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12:30 PM ET, June 17, 2012


 Top News: 
Amy Chozick / New York Times:
Wendi Murdoch Is Creating a Career of Her Own  —  LAST January, Amy Chua got an unexpected e-mail just before an excerpt from her provocative child-rearing manual, “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother,” appeared in The Wall Street Journal.  It was from Wendi Murdoch, the wife of Rupert Murdoch, whose News Corporation owns The Journal.
Discussion: Gothamist and Gannett Blog
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 …
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
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
David Taintor / TPM:
Ryan Lizza on the “crisis” Twitter is creating for political journalism  —  The New Yorker's Ryan Lizza: Twitter, Gaffe Obsession Creating ‘Crisis For Political Journalism’ … Where did your reporting for this piece start?  —  I basically started with a lot of historical research …
Paul Danahar / BBC College of Journalism Blog:
How I reported from Syria with a smartphone  —  Governments which may be doing bad things don't really want you to know about it.  In the old days controlling the message was much easier: they ran the TV, the radio, and newspapers.  Word of mouth was kept quiet by a network of informers.
Natan Edelsburg / Lost Remote:
Dan Rather on how social media has changed TV news: ‘A deadline every nanosecond’  —  There are certain people that you need to know about and read about to really help you understand what the TV in social TV really means.  Dan Rather, who will turn 81 this October, was CBS Evening News' anchor for 24 years.
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.
Emma Knight / Editors Weblog:
Is investigative journalism still “sexy” 40 years after Watergate?  —  “Investigative reporting became sexy after Watergate,” wrote Alicia Shepard, media consultant for the News Literacy Project, in The New York Times' Room for Debate forum on the lasting effects of the scandal, published yesterday.
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 …
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Keenan Steiner / Sunlight Foundation Reporting Group:
Time Warner Cable posts its political file online, so why the fuss, NAB?
David Conn / Guardian:
How football has kept the Murdoch empire afloat
Discussion: NPR
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Warren Buffett's Buffalo News to erect paywall
Discussion: Buffalo News and Artvoice Daily
Media Decoder:
Sports Illustrated to Cut Editorial Staff
Discussion: Bloomberg and WWD
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Jeff John Roberts / paidContent:
Google appeals decision to let book scanning case go ahead
Discussion: Publishers Weekly
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Apple Gives Podcasts a Gentle Push Out of iTunes
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