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2:00 AM ET, June 4, 2013


 Top News: 
Katherine Rushton / Telegraph:
Apple fights to dismiss evidence in ebook price fixing row  —  Apple was battling to limit the torrent of emails which could be used as evidence in its price fixing trial on Monday, as dozens of damning messages painted a picture of a coordinated attempt to force the prices of ebooks upwards.
Jeff John Roberts / paidContent:
Justice Department releases slides showing alleged Apple ebook conspiracy  —  The federal government is pressing its legal and PR case against Apple in New York federal court today.  It released some slides from the proceedings that are intended to highlight the intended conspiracy.  Here's a look.
Discussion: CNET, AllThingsD, Forbes and New York Times
Zachary M. Seward / Quartz:
Execs from Apple and publishing houses calling each other idiots  —  The US government's antitrust lawsuit against Apple, which had its first day of trial today in New York, is worth keeping an eye on for at least two reasons: 1) The outcome could affect the entire media industry; and 2) …
Discussion: Bloomberg, Pulse 2.0, AllThingsD and Reuters
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
Why Does the American Media Get Big Stories Wrong?  —  A magazine publisher has written a provocative article raising that question.  I try to offer some answers.  —  In an article titled “Our American Pravda,” Ron Unz, the businessman, writer, and publisher of The American Conservative …
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
The Journalist's New Escape Plan: Start-Ups  —  Tech start-ups are fishing vets from old media.  And old media vets are biting.  —  Image by Nasdaq via Facebook, Zef Nikolla, File / AP  —  At first glance, it all makes sense.  Leave the broken, somewhat depressing world of media …
Discussion: @rafe, @dvg and @binowski
Mallary Jean Tenore / Poynter:
Abramson, Woodward & Brokaw speak out about DOJ media investigations  —  In a “Face the Nation” interview about the Department of Justice investigating journalists, The New York Times' Jill Abramson said “the process of newsgathering is being criminalized.”
Jack Mirkinson / The Huffington Post:
‘The Chilling Effect’ Is Here  —  On Sunday, New York Times editor Jill Abramson appeared on “Face the Nation” and echoed what has become a common refrain in the wake of the Justice Department's media investigations.  —  “The reporters who work for the Times in Washington have told …
Discussion: Guardian
Gregory Warner / NPR:
For Young Somali Journalists, Work Often Turns Deadly … Shabelle Media is Somalia's largest news outlet — and a very dangerous place to work.  Of the 12 journalists gunned down in the country last year, four were reporting for Shabelle.  —  A number of the reporters are teenagers, some as young as 15.
New York Times:
Advertising on Social Media Bumps Up Against Free Speech  —  As social media sites pursue advertising in a bid for new revenue, they are finding that they must simultaneously create a safe space for the advertisers they attract.  —  With the money, they are discovering, comes responsibility.
Nikki Finke /
Nikki Finke To Sharon Waxman: Just Stop It  —  Right now I am not going to discuss my Deadline Hollywood contract or my relationship with my boss Jay Penske.  Why?  Because I don't have to.  If that changes, I'll tell you.  (I also didn't post about this imbecilic digital ad …
Anna Mulrine / Christian Science Monitor:
Bradley Manning: Patriotic whistle-blower or American traitor?  —  The court-martial of Pfc. Bradley Manning began Monday.  Manning has said the documents he sent to WikiLeaks served a valuable purpose.  Others agree, but that might not help him legally.  —  WASHINGTON
Ed Pilkington / Guardian:
Bradley Manning's WikiLeaks trial: what are the key issues at stake?
AJ Marechal / Variety:
A+E Networks Promotes Key Execs, Creates A+E Studios … On the heels of being upped to CEO and prez of A+E Networks, Nancy Dubuc has restructured the exec ranks of the A+E cabler portfolio, and announced the inception of in-house shingle A+E Studios, which will be run by Robert DiBitetto.
New York Times:
Jordan Blocks Local Access to 300 News Web Sites  —  AMMAN, Jordan — The Jordanian government has blocked local access to 300 news Web sites under a new law that the sites' editors and international journalism experts have derided as dangerous censorship aimed at quelling criticism of King Abdullah II.
Bill Carter / New York Times:
Devoted to Politics, MSNBC Slips on Breaking News  —  At MSNBC they view it as rooting against death and destruction: the last thing the channel wants is more months like the last two, filled with terror bombings, tornadoes and plant accidents.  —  It's not all altruism.
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Alison Langley / Columbia Journalism Review:
UK considers stepping up Internet blocking
Richard Horgan / FishbowlLA:
Kim Murphy Takes Over as LA Times National Editor
Discussion: FishbowlNY
André Natta / Poynter:
Local Birmingham TV station reports former mayor's death, only to be fact-checked by
Wayne Friedman / MediaPost:
Most TV/Video and Mobile TV Usage Is In Home
Discussion: GigaOM
Katerina Matsa /
Newsweek By The Numbers  —  On Tuesday, May 28, Variety reported …
Discussion: FishbowlNY and JIMROMENESKO.COM
Jim Romenesko:
Google and AP award six $20,000 scholarships to digital journalism students
Dylan Byers / Politico:
NBC/MSNBC to tap SCOTUSblog publisher
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Toronto Star:
Toronto Star reporter arrested, ticketed after taking photos of injured GO transit officer
Dylan Byers / Politico:
WaPo consolidates politics coverage, names Steven Ginsberg senior editor
Arif Durrani / Media Week:
Scott Trust appoints Virgin's Neil Berkett as chair of GMG
Discussion: Guardian
LSE Media Policy Project:
Nesta Research: Public Interest High, Advertiser Interest Low for Hyperlocal Media
Discussion: Street Fight
Katy Bachman / Adweek:
Study: Cross-Ownership of Media Doesn't Impact Minorities