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3:15 PM ET, March 27, 2012


 Top News: 
Dan Sabbagh / Guardian:
Investigation will have made interesting viewing for Ofcom's News Corp team  —  Panorama's computer-hacking revelations come at a time when News Corporation's relationship with the satellite broadcaster BSkyB is already under scrutiny from the broadcast regulator, Ofcom.
James Cusick / The Independent:   From Sicily to the US courts - the trail of evidence could hit Murdoch where it hurts
Neil Chenoweth / Australian Finance Review:   Whistleblower made to change his tune
Neil Chenoweth / Australian Financial Review:
Free to air: dirty tricks broadcast for all to see
Discussion: @edgecliffe
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.
Discussion: Betabeat and Business Insider
Press Gazette:
NoW's James Desborough released without charge  —  Former News of the World US editor James Desborough was today told he faces no further action in Scotland Yard's phone-hacking probe.  —  Desborough was held in August last year on suspicion of conspiring to intercept communications for the now defunct Sunday tabloid.
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.
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
David Gambacorta /
35 more jobs in jeopardy at papers, website  —  If misery does indeed love company, it would probably be right at home at Philadelphia Media Network Inc.  —  Managers of the company, which owns the Daily News, Inquirer, and SportsWeek, have proposed cutting 35 jobs within the next six months …
Discussion: Poynter and The Newspaper Guild
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Inquirer publishes investigation of possible future owner; also, a report of more layoffs
Discussion: and newsworks
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 …
Discussion: Press Gazette and
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.
Discussion: Capital New York
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 …
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.
Milo Yiannopoulos / The Kernel:
The Dangers of Earnest Preaching  —  These days, the Guardian's technology section is as reliable a soporific as it's possible to lay your hands on.  Just last week, we were treated to a particularly heavy dose, once again on the perennially nauseating subject of women in tech.
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.
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Life after ‘Vice’: Former editor Jesse Pearson talks about his new magazine with fellow alum McPheeters  —  After more than seven years as editor of Vice, Jesse Pearson left the place in late 2010 just as its parent company, Vice Media, was really starting to soar.
Discussion: Gawker and FishbowlLA
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Matthew Green / Financial Times:
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Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
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Emil Protalinski / Zero Day Blog:
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Christopher Robbins / Gothamist:
Gothamist Finally Gets Press Passes (After 8 Years and Thousands Spent on High-Profile Lawyer)