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8:20 PM ET, May 7, 2012


 Top News: 
John Herrman / Buzzfeed:
Facebook Social Readers Are All Collapsing  —  The Washington Post was the first publication to experiment with a “frictionless” social reader app, which launched last year.  If you use Facebook you've probably come across it: it manifests as a clustered list of stories that are almost …
Lucia Moses / Adweek:
Secret Meeting Has ‘Washington Post’ Buzzing  —  Washington Post staffers are buzzing about a secret meeting between some 10 big-name Post journalists including Dana Priest, David Finkel and Carol Leonnig, and Steve Hills, the president and gm of the newspaper.
Jeff Bercovici / Forbes:
The Washington Post Is In Even Worse Shape Than You Think  —  The Washington Post Co. reported its first-quarter earnings on Friday, and the news coming out of the newspaper division was mostly grim.  The unit lost $22.6 million in the quarter, with revenue down 8% and revenue from print advertising specifically falling 17%.
Discussion: Poynter
Alexis Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
The Pernicious Myth That Slideshows Drive ‘Traffic’  —  Readers aren't stupid.  They know when your product is cheap.  —  For a time, people measured site ‘traffic’ by the number of page views on that site.  So, any time someone opened a page on that publication, it counted as one.
Discussion: FrontBurner
Jason Pontin / Technology Review:
Why Publishers Don't Like Apps  —  By the time Apple released the iPad in April of 2010, just four months after Steve Jobs first announced his “magical and revolutionary” new machines in San Francisco, traditional publishers had been overtaken by a collective delusion.
Jim Romenesko:
Milwaukee Police Department website corrects media errors  —  The Milwaukee Police Department says its The Source website “provides the whole story — the one that television, radio and newspapers don't have space or time to provide their audiences.”  Also, “we'll correct the news stories …
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
From ABC News and Univision, an English-Language Channel for Hispanics  —  The Walt Disney Company's ABC News division and Univision have tentatively agreed to create an English-language cable television channel for Hispanics in the United States.  —  The companies, which will each own 50 percent …
Jeff John Roberts / paidContent:
Exclusive: Publisher sues Tumblr over porn pics  —  It's finally happened.  In a case with big implications for the booming market in photo-sharing, a publisher is suing popular blogging site Tumblr for copyright infringement.  —  In a complaint filed Friday in Manhattan …
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
‘60 Minutes’ Gets Younger, and Its Viewers Do Too  —  The oldest newsmagazine on television, “60 Minutes,” might have figured out how to halt the aging process.  —  Purposefully but almost imperceptibly, the CBS News program, the most popular of its genre, has become younger in recent years.
William Neuman / New York Times:
Colombia Rebels Confirm Kidnapping of French Journalist  —  A member of a Colombian guerrilla group said in a video released on Sunday that it was holding a French journalist and considered him a prisoner of war.  —  “The French journalist Romeo Langlois, captured in battle and wearing a military uniform …
Eduardo Garcia / Reuters:   Colombia rebels want media debate for Frenchman's release
Edward Wasserman / The Miami Herald:
Media silent when administration targets sources  —  When President Obama addressed the American Society of News Editors convention last month, the real news was what didn't happen.  The watchdogs didn't bark.  No discouraging word from the gathering of 1,000 of the country's top news people …
Discussion: Reason and Mother Jones
Julie Moos / Poynter:
How 2 twentysomething journalists brought down a corrupt Kentucky sheriff  —  Samantha Swindler, then 27, had been managing editor of the Corbin (Ky.) Times-Tribune for about three years when she asked 20-year-old Adam Sulfridge to report on a corrupt sheriff, Lawrence Hodge, who was involved in trading guns, drugs and favors.
Kashmir Hill / The Not-So Private Parts:
Hulu To Users: Connect Your Facebook Account Or No Social For You  —  Some angry Hulu users created this logo to protest a push to integrate their accounts with Facebook  —  Last month, video provider Hulu made changes to its social sharing features.  For Facebook users, it was great …
Stijn Debrouwere /
FUNGIBLE  —  We don't realize how much news media has changed in the past fifteen years.  We really don't.  I'm not talking about digital first or about blogging or about data journalism or the mobile web or the curation craze.  Yes, journalism has evolved and is better for it.  I'm talking beyond that.
Discussion: The Newspaper Guild
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