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4:55 PM ET, March 11, 2015


 Top News: 
Steve Peoples / Associated Press:
Associated Press sues State Department, seeking access to Clinton records after repeated unfulfilled FOIA requests, including one from 5 years ago  —  AP sues State Department, seeking access to Clinton records  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Associated Press filed a lawsuit Wednesday …
Celeste LeCompte / Nieman Lab:
In media companies, the editorial staff shouldn't be kept in the dark about finances  —  When a tiny post appeared on Gigaom Monday night, noting that the company had ceased operations and was now controlled by its creditors, every push notification I allow on my phone started buzzing, flashing, and beeping.
Discussion: @justinnxt
Lucia Moses / Digiday:
Insiders say Gigaom's site and events were profitable, but research platform failed to meet its goals  —  Inside GigaOm's VC-driven demise  —  Tech media eulogized one of its own on Tuesday when GigaOm abruptly announced it had run out of money and was ceasing operations after eight years.
Chris Thompson / Poynter:
Gigaom's Mathew Ingram on the site's sudden closure: “One minute you're working on a story, and the next minute someone is telling you you don't have a job”
Elizabeth Dwoskin / Wall Street Journal:
Guardian corrects, clarifies articles on Whisper app privacy, takes down commentary post  —  Guardian Backpedals on Whisper App Privacy Violations  —  The Guardian on Tuesday clarified and corrected a series of controversial articles it published late last year about Whisper, a mobile app designed to transmit messages anonymously.
Columbia Graduate School of Journalism to reduce enrollment, cut about six positions  —  Columbia Graduate School of Journalism dean Steve Coll tells colleagues: “We believe it's best for the school to return to a smaller student body size.”  With the downsizing, “I've reached the conclusion …
Discussion: FishbowlNY, @chanders and @chanders
Josh Halliday / Guardian:
Ex-soccer player Paul Gascoigne says Mirror Group phone hacking drove him to severe paranoia and alcoholism  —  Paul Gascoigne says Mirror phone hacking drove him to severe paranoia  —  Ex-footballer tells court he changed his mobile five times a month and says: 'I'd like to trade in my phone …
Discussion: Associated Press
Natalie Jarvey / Hollywood Reporter:
Vox Media Launches Entertainment Division, Signs With WME (Exclusive)  —  A version of this story first appeared in the March 20 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.  —  Vox Media is looking to video for its future.  —  The digital media company, which owns and operates a collection …
Margaret Sullivan / New York Times:
Jay Rosen's NYU class releases trailer and website from Future of New York Times course  —  The Future of The Times, as Seen by an NYU Class  —  Jay Rosen, who does lots of innovative things in his role as journalism professor at New York University, came up with a new wrinkle for the current semester …
Discussion: Poynter and @jmcunning
South Africa TV presenter Vuyo Mvoko mugged on camera  —  One of South Africa's best known TV journalists has been mugged on camera as he waited to go on air.  —  Footage shows two men accosting Vuyo Mvoko, from the national broadcaster SABC, who was outside a Johannesburg hospital to report …
Joe Otterson / The Wrap:
AwesomenessTV, DreamworksTV Team With Verizon on Over-the-Top Channels  —  AwesomenessTV and DreamworksTV are teaming up with Verizon for two new over-the-top channels, the companies announced on Wednesday.  —  The multi-platform AwesomenessTV will produce more than 200 hours of original content per year for the wireless provider.
Frank Pallotta / CNNMoney:
4 in 10 TV households also subscribe to Netflix, Amazon or Hulu  —  Four in ten American households with traditional television now also subscribe to some form of streaming service like Netflix or Amazon, according to a new Nielsen report on audience behaviors.
Sonia Perez D. / Associated Press:
Gunmen kill 2 journalists in southern town in Guatemala  —  GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Gunmen shot and killed two journalists and wounded a third Tuesday as they walked in a park in southern Guatemala, the editor of Prensa Libre newspaper said.  —  Danilo Lopez, the local correspondent for Prensa Libre …
John McDermott / Digiday:
Snapchat seeking deals with sports leagues and networks to feature live sports, starting with NCAA Final Four, plans ad revenue split  —  Coming to Snapchat: live sports broadcasting  —  Snapchat has grand ambitions to become a dominant mobile media platform, and it has taken one step closer with live sports.
Discussion: The Verge and Business Insider, Thanks:@rbilton
Natalie Jarvey / Hollywood Reporter:
New York Times Showcases Short Documentaries Funded Through Kickstarter (Exclusive)  —  The New York Times is giving documentary filmmakers an international platform.  —  The media company has teamed with Kickstarter to highlight six short documentaries that were backed in part using the crowdfunding platform.
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Wall Street Journal:
Sony to offer PlayStation Vue Internet TV service in New York City, Chicago, and Philadelphia within two weeks, plans nationwide rollout by the end of the year
The New York Times Company:
The New York Times Launches City Guide/New York, a Chinese-Language Print Publication …
Discussion: Capital New York
Mic Wright / The Next Web:
Apple's iTunes Store is having problems and iTunes Connect is down
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
The Times's media editor, Alex Spence, departs after Page 3 drama
Discussion: @anyabike and Press Gazette
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David Gilbert / International Business Times:
Anonymous launches boycott of Daily Dot after it published a review by a hacker who worked with FBI
Discussion: The Hill
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Verizon FiOS drops The Weather Channel because there's an app for that
Discussion: Quartz
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty:
Azerbaijan extends Khadija Ismayilova's pre-trial detention for an additional two months, until May 24
Tom Berg / Orange County Register:
Aaron Kushner and Eric Spitz resign from Freedom, OC Register, Rich Mirman becomes president and chief executive of Freedom, Spitz to chairman at Freedom