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9:05 AM ET, March 27, 2014

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Felix Salmon:
Grand, immersive designs, increasingly common in journalism, vastly oversell smaller stories  —  Against beautiful journalism  —  Have you seen that site's gorgeous new redesign?  Every article has a nice big headline, huge photos, loads of white space, intuitive and immersive scrolling …
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Charting the years-long decline of local news reporting  —  The Manassas News & Messenger survived Reconstruction, multiple recessions and depressions, assorted wars and the dismantling of Jim Crow laws throughout Virginia and the South.  But the Internet was another matter.
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Marie K. Shanahan / Columbia Journalism Review:
Hyperlocal news experiments swamp Connecticut's affluent Fairfield County
Discussion: Street Fight
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEightDataLab:
Silver fires back at critic Krugman by quantifying his columns mentioning FiveThirtyEight  —  For Columnist, a Change of Tone  —  A New York Times columnist has expressed substantially more negative sentiments about FiveThirtyEight since it left The New York Times, according to a FiveThirtyEight analysis.
Wall Street Journal:
Twitter rolling out new music strategy centered on music conversations and content this week  —  Twitter to Relaunch Music Strategy  —  Move Comes Shortly After It Pulled #Music App from iTunes  —  Twitter Inc. is trying out a new tune.  The short-messaging service is preparing to roll …
Discussion: @maura
Ronan McGreevy / The Irish Times:
‘Guardian’ threatened with closure over Snowden leaks, conference told  —  Deputy editor details extent to which intelligence agencies tried to stop newspaper's disclosures  —  The Guardian newspaper was threatened with closure by the British government over the Edward Snowden spying affair …
Alex Sherman / Bloomberg:
Dish's Ergen Said to Approach DirecTV CEO White About Merger  —  Dish Network Corp. Chairman Charlie Ergen recently contacted DirecTV Chief Executive Officer Mike White to discuss a merger of the two satellite television companies, according to several people with knowledge of the matter.
Emerging Technology From the arXiv:
The Curious Nature of Sharing Cascades on Facebook  —  Most content on Facebook is shared a few times but some can be shared millions of times.  Now computer scientists are beginning to understand the difference.  —  One of the defining features of social content is the way pictures, video and text is shared among many users.
Discussion: @niemanlab
Angela Washeck / 10,000 Words:
What NYT Now Means For the Times and Mobile Journalism  —  The New York Times has been a bit slow getting with the program, as mobile offerings go.  NYT Now, an $8 app billed monthly, will offer top stories as curated by Times editors on mobile phones (it's not clear yet when an iPad version is coming) starting April 2.
Discussion: Poynter, TechCrunch and FishbowlNY
Mark DeCambre / Quartz:
Spotify is planning an IPO for this fall  —  Spotify could take itself public some time in the fall of 2014.  —  The popular music-streaming company has participated in informal chats with some of the investment banks likely to fight for a role in a potential IPO, sources familiar with the process said.
Discussion: USA Today and The Daily Caller
César Puerta / The Twitter Blog:
Twitter rolls out photo tagging, ability to share up to four photos in a tweet  —  Photos just got more social  —  We're rolling out two new mobile features that make photos on Twitter more social.  One is photo tagging, which lets you tag the people in your photo; the other is the ability to include up to four photos in a Tweet.
Sophie Warnes / Mirror:
Blocking the publication of Prince Charles' letters has cost taxpayers £274,000 and counting  —  The cost of preventing the publication of Prince Charles' letters has cost taxpayers £274,481 since the government started fighting to block their publication
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Mail Online ad revenue up 51% but misses overall target  —  Website falls short of £5m a month rate set by Daily Mail & General Trust to meet financial year goal of £60m  —  Mail Online made an average of £4.6m a month in revenue in the five months to the end of the financial year, missing its £5m target.
Discussion: Press Gazette
Capital New York:
The 60-second interview: Neetzan Zimmerman, Whisper editor in chief  —  CAPITAL: Whisper allows its users to share their secrets anonymously as macro-image overlays.  There's been a spate of privacy- and secret-concerned applications coming to market lately.  Is this a sign of the NSA-watching times?
Discussion: @mathewi and @capitalnewyork
Juliette Garside / Guardian:
Broadcasters slash YouView funding leaving BT and TalkTalk to plug gap  —  BBC, ITV, Channel 4, and Channel 5 fear platform has been hijacked by telecoms companies as a pay-lite vehicle  —  The BBC and other broadcasters are poised to drop their annual contribution to the YouView set top box venture by 85%.
Discussion: seenit.co.uk
Abigail Edge / Journalism.co.uk:
With paywall, UK's Times Newspapers cut losses from £72 million in 2009 to £6 million in 2013  —  The Times ‘moving towards profit’ since paywall launch  —  According to Alan Hunter, head of digital at The Times and Sunday Times, Times Newspapers has moved from a £72 million loss …
Discussion: mUmBRELLA
Robert Andrews / Beet.TV:
New York Times CEO Mark Thompson: Finding an Upside with Custom Ad Solutions & New Paid Services  —  LONDON — The New York Times must halt its digital advertising decline as a priority, says CEO Mark Thompson in this interview with Beet.TV  —  Advertising, which historically …
Discussion: ComPost, The Huffington Post and 9to5Mac, Thanks:@beet_tv
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Henry Taylor / TheMediaBriefing:
NYT CEO: 'We'll continue to have a newspaper 7 days a week for many years to come'
Discussion: @murdochdavis and New York Times, Thanks:@rorybrown
James Robinson / PandoDaily:
Outdoor ads that can count faces are useful for advertisers, terrifying for everyone else  —  There's no genre of advertising at more of a disadvantage than outdoor ("out of home") ads.  —  Online advertisers know how many people saw an ad, how many clicked, when they engaged …
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
Aereo Says A Win For Broadcasters Would Have “Chilling” Consequences To Cloud Computing  —  Aereo has today filed its response brief with the Supreme Court in a case that will make or break the streaming TV startup.  So far, we're in the preliminary stages of this particular case …
Farhad Manjoo / New York Times:
Why Movie Streaming Services Are Unsatisfying — and Will Stay So  —  A team of web designers recently released an astonishingly innovative app for streaming movies online.  The program, Popcorn Time, worked a bit like Netflix, except it had one unusual, killer feature.  It was full of movies you'd want to watch.
Discussion: @jtoeman and @davewiner
Alexander Howard / Tow Center for Digital Journalism:
Debugging the backlash to data journalism  —  While the craft and context that underlies “data journalism” is well-known to anyone who knows the history of computer-assisted reporting (CAR), the term itself is a much more recent creation.  —  This past week, data journalism broke …
Discussion: @niemanlab, @chasedavis and @chanders
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
Willow Bay to lead journalism school at USC Annenberg  —  Annenberg school for Communications and Journalism  —  Willow Bay will be the new director of the School of Journalism at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, the school announced in a press release Wednesday.
TechCrunch:
TubeMogul Files For $75M IPO, With $57M In Revenue And A $7M Net Loss For 2013  —  Video ad platform TubeMogul has filed its S-1, declaring its plans to go public with an offering of up to $75 million.  And it's doing so with what appears to be pretty healthy gross margins, though with an overall net loss.
 
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