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5:30 AM ET, March 21, 2012


 Top News: 
Kevin Roderick / LA Observed:
LA Times posts reporter opening - the day before layoffs *  —  The involuntary layoffs in the Los Angeles Times newsroom that began last night are rolling through the ranks today, falling hardest on the features floor downstairs from the main newsroom.  As many as 20 people may be out, sources there say.
Discussion: The Wrap and Talking Biz News
Lucas Shaw / The Wrap:
Los Angeles Times Cuts Staff Again (Exclusive)  —  The Los Angeles Times let go more than a dozen staffers on Tuesday as part of another round of layoffs and buyouts primarily hitting the editorial side of the paper, TheWrap has learned.  —  TheWrap previously reported that this round …
Discussion: LA Observed
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 …
Dylan Byers / Politico:
White House scrubs Malia Obama story  —  The White House is now confirming that it asked media organizations to pull a report about Malia Obama's Spring Break vacation.  —  “From the beginning of the administration, the White House has asked news outlets not to report on or photograph …
Press Gazette:
Press Awards: The full list of winners  —  The Daily Mail led the way at tonight's Press Awards - scooping Newspaper of the Year, Website of the Year and News Team of the Year.  It also picked up Campaign of the Year and the Cudlipp Award, while writer Craig Brown won Columnist of the Year …
Jack Shafer:
Mike Daisey's brief guide to answering difficult questions  —  Thanks to the “Retraction” episode of This American Life and his appearance at Georgetown University last night, we now know more than we ever wanted to about Mike Daisey's damage control theories.  —  On the radio, Daisey tendered the non-apology apology.
Daniel Victor / ProPublica:
If TV Stations Won't Post Their Data on Political Ads, We Will  —  Every local broadcast station has a repository of documents about political advertising that you have a legal right to see, but are accessible only by physically traveling to the station and asking to see “the public file.”
Edmund Lee / Bloomberg:
New York Times Co. Said to Focus on External CEO Candidates  —  New York Times Co. (NYT), which hired executive-recruiting firm Spencer Stuart to conduct a search for a new CEO, is focusing on external candidates, according to a person with direct knowledge of the situation.
Discussion: Politico and Poynter
David Weigel / Slate:
The Media Shouldn't Apologize for Reporting What Voters Actually Say  —  And the journalists who report on them don't need to apologize for it.  —  If you don't hate Alexandra Pelosi, you hate America.  A week ago, Pelosi delivered a micro-documentary to Real Time With Bill Maher about angry …
Zach Christman /
Police Handcuff NBC Chicago Photojournalist  —  Police release media members after about 10 minutes  —  Chicago police took two members of the media into custody Saturday, including an NBC Chicago photographer.  —  Photographer Donte Williams and WGN Reporter Dan Ponce were detained …
Corey Pein / Willamette Week:
A Newsman's Secret  —  The woman with Bob Caldwell on the day he died works as an internet call girl.  —  Over the past two weeks, readers of The Oregonian have witnessed an extraordinary episode in the newspaper's 162-year history.  —  On March 10, Bob Caldwell, a respected Oregon journalist …
Emma Bazilian / Adweek:
ASME Names Digital ‘Ellies’ Winners ‘New York’ magazine, Condé Nast's ‘Wired’ win multiple awards By Emma Bazilian  —  Condé Nast's Wired and New York magazine were the big winners of the American Society of Magazine Editors' 2012 National Magazine Awards for Digital Media …
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Social Magazine Apps Grapple With Advertising  —  Now that Forbes has 460,000 subscribers on Flipboard and 900,000 across properties on Google (NSDQ: GOOG) Currents, the brand is close to advertising deals with both social magazine platforms, Forbes Media's Bruce Upbin says.
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Audit Bureau Of Circulations Endorses Meaningful Metrics On Digital Mags  —  The Audit Bureau of Circulations is hoping to make its reporting more relevant to an e-reading age with a new set of standards requiring much more detailed reporting of digital magazine sales.
Discussion: NetNewsCheck Latest and MediaPost
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