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6:15 PM ET, April 28, 2012

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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.
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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
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: @jayrosen_nyu and Chicago Reader
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.
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.
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 almost double its current value.
Discussion: Future of Journalism
Reuters:
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.
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
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...
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Adrienne LaFrance / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Wall Street Journal dives into live, continuous coverage with its new Markets Pulse stream
Discussion: Forbes
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
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.
 
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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
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