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5:10 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?
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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.
The Atlantic Online:
David Frum Named Senior Editor at The Atlantic  —  Washington, D.C. (March 19, 2014)— The veteran political commentator and author David Frum is joining The Atlantic as a senior editor beginning March 31, James Bennet, editor in chief of The Atlantic, announced today.
Ben Branstetter / Daily Dot:
Newsweek's Bitcoin facepalm got Internet culture wrong  —  When Newsweek ceased publishing their print edition at the end of 2012, ending an 80-year stint as a stalwart of the American news industry, it was largely seen as the first national casualty of the digital era, a titan felled …
Discussion: PandoDaily and The Huffington Post
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Eugene Volokh / Washington Post:
Reverse defamation, the Newsweek Bitcoin story, and Satoshi Nakamoto
Discussion: @jerrybrito and @marshallyoum
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’
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.
Discussion: @mathewi, @digiday and @ryansholin
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 …
Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke / The New York Observer:
How a Fleet Street Scandal Sheet Conquered the Internet  —  In the cutthroat world of British tabloids, where the explosive Fleet Street editor is a stock character, Martin Clarke still stood out as a particularly fearsome newsroom presence.  Even more so when he came to New York in 2011 to expand the Daily Mail's digital footprint.
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: Forbes, @raju and @niemanlab
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
NAA's new chairman says newspaper biz should have collaborated sooner  —  At the Newspaper Association of America's mediaXchange conference Tuesday, Robert Dickey, the president of Gannett's U.S. Community Publishing division, said U.S. papers should have collaborated more before the meteor hit:
Emerging Technology From the arXiv:
Data Mining Reveals How Conspiracy Theories Emerge on Facebook  —  Some people are more susceptible to conspiracy theories than others, say computational social scientists who have studied how false ideas jump the “credulity barrier” on Facebook.  —  During the Italian elections last year …
Discussion: @kissane, @kdnuggets and @dailygrail
Mary Clare Fischer / American Journalism Review:
No Analytics for You: News Sites Grapple With Who Can See Data  —  Editor's Note: This is the second post in a series examining the influence of analytics on how news is produced.  —  When journalist Russell Brandom first came to The Verge, he was on the “weird” beat.
Discussion: @reckless, @utknightcenter and AJR.org
Angela Haggerty / The Drum:
Edward Snowden wouldn't have come to us if a paywall had been in the way, says Guardian's deputy chief executive  —  US whistleblower Edward Snowden would not have given his material to the Guardian had the website sat behind a paywall, according to the Guardian's deputy chief executive, David Pemsel.
Ryan Chittum / Columbia Journalism Review:
Too good to check: study of robot journalism spawns coverage showing journalism's weaknesses  —  Automatic approval for weak study on robot journalism  —  Poor reporting accepts a flimsy report as gospel  —  “Could robots be the journalists of the future?” asks The Guardian.
 
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Donald R. Winslow / NPPA:
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Thomas Johnson / Re/code:
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Patrick Frater / Variety:
Asian digital TV penetration to reach 97.5% with revenues of $46B by 2020
Discussion: WorldScreen.com
Erik Wemple:
Politico CEO declares ‘early success’ with Capital New York
Discussion: Politico and Capital New York
Ray Clancy / Press Gazette:
Pro Scottish independence news website Wings Over Scotland raises £100k via crowdfunding
Discussion: @pressgazette
Cristian Giulietti / Online Journalism Blog:
Interview: president of IRPI Cecilia Anesi talks about secure leaks platform IRPILeaks
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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
Discussion: Guardian
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
Bekah Grant / Medium:
Confessions of an ex-tech journalist
Sam Kirkland / Poynter:
AP's White House staff: Press losing presidential access as Obama officials close doors
Discussion: Mediaite, FishbowlDC and ap.org