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10:05 AM ET, March 24, 2010


 Top News: 
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
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.
Discussion: Romenesko and Hit & Run
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.
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
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.
Discussion: TechCrunch and Gizmodo
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 …
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 …
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
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 and Mashable!
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
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 …
Discussion: Gannett Blog and Romenesko
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 …
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 and The Awl
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. …
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.
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.
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
The problem with comments isn't them  —  I'm coming to think that the — or a — problem with the quality of conversation in comments online is a matter of timing:  —  Once we in media are finished with our work we allow the public to comment.  We throw our product over the wall …
Discussion: Zombie Journalism
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 …
Jim Romenesko / Romenesko:
EW Scripps CEO: We're focusing more and more on print and online as separate businesses  —  “There's a place for print,” says Rich Boehne.  “Maybe it's not seven days a week, but there are a lot of people who want this information in a print format and we should serve that market. ...
Discussion: TVNewsCheck
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.
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Sam Bayard / Citizen Media Law Project:
Barclays v. Hot News Doctrine Alive and Kicking …
Rupert Neate / Telegraph:
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Lucia Moses / Adweek:
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Discussion: Fitz & Jen and New York Magazine
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