephone messages - and getting a ‘voyeuristic thrill’ from it.  —  Assistant editor David Leigh said he intercepted voicemails in an article written in December 2006 in order to investigate …
Ken Doctor / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The newsonomics of ARPU  —  Editor's Note: Each week, Ken Doctor — author of Newsonomics and longtime watcher of the business side of digital news — writes about the economics of news for the Lab.  —  We've seen lots of consternation over numbers recently.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Warner Bros. Pulls Back the Curtain on Flixster Collections, Its Ambitious Digital Video Bet  —  Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes spent a lot of yesterday's earnings call discussing the company's future in digital video.  Here's one of his focal points: Flixster Collections …
Bloomberg:
Murdoch's Cleanup Effort Draws Criticism  —  News Corp. (NWSA)'s Rupert Murdoch told British lawmakers he's the “best person” to clean up the company after a phone-hacking scandal.  Fifteen days later, it isn't clear how he'll accomplish that.  —  The committee the New York-based media company set …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
The Atlantic Launches a Video Aggregator With a Twist  —  The Atlantic, which added a photo section to its brainy Web site earlier this year, has taken the next logical step: A digital nook dedicated to moving pictures.  —  The site's new section joins many other sites' video verticals which bring you clips from around the Web.
Discussion: eMedia Vitals
Jerry Barmash / FishbowlNY:
Former Longtime WNBC Anchor Carol Jenkins Says TV News Industry Going ‘Right Direction’ for Women, Blacks  —  Carol Jenkins was a top-notch broadcast journalist for several decades in New York.  She is most remembered for her nearly quarter-century at WNBC as an anchor and reporter.
Discussion: womensmediacenter.com and TVSpy
Keach Hagey / On Media's Blog:
Fox Business launches series on Media Matters  —  The Fox News fight against Media Matters is now being taken up by its cousin, Fox Business.  —  Fox Business published a 2,500-word investigation into the legitimacy of Media Matters' tax-exempt status yesterday, promising it was the first in a three-part series.
Discussion: FoxBusiness.com and Big Journalism
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Digitas Jordan Bitterman: ROI for Online Video Advertising is Double Television's  —  While advertisers and ad networks are driving online video ad rates “to the floor,” the lower prices are making the media more efficient, providing a return on investment of 3 to 5X for digital video versus 2X …
 
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