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5:15 PM ET, May 4, 2012

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Jim Romenesko:
New York Times confirms non-newsroom layoffs  —  I received multiple tips late Thursday about layoffs at the New York Times, including this report: … Another tipster says of Freeman: He was “one of the two go-to guys on news-department legal matters, from story vetting to fighting First Amendment cases.
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
David Cameron wins advance access to Leveson inquiry witness statements  —  David Cameron and seven other cabinet ministers will be given advance sight of witness statements to the Leveson inquiry, including those submitted by the former Downing Street spin doctor Andy Coulson and ex-News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks.
Discussion: Journalism.co.uk and Press Gazette
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Mark Hosenball / Reuters:
U.S. senator likely to be rebuffed in News Corp inquiry  —  (Reuters) - The British judicial inquiry investigating questionable reporting practices by Rupert Murdoch's media properties is unlikely to cooperate with a prominent U.S. senator's request for evidence of misconduct in the United States …
Gordon Rayner / Telegraph:
Leveson Inquiry: Government makes ‘controversial’ last-minute bid for advance sight of Andy Coulson's evidence
Discussion: Huffington Post UK and Guardian
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
WaPo digital revenue drops in Q1  —  The Washington Post Co. newspaper division continues to struggle, nearly doubling its operating loss with drops in print circulation and advertising — and digital ad sales aren't picking up the slack.  —  The division, which includes the Washington Post and Slate …
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
At the often stodgy National Magazine Awards, best disruptor of decorum goes to a tall guy from Dallas  —  “I feel like when we win, everybody wins,” said Time managing editor Rick Stengel in a ballroom at the New York Marriott Marquis Thursday night, accepting a National Magazine Award for magazine of the year, the evening's top honor.
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Joshua Benton / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Announcing the 75th class of Nieman Fellows  —  This morning, the Nieman Foundation announced our incoming class of Nieman Fellows, which will be our 75th.  (The Nieman Fellowships allow a group of accomplished journalists — half American, half international — to come to Harvard for a year of study on the subjects of their choice.)
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Politico endorses post-first, check-later journalism  —  On April 20, New York Daily News photographer Todd Maisel was in Cartagena, Colombia, working on the story of the Secret Service scandal.  Amid his wanderings, he banged out a provocative tweet: … Quite an allegation.
Reid Pillifant / Capital New York:
Gillibrand signs Senate resolution asking Village Voice Media to drop adult-services ads from Backpage.com  —  Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has joined several colleagues to cosponsor a resolution asking Village Voice Media, owners of the online classifieds site Backpage.com, to shut down the adult-services section of the site.
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
Arianna Huffington's Role at AOL Narrowed to Focus on Huffington Post  —  She originally had editorial oversight of all AOL properties when the online company acquired her site, but she shoots down rumors that she could leave AOL.  Arianna Huffington said Thursday that her role at AOL …
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Vice Throws Boozy Upfront With WPP, Leaks Bloomberg Talks  —  This is what all-grown-up Vice looks like: founder Shane Smith, with 10-gallon hat and cocktail in hand, hamming it up onstage with former MTV CEO Tom Freston and WPP royalty, including CEO Martin Sorrell.
Discussion: TVNewser
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
The ‘falling bear’ is dead, immortalized in Colorado student photo  —  Two cars on Thursday struck and killed the Colorado bear who was photographed in mid-air.  The black bear was wandering on a highway near Boulder, Colo., where it achieved fame via a viral photograph by University of Colorado student Andy Duann last week.
Samantha Critchell / Associated Press:
Vogue bans too-skinny models from its pages  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Vogue magazine, perhaps the world's top arbiter of style, is making a statement about its own models: Too young and too thin is no longer in.  The 19 editors of Vogue magazines around the world made a pact to project the image …
 
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