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7:05 AM ET, July 4, 2012

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Bill Shea / Crain's Detroit Business:
Don't panic yet: The Detroit Free Press isn't closing, but a major change is afoot  —  A visit to the Detroit Free Press last week by a handful Gannett corporate executives prompted the latest round of existential newspaper angst within the walls at 615 West Lafayette Boulevard.  —  The newspaper is closing!
Discussion: JIMROMENESKO.COM
Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
NY Post editor must answer Murdoch, chimp queries  —  (Reuters) - The editor of the New York Post may be forced to answer questions about his discussions with media mogul Rupert Murdoch over fallout from the newspaper's publication of a cartoon that appeared to liken President Barack Obama to a chimpanzee.
Discussion: Guardian
Josef Adalian / Vulture:
The Newsroom Takes a Ratings Hit  —  HBO has already renewed The Newsroom for a second season, but that's no reason to stop obsessively tracking the show's ratings, just like they do in the real world of cable news.  And while we'll try to not get too dramatic over week-to-week fluctuations …
Discussion: scanners, TVLine and Digital Spy
Jeff Balke / Houston Press:
Chron Admits Journatic Stories May Have Had Fake Bylines  —  Tucked neatly beneath a photo of Pitbull and next to the lotto numbers in Tuesday's Houston Chronicle A section (page 2, if you're curious) was a “Note to our readers” that detailed the Chron's recent discovery that stories provided …
Discussion: Poynter
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Sharon Waxman / The Wrap:
New Prometheus CEO Named as The Hollywood Reporter Bleeds $6M  —  Just what is happening at Prometheus Global Media?  The company that owns The Hollywood Reporter and Billboard appointed Dottie Mattison as CEO on Monday after quietly terminating Richard Beckman on Friday.
Discussion: BtoB Magazine and Folio
Eric Celeste / Creative Loafing Atlanta:
Nashville-based media company SouthComm acquires Creative Loafing Atlanta and Washington City Paper  —  Creative Loafing Atlanta has been purchased by SouthComm Inc., a Nashville-based media company.  The sale also includes CL's sister publication Washington City Paper in D.C. Once the transition …
Discussion: Poynter
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Robbers in California target journalists  —  Bay Area News Group photographer Laura Oda was relieved of two cameras, her laptop and a camera bag on Monday, the sixth robbery of a journalist in Oakland, Calif., in as many weeks.  —  Kristin J. Bender writes: “News crews have been robbed …
Steve Myers / Poynter:
New York Times interviewing finalists for public editor job  —  The New York Times has narrowed its pool of candidates for the public editor position and hopes to make an announcement by the end of July, said Glenn Kramon, assistant managing editor for enterprise.
Discussion: FishbowlNY and Guardian
Brendan Sasso / Hillicon Valley:
FCC's political ad rule to take effect Aug. 2  —  The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) said Tuesday that its political ad rule will take effect on Aug. 2, just in time for the fall's expected barrage of political advertising.  —  The regulation, which the FCC adopted in April …
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
NY1 taps Eliot Spitzer as contributor for ‘Inside City Hall’  —  Soon, Current TV won't be the only cable news channel where you can watch Eliot Spitzer.  —  Starting July 10, the former New York governor and subject of an infamous 2008 prostitution scandal will bring his banter to NY1 …
Achy Obejas / WBEZ:
Why is the Tribune scapegoating Clarence Page?  —  This morning, like thousands of other Chicagoans, I woke to the Chicago Tribune's story essentially threatening to fire Pulitzer Prize winner Clarence Page, the paper's most visible African-American writer and arguably one of its most popular staffers …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Newhouses say they aren't ‘sneaking up’ on New Jersey  —  Speculation about Advance Publications' intentions for its New Jersey papers has been swirling for the past week.  The arrival of two new executives at the offices of NJ.com, the web portal for about a dozen New Jersey titles including …
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David Carr / Media Decoder:
Executive at Advance's NJ.com Denies Staffing Up to Supplant Newspapers
Discussion: NetNewsCheck Latest
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Fastest growing segment of piracy?  Live TV  —  A chart from the report “The six business models for copyright infringement.”  Click to expand.  —  A new Google study entitled “The six business models for copyright infringement,” just released with the UK's PRS (Performing Right Society) …
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Twitter faces the same dilemma as the New York Times  —  There's been a lot written recently about Twitter and the choices it seems to be making about the future of the network, although the exact nature of those choices remains shrouded in mystery.  Some say Twitter made the wrong choice …
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Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
‘Daily News’ loses another veteran reporter
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Christine Haughney / Media Decoder:
After Petition Drive, Seventeen Magazine Commits to ‘Show Girls as They Really Are’
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Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Herman Cain launching his own Web channel
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New BBC director general could be named this week
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Jim Romenesko:
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