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3:10 PM ET, March 10, 2010


 Top News: 
Robert Feder /
Memo puts WGN news staffers at a loss for words  —  Sure, you'd think the chief executive officer of a company struggling to emerge from bankruptcy and desperate to salvage an $8 billion buyout-gone-bad would have better things to do than pester his underlings with crazy proclamations.
Jim Romenesko / Romenesko:
Tribune CEO lists 119 words he doesn't want heard on WGN radio  —  Robert Feder finds it disturbing that “the CEO of a major institution would engage in such petty and insulting micromanaging of subordinates.”  Tribune chief executive officer Randy Michaels doesn't want staffers at WGN radio using words like …
Bob Egelko / San Francisco Chronicle:
Guardian awarded half of SF Weekly's ad revenue  —  (03-09) 18:13 PST SAN FRANCISCO — The San Francisco Bay Guardian is entitled to half the advertising revenue of the rival SF Weekly to help collect $21 million in damages after a jury verdict of illegal price-cutting, a Superior Court commissioner ruled Tuesday.
Helena Humphrey / Editors Weblog:
San Francisco Guardian collects $21 million in damages from rival newspaper
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
EMI Gets a New Boss.  When Does It Get a New Owner?  —  Terra Firma, the private equity fund that owns EMI Music Group, has brought in a new CEO for the music label.  Elio Leoni-Sceti is out; Charles Allen, the former CEO of British broadcaster ITV replaces him.
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
EMI Music Swaps Chief For Chairman Allen As Trouble Looms
Discussion: The Wrap, Media Decoder and Variety
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Viral Video Hitmaker OK Go Does Just That; Parts Ways With EMI
Discussion: the Econsultancy blog
MediaGuardian / paidContent:
News Corp's Miller: Paywalls And Free Model Can Co-Exist  —  By Jane Martinson: Jonathan Miller, head of digital media at News Corporation (NYSE: NWS), said today that “dual revenue streams” are likely to co-exist as media organisations try ways of making money online.
News Corp says paywall plan for UK papers on track
Discussion: Guardian
Vivian Salama / Bloomberg:
Abu Dhabi Hosts Media Chiefs Amid Press Law Debate
James Rainey / Los Angeles Times:
Bay Area News Project has high hopes, few employees  —  A wealthy philanthropist has kicked in $5 million in seed money.  A top management consultant has come up with a business plan.  A renowned university will lend not only its students but research help.
Financial Times:
Bill threatens UK's reputation  —  From Mr Tom Alexander and others.  —  Sir, We regret that the House of Lords adopted amendment 120A to the digital economy bill ("Bill will censor internet, providers claim", March 6).  This amendment not only significantly changes the injunctions procedure …
Telegraph:   Website blocking plans attacked by Google, Facebook and Stephen Fry
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Hal Varian Is Right: Newspapers Need to Engage  —  As part of the Federal Trade Commission's ongoing hearings into the future of journalism, Google's chief economist, Hal Varian, gave a presentation on newspapers and their financial problems that is well worth taking some time to read (or view).
Josh Dickey / The Wrap:
Variety Sued Over ‘Iron Cross’; Campaign ‘Ruined by Bad Review’  —  The producers of “Iron Cross” sued Variety on Tuesday, claiming the trade lured the indie film into a $400,000 promotion campaign with promises of Oscar attention that would lead to a major distribution deal — then trashing it all with a scathing review.
Michael Cieply / Media Decoder:
Variety Is Sued Over a Bad Review
Discussion: The Hot Blog
Dan Rather / Media on
Watermelons, Washington, and What We Call News Today  —  I must confess that until recently I had no idea what Twitter was.  Even now, I'm not completely sure how it's best used.  When I want to post something, the younger, more tech-savvy people in my office help me out.
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Covering the Street Protests in Tehran: How Reuters Curates UGC via Twitter  —  LONDON — In Iran, with significant limits on what it can cover from its bureau in Tehran, Reuters is following a cadre of citizen journalists on Twitter who provide camera-phone videos of street protests …
Discussion: WebNewser
Michael Schneider / Variety:
Clock winds down for ‘24’  —  Fox appears close to ending series run  —  “24's” time is almost up.  —  20th Century Fox TV and Fox appear ready to end the long-running hit after this season, the show's eighth.  —  Studio and network execs declined comment — but it's believed …
Bill Mickey / Folio:
New York, New Yorker and Nat Geo Lead in Print Ellie Noms  —  Out of 300 magazines that submitted 1,758 entries, 51 will be honored.  —  MPA announced today the finalists for its 45th annual National Magazine Awards, or Ellies, as they're commonly called.  The New Yorker, New York and National Geographic lead in nominations.
Felix Gillette / New York Observer:
Mutu-Elle Friends: Hachette Introduces Internal Social Network  —  On Thursday, Feb. 25, Hachette Filipacchi Media chief Alain Lemarchand sent an email to his several hundred staffers, informing them of an imminent new companywide social media network designed to better facilitate communication among cubicles.
Discussion: FishBowlNY and The Wire
Dominic Ponsford / Press Gazette:
Girl With a One Track Mind smarts over ‘hooker’ headline  —  “Girl with a One Track Mind” blogger and author Zoe Margolis has said she is taking legal action against the Independent on Sunday after she was referred to as a “hooker” in a headline.  —  Margolis wrote an article for the Independent …
Pareene / Gawker:
Only Some Conspiracy Theories Welcome at Huffington Post  —  The Huffington Post removed a 9/11 “Truther” post from former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura.  According to their editor's note, “The Huffington Post's editorial policy, laid out in our blogger guidelines, prohibits the promotion …
Discussion: /Film and The Huffington Post
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John Eggerton / Multichannel:
YouTube To Interview Genachowski Following March 16 Unveiling …
Discussion: WebNewser and Broadcasting & Cable
Dan Zarrella:
Data Shows Articles with Digits May be Shared More on Facebook Than Those Without
Discussion: All Facebook and Editors Weblog
David Kaplan / paidContent:
TMZ Courts Bigger Advertisers With New, Softer-News Website
Lucia Moses / Mediaweek:
Hearst Preps Country Living for Ad Recovery.
Erik Wemple / City Desk:
Washington Post, Kissinger Team Up on Reporter's Access to China
Editor and Publisher:
Freedom Approved to Sell ‘East Valley Tribune,’ …
Jim Romenesko / Romenesko:
Will Christie be able to bring a coherent press-relations policy to NYT?
Discussion: Fitz & Jen and New York Observer
 Earlier Picks: 
Greg Mitchell / E&P In Exile:
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Susan Carpenter / Los Angeles Times:
Young adult lit comes of age
Discussion: Bookninja
Laurie Sullivan / MediaPost:
Ad Publishing Tool Bridges Traditional And Online Media
Bill Carter / Media Decoder:
In Leno-Letterman Ratings Competition, a Split Decision
Dan Gillmor  —  Director, Knight Centre for Digital Media …
Andy Alexander / Ombudsman Blog:
Readers react to photo of two men kissing
Joe Clark / A List Apart:
Web Standards for E-books
Discussion: TeleRead and Kindle Review
Jeff Bercovici / DailyFinance:
BusinessWeek Prepares for Round Two of Layoffs
Discussion: New York Post and