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7:20 AM ET, June 14, 2014


 Top News: 
Engin Onder / Nieman Reports:
The co-founder of Turkey's 140journos on building a citizen-sustained news agency from scratch  —  In December of 2011, Turkish military jets bombed the village of Uludere, about five miles from the border with Iraq, killing 34.  Was the attack a tragic mistake or a planned strike on suspected Kurdish separatists?
Providence Journal sold to GateHouse for an estimated $50-60M, sources say  —  Providence Journal Sold to GateHouse, Sources Tell GoLocal  —  The sale of the Providence Journal is almost complete.  —  Unless the deal collapses, GateHouse Media, which recently emerged from bankruptcy …
Nieman Reports:
BuzzFeed editor in chief Ben Smith on the challenge of competing with every other piece of content on the Web  —  When Ben Smith joined BuzzFeed as editor in chief in 2012, the site was better known for cute cat videos and fun lists than for serious journalism.
Miriam Berger / BuzzFeed:
Twitter Has Suspended An ISIS Account That Live-Tweeted Its Advance In Iraq  —  The Iraqi government on Friday also cut off access to social media, alleging it was necessary to stop ISIS' advance.  —  Twitter has suspended at least six accounts affiliated with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria …
Discussion: @wikileaks and Guardian
Kelly McBride / Poynter:
9 best practices for publishing provocative opinions in a polarized world  —  Clashes between professional provocateurs and the masses, like the recent criticism that rained down on Washington Post columnist George F. Will over #survivorprivilege, are on the rise.  —  See #checkyourprivilege.
Aimee Heckel / NetNewsCheck Latest:
Colorado Papers Form Digital Syndicate  —  How do you create more, higher quality content with a smaller, busier staff?  —  Here's a riddle that haunts modern newsrooms across the country: How do you create more, higher quality content with a smaller, busier staff?  —  We've set out to answer that question.
Discussion: Modern Lois Lane
Miles O'Brien / New York Magazine:
An accident in February cost the TV reporter Miles O'Brien his left arm.  He soon discovered that every movement, no matter how small, requires rethinking.  —  An accident in February cost the TV reporter Miles O'Brien his left arm.  He soon discovered that every movement, no matter how small, requires rethinking.
Discussion: Boing Boing
Nikki Finke:
Deadlline's Jay Penske threatens legal action against Nikki Finke for contract violations  —  Penske Trying To Shut Me Down  —  Oops, someone spilled the party dip at my launch party.  Last night my lawyers received a nasty legal letter from Jay Penske (aka Little Lord Fauntleroy) trying to shut down my new website.
Chelsea Clinton paid $600K by NBC  —  Chelsea Clinton earned an annual salary of $600,000 at NBC News before switching to a month-to-month contract earlier this year, sources with knowledge of the agreement told POLITICO.  —  Clinton, who joined NBC News as a “special correspondent” …
Michael Sebastian / AdAge:
Native Ad Production Values Keep Growing With ‘Orange is the New Black’ Promo  —  A fairly elaborate, nearly 1,500-word native ad for Netflix's original series “Orange is the New Black” appeared on The New York Times website Friday, using video, charts and audio to supplement text about female incarceration in the U.S.
Discussion: The New York Observer
Alex Weprin / Capital New York:
Al Jazeera launches standalone online video service  —  Al Jazeera quietly launched its digital video news channel Al Jazeera + on Friday.  —  Dubbed “AJ+” for short, the service seems to be cut from the same cloth as other video startups like NowThis News and Vice News.
Discussion: Gigaom
Tim Cushing / Techdirt:
Academic Publisher Fights Publication Of Paper Criticizing Publishers' Price Increases And Profits  —  The world of academic publishing is highly profitable — and, apparently, highly sustainable.  There's no shortage of content seeking publication as researchers, professors, etc. seek to have their work published and cited.
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Google Passes World Cup Searchers to ESPN  —  The World Cup starts up again this afternoon, when Mexico plays Cameroon.  And if you go to Google looking for a highlight video during the match, the world's biggest search engine won't show you one.  —  But as part of a new deal …
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Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
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Michael Sebastian / AdAge:
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Discussion: @vqnerdballs
Brian Fung / Washington Post:
The FCC is going to scrutinize Netflix's deals with Comcast, Verizon — and others, too
Lucia Moses / Digiday:
Hearst Magazines builds centralized news desk to supply digital content to 18 titles
Discussion: @digiday
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Jesse Brown / CANADALAND:
Leaked memo confirms that Globe and Mail wants journalists to write advertorials
Discussion: Poynter and
Cora Currier / Columbia Journalism Review:
Pressure, potential for a federal shield law
Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
Pixie wants to reinvent the TV news ticker with tweets, feeds and World Cup goals
Discussion: Softpedia News, Forbes and VentureBeat
William Turvill / Press Gazette:
FT managing editor says Candy Crush now a competitor as survey says a third of Britons access news on mobiles
Robert Channick / Chicago Tribune:
Tribune Publishing to carry $350 million in debt in spinoff
Discussion: @jordanrau
Jason Abbruzzese / Mashable:
Reddit's Newsgathering Comes of Age After Growing Pains
Discussion: @marklittlenews