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8:40 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 …
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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.
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Syria Correspondent Wanted Her Reporting Read Outside Pay Walls  —  Before her death on Wednesday in the besieged Syrian city of Homs, the veteran war correspondent Marie Colvin voiced a common frustration for journalists who are reporting from distant areas about conflicts that can feel remote to readers back home.
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 …
Lindsey Hilsum / Channel 4:
My friend, Marie Colvin
Erika Solomon / Reuters:
Syria asks foreign journalists to report to government
Discussion: @producermatthew
Ahmed Al Omran / NPR:
Rami Al-Sayed, Syrian Citizen Journalist, Is Killed During Attack On Homs
Discussion: Guardian, CNN, Bambuser and The Lede
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 …
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Jeff Roberts / paidContent:
Gannett's Big Paywall Play: Will It Work?
Discussion: Gannett.com
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: The Wrap and Bloomberg
Jim Romenesko:
Did CNC ‘cause problems’ for MacArthur's City Hall friends?  —  Chicago journalist Geoff Dougherty 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:
Discussion: Time Out Chicago
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Jim Romenesko:
CNC editor: No MacArthur Foundation interference
Discussion: Chicago Current
Ryan Chittum / CJR:
The IRS and the Chicago News Cooperative
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
Sam Zell Blames Tribune Failure on ‘Greedy’ Journalists.  —  Sam Zell.  Credit: Scott Eells/Bloomberg via Getty Images  —  Sam Zell must miss being the most hated man in the newspaper industry.  Why else would the ever-pungent real estate billionaire be speaking up about his disastrous time running Tribune Co., all this time later?
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Amazon Yanks 5,000 Kindle Titles In Fight Over Terms  —  Updated: IPG's full memo to publishers on page 2.  —  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.
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.
Evan McMorris-Santoro / Talking Points Memo:
Romney Campaign Scrubs Criticism from Editorial Before Sending It Out  —  Romney Campaign Scrubs Criticism From Editorial Before Sending It Out  —  There are a lot of kind words for Mitt Romney on the Detroit News editorial page Wednesday.  But by trying to hide the few words that weren't very nice …
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Jim Romenesko:   Detroit News unhappy with Romney camp's editing of endorsement
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
David Holmes / Fast Company:
Lindles: Jeremy Lin, Amazon Kindle, And The Rise Of Insta-Authors  —  Jeremy Lin has inspired a lot of rabid fans, magazine features, and six-figure book deal offers.  But he's also fueled a new breed of lightening-fast ebook authors.  Alan Goldsher, author of “Linsanity …
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
 
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