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1:45 AM ET, June 17, 2012


 Top News: 
Jack Shafer:
Who jumped first from the newspaper sinking ship?  —  When did the ripe, bulbous, and gibbous newspaper bubble pop?  —  It was probably in the 1990s, when the business better resembled a cruising blimp than it did the dotcoms like,, and, which all went kerblewy around the turn of the century.
Discussion: TeleRead
Jason Boog / GalleyCat:
eBook Revenues Top Hardcover  —  Net sales revenue from eBooks have surpassed hardcover books in the first quarter of 2012.  —  According to the March Association of American Publishers (AAP) net sales revenue report (collecting data from 1,189 publishers), adult eBook sales were $282.3 million …
Steve Outing:
In defense of fewer print editions  —  So much has been written about the New Orleans Times-Picayune cutting back to three days a week for print publication (and laying off a bunch of employees in the “digital-first” transition) that I hesitated adding to the word onslaught.
Steve Myers / Poynter:
What the future of news looks like in Alabama after Advance cuts staff by 400
Discussion: Diner's Journal, Thanks:@myersnews
Rex Hammock / Rex Hammock's
How many curators does it take to curate a story about lightbulbs?  —  The concept of media curation has been around a long time.  How long?  Well, I can at least date it back to August of 2007, as that's when I registered the domain, an address that re-directs to
Discussion: Poynter
Adam Schweigert:
Towards a Better Definition of Curation in Journalism  —  The role of the curator in journalism has become intertwined with the notion of aggregation: collecting information from various sources and piecing it together into a (hopefully, more or less) coherent whole.
Howard Finberg / Poynter:
Journalism education cannot teach its way to the future  —  As we think about the changes whipping through the media industry, there is a nearby storm about to strike journalism education.  —  The future of journalism education will be a very different and difficult future, a future that is full of innovation and creative disruption.
Andrew Phelps / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Reporters' Lab seeks a new boss as Sarah Cohen moves on  —  Sarah Cohen, director of Duke University's still-pretty-new Reporters' Lab at Duke University, says the project will remain active after she takes a new reporting job at The New York Times on Aug. 1.
Adam L. Penenberg / Fast Company:
Laurel Touby's Mediabistro Mediapivot  —  How a freelance writer turned organizing parties into a business she went on to sell for $23 million.  The 6th in our Pivot series.  —  Most journalists know Mediabistro as a freelancer's resource, a place to scour job boards or enroll in classes …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Apple Gives Podcasts a Gentle Push Out of iTunes  —  Podcasts were supposed to be a big deal several years ago, but that boom never happened.  Now there's at least anecdotal evidence that the format is actually picking up steam, as creators, listeners and advertisers warm to the format.
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Warren Buffett's Buffalo News to erect paywall  —  “Trusted, credible and enterprising news gathering by 140 professional journalists doesn't come cheap, nor should it,” Buffalo News Editor Margaret Sullivan writes in announcing a digital subscription plan coming this fall.
Discussion: Buffalo News
Keenan Steiner / Sunlight Foundation Reporting Group:
Time Warner Cable posts its political file online, so why the fuss, NAB?  —  If posting already-public information on political ad spending is so damaging to broadcasters, as the National Association of Broadcasters argues, then why has one of the country's biggest cable providers been doing it since 2010?
David Conn / Guardian:
How football has kept the Murdoch empire afloat  —  If BSkyB hadn't secured the rights to the Premier League, the Leveson inquiry would almost certainly not be taking place  —  At the Leveson inquiry this week, the current and last Conservative prime ministers reflected on the fact …
Michael Massing / CJR:
How far can CNN sink?  —  How far can CNN sink?  —  In April, CNN recorded its lowest monthly ratings in more than 10 years.  In May, it recorded its lowest monthly primetime ratings in more than 20 years.  It's now regularly eclipsed not only by Fox News (long the leader in cable news) but also by MSNBC.
Discussion: Mediaite
John Hudson / The Atlantic Wire:   The Secret to ‘Ailing’ CNN's Success
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Media Decoder:
Sports Illustrated to Cut Editorial Staff
Discussion: Bloomberg and WWD
Jeff John Roberts / paidContent:
Google appeals decision to let book scanning case go ahead
Discussion: Publishers Weekly
Adam Martin / The Atlantic Wire:
Who Is Neil Munro and Why Is He Interrupting the President?
Susan Johnston / Ebyline Blog:
By the Numbers: Average Writer and Reporter Wages by State
Discussion: Poynter and JIMROMENESKO.COM
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Phil Wahba / Reuters:
Indie booksellers object to U.S. e-books deal
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Ethiopian Government Bans Skype, Google Talk And All Other VoIP Services
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Jeff John Roberts / paidContent:
WSJ launches political show as newspapers double down on video
Nat Ives / AdAge:
Time Inc. CEO Laura Lang: Why We Changed Our Minds About the iPad
Discussion: Business Insider and @carr2n