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3:30 AM ET, February 11, 2012


 Top News: 
Wall Street Journal:
Journal Columnist Jeffrey Zaslow Is Killed in Crash  —  Wall Street Journal reporter Jeffrey Zaslow, who wrote some of the paper's most memorable front-page features and became a best-selling author, died in a car crash Friday morning at age 53.  —  Mr. Zaslow was killed in an automobile accident in northern Michigan.
Patricia Montemurri / Tucson Citizen:
‘Last Lecture’ author Jeffrey Zaslow Dies  —  Jeffrey Zaslow, the West Bloomfield, Mich. author who wrote best-sellers such as The Last Lecture about a professor dying of pancreatic cancer and a recent book on U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' recovery from a gunshot wound to the head …
Jim Romenesko:
Dear Patch: I was hyperlocal long before you  —  I really am a big fan of hyperlocal.  —  In fact, I was hyperlocal nearly two decades before you launched.  —  In 1992, I started a biweekly paper in Milwaukee called The Public Record.  The concept of the four-page publication was simple …
Discussion: JIMROMENESKO.COM and Street Fight
Adam Martin / The Atlantic Wire:
Patch Would Like its Journalists to Let it Speak For Them
Dan Kennedy / Media Nation:
Birth control and the Church: The missing context  —  Even a card-carrying secular humanist like me couldn't help but be troubled that the Obama administration was ordering the Catholic Church to provide birth-control coverage to its employees despite Catholic doctrine prohibiting the practice.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Music Labels' Joint Venture, VEVO, Shows Pirated NFL Game At Sundance  —  Over the last decade the major music labels — and their trade organization, the Recording Industry Association of America — have established a repeated pattern of attacking consumers in the name of squelching illegal file-sharing.
A Painterly World Press Photo Winner  —  A thin man rests his head on the shoulder of a burqua-clad woman, the pair collapsed together against a wall.  The expression on her face can't be seen.  But her body language - right arm wrapped tightly around his neck, left hand clinging to his arm - conveys everything her expression cannot.
L.V. Anderson / Slate:
Does Time Magazine Think Americans Are Stupid? … - Obama Just Pulled a Fast One on Republicans With His Contraception Compromise  — Is One of the Most Influential Pastors in the U.S. Too Involved in His Flock's Sex Lives?  - Lithwick: Prop 8 Ruling Shows Gay Marriage Opponents Have No Legal or Empirical Case
Discussion: Talking To Strangers and @tcarmody
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Fox Business Makes Over Its Prime-Time Lineup  —  Updated |  The struggling Fox Business Network canceled its entire prime-time programming lineup in one stroke on Thursday.  —  In place of the political talk shows that are currently shown from 8 to 11 p.m., Fox Business will replay …
Dan Sabbagh / Guardian:
Guardian editor takes pay cut  —  Editor-in-chief Alan Rusbridger reduces annual salary by 10% and asks company to halve its contribution to his pension  —  The Guardian's editor-in-chief is to take a voluntary pay cut of 10%, and ask the publisher of the newspaper to halve the annual contribution it makes to his pension.
Alex Fitzpatrick / Mashable!:
Europeans Plan Widespread Protests Against Internet Censorship  —  Protests against Internet censorship will blanket Europe this weekend, while Germany and Latvia announced Friday they would put the brakes on signing a copyright treaty that has sparked controversy across the continent.
Discussion: Electronista and The Raw Story
Paul McNally /
EU privacy rulings: ‘huge consequences’ for UK press  —  European Court of Human Rights ‘recognises essential role played by press’ with two landmark rulings in favour of free speech  —  The court overturned a previous ruling that Princess Caroline of Monaco (pictured in 1998) had her privacy breached
Discussion: BuzzMachine
Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:
Amazon hiring creative execs for original programming  —  Add Amazon to the list of online video providers that could soon release some new original programming.  The company is looking to hire creative executives to develop and produce original comedies and kids shows for online and traditional distribution.
Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
New revenue threat looms as newspapers' legal notice franchise comes under fresh pressure from cash-strapped states  —  State and local governments are almost as pressed as newspapers these days to shave expenses in the face of falling revenues.  —  That has given fresh impetus to efforts …
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Bay Citizen, Center for Investigative Reporting Plan to Merge. Now What?
Discussion: Poynter
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