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9:20 AM ET, August 12, 2013


 Top News: 
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
NBC Buying Web Service to Stream Phone Video  —  When a plane crashes or a protest turns violent, television crews speed to the scene.  But they typically do not arrive for minutes or even hours, so these days photos and videos by amateurs — what the news industry calls “user-generated content” — fill the void.
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:   NBC News Scooping Up Mobile Video Site Stringwire
Christine Haughney / New York Times:
Time Magazine Branches Out Into Documentary Films  —  As most print news outlets scramble to find greater profits in a punishing media market by adding more online video content, they are trying to figure out exactly what kind of video content they want to provide.  Do they produce short, televisionlike broadcasts?
Discussion: @kirapollack and MWD
David Carr / New York Times:
Magazine Writing on the Web, for Film  —  To many writers, to almost anyone for that matter, Joshuah Bearman and Joshua Davis are living the dream.  As accomplished practitioners of big, nonfiction magazine writing, they regularly publish articles in Wired, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone and many other A-list titles.
Natalia Mazotte / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Journalism and video games come together as a new form of storytelling in Brazil  —  Editor's note: Our friends at the Knight Center for the Americas are taking a look into the spread of gamification of the news in Latin America.  In a Q&A originally posted on the Journalism in the Americas blog …
Dylan Byers / Politico:
FT names Edgecliffe-Johnson U.S. Editor  —  Via Mike Allen's Playbook (bold mine): “The Financial Times ... announces the appointment of Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson (@Edgecliffe) as US news editor.  From October he will coordinate the FT's daily Americas news coverage globally.
Peter Whoriskey / Washington Post:
For Bezos, The Post represents new frontier  —  One summer day as a kid riding in the back seat of his grandparents' car, the young Jeff Bezos, a natural at math, made a morbid calculation.  How much was his grandmother's life expectancy diminished by her cigarette smoking?
Hamish McKenzie / PandoDaily:
Study: Mobile news “snacking” is up sharply, but tablets are the killer news devices  —  People are turning to their mobile devices to read news more than ever before, but they're spending less time in news apps on each visit, according to new figures from mobile and Web apps analytics company Localytics.
Discussion: @hamishmckenzie
Kenneth Chang / New York Times:
‘Like’ This Article Online?  Your Friends Will Probably Approve, Too, Scientists Say  —  If you “like” this article on a site like Facebook, somebody who reads it is more likely to approve of it, even if the reporting and writing are not all that great.  —  But surprisingly …
Discussion: TechCrunch and The Register
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Some new data & further thoughts on my save & read it later habits  —  One of the things I like about the internet (as opposed to hating it) is the opportunity to engage in meaningful discussions with really smart people and walk away more educated from those interactions.
Mike Snider / USA Today:
Internet TVs may drive consumers to cut pay TV cord  —  A “perfect storm” of online video, new devices, rising prices and programming blackouts is eroding traditional pay-TV providers' grip on living rooms.  —  CONNECT  —  The evidence of a pay-TV cord-cutting effect is growing.
Discussion: TBI Vision and
Jim Romenesko:
Listen to AOL CEO Tim Armstrong fire Patch's creative director during a conference call  —  AOL chief executive Tim Armstrong fired Patch creative director Abel Lenz two minutes into Friday's call with Patch employees.  Lenz's sin: Taking a picture of the CEO during his talk.
Steve Hewlett / Guardian:
James Harding's BBC drama will play out in the public spotlight  —  The incoming director of news will find the corporation very different to the Times - and will face the full scrutiny of the press  —  James Harding has moved from one national institution to another.  But that's where any similarity ends.
Discussion: BBC and The Drum
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