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4:00 AM ET, March 16, 2012


 Top News: 
Mona Zhang / 10,000 Words:
Why Studying Journalism Is Still a Good Idea  —  News of the death of newspapers never stops.  A LinkedIn analytics post showed that newspapers are the fastest shrinking industry in terms of job numbers.  The Newspaper Association of America released statistics that showed ad sales were down 7.3 percent in 2011.
Discussion: and GalleyCat
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Google engineer goes news-free for a month  —  Matt Cutts is a self-improvement stuntman.  Every month the Google engineer tries to challenge himself to give up or take up something — exercise, vocabulary-building, meat-eating, mustache growth — and then he duly records the result.
Discussion: Matt Cutts
Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
Newspaper advertising was down 7.3 percent, almost $2 billion, in 2011
Newsosaur / Reflections of a Newsosaur:
Newspaper sales slid to 1984 level in 2011
Discussion: CJR
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Daily Caller Reporter Gets Into Email War With DNC  —  WASHINGTON — A private spat between the Democratic National Committee's communications shop and a reporter for the Daily Caller, a conservative-leaning web outlet, erupted publicly on Wednesday after a DNC official leaked a heated email exchange to the press.
Discussion: Gawker and The Daily Caller
Trinity Mirror raids pension pot  —  Daily Mirror publisher expected to come under scrutiny after declaring £55m rise in scheme's funding deficit  —  Trinity Mirror is under fire for using its pension fund to pay off US creditors.  The publisher of the Daily Mirror …
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
Trinity Mirror invests £10m in daily deals website
Discussion: Press Gazette
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Trinity Mirror suffers 40% fall in profits
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
Glenn Beck Closes In On The $100 Million Mark  —  Leaving Fox News has turned out to be a pretty good business move for Glenn Beck.  By the end of this year, 18 months after he got out of the 24-hour cable news business and struck out on his own as an internet broadcasting pioneer …
Alex Weprin / TVNewser:
GBTV To Bring in $40 Million in Revenue This Year, Will (Eventually) Go 24/7
Julie Moos / Poynter:
Guild plans to fight layoffs of 19 Philadelphia journalists, after 21 take buyouts  —  Journalists at the Philadelphia Inquirer, Daily News and are learning this week whether or not they'll be laid off.  The deadline for the latest buyout offer was yesterday …
Jim Romenesko:
‘I would have loved to piss on your shoes’
Discussion: DealBook
Tom Cheredar / VentureBeat:
Hulu refreshes its website with a 55% larger video player  —  Hulu rolled out a huge update to its website user interface today, increasing the size of its video player by 55 percent.  —  The updated look makes a lot of sense since Hulu's number one draw is current season TV shows …
Amy Wicks / WWD:
Time Style & Design Returns  —  BACK IN STYLE: After a long hibernation, Time Style & Design has returned.  The fashion spin-off of Time magazine stopped publishing in September 2009, when advertising was hard to come by, but publisher Kim Kelleher said the title is ready for a comeback.
Ryan Chittum / CJR:
Mad Libs, New York Times Executive Pay Edition  —  The New York Times likes to inveigh against executive compensation practices on its editorial pages, and its newsroom has done tough work spotlighting the issue, too.  Much of the work is not just about huge dollar amounts but misaligned incentives and pay-for-performance issues.
Lynne Marek / Chicago Business:
Chicago Tribune cuts 15 journalists  —  (Crain's) — The Chicago Tribune cut about 15 editorial employees today as the news company continues to shrink its newsroom.  —  The employees dismissed included reporters, editors and managers, according to sources familiar with the layoffs.
Discussion: @brianboyer
Willamette Week:
The Oregonian Fires Editor Who Provided False Information About the Death of Bob Caldwell, the Paper's Editorial Page Editor  —  An editor at The Oregonian says she was fired Thursday after she misled the newspaper about the death of the O's long-time editorial page chief, Bob Caldwell.
Gene Weingarten / Washington Post:
Publish and perish  —  This is excerpted from a speech I gave last week at the Tucson Festival of Books.  —  Most people here are readers, not writers, so I thought I'd share some dirty little secrets with you from inside the world of book publishing.  When you see a book …
Nat Ives / AdAge:
Two Years Into Tablet Editions, Conde Nast Begins Regular Readership Reports  —  Additional Information for Premium Advertisers  —  Almost two years after Conde Nast started putting its magazines on the Apple iPad, its advertisers are finally getting one of the promised benefits …
Swedish investigation into The Pirate Bay ‘deepens’  —  The domain name registrar Binero refused to answer all the police's questions  —  The Pirate Bay file-sharing site appears to be the subject of a deepening investigation by the Swedish authorities.  —  Binero, the Swedish company …
Discussion: WebProNews and CNET
Steve Myers / Poynter:
Happy hour conversation: Are paywalls disrespectful to readers?  —  PandoDaily's Sarah Lacy sparked an interesting discussion Thursday when she argued that news sites are “reverting” to paywalls because they can't fix their business model.  Here's how the conversation went.
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: BermanBraun Buys Most of Shelby Bonnie's Whiskey Media  —  In a deal that was just signed, longtime Silicon Valley exec Shelby Bonnie has sold his social publishing start-up, Whiskey Media, to Santa Monica-based entertainment and interactive production company BermanBraun.
Discussion: VentureBeat and Adweek
Claire Atkinson / New York Post:
Execs bailing on Cablevision, spurring speculation that Dolan's planning to sell company or take private  —  Cablevision Chief Executive Jim Dolan is emptying his bench.  —  Dolan — who is also chairman of Madison Square Garden, home of the the Knicks basketball team …
Discussion: @penenberg
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Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
As Amazon and IPG's Fight Continues, One Client's Sales Fall By 40%
Discussion: Melville House Books
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Kindle for iOS updated with Retina support, far better browsing and cloud downloads
Discussion: MacStories, TechCrunch and MediaFile
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
A Start-Up Factory Media Guys Like: K2 Raises $7.5 Million
Discussion: Betabeat
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Social TV's Zeebox Aims At U.S. Under Time Warner's Forbes
Discussion: Lost Remote
Jessica Gresko / Navy Times:
Army: Manning's leaks assisted al-Qaida
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Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
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Paul Sawers / The Next Web:
UK mag the Spectator announces a 190-year online archive, and refreshes its iOS app
Andrew Pugh / Press Gazette:
Met ‘grades journalists by favourable coverage’
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Cisco Wants To Buy News Corp's TV Software Maker NDS For $5 Billion
Adrienne LaFrance / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Top Mass. court: OpenCourt can keep its cameras rolling
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