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2:25 PM ET, March 1, 2011

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New York Magazine:
Frank Rich Joins New York Magazine  —  Frank Rich is joining New York Magazine, beginning in June.  Rich will be an essayist for the magazine, writing monthly on politics and culture, and will serve as an editor-at-large, editing a special monthly section anchored by his essay.
Michael Barbaro / New York Times:
After Business and Politics, Mayor Tests Opinion  —  Over the last year, representatives of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg quietly reached out to a handful of the country's top journalists with an intriguing job offer: Divine and distill his unique brand of political philosophy and disseminate …
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Jodi Enda / American Journalism Review:
The Bloomberg Juggernaut  —  While many news organizations are struggling and retreating, Bloomberg News keeps adding talented journalists, expanding its empire and elevating its ambitions.  Posted: Wed, March 1, 2011  —  Jodi Enda (jaenda@gmail.com) writes about politics and government from Washington …
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Exploiting Charlie  —  When I arrived in Detroit to intern at the Free Press many years ago, I saw a local character dressed in a bright yellow rain slicker, no matter the weather, theatrically directing traffic in front of the Cadillac hotel.  He was there every day.
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Julie Moos / Poynter:
Media acting as enablers with excessive coverage of “Two and a Half Men” star Charlie Sheen
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Recommendation Is Still the Holy Grail For News  —  If you count all the different media-related apps for the iPhone and iPad, there are almost an infinite number of ways to consume the news — some are specific to a particular newspaper or magazine, while others try to aggregate different sources of news for you.
Discussion: PC World
Chris Atkins / Media Standards Trust:
Fuel to the fire  —  Chris Atkins, the independent film maker who played a number of news hoaxes to help raise awareness about churnalism, writes a guest post describing what he did and how he did it  —  It was just under a month ago when the Media Standards Trust challenged me to raise awareness …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Exclusive: Thumbplay Gives Up On Music Subscriptions, And Clear Channel Steps In  —  After less than a year in the music subscription business, Thumbplay is giving up: The company is selling off the struggling service to Clear Channel Radio.  —  Thumbplay will hang on to its once-booming ringtone business …
John Cook / New York Observer:
Was a Vanity Fair Editor Secretly Working for the Church of Scientology?  —  Gawker.com, where the author is employed a staff writer, declined to publish this story.  —  Did the Church of Scientology use a Vanity Fair contributing editor to infiltrate and gather intelligence on the cult's enemies in the media?
Discussion: @jeffbercovici
David Kaplan / paidContent:
Facebook Comments Platform Brings Media Partners Into Users' News Feeds  —  Facebook is relaunching its commenting plugin that will promise to insert media partners into users' news feeds.  Previously, when a user made a comment on another site with their Facebook profile, the comment remained with that outside site.
Gregory Ferenstein / Fast Company:
Google's Journalism Prize and the 5 Groups Who Should Win It  —  Google's running a $2.7 million contest for innovative online journalism and we rounded up 5 models to inspire the contestants.  —  Google's philanthropic spending spree has just dropped another $2.7 million to fund innovative uses …
Discussion: CyberJournalist.net
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Yahoo's Anna Robertson: Streaming Videos on Facebook is a “Huge Opportunity for Us”  —  Facebook pages are becoming increasingly video rich and an increasing number of small and large video publishers are streaming more of their videos “in-line,” meaning having their player on Facebook pages, not just providing links.
Discussion: Future of Journalism
Emma Barnett / Telegraph:
Watchdog clamps down on web adverts  —  The UK's advertising watchdog is going to vet sites like Twitter and Facebook for the first time after receiving thousands of complaints about misleading online adverts.  —  The ASA will clampdown on misleading free ads on Twitter.
Discussion: Noted
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Boxee's Backers Bet Big On Web Video, With A $16 Million Round  —  Here's that big funding round for Boxee I told you about last fall: The Web video software company has raised another $16.5 million.  Previous investors General Catalyst, Spark Capital and Union Square Ventures are all back …
Jim Romenesko / Poynter:
Denton: Gawker's redesign more bruising than it needed to be  —  “When the redesign first launched, a some key features simply did not work - which is no way to introduce readers to something new,” writes Gawker Media boss Nick Denton.  After the jump, he describes the fixes made in response to reader complaints.
Newsosaur / Reflections of a Newsosaur:
Get the gray out of America's newspapers  —  In 1995, the Society of News Design counted a dozen American newspapers as among the best-looking in the world.  By 2010, there were none.  —  Though it may not be fair to judge the problems of American newspaper publishers strictly by their covers …
James Rainey / Los Angeles Times:
On the Media: Your words, your real name  —  If people posting comments on websites had to use their true identity, they might be more civil.  —  Remember when you threw that raging party in high school?  Being at the center of the action felt so good — until a couple of guests parked on your lawn.
Discussion: Future of Journalism
Benny Evangelista / San Francisco Chronicle:
Bloomberg TV goes live from West Coast Feb. 28  —  The expanding San Francisco office of Bloomberg LP launches a new hourlong television show today aimed at beaming technology news with a Silicon Valley point of view to the rest of the world.  —  “Bloomberg West” will air weekdays at 3 p.m …
Robinsloan / Twitter Media:
Your view from the #Oscars stage  —  The 83rd Annual Academy Awards captured the country's attention on Sunday night, but ABC's cameras didn't provide the only view.  This year's show was a new kind of 360-degree event, with:  — a camera-snapping, live-tweeting host;  — an official hashtag on air; and
John Hendel / The Atlantic Online:
Kachingle and the Limits of Tip-Jar Journalism  —  A two-year-old start-up has the best of intentions, but faces many obstacles and continues to struggle for acceptance  —  As the New York Times prepares to throw up its new subscription-based paywall in coming weeks, the news giant …
Discussion: eMedia Vitals and Poynter, Thanks:jaredbkeller
 
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The Atlantic Online:
James L. Brooks on Journalism, the Oscars, and ‘Broadcast News’
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Steve Hewlett / Guardian:
The YouView revolution will not be televised just yet
Oliver Luft / Press Gazette:
FT Group operating profit rises 54 per cent
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo's (and Associated Content Founder) Luke Beatty Talks About Google's Content Farm Putsch
Discussion: Guardian, eMedia Vitals and SAI
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Megan Garber / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The cost of ProPublica's latest Kindle Single? $0.00
Discussion: Future of Journalism
Joe Pompeo / Yahoo! News:
One Minute News wants to corner the millennial media market
Discussion: @rafat and The Awl
Steve O'Hear / TechCrunch Europe:
Can Citizen Journalism work in the UK? Blottr thinks it has the formula
Thanks:sohear
Ben Sisario / New York Times:
Investors Are Drawn Anew to Digital Music
Discussion: SAI and hypebot
Vadim Lavrusik / Mashable!:
Facebook's Growing Role in Social Journalism
Discussion: SocialTimes.com and Crikey
Nicholas Carlson / SAI:
DailyCandy Poaches Hearst's Queen Of The (Digital) Lady Mags
Alexis Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
Revealing the Man Behind @MayorEmanuel