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5:55 PM ET, March 28, 2013


 Top News: 
Otis Chandler / Goodreads:
Exciting News About Goodreads: We're Joining the Amazon Family!  —  When Elizabeth and I started Goodreads from my living room seven years ago, we set out to create a better way for people to find and share books they love.  It's been a wild ride seeing how the company has grown and watching …
Drew Olanoff / TechCrunch:
Amazon Acquires Social Reading Site Goodreads, Which Gives The Company A Social Advantage Over Apple  —  Today, Amazon has announced the acquisition of social reading service, Goodreads.  Specific terms of the deal weren't disclosed and it should close by the end of Q2.
Dan Reimold / MediaShift:
Business Insider Just Told College Students Their Secrets of Success  —  Earlier this month, in a Manhattan hotel conference room, a student journalist admitted being nervous about an upcoming business reporting internship.  “I'm going to be blunt,” she said.  “I'm 20.  I don't know about the Stock Exchange.
Patrick Smith / TheMediaBriefing:
Behind the business model of MailOnline, the biggest newspaper site in the world  —  There is much talk of paywalls at the moment, but don't forget the other side of the payfence: there is a huge opportunity in ad-supported free media and MailOnline is showing the way forward.
Discussion: paidContent and @jayrosen_nyu, Thanks:@mediabrief
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
After Casting Wide Net, CNN Finds Co-Host for Morning Show  —  In his search for a new morning television host that lasted months, the new head of CNN, Jeffrey Zucker, considered dozens of names, some boldface and some unknown.  It wasn't until he paired Christopher Cuomo …
Wendy Davis / MediaPost News:
Backpage Wins Permanent Order Blocking Tennesse Sex-Trafficking Law  —  In a victory for, a federal judge in Tennessee has permanently barred the state from enforcing a 2012 law regulating online ads.  That law, which was aimed at curbing the sex-trafficking of teens …
Discussion: NetNewsCheck Latest
Jack Mirkinson / The Huffington Post:
Barbara Walters Retiring Next Year  —  Barbara Walters is set to retire from broadcasting in May 2014, a person familiar with her plans told The Huffington Post.  —  There will be a years' worth of specials about Walters' storied broadcasting career before then.
Edmund Lee / Businessweek:
AOL Waits for a Huffington Post Payoff  —  Two years after their merger, seated side by side in a corner conference room at AOL's (AOL) Manhattan headquarters on March 20, Chief Executive Officer Tim Armstrong and Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington say they couldn't be happier.
Discussion: @natives
Ken Yeung / The Next Web:
Storify starts to monetize with VIP, a premium plan for live-blogging, custom sources and more  —  Storify is moving forward with plans to realize its business model.  Today, the social media curator is announcing the launch of Storify VIP, its premium service designed for media organizations …
Discussion: TechCrunch, Mashable and Storify
Ann Friedman / Columbia Journalism Review:
Quotas get results  —  A chat with MSNBC's Chris Hayes on tapping sources more diverse than the usual pool of white dudes  —  Let's face it: The conversation about diversity in journalism is mostly boring hand-wringing.  With each new byline count, it's easy to despair that gender …
Discussion: Poynter, TVNewser, Politico and @jcstearns
Foreign Affairs:
Foreign Affairs Launches iPad Extra Franchise with “Foreign Affairs on Television”  —  On March 28, Lynda Hammes, the publisher of Foreign Affairs, unveiled “Foreign Affairs on Television” to a crowd of industry professionals at the MPA Swipe Conference.  This special edition …
Discussion: Folio
Jessica Testa / BuzzFeed:
Matt Lauer Apologizes To Disgruntled Former Intern On Twitter  —  Sort of.  The Today host is not having the best week.  It started Tuesday, when an executive producer at Fox 8 in Cleveland tweeted something said by anchor/reporter Mark Zinni.
Joe Flint / Los Angeles Times:
Steve Swartz to succeed Frank Bennack as CEO of Hearst Corp.  —  One of the longest-serving chief executives in the media industry is stepping down.  —  Frank A. Bennack Jr., chief executive of Hearst Corp. since 1979, will give up that title in June.  Steven Swartz, currently president and chief operating officer, will become CEO.
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Robert Channick / Chicago Tribune:
Sun-Times, Tribune in print dispute
Keith Weir / Reuters:
Perform teams up with Sporting News for U.S. push
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Rachel McAthy /
Two years in: Reflections on the New York Times paywall
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Court approves Journal Register bankruptcy sale
Discussion: Digital First Media
Will Sommer / Washington City Paper:
Washington Post Publisher Made $2.4 Million Last Year
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Penguin will offer its new ebooks to libraries again as of April 2
Alison Langley / Columbia Journalism Review:
French antipiracy efforts unsuccessful
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