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6:00 PM ET, March 22, 2012


 Top News: 
John Hudson / The Atlantic Wire:
The Onion's Bumpy Ride to Chicago  —  The Onion is in the midst of the biggest upheaval in the newspaper's 24-year history.  This week, its editorial team in New York City begins the first phase of its move to Chicago, as staffers clean out their desks, put the writer's room table up for sale on Craigslist …
Ross Luippold / The Huffington Post:
IFC Cancels ‘ONN’  —  NEW YORK — At Tuesday's upfront announcing new programming for the cable channel IFC, one show that previously was a staple, “Onion News Network,” went unmentioned.  On Wednesday, a spokesperson for IFC confirmed to The Huffington Post that “ONN” would not return for a third season.
Sarah Limbrick / Press Gazette:
David Beckham's dad sues News Int over phone-hacking  —  The father of footballer star David Beckham's has become the latest celebrity to launch a lawsuit over phone-hacking.  —  Ted Beckham has joined a string of public figures suing News Group Newspapers and private investigator Glen Mulcaire …
Discussion: Guardian
NPR:   As 'Murdoch's Scandal' Unravels, Many Implicated
Martin Hickman / The Independent:
Rebekah Brooks questioned over alleged bribes
Discussion: @joshhalliday and Telegraph
Ken Doctor / Newsonomics:
McClatchy's Gary Pruitt Scales the AP Mountain  —  Associated Press board members — the newspaper CEOs who populate the board — opted for one of their own when they picked McClatchy CEO Gary Pruitt as their new leader .  —  By historical measure, it's a strange move.
Jim Romenesko:
Pruitt is a different kind of AP CEO  —  A Romenesko reader sends this dispatch: Jim: Feel free to use this, though without attribution.  Though The Associated Press traces its linage back to 1848, today's organization really started 52 years later following the dissolution of The Associated Press …
Discussion: Sacramento Bee
Betsy Rothstein / FishbowlDC:
NBC's Chuck Todd Trashes ‘Tidbit’ Journalism  —  On this morning's MSNBC “The Daily Rundown” host Chuck Todd went after what he and his panel dubbed “tidbit” journalism.  Their repugnance was high after yesterday's Etch a Sketch remark from a top Mitt Romney campaign advisor that, they joked angrily, “went viral.”
The Smoking Gun:
Feds Intercept Pot Shipments To Publishing House  —  Two shipments of marijuana destined for the New York City offices of a major book publisher were intercepted this month by federal agents after postal workers detected a “suspicious odor” emanating from the Express Mail parcels, according to court records.
Vanna Le / Forbes:
St. Martin's Press Finds Humor In The 11 Pounds Of Marijuana From Mystery Sender
Discussion: Melville House Books
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
After the ‘Post’ loses music critic Dan Aquilante, it also kills an ad he bought for his new venture  —  Dan Aquilante, the New York Post's longtime music critic, has left the paper to start his own editorial syndicate.  And after 32 years of loyal service, he thought the Post would be an ideal venue …
Discussion: New York Magazine and FishbowlNY
Chris Ariens / TVNewser:
Bloomberg TV Cuts 30 Staffers, Adds Digital Jobs  —  TVNewser has learned Bloomberg TV has laid off up to 30 reporters, producers, associate producers, editors and other staffers this morning as the company shifts to a digital-centric newsroom.  As TV employees are cut …
Jon Bruner / Forbes:
The Interactive Media Map: America's Most Influential News Outlets  —  Oregonians love NPR; Wisconsinites adore the Onion; the Huffington Post is widely read in Appalachia.  These are a few of the favorites that the data team at Bitly uncovered when they parsed data from millions of clicks on their shortened links.
Discussion: Forbes, Poynter and The Huffington Post
Craig Silverman / Poynter:
Gossip Cop prepares to expand into sports, as niche fact-checking grows  —  Amidst the fervor about PoltiFact's verdicts and the rise and expansion of political fact-checking operations, there is another fact-checking website that leaves the political checkers in the dust, traffic wise.
Jim Romenesko:
API/NAA merger update  —  It was announced in January that American Press Institute is merging with the Newspaper Association of America Foundation.  Here's the latest on that from a Romenesko reader: … I passed this along to NAA's Marina Hendricks and asked for comment a few hours ago.
Jack Dyson / Dysonology:
Memorandum to all staff - Daily Mail ethics c. 1966  —  In 1966-7 my Dad got a job as a young reporter for the Daily Mail's Manchester office, just as it was made Newspaper of the Year.  All staff received the memo below from editor Mike Randall.  —  When Dad sent it to me, he added: “Mike Randall left the paper soon afterwards.
Discussion: Guardian and The Atlantic Wire
Alex Weprin / TVNewser:
Layoffs at CNN As Network Transitions to Acquisition Model For Documentary Programming  —  CNN laid off dozens of employees today in its two documentary units, TVNewser has learned.  —  In a statement, the channel says that while it will continue to produce in-house docs-such as the …
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