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7:25 PM ET, June 16, 2010


 Top News: 
Joshua Benton / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Announcing the 2010 Knight News Challenge winners: Visuals are hot, and businesses are big winners  —  They started out last year as a crowded field of hopefuls from around the world, each dreaming of a chance to perform under the big lights.  Over months, their numbers dwindled as the level …
Nat Ives / AdAge:
Oprah Hands Out IPads and Cash to Magazine Staffers  —  O Magazine Employees Get New Toy — and $10,000 Check  —  Call it the 2010 version of “You get a car, you get a car, you get a car, everybody gets a car!”  Oprah Winfrey dropped by Hearst headquarters on Tuesday to mark the 10th anniversary of O …
Jeremy W. Peters / Media Decoder:
A New Publisher at Bloomberg BusinessWeek  —  Bloomberg continues to poach top-tier talent from rival news organizations, announcing on Wednesday that it has hired a top executive from Fortune as the publisher of Bloomberg BusinessWeek.  —  Hugh Wiley, who has led the business side at Fortune since 2007 …
Nicholas Carlson / The Wire:
The Inside Story: How Yahoo Bought Associated Content (YHOO, AOL)  —  Last month, Yahoo bought Associated Content, a Web publishing startup with thousands of semi-pro freelance writers, for around $100 million.  —  $100 million isn't much for a company like Yahoo (YHOO) …
Discussion: eMedia Vitals
Steve / The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs:
That big bold media disruption: an update  —  Recently I got some heat when I said that I don't want to see us descend into a nation of bloggers.  I was called clueless because hey, blogs are the future, right?  These bloggers are the bright shiny new media barons who are going to take over the world …
Arrington: By ‘see ya later,’ what I meant was, I'm sticking around
Kenneth Li / Financial Times:
Google eyes Demand Media's way with words  —  Last week, Richard Rosenblatt, chief executive of Demand Media, basked in the spotlight as digital media cognoscenti and bankers gathered round him at New York's Empire Hotel to toast his four-year-old company's progress.
Ryan Lawler / NewTeeVee:
YouTube Adds Video Editing in the Cloud  —  Up until now, if YouTube users wanted to combine multiple clips into a single video, they had to use offline editing tools.  But YouTube today rolled out cloud-based video editing tools, giving users a whole new way to remix their existing video assets online.
James Rainey / Los Angeles Times:
Financial Times charges into future  —  (Oli Scarff, Getty Images / May 10, 2010)  —  Its strategy, including charging for online access, seems to be working.  —  At Bar Marmont late Monday and into Tuesday's wee hours, the Chivas flowed, tuxedo ties came loose and conversation burbled.
Discussion: Romenesko and ReadWriteWeb
WWD Media Headlines:
HuffPo Wants it All... Next Issue Media's New Ringmaster...  HUFFPO WANTS IT ALL: The Huffington Post thinks the world wants to know more about the arts in all their forms.  The site is launching yet another section today, this one called HuffPost Arts, which will cover everything from fine art and sculpture to opera and filmmaking.
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Condé farms out shoestring magazine launches  —  Conde Nast has turned out the lights on high-end magazine development, but other wings of the media giant controlled by the Newhouse family seem to be incubating magazines on shoestring budgets.  —  The latest mag out of the gate is MensWear …
Discussion: The Wire and Media Buyer Planner
Julian Sanchez / The Atlantic Online:
The Newsroom's Unknown Knowns  —  Media critic Jay Rosen has a longish new post up synthesizing his thoughts on “the Actual Ideology of the American Press”—a topic his Twitter followers will recognize as a longstanding obsession.  It merits reading in full, but the upshot is that …
Alex Weprin / WebNewser:
This is Why Hulu Blocked Boxee  —  As part of its investigation into the Comcast-NBC Universal merger, the FCC asked NBC why Hulu blocked access to its site via Boxee, the start-up aiming to bring high quality web content to television sets.  —  On June 11 NBC filed its responses to the FCC questions …
Discussion: TVNewser, MediaMemo and Company Town
MySpace Searches for Agency to Lead Rebranding Effort  —  Can a Consumer Campaign Save News Corp.'s Struggling Social Network?  —  NEW YORK ( — Struggling social network MySpace is gearing up for a relaunch of the site later this year, and as part of that it has begun canvassing adland …
Discussion: paidContent and Breaking Media
Stuart Elliott / New York Times:
Advertising: Showing Commercials on Shelves and in Aisles  —  FOR many marketers, advertising in stores is an increasingly important way to influence shoppers at the so-called moment of truth, as they finally make up their minds about which brands of soup, soap or cereal to buy — or not buy.
