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5:15 AM ET, June 4, 2014


 Top News: 
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
CNN to double digital politics staff for 2016  —  Ed O'Keefe was recently hired by CNN to boost the network's digital coverage of politics, a task he's not going to undertake alone.  —  “If you're a top talent in D.C., expect to get a call from CNN politics,” says the 36-year-old O'Keefe …
Joseph Weber / Washington Post:
Chinese journalists are beginning to fight their government's censorship  —  Given a chance, many would write about the Tiananmen Massacre 25 years ago this week.  —  China's effort to choke dissent didn't begin 25 years ago Wednesday with the Tiananmen Square massacre.
Discussion: Kirk LaPointe's …
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
Hungarian media tax threatens press freedom, says newspaper editor  —  Media companies in Hungary are alarmed by a proposal to impose a tax on advertising revenues, arguing that it threatens press freedom.  —  It would tax annual ad revenues in several bands, rising to a maximum rate of 40% on revenues above about £50m.
Jim Romenesko:
Aaron Kushner's Register newspapers offer buyouts, order two-week furloughs  —  Freedom is instituting the following measures:  —  • a company-wide, two-week furlough during the months of June and July (see related FAQ [internal access only])  —  • voluntary severance packages within the newsroom
Neil Midgley / Forbes:
BBC News Division To Cut 500 Jobs  —  I can exclusively report today that the BBC News is preparing to announce 500 more job losses, as part of its ongoing cost-cutting programme, and that industrial action could well follow.  Including new cuts to BBC Radio, the corporation is facing a total of between 550 and 600 redundancies.
Michael Sebastian / AdAge:
People Magazine Sheds About a Dozen, All You Publisher Exits  —  People magazine lost roughly a dozen staff members to layoffs and buyouts last week, according to people familiar with the matter.  The departures come just before Time Inc., owner of People, starts to trade independently of Time Warner on Monday, June 9.
Discussion: MediaWire Daily and FishbowlNY, Thanks:@msebastian
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Why 'C7′ Won't Become TV's Standard This Year (And Maybe Not Even Next)  —  Analysis: Time-shifted viewers have value, but not to everyone  —  Does all of Madison Avenue believe in the value of TV viewers who see commercials up to a week after their initial run date, or is that interest found only in a few houses on the street?
Discussion: AdAge
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
UK Gov't Tries And Fails To Hide Details Of GHCQ/Telecoms Tapping Fiber Lines  —  Apparently, the UK government worked very hard to get the Guardian and others not to publish certain details about how GCHQ (and NSA) tap certain underwater cables that connect the internet around the globe …
Discussion: The Register and @csoghoian
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Heritage Foundation starts an online site to cover unreported and under-reported news  —  It's not enough to be a newsmaker these days, as the conservative Heritage Foundation surely has been with its vigorous opposition to federal budget deficits, Obamacare, immigrant “amnesty” and same-sex marriage.
Agence France-Presse:
Pakistani journalist beaten in latest attack  —  Pakistani media representatives protest against the attack on prominent Pakistani journalist Hamid Mir in Islamabad on April 20, 2014.  —  MULTAN, Pakistan - A Pakistani journalist working with the country's largest media group has been badly beaten …
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Harry McCracken leaves Time after 25 months, “reboots” Technologizer  —  The Land Beyond TIME  —  Jon Stewart furrows his brow at a TIME cover story which I wrote with my colleague Lev Grossman  —  Twenty-five months ago, I became an editor at large at TIME.  I'm awfully glad I did.
Discussion: @mathewi and @thekenyeung, Thanks:@steverubel
Ezra Klein / Vox:
How the American Prospect changed policy journalism  —  The American Prospect is laying off or losing most of its staff, pulling back its web operations and returning to its roots as a quarterly policy journal.  This is deeply sad for those of us who love TAP.  But respect must be paid.
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Ryan Chittum / Columbia Journalism Review:
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Paul Bischoff / Tech in Asia:
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Jonathan Mahler / New York Times:
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