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3:55 PM ET, March 20, 2012


 Top News: 
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.”
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 …
Michael Wolff / Guardian:
In defence of Mike Daisey: never mind the facts, focus on the writing  —  The This American Life controversy shows that the problem with journalism may not lie with facts or truth, but the form itself  —  Most journalists are terrible writers.  Their copy is either overhauled by diligent editors …
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Media scrubs Malia Obama vacation story  —  The AFP, the Huffington Post and other websites have scrubbed a report about first daughter Malia Obama's Spring Break vacation.  —  On Monday, the AFP reported that Obama's daughter was vacationing abroad, along with a number of friends and 25 Secret Service agents.
McKay Coppins / Buzzfeed:
Story About White House Scrubbing Obama Daughter Travel Story Has Now Been Scrubbed  —  The White House's campaign to scrub a story from the internet yesterday about Malia Obama's trip to Mexico has gone meta: a media reporter's blog post about the administration's efforts to scrub the story …
Discussion: @weareyourfek
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
NYT: We Have 454,000 Digital Subs So Let's Turn Down The Meter  —  The New York Times Co. (NYSE: NYT) ends year one of limiting full access to those who pay with nearly a half-million subscribers—about 454,000—and starts year two with measures to push more growth.
Edmund Lee / Bloomberg:
New York Times Co. Hires Spencer Stuart for CEO Search  —  New York Times Co. (NYT) said it hired executive-recruiting firm Spencer Stuart to conduct a search for a new chief executive officer.  —  Eileen M. Murphy, a spokeswoman for Times Co., confirmed in a phone interview the publisher had retained the firm.
Paul Starobin / CJR:
Money Talks  —  Gillian Tett, the US managing editor of the London-based Financial Times, is “sharp” and “glamorous,” according to a 2010 profile by The Daily Beast.  She may even be “the most powerful woman in newspapers,” the Beast said, as the FT “intends to become a status symbol of American business.”
Discussion: Reuters
Jeff Sonderman / Poynter:
How BuzzFeed's Andrew Kaczynski mines the Internet for video gold  —  In a Dickens novel, Andrew Kaczynski would be The Ghost of Statements Past — haunting political candidates with visions of years-old contradictions, hypocrisy or embarrassment they would rather forget.
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 …
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Sebastian Junger Launches Medical Training Program For Freelance Journalists In War Zones  —  NEW YORK — Tim Hetherington didn't have to die in Libya.  It's that belief that has led Sebastian Junger, a close friend and colleague of the award-winning photojournalist, to launch Reporters Instructed …
Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
Diller-backed Aereo countersues Fox, PBS  —  (Reuters) - Aereo Inc, an online television service backed by billionaire Barry Diller, filed a second countersuit against major broadcasters that want to stop it from retransmitting their programming.  —  Tuesday's lawsuit against News Corp's Fox …
Jim Romenesko:
Keach Hagey joins WSJ as Russell Adams becomes an editor  —  About a month ago, Politico media writer Keach Hagey heard about the opening on the Wall Street Journal's media desk.  (It was WSJ Digital Network managing editor Raju Narisetti who sent her the job listing. )  She thought it was a dream job.
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Keach Hagey leaves Politico for ‘Wall Street Journal’
Lucia Moses / Adweek:
New iPad's Perk for Publishers  —  The new high-res iPad would, like so many things from Apple, seem a mixed bag for publishers.  —  Its richer visuals raise concerns that consumers already frustrated by long download times for digital editions of magazines will have to suffer still more waiting.
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