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12:40 PM 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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Dave Copeland / ReadWriteWeb:
Rawporter Is A Brilliant, But Poorly-Executed, Idea  —  The future of journalism, as Rawporter sees it, will include armies of regular people selling raw video footage to outlets who can't get a crew to breaking news events.  —  But, based on a test of Rawporter's iOS app Tuesday, the future of journalism is going to have to wait.
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
Shmuel Rosner / Latitude:
Israel's Boom in Media Outlets is a Sign of Distrust in the News  —  TEL AVIV — Israel is a country of just seven million people.  More than 80 percent of its adults read Hebrew.  They have many newspapers in Hebrew to choose from.  So why do more and more English news publications keep appearing?
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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Dan Sabbagh / Guardian:   Fresh questions overshadow launch of Sun on Sunday
Erik Larson / Bloomberg:
News Corp. Hacker Said to Have U.S. Numbers  —  The former News Corp. private detective who hacked phones for the News of the World had U.S. telephone numbers among the details of British hacking victims in his notes, a person familiar with the matter said.  —  Glenn Mulcaire …
Discussion: Deadline.com
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
Hunter Walker / Politicker:
FishbowlDC Writer Responds To ‘Sexy’ Photo Flap: 'I Don't Apologize'  —  FishbowlDC writer Betsy Rothstein created a huge controversy yesterday by publishing a story declaring an “unusual trend” of female “campaign and White House reporters ... using provocative, sometimes sexy photographs of themselves for their Twitter accounts.”
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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: Washington Post
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.
 
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