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7:35 AM ET, March 29, 2012


 Top News: 
News Corp. Said to Plan U.S. Sports Network to Rival ESPN  —  Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. (NWSA) is taking steps to start a national U.S. sports network on cable television aimed at challenging Walt Disney Co. (DIS)'s ESPN, according to people with knowledge of the situation.
Keach Hagey / Politico:
Ex-Rocky editor offered WashPost ME job  —  John Temple, editor of the Honolulu-based local news site Civil Beat and former editor of the now-defunct Rocky Mountain News, has been offered managing editor job at the Washington Post, POLITICO has learned.  —  The job has been open since Raju …
Daily Mail made 1,728 potentially illegal requests to private detective  —  Journalists at the tabloid spent about £143,000 on requests to Steve Whittamore for information between 2000 and 2003  —  The Daily Mail spent an estimated £143,000 asking a private eye …
Gabriel Sherman / New York Magazine:
The News at NBC  —  Ratings pinch gives Lauer power.  —  On March 15, NBC News hosted its annual upfront presentation, at which its executives make their pitches to ad buyers for the coming year.  NBC News has won its ratings races for more than a decade, so they didn't bother with a hard sell.
Discussion: Mediaite and Gawker
George Winslow / Broadcasting & Cable:
Arne Rees to Head ESPN Intl.  Digital Efforts  —  Will work to expand digital media operations around the world  —  As part of an effort to expand the international reach of its digital media operations, ESPN has named Arne Rees as vice president, international digital media.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Barnes & Noble Incorporates In Germany, Closest Sign Yet Of European Nook Launch  —  Just as Amazon is launching a new Kindle (but not the Fire tablet, yet) in Europe, one of its big competitors is taking one more step in its bid to enter the European market: Barnes & Noble has incorporated a new company …
Discussion: Betabeat and Engadget
Lee Gardner / Baltimore City Paper:
What Is an Alt-Weekly?  —  We've been trying to figure that out for 35 years  —  Someone asked me that question recently, and I opened my mouth and started to talk.  It's a question that comes up enough that I have a couple of standard answers I can riff on.
Ryan Chittum / CJR:
The WaPo Ombudsman's Faulty Paywall Analysis  —  The NYT's meter is saving or adding more than $70 million in revenue a year already  —  Washington Post ombudsman Patrick B. Pexton has a flawed analysis on the logic of a possible paywall there and on the performance of the one that already exists at The New York Times.
Discussion: Poynter
Erik Wemple:
Why did New York Times call George Zimmerman ‘white Hispanic’?  —  Fox News contributor Bernard Goldberg is lashing out at the New York Times for its coverage of the Trayvon Martin case.  His gripe?  The paper's stylebook.  Let Goldberg describe his concern:
Rachel McAthy /
Lost journalists documentary hits $50k goal on Kickstarter  —  A documentary that will follow photojournalist Tim Page in his continued search for the stories of journalists who went missing in Cambodia in the 1970s has crowdfunded $50K  —  A US production company has raised an initial goal …
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Subscription Manager MediaPass Raises $1.75M  —  It's no secret that publishers are scrambling to find ways of making money online.  On the subscription/paywall side, a startup called MediaPass wants to help, and it just raised $1.75 million in Series B funding.
Anthony Rieber / Newsday:
Jeremy Lin meets with ex-ESPN headline writer  —  Knicks star Jeremy Lin had lunch on Tuesday with the former ESPN employee who was fired last month for writing a headline about Lin that included a racially insensitive word.  —  Lin met with Anthony Federico, a 28-year-old Connecticut man, during a Knicks off-day.
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Gothamist
Sarah Marshall /
Orwell Prize 2012 Journalism and Blog longlists announced  —  Guardian journalist Paul Lewis is among those on the Journalism Prize longlist after submitting one day of tweets sent during the London riots  —  A total of 12 journalists and 18 bloggers have been named as contenders for this year's Orwell Prize.
Discussion: Jon Slattery
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Discussion: Washington Post
Jim Romenesko:
Another Wisconsin paper says staffers signed recall petitions
Discussion: and Poynter
Alicia Shepard / Poynter:
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Kelly McBride / Poynter:
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Michael Wolff / Guardian:
Mobile and the news media's imploding business model
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