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9:25 AM ET, March 30, 2010

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Bill Carter / New York Times:
CNN Fails to Stop Fall in Ratings  —  CNN continued what has become a precipitous decline in ratings for its prime-time programs in the first quarter of 2010, with its main hosts losing almost half their viewers in a year.  —  The trend in news ratings for the first three months of this year …
John Yemma / paidContent:
Memo To News Sites: There Is No Future In ‘Digital Razzle Dazzle’  —  John Yemma is Editor of The Christian Science Monitor.  —  Let's agree that Rupert Murdoch is right: Content is king.  You'll get nothing but applause from a journalist of four decades like me.
Peter Kirwan / Media Money:
What will the Guardian do if Murdoch's paywall succeeds?  —  Conventional wisdom suggests that the Guardian will emerge as one of the champions of free-to-air digital content when the Times and Sunday Times erect their paywalls in June.  —  This, after all, is a newspaper that employs Jeff Jarvis as a columnist.
Discussion: Editors Weblog
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Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Forget Paywalls - How About More Serendipity?
Discussion: Nieman Journalism Lab and The Wire
MICHAEL WOLFF / Newser:
Rupert Murdoch: If You Want to Read a Paper, Read the Damn Paper
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Mike Taylor / FishBowlNY:
A Conversation With Mark Coatney, the Man Behind Newsweek's Tumblr  —  One of the first major publications to make its presence felt on Tumblr, Newsweek has been one of the pioneers of the social-media/blogging site.  Thanks in part to its highly personalized voice, Newsweek.tumblr.com has collected 6,000 followers.
Discussion: eMedia Vitals
Margaret Atwood / NYRblog:
Atwood in the Twittersphere  —  A long time ago—less than a year ago in fact, but time goes all stretchy in the Twittersphere, just as it does in those folksongs in which the hero spends a night with the Queen of Faerie and then returns to find that a hundred years have passed and all his friends are dead.... Where was I?
Discussion: Gawker
Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
For Photographers, the Image of a Shrinking Path  —  By the time Matt Eich entered photojournalism school in 2004, the magazine and newspaper business was already declining.  —  But Mr. Eich had been shooting photographs since he was a child, and when he married and had a baby during college, he stuck with photography as a career.
Christopher Conklin / The Awl:
How Web Writers Get Held Responsible for the Lawyers, the Sales Guys and Even the Coffeemaker  —  After Henry Blodget fired editor John Carney from his role as the editor of Clusterstock last week, some clearly felt that Blodget, the Business Insider cofounder and CEO, owed an explanation.
Danny Shea / The Huffington Post:
Michael Calderone Leaving Politico, Latest In Mini-Exodus  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Politico media blogger Michael Calderone is leaving the site for Yahoo.  —  According to sources, he is expected to leave Politico within a matter of weeks to join Yahoo News' original content project, overseen by blogging editor Andrew Golis.
Matt Kinsman / Folio:
One CEO's Take on E-Readers  —  F+W may have even more riding on e-readers than most.  —  As we anticipate the launch of Apple's iPad next week, it's worth taking a look at the current ereader - or as we like to call it Digital Book Reader - landscape from one publisher's perspective.
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Richard Wray / Guardian:
Apple's iPad may give media executives a chance to make money
Judith Townend / Journalism.co.uk:
PCC upholds complaint over Rod Liddle's Spectator post; first ever blog censure  —  Just in from the Press Complaints Commission: its first ever magazine/newspaper blog censure - for Rod Liddle's 92 word Spectator post on 5 December 2009, that claimed an “overwhelming majority of street crime …
Nikki Finke / Deadline.com:
The Hollywood Reporter's TV Editor Nellie Andreeva To Join Deadline.com  —  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER'S TV EDITOR NELLIE ANDREEVA JOINS DEADLINE.COM LOS ANGELES - March 29, 2010 - Deadline.com is now covering the television industry full-time.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Media Buyer Planner:
‘Hot List’ Measures Magazines' Success beyond Print, ‘People’ Moves into First  —  In addition to the usual considerations such as ad-page gains, Adweek's magazine Hot List 2010 was compiled by analyzing what each magazine has done to expand beyond its core print business in 2009, a vital consideration in today's publishing marketplace.
Discussion: Mediaweek and MediaPost
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Hulu's a Towering Success — Just Not Financially  —  Web-Video Future Hinges on It Working Out Pay Model  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — Hulu is everyone's favorite provider of TV on the web, but it's facing an ideological battle over its future.  On one side are its network backers, which would like Hulu to become a paid service.
