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12:45 AM ET, April 28, 2011

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Brian Stelter / New York Times:
In Trying to Debunk a Theory, the News Media Extended Its Life  —  The facts about Barack Obama's birth never wavered.  But the more the fraudulent theories were debated and dispelled in major news media outlets, the more people seemed to believe them.  —  The conspiracy theories …
Discussion: The New Yorker Blog
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Julie Moos / Poynter:
Factchecking Obama: Birther controversy was 4% of newshole, not ‘dominant’ story  —  In a news conference called Wednesday morning to resolve the controversy over where he was born, President Barack Obama showed his recently-released long-form birth certificate and criticized not only 'birthers …
Associated Press:
Obama releases birth form, decries ‘silliness’
Andrew Phelps / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Want to keep mobile users engaged longer?  Just add audio  —  NPR's iPhone, iPad, and Android apps have together surpassed five million downloads, an impressive number — but most of their users never stream audio.  When they do listen, however, they are far more engaged.
Joel Meares / CJR:
The Royals Ban Satirical Coverage of Kate and Wills' Big Day  —  A video feed rule change and CJR's call for a royal boycott  —  Finally, CJR finds a Royal Wedding angle.  —  It comes to us all the way from Sydney, Australia, where the national broadcaster, the Australian Broadcasting Network …
Discussion: ABC News, AdAge and The Daily Beast
Katie Feola / Adweek:
The New York Times Has Not Sunk...Yet Sulzberger talks up company at annual meeting  —  NEW YORK—At the New York Times Company's annual meeting here on Wednesday, company chairman Arthur Sulzberger Jr. did his best to keep the focus on the flagship paper's high quality journalism.
Discussion: FishbowlNY
Joshua Benton / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Jesse Thorn on making your own thing in public radio (while still being able to feed your family)  —  Two years ago, I did an interview with Jesse Thorn, the host of the public radio program The Sound of Young America and, to my mind, one of the most interesting entrepreneurs in public media today.
Jim Romenesko / Poynter:
Journalists call for independent investigation of Protess controversy at Medill  —  Romenesko Misc.  —  The 35 people who signed the statement say they “are deeply concerned about what appears to be a retaliatory  —  campaign by law enforcement authorities and Northwestern University …
Jeffrey Benzing / American Journalism Review:
On the Front Lines  —  Former TBD.com honcho Jim Brady is helping the Journal Register Company reinvent itself for the digital age.  Posted: Wed, April 27, 2011  —  Jeffrey Benzing (jbenzing@ajr.umd.edu) is an AJR editorial assistant.  —  They're building Thunderdome.
Meg Pickard / Guardian:
Guardian Local - an update on the experiment  —  The Guardian Local pilot has taught us a lot about new models of journalism but we will soon be winding it down  —  We believe that journalism plays a vital role in communities, so two years ago we created the Local project.
Alex Sherman / Bloomberg:
Comcast in Talks to Offer On-Demand Movies 6 to 8 Weeks After Theaters  —  Comcast Corp. (CMCSA), the largest U.S. cable-television company, is in talks with Hollywood movie studios to show some films on demand six to eight weeks after their theatrical release, a Comcast executive said.
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Journalism Gets Better the More People Who Do It  —  New York University journalism professor Jay Rosen has written a blog post in which he describes the central lessons about the craft that he has tried to convey to students in the 25 years he has been teaching, and one of the main lessons is that …
Discussion: The Buttry Diary, Thanks:magtweets
Laurie Sullivan / MediaPost:
Google Experiments With News, Acquires Mobile Start-up  —  Google has been testing a new format for its News page.  This design gets a little more social by displaying expandable sections with related stories about the subject, highlighting movable modules.
