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1:50 PM ET, June 20, 2012


 Top News: 
Jacob Silverman / The Daily Beast:
Jonah Lehrer's ‘Self-Plagiarism’ Scandal Rocks The New Yorker  —  On June 5, bestselling pop-neuroscience writer Jonah Lehrer announced that he was leaving Wired, where he was a contributing editor, and moving his Frontal Cortex blog to The New Yorker, where he would be a staff writer.
Discussion: Erik Wemple and Reluctant Habits
Craig Silverman / Poynter:
Jonah Lehrer is the latest target of Google Game, crowdsourced investigation  —  Timothy Goeglein.  —  Does that name ring a bell?  I imagine most folks have forgotten about him, but at one time he worked in the White House for President George W. Bush as a special assistant and public liaison deputy director.
Jim Romenesko:
Jonah Lehrer ‘understands he made a serious mistake’  —  Will Jonah Lehrer remain at The New Yorker? editor Nicholas Thompson “couldn't comment on Lehrer's future at the magazine,” writes Jacob Silverman, but Thompson made it clear that the recycling issue first disclosed on …
Jim Romenesko:   Questions about Jonah Lehrer's reporting were raised in 2009
Julian Assange requests asylum at Ecuador embassy - live coverage  —  4.53pm: Glenn Greenwald, a former constitutional lawyer and a contributing writer at Salon has written this comment piece on Comment is Free, which argues that “the evidence that the US seeks to prosecute and extradite Assange is substantial”.
Press Association:
Julian Assange faces bail breach arrest
Discussion: Daily Kos
Ecuador says WikiLeaks' Assange seeks asylum
Embassy of Ecuador in London:
Statement on Julian Assange
Discussion: Daily Dot
Mail on Sunday journalist who claimed Leveson threatened to quit to appear at inquiry  —  The journalist responsible for a Mail on Sunday story which claimed Lord Justice Leveson had threatened to quit over comments made by a government minister is expected to appear before the inquiry next week.
Discussion: Big News
Martin Hickman / The Independent:
Boris Johnson under fresh pressure over Murdoch meeting
Discussion: BBC
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
New York Post Pivots On iPad Strategy, Dropping Paywall  —  This person might have chosen to read the New York Post with his coffee, if it were free on the iPad, and in Swedish.  (Photo credit: Wikipedia)  —  The “most egregious paywall yet” is how one tech writer described the system introduced …
Gail Shister / TVNewser:
Will a TV Show About the News be More Compelling Than the Real Thing?  —  I admire Aaron Sorkin, but he gives me a headache.  By the time his characters finish a monologue, I'm ready for a nap.  Sorkin's latest work, “The Newsroom,” which debuts Sunday on HBO, is no exception.
Acclaimed reporter admits helping family of alleged Sandusky victim investigate case  —  The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who broke the Jerry Sandusky story admitted Wednesday that she helped the mother of one of Sandusky's alleged victims find an investigator before he was charged with multiple counts of child sexual abuse.
Ryan Chittum / CJR:
Microsoft's live-action press release  —  Yesterday, Microsoft got a bunch of tech journalists to go to Hollywood for what it promised would be a major announcement: The company was launching its own tablet PC.  And what a launch it was—at least for the flacks and marketers at Microsoft …
Discussion: eMedia Vitals and Forbes
Adrienne LaFrance / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The Tor Project helps journalists and whistleblowers go online without leaving a trace  —  Originally built in a U.S. Naval laboratory as a way to protect government communications, Tor has grown into a wide-reaching project that helps individuals stay anonymous online.
Discussion: Media News
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
YouTube founders to launch mysterious publishing service Zeen next week  —  Speaking at Le Web 2012 London, YouTube co-founder Chad Hurley has revealed that the mystery around Zeen, a site that helps create online magazines and publications, will soon be lifted as the service will launch next week.
Discussion: PC Magazine and
Josh Sternberg / Digiday:
How The Telegraph Monetized its iPad App  —  With a fractured landscape, from both a content and device perspective, publishers grapple daily with finding the best ways to reach and maintain their readers.  In the mobile world, the introduction of lean-back (tablet) devices has slightly changed the game.
Discussion: eMedia Vitals
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter: lays off staffers  —  Wenner Media has laid off at least five staffers for, according to sources there.  Managing Editor Evie Nagy and Associate Editor Matthew Perpetua are among those let go Tuesday.  Last week the company informed employees in a note …
Discussion: Gawker
Brett D. Schaefer / National Review:
Good Journalism at the U.N.?  —  With all the corruption at the United Nations, you might think that the United Nations Correspondents Association (UNCA) would have better things to do than pick a fight with a single reporter.  But you would be wrong.  Matthew Lee is the only reporter …
Glenn Peoples / Billboard.Biz:
What's Going on With Vevo's Numbers?  —  Music video network Vevo has helped revolutionize online video, has been the subject of IPO rumors and is reported to be wooing investments from Google and Facebook.  —  But exactly what investors would get is a bit fuzzy to outsiders.
Greg Sandoval / CNET:
Publishers gain ground on music-video payday
Discussion: MediaFile, paidContent and MediaPost
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