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10:15 AM ET, July 10, 2010


 Top News: 
Sports Illustrated:
ESPN's LeBron circus good for TV ratings, bad for sports media … Author and LeBronologist Buzz Bissinger described it as TV's equivalent of waterboarding.  New York Post columnist Mike Vaccaro called it an “awful night for Cleveland, worse night for sports, worst night for ESPN.”
Mia / YouTube Blog:
What's bigger than 1080p?  4K video comes to YouTube  —  Today at the VidCon 2010 conference, we announced support for videos shot in 4K (a reference resolution of 4096 x 3072), meaning that now we support original video resolution from 360p all the way up to 4096p.
Edmund Lee / AdAge:
YouTube Starts $5 Million Fund to Finance Original Videos  —  NEW YORK ( — In a cautious move into the original content business, search titan Google announced that its YouTube property has created a $5 million fund to help finance more original videos.
Globe and Mail:
Lisa LaFlamme to replace Lloyd Robertson at CTV  —  Lisa LaFlamme will replace Lloyd Robertson as anchor of CTV National News, the network announced on Friday.  —  Ms. LaFlamme, who began her broadcast career at a Kitchener-Waterloo affiliate in 1988, is currently national affairs correspondent for CTV News.
Discussion: TVNewser
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Journalists Worried About Content Farms Are Missing The Point: The Web Has Always Been Filled With Crap  —  There's been a lot of fretting lately in the journalism field about the rise of so-called “content farms.”  These are operations like Demand Media or Associated Content …
Discussion: Writing / Editing
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo Media Chief Jimmy Pitaro Talks About the Upshot of Content's Future  —  Whilst in Santa Monica, Calif., this week, BoomTown stopped in at the YahooPlex for a quick chat with the Internet giant's Jimmy Pitaro, who is VP of media.  —  The focus was a high-profile blog called The Upshot …
Yinka Adegoke / Reuters:
Cable companies, networks mull smaller TV bundles  —  Idaho (Reuters) - Cable operators and entertainment companies are talking about selling cheaper cable TV packages with fewer channels to attract and keep customers trying to save money in a weak economy.  —  The talks, which are still …
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Newspaper Wants Readers to Pay to Comment  —  Earlier this year, the Sun Chronicle, a small Massachusetts-based newspaper, closed down comments on its website after discussions in the paper's comment section got out of hand.  Now, in order to “encourage intelligent and meaningful conversation …
Discussion: Techdirt and NetNewsCheck Latest
Stuart Elliott / Media Decoder:
ESPN is planning to introduce a campaign that seeks to burnish the cable channel's brand rather than to encourage viewers to watch specific programs.  —  The campaign, scheduled to get under way on Monday, carries the theme “It's not crazy.  It's sports.”  The campaign takes …
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Medium Is the Medium  —  Recently, book publishers got some good news.  Researchers gave 852 disadvantaged students 12 books (of their own choosing) to take home at the end of the school year.  They did this for three successive years.  —  Then the researchers, led by Richard Allington …
Discussion: The New Republic
Gillian Reagan / Capital New York:
Radio Days: Brian Lehrer on the connection between ‘user engagement’ and ‘listener support’  —  One of the great things about local radio, according to Brian Lehrer, the 57-year-old, glasses-wearing host of an eponymous WNYC talk show for the past 21 years, is its smallness.
Rethinking the Role of the Journalist in the Participatory Age  —  Education content on MediaShift is sponsored by Carnegie-Knight News21, an alliance of 12 journalism schools in which top students tell complex stories in inventive ways.  See tips for spurring innovation and digital learning at
Mark Carter /
Four KARK Employees Fired In Video Aftermath; Nexstar VP Apologizes  —  Three KARK on-air employees and a photographer have been fired in the aftermath of two profanity-laden spoof videos posted to video-sharing website YouTube, has learned.
Discussion: Romenesko and Gawker
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