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3:00 AM ET, July 1, 2013


 Top News: 
David Carr / New York Times:
Journalism, Even When It's Tilted  —  In a refracted media world where information comes from everywhere, the line between two “isms” — journalism and activism — is becoming difficult to discern.  As American news media have pulled back from international coverage, nongovernmental organizations …
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
There are no journalists, there is only the service of journalism.  —  Yes, I know that in condensed form, that may sound like a parodic tweet.  But please consider the idea.  —  Thanks to the Snowden-Greenwald NSA story, we are headed into another spate of debate about who is and isn't a journalist.
Discussion: Joho the Blog
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:
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
Discussion: TeleRead
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: TeleRead and MoneyBeat
Nick Statt / ReadWrite:
Siri Will Now Read You The News, Courtesy of Wibbitz  —  Israeli startup Wibbitz doesn't want you to read the news.  It wants to read the news to you, in the form of 1-2 minute video summaries narrated by a helpful synthetic voice and accompanied by video of related images and animated infographics.
Discussion: paidContent and TechCrunch
Corey Hutchins / Columbia Journalism Review:
The Post and Courier, in transition  —  Charleston's paper is getting a makeover.  Will State House coverage be central to its future?  —  COLUMBIA, SC — The Charleston Post and Courier, South Carolina's oldest and largest daily, is a newspaper in transition.  A new editor.  A new(ish) paywall.
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 Variety
Sara Morrison / The Wrap:
LA Times Hit By Layoffs As Profits Plunge 41% at Tribune (Updated)
Discussion: JIMROMENESKO.COM and LA Observed
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.
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 …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
TouchCast Thinks It Can Create Smarter Web Videos Than YouTube  —  Startup pitches iPad app for creating interactive video broadcasts, which require its own media player  —  TouchCast is touting an app for creating Internet videos with fully interactive, live web elements far superior …
Discussion: Beet.TV
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