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2:15 PM ET, June 26, 2012

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Michael J. De La Merced / DealBook:
News Corp. Considers Dividing Itself in Two  —  Updated News Corporation is considering dividing itself in two, cleaving its publishing arm from its far larger entertainment division, a person briefed on the matter told DealBook early on Tuesday.  If News Corporation follows through …
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Jeff John Roberts / paidContent:
News Corp statement confirms spin-off plan under consideration  —  Following numerous reports that News Corp is thinking of spinning off its publishing operations, the company issued a short statement that it is “considering a restructuring to separate its business into two distinct public companies.”
Amy Chozick / Media Decoder:
Anxious News Corp. Editors Arrive in New York to Discuss Corporate Split  —  As News Corporation confirmed that it was considering splitting off its publishing assets into a separate, publicly traded company, top editors and publishers at many of the company's newspapers arrived in New York …
Discussion: paidContent
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
Why a reluctant Murdoch is splitting up News Corp and what it means
Discussion: @lisaocarroll
Bill Dedman / MSNBC:
Bloomberg TV's ads make false claim to Pulitzer nomination for anchor Liu  —  NEW YORK — Bloomberg Television has a new ad campaign in the New York City area, touting the journalistic credentials of its morning anchor, Betty Liu.  “PULITZER PRIZE-NOMINATED,” the ads shout at commuters on trains in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.
Carl Nolte / San Francisco Chronicle:
George Hearst Jr. - Hearst Corp. chairman - dies  —  George R. Hearst Jr., chairman of the board of the Hearst Corp., died Monday at Stanford University Medical Center in Palo Alto of complications following a stroke.  Mr. Hearst, who became ill June 16 at his ranch home in Paso Robles (San Luis Obispo County), was 84.
Jim Romenesko:
Patch puts pressure on local editors  —  My reliable source on Patch matters reports that demands on local editors are growing.  “Among other mandates, Local Editors now must have seven posts each day — that's including weekends — and blog posts no longer count toward that total,” he writes.
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Wall Street Journal intern fired for making up sources  —  Liane Membis' internship with The Wall Street Journal is at an end, an editor's note on an article she wrote says: … Membis' article is still available on Talking Biz News.  Some of the people Membis claimed to interview in the piece …
Discussion: Politico
BBC:
News Corp ‘warned Lib Dems over BSkyB bid’  —  News Corporation implied the Sun newspaper's coverage of the Lib Dems “may turn nasty” if Vince Cable did not rule in its favour on the BSkyB bid, a minister has told the Leveson Inquiry.  Norman Lamb, Lib Dem junior business minister …
David Martosko / The Daily Caller:
Suspended reporter tweeted: Racism ‘secret sauce in the Politico sh*tburger’  —  Joe Williams, the White House correspondent whom Politico suspended last week after he made racially insensitive remarks about Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, tweeted about his employer on the evening …
Discussion: Mediaite
Matt Pearce / Los Angeles Times:
Anthony Shadid's cousin takes a shot at NYT — and journalism in general  —  Those who were there said the crowd gasped.  Ed Shadid, the cousin of late New York Times reporter Anthony Shadid, was speaking at a banquet for the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee on Saturday night in Washington …
Discussion: Erik Wemple and Poynter
Neil Gough / DealBook:
Australian Billionaire Threatens to Dump Fairfax Media Stake  —  HONG KONG — The Australian mining billionaire Georgina Rinehart has threatened to sell her recently acquired 19 percent stake in Fairfax Media, sending shares in the Australian publisher tumbling on Tuesday.
 
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Jeff Sonderman / Poynter:
Content going ‘everywhere’: WSJ extends premium subscriptions to Pulse newsreader
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Steve Outing:
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Sarah Marshall / Journalism.co.uk:
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Jordan Weissmann / The Atlantic:
Why Porn and Journalism Have the Same Big Problem
Discussion: JIMROMENESKO.COM and bookforum.com
Kimber Streams / The Verge:
AFP's e-diplomacy tool maps tweets between world leaders
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Another Reuters magazine, this time targeting the Aspen Ideas set
Bloomberg:
DirecTV, Dish Are Said To Receive Justice Department Requests
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Ex-GOOD staffers were funded for Tomorrow magazine issue within 5 hours