Discussion: Gizmodo, Media Buyer Planner and AdPulp
Jessica Hundley / Brand X:
Writing restored: Slaking their thirst for longform journalism  —  It's hard to ignore the death knell: “Print is dead.”  As editorial dollars dwindle and people now express themselves in 140 characters or less, literature gasps for air, pale, waning.  —  Laurie Ochoa and Joe Donnelly …
Bill Mitchell / Newspay:
McClatchy, Others Use PlaceLocal to Help Advertisers Reach Small Audiences  —  The biggest hurdle facing local online advertising, as Mark Potts and others have framed the problem, is the challenge of keeping rates low enough to attract advertisers pursuing small audiences — but high enough to generate sufficient return.
Olivia Collette / Sparksheet:
Speaking through the Web: Q&A with Roger Ebert - Part II  —  You were just honoured with the Webby Award as “Person of the Year,” partly for your innovative Ebert Club venture.  Basically, for a small yearly fee ($5 USD), members gain exclusive access to your e-newsletter, a private forum …
Discussion: Mashable! and Speakeasy
Alexandria Symonds / New York Observer:
A Few Good Men  —  According to Michael Rideout, the 37-year-old founder of Rideout Media Group, magazines have it all wrong.  “I actually saw a 30-second ad for someone to subscribe to a magazine the other day,” Mr. Rideout said last week over a bowl of asparagus soup at a Lower East Side diner.
Discussion: New York Magazine and Romenesko
Robert Andrews / paidContent:UK:
PCUK/Harris Poll: Quarter Of Times Readers Likely To Pay Online  —  There are plenty of outside guesstimates at how successful The Times and Sunday Times new websites may be when they start charging this month.  So we decided to ask the people who will really hold the answer - Times Online readers themselves...
Megan Tady / Save the News:
A Subtle Victory for Policy Interventions in Media at the FTC Workshop  —  The Federal Trade Commission's final workshop on changes in the media business, “How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?,” ended with the sense that only limited policy recommendations would come out of the session …
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Yes, Comments Can Get Noisy, But We Like Them Anyway  —  Updated: Blogger Joe Wilcox stirred up a bit of a hornet's nest recently when he accused John Gruber of avoiding debate by not having comments on his Daring Fireball blog.  Gruber responded by saying he doesn't have comments because they make a blog …
Jonathan Stray / Nieman Journalism Lab:
What will Iceland's new media laws mean for journalists?  —  The Icelandic parliament has voted unanimously to create what are intended to be the strongest media freedom laws in the world.  And Iceland intends these measures to have international impact, by creating a safe haven for publishers worldwide — and their servers.
Discussion: Boing Boing and Techdirt
Ryan Lawler / NewTeeVee:
Yahoo Expands Widget Availability With Sony, But Google TV Looms  —  There's good news and bad news for Yahoo's TV Widgets.  The good news is that Sony is expanding the number of markets where those widgets are available nearly seven-fold.  The bad news is that Yahoo partner Sony …
Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
Whatever happened to the e-reader tsunami of 2010?  —  Along with the rise of 3D TV, E-Ink-based e-readers were one of the biggest tech trends in evidence at CES 2010 in January.  Everywhere you turned on the show floor, there was either a 3D TV or a wall of e-readers, to the point …
Discussion: TeleRead
John Consoli /
Cable Upfront Could Be Up 25%-30% in 2010  —  The cable upfront ad marketplace has proven to be as strong as broadcast's.  By the time it's done, cable could pull in 25 percent to 30 percent more dollars than last year, and reach a cumulative total of $8.3 billion to $8.7 billion …
Discussion: Mediaweek and Media Buyer Planner
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Fox News Seals New Contract for Greta Van Susteren  —  The Fox News Channel has sealed a new contract with its 10 p.m. anchor, Greta Van Susteren, giving its hugely popular prime time line-up an added measure of stability.  —  The contract for Ms. Van Susteren, an interviewer …
Can Financial Firms Use ‘Hot News Doctrine’ to Stifle Aggregators?  —  Traditional print newspapers and magazines are experiencing upheaval thanks to the rise of the Internet, but they are not the only information providers facing serious challenges.  Even before the tumult created by the recent recession …
Discussion: Fast Company
Nielsen Wire:
Social Networks/Blogs Now Account for One in Every Four and a Half Minutes Online  —  The popularity of social media is undeniable - three of the world's most popular brands online are social-media related (Facebook, YouTube and Wikipedia) and the world now spends over 110 billion minutes on social networks and blog sites.
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