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2:50 PM ET, April 28, 2012


 Top News: 
Justin Elliott / ProPublica:
FCC-Required Political Ad Data Disclosures Won't Be Searchable  —  The Federal Communications Commission voted 2-1 this morning to require broadcasters to post political ad data on the Web, making it easier for the public to see how as much as $3.2 billion will be spent on TV advertising in this election.
Doug Halonen / The Wrap:
FCC Approves Rules for TV Stations to Put Political Ad Information Online
Candace Clement / Save the News:
Political Files? Meet the Internet
Discussion: Mother Jones
Richard Sandomir / New York Times:
Yellowing Paper and Vanishing Ink as Sports Cartooning Declines  —  BALTIMORE — Mike Ricigliano practices a nearly extinct newspaper art: he is a sports cartoonist, poking fun at sports figures with pen, paper and a gag writer's shtick.  —  How much longer he can earn a living doing what he loves …
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Photographer of viral bear falling says he's considering legal action against school paper  —  Andy Duann's famous photo of a bear falling out of a tree blew up his college newspaper's website Thursday.  Reached by telephone on Friday afternoon, Duann started to tell me how he got the great shot.
Apple courts EPIX for upcoming TV: sources  —  (Reuters) - Apple Inc began talks earlier this year to stream films owned by EPIX, which is backed by three major movie studios, on devices including a long-anticipated TV, according to two people with knowledge of the negotiations.
Lauren Kirchner / CJR:
How Scandinavia's press councils keep the media accountable  —  How Scandinavia's press councils keep the media accountable  —  When right-wing militant Anders Behring Breivik killed 77 people in and around bucolic Oslo last July, the story dominated the press in Norway for months.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
All-Star Cast Invests 750K In Ben Huh And Matt Galligan's Mobile News Startup Circa  —  SimpleGeo's Matt Galligan and Icanhascheezburger's Ben Huh have teamed up to change the way people consume news via mobile.  Their startup Circa, which boasts a newsworthy list of advisors …
Discussion: Forbes, Circa Blog, Betabeat and GeekWire
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Journatic CEO: We are creating a better future for journalism  —  The Chicago Tribune recently laid off many of the reporters and editors who produced its hyper-local editions, and announced that it was outsourcing those functions to a startup called Journatic — a move that drew criticism …
Discussion: Chicago Reader
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: The $1.2 Billion Inside Story of How Demand Media Almost Went Private Last Week (and Then Didn't)  —  According to sources close to the situation, Demand Media was deep into discussions with a private equity firm to complete a deal that would have taken the online content company private for double its current value.
Discussion: Future of Journalism
David Kenner / FP Passport:
Middle East coverage is full of lies  —  It has not been a banner week for media coverage of the Arab world.  Blame it on journalists unfamiliar with their subject matter, the demands of an ever-quicker news cycle, or simply salacious stories that were “too good to check” …
Discussion: New York Magazine and Poynter
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Social media not necessarily journalism's panacea, news bosses say  —  Tech giants may have their own views on what journalism should become, but some news organisations are questioning what benefits the social vision of future news can really bring at a time when they're struggling for business survival...
Discussion: Nieman Journalism Lab
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Seacrest's Role at NBCUniversal Will Span News, Sports and Entertainment  —  Look for Ryan Seacrest to be appearing soon on NBC's “Today” show and on the network's coverage of special events like the Olympics.  —  The appearances are included in a new contract between Mr. Seacrest and NBCUniversal.
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Pew: 17% of Americans get no news daily  —  Right now, in Perugia, Italy, Pew's Lee Rainie is scheduled to be giving a talk called “News in a networked world,” about the platforms on which people consume news.  If your bosses, like mine, thoughtlessly neglected to send you to Perugia …
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Mark Sweney / Guardian:
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Discussion: Guardian
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
You Really Can Blame the Web for Shrinking TV Ratings — But You Have to Credit It for Boosting TV, Too
Andria Krewson / CJR:
In a Social Campaign, What Role for the Press?
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Robert Andrews / paidContent:
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Adrienne LaFrance / Nieman Journalism Lab:
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