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6:50 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, @ivantohelpyou and Bloggasm
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
The Surprising Reason Publishers Are Finally Saying Yes to Apple  —  Earlier this week, I asked what had changed in the standoff between Apple and magazine publishers, who want to sell subscriptions to iPad editions in the iTunes store but, until last week, weren't prepared to accept Apple's rules.
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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.
Discussion: Nieman Journalism Lab
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: Nxtblog and FishbowlNY
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: Yahoo! News, Gawker, The Wrap and Poynter
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 …
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?
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
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
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
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Roku Owners are “Cutting the Cord” in Substantial Numbers  —  Some 15-20 percent of Roku owners are cancelling their cable or satellite services agreement and are relying solely on a broadband connection to get their television programming, said company VP Jim Funk in this exclusive interview with Beet.TV.
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 …
 
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Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
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Michael S. Rosenwald / Washington Post:
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Discussion: The Note and Poynter
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