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4:25 PM ET, March 24, 2010

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Greg Ferenstein / Mashable!:
The Future Newsroom: Lean, Open and Social Media-Savvy  —  On the campus of Penn State University, a rivalry between a rogue campus blog and the official newspaper has become a fascinating mirror of the strife between old and new media.  In only a matter of months, the unofficial campus blog Onward State …
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Arianna Huffington Ditched by Coveted ‘Investigations Editor’  —  The Huffington Post has a way of squandering its own victories over the establishment press, and it's happened again: Larry Roberts, the investigations editor triumphantly lured from the Washington Post, has resigned.
James Rainey / Los Angeles Times:
Playing hardball with Chris Matthews  —  There seems to be a misconception among some of Chris Matthews' guests.  Because they have been invited on “Hardball” and put in front of a microphone, they think they will not only be asked questions, but also get a chance to answer them.
Discussion: Inside Cable News
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James Poniewozik / Tuned In:
Wrongest Name in Cable News?
Discussion: The Atlantic Wire
Peter Lauria / The Daily Beast:
Inside Icahn's Hollywood Gambit  —  Hungry Beast Giving Beast Women in the World  —  Blogs and Stories  —  Lionsgate again rebuffed Carl Icahn's hostile bid, but a source tells The Daily Beast's Peter Lauria that some on the movie studio's board secretly wished it hadn't …
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Richard Siklos / New York Observer:   The Studio Mega-Deal That Wasn't  —  In Hot Tub Time Machine …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
AOL Launches Charitable Organization Patch.org To Fund Hyperlocal News Sites  —  We recently learned that AOL is pouring money ($50 million to be exact) into Patch, a hyperlocal news platform that operates local news sites for 41 small towns and communities in New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut and California.
Discussion: paidContent and Business Wire
Phil Rosenthal / Chicago Tribune:
Fox News' Ailes not afraid of taking sides  —  So, Roger Ailes, how are things?  —  “With Fox News, great,” Ailes said by phone Tuesday.  “With my job and my life, pretty good.  With America, not quite as good.”  As the chairman and chief executive of Fox News Channel gave a rare interview …
Seth Abramovitch / Movieline:
David Mamet's Master Class Memo to the Writers of The Unit  —  CBS's drama The Unit, about the lives of the highly trained members of a top-secret military division, was canceled last year, but a memo to its writing staff from its executive producer David Mamet has just surfaced online.
John Koblin / New York Observer:
Press-Boxed: WSJ Adds Sports Beats to Take on The Times  —  We can all list some of the well-documented ways that The Wall Street Journal has changed under Rupert Murdoch: More color on the front page!  Snappier headlines!  A women's magazine!  More politically conservative (maybe)!
Marco Arment / Instapaper Blog:
Preview: Instapaper on iPad  —  I'm probably supposed to keep this secret and build everyone's anticipation to hype this up.  Oh well.  Maybe I'll do that for the Instapaper edition for Apple's next revolutionary computing platform.  —  First: Instapaper is definitely coming to iPad.
Colin Gibbs / GigaOM:
Fox Mobile Offers Hulu-like Subscription Service for Smartphones  —  Fox Mobile is hoping it can convince consumers to shell out to watch TV on their smartphones.  The News Corp. subsidiary this morning unveiled Bitbop, a subscription service for smartphone owners that will deliver both streaming …
Megan Garber / Nieman Journalism Lab:
“Fun with data”: Oxymoron no longer!  And other lessons from Linda Fantin and Ellen Miller  —  Say the word “data” in the presence of the majority of Americans, and you'll most likely be greeted with a blank stare/a glare/an eye roll/an audible sigh.  For most people — though …
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Megan Garber / Nieman Journalism Lab:   The freedom to fail and the need to experiment: What gives …
Jim Barnett / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Len Downie: For-profit news orgs won't create enough journalism  —  By any measure, former Washington Post executive editor Len Downie epitomized success in the traditional, subscription-and-advertising model of newspaper journalism: With a staff that once topped 900 and an annual budget of $100 million …
Discussion: Editors Weblog
Michael Calderone / Michael Calderone's Blog:
WaPo's Fainaru joins Bay Area start-up  —  While the Washington Post's Steve Fainaru took home a Pulitzer for his reporting in Iraq, the Bay Area native will soon be focused on news much closer to home  —  Fainaru is leaving the Post to become managing editor for news at The Bay Citizen …
Mike Reynolds / Multichannel:
HBO In Discussions For ‘TV Everywhere’ Deals: Kessler  —  HBO Co-President Says Premium Programmer Anticipates Inking New Distribution Pacts  —  Pleased with early TV Everywhere returns from its relationships with Verizon FiOS and Comcast, HBO is moving toward deals with other distributors.
