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9:05 AM ET, May 7, 2012


 Top News: 
David Carr / New York Times:
The Cozy Compliance of the News Corp. Board  —  If you sat on the board of a company that was raked over the coals by a British parliamentary committee in a 121-page document, accused of a pattern of corporate misconduct that included widespread phone hacking and an ensuing cover-up by senior officials …
James Hanning / The Independent:
IoS exclusive: Revealed - Cameron's secret summit with News Corp
Discussion: Guardian
Bill Keller / New York Times:
Murdoch's Pride Is America's Poison  —  ROGER AILES is (a) the genius who midwifed the astoundingly successful Fox News; (b) the sharpest thorn in the side of Barack Obama; and (c) the most important surviving officer in Rupert Murdoch's global media army.  —  You can see why he would be a great subject for a biography.
Discussion: Commentary Magazine and Mediaite
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
‘60 Minutes’ Gets Younger, and Its Viewers Do Too  —  The oldest newsmagazine on television, “60 Minutes,” might have figured out how to halt the aging process.  —  Purposefully but almost imperceptibly, the CBS News program, the most popular of its genre, has become younger in recent years.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Google Gets Deeper Into the Content Business, By Putting Money Into Machinima  —  Google has been handing out money to video-makers so they'll make more stuff for YouTube.  Now it's putting money into a video-maker itself.  The search giant is set to invest in Machinima …
Jay Rosen / Quote and Comment:
Tom Brokaw blasts the White House Correspondents Association dinner.  —  On Meet the Press Sunday, Tom Brokaw of NBC News, an iconic figure in broadcast journalism, ripped into the annual ritual that media people in DC call “the prom,” hoping that their gentle ridicule of it will defuse …
Justin Ellis / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Yesterday The Boston Globe ended all your tomorrows  —  The Boston Globe has killed yesterday, today, and tomorrow.  —  In an announcement on's Insiders blog, Charles Mansbach, the Globe's Page 1 editor, says the paper is doing away with the convention of using those terms in stories.
Discussion: @counternotions
Brian Stelter / @brianstelter:
Adam Clark Estes / The Atlantic Wire:
Jenna Wortham: What I Read  —  How do people deal with the torrent of information pouring down on us all?  What sources can't they live without?  We regularly reach out to prominent figures in media, entertainment, politics, the arts and the literary world, to hear their answers.
Discussion: and Snarkmarket
Rani Molla / The Content Strategist:
AP's Carvin Says Social Media Can Make Journalism Better  —  Eric Carvin, who became the Associated Press social media editor in January, has an ambitious yet simple goal: for all of AP's 2,500 journalists to use social media and use it well.  That means using it not just to promote stories, but to make stories better.
Isabel Kershner / New York Times:
Arab Spring Spurs Palestinian Journalists to Test Free Speech Limits  —  RAMALLAH, West Bank — Yousef Shayeb, 37, a Palestinian journalist from Ramallah, published an article in a Jordanian newspaper this year charging officials at the Palestinian diplomatic mission in Paris with corruption and espionage.
Discussion: Big News
Lucia Moses / Adweek:
Secret Meeting Has ‘Washington Post’ Buzzing  —  Washington Post staffers are buzzing about a secret meeting between some 10 big-name Post journalists including Dana Priest, David Finkel and Carol Leonnig, and Steve Hills, the president and gm of the newspaper.
Discussion: Washington Post, Politico and Poynter
Matthieu Aikins / CJR:
How a filmmaker accidentally gave up his sources to Syrian spooks  —  How a filmmaker accidentally gave up his sources to Syrian spooks  —  Last fall, “Kardokh,” a 25-year-old dissident and computer expert in the Syrian capital of Damascus, met with British journalist and filmmaker Sean McAllister.
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Stijn Debrouwere /
FUNGIBLE  —  We don't realize how much news media has changed in the past fifteen years.
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Twitter, World War II and the death of official secrets
Discussion: Bloomberg
Andrew Phelps / Nieman Journalism Lab:
When a stream is just a trickle: Last Great Thing is one item a day, no archives
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Prismatic wants to be the newspaper for a digital age
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Michael Nunez / International Business Times:
Google News Adds Realtime Coverage, Google Plus Discussion: Is The Information Provided Actually Relevant?
Discussion: SlashGear and The Verge
Business Week:
Discovery's Oprah Problem
Discussion: Company Town
Josh Halliday / Guardian:
BBC News website stalwart Tim Weber to leave corporation after 20 years
Discussion: The Next Web