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11:00 AM ET, June 16, 2012


 Top News: 
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  —  To people who've never been to Alabama, it's a single place, synonymous with the Deep South and whatever that means to you.  —  Those who live in Alabama know it's a long way — physically, mentally and culturally …
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.
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 …
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
Adam Schweigert:
Towards a Better Definition of Curation in Journalism … This entry was posted in Journalism-ism by aschweigert.  Bookmark the permalink.
Media Decoder:
Sports Illustrated to Cut Editorial Staff  —  Weeks before the Olympics and the start of N.F.L. Training Camp, Sports Illustrated is cutting editorial staff through buyouts and possible layoffs.  —  Terry McDonell, editor of the Time Inc. Sports Group, has asked reporters and editors to volunteer for buyout packages by June 21.
Discussion: Bloomberg and WWD
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 …
Discussion: NPR
Michael Hastings / BuzzFeed:
War Correspondent Gina Chon Defends Herself: “I've Never Felt So Vulnerable”  —  In an heartfelt email to friends, former Wall Street Journal reporter Gina Chon defends herself, and her husband, Brett McGurk, after their private emails leak.  McGurk is the nominee to be next ambassador to Iraq.
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
Nat Ives / AdAge:
Time Inc. CEO Laura Lang: Why We Changed Our Minds About the iPad  —  Need to Sell iPad Subscriptions ‘Was Obvious for Me,’ New CEO Says  —  Time Inc. on Thursday ended its long refusal to sell iPad subscriptions in the App Store, deciding that earlier concerns over Apple's power and policies weren't worth the missed opportunity.
Discussion: @carr2n and Business Insider
Susan Johnston / Ebyline Blog:
By the Numbers: Average Writer and Reporter Wages by State  —  This week's news that the median net worth for American families had fallen to the same level as the early 1990′s got us thinking about how journalists and writers are faring in this economy.
Discussion: Poynter and JIMROMENESKO.COM
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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?
Phil Wahba / Reuters:
Indie booksellers object to U.S. e-books deal
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
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Jeff John Roberts / paidContent:
WSJ launches political show as newspapers double down on video
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Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
‘Daily News America’ to launch by end of June