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4:25 AM ET, February 19, 2012

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Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Reporter's Death Puts Focus on Difficulties of Covering a Secretive Syria  —  The conflict in Syria has become, for journalists, one of the most difficult and dangerous assignments in many years, with at least five having died while covering the uprising that began there last March.
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Steve Coll / The New Yorker Blog:
Postscript: Anthony Shadid, 1968-2012  —  Anthony Shadid's third book, “House of Stone,” is due to be published in several weeks.  It is described by the publisher as a “a memoir of home, family and a lost Middle East.”  The project, when Shadid talked about it occasionally …
Erik Wemple:
Should the White House stay mum on Shadid?
Discussion: VOA, Speakeasy and Poynter
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
‘Times’ staffers gather for bullpen memorial for Anthony Shadid; his final piece published today
Discussion: WWD, PRNewser, ABCNEWS and GalleyCat
Rasmus Kleis Nielsen / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The Rendell Inquirer?  The specter of the instrumentalization of American news media  —  The possible sale of the Philadelphia Media Network — publisher of the Inquirer, the Daily News, and Philly.com — has sparked a debate over editorial independence.  That's because the potential buyers …
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Julie Moos / Poynter:
Inquirer, Daily News to share content, raising questions about future of separate Philly papers
Jxpaton / Digital First:
Old Dogs New Tricks and Crappy Newspaper Executives  —  (Speaking notes for an address to the Canadian Journalism Foundation  —  Good evening.  —  I'm old media.  —  This is my 36th year as a newspaper man - apologies - my 36th year as a multi-platform news executive.
Discussion: @cressman
The Week:
Is Fox News shifting to the Left?  —  Conservatives are grumbling that Fox isn't speaking their language anymore.  Did Fox chief Roger Ailes take his “course correction” too far? … Fox News chief Roger Ailes ordered a “course correction” at the network last year, parting ways with Glenn Beck …
Joseph Erbentraut / The Huffington Post:
Report: Chicago News Cooperative To Shut Down  —  The Chicago News Cooperative, a non-profit public-interest journalism organization launched in the fall of 2009, will reportedly cease operation Feb. 26.  —  The Chicago Reader reported Friday that CNC founder James O'Shea …
Ryan Chittum / CJR:
Cops in the Newsroom  —  The News Corp. fiasco imperils press protections in the UK  —  I noted this yesterday about News Corporation's Management Standards Committee, set up over the summer to handle the company's internal investigation into the hacking scandal, but wanted to explore it a little more today.
Greg Sandoval / CNET:
Microsoft mulls plan for new music service (exclusive)  —  The software maker has discussed with some of the major record companies about creating a music service to serve Xbox as well as an upcoming Windows-based phone.  —  Microsoft is in talks with some of the major record companies …
Jim Romenesko:
NYT reconsiders Sunday Review cartoon solicitation  —  Earlier this month I posted an item about the New York Times “insulting” editorial cartoonists by asking them to submit spec drawings, for which they'd get only $250 if accepted.  —  This email was sent to the Times cartoon list this afternoon:
Tim Carmody / Epicenter:
Qwikster Rebaptized: Netflix's Name Game With Disc-Only Subscriptions  —  Here's a new post title from Netflix's company blog that wouldn't have made sense five years ago, or even last July: “Now you can sign up directly for a DVD only plan.”  —  First, it's all true.
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Iran Nuclear Coverage Echoes Iraq War Media Frenzy  —  NEW YORK — Military strikes expected!  Weapons inspectors called in!  A murky al Qaeda connection!  And Cheney says time's up for Ira...  Wait.  Haven't we seen this movie before?  —  It's already been a decade since …
Discussion: Mediaite, Salon and FAIR Blog
 
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Ron Kampeas / Foreign Policy:
So You Want to Be Jerusalem Bureau Chief...
Dave Maass / San Diego CityBeat:
U-T outsources comment censorship
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Jeff Bercovici / Forbes:
Analyst: News Corp. Waited Too Long to Launch Sun on Sunday
Discussion: New York Times
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John Jurgensen / Wall Street Journal:
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Callum Borchers / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The Boston Courant: Proud not to have a website until the owner sees “a profitable end game”