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2:50 PM ET, April 29, 2014


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Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
NYU will honor Matthew Power with literary reporting award  —  The spirit of Matthew Power's writing isn't easy to define, but his friend and editor Roger Hodge took a stab at it anyway: “strong, character-driven narratives with detailed scene writing, beautiful lyrical description,” …
Discussion: FishbowlNY, @poynter and @joshuahersh
Vevo Owners Said Close to Hiring Goldman to Explore Sale  —  Vevo LLC's four owners are close to hiring Goldman Sachs Group Inc. to explore sale options for the music video-hosting service, according to three people familiar with the matter.  —  The sale of a majority stake is being considered among …
Discussion: VentureBeat, Billboard, @pkafka and hypebot
Disney tried to buy Buzzfeed but talks broke down over price; Buzzfeed sought more than $1B  —  Disney tried to buy BuzzFeed  —  The merger conversations happened several months ago, but fell apart over price.  —  FORTUNE - The Walt Disney Co. was in talks to acquire online content …
Lucia Moses / Digiday:
Survey: 62 percent can't recall anything from native ads  —  Native advertising is growing in popularity, but it remains controversial.  Editorial purists fret that ads that mimic editorial content will confuse readers, undermining the integrity of the journalism surrounding it.
Discussion: @digiday
Tom Cheredar / VentureBeat:
Glam rebrands as ‘Mode Media,’ dives into streaming video business  —  Glam Media is giving itself a major makeover.  —  Today the company announced that it is changing its name to Mode Media to better reflect its extended focus on a wider variety of topic-based publications, including Foodie …
Discussion: Forbes, AdAge, Variety and VBProfiles
Laura Parker / New York Times:
Telltale Games adapts movies, books and TV shows to games, working with HBO on Game of Thrones  —  A Gaming Company Devoted to Narrative Tackles ‘Thrones’  —  SAN RAFAEL, Calif. — Behind closed doors and papered-over windows here, a half-dozen storytellers have been scrambling to conjure …
Tony Biasotti / Columbia Journalism Review:
Federal judge: Delayed access to court records raises First Amendment concerns  —  Courthouse News editor sees “nationwide plague”—and he'll get a chance to make his case  —  It's been a routine for generations of legal beat reporters: Every weekday afternoon, at courthouses across the United States …
Rosie Baker / AdNews:
News Corp introduces cross-title membership and reward scheme  —  News Corp is introducing a membership and reward scheme across its portfolio of newspaper titles to offer readers access to content from its online papers through a personalised hub.  —  The publisher claims …
Discussion: mUmBRELLA, News Corp Australia and B&T
Ian Burrell / The Independent:
Fears grow that the BBC News Channel could become online only  —  Fears are growing among BBC journalists that the 24-hour BBC News Channel could follow the youth-orientated BBC3 in becoming an online-only service.  —  The issue was discussed today at an internal meeting at the Radio Theatre inside …
Discussion: Press Gazette
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
National Journal's chief correspondent Michael Hirsh to become Politico mag's national editor  —  National Journal's Michael Hirsh Joins Politico Magazine  —  National Journal chief correspondent Michael Hirsh is leaving the publication to become national editor for Politico Magazine …
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Netflix researching “large-scale peer-to-peer technology” for streaming  —  Job ad says Netflix wants to “integrate P2P as an additional delivery mechanism.”  —  When we wrote about the possibility of Netflix using a peer-to-peer architecture for streaming earlier today …
Will Leitch / Sports on Earth:
The sports bubble inflated by cable TV will burst soon with tech and viewership changes  —  WHEN THE BUBBLE BURSTS  —  I've talked about this before, but it is worth remembering, one more time, that a lot fewer people care about sports than you and I — the type of people who read …
Cindy Royal / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Are journalism schools teaching their students the right skills?  —  If you are a journalism educator or media professional, I have news for you: We work in tech.  —  I know: That's not exactly what you signed up for when you entered the profession 20, 10, or even five years ago.  But things have changed.
Discussion: @sulliview and @betheleri
Associated Press:
AP Veteran David Scott Named Political Editor  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — David Scott, who leads news coverage in 14 states for The Associated Press as a regional editor, was named Tuesday as political editor to direct the news agency's national political reporting.
Discussion: Politico and @ap_corpcomm
Caysey Welton / Folio:
Digital newsstand app Zinio buys mobile publishing company Audience Media for undisclosed sum  —  Zinio Acquires Audience Media  —  Zinio gains new publishing tech that promotes mobile-first products.  —  Today, Zinio announced that it has acquired mobile publishing app company Audience Media for an undisclosed amount.
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Nick Summers / The Next Web:
BBC iPlayer recorded its best ever month in March, with 320 million programme requests
Cory Doctorow / Guardian:
Internet service providers charging for premium access hold us all to ransom
Discussion: Boing Boing
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Doonesbury's website moves to Washington Post from Slate
Zachary M. Seward / Quartz:
Quartz tracks changes in Netflix's ‘Long-Term View’ manifesto
Discussion: BGR
Tim Peterson / AdAge:
Yahoo Unveils Two Half-Hour Series to Compete for TV Ad Dollars
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