Christian Caryl / Foreign Policy:
Google Isn't China's Problem.  Press Freedom Is.  —  Sure, Google's retreat from China is a big story.  But we may be missing the bigger one.  —  Last week, Google finally made good on its vow to pull its search business out of China.  The company announced that, henceforth …
Discussion: Guardian
Tara Conlan / Guardian:
MPs attack BBC over pay and BBC3 cost  —  Committee accuses corporation of highlighting ‘favourable over unfavourable information’ in relation to spending  —  A cross-party committee of MPs has criticised the BBC's financial accountability, calling for greater transparency regarding …
Vanessa Grigoriadis / New York Magazine:
Growing Up Gaga  —  The self-invented, manufactured, accidental, totally on-purpose New York creation of the world's biggest pop star.  —  O ne year ago this month, Lady Gaga arrived for an interview in the dark, oak-paneled lobby of the Roosevelt Hotel, a massive Spanish-style place …
Discussion: Vanity Fair, Speakeasy and Mediaite
Mark Fitzgerald / Editor and Publisher:
Is This the Year the Pulitzer Prizes Finally Send a Message on Digital Journalism?  —  CHICAGO Roy J. Harris Jr., the veteran Wall Street Journal and Economist Group journalist, studied the Pulitzer Prizes in depth for his book “Pulitzer Gold: Behind the Prize for Public Journalism,” which has just come out in paperback.
Jude Sheerin / BBC:
How spam filters dictated Canadian magazine's fate  —  After 90 years, one of Canada's oldest magazines, The Beaver, is changing its name.  —  Its publishers say it was only natural that a Canadian history journal should have been named in honour of the industrious dam-building creature which is the country's national emblem.
Discussion: TeleRead
FishBowlNY:
Media Beat: Lockhart Steele on Nick Denton: ‘I Loved Working For Him’  —  Gawker by day, blog network by...day.  That was Curbed Network founder and president Lockhart Steele's schedule for at least a few years.  —  While spending his days as managing editor at Gawker, Steele got his own network up and running.
Discussion: Runnin' Scared
Connie Schultz / Plain Dealer:
Web site posters' anonymity an invitation to mischief: Connie Schultz  —  I look forward to the day when news organizations start to ban anonymous comments on their Web sites.  —  Maybe that's the foolish optimist in me, but I want to believe that we will finally admit …
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Why Steve Jobs' Coffee Date with Eric Schmidt Was Probably Staged  —  Steve Jobs is paranoid about security.  The Apple CEO doesn't just happen to allow strangers to approach him, as during Jobs' coffee with his Google counterpart last week.  Just ask anyone familiar with Jobs' high-security New York Times visit.
Hamilton Nolan / Gawker:
Even More Layoffs at the AP  —  In your malevolent Monday media column: another round of layoffs hits the AP, refereeing Henry Blodget vs. Felix Salmon, Starbucks liberals in bed with Roger Ailes, and Gerald Boyd's kind of sad memoir.  — Multiple tipsters tell us that another round of layoffs …
Discussion: FishBowlNY, The Wire and FishBowlDC
Heather Brooke / Daily Mail:
The great razzle dazzle rip-off  —  In the musical Chicago, slick lawyer Billy Flynn explains to his client Roxie Hart how he will get her off the murder charge she faces.  By bamboozling the court with razzle-dazzle, he will disguise the flaws in her case: 'Give ‘em an act with lots of flash in it and the reaction will be passionate.’
Editor and Publisher:
Raleigh-Durham Airport Appealing Ruling Terminal Newsracks are 1st Amendment Issue  —  CHICAGO Two weeks after a three-judge federal appeals court panel declared that The News & Observer and other newspapers had a First Amendment right to sell papers through racks in Raleigh-Durham Airport terminals …
Discussion: FishBowlNY
 
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Joe Mandese / MediaPost:
Station Sites Roll Out Hover Ads: Will They Expand Impressions, Sales
John Drinnan / New Zealand Herald:
Net news likely to stay free in NZ
Discussion: The Evolving Newsroom and Guardian
Jim / Gannett Blog:
Study: In donations, ‘citizen journalists’ hit a wall
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Et tu? New York Times, Time going with HTML5 video for iPad
Laura McGann / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Milton Wolf Seminar: Al Jazeera English as networked journalism
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Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Howard Kurtz reflects on Gerald Boyd's ‘My Times in Black & White’
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Claire Atkinson / Broadcasting & Cable:
Hallmark, Martha Stewart Exploring New Lifestyle Cable Channel
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Financial Times' iPad App Will Be Free For Two Months — And Then $190 A Year
 

 
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