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5:35 PM ET, July 26, 2010

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C.W. Anderson / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Data, diffusion, impact: Five big questions the Wikileaks story raises about the future of journalism  —  Whenever big news breaks that's both (a) exciting and (b) relevant to the stuff I research, I put myself through a little mental exercise.  I pretend I have an army of invisible Ph.D. students …
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Jay Rosen / PressThink:
The Afghanistan War Logs Released by Wikileaks, the World's First Stateless News Organization  —  “In media history up to now, the press is free to report on what the powerful wish to keep secret because the laws of a given nation protect it.  But Wikileaks is able to report on what the powerful wish …
New York Times:
Piecing Together the Reports, and Deciding What to Publish  —  The articles published today are based on thousands of United States military incident and intelligence reports — records of engagements, mishaps, intelligence on enemy activity and other events from the war in Afghanistan …
Alexis Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
Wikileaks May Have Just Changed the Media, Too  —  The website Wikileaks has published more than 90,000 leaked U.S. military records about the war in Afghanistan.  Marc Ambinder has a lot more about the content of the classified archive, but there's another fascinating aspect to the story …
Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News:
NYT defends publishing leaked military records  —  The White House condemned Sunday night's leak of more than 90,000 secret military records covering the Afghanistan War by WikiLeaks, an organization that posts secret documents online.  —  National Security Adviser Jim Jones, in a statement …
Nick Davies / Guardian:
Afghanistan war logs: Story behind biggest leak in intelligence history
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Misleading Stories About Race Raise Questions  —  In the last couple of days, Andrew Breitbart, a conservative Web site operator, has been called a liar, a provocateur, a propagandist — and even a race-baiter.  But he says he knows who the true race-baiters are: some Democratic activists.
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David Carr / New York Times:
The Media Equation: The Provocateurs as Journalists in the Sherrod Case  —  Journalism, even in its most traditional forms, is not always neutral.  Did reporters and editors at The Washington Post spend two hard years coming up with its “Top Secret America” series, a comprehensive pat …
Daniel Lyons / Newsweek:
Arianna's Answer  —  The Huffington Post may have figured out the future of journalism.  But it's going to be a very difficult future.  —  Arianna Huffington at her home in July.  —  If you had to declare a winner among Internet media companies today, the victor easily would be Arianna Huffington.
Nancy Franklin / New Yorker:
SNAPPED CABLE  —  The comings and goings at CNN.  —  It's a truism in the news business that reporters and their employers should avoid becoming the story.  It used to be a truism, anyway, but in the new world of technology and transparency that's not possible.
Discussion: Romenesko
Jeremy W. Peters / Media Decoder:
Waking Up a Sleepy Journal  —  For years National Journal has been perfectly content as an insider's handbook to Washington, a sleepy weekly magazine written primarily for lobbyists and lawmakers that marched to its own beat.  —  Its owner, David Bradley, said that he had always found National Journal …
Shira Ovide / Wall Street Journal:
At Tribune Co., Leaving Behind Bankruptcy and Old Ways  —  Tribune Co. Chief Executive Randy Michaels wants to remake the 163-year-old media company.  But first he has to steer it out of bankruptcy.  —  Mr. Michaels, a veteran radio executive, was hired by investor Sam Zell to run Tribune's Internet …
Mike Shields / Mediaweek:
NBCU Creates Its Own Ad Network  —  NBCU has created its answer to an online ad network—though one comprised solely of its owned-and-operated sites.  —  Called Universal Audience Platform (UAP), the group, which will have its own logo and staff, will be headed by Nick Johnson, svp, NBCU Digital Media Sales.
Rance Crain / AdAge:
The Real Scoop on Ad Age in the ‘Mad Men’ Era  —  Our Cameo in AMC Drama Skims Over Real-Life Drama of the '60s-Era Newsroom  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — Legendary and irascible adman George Lois contends that “Mad Men,” which began its new season Sunday, “misrepresents the advertising industry …
Discussion: The Wire, Speakeasy, TVWeek.com and TV Squad
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Monday's ‘Day One’ For Bob Sauerberg As President Of New Conde Nast  —  Bob Sauerberg's field promotion to president of Condé Nast was a surprise— and yet, after watching him in action with CEO Chuck Townsend a few weeks ago, it isn't much of a shock.
Discussion: AdAge and Poynter Online
Devin Dwyer / ABCNEWS:
President Obama to Appear on ABC's ‘The View’  —  Will Become First Sitting U.S. President to Visit Daytime TV Talk Show  —  President Obama will become the first sitting U.S. president to visit a daytime TV talk show when he tapes an interview Wednesday with ABC's “The View.”
Aaron Gell / New York Observer:
The Observer Hires Online Editor  —  The New York Observer has hired a new online managing editor.  —  Aaron Gell will come to Observer.com from a stint as editor-in-chief of Hemispheres, the inflight magazine for United Airlines, which he relaunched in 2009 to glowing reviews.
Mike Shields / Mediaweek:
Meebo Toolbar Gaining Popularity With Publishers  —  When Meebo launched five years ago, the plan was to create a Web destination where users could aggregate all of their instant messaging communications in one place.  —  But over the past year, the company has rolled out an increasingly popular toolbar …
Sam Anderson / New York Magazine:
The James Franco Project  —  Movie star, conceptual artist, fiction writer, grad student, cipher—he's turned a Hollywood career into an elaborate piece of performance art.  But does it mean anything?  A critical investigation, with bathroom break.  —  1. The Wink  —  “Franco is here.
Discussion: New York Observer and Jezebel
Claire Atkinson / New York Post:
Google Music takes a step closer to reality  —  Google's plan to challenge Apple's dominance in the music marketplace is advancing more rapidly than expected, say music industry sources.  —  The search giant's Android whiz, VP Andy Rubin, is said to be having “accelerated” …
Rosie Baker / New Media Age:
UK consumers unlikely to pay for content, says research  —  UK consumers are less willing to pay for digital content than others around the world, according to research from KPMG.  —  Brits are, however, more willing to accept targeted advertising on computers and mobile devices and share our personal profile data.
Ryan Chittum / CJR:
“The Word Was Polo; The Man, Ralph Lauren”  —  Place those special sections, gleefully, in the recycle pile unread  —  One of the dirty little secrets of the newspaper business is that you should almost never bother to read a special section.  —  When I was at The Wall Street Journal, “tab stories” were a sort of joke.
Hillel Italie / Associated Press:
Authors criticize agency's e-book deal with Amazon  —  NEW YORK - A literary agency's decision to publish e-editions of “Lolita,” “Invisible Man” and other classics and sell them exclusively through Amazon.com received a mixed response from the Authors Guild, which represents thousands of published writers.
Discussion: New York Observer
 
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