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2:52 AM ET, February 25, 2012

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Olivia Smith / CJR:
A New App for Citizen Journalists  —  Rawporter joins an increasingly crowded field  —  Rob Gaige and Kevin Davis were having a drink at Dandelion Market in Charlotte, North Carolina, when a car crashed into the restaurant next door.  —  “We saw a number of people recording the excitement …
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Associated Press:
Red Cross in Syria fails to evacuate reporters  —  BEIRUT (AP) — A Red Cross team evacuated 27 people from a besieged neighborhood in the Syrian city of Homs on Friday but apparently failed to get out two wounded Western journalists and the bodies of two others killed by government rockets.
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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 …
Michael Wolff / Guardian:
Rupert Murdoch's Sun on Sunday sets on his empire  —  At 80, News Corp's boss still has an instinct for a good story and the will to change a media narrative - but time is not on his side  —  Murdoch has crossed a certain Rubicon with the frantic launch of the Sunday Sun.
Discussion: Associated Press
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Raphael Satter / Associated Press:
Rupert Murdoch's Sun On Sunday Faces Challenges
Discussion: Guardian and @rupertmurdoch
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.
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Jason Del Rey / AdAge:
Washington Post Co. Decides Slate Is All Grown Up, Needs Own Ad-Sales Force
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Steven Mufson / Washington Post:
Washington Post Co. fourth-quarter earnings drop 22 percent
Discussion: Business Wire
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.
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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.
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 …
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David Ng / Culture Monster:
Shepard Fairey enters guilty plea in criminal case with AP  —  Shepard Fairey, the Los Angeles street artist, has entered a guilty plea in his criminal case with the Associated Press.  The artist pled guilty in a New York court to one count of criminal contempt for destroying documents …
Jack Shafer:
Who cares if a politician buys a newspaper?  —  Philadelphia has gone all hinky at the prospect of an investor group headed by former governor, former mayor, former district attorney, and former head of the Democratic National Committee Ed Rendell purchasing Philadelphia Media Network …
Discussion: NPR
Mike Daisey:
David Pogue is Only Competent to Review Gadgets  —  David Pogue weighed in yesterday about the Nightline piece.  —  I have been trying to engage with Mr. Pogue, but it hasn't gone well.  —  I hate to take the gloves off, but I feel like there's little choice after this latest column.
Katherine Rosman / Wall Street Journal:
Tweeting the Oscars: I'd Like to Thank My Twitter Followers  —  Turning snarky commentary into network strategy: A social-media guide to Oscar night.  —  This year's Academy Awards broadcast may not set any TV ratings records.  But it's poised for a shot at another title: It could be the biggest night yet for social media.
Courtney E. Martin / Christian Science Monitor:
Melissa Harris-Perry show at MSNBC breaks more than gender, race barrier  —  Melissa Harris-Perry is the first African American woman to solo-host a news and politics show on a major television outlet, MSNBC.  But she also breaks a pundit barrier.  As a professor at Tulane University …
 
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