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8:20 AM ET, February 23, 2012

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James Barron / New York Times:
Marie Colvin's Mother Recalls Her Determination to Get the Story  —  Marie Colvin got into Yale University the way she would later get into foreign countries, with grit and determination.  —  After spending a year in Brazil on a student exchange program, from January of her junior year …
Discussion: CNN and Freelance Unbound
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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 …
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.
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French paper trying to contact reporter hurt in Syria  —  French daily Le Figaro said on Thursday it was trying to get in contact with journalist Edith Bouvier, amid concerns that she requires surgery after she sustained leg injuries in Syria.  Bouvier was among a group of journalists hurt …
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
Erika Solomon / Reuters:   Wounded French reporter at risk of bleeding to death - activists
Kerri Macdonald / Lens:
Parting Glance: Rémi Ochlik
Erika Solomon / Reuters:
Syria asks foreign journalists to report to government
Discussion: @producermatthew
Dan Lyons / The Daily Beast:
Ethical or Not, Silicon Valley Bloggers Hit Up VCs for Angel Funds  —  It's a win-win game: Bloggers write favorably about both sides' portfolios, and everyone exits with 100x returns.  Even social media maven Robert Scoble is getting in on the game.  But whatever happened to journalistic integrity?
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Michael Hiltzik / Los Angeles Times:
Are Silicon Valley tech bloggers truly objective?  —  Objectivity is central to good journalism, but far too many tech bloggers in Silicon Valley have financial conflicts of interest.  —  The secret to Silicon Valley's success, we've been told, is its ecosystem: Where else in the world …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Scoble: hit man of Silicon Valley?
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?  —  Gannett (NYSE: GCI) said it is “playing offense” again after years of cuts and contraction.  Its touchdown strategy is a sophisticated paywall system that the news giant says will both bolster local news reporting and deliver an extra $100 million in profits.
Discussion: eMedia Vitals, Gannett.com and AdPulp
BBC:
Charlotte Church settles over phone hacking  —  Phone-hacking victims have been pursuing damages from Rupert Murdoch's News Group  —  Charlotte Church has settled her claim against News Group Newspapers over phone hacking, the BBC has learned.  —  The details are expected to be revealed …
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Josh Halliday / Guardian:
Cherie Blair to sue News International
Discussion: Journalism.co.uk and Guardian
Jim Romenesko:
CNC editor: No MacArthur Foundation interference  —  Chicago News Cooperative editor Jim O'Shea has responded to Geoff Dougherty's claim that the MacArthur Foundation-CNC relationship soured because the nonprofit news outlet “had enough reporters and know-how to cause problems with MacArthur buddies at City Hall.”
Discussion: Chicago Current
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Ryan Chittum / CJR:
The IRS and the Chicago News Cooperative
Jim Romenesko:   Did CNC ‘cause problems’ for MacArthur's City Hall friends?
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Are aggregation and curation journalism?  Wrong question  —  The battle between traditional media and the blogosphere over aggregation (or “curation,” if you prefer) continues to rage.  In the latest skirmish, Forbes blogger Kashmir Hill got thrown under the bus by many for a recent blog post …
Julie Moos / Poynter:
Media General explores sale of its newspapers  —  Just after the market closed Wednesday, Media General announced it is “exploring the potential sale of newspaper operations.”  The company, which owns 21 newspapers in five states, just two weeks ago got more time to ease a debt crunch it's been facing.
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?
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 …
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
Erik Wemple:
WAMU news director claims ‘firewall’ transgression  —  Yesterday, WAMU announced the departure of news director Jim Asendio.  This morning, WAMU held an event to bring together donors and WAMU staffers.  —  Those two events are connected, says Asendio.  —  The 60-year-old newsman …
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
 
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Enrico Campitelli Jr / The700Level.com:
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Norman Fowler / Guardian:
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James Crugnale / Mediaite:
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Brent Lang / The Wrap:
Comcast Makes Good on Diversity Promise — Will It Pay?
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