Yvette Kantrow / The Huffington Post:
The Maginot Media  —  Nearly three years after the financial world imploded, the business media is still operating under a cloud of shame for failing to sound the alarm that the end was near.  The press, the story goes, should have warned us sooner that real estate was a bubble …
Matt Palevsky / Poynter:
Royal Wedding ticket the latest benchmark of citizen journalism's ascendancy at CNN  —  A week ago, CNN announced that it will send Floridian Jason Sauter to the hottest ticket of the year, the British Royal Wedding.  Sauter — who works as a guest service manager at Disney World and …
Justin Ellis / Nieman Journalism Lab:
AP Interactive visualizes a future of stories that reach beyond text  —  Over the past two years, the Associated Press has nearly doubled the number of interactive graphics it produces each month, jumping from 40 in 2009 to over 70 so far in 2011.  On the surface, that increase is logical almost …
Discussion: eMedia Vitals
Kevin Ryan / AdAge:
Will Google's Search Ad Previews Break The Click?  —  Probably Not, But Big Adjustments Lie Ahead For Search Advertisers  —  Search ad formats are in a constant state of motion.  Since sponsored ads first appeared on the scene, tweaks to how ads appear and what makes people click have kept marketers on their toes.
Discussion: Adweek
David Kaplan / paidContent:
Is The Mag Recovery Over?  Meredith Profits, Revenues Drop On Ad Pullback  —  While newspapers' ad revenues continue to be depressed at the major publishers, magazines have tended to keep their collective head above water.  But an advertising pullback has caused women's magazine publisher Meredith Corp. …
Discussion: MediaPost and FishbowlNY
John Eggerton / Broadcasting & Cable:
Copps Lays Into Local News ‘Evisceration’  —  FCC commish wants better and more accountable journalism  —  The venue was different, but the message was the same.  FCC Commissioner Michael Copps, on something of a farewell tour as he wraps up his second and what he has indicated …
Discussion: FishbowlLA
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
An Update To My Investment Policy  —  Before TechCrunch I was an occasional angel investor, going back to the mid 1990s.  I've also made investments since TechCrunch, in companies like Dogster, DanceJam, Seesmic and Daylife.  Some people have seen this as a conflict of interest, which it of course is.
Discussion: Gawker and SAI, more at Techmeme »
Ian Burrell / The Independent:
What now for those buying anonymity?  —  After presenter's confession, what now for the rich and famous who have bought anonymity with super-injunctions?  —  Campaigners for reform of Britain's privacy laws have expressed hope that Andrew Marr's dramatic volte-face yesterday over an injunction …
Discussion: BBC and Daily Mail
Ellie Behling / eMedia Vitals:
Bloomberg updates social media policy: Ask first.  Tweet later.  —  Bloomberg's new social media policy encourages reporters to use Twitter — but with stipulations.  It might seem like an obvious move for a news organization these days, but some traditional outlets, including Bloomberg, have managed to hold off until now.
Discussion: Poynter, FishbowlNY and @jayrosen_nyu
Newsosaur / Reflections of a Newsosaur:
Why newspaper ad sales are not recovering  —  Nearly two years after the U.S. economy began climbing out of the worst recession since the 1930s, advertising sales at newspapers have yet to hit bottom.  —  Now, the question haunting every newspaper executive is: How low will they go?
Dan Duray / New York Observer:
What's an Out-of-Work Ethicist to Do?  Randy Cohen Seeks Refuge on the Airwaves  —  Randy Cohen received the news that The New York Times Magazine would continue the Ethicist without him from Hugo Lindgren himself.  Mr. Cohen had been edited by Mr. Lindgren and called it …
Discussion: New York Magazine and FishbowlNY
Gabriel Snyder / The Atlantic Wire:
Malcolm Gladwell: What I Read  —  How do other people deal with the torrent of information that pours down on us all?  Do they have some secret?  Perhaps.  We are asking various people who seem well-informed to describe their media diets.  Malcolm Gladwell, author of The Tipping Point …
Discussion: FishbowlNY and The Atlantic Wire, Thanks:deliacabe
 
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