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3:25 PM ET, April 26, 2012


 Top News: 
Paul McNally /
Murdoch: There was a ‘cover-up’ at News of the World  —  ‘There is no question in my mind that someone took charge of a cover-up’, News Corporation chairman tells the Leveson inquiry  —  Management at News International and News Corporation were “misinformed” about the true extent …
Paul McNally /
Murdoch: I should have closed News of the World earlier  —  Newspaper boss says he ‘panicked’ when the Milly Dowler revelations came out - but says: 'I'm glad I did'  —  News International: ‘We are now a new company’  —  Copyright: Roger Jones on Geograph.  Some rights reserved
Press Association:
Ofcom extends BSkyB investigation  —  Media regulator asks News Group Newspapers to provide papers relating to civil litigation in which Murdoch firm is involved  —  Ofcom has escalated its investigation into whether BSkyB remains a “fit and proper” owner of a broadcasting licence.
Discussion: and Guardian
Dan Rosenblum / Capital New York:
Somber tones, and attacks on Rupert Murdoch, at Overseas Press Club awards gala  —  Joao Silva.  Dan Rosenblum  — As Marie Colvin is laid to rest, news organizations assess the dangers of reporting from inside Syria  — For Tim Hetherington's close friend and ‘Restrepo’ subjects …
Estelle Shirbon / Reuters:
Hunter turns hunted as Murdoch “harassed” by press  —  Rupert Murdoch described on Thursday being “mobbed” and “harassed” by journalists and paparazzi, in an exchange rich with irony during his testimony at a judicial inquiry on press ethics prompted by criminal behaviour at one of his papers.
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Murdoch belittles the Huffington Post
ITV News:   Crone accuses Murdoch of a ‘shameful lie’
Jeevan Vasagar / Guardian:   News International offered to sponsor academy school
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Vogue's flattering article on Syria's first lady is scrubbed from Web  —  It may have been the worst-timed, and most tin-eared, magazine article in decades.  —  “Asma al-Assad is glamorous, young, and very chic — the freshest and most magnetic of first ladies,” writer Joan Juliet Buck began …
Nick Denton / Gawker:
Why Anonymity Matters  —  Gawker Media is flying in the face of conventional media wisdom.  While other outlets are doing away with anonymity, we've built anonymous accounts into our new comment system.  We'll accept some disorder if that's the price of freedom in one's personal life, in politics and the press.
Discussion: Business Insider
Andrew Phelps / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Gawker: We want to elevate the discourse about frogs who sit like humans  —  Most news organizations would kill for Gawker's commenters, but Nick Denton is messing with them again.  —  Denton describes the failure of comments like an economist.  It's a tragedy of the commons …
Jason Del Rey / AdAge:
New York Times R&D Group Launches First Commercial Product (and It's for Brands)  —  Ricochet Helps Brands Drive Traffic to Relevant Articles, Surrounded by the Right Ads  —  The New York Times R&D Lab has spent the last six and a half years building what its chief calls the equivalent of “concept cars” for the media world.
Justin Elliott / ProPublica:
Broadcasters' Last Ditch Push to Hide Political Ad Data  —  With the Federal Communications Commission set to vote Friday on whether to require broadcasters to post political ad data online, the industry has been scrambling to water down the proposed rule.  —  The data is currently available only on paper at TV stations.
Joe Flint / Los Angeles Times:
FCC wants to put political ad data online; broadcasters balk
Discussion: Company Town
Jim Romenesko:
Journatic CEO answers critics  —  Here's what he wrote to Ingram: … I told Timpone that I laughed when I read his complaint about journalists not asking about Journatic, because just days ago it was reported that his company was paying employees $50 to snitch on reporters who were asking questions about Journatic.
Discussion: Poynter and Mathew Ingram
Katherine Fung / The Huffington Post:
Angry New York Times Staffers Protest Outside Shareholders Meeting  —  Angry New York Times staffers took to the company's annual shareholders meeting in a flagrant display of discontent with the paper's handling of contract negotiations on Wednesday.  Nearly seventy New York Times staffers formed …
Discussion: Capital New York
Alexis Gutter / American Journalism Review:
Telling the Story Through Her Own Words  —  When Eli Sanders sat in court listening to the testimony of a rape victim, he didn't know if the material would result in anything beyond a blog post.  He certainly did not expect it would lead to a Pulitzer Prize for feature writing.
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