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2:45 PM ET, March 21, 2012


 Top News: 
Amy Thomson / Bloomberg:
Brooks Said to Be Quizzed by Police on Defense Official Payment  —  Rebekah Brooks, the former Chief Executive Officer of News Corp. (NWSA)'s U.K. publishing unit, was questioned by police about payments made to a source at the Ministry of Defence, a person familiar with the investigation said.
@skynewsbreak:   PA sources: Former News International CEO Rebekah Brooks questioned about alleged payments to MoD officials
Sarah Marshall /
BSkyB CEO confirms he pulled Sky News story on F1  —  Jeremy Darroch, the chief executive of British Sky Broadcasting, has confirmed that he asked Sky News to pull a story on Formula 1, ahead of the launch of a Sky F1 HD channel.  —  The Financial Times yesterday reported that Darroch …
Discussion: Digital Spy
Paul Sawers / The Next Web:
BSkyB announces Now TV, offering pay-as-you-go Internet TV to the masses
Discussion: Guardian and The Verge
Mark Sweney / Guardian:   BSkyB denies pulled F1 story undermines Sky News's independence
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
Paul McNally /
Tributes paid to Los Angeles Times' first woman reporter  —  Dorothy Townsend, who has died at the age of 88, was a pioneer and a lone female reporter in a team of men  —  The Los Angeles Times has paid tribute to its first-ever female news reporter - a lone woman in a team of male journalists at the title in the mid-1950s and 1960s.
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and LA Observed
Kevin Roderick / LA Observed:
LA Times posts reporter opening - the day before layoffs *
Discussion: The Wrap and Talking Biz News
Andrew Phelps / Nieman Journalism Lab:
I can't stop reading this analysis of Gawker's editorial strategy  —  In January, newly minted Gawker editor A.J. Daulerio announced an experiment: Each day for two weeks, a single staff writer would be assigned “traffic-whoring duty.”  [Language alert.]
Discussion: Gawker and Online Journalism Blog
Rebecca J. Rosen / The Atlantic Online:
Mike Daisey's First Public Talk After the ‘This American Life’ Retraction  —  The performer continued to mix apologies with defenses of his fact-based but not factual work.  —  Last night, at a long-scheduled appearance at Georgetown University, Mike Daisey gave his first public talk since …
Discussion: The Stranger …, Thanks:@jaredbkeller
Adam Martin / The Atlantic Wire:
Mike Daisey Blames Other Reporters for Perpetuating His Lies
Betsy Rothstein / FishbowlDC:
Former Roll Call Editor Spills Beans About Questionable Racial Hiring Practices  —  Roll Call's former Features Editor Debra Bruno (a.k.a. Bebbie Druno) is bound to burn a few bridges today with a story in the Opinion Pages of The Christian Science Monitor about hiring practices at CQ Roll Call.
Debra Bruno / Christian Science Monitor:
Facebook stalking in the name of affirmative action  —  Ahead of the Supreme Court hearing on affirmative action, I recall how at Roll Call newspaper, I was told that one of our three interns had to be from a racial minority.  Diversity is important, but giving someone an advantage beyond …
Dominic Ponsford / Press Gazette:
The inside story of the other Milly Dowler scoop  —  Daily Mirror reporter David Collins yesterday beat The Guardian's Nick Davies to the title of reporter of the year at The Press Awards.  —  Whereas Davies revealed the illegal hacking of Milly Dowler's phone, it was the journalism of Collins …
Press Gazette:
Press Awards: The full list of winners
Lauren Effron / ABC News:
Tina Brown Says Newsweek/Daily Beast Isn't ‘Making Money Yet’  —  There were many skeptics when the 79-year-old news magazine “Newsweek” merged with the upstart website The Daily Beast in 2010 under the leadership of Tina Brown.  Could two media outlets, both loosing money, be combined into a financially sound operation?
Discussion: FishbowlNY and ABCNEWS
Jim Romenesko:
CNN's Chapin named NPR Senior Foreign Editor  —  Edith Chapin is leaving CNN to become NPR News Senior Foreign Editor.  Since 2007, she's been the cable news network's vice president and deputy bureau chief in Washington, D.C. NPR says “she brings a critical constellation of skills to this job …
Discussion: and FishbowlDC
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 …
Introducing Travelreads: The Best Storytelling for the Best Places in the World, Presented by Virgin Atlantic  —  One of the coolest things about Longreads is when someone tweets: … This got us thinking: What if we started gathering the best #longreads for every destination in the world?
Discussion: AdAge and Adweek
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Andrew Pugh / Press Gazette:
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Stephen Folwell / Guardian:
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Daniel Victor / ProPublica:
If TV Stations Won't Post Their Data on Political Ads, We Will
Discussion: Media Decoder, CJR and Free Press
Emma Bazilian / Adweek:
ASME Names Digital ‘Ellies’ Winners ‘New York’ magazine, Condé Nast's ‘Wired’ win multiple …
David Weigel / Slate:
The Media Shouldn't Apologize for Reporting What Voters Actually Say
Edmund Lee / Bloomberg:
New York Times Co. Said to Focus on External CEO Candidates
Discussion: FishbowlNY, Politico and Poynter
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Sebastian Junger Launches Medical Training Program For Freelance Journalists In War Zones