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11:50 AM ET, June 19, 2012


 Top News: 
Elizabeth Jensen / New York Times:
New Hits Needed; Apply to NPR  —  On an unseasonably warm spring night at the Bell House, a hip club in Brooklyn, a new NPR quiz show was taking shape.  Like its hit older sibling “Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me!,” the new show, “Ask Me Another,” is taped before a live audience.
Leveson asks for comments over ‘quit’ claims  —  Lord Justice Leveson has asked “core participants” to his inquiry for their comments on a newspaper story which claimed he had threatened to quit.  The Mail on Sunday said he had made his threat following comments by Education Secretary Michael Gove.
Tom Harper / London Evening Standard:
Exclusive: Leveson questioned David Cameron's support for his inquiry  —  Lord Justice Leveson questioned David Cameron's support for his inquiry into the press, police and politics in a phone call to Britain's top civil servant, the Standard can reveal.  The judge leading the probe …
New York Times:
Klein Returns Full Time to Education Work at News Corp., Leaving Investigative Role
Discussion: Media & Entertainment
Yinka Adegoke / Reuters:   News Corp top lawyer to oversee hacking committee
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
‘Inspiring leader’ or ‘empty suit’?  Mixed assessment as Dow Jones president Todd Larsen steps down  —  The president of Dow Jones, Todd Larsen, has resigned after 13 years with the company.  The move comes several months after former Bloomberg executive Lex Fenwick was named C.E.O. of Dow Jones …
Larry McShane / NY Daily News:
Alec Baldwin punches Daily News photographer after obtaining marriage license in New York  —  For his second upcoming wedding, perennial hothead Alec Baldwin tried to make a Daily News photographer black and blue.  The volatile “30 Rock” star punched lensman Marcus Santos outside …
Discussion: ABCNEWS and
Stu Woo / Wall Street Journal:
What Makes Jeff Bezos Tick?  A $42 Million Clock  —  Jeff Bezos changed the way we shop, with Inc. AMZN +1.94% He transformed how many of us read, with his Kindle e-reader.  He has a few other potentially life-changing ideas, too.  In a patent application made public in August 2011 …
Discussion: Business Insider
Dylan Byers / Politico:
BuzzFeed names DC chief: John Stanton  —  BuzzFeed has hired Roll Call reporter John Stanton to head its new Washington, D.C., bureau.  —  Stanton joins BuzzFeed after seven years with Roll Call and more than a decade on the congressional beat.  —  “John Stanton is a reporter's reporter …
Chris O'Brien / Mercury News:
Is it time to pull the plug on Web publishing pioneer  —  Way, way back in 1995, a group of publishing pioneers had the crazy idea that maybe they could start an online magazine that would revolutionize journalism. was born, drew enormous buzz, produced some stellar journalism and managed to hold an IPO.
Discussion: Guardian
Jim Romenesko:
Jonah Lehrer's ‘Smart People’ post borrows from earlier WSJ piece  —  Last Tuesday, The New Yorker posted Jonah Lehrer's “Why Smart People Are Stupid.”  It begins this way: Jonah Lehrer Here's a simple arithmetic question: A bat and ball cost a dollar and ten cents.
Mark Harris / Vulture:
TV's Best Talker: Aaron Sorkin on The Newsroom, Sorkinism, and Sounding Smart  —  On June 24, HBO will air the debut of The Newsroom, the first cable series from Aaron Sorkin, the Oscar- and Emmy-winning creator of The West Wing and writer of The Social Network.
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
The future of news: Mobile, video, data — and crowdsourced  —  The Knight Foundation, a non-profit entity that is one of the biggest funders of journalism and media-related projects in the United States, announced the winners of the first round of its Knight News Challenge on Monday in Massachusetts …
Joshua Benton / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Android sensory data, streaming breaking news, and better real-time filters: The winners …
Rick Anderson / The Daily Weekly:
‘We Could Lose Crosscut’: David Brewster Says New Business Model is Needed to Save Website  —  Pay cuts, staff cuts, fewer stories, reduced production - it sounds a lot like the daily newspaper business, what's left of it.  But those are the sad words of David Brewster, publisher of the five-year-old electronic newspaper,
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
B&N earnings: Nook Simple Touch drags revenues down, though digital content sales are up  —  Barnes & Noble reported Q4 revenues of $1.4 billion for the period ended April 28, on losses of $1.08 per share.  The company is now breaking out the Nook operating segment separately …
Discussion: MarketWatch
Adrianne Jeffries / Betabeat:
NewsDiffs Shows Changes Made to New York Times Articles After They're Published  —  Back in October, the New York Times made substantial changes to a report about Occupy Wall Street protesters marching over the Brooklyn Bridge.  Version one opened with: “After allowing them onto the bridge …
Discussion: Melville House Books and Poynter
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Dylan Byers / Politico:
TNR hires Julia Ioffe, Tablet's Marc Tracy
Discussion: Capital New York and Politico
Steve Myers / Poynter:
Times-Picayune journalists to receive new job descriptions Monday