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4:35 PM ET, March 15, 2011


 Top News: 
Joe Pompeo / Yahoo! News:
Chris Lehmann to lead Yahoo's news blogs network  —  Andrew Golis is leaving his post as managing editor of The Upshot network of news blogs at Yahoo! to become director of digital media and senior editor at “Frontline,” the PBS investigative documentary series.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
AOL Asks Us If We Can Tone It Down  —  Earlier this week I interviewed Duncan Jones and Jake Gyllenhaal at SXSW, at the press junket for their movie The Source Code.  While the film doesn't have a huge tech angle other than the title, I thought it might be good video content for TCTV …
Hamilton Nolan / Gawker:
Here's a Washington Post Story With All the Editor's Notes In It  —  If you spend more than five minutes talking to an editor, you're sure to hear about how some story or other was a total piece of s**t before said editor got his hands on it.  Now you can judge for yourself!
Discussion: CJR and Poynter
Robert Quigley / Old Media, New Tricks:
The ‘gamification’ of news, and how it can be relevant  —  One of the somewhat-obnoxious buzzwords going around the South by Southwest Interactive Festival is the “gamification” of, well, everything, including the news.  In a nutshell, that means taking video-game style processes and applying …
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
Marisa Guthrie / Hollywood Reporter:
Cable News Viewership Declines Double Digits in 2010 … After years of audience growth, cable news may have hit a wall.  —  According to the Project for Excellence in Journalism's annual State of the News Media report, cable news viewership for CNN, MSNBC and Fox News fell substantially in 2010 …
Ken Doctor / Newsonomics:
NYT's Good Timing on Pay Launch, Amid News Chaos  —  Timing may not be everything, but it's a lot in life, and the New York Times could have not have picked a better time — soon - to launch both its new paid plans and new tablet product.  —  Why?  Well, the world's conspired to wait …
Discussion: Poynter and AdPulp
Damon Kiesow / Poynter:
Highlights from SXSW: 7 steps to building trust and credibility with an online audience  —  Doreen Marchionni spent the last four years studying how journalists can boost their credibility and engagement with digital audiences.  She found the simple secret: Interact online and be human.
Discussion: RJI
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.
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.
Discussion: Techland
Philip Bump / Mediaite:
Breaking Down (Then Rebuilding) the Media Industry, One Atom Of Content At A Time  —  If you wanted to skip to a particular song thirty years ago, you had to drop a diamond-tipped needle into the smooth intermediate section on a vinyl record, which was maybe a millimeter across.  —  It made changing songs a pain.
Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Google Buys Irish Video Tech Company  —  Google has acquired Green Parrot Pictures, an Irish company that makes tools to manipulate digital video and images.  —  The acquisition is apparently being driven by YouTube, which could use Green Parrot's tools to help users make their videos better.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Netflix Crushing the Digital Movie Competition  —  If you're going to pay for a movie over the Web, you don't have to use Netflix.  But there's a very good chance you'll do just that: A 60 percent chance, says NPD.  —  The consumer tracking outfit says Reed Hastings' company owns 61 percent …
Justin Ellis / Nieman Journalism Lab:
News portal, super aggregator, and curator: new plans for  —  [See update below.]  —  PBS finds itself with what could be the definition of a “good” problem.  (Well, not that defunding problem, but another one.)  Here's the scenario: Under the PBS umbrella you'll find news shows …
Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
MSNBC Alters Lawrence O'Donnell ‘Shooting Fish’ Michele Bachmann Segment in Online Version  —  In our earlier write-up of Lawrence O'Donnell's Michele Bachmann-themed “Rewrite” segment, I completely missed the possibly controversial nature of O'Donnell's “shooting fish in a barrel” reference …
Discussion: The Wire
New York Observer:
We Got the Betabeat!  ‘The Observer’ Tech Site Launches Tomorrow  —  We're excited to announce the launch of our New York tech scene site, Betabeat (  Beginning tomorrow, Betabeat will deliver insider information on the latest ventures, startups and investments in Silicon Alley …
Discussion: WebNewser
Jim Romenesko / Poynter:
LAT publisher on how bankruptcy has hurt Tribune  —  Los Angeles Times publisher and Tribune co-president Eddy Hartenstein testified Monday that bankruptcy has prevented Tribune from keeping up with the rest of the publishing industry by consolidating operations, and has prevented the company …
Discussion: Bloomberg
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 …
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Lauren Kirchner / CJR:
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Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
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Kat Stoeffel / New York Observer:
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Robert Andrews / paidContent:UK:
Tablets Not Yet A Newspaper Substitute, Telegraph Finds
David Kaplan / paidContent:
Rodale's Kang To Manage Hearst Magazines' ‘Content Extensions’
Newsosaur / Reflections of a Newsosaur:
Paper erects pay wall - and traffic goes up!
Discussion: eMedia Vitals and Poynter