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10:50 AM ET, March 27, 2012


 Top News: 
James Cusick / The Independent:
From Sicily to the US courts - the trail of evidence could hit Murdoch where it hurts  —  News Corporation cannot afford to put a foot wrong.  However uncomfortable the fallout from the phone-hacking scandal has been for Rupert Murdoch in the UK, wider questions about the way News Corp …
Neil Chenoweth / Australian Financial Review:
Free to air: dirty tricks broadcast for all to see  —  A secret unit within Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation promoted a wave of high-tech piracy in Australia that damaged Austar, Optus and Foxtel at a time when News was moving to take control of the Australian pay TV industry.
Dan Sabbagh / Guardian:   Investigation will have made interesting viewing for Ofcom's News Corp team
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
HuffPo Co-Founder Ken Lerer's Stealthy Startup Aims at CNN, Fox  —  Ken Lerer helped build an Internet news powerhouse out of thin air.  Now he wants to do it again.  The Huffington Post co-founder, who sold his site to AOL a year ago, is working on another Web news startup.
Justin Ellis / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Mohamed Nanabhay on Al Jazeera's online growth and the future of news distribution  —  Mohamed Nanabhay likes to talk about something he calls “distributed distribution,” which, aside from being delightfully alliterative, might be a kind of rallying cry for the future of media.
Discussion: @evanchill
David Jolly / New York Times:
Al Jazeera Will Not Air French Rampage Video
Discussion: BBC
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Inquirer publishes investigation of possible future owner; also, a report of more layoffs  —  Cooper University Hospital in Camden, N.J., is the state's largest hospital.  Its chairman is George E. Norcross III, who is also part of a consortium of investors looking to buy the Inquirer, the Philadelphia Daily News and
David Gambacorta /   35 more jobs in jeopardy at papers, website
Dave Davies / newsworks:   More layoffs coming at Philly papers?
Mike Janssen /
Digital journalists look for lessons in work of NPR's one-man newsroom … On a recent afternoon at NPR, Andy Carvin was watching a video of a protest purportedly shot in the Syrian city of Homs, a locus of that country's uprising against its repressive regime.
Hamish McKenzie / PandoDaily:
The Future of Magazines Should Look a Lot Like Spotify  —  The options we have for reading magazine journalism in the digital format are pretty sad.  We live in an era of self-driving cars, augmented reality, and we can keep a map of the entire planet in our pocket, but we are stuck reading …
Discussion: eMedia Vitals and TechNodeTechNode
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Jill Abramson talks Israel-Iran coverage  —  The New York Times has turned out a great deal of coverage in recent weeks over the potential conflict between Israel and Iran, a highly charged and heavily scrutinized topic that always earns criticism from voices on both the left and the right.
Andrew Pugh / Press Gazette:
Blackhurst: Why Leveson Inquiry is ‘deepy flawed’  —  The Leveson Inquiry into press standards is “deeply flawed”, according to the editor of The Independent.  —  Chris Blackhurst has also claimed that “if the Guardian had actually realised how to work a mobile phone” the inquiry would never have been set up.
Discussion: Guardian, Guardian and
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Leveson inquiry: Met police may have to log all press meetings
Discussion: Telegraph
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Don't build a paywall, create a velvet rope instead  —  As the newspaper industry continues to flounder, paywalls and other subscription models are becoming more common, with everyone trying to imitate the New York Times or the Wall Street Journal.  Is there any other other option to putting up a turnstile around the news?
Discussion: eMedia Vitals, @carr2n, Guardian and Noted, Thanks:@mathewi
Patrick B. Pexton / Washington Post:   Is a paywall coming to The Washington Post?
Elana Zak / 10,000 Words:
How The Wall Street Journal Uses Pinterest  —  While Pinterest is taking many newsrooms by storm, there may still be some editors who are hesitant or unsure about how to go about using the online scrapbooking site.  Why not take a page — or in this case a board — from The Wall Street Journal?
Kat Stoeffel / The New York Observer:
Bob Sapio Out at Daily News  —  The Daily News said goodbye to managing editor Robert Sapio on Friday, according to newsroom sources.  —  His departure marks the end of a 40-plus-year career at the News.  Mr. Sapio first joined the tabloid as an advertising office boy in 1969.
Discussion: FishbowlNY
Tara Conlan / Guardian:
BBC News cuts: 140 posts to go  —  BBC News journalists have been told about 140 posts are to go and programmes including Radio 4 current affairs output cut as part of the “Delivering Quality First” cost savings.  BBC2's Newsnight and the BBC News Channel will be affected by the cuts …
Andrew Phelps / Nieman Journalism Lab:
This American Life's retraction of the Mike Daisey story set an online listening record  —  One common problem with journalistic errors is that it's rare for a correction to get as much attention as the original mistake.  The screwup goes viral; the mea culpa is a footnote.
Discussion: GigaOM, GalleyCat, Forbes, Betabeat and Arts Desk
Ryan Chittum / CJR:
Sourcing Trayvon Martin “Photos” From Stormfront  —  Business Insider runs a linkbait post with a graphic of Trayvon Martin images it found on the neonazi website Stormfront.  —  It doesn't run them to debunk them, mind you, but to back up its thesis that “The Media Is Getting the Trayvon Martin Story Wrong …
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Discussion: The Week, Washington Post and CNN
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Ed Pilkington / Guardian:
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