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1:45 PM ET, June 30, 2013


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Margaret Sullivan / The Public Editor's Journal:
Who's a Journalist?  A Question With Many Facets and One Sure Answer  —  Behind almost every correction in The Times, there is a story.  In the case of the correction about Alexa O'Brien, the story is a particularly interesting one.  —  The correction, which was in Wednesday's paper, read:
Josh Stearns / Boing Boing:
Acts of Journalism and the Espionage Act  —  Earlier this month, federal prosecutors filed a formal criminal complaint against Edward Snowden charging him with three felonies for leaking information about the National Security Agency's surveillance programs to Glenn Greenwald at the Guardian and Barton Gellman at the Washington Post.
Al Jazeera America network ramps up ahead of debut  —  (Reuters) - Al Jazeera America has hired hundreds of journalists and finalized parts of its programming schedule, as it moves ahead with its plan to create a mainstream U.S. cable news channel that aims to compete with dominant networks like CNN and Fox.
Walter Hamilton / Los Angeles Times:
Profit at L.A. Times owner Tribune Co. plummets 41%  —  Tribune Co., owner of the Los Angeles Times, KTLA-TV and other media properties, reported declines in first-quarter income and revenue.  Above, the front entrance of Tribune Tower in Chicago.  (M. Spencer Green / AP / March 30, 2007)
Discussion: The Breakdown and LA Observed
Sara Morrison / The Wrap:
LA Times Hit by Another Round of ‘Modest’ Layoffs  —  At least 11 are believed to have been let go in the latest cutbacks  —  The Los Angeles Times has cut more employees in what the paper termed a “modest round of staff reductions” on Friday.  —  The layoffs coincided with the end …
Jessica E. Lessin / Wall Street Journal:
Why Is Apple Still Wrangling Over E-Books?  —  A question hangs over Apple Inc.'s e-books trial: Why is Apple fighting the U.S. Department of Justice when the book publishers the agency also sued chose to settle?  —  The answer lies in part in what's at stake.
Discussion: MoneyBeat
Julie Ahrens / The Art Newspaper:
Make copyright law less of a lottery  —  Sarah Morris settled her case with the makers of origami crease patterns who argued she had infringed their copyright.  Shown here: an installation view of the artist's Rockhopper [Origami], 2009, (right) based on the crease pattern Penguin by Noboru Miyajima
Joshua Gillin / Poynter:
Long-form website The Big Roundtable launches three months after Kickstarter campaign  —  Three months after Columbia Journalism professor Michael Shapiro launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $5,000 for a long-form journalism project dubbed The Big Roundtable, the site has gone live …
Loretta Chao / Wall Street Journal:
Brazil Protests Prompts Shift in Media Landscape  —  Independent ‘Ninja’ Journalists Gain Some Traction, Helped by Facebook  —  SÃO PAULO—Bruno Torturra quit his writing job at Brazil's biggest television network to start a social-media news team that reports with iPhones.
Rem Rieder / USA Today:
One newspaper cuts to survive; another invests to thrive … Talk about a study in contrasts.  —  One was a vision of an industry in rapid decline, one that needed to scale back dramatically on its beleaguered core product and reinvent itself to prevent a “descent into irrelevancy.”
Eliza Kern / GigaOM:
First Round Capital wants to be Harvard Business Review for startup founders  —  First Round Capital is announcing Friday that it's going to be taking the insights learned from its portfolio companies and launching a series of blog posts that give tactical advice to startup founders …
Turkish government combing Twitter in search of protest organizers to arrest  —  Turkish government officials are investigating Twitter and similar social media platforms in an attempt to identify and eventually prosecute the organizers of mass demonstrations, Erodgan administration officials said this week.
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