Megan Garber / Nieman Journalism Lab:
FairWarning: A beat-focused model for a nonprofit investigative startup  —  It's a cliché because it's true: Investigative reporting is the core of the journalism that democracy requires to thrive.  It's good news, then, that this morning brings the launch of another nonprofit news …
Discussion: Romenesko and FishBowlNY
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Video: Interview: Jacob Weisberg, Chairman, Slate Group: ‘Pay For How You Get It Delivered’  —  WashingtonPost.com wasn't the first Washington Post Co. (NYSE: WPO) outlet to go for the gold—or at least some silver—with a paid iPhone app: Sibling Slate hit the iTunes store ahead of the newspaper with its own $1.99 app.
Greg Beato / Reason:
Missing the Story  —  Has anyone checked the Internet connection at New York University's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute lately?  Last week, the Institute announced the nominees for its “Top Ten Works of Journalism of the Decade,” and of the 80 contenders, only three were originally published on the web.
Mike Shields / Mediaweek:
Web Video Audience OK With More Ads, Report  —  Hulu is leaving some serious money on the table.  —  While its parents companies NBC Universal, News Corp. and Disney wrestle with the possibility of imposing a subscription fee on Hulu to offset what they perceive as lost ad revenue from TV …
David Kaplan / paidContent:
HuffPo Bets On Big Three Car Makers To Drive Ad Revs  —  A year after the Big Three car makers looked like they could wind up as just the Big Two, auto ad spending has recovered somewhat, and General Motors, Ford and Chrysler are expected to shift more dollars to online.
Discussion: WebNewser
Kate Kaye / ClickZ:
USA Today Among Sites Set to Run iPad Ads  —  As Apple preps for the launch of the iPad, advertisers are gearing up to run campaigns on the new device.  Mobile ad platform AdMarvel has teamed with Gannett-owned rich media ad firm PointRoll to enable expandable and highly-interactive ads on the iPad.
Shay Maunz / thedaonline.com:
Niche publications the future of journalism, speaker says  —  John Harris is a self-proclaimed “political junkie.”  —  The newspaper Web site Politico.com and its companion publication The Politico, are for a relatively small set of like-minded individuals, according to co-founder and editor-in-chief Harris.
Adrian Chen / Gawker:
Is the U.S. Government Spying on a Tiny Secret-Sharing Website?  —  Wikileaks.org is a website legendary in certain circles for posting documents people want hidden from the world.  The Pentagon is not a fan.  Now, Wikileaks is tweeting allegations that the U.S. is spying on its editors.
TVNewser:
Ratings for Sunday's Cable News Coverage of Health Care Vote  —  Fox News lead the way Sunday during the lead-up to the House vote on health care reform.  But after the bill passed, with the vote at 10:45pmET, FNC viewers turned away while CNN and MSNBC increased their viewership into the 11pmET hour.
 
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Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
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Felix Salmon:
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Jason Fell / Folio:
Tabloids, Others Still at Risk for Failing USPS ‘Droop’ Test
Jim Romenesko / Romenesko:
EW Scripps CEO: We're focusing more and more on print and online …
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Discussion: Mashable! and Gawker
Meghan Keane / the Econsultancy blog:
At AOL, the Google culture clash is going to be a big hurdle
Discussion: Contagious Magazine and Ditherati
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Court Lifts Ban on Media Cross-Ownership
Discussion: Fitz & Jen
SPJ:
SPJ Ethics Committee condemns major broadcast networks' practice of …
Megan Garber / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Poynter's hiring. What will their writer/curator be up to?
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
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Discussion: Zombie Journalism