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9:25 AM ET, May 6, 2014


 Top News: 
Kevin Roderick / LA Observed:
Eddy Hartenstein's email to LA Times employees with highlights of the site's redesign  —  Times to unveil web redo, and Register begins delivery  —  The Los Angeles Times is scheduled to take the wraps off its long-awaited website makeover later today.  About time: the current site …
Chris Ariens / TVNewser:
ABC News Headquarters to be Named for Barbara Walters  —  On Monday, the ABC News building at 47 W. 66th Street will be named in honor of Barbara Walters.  Walters, a pioneering newswoman — the first woman to co-host network morning and evening newscasts — has called ABC News home since 1976.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Mayy El Sheikh / New York Times:
A Voice of Dissent in Egypt Is Muffled, but Not Silent  —  CAIRO — CRITICS here called his films “vulgar” and “damaging to the public's taste.”  When the Muslim Brotherhood came to power last year, one Islamist preacher called him “Satan's prayer caller.”  But after two decades of mocking …
Raju Narisetti / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Rethinking the Pulitzers and promoting the value of good journalism for more than one day a year  —  Can the Pulitzer Prizes do more for journalism?  —  The 98th-annual Pulitzer Prizes in Journalism, Letters, Drama and Music, awarded on the recommendation of the Pulitzer Prize Board …
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
DirecTV Grows First-Quarter Subs, Earnings Drop Amid Venezuela Charge  —  UPDATED: The satellite TV giant added 12,000 U.S. TV customers in the period, down from 21,000 in the year-ago quarter as a charge for its Venezuelan unit was a drag on the bottom line.
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Peekster, A Shazam For Print Media, Launches In The U.S. At Disrupt NY  —  It may surprise you but print media isn't dead yet.  Hell — some people even like reading ink off of pulped tree.  And that curious fact is something U.K. startup Peekster is intending to cash in on — with an app …
Jaron Gilinsky / Medium:
Storyhunter founder questions media's treatment of freelancers in warzones  —  When a Kidnapped Journalist Is a Freelancer  —  On September 16th, 2013, journalists Javier Espinosa and Ricardo Garcia Vilanova were traveling in Northern Syria along with four rebel soldiers they had hired for protection.
Craig Silverman / Poynter:
New service will rate the authenticity of digital images  —  By the time an image makes its way online, it could have been opened and processed in any number of applications, passed through various hands, and been remixed and manipulated.  —  Today a new image hosting service, Izitru …
Discussion: Gigaom
Greg Mankiw / New York Times:
Study: a newspaper's slant likely reflects the ideology of its customers, not its owner  —  Media Slant: A Question of Cause and Effect  —  Consumers of the news, both from television and print, sometimes feel that they are getting not just the facts but also a sizable dose of ideological spin.
Discussion: @dgardner, @clairlemon and @raju
William Turvill / Press Gazette:
Guardian investigations editor Nick Hopkins joins former colleague Ian Katz at Newsnight  —  The Guardian's Nick Hopkins has joined Newsnight as investigations correspondent.  —  After 20 years in national newspapers, Hopkins joins up with former Guardian deputy editor Ian Katz, who is now editor of the BBC Two programme.
Jamie Stark / GlobalPost:
Illegal in the US, newsgathering drones are taking off in Latin American media  —  Illegal in the US, newsgathering drones are taking off in Latin American media.  —  SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador — At night on the western edge of this capital city, Borman Marmol looked like a middle-aged toy helicopter aficionado.
Discussion: @sokane1 and @philedmundson
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Movie ad company National CineMedia acquires rival Screenvision for $375M  —  Movie-Ad Companies NCM, Screenvision To Merge In Bid To Steal Ad Dollars From TV  —  The two companies that have made ads on the movie screen as much a part of the process as buying popcorn and watching sneak previews have decided to merge.
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