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6:30 PM ET, March 14, 2011


 Top News: 
John Montorio Joins HuffPo: Journalism vs Churnalism Battle Rages On  —  TechCrunch has learned that John Montorio has been named Culture and Entertainment Editor for Aol's Huffington Post Media Group content division.  —  Montorio is a 30-year veteran of two of the country's biggest newspapers …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Layoffs Are Last Week's AOL News.  This Week: “Giving Back,” Starring Twitter's Biz Stone  —  Last week's AOL news: Major layoffs in the wake of the Huffington Post acquisition.  —  This week's AOL news: All sorts of let's-move-ahead-and-get-on-with- it pronouncements from CEO Tim Armstrong and content head Arianna Huffington.
Mark Memmott / NPR:
NPR: O'Keefe ‘Inappropriately Edited’ Video; Exec's Words Still ‘Egregious’  —  An update on our post from Sunday about the questions that have been raised regarding conservative political activist James O'Keefe's editing of his secretly recorded video of then-NPR chief fundraiser Ron Schiller slamming conservatives.
David Carr / New York Times:
Gains for NPR Are Clouded  —  The Pew Project for Excellence in Journalism will issue its annual State of the Media report on Monday, and you will be unsurprised to learn that journalism remains in broad retreat.  —  News is still on the march: for the first time ever, more people consumed their news on the Web than with newspapers.
Online readership and ad revenue overtake newspapers  —  * Newspaper newsrooms have shrunk 30 pct since 2000  —  For the first time, online readership and advertising revenue has surpassed that of print newspapers.  —  Online advertising revenue in the United States is projected …
Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
State of the News Media 2011: New revenues have not arrived, but new challenges have  —  A year ago, co-authoring the “State of the News Media” chapter on newspapers, I thought 2010 would be a year of rebound — and a test of whether newspapers would reinvest in “developing new lines of business and rebuilding skimpy news reports.”
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
The News, in Bright Bits  —  Somewhere along the line, utility became a bad word at news magazines.  And that's where The Week saw an opening.  —  While magazines like Time and Newsweek published heavy essays, distinguished guest columnists and artful photo spreads, The Week embraced magazine journalism …
Discussion: Mixed Media, FishbowlNY and Poynter
Russell Adams / Wall Street Journal:
British Publisher Buys Mental Floss
Discussion: Nieman Journalism Lab
Simon Dumenco / AdAge:
A Month With The Daily — Is It Actually Worth Paying for?  —  Our Media Guy Has Some Unsolicited Advice for News Corp.  —  While plenty of critics piled on iPad newspaper The Daily within hours of its launch on Feb. 2, I held off because I wanted to give it a fair shot by really living with it for a while.
Discussion: Yahoo! News, Bloggasm, Poynter and Crikey
Gabriel Sherman / New York Magazine:
Going Rogue on Ailes Could Leave Palin on Thin Ice  —  Before Sarah Palin posted her infamous “Blood Libel” video on Facebook on January 12, she placed a call to Fox News chairman Roger Ailes.  In the wake of the Tucson massacre, Palin was fuming that the media was blaming her heated rhetoric …
Jenna Wortham / New York Times:
Founder of a Provocative Web Site Forms a New Outlet  —  AUSTIN, Tex. — For most entrepreneurs, running a Web site that is rife with pornography and frequently criticized as a menace to society would not be considered a résumé booster.  Many venture capitalists would head in the opposite direction.
Discussion: Underwire, Fortune and
Justin Ellis / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Virginia is for (news) lovers: How a Charlottesville newspaper and non-profit make their relationship work  —  A year and a half ago, neither The Daily Progress nor Charlottesville Tomorrow were quite sure their marriage would work.  One's a daily newspaper, the other a nonprofit focused on land use and development issues.
Discussion: NetNewsCheck Latest
Jxpaton / Digital First:
I Promised - You Delivered - The Checks Are Cut  —  Take a bow - you did it!  —  Our goal was to hit $40M in profit in 2010.  Well you did better than that - you hit more than $41M.  Not bad for a bankrupt, beat up old newspaper company people had written off as dead in 2009.
David Kaplan / paidContent:
Rodale's Kang To Manage Hearst Magazines' ‘Content Extensions’  —  Hearst Magazines is continuing to refine its approach to balancing its print and digital publications and has tapped former Rodale executive David Kang as creative director for content extensions, which entails finding new ways …
Discussion: MediaPost, The Fix and FishbowlNY
Newsosaur / Reflections of a Newsosaur:
Paper erects pay wall - and traffic goes up!  —  They (including me) said it couldn't be done, but the Augusta Chronicle put up a pay wall without losing traffic.  —  In fact, page views rose a nifty 5% in the three months since the Georgia newspaper installed a metered system similar …
Discussion: Poynter
Mike Shields / Adweek:
Hulu Video Gets Original  —  Development comes as Facebook integration nears  —  Hulu is planning a major push into original content.  The video hub—long a destination for TV and movie content on the Web—is looking to expand beyond its present audience, and perhaps protect itself against a possible partner defection down the road.
Discussion: MediaMemo
Phil Rosenthal / Tower Ticker:
Tribune Co. ‘NewsFix’ in Houston: With no anchor, TV news reels  —  Sight unseen, for all the talk of reinventing TV news, the revamp of the nightly news at KIAH-TV in Houston sounds less like a revolution than a revival.  —  The anchorless newscast set to launch in Texas at the end …
Discussion: TVSpy
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Todd Wasserman / Mashable!:
Barry Diller: Newsbeast Merger Might Not Work
Discussion: CNET News
Carr, Stelter answer questions about media, New York Times at SXSW “Page One” documentary screening
Sebnem Arsu / New York Times:
In Turkey, Thousands Protest a Crackdown on Press Freedom
Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:
Google to Help Broker Video Ads
Deborah Potter / NewsLab:
Local TV news bounces back
 Earlier Picks: 
Jennifer Preston / New York Times:
When Unrest Stirs, Bloggers Are Already in Place
Discussion: Media Decoder
Liz Shannon Miller / GigaOM:
Will Girl Walks Into a Bar Lead Indie Films to the Web?
Discussion: The Wrap and ArtsBeat
Peter Preston / Guardian:
Does the i have it for quality journalism?
Frank Rich / New York Times:
Confessions of a Recovering Op-Ed Columnist
Discussion: MediaPost, Yglesias and The Wire