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2:30 PM ET, February 22, 2012

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Telegraph:
Marie Colvin killed: Syrian forces had pledged to kill ‘any journalist who set foot on Syrian soil’  —  Syrian forces murdered journalist Marie Colvin after pledging to kill “any journalist who set foot on Syrian soil”, it has emerged.  —  The 55-year-old Sunday Times reporter …
Discussion: The Daily What and @ramsaysky
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New York Times:
Two Western Journalists Killed in Syria Shelling  —  CAIRO — Two Western journalists, one American and one French, were killed early Wednesday as forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad pursued a deadly bombardment of the central city of Homs, according to activists and officials.
Michael Rundle / The Huffington Post - UK:
Syrian Minister ‘Unaware Foreign Journalists Were In Country’ After Deadly Shelling  —  Syria has said they were unaware foreign journalists were in the country after an American and French journalist were killed on Wednesday.  Marie Colvin, a veteran correspondent for the Sunday Times …
Reuters:
U.S., French journalists killed in Syria  —  (Reuters) - Two Western journalists were killed in the besieged Syrian city of Homs on Wednesday when shells hit the house they were staying in, opposition activists and witnesses said.  —  They were named as Marie Colvin, an American working …
Erika Solomon / Reuters:
Syria asks foreign journalists to report to government
Discussion: @producermatthew
Maev Kennedy / Guardian:
David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Rupert Murdoch pay tribute to Marie Colvin
Ahmed Al Omran / NPR:
Rami Al-Sayed, Syrian Citizen Journalist, Is Killed During Attack On Homs
Discussion: Guardian and The Lede
Lindsey Hilsum / Channel 4:
My friend, Marie Colvin
Discussion: Guardian and blogs.telegraph.co.uk
Laura Pitel / @laurapitel:   According to @Avaaz, seven activists trying to get medical aid to injured journalists were stopped outside #BabaAmr and executed #Syria
Bill Neely / ITV:   Marie Colvin  —  And so another witness, one more of the band …
Josh Halliday / Guardian:
Cherie Blair to sue News International  —  Tony Blair's wife to take action against Glenn Mulcaire and NI over the alleged hacking of her phone by News of the World  —  Cherie Blair, the wife of the former prime minister, is suing News International and private investigator Glenn Mulcaire …
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Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Church hacking case ‘not resolved’  —  Despite reports of settlement of up to £500,000, star's manager says talks with News of the World publisher are still ongoing  —  Charlotte Church has not yet settled her phone-hacking case against Rupert Murdoch's defunct tabloid the News of the World …
Discussion: Bloomberg
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
Gannett Building Paywalls Around All Its Papers Except USA Today  —  The vogue for digital paywalls sweeping the news business has made it all the way to the top: Gannett, the nation's largest newspaper publisher, is planning to switch over all of its 80 community newspapers to a paid model …
Discussion: 10,000 Words
Andrew Pugh / Press Gazette:
FT facing discrimination claims and strike action  —  The Financial Times is facing an employment tribunal over discrimination allegations involving journalists working on the Chinese version of the FT website, according to the NUJ.  —  It is also facing the possibility of strike action on Friday in a separate dispute over pay.
Jim Romenesko:
Did CNC ‘cause problems’ for MacArthur's City Hall friends?  —  Chicago journalist Geoff Doughtery claims the Chicago News Cooperative and MacArthur Foundation relationship went sour because CNC “had enough reporters and know-how to cause problems with MacArthur buddies at City Hall.”  He writes:
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Whitney Houston Funeral Drew Millions on TV and Online  —  Millions of television and Web viewers spent time Saturday afternoon watching the funeral service for Whitney Houston, the pop music icon who died a week earlier.  —  CNN was the biggest beneficiary of the viewer vigil, according to Nielsen ratings.
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John Glenday / The Drum:   BBC Whitney Houston coverage criticised
Bill Carter / Media Decoder:
TBS Extends ‘Conan’ Through 2014  —  The cable channel TBS announced on Wednesday that it had extended its contract with Conan O'Brien to star in the late-night series he began on the network in November 2010.  —  The new agreement, which amounted to picking up an existing option …
Discussion: Broadcasting & Cable and rbr.com
Jim Romenesko:
Zach Seward leaves WSJ for Atlantic Media  —  Zach Seward, who left Nieman Journalism Lab to join the Wall Street Journal's web team in December of 2009, has been named a senior editor for Atlantic Media's new global business brand, which launches later this year.
Discussion: @sdkstl
Nicholas Carlson / Business Insider:
FRICTION AT AOL: Arianna Is A Huge ‘Headache’... But Also The Most Valuable Person At AOL  —  A year after AOL acquired The Huffington Post for $350 million, sources say AOL CEO Tim Armstrong is getting frustrated with working with Arianna Huffington, who became President at AOL after the deal.
Discussion: FishbowlNY and mediabistro.com
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Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
A change at the top of The Huffington Post's business desk: More of Peter Goodman on the ‘middle class’
Vanity Fair:
Reed Hastings on Netflix's Recent Rise and Fall  —  Still bloodied by one of the worst self-inflicted corporate disasters in recent memory—last year's $12 billion wipeout—Netflix C.E.O. Reed Hastings remains adamant about his goal: moving from red envelopes to streaming video.
Discussion: Home Media Magazine
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Amazon Yanks 5,000 Kindle IPG Titles In Fight Over Terms  —  Amazon (NSDQ: AMZN) has turned off the buy button on nearly 5,000 Kindle titles from distributor Independent Publishers Group after IPG refused to capitulate to Amazon's demand for better terms.  —  The story was first reported …
Discussion: Publishers Lunch
 
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Nicholas Watt / Guardian:
Leveson inquiry has chilling effect on freedom of speech, says Michael Gove
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