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2:50 AM ET, June 24, 2011

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Jake Dobkin / Gothamist:
Call For Journalists: Gothamist Wants Long-Form Features  —  Gothamist is interested in adding long-form non-fiction features to our website.  Since we're new to this game, we're going to dip our toes in the water slowly, by publishing a single feature next month.
Discussion: paidContent, Forbes.com and FishbowlNY
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
American Media Buys OK Magazine  —  Richard Desmond.  Image by Getty Images Europe via @daylife  —  Richard Desmond couldn't sell OK Magazine to Time Inc. Now he's found another buyer: American Media Inc., home to the National Enquirer and Star, is buying the money-losing entertainment title.
Megan Garber / Nieman Journalism Lab:
“The Drupal of dataviz”: Overview, AP's News Challenge winner, wants to make sense of big document sets  —  When WikiLeaks released its Iraq War Logs last year, it unleashed upon the world, and particularly upon newsrooms, 391,832 individual documents.  If a single reader were to tackle that document set …
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Phil Bronstein / SFGate:
I was duped by Jose Vargas, illegal immigrant  —  I was duped.  I once hired an illegal immigrant to be a reporter for the Chronicle.  —  “I don't think I'm a criminal,” Jose Antonio Vargas told me when we met last week, right before he announced his status to the world.  “Don't make me seem guiltier than I am.”
MediaShift:
NY Times Paywall May Be Working, Could Work Better  —  There's been a lot of hand wringing about pay walls in digital media lately, but not a lot of discussion on how they're working or how to improve them.  —  The pay wall that's gotten the most press, of course, is that of the New York Times — instituted on March 28.
Discussion: Media Week
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
News and Opinion Get Cozy in NY Times's New Sunday Section  —  Bill Keller, executive editor of The New York Times  —  The New York Times is serious about keeping the chocolate of opinion out of the peanut butter of its objective reporting.  Readers, on the other hand, would often rather just have a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup.
Discussion: MediaPost
Lacey Rose / Hollywood Reporter:
Late Night's Late Bloomer Jimmy Kimmel … Famous athletes have their bizarre pregame rituals, and so, it seems, do comedians.  It's minutes before Jimmy Kimmel Live!'s 7 p.m. taping June 9, and half a dozen members of the host's staff are huddled around him in his sprawling Hollywood office.
David Hirschman / Street Fight:
St. Louis Beacon: Revenue Beyond the Banner Ad  —  The St. Louis Beacon was founded in 2007 by a group of veteran St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporters who perceived a serious lack of in-depth reporting about the communities they lived in.  After building up the site, they snagged a couple …
Discussion: Poynter
Kat Stoeffel / The New York Observer:
Joshua Hersh Leaves The Daily for The Huffington Post  —  The Huffington Post has poached reporter Joshua Hersh from The Daily, spokesman Mario Ruiz told The Observer.  —  Mr. Hersh will be a staff reporter covering foreign policy and the State Department in the Washington, D.C. bureau.
Discussion: @aarongell
The Atlantic Wire:
Taegan Goddard: What I Read  —  How do other people deal with the torrent of information that pours down on us all?  What sources can't they live without?  We regularly reach out to prominent figures in media, entertainment, politics, the arts and the literary world, to hear their answers to these questions.
Lucia Moses / Adweek:
Good News for ‘Newsweek’  —  After a year of year-on-year declines in ad pages, Newsweek has something to celebrate.  For July, at least, it has stopped that decline, which could mean improved advertiser confidence in the brand.  —  Last year, the magazine had 52 ad pages for the month of July; this year it will be the same.
Tim Bradshaw / Financial Times:
Twitter plans bolder advertisements  —  Twitter is looking at introducing advertisements among the short messages that users see in the most active part of the social networking service, according to people with direct knowledge of its plans.  —  The move comes as Twitter looks at a wider range …
 
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Phuong Ly / Poynter:
California Watch's engagement efforts show staffers what hard-to-reach audiences want
Rosie Baker / New Media Age:
News International to enable PayPal payments for newspaper content
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Kate Holton / Reuters:
Google eyeing further display ad acquisitions
Kat Stoeffel / The New York Observer:
Village Voice Union Unanimously Authorizes Strike Vote
Andrew Pugh / Press Gazette:
Phone hacking: police make fourth arrest
Discussion: Guardian and Journalism.co.uk
Paul Sonne / Wall Street Journal:
J.K. Rowling Conjures Up Potter E-Books