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1:15 PM ET, March 24, 2010


 Top News: 
Greg Ferenstein / Mashable!:
The Future Newsroom: Lean, Open and Social Media-Savvy  —  On the campus of Penn State University, a rivalry between a rogue campus blog and the official newspaper has become a fascinating mirror of the strife between old and new media.  In only a matter of months, the unofficial campus blog Onward State …
John Koblin / New York Observer:
Press-Boxed: WSJ Adds Sports Beats to Take on The Times  —  We can all list some of the well-documented ways that The Wall Street Journal has changed under Rupert Murdoch: More color on the front page!  Snappier headlines!  A women's magazine!  More politically conservative (maybe)!
Discussion: Romenesko, The Wire and Lost Remote
Megan Garber / Nieman Journalism Lab:
“Fun with data”: Oxymoron no longer!  And other lessons from Linda Fantin and Ellen Miller  —  Say the word “data” in the presence of the majority of Americans, and you'll most likely be greeted with a blank stare/a glare/an eye roll/an audible sigh.  For most people — though …
Megan Garber / Nieman Journalism Lab:   The freedom to fail and the need to experiment: What gives …
Marco Arment / Instapaper Blog:
Preview: Instapaper on iPad  —  I'm probably supposed to keep this secret and build everyone's anticipation to hype this up.  Oh well.  Maybe I'll do that for the Instapaper edition for Apple's next revolutionary computing platform.  —  First: Instapaper is definitely coming to iPad.
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 and Contagious Magazine
Michael Calderone / Michael Calderone's Blog:
WaPo's Fainaru joins Bay Area start-up  —  While the Washington Post's Steve Fainaru took home a Pulitzer for his reporting in Iraq, the Bay Area native will soon be focused on news much closer to home  —  Fainaru is leaving the Post to become managing editor for news at The Bay Citizen …
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Video: Interview: Jacob Weisberg, Chairman, Slate Group: ‘Pay For How You Get It Delivered’  — wasn't the first Washington Post Co. (NYSE: WPO) outlet to go for the gold—or at least some silver—with a paid iPhone app: Sibling Slate hit the iTunes store ahead of the newspaper with its own $1.99 app.
Discussion: New York Observer and Romenesko
Greg Beato / Reason:
Missing the Story  —  Has anyone checked the Internet connection at New York University's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute lately?  Last week, the Institute announced the nominees for its “Top Ten Works of Journalism of the Decade,” and of the 80 contenders, only three were originally published on the web.
Richard Siklos / New York Observer:
The Studio Mega-Deal That Wasn't  —  In Hot Tub Time Machine, a group of sad-sack pals are transported back to what ought to have been their heyday, with a chance to set things right and rewrite the future.  It's a goofy theme that must have had resonance with the folks trying to sell Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer …
Discussion: Gawker and The Daily Beast
Adrian Chen / Gawker:
Is the U.S. Government Spying on a Tiny Secret-Sharing Website?  — is a website legendary in certain circles for posting documents people want hidden from the world.  The Pentagon is not a fan.  Now, Wikileaks is tweeting allegations that the U.S. is spying on its editors.
Kate Kaye / ClickZ:
USA Today Among Sites Set to Run iPad Ads  —  As Apple preps for the launch of the iPad, advertisers are gearing up to run campaigns on the new device.  Mobile ad platform AdMarvel has teamed with Gannett-owned rich media ad firm PointRoll to enable expandable and highly-interactive ads on the iPad.
Ratings for Sunday's Cable News Coverage of Health Care Vote  —  Fox News lead the way Sunday during the lead-up to the House vote on health care reform.  But after the bill passed, with the vote at 10:45pmET, FNC viewers turned away while CNN and MSNBC increased their viewership into the 11pmET hour.
Jim Barnett / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Len Downie: For-profit news orgs won't create enough journalism  —  By any measure, former Washington Post executive editor Len Downie epitomized success in the traditional, subscription-and-advertising model of newspaper journalism: With a staff that once topped 900 and an annual budget of $100 million …
Shay Maunz /
Niche publications the future of journalism, speaker says  —  John Harris is a self-proclaimed “political junkie.”  —  The newspaper Web site and its companion publication The Politico, are for a relatively small set of like-minded individuals, according to co-founder and editor-in-chief Harris.
Marly Falcon / KnightBlog:
Robot journalist able to ask questions, take pictures, publish online  —  Beware, journalists.  The death of journalism might be caused by ... robots!  —  Researchers from Intelligent Systems Informatics Lab (ISI) at Tokyo University have developed a robot that explores its environment and reports what it finds.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Microsoft: Want to Learn About Our Secret Tablet?  Read Engadget.  —  Want to get the latest news on “Courier,” Microsoft's rumored-but-not-confirmed answer to Apple's iPad?  Microsoft doesn't want to talk about it.  But Redmond does have a suggestion for you: Read the gadget blogs.
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
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Former IAC Exec Lehman Joins Luxury Net Plum TV As EVP/GM  —  Former IAC (NSDQ: IACI) exec Nick Lehman has spent the last few months working on a new venture called Uncommon Media that was to be a portfolio of digital properties aimed at the luxury market, using a daily newsletter to gain some attention.
the nytpicker:
Roanoke Times Editor Says NYT's Daily TimesCast Logo “Eeerily Similar” To Its TimesCast Logo From 2007.  —  Among the NYT readers most curious to watch the debut of its daily “TimesCast” video yesterday was Carole Tarrant, editor of The Roanoke Times.  —  That's because only a few years ago …
Discussion: Romenesko
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: Mashable! and Gawker
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 …
Discussion: Fitz & Jen
Felix Salmon:
Blogonomics: The Gothamist sale  —  Gawker and Gothamist were both started in 2003, and both grew to become big blogs; it's interesting, now Gothamist is being sold to Rainbow Media, to see Gawker's Nick Denton's weird attempt to downplay the achievement of Jake Dobkin and Jen Chung.
Discussion: City Room
Jason Fell / Folio:
Tabloids, Others Still at Risk for Failing USPS ‘Droop’ Test  —  New standards delayed until June; ‘few’ ABM members will be exempt.  —  After receiving protests from groups like American Business Media over the timing of the proposed rate penalties for most flat-shaped mail that fails to meet so-called …
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.
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