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6:20 PM ET, May 2, 2014

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Mike Giglio / BuzzFeed:
Buzzfeed's Mike Giglio describes his kidnapping and release in eastern Ukraine  —  “I Should Kill You Right Here”  —  Pro-Russian rebels kidnap more U.S. journalists amid fresh unrest in east Ukraine.  “Do you know the things America has been doing here?”  —  Pro-Russian armed men south of Slovyansk, eastern Ukraine
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Jack Mirkinson / The Huffington Post:
CBS, BuzzFeed, Sky News Journalists Detained In Ukraine  —  A group of Western journalists from a number of news outlets was detained by pro-Russian militants in Eastern Ukraine on Friday.  —  CBS reporter Clarissa Ward and her news crew, along with BuzzFeed's Mike Giglio and reporters from Sky News …
Cassie Walker Burke / Politico:
The White House Beat, Uncovered  —  What the hacks of 1600 Penn really think.  —  The White House Correspondents' Association began as a response to Woodrow Wilson's threat to end presidential press conferences.  A century later, White House reporters no longer have to line up outside …
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Tina Daunt / Hollywood Reporter:
Few Movie Stars Set to Attend White House Correspondents' Dinner  —  One Hollywood insider says the A-listers are avoiding the event because they get “pawed at” as “people act like a bunch of kids at the Kids' Choice Award.”  —  They may govern the free world's leading nation and regulate …
Reuters:
Comcast nears deal to stream Electronic Arts games to TVs via its X1 platform  —  Exclusive - Comcast nears deal to stream EA games to TVs: sources  —  (Reuters) - Comcast Corp may soon allow customers using its cloud-connected X1 cable box system to buy games from Electronic Arts Inc through …
Discussion: VentureBeat, Engadget, The Verge and Polygon
John McDermott / Digiday:
Newspapers are lagging behind in the mobile traffic boom  —  The Internet is becoming an increasingly mobile medium, but it appears that newspaper publishers are not only struggling to make the transition, they're falling behind.  —  This year, for the first time ever …
Discussion: @pottsmark and @elanazak
James Ball / Guardian:
Why can't nerds break news instead of just explaining it?  —  There is ‘breaking’ news that masquerades as ‘exclusive’, and then there's a true scoop.  Here's hoping the new wave of explainer sites won't forget  —  How similar is reporting the Snowden files to indulging in five minutes of self-gratification?
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Felix Salmon:
On the scoop culture, and why we should move away from journalism-for-journalists
Ken Doctor / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Quartz has a large global audience and strong mobile advertiser base, 19 months after launch  —  The newsonomics of Quartz, 19 months in … Quartz, at the tender age of 19 months, can hardly be considered a father to Vox, FiveThirtyEight, and The Upshot.  Clearly, though, it's a major influence.
Kia Kokalitcheva / VentureBeat:
Vine TV is here, and it looks like YouTube  —  Twitter-owned Vine has just given its website a slick revamp, and the results are reminiscent of a video site that starts with “You” and ends with “Tube.”  —  The new Vine features users' videos, playlists and a big, fat search bar to help you find whatever vineries you'd like to see.
Nicole Levy / Capital New York:
W.S.J. unveils digital video portal, called Signal  —  The Wall Street Journal unveiled plans for a “digital video magazine,” called Signal, at its presentation for the Digital Content Newfronts on Friday morning in Midtown.  —  “Signal will curate an eclectic mix of short video dispatches …
Discussion: AdAge and Wall Street Journal
Tim Molloy / The Wrap:
Sorry Wikipedia: YouTube Says It's the New Encyclopedia  —  Sorry, Wikipedia: YouTube says it is the world's new encyclopedia.  —  YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki went before advertisers Wednesday to offer them the chance to buy ads during the site's most desirable videos.  It's an initiative called Google Preferred.
Tom Cheredar / VentureBeat:
Kaltura buys Tvinci to become the Swiss army knife of video platforms  —  Open-source video platform Kaltura has purchased pay TV service startup Tvinci, the companies announced today.  Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.  —  Tvinci's white-label platform offers paid-TV providers …
 
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Louise Roug / Columbia Journalism Review:
Drones are cheap, simple, and potential game changers for newsrooms
Natan Edelsburg / Lost Remote:
Chatterbox: an inside look at social TV in Thailand
Discussion: @jandwmedia and @stkonrath
John Wihbey / Nieman Journalism Lab:
What's New in Digital and Social Media Research: How Facebook rumors spread, and the rise of the collaborative news clip
Discussion: @niemanlab
Michael Meyer / Columbia Journalism Review:
As membership models spread across news outlets, lessons from the Voice of San Diego
IUB Newsroom:
IU survey: U.S. journalists say they are less satisfied and have less autonomy
Discussion: @barryhollander
John McDuling / Quartz:
The reinvention of MTV, chapter one million
Discussion: @qz
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Luke O'Brien / Politico:
How to Lose $100 Million - The undoing of Tina Brown
Discussion: The New York Observer
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
Viacom's Big U.K. Bet: CEO Philippe Dauman Discusses Channel 5 Deal
Discussion: @thr and Guardian
Gregory Ferenstein / VentureBeat:
Steve Jobs biographer: Why online media turned to ads — and why that failed
Capital New York:
ASME Chief Exec Sid Holt: Readers on the web want dancing cats and longform journalism
Deron Lee / Columbia Journalism Review:
Tensions rising in newsrooms as execs get bonuses while journalists face cuts
Discussion: The Newspaper Guild