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4:20 PM ET, May 28, 2014


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Martin Shepard / the cockeyed pessimist:
Independent publisher says Amazon levels the playing field, and Hachette is just greedy  —  WHO'S AFRAID OF AMAZON.COM  —  On May 24, The New York Times ran a page one story “As Publishers Fight Amazon, Books Vanish.”  In their alarmist zeal reporters David Streitfeld and Melissa Eddy conjure …
Wall Street Journal:
Amazon Doesn't Expect Quick Resolution to Hachette Dispute
Monica Anderson / Pew Research Center:
As the New York Times' first black executive editor, Dean Baquet is in a distinct minority  —  Just as the May 14 dismissal of New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson sparked a debate about gender roles in journalism, the ascension of Dean Baquet—the first African-American to run the paper's newsroom …
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Comcast's Brian Roberts Defends His Time Warner Deal, and His Company  —  The New York Times thinks Comcast shouldn't be allowed to buy Time Warner Cable.  Guess what Comcast CEO Brian Roberts thinks?  —  Okay, you don't have to guess.  But Roberts made his case for the merger …
Joshua Benton / Nieman Journalism Lab:
You can add audio and video players inside your tweets, just as WNYC did for a Maya Angelou interview  —  Interesting tweet an hour or so ago from New York public radio giant WNYC: … That's audio of an interview WNYC's Brian Lehrer did with Angelou in 2013 — playing right in the tweet.
Discussion: @radiodiaries and @niemanlab
WashPostPR / Washington Post:
The Washington Post partner program signs on nearly 100 newspapers  —  Digital First Media, St. Louis Post-Dispatch and Columbus Dispatch among the latest to join pilot program  —  Nearly 100 newspapers will participate in The Washington Post partner program first announced earlier this year.
Discussion: FishbowlDC and @jbenton
Anne Mortensen / The Independent:
A journalist goes missing nearly every day in Ukraine  —  It's not just journalists who are being victimised by pro-Russian separatists, but entire newsrooms  —  The campaign by pro-Russian separatists to muzzle local Ukrainian journalists appears to be succeeding.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Comcast, Verizon and Co. Stop Mass Piracy Lawsuits on Appeal  —  Two years ago district court Judge Beryl Howell, a former RIAA lobbyist, granted adult movie company AF Holdings the right to obtain the personal details of more than 1,000 Internet users suspected of downloading their works using BitTorrent.
Andrew Zajac / Businessweek:
Prenda-linked porn copyright trolls lose effort to get over 1K IP addresses in federal court
Aditya Kalra / Reuters:
Twitter to take India election innovations global  —  (Reuters) - U.S. social networking company Twitter is planning to replicate parts of its India election strategy across countries that go to polls this year, after it emerged as a key tool for politicians and media companies during the world's largest democratic exercise.
Discussion: @sunny_hundal and @elanazak
Robert Channick / Chicago Tribune:
Chicago Public Media taking over distribution of ‘This American Life’ … Chicago Public Media will begin self-distribution of its signature program, “This American Life,” on July 1, taking over key business functions for one of public radio's most significant franchises.
William Turvill / Press Gazette:
UK daily newspapers have doubled in price since 2004 and shrunk in size - no wonder sales are down  —  Every month when the latest set of ABC national newspaper circulation figures are released, journalists across the country heave a collective sigh of despair.
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Print still attracts more advertising than it deserves, Mary Meeker says  —  Newspapers and magazines attract 19 percent of total advertising spending, Mary Meeker says in her annual Internet trends report.  But consumers, she says, spend only 5 percent of their time reading them.
Johana Bhuiyan / Capital New York:
The Hill launches contributors platform  —  Congressional newspaper The Hill has launched a contributors platform, for which so far more than 100 experts in various policy fields have signed on to write for the site, the company announced today.  —  Contributors will be selected by editors at The Hill …
Discussion: FishbowlDC
Ricardo Bilton / Digiday:
Platform or publisher?  Medium keeps blurring the line  —  The old question for tech platforms like Google and Yahoo was: Are you a platform or a publisher?  For upstart Medium, the answer is clearly both.  —  The blogging platform, founded by Twitter CEO Ev Williams, continues to blur the line between platform and publisher.
Discussion: @digiday
Index on Censorship:
Index launches project to map media freedom violations in Europe  —  Index on Censorship and Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso are launching to track media violations in Europe.  —  Index on Censorship, (London, United Kingdom) and Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso …
Discussion: @mjrharris
Sophie Gilbert / Washingtonian:
Can Andrew Sullivan Re-Conquer Washington?  —  After 18 miserable months in New York, the pioneering blogger is back in DC with plans to transform journalism all over again.  —  For almost a quarter of a century, or most of his career, one pundit or another called Andrew Sullivan the future of journalism.
John Plunkett / Guardian:
Netflix beats BBC and ITV to “The Crown,” a £100m series on Queen Elizabeth II  —  Netflix plans £100m epic on the Queen  —  The Crown, inspired by Peter Morgan play The Audience, will span Queen Elizabeth II's six decades on the throne
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Netflix Buys Pay-TV Rights to Sony Animated Films
Discussion: Home Media Magazine and The Wrap
Jon Boone / Guardian:
Geo TV apologizes for saying Pakistan's spy chief plotted to assassinate journalist Hamid Mir  —  Geo TV owners print front-page apology to Pakistan's ISI spy chief  —  Move comes in week regulators rule on coverage that include claims Zaheer-ul-Islam behind attempt on life of star journalist
Discussion: @fispahani and @aqpk
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Newsweek strikes deal to build foreign editions  —  Newsweek has entered into a partnership with the global media consultancy Empirical Media to strike new foreign licensing agreements for the print magazine and its website.  —  Empirical, which is headed up by veteran media executive …
Ryan Chittum / Columbia Journalism Review:
Reader revenue and the great newspaper ad bubble  —  Four decades of artificially high advertising goes pop  —  Newspaper advertising will almost surely fall to the lowest level on record this year, as ads continue to migrate to the Web.  —  Meanwhile, reader revenue—subscriptions and newsstand sales …
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Attorney general, top journalists discuss prosecutors' latitude in leak investigations  —  What is ordinary about “ordinary newsgathering”?  —  That question was at the heart of discussions Tuesday between Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. and a group of media representatives over rules …
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Sandy Cohen / Associated Press:
Stars campaign to keep kid shots out of media
Lord Coe ‘approached by government’ for role of BBC Trust chair
Discussion: ITV and ITV
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
UCSB newspaper board responds to criticism over non-coverage of killings
William Turvill / Press Gazette:
Johnston Press shareholders approve deal to ease £360m debt burden and sell TV ads for Sky
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Press regulator Ipso names its board
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Disney, Sony Sell FilmFlex U.K. VOD Venture
Discussion: Guardian and Home Media Magazine
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Freesat links with Curzon to offer pay-per-view movies
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