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12:45 AM ET, July 27, 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 …
Fred Kaplan / Slate:
No one who's been paying attention should be surprised by the WikiLeaks documents about the war in Afghanistan.  —  Just because some documents are classified doesn't mean that they're news or even necessarily interesting.  A case in point is the cache of 92,000 secret documents …
Discussion: msnbc.com, Guardian, Law Blog and Gawker
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 …
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 …
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
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Blip.tv Develops Pre-roll That Offers Free Downloads on Other Devices  —  Start-up's Video Ads Help Wieden Get Game Demos in Front of Xbox Users  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — What if your pre-roll video ads were more than just repurposed-for-the-web-TV spots, the kind agencies have in spades?
Discussion: AdExchanger.com
David Roeder / Chicago Sun Times:
Examiner finds fraud evidence in Tribune sale  —  An examiner probing Sam Zell's buyout of the Tribune Co. in late 2007 has found evidence of “dishonesty” in the deal's latter stages, a conclusion that could throw the company's 20-month-old bankruptcy case into turmoil.
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Shira Ovide / Wall Street Journal:
At Tribune Co., Leaving Behind Bankruptcy and Old Ways
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.
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” …
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 …
Kevin Allocca / FishbowlNY:
WSJ's Alan Murray Talks Online Growth  —  A lot has changed since Wall Street Journal deputy managing editor and executive editor, online Alan Murray joined the paper in 1983.  We sat down with Murray as a part of our Media Beat interview series to get his perspective on the growth of the organization's web presence.
Discussion: mediabistro.com
New York Times:
Disney Seeks $40 Million in Advance on Miramax  —  LOS ANGELES — An investment group that includes the construction executive Ronald N. Tutor must make a nonrefundable $40 million payment toward the purchase of Miramax Films from the Walt Disney Company by Wednesday to move forward with a deal, according to people briefed on the sale.
Discussion: Hollywood Reporter
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Google, Content Farms & Why This May Be Blekko's Moment  —  At the beginning of Google's “Searchology” event in early 2007 original Google employee Craig Silverstein opined, “If Google had started a year or two earlier, it wouldn't have worked.”  That's because prior to that time (1998) …
Ellie Behling / eMedia Vitals:
How publishers curate the world of content  —  It's nothing new that many news websites augment their own content with repackaged content from around the Web, but the applications have evolved along with the technology.  Content providers are experimenting with all sort of ways for editors …
Business Wire:
Harper's Magazine Names Ellen Rosenbush Editor  —  NEW YORK—(BUSINESS WIRE)—John R. MacArthur, president and publisher of Harper's Magazine, today announced that Ellen Rosenbush would become editor of the 160-year-old monthly, effective immediately.  Rosenbush has served as the acting editor since February 1.
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
Federal judge says you can break DRM if you're not doing so to infringe copyright  —  Here's some remarkable news: a judge in a New Orleans-based 5th Circuit Appeals Court has ruled that the Digital Millennium Copyright Act's ban on breaking DRM only applies if you break DRM in order to violate copyright law.
Discussion: Gizmodo
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
Hendrik Hertzberg / New Yorker:
Finding “Top Secret America.”  —  These are hard times for newspapers, and not just the Times.  America's other iconic daily of the past half-century, the Washington Post, has been doing a long, slow fade, speeded up lately by the Great Recession.  The Post's weekday circulation is barely …
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: Jezebel and New York Observer
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.
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.
MediaShift:
Don't Blame the Content Farms  —  From a business perspective, traditional journalism is rather inefficient.  —  Stories are chosen by a small group whose members often have similar experiences and outlooks.  With little knowledge of true market demand, they assign the stories to a limited pool …
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.
 
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