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5:25 PM ET, July 25, 2012

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Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Jessica Ghawi scholarship raises more than $30,000 in a day  —  A fund set up by the family of murdered sports journalist Jessica Ghawi hit its fundraising goal less than a day after it was announced Tuesday.  The family hoped to raise $20,000; as I write this, the fund is at $30,155.
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Jay Rosen / Salon:
Don't bust bogus “hype”  —  Why Salon's article on Reddit's Aurora reporting ticked me off  —  My journalism day began with a groan when I read “Hold the Reddit Hype” by Michael Barthel.  ("The site broke important Aurora news, but ‘crowdsourced’ journalism is as sensational and market-driven as the MSM.")
Discussion: Capital New York
Tim Stenovec / The Huffington Post:
James Taranto, WSJ Editor, Tweets Controversial Aurora Shooting Comment, Issues ‘Mea Culpa’  —  James Taranto, an editor at The Wall Street Journal, has found himself the target of criticism after sending a tweet about the three men who died shielding their girlfriends from gunfire during …
Charlie Warzel / Adweek:
Fast Chat: Erik Martin on Reddit's Coverage of the Aurora Theater Massacre
Discussion: NetNewsCheck Latest, Thanks:@cwarzel
Adweek:
Twitter, Hollywood Working on In-Stream Video Series  —  Forget the debate over whether Twitter wants to get in the media business.  Twitter wants to be a media player.  —  The San Francisco, Calif.-based company, along with multiple Hollywood producers and network execs …
Jeff Bercovici / Forbes:
Diller: Newsweek Not Dead Yet, But Get Ready For Big Changes  —  If Newsweek ceases to exist as a print magazine sometime in the next year, don't say Barry Diller didn't warn you.  —  On IAC's second-quarter earnings call, the chairman and controlling owner addressed the question …
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Newsweek:
Scaremongering  —  A note from Tina Brown (our editor) just hit the ol' inbox in regards to a fun little rumor that went around this morning which said Newsweek would be going—gasp!—all digital this fall.  Tina: Barry Diller would like to make it clear that he did not say on the earnings call …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
NBC Links Up With Storify For Real-Time Curated Olympics Coverage Across Today.com And Owned Station Sites  —  On the heels of a deal with Facebook to promote Olympic conversations on NBC's Facebook page, the broadcast network today is taking one more step to improve its social standing during the big sports event.
Erik Wemple:
Post reporter criticized for . . . checking his facts  —  The Texas Observer has the e-mails.  The tell-tale, slimy e-mails sent by Post reporter Daniel de Vise to officials at the University of Texas at Austin.  As the Observer story alleges, those e-mails document some “unusual, perhaps even unethical, techniques.”
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Dylan Byers / Politico:
WaPo journo shared drafts with sources
Discussion: Poynter
Forrest Wilder / The Texas Observer:
Washington Post Reporter Allows College Officials to Alter Story on Controversial Test
Discussion: Poynter and mediabistro.com
Lisa Richwine / Reuters:
HBO nixes idea of Netflix partnership  —  (Reuters) - Consumers who dream of watching HBO hits like “The Sopranos” or “Game of Thrones” by streaming to TVs using their Netflix accounts shouldn't hold their breath.  —  Netflix Inc CEO Reed Hastings raised the tantalizing possibility on Tuesday …
Jason Del Rey / AdAge:
AOL Preps Big Changes to Patch Amidst Sound Q2 Results  —  In the turnaround world of AOL, smaller revenue declines are still viewed as wins.  By next year, Wall Street likely won't let the company enjoy that luxury.  Revenue in the second quarter shrank 2% year-over-year …
Gregory Ferenstein / TechCrunch:
Screw Objectivity: Study Finds Opinionated Journalism Boosts Civic Engagement  —  Veteran journalists who sing the praises of objective reporting have steadily lost ground to the media's new guard of proudly opinionated voices, from broadcasters such as MSNBC and Fox News, to the growing menu of online news blogs.
Andrew Phelps / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Ars Technica fights through hassles to sell John Siracusa's OS X review as an ebook  —  Almost exactly a year ago, when Apple released Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion), Ars Technica put a spin on a time-honored tradition: The website published John Siracusa's epic review of the software free of charge …
Reuters:
New York Times drops BlackBerry app  —  (Reuters) - Research in Motion's BlackBerry users can no longer use the official New York Times app to read news stories over their devices, in a fresh blow to the maker of the smartphone once considered an essential tool for business professionals.
Discussion: The Verge
Will Oremus / Slate:
Judge Rules That Wikileaks Cables Are Still Secret  —  It sounds like something from Catch-22.  A U.S. district court judge on Monday ruled that diplomatic cables published worldwide by WikiLeaks, the New York Times, the Guardian, et al., are actually still secret.  Why?  Because the government says they are secret.
Discussion: The FJP
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Associated Press:
Wikileaks says famous Spanish judge Baltasar Garzon to lead Assange legal team
 
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Josh Gerstein / Politico:
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