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9:40 AM ET, March 20, 2012


 Top News: 
Greg Sandoval / CNET:
Woz supports Mike Daisey's message and says you should too  —  Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak said today that he loved Mike Daisey's show, believes his message is crucial, and said he spoke glowingly of Daisey to Steve Jobs before the Apple CEO died.  In an interview with CNET …
Mike Daisey:
“Reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.”  —  Many consider this week's THIS AMERICAN LIFE episode one of the most painful they've ever listened to.  In particular the segment with me is excruciating—four hours of grilling edited down to fifteen minutes.
The unanswered questions about ‘This American Life’ and journalism  —  It's rare for a program to dedicate an entire episode to retracting a previous episode and to issue a press release explaining why.  “This American Life” has put time and resources into retracting “Mr. Daisey Goes to the Apple Factory.”
Discussion: CJR and InvestorPlace
Michael Wolff / Guardian:
In defence of Mike Daisey: never mind the facts, focus on the writing
Jeff Bercovici / Forbes:
AOL Prepping New Weekly iPad Magazine Called ‘Huffington’  —  Eat your heart out, Oprah.  (Not actually what it will look like, probably.)  —  At a conference in London today, David Shing, AOL's “digital prophet” (actually his title), expressed a strong view on the superiority of websites …
Jeff Roberts / paidContent:
Why The Wall Street Journal Isn't Adding Digital To Its Sunday Edition  —  Common wisdom says there's no future in print newspapers and that the rest of the country is fed up with Wall Street.  But both propositions fall flat in the case of the Wall Street Journal (NSDQ: NWS) Sunday edition.
Discussion: Talking Biz News
Jeff Roberts / paidContent:
Newspapers And Video: Slow And Steady Or Flood The Zone?
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
New York Times Makes Its Pay Wall Harder To Jump  —  A year after launching a controversial pay wall, the New York Times says it has nearly half a million paying subscribers for its flagship paper.  It also says it will make it harder for people to read on the Web without paying up.
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Does the Texas Tribune's nonprofit journalism hurt journalists?  —  Stephen Robert Morse doesn't like the Texas Tribune's nonprofit business model for two reasons: Journalists at for-profit publications, he argues, now compete with bigger name Tribune journalists whose work newspapers can run for free …
Discussion: NetNewsCheck Latest
Eric Deggans / Tampa Bay Times:
National news media attention to Trayvon Martin death explodes as feds investigate  —  Nearly a month after a self-appointed Neighborhood Watch guard shot an unarmed 17-year-old African American boy to death, the national news media is beginning to train it's lens on the Trayvon Martin case …
Discussion: and Mother Jones
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Keach Hagey leaves Politico for ‘Wall Street Journal’  —  The Wall Street Journal has a new print media reporter: Politico's Keach Hagey, who will join the paper's media desk in mid-April, acccording to a memo that went out today.  —  Journal staffer John Jannarone, meanwhile …
Business Week:
Former Gannett CEO gets $32M severance package  —  MCLEAN, VA.  —  Former Gannett Co. CEO Craig Dubow's received a severance package valued at about $32 million after chronic health problems prompted his resignation from the largest U.S. newspaper publisher.
Evgeny Morozov / Slate:
A Robot Stole My Pulitzer!  —  How automated journalism and loss of reading privacy may hurt civil discourse.  —  Can technology be autonomous?  Does it lead a life of its own and operate independently of human guidance?  From the French theologian Jacques Ellul to the Unabomber, this used to be widely accepted.
Discussion: The FJP
Frédéric Filloux / Monday Note:
Media Culture Shifts: theory vs. reality  —  This weekend, my ritual readings were dominated by corporate media culture issues: How to transition from the legacy media culture to the more agile and chaotic digital world?  I've been reading up on this topic — and sometimes conferencing about it — for years.
Discussion: Guardian
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Robert Andrews / paidContent:UK:
BBC Overcomes Xbox Hurdles To Launch iPlayer With Kinect Control
Discussion: TechCrunch, Media Week and
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
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Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Oprah Winfrey Network to Lay Off 30
Discussion: Broadcasting & Cable and The Wrap
Daniel Frankel / paidContent:
Nielsen, GroupM To Develop New Ratings Tool
Discussion: ClickZ
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Robert Andrews / paidContent:
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Discussion: Xinhua News Agency
Keach Hagey / Politico:
Breitbart to announce new management
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
A year into the ‘Times’ digital subscription program, analysts and insiders see surprising success …