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3:25 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.
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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Joe Mullin / paidContent:   PR Firm's Attempt To Plant Anti-Google Privacy Story Backfires
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?
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Emily Bell / Guardian:
Why integration can be a barrier to innovation in the digital world
Discussion: paidContent, CJR and Adweek
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
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
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 …
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: Poynter
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.
The Atlantic Online:
Katie Couric Takes Charge  —  America's first solo female anchor has faced many challenges since 2006, but she's about to own her future more than ever before  —  In 2006, When Katie Couric was named anchor of the CBS Evening News at a salary of $15 million a year, I wrote a piece under the headline …
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.
Kerry A. Dolan / Forbes.com:
News Corp. Ups Stake In Prince Alwaleed's Media Group Rotana  —  News Corp. increased its stake in Rotana Group, the Arabic music producer and broadcaster owned by Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, to 14.5% from 9.1%, Rotana announced Wednesday.  News Corp. spent $35 million (131 million Saudi riyals) on the new stake.
 
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Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
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