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5:45 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” …
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.
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.
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.
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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