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12:00 PM ET, March 19, 2014

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Leon Wieseltier / The New Republic:
Nate Silver could learn a lot from those op-ed columnists he maligns  —  Nate Silver could learn a lot from those op-ed columnists he maligns  —  I wish to say a word or two in defense of “bulls**t.”  That is Nate Silver's meticulously chosen term—he does nothing imprecisely—for opinion journalism.
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Benjamin Wallace-Wells / New York Magazine:
Why Do We Expect So Much From Nate Silver?  —  “It is time for us to start making the news a little nerdier,” Nate Silver announced in an essay, written in a Red Bull—aided last-minute cram session, which aimed to explain the philosophy behind his new ESPN-housed data journalism venture, FiveThirtyEight, which launched this week.
Justin B. Smith / Medium:
Bloomberg Media—A New Direction  —  Bloomberg L.P. has built a significant media business over the last 20 years.  Our television, digital, magazine, radio and live event platforms span the globe.  Our influence is considerable, but Bloomberg Media's greatest potential has yet to still be realized.
Discussion: Poynter and @brianstelter
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Brian Morrissey / Digiday:
Justin Smith's plan for where Bloomberg Media goes next  —  It has now been 100 days since former Atlantic Media CEO Justin Smith took over as CEO of Bloomberg Media.  He has used that time to craft his vision for where Bloomberg goes next.  —  In Smith's eyes, Bloomberg Media's opportunity is immense.
Michael Holden / Reuters:
News Corp executives pressured ex-reporter to take phone-hacking rap - court  —  (Reuters) - The former royal editor at Rupert Murdoch's now defunct News of the World told a London court on Wednesday senior figures at News Corp.'s British newspaper arm put pressure on him to take the flak for phone-hacking to protect others.
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BBC:   Phone-hacking trial: Andy Coulson ‘urged silence on hacking’
Marc Weisblott / Canada.com:
John Stackhouse is no longer the editor-in-chief of the Globe and Mail  —  There will be a new editor-in-chief at the Globe and Mail next week.  —  David Walmsley, who was most recently the director of content at CBC News, will return to the national newspaper where he previously worked …
Rachel Bartlett / Journalism.co.uk:
Huffington Post UK pursues 60-second political news videos  —  In its first foray into short-form video content creation, Huffington Post UK has reported ‘more than 25,000’ plays of the first eight versions of its minute-long opinion-led videos  —  Huffington Post UK is the latest news outlet …
Erik Wemple:
Politico CEO declares ‘early success’ with Capital New York  —  Last December, Politico CEO Jim VandeHei engineered a re-launch of Capital New York, the news site that Politico's publisher had purchased in September.  The re-boot involved hiring more staffers, going heavy on policy coverage …
Discussion: Politico and Capital New York
Eugene Volokh / Washington Post:
Reverse defamation, the Newsweek Bitcoin story, and Satoshi Nakamoto  —  A recent Newsweek story identified one Dorian Satoshi Nakamoto, a 64-year-old engineer living in Southern California, as the Satoshi Nakamoto who is said to have created Bitcoin.  Dorian Nakamoto denies it, and there's talk of a possible lawsuit.
Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The nonprofit Africa Check wants to build more fact-checking into the continent's journalism  —  The words are superimposed over a photo of a soccer stadium sitting empty at dusk: “Imagine a dead body in each seat of this World Cup soccer stadium...THAT is the amount of whites killed in [South Africa] in black on white violence!”
Discussion: @raju and @niemanlab
Ricardo Bilton / Digiday:
Rap Genius wants to annotate the news  —  For publishers today, context is king.  The recent surge in interest in explanatory journalism is predicated on the idea that there's a lot of value — and hence money — in publishers explaining dense topics to readers in a way that they can understand and easily digest.
Sam Kirkland / Poynter:
AP's White House staff: Press losing presidential access as Obama officials close doors  —  AP's White House correspondent Julie Pace and its chief White House photographer Charles Dharapak warned colleagues on Tuesday that once the press loses its access to the president, it cannot be recovered.
Discussion: Mediaite, FishbowlDC and ap.org
Ray Clancy / Press Gazette:
Pro Scottish independence news website Wings Over Scotland raises £100k via crowdfunding  —  A pro-independence Scottish political website has raised nearly £100,000 via crowdfunding in the space of a couple of weeks.  —  Wings Over Scotland was founded in 2011 by journalist Stewart Campbell …
Cristian Giulietti / Online Journalism Blog:
Interview: president of IRPI Cecilia Anesi talks about secure leaks platform IRPILeaks  —  Last year the Investigative Reporting Italian Project (IRPI) introduced a platform for Italian and international whistleblowers, the first of its kind in the country.  —  The project has been called IRPILeaks …
Om Malik / Fast Company:
Why native advertising will work for social media but no one else  —  The lens through which I view the media world is pretty simple: If you are in the business of sucking up attention, then you are in the media business.  Both old and new publishers, from The New York Times to BuzzFeed …
Discussion: @bill_gross, @halvorson and @niemanlab, Thanks:@steverubel
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Pandora raises One price to $4.99 per month for new subscribers and scraps annual option, blames royalty rates  —  Pandora today announced changes to its Pandora One subscription plan, which charges users to listen without advertising.  The company is keeping the same pricing …
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Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Streaming Subscriptions Are Now a Billion-Dollar Business, but Music Sales Stall
Discussion: @jyarow
Bekah Grant / Medium:
Confessions of an ex-tech journalist  —  20 months, 1,740+ articles, and countless pitches later, I've got some truths to tell  —  I know how a gazelle feels.  There you are, working hard out on the savanna and then BAM!  The predators descend, chasing you across the plains, licking their lips …
 
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Jim Romenesko:
Jonathan Eig sells his ChicagoSide sports site
Discussion: @mr_innovation and Robert Feder
Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Q&A: Engin Önder and Zeynep Tufekci on 140journos and the state of journalism in Turkey
Andrew Albanese / Publishers Weekly:
Judge Rules for HarperCollins in Open Road E-Book Dispute
Ben Woods / The Next Web:
Google Chromecast now available in Canada, UK and 9 other European countries
Australian Associated Press:
Interim Egyptian president will ‘spare no effort’ to have Peter Greste released
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
Big names back press regulation underpinned by royal charter
Discussion: Press Gazette
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
What Viacom Has to Show for Seven Years of Pursuing YouTube (Analysis)
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Tara Conlan / Guardian:
Nearly 150 MPs supporting decriminalising non-payment of BBC license fee
Discussion: ConservativeHome and BBC
Tim Kenneally / The Wrap:
ABC News Affiliate Helicopter Crash in Seattle Leaves 2 Dead
Margaret Sullivan / New York Times:
Introducing ‘AnonyWatch’: Tracking Nameless Quotations in The Times
Paul Sawers / The Next Web:
Sky is bringing a new buy-and-keep movie service to the UK and Ireland ‘in the coming weeks’
Discussion: Guardian
Bill Carter / New York Times:
CNN's Ratings Surge With Coverage of the Mystery of the Missing Airliner
Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The Washington Post goes national by offering free digital access to readers of local newspapers