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4:45 PM ET, May 11, 2011

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Nat Ives / AdAge:
New York Times' Share of Newspaper Sites' Traffic Hits 12-Month Low  —  April Was a Quieter Month for News Than March, But Other Newspaper Sites Maintained Traffic Better  —  The pay wall introduced by The New York Times at the end of March is hurting traffic to its website, as expected, but perhaps within acceptable levels.
Aljazeera:
Missing Al Jazeera reporter deported to Iran  —  Al Jazeera's Dorothy Parvaz, missing since arriving in Damascus almost two weeks ago, is now understood to be in Tehran.  —  Missing Al Jazeera journalist Dorothy Parvaz has been deported from Syria to Iran, the network has learned.
The Atlantic Online:
'Google Doesn't Laugh': Saving Witty Headlines in the Age of SEO  —  If online searches are literal, what happens to headlines that involve word play?  Copy editors fear they're going the way of the classified ad.  —  To Matthew Crowley, funny headlines are serious business.
Discussion: The Awl and @ivantohelpyou
Jason Fry / Poynter:
How valuable is your brand? 4 questions to determine whether to stay or go, plus how to keep your biggest stars happy  —  The age of the individual brand was inevitable, a natural consequence of the way digital media has remade our reading habits.  In print, columns have a home on a section front …
USA Today:
Google deflects PR firm's attack of Gmail privacy  —  It's not as if Google lacks privacy controversies to quell.  —  Yet Burson-Marsteller, a top-five public relations firm, is attempting to pile more on.  —  Burson last week stepped up a whisper campaign to get top-tier media outlets …
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Teri Evans / Entrepreneur.com:
Mashable's Pete Cashmore on Persistence  —  How he turned obstacles into an opportunity, why he's so obsessed with the Internet and a winning habit he learned from his father.  —  Pete Cashmore is founder and CEO of Mashable.  —  'Trep Talk is a column on personal insights from the people behind the big ideas.
Discussion: FishbowlNY
Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism:
The Story So Far: What We Know About the Business of Digital Journalism  —  A new report by Bill Grueskin, Ava Seave and Lucas Graves  —  A recording of this event will be posted soon.  —  Can digital journalism be profitable?  What's making money, what isn't, and why?
Keach Hagey / The Politico:
Erik Wemple to Washington Post  —  Erik Wemple, one of the most fearsome media reporters on the Washington Post beat during his days at City Paper, is leaving the editorship of TBD to take a job at the paper he long covered, a source at the Washington Post confirms.
Discussion: Gawker and Poynter
David Carr / Media Decoder:
Is the iPad Just a New Way to Give Away Magazines?  —  In the last few days, there have been a flurry of deals that suggest that a level of détente between Apple and the Big Three Manhattan publishers (Condé Nast, Time Inc. and Hearst) has finally been reached.
Discussion: FishbowlNY
Steve Buttry / The Buttry Diary:
5 big problems with ‘Navigating News Online’ study  —  You might find some valid research in the Navigating News Online study published Monday by the Project for Excellence in Journalism, a project of the Pew Foundation.  —  But the study needed lots of context that an organization committed to excellence in journalism should provide.
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Wall Street Journal Deploying iPhone 4 Globally for News Gathering and Live Streaming  —  The Wall Street Journal is training its print reporters to use the iPhone 4 for video news gathering and live streaming via Skype Video, says Kevin Delaney, Managing Editor of the WSJ.com
Discussion: FishbowlNY
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
Nomad Editions, a Movie Studio For Tablet Magazines  —  With recent deals between Apple and Hearst, Conde Nast and Time Inc., the best-known magazines are finally available in subscription form on the iPad.  But just because they're the biggest titles in print doesn't mean they'll be the biggest on tablets.
David Kaplan / paidContent:
Wenner Digital Chief Schwartz Returns To Reuters For Biz Dev Role  —  Steven Schwartz, who became Wenner Media's first chief digital officer about 2-and-a-half years ago, is leaving the Rolling Stone publisher to head up global business development for Reuters (NYSE: TRI) Media.
Xan Rice / The Atlantic Online:
Death by Tabloid  —  Uganda's most infamous journalist makes no apologies.  —  IT'S MID-AFTERNOON when Giles Muhame, 23, finally arrives at the canteen of Kampala's Makerere University.  He first blames the traffic, and then suggests that he was observing me from a distance for some time.
Michael S. Rosenwald / Washington Post:
The news behind bars  —  Calvert Porter sits down behind the anchor desk and straightens his collar.  His co-anchor, Keith Williams, studies his script.  “Do you want a sound check?”  Porter asks.  14 Comments Weigh InCorrections?  Live Q&A, noon Yates: Broadcasting behind bars Ask Now “No, you're all right,” the cameraman says.
Discussion: The Note and Poynter
 
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