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Erin Griffith / PandoDaily:
Inside TimeSpace, the New York Times' new startup accelerator  —  Like many entrepreneurs, Tarikh Korula takes pride in the standard perks of entrepreneurship: He doesn't have a boss, a corporate cubicle, or a “real job.”  It's been seven years since he's worked in what he calls a “proper midtown office.”
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Yahoo Plans Splashy New San Francisco Digs (And Dreams of Neon Billboard's Return)  —  According to multiple sources close to the situation, Yahoo is close to signing a lease for a splashy new San Francisco outpost to keep up with the fast growth of other Web companies that have opened high-profile offices here.
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
The Obama media pool lacks racial depth  —  When the first black president of the United States walked into the White House press room to talk about Trayvon Martin and the complexities of race in America last Friday, the people poised to convey his remarks to the world were overwhelmingly of one race — white.
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Al Jazeera America Promises To Stand Out In Cable News Market, But Concerns Loom  —  NEW YORK — Kate O'Brian, a 30-year ABC News veteran named president of Al Jazeera America this week, says the soon-to-be-launched network will stand out in today's cable news landscape.
Amanda Erickson / Columbia Journalism Review:
In Azerbaijan, a journalist under siege  —  Khadija Ismayilova's fight against wrongdoings, “wherever they are”  —  It was supposed to be a punishment—220 hours plucking garbage off the streets of Baku, Azerbaijan.  —  Instead, journalist Khadija Ismayilova turned her community service assignment into an impromptu rally for change.
Jack Mirkinson / The Huffington Post:
Press Conditions In Bradley Manning Trial Compared To Libya  —  Tensions continued to flare between the military and journalists covering the closing arguments in the Bradley Manning trial on Friday.  —  On Thursday, journalists reported that armed military officers were walking the aisles …
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Davin Hutchins / Mediashift:
‘Syria Stories’ Uses On-Demand Illustrations to Tell Personal Wartime Stories  —  Fewer than half of Middle East residents think it's safe to express political opinions online, according to a study by sponsor Northwestern University in Qatar.  Explore the data on this interactive site and watch a recent MediaTwits chat about the study.
Daniel Leblanc / Globe and Mail:
Journalist Chrystia Freeland to seek Liberal nod for Toronto Centre  —  A senior editor at an international media organization will seek the Liberal nomination for the downtown Toronto riding vacated by Bob Rae.  —  Chrystia Freeland, a former manager and writer at The Globe and Mail …
Robert Channick / Chicago Tribune:
WBEZ president Torey Malatia resigns  —  Torey Malatia, the longtime general manager of public radio station WBEZ-FM 91.5, is resigning his post effective Friday.  —  He announced his decision in a joint statement issued by parent organization Chicago Public Media, where he served as president and CEO.
Stuart Kemp / Hollywood Reporter:
BBC Veteran Stuart Hall's Sentence for Sex Offenses Doubled  —  Court of Appeal judges have increased his time in prison to 30 months, after critics complained he “got off lightly” after admitting to crimes against young girls.  —  LONDON — The sentence of 15 months in prison …
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Glenn Greenwald To Testify Before Congress  —  A congressional hearing next Wednesday on the National Security Agency's surveillance efforts will include testimony from critics, including the journalist who first reported on the programs.  —  Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) told The Guardian …
Jim Romenesko:
Newspaper editor admits he's ‘in the way of progress’ and steps down  —  Kudos to Joe Butkiewicz for being refreshingly honest about his decision to resign as executive editor of the Wilkes-Barre Times Leader: “In my old-fashioned way, I'm in the way of progress.”
 
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