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8:50 AM ET, March 15, 2011


 Top News: 
Lauren Kirchner / CJR:
“The News Industry Is No Longer In Control Of Its Destiny”  —  And other findings of the Pew State of the Media Report  —  Today the Pew Research Center for Excellence in Journalism released its annual “State of the Media” report, and it's a mixed bag of good and bad news.
Robminto / Online Journalism Blog:
When is an online comment defamatory?  —  Rob Minto looks at two recent cases that leave the field of libel online as confusing as ever.  —  For several years, newspapers, bloggers and other online publishers have been waiting for a landmark case to clarify defamation online.
Discussion: Media News
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
CNN Live ‘TV Everywhere’, New HD Video Player On The Way  —  The launches are still months away but CNN Digital has a pair of announcements from SXSW tonight that mark significant advancements for the network's online and mobile video offerings.  In early summer, CNN plans to flip the switch …
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.
Mark Memmott / NPR:
NPR: O'Keefe ‘Inappropriately Edited’ Video; Exec's Words Still ‘Egregious’
The Huffington Post:
EXCLUSIVE: Fox News Signing Former Sen. Evan Bayh As A Contributor  —  UPDATE: Fox News officially announced on Monday afternoon that former Democratic Senator Evan Bayh is becoming a contributor to the network.  —  Michael Clemente, the network's senior vice president for news, announced the move in a statement.
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.
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
YouTube's Premium-Content Strategy Starts to Take Shape  —  Talks of Providing $2M-$5M Seed Funds to Agents and Producers Who Commit to Episodes  —  How do you get professional video if you don't want to do big money deals with Hollywood studios?  You go straight to the creators.
Mike Reynolds / Multichannel:
Uva To Exit Univision On April 2  —  CEO Elects Not To Renew Employment Contract, Will Seek Other Opportunities  —  Joe Uva will be leaving his position as president and CEO of Univision Communications next month.  —  Uva has told the board of directors at the top Spanish-language media company …
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.
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: Newsonomics, eMedia Vitals and Poynter
Ben Parr / Mashable!:
Google's Blogger Is About to Get an Overhaul  —  Blogger, the 11-year-old blog publishing service acquired by Google in 2003, has begun teasing a complete revamp of its blogging platform.  —  Blogger is one of the world's top 10 biggest websites, far larger than, Tumblr or Posterous.
AMC Entertainment Trying Again With IPO  —  This will be the second try at going public for the national theater chain, which withdrew a filing back in the fall of 2008.  The updated effort involves raising $450 million by offering common stock to be used to pay off debt, Reuters says.
Jennifer Mascia / New York Times:
Charlie Sheen Helps Make a Name for Ustream  —  His last job was on a network sitcom that drew 15 million viewers a week.  Now Charlie Sheen, fallen television star, delivers nonsensical, expletive-laced rants before an audience of roughly three million on a live video-streaming Web site called Ustream …
IMA + SXSW = Major Discussion on Future of Public Media  —  Public media makers found a whole new crew to hang with at this year's Integrated Media Association (IMA) Conference on March 10 and 11.  —  Fueling excitement was a new collaboration: The IMA preceded and then flowed …
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Kat Stoeffel / New York Observer:
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Robert Andrews / paidContent:UK:
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David Kaplan / paidContent:
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Mike Shields / Adweek:
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Phil Rosenthal / Tower Ticker:
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Discussion: TVSpy
 Earlier Picks: 
Todd Wasserman / Mashable!:
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Discussion: CNET News
Justin Ellis / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Virginia is for (news) lovers: How a Charlottesville newspaper and non-profit make their relationship work
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
Jenna Wortham / New York Times:
Founder of a Provocative Web Site Forms a New Outlet
Discussion: Underwire, and Fortune
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
The News, in Bright Bits