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2:54 AM ET, July 18, 2012

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Jeff Jarvis / Guardian:
Journalists who allow quote approval become complicit in political spin  —  It may be done in other nations, but giving in to demands for tweaks here and there turns newspapers into virtual propaganda  —  It's shocking enough for The New York Times to report that it and other news organizations …
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Steve Myers / Poynter:
AP doesn't let sources approve quotes beforehand  —  New York Times reporter Jeremy Peters pulled back the curtain on political reporting Monday, revealing that many reporters now allow sources with the presidential campaigns to approve the quotes that will appear in their stories.
Erik Wemple:
New York Times reviews quote-approval policy
Amy Tennery / The Jane Dough:
Howard Kurtz Doesn't Understand Sexism — Or The Marissa Mayer Phenomenon  —  Yesterday, Yahoo announced that Marissa Mayer, a high-powered Google executive, would become its new CEO.  This was historic on a number of levels: For starters, she joined a group of just 18 other women who are currently CEOs at Fortune 500 companies.
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Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Why Marissa Mayer may not be a good fit for Yahoo  —  In a bombshell announcement that sent shock waves through the entire technology sector, former Google executive Marissa Mayer has become the new chief executive officer of Yahoo:the fifth CEO the faded web giant has had in five years.
Adrienne LaFrance / Nieman Journalism Lab:
For NBCNews.com, a new website comes with new privacy standards  —  It's unlikely that many news consumers will read the fine print that comes with the splashy rebranding from MSNBC.com to NBCNews.com.  —  The new website's privacy policy was adopted to “align with NBC Universal standards in privacy …
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Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Months of Transition Ahead for NBC News Online
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Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Guardian's ‘digital-first’ means more losses, more lay-offs  —  Guardian News & Media is re-opening its voluntary redundancy programme after its “digital-first” survival strategy's first year resulted in much higher company losses.  —  Operating loss grew 42 percent from £33.1 million …
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Dan Sabbagh / Guardian:
Guardian and Observer report losses of £44.2m
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Study: News websites link to themselves 91% of the time  —  Mainstream news organizations use hyperlinks to add context to their pieces, says a study by Mark Coddington at the University of Texas at Austin.  Independent bloggers are more likely to use links socially or as a way to frame their arguments.
Jim Romenesko:
Union: NYT wants to negotiate separate contracts for print and digital  —  The Newspaper Guild of New York says New York Times negotiators “inexplicably dropped a bomb on the process today by presenting two new comprehensive proposals aimed at negotiating two separate contracts: print and digital.”
Larry Kramer / C-Scape:
How Print Can Help Lead The Way Into The Digital Future  —  Today we launched the “TV On The Web” section of the USA Today Life Section.  And we did so in the printed newspaper first.  —  Sounds a bit backwards, you say?  Actually, it's a great example of how various forms of media can compliment each other.
Dave Winer:
What is a Public Editor?  —  The NY Times, as far as I know, invented the idea of a public editor, so I suppose it's up to them to decide what one is.  That would be fair.  But life isn't fair.  —  A public editor should be, imho, the representative of The Public, on the payroll of a news organization.
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Jeff John Roberts / paidContent:
Associated Press plugs into music hub Audiosocket  —  The Associated Press continues to evolve from a news service to a broader, one-stop shop for a broad variety of content.  AP now has audio offerings thanks to a new alliance with indie music licensor Audiosocket.
Justin Ellis / Nieman Journalism Lab:
New York Magazine publishes its first ebook, with Byliner  —  New York magazine certainly has the skills to make an ebook.  If editors didn't want to handle production in house, they could hire one of any numerous ebook-conversion contractors.  And getting the resulting work into the various ebook stores doesn't take a Ph.D.
Tiemoko Diallo / Reuters:
Mali's media strike over attacks on journalists  —  (Reuters) - Mali's private press, radio and television carried out a one-day strike on Tuesday to protest at attacks on journalists critical of soldiers behind a coup in March and who still hold sway in the capital of the West African state.
 
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