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9:30 PM ET, March 23, 2010


 Top News: 
Meghan Keane / the Econsultancy blog:
At AOL, the Google culture clash is going to be a big hurdle  —  Coming to an established brand with new ideas is one thing.  But convincing existing employees to change old habits is an entirely different issue.  And that's increasingly a problem at AOL, where Tim Armstrong came from Google 11 months ago.
Discussion: Ditherati
Joe Wilcox / Oddly Together:
The Difference Between Blogging and Journalism  —  For the most part, blogging is not journalism.  That's my response to the longstanding debate about whether bloggers are journalists.  Bloggers who don't apply good standards of journalism shouldn't be offered the same privileges as journalists.
Tom Shales / Washington Post:
ABC's choice of Amanpour for ‘This Week’ has critics inside the network and beyond  —  If being the moderator of “This Week,” ABC's Sunday morning news-talk show, required Senate approval, then journalist Christiane Amanpour — recently named by ABC News President David Westin to take over the job — would already be in big trouble.
James Poniewozik / Tuned In:
Wrongest Name in Cable News?  —  OK, so cable-news pundits bluster, shoot from the hip and end up hilariously, spectacularly wrong occasionally.  Or more than occasionally.  It's pretty much the job description.  And Chris Matthews—well, God love him, he's very good at his job.
Discussion: The Atlantic Wire
Editor and Publisher:
Court Lifts Ban on Media Cross-Ownership  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. A federal court has at least temporarily lifted government rules that prohibit media companies from owning a newspaper and a broadcast TV station in the same market.  —  The decision Tuesday by the U.S. Court of Appeals …
Foster Kamer / Runnin' Scared:
The First Part of Tumblr's Monetization Efforts Is...Custom Themes?  —  ​Tumblr, the New York-based tech company slinging a “hipster blogging” and social networking platform headed up by race-relations expert and digital wunderkind David Karp, has “leaked” what's presumably …
Discussion: Gawker
Laurie Burkitt / Forbes:
Yahoo's Display Ad Target: Neighborhoods  —  Yahoo wants to remain the top display ad seller.  Its strategy is to go local.  —  National advertisers spend more than $120 billion on advertising in local markets and Yahoo wants it.  —  This year the Sunnyvale, Calif. …
Why Newsrooms Don't Use Plagiarism Detection Services  —  Six years ago, in the wake of the Jayson Blair scandal at the New York Times, Peter Bhatia, then the president of the American Society of Newspaper Editors, gave a provocative speech at the organization's 2004 conference.
Discussion: Romenesko and CopyByte
Lucia Moses / Adweek:
‘USA Today’ in War of Words With ‘WSJ’  —  Gannett's daily has fired the latest salvo vs. the News Corp. property  —  Gannett's USA Today has fired the latest salvo in the national newspaper war.  —  Six months after News Corp.'s The Wall Street Journal trumpeted that it had edged USA Today …
Steve Borsch / Minnov8:
WCCO News' new ‘Wire’ lets the audience interact and help report the story  —  A screenshot of WCCO's The Wire zoomed in on the timeline  —  People in Twin Cities social media circles got a sneak peek at WCCO's The Wire last October, and its promise looked intriguing.
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Guardian Media Group CEO McCall Leaving To Run easyJet  —  On the face of it, the only thing news publishing and aviation have in common is massive recent disruption - nevertheless, Guardian Media Group CEO Carolyn McCall is flying off to become chief executive of European budget airline easyJet …
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Advertising: The ‘Jersey Shore’ Is Going Global  —  THE Jersey Shore is about to be exported.  —  MTV is taking its wintertime hit series, “Jersey Shore,” about a boozy, spray-tanned summer in Seaside Heights, N.J., and showing it in more than 30 countries starting this week.
Discussion: The Wire and Gawker
Michael Schneider / On The Air:
Discovery expected to land “Sarah Palin's Alaska”  —  Sarah Palin to Discovery?  You betcha.  —  Discovery Communications is expected to announce that it has won the Sarah Palin tourney.  The cabler had been a front-runner to land the untitled Alaska-themed series, to be produced by Mark Burnett Prods., along with A&E.
Megan Garber / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Poynter's hiring.  What will their writer/curator be up to?  —  For the past few days, a job posting has been making its way around the web: the Poynter Institute, it announces, is looking to hire a writer/curator for its Sense-Making Project.  Which is a job title that — out of context …
Stephanie Clifford / Media Decoder:
Stefano Tonchi to Edit W Magazine  —  12:15 P.M. Updated with comment from Stefano Tonchi.  —  11:50 P.M. Updated with comment from The New York Times and Condé Nast.  —  Stefano Tonchi, the editor of T: The New York Times Style Magazine, has been appointed editor of W, the fashion magazine published by Condé Nast.
Sam Bayard /
Barclays v. Hot News Doctrine Alive and Kicking; Will News Aggregators Be Next?  —  in - New York - Copyright - Free Speech - Hot News Misappropriation  —  In 2003, prolific legal scholar and 7th Circuit Judge Richard Posner published a law review article entitled …
Discussion: ContentBlogger and NYConvergence
John Plunkett / Guardian:
Grazia publishes 3D issue  —  The women's glossy magazine features augmented reality codes, with music and 360-degree views of spring fashions  —  Bauer Media's women's fashion glossy Grazia will jump on the 3D bandwagon today with an augmented reality issue featuring Florence and the Machine singing and dancing on the front cover.
Mercedes Bunz / Guardian:
Investigative reporting online  —  With the help of reporting readers the political blog Talking Points Memo revealed the political pattern behind the sudden departures of United States attorneys in the Bush era, as readers accumulated evidence from around the country on who the axed prosecutors were.
SPJ Ethics Committee condemns major broadcast networks' practice of “checkbook journalism”  —  INDIANAPOLIS — The Society of Professional Journalists' Ethics Committee condemns the growing trend of âcheckbook journalismâ at major broadcast networks.
Megan Garber / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The freedom to fail and the need to experiment: What gives a citizen-journalism project a chance to work  —  Minnesota Public Radio's Linda Fantin and the Sunlight Foundation's Ellen Miller were the stars at an MIT panel a few days ago; I wrote up their discussion.
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Anonymous Economist Writers Get Initials on Posts — New Technology Blog Launches Today  —  LONDON — The lack of a by-line for Economist writers provides a high degree of access, which is a big benefit in the reporting process, says Executive Editor Daniel Franklin in this interview with Beet.TV at The Economist's headquarters.
Discussion: WebNewser
Erie Daily Times-Morning News:
Roberts: Beck ‘worse than a clown’  —  Steve recently took part in a lunchtime panel sponsored by a local radio station.  A beefy young man in the audience grabbed the microphone and challenged the speakers, in a sneering and confrontational tone, to name one good thing about President Obama's health-care proposal.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Rupert Neate / Telegraph:
Times Newspapers loses £88m as advertising drops  —  The publisher of the The Times and The Sunday Times lost £87.9m in the year to June 28, 2009, as a collapse in advertising pushed revenues down 13pc to £385m.  —  Losses at Times Newspapers Limited widened from £51.3m …
Steven Levy / Wired:
How the Tablet Will Change the World  —  Everyone who jammed into the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco on January 27, 2010, knew what they were there for: Apple CEO Steve Jobs' introduction of a thin, always-on tablet device that would let people browse the Web, read books, send email, watch movies, and play games.
Discussion: eBookNewser and Brainstorm Tech
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New bill to tackle ‘libel tourism’
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Marisa Guthrie / Broadcasting & Cable:
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