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2:15 PM ET, February 24, 2012

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Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Washington Post Tests Personalized News Program  —  If you're tired of seeing the same news as everyone else, The Washington Post is now experimenting with personalized headlines.  —  That experiment is called Personal Post, and it's available at personal.washingtonpost.com, where you'll see a river of content that you can customize.
Discussion: 10,000 Words and The Wrap, Thanks:@forrestkoba
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Jason Del Rey / AdAge:
Washington Post Co. Decides Slate Is All Grown Up, Needs Own Ad-Sales Force  —  Slate Editor Jacob Weisberg: 'We're Finally in Control of Our Own Destiny'  —  Online magazine Slate has been around for more than 15 years.  In that time, it has had two owners (Microsoft previously …
Steven Mufson / Washington Post:
Washington Post Co. fourth-quarter earnings drop 22 percent  —  The Washington Post Co. reported Friday fourth-quarter 2011 net income of $61.7 million, or $8.03 a share, down 22 percent from $79.0 million or $9.42 a share a year earlier as its Kaplan education division and flagship newspaper operations continued to shrink.
Discussion: Business Wire
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
With Promotion, NPR Signals Growing Prominence of Digital Media  —  NPR said Friday that its executive in charge of digital media, Kinsey Wilson, would start to oversee news and programming as well, effectively stitching together the organization's core radio divisions and its newer online and mobile division.
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Mallary Jean Tenore / Poynter:
NPR introduces new Ethics Handbook, appoints standards and practices editor  —  Today, NPR is introducing staffers to a new Ethics Handbook that has been in the works for more than a year and illustrates how the organization is taking steps to safeguard against some of the ethical dilemmas it's faced in the past.
Discussion: Poynter
Felix Salmon:
Matter's vision for long-form journalism  —  Yesterday morning, a very exciting new journalism project was launched on Kickstarter.  It's called Matter, and it's going to be home to long-form investigative narrative journalism about science and technology.  “No cheap reviews, no snarky opinion pieces, no top ten lists,” they promise.
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Stephen Robert Morse:
Why I will not donate to this Kickstarter campaign that purports to save journalism and why you …
Discussion: Forbes and Boing Boing
John Biggs / TechCrunch:
Support Long-Form Journalism With This Online Kickstarter Project
Discussion: The Next Web and 10,000 Words
Rob Beschizza / Boing Boing:
We don't own the news we break  —  MG Siegler complains that the Wall Street Journal failed to credit him when covering a story he earlier scooped at TechCrunch: Apple Acquires Chomp. … The WSJ's omission is rude, for sure.  How hard is it to begin a sentence with “First reported by MG Siegler at TechCrunch,” or somesuch?
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Dan Primack / Fortune:
Tech media misconceptions
Discussion: Talking Biz News and Uncrunched
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Risk level in Syria has media outlets in quandary over coverage  —  There was a tragic symmetry to the final dispatches of Marie Colvin, a foreign correspondent for the Sunday Times of London who died Tuesday night on assignment in the Syrian city of Homs.  In an on-air chat with CNN's Anderson Cooper …
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Matthew Creamer / AdAge:
Jim Romenesko Talks Fox News, Ad Rates and How He Snagged 300,000 Page Views on a Saturday  —  Popular Media Blogger Answers Matthew Creamer's Questions  —  Jim Romenesko, the proto-media blogger who became a must-read for journos only to get lost in the din of algorithmic aggregators and social media, is back.
Samantha Conti / WWD:
Condé Nast U.K. Launches Wired Consulting  —  WIRED FOR PROFIT: The U.K. edition of Wired magazine is getting into the consulting business — and the editors are doing the heavy lifting.  Condé Nast U.K. said Thursday that Wired Consulting will be a bespoke business consultancy …
Jerry Hirsch / Los Angeles Times:
Los Angeles Times launches new membership program  —  Starting March 5, online readers will be asked to buy a digital subscription at an initial rate of 99 cents for four weeks.  Readers who do not subscribe will be able to read 15 stories in a 30-day period for free.
Discussion: LA Observed and @poynter
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Journalism Online Sold For $19.6 Million; $15.3 Million Earnout For Brill, Crovitz  —  When RR Donnelley bought Journalism Online from Steve Brill, Gordon Grovitz, Leo Hindery, Jr., and their investors last March, I reported that the deal range was $35 million to $45 million—and got a lot of raised eyebrows in return.
Guardian:
IPCC to investigate new claims of police leak to News International  —  Allegations that senior Scotland Yard officer leaked information to newspaper executive during 2006 phone-hacking inquiry  —  The police watchdog has begun an inquiry into claims a senior officer who worked …
Discussion: Reuters
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Telegraph:
Phone hacking: News of the World bosses ordered emails to be deleted
Rebecca Shapiro / The Huffington Post:
New York Times Columnist Charles Blow Apologizes For Controversial Tweet About Mitt Romney's ‘Magic Underwear’ … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Charles Blow Mitt Romney, Charles Blow New York Times, Charles Blow Twitter, Charles Blow Tweet, Mitt Romney Mormon, Charles Blow, Mitt Romney Debate, New York Times Charles Blow, Media News
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
John Paton to news execs: Abandon the gatekeeper model  —  If there was an Uncle Sam-style campaign to recruit media executives into the “digital first” movement, John Paton would probably win the role of poster boy in a landslide.  Even before he became the CEO of the giant MediaNews Group chain …
Betsy Rothstein / FishbowlDC:
Females on Campaign Trail Go For Sexpot Look  —  Forget about SexyTwitPics.  Washington has its own crop of would-be sexy females on the loose.  And an unusual trend is developing among campaign and White House reporters of the XX persuasion.  They're using provocative …
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Erin Gloria Ryan / Jezebel:
Concerned Female Reporter Can't Help But Notice Female Reporters Are Looking Awful Slutty Nowadays [Sluts]
Discussion: Guardian
Hunter Walker / Politicker:   Is This Twitter Avatar Too Sexy for Politics?
BBC:
Wikileaks suspect Bradley Manning defers pleas  —  Bradley Manning is accused of leaking 700,000 files to Wikileaks  —  The US Army private accused of leaking classified documents to Wikileaks has chosen not to enter a plea at the start of his court martial.
Discussion: The Next Web
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National Post:
Bradley Manning formally charged with ‘aiding the enemy’ by giving files to Wikileaks
Discussion: Associated Press
 
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