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5:45 AM ET, March 5, 2012

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Tyler Hicks / New York Times:
Bearing Witness in Syria: A War Reporter's Last Days  —  It was damp and cold as Anthony Shadid and I crossed in darkness over the barbed-wire fence that separated Turkey from Syria last month.  We were also crossing from peace into war, into the bloodiest conflict of the Arab Spring …
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Robert Fisk / The Independent:
The heroic myth and the uncomfortable truth of war reporting  —  It took a lot of courage to get into Homs; Sky News, then the BBC, then a few brave men and women who went to tell the world of the city's anguish and, in at least two cases, suffered themselves.
Discussion: @theindynews
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Pew: Papers' Biggest Revenue Threat Is Inertia; Second Biggest Is Action  —  Before we get into the results of the latest detailed look at how U.S. newspapers are faring on the digital revenue front, let's get one serious qualm out of the way: the Project for Excellence in Journalism's 16-month study …
Matt DeRienzo / NewspaperTurnaround.Com:
Is linking a ‘keystone habit’ that can convert newsrooms to ‘open journalism?’  —  Elaine Clisham was shaking her head at the latest dust-up over whether media organizations should link to other news outlets and sources of information in their reporting on the web.
Discussion: @vincrosbie, @ksablan and @stevebuttry
Ken Doctor / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The newsonomics of crossover  —  The signs are everywhere — the signs of crossover.  We're not there yet, but publishers are starting to sense that the time when their business models become more about digital and less about print gets closer every day.  —  Since the web's dawn …
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Rachel McAthy / Journalism.co.uk:
Crowdfunding journalism: How one project secured $50,000 in 38 hours  —  The co-founder of Matter discusses how the project used Kickstarter to test whether there was an appetite for a digital project dedicated to in-depth science and technology journalism  —  Backers will receive a range of rewards …
Mark Armstrong:
The Hot Dog Shooter & the Takeout Bag: A Portable Content Manifesto  —  Read It Later users keep content on their tablets and phones for an average of 96 hours after they've saved it.  What does that say about the lifespan of content and how we value it?  —  The other night I had this nightmare …
Discussion: Canadian Magazines
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Limbaugh Advertisers Flee Show Amid Storm  —  Emboldened by Rush Limbaugh's public apology over the weekend to a law school student whom he had called a “slut” and a “prostitute,” critics of the radio talk show host are intensifying their online campaign against his advertisers.
Devlin Barrett / Wall Street Journal:
News Corp. Probe Turns to Russia  —  WASHINGTON—A Federal Bureau of Investigation probe into News Corp . has turned to a former Russian subsidiary, seeking to determine whether a billboard company called News Outdoor Russia paid bribes to local officials to approve sign placements in that country …
Discussion: New York Magazine
Justin Ellis / Nieman Journalism Lab:
What kind of challenges does the L.A. Times face in creating a membership program?  —  From a marketing standpoint, the word “paywall” is pretty terrible.  Right away, it tells you there's a barrier between you and what you want, and the only way to negotiate it is to pay.
Andrew Phelps / Nieman Journalism Lab:
On the record with NPR chief Gary Knell: 'Radio isn't going away, it's going everywhere'  —  Gary Knell, now three months on the job as CEO of NPR, made his first major leadership decision last week by promoting Kinsey Wilson, the head of digital media, to also oversee news and radio programming.
Alex Howard / O'Reilly Radar:
In the age of big data, data journalism has profound importance for society  —  The promise of data journalism was a strong theme throughout the National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting's (NICAR) 2012 conference.  In 2012, making sense of big data through narrative and context …
Discussion: Journalism.co.uk and The FJP
 
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