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5:20 AM ET, February 18, 2012

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Erik Wemple:
Should the White House stay mum on Shadid?  —  White House Press Secretary Jay Carney today said the following in regards to Anthony Shadid, the New York Times foreign correspondent who died yesterday on assignment in Syria.  From ABC's Jake Tapper: … All true.  But proper?
Discussion: VOA, Poynter and TVNewser
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Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
‘Times’ staffers gather for bullpen memorial for Anthony Shadid; his final piece published today
John F. Burns / New York Times:
Murdoch Offers Reassurances to Sun Newsroom  —  LONDON — In his 60 years in the newspaper business, few moments could have been as charged for Rupert Murdoch as the one on Friday when he visited the London headquarters of his British newspaper arm, News International, where reporters and editors …
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Mark Sweney / Guardian:   Ad sources expect Sun on Sunday ‘in weeks’
Paul McNally / Journalism.co.uk:
Murdoch: Sun on Sunday will be launched ‘very soon’
Jack Mirkinson / The Huffington Post:
Rupert Murdoch Announces Sun On Sunday, Says Suspended Employees Can Return To Work
Tim Carmody / Epicenter:
Qwikster Rebaptized: Netflix's Name Game With Disc-Only Subscriptions  —  Here's a new post title from Netflix's company blog that wouldn't have made sense five years ago, or even last July: “Now you can sign up directly for a DVD only plan.”  —  First, it's all true.
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Greg Sandoval / CNET:
Microsoft mulls plan for new music service (exclusive)  —  The software maker has discussed with some of the major record companies about creating a music service to serve Xbox as well as an upcoming Windows-based phone.  —  Microsoft is in talks with some of the major record companies …
Felix Salmon:
Gawker Media jettisons its porn blog  —  Back in November, Nick Denton put Gawker Media's Fleshbot up for sale.  The official announcement, here, is NSFW due to the ads surrounding it — which pretty much explains why Fleshbot was being sold: its customers — porn sites — are very …
Dave Maass / San Diego CityBeat:
U-T outsources comment censorship  —  Move is expected to ‘refine the tone and content of the comments without hindering their flow’  —  The new owners of U-T San Diego have been making a lot of changes at the city's main daily newspaper.  The latest involves new policies for censoring monitoring comments on its website.
Discussion: FishbowlLA
Callum Borchers / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The Boston Courant: Proud not to have a website until the owner sees “a profitable end game”  —  Eight years ago, David Jacobs, publisher of the weekly Boston Courant, paid a web designer in Ukraine to create a website for his newspaper.  On that initial investment, and on subsequent research …
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Iran Nuclear Coverage Echoes Iraq War Media Frenzy  —  NEW YORK — Military strikes expected!  Weapons inspectors called in!  A murky al Qaeda connection!  And Cheney says time's up for Ira...  Wait.  Haven't we seen this movie before?  —  It's already been a decade since …
Jeff Bercovici / Forbes:
Analyst: News Corp. Waited Too Long to Launch Sun on Sunday  —  You don't see a lot of media companies launching new, mass-circulation newspapers these days.  But News Corp. is a special case: The paper it's launching, The Sun on Sunday, isn't really a new paper per se but a substitution …
Jim Romenesko:
NYT reconsiders Sunday Review cartoon solicitation  —  Earlier this month I posted an item about the New York Times “insulting” editorial cartoonists by asking them to submit spec drawings, for which they'd get only $250 if accepted.  —  This email was sent to the Times cartoon list this afternoon:
Julie Moos / Poynter:
Inquirer, Daily News to share content, raising questions about future of separate Philly papers  —  In a meeting with their newsrooms Thursday, editors of the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Daily News and Philly.com told journalists that their rivalry would soon turn to cooperation.
Ron Kampeas / Foreign Policy:
So You Want to Be Jerusalem Bureau Chief...  How to tackle — and not tackle — the most delicate assignment in journalism.  —  Even before she gets to Israel, Jodi Rudoren, the new New York Times bureau chief, is already explaining why she'd prefer not having “Zionist” attached to her name.
 
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