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8:50 PM ET, July 21, 2012

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Katherine Rushton / Telegraph:
Rupert Murdoch steps down from NI boards  —  Rupert Murdoch's grip on UK newspapers is loosening “finger by finger”, as he resigns string of directorships.  —  Rupert Murdoch has repeatedly insisted that he remains committed to his UK newspapers, vowing that he will remain a “very active chairman” of the publishing busines.
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Matt Williams / Guardian:
Rupert Murdoch quits as News International director  —  Move fuels rumours of sell-off of UK newspapers despite media mogul's reassurance that he is ‘fully committed’ as chairman  —  Rupert Murdoch has stepped down as a director of News International, in a move that will fuel speculation …
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
The Colorado shooting and the crowdsourced future of news  —  Only a few days ago, we were writing about how users of Twitter and Reddit used those networks to tell a compelling story about a mass shooting in Toronto, and now the same phenomenon is playing out in real-time during another horrific incident …
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Alex Pappas / The Daily Caller:
Colorado tea partier describes ‘surreal’ day of wrongly being linked to theater massacre  —  Colorado Tea Party Patriots member Jim Holmes told The Daily Caller in a Friday interview that his day has been “surreal” after falsely being linked to the movie theater massacre in Colorado by an on-air ABC News reporter.
Jakob Schiller / Wired:
When Tragedy Hits, Photojournalists Balance Reporting and Emotion  —  “He was screaming at the top his lungs, ‘Have you seen my son?’” says Barry Gutierrez, a Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer who has been covering today's shooting in Colorado for the Associated Press.
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Jack Shafer:
What the Colorado shooting says about us  —  The Colorado movie massacre imposes on us once again the temptation to extrapolate lessons from a demented act of violence.  Depending on the lens through which the massacre is viewed, it has encouraged some to restate their case for gun control …
Media Decoder:
Hollywood Struggles for Proper Response to Shooting  —  Updated LOS ANGELES — Executives for Warner Brothers were still assessing the implications on Friday of the deadly shooting in Aurora, Colo., at a midnight showing of its big-budget film “The Dark Knight Rises.”
Jim Romenesko:
Chicago Tribune decides to stick with Journatic  —  The Chicago Tribune is hiring 44-year newsroom veteran Randy Weissman as a consultant to help develop and implement appropriate changes at embattled Journatic and the Chicago Tribune, which has invested in the hyper-local content provider.
Jack Mirkinson / The Huffington Post:
Alexander Cockburn, Left-Wing Journalist, Dies At 71  —  Alexander Cockburn, a prominent radical columnist and journalist, has died at 71 after a lengthy battle with cancer.  —  Cockburn's death was announced by his friend and journalism partner Jeffrey St. Clair on Counterpunch, the website they ran together.
Andrew Phelps / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Wielki sukces!  Piano Media expands its national paywall model to Poland  —  Piano Media, the Slovakian company with plans to erect a pan-European paywall, expanded today into its third and largest market, Poland.  Seven major media companies have agreed to put some of their content behind a single national paywall.
Abigail Pesta / The Daily Beast:
The War on ‘Teen Vogue’: Young Readers Escalate Campaign for More ‘Real Girls’  —  Teenage girls are stepping up a fight for the magazine to show a wider range of body types, claiming the current images can spark eating disorders and other problems.  Abigail Pesta reports.  —  Does Teen Vogue digitally zap zits?
Ellen McCarthy / Washington Post:
Michael Caruso, Smithsonian's new editor, sees a livelier future for magazine  —  Michael Caruso announced his arrival at Smithsonian Magazine with a cover image of a 50-foot snake poised to bite off the heads of unsuspecting readers.  —  Subtlety is not Caruso's strong suit, nor his ambition.
 
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