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7:50 AM ET, May 3, 2014

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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 …
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 …
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Alastair Reid / Journalism.co.uk:
Why cinema could influence online video journalism  —  Filmmakers and journalists should collaborate more in the same way as coders and journalists, David Dunkley Guimah told delegates at the International Journalism Festival  — Read more  —  Other top stories  —  Also on Journalism.co.uk...
Discussion: @niemanlab
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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Seth Fiegerman / Mashable:
A 1-Year-Old Magazine About Farming Is the Talk of the Media World  —  Ann Marie Gardner couldn't help but be starstruck by all the big names gathered at the Marriott Marquis in Manhattan for the National Magazine Awards.  Most in attendance worked at publications that had been around …
Discussion: Poynter
Wall Street Journal:
AOL, Yahoo among companies discussing deal for Fullscreen as interest rises in YouTube multi-channel networks  —  Web Video Deals Target Teens  —  Media companies on the hunt for elusive teen viewers are circling startups that produce popular videos for YouTube but have struggled to make profits.
Discussion: @nicolejordan
Jeff Clabaugh / Washington Business Journal:
Graham Holdings Q1: $132.1M net income, $840.6M revenue, boosted by sale of headquarters  —  Graham Holdings boosts net on HQ sale  —  Washington-based Graham Holdings Co> posted a big bump in profits from the sale of its headquarters building, but minus that, quarterly results were still better than a year ago.
Discussion: TVNewsCheck.com and Business Wire
Catherine Taibi / The Huffington Post:
More And More People Say Media Freedom In Their Country Is Declining  —  Just one day before World Press Freedom Day, a new poll by Gallup found that people around the world think their media is becoming less free.  —  Out of adults polled from 132 countries, a median of 26 percent of people …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Cox Signs On to Showtime's Streaming-Video Service  —  Cox Communications has launched Showtime Networks' Internet-video service, which lets subscribers of the premium cabler watch live and on-demand access to programming on a range of devices.  —  Showtime's deal with the third-biggest U …
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?
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
Showtime Near Deal to Partner with Xbox Studios on ‘Halo’ Series  —  Xbox Entertainment Studios is deep in negotiations with Showtime to develop a live-action “Halo” drama series that is a high-priority for the Microsoft production unit headed by Nancy Tellem.
Discussion: @manabyte
Louise Roug / Columbia Journalism Review:
Drones are cheap, simple, and potential game changers for newsrooms  —  Drones are cheap, simple, and potential game changers for newsrooms  —  On the morning of February 1, Pedro Rivera was lying in bed, listening to the crackle of the police scanner as he roused himself awake.
 
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Discussion: @stkonrath and @jandwmedia
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
Nicole Levy / Capital New York:
W.S.J. unveils digital video portal, called Signal
Discussion: AdAge, Beet.TV and Wall Street Journal
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
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