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3:20 PM ET, February 18, 2014

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Joshua Benton / Nieman Journalism Lab:
BostonGlobe.com is moving to a metered paywall … That's one of the takeaways from this long profile of the John Henry-era Globe by Jason Schwartz in Boston Magazine.  The Globe famously split its web presence in 2011 into a completely free Boston.com and a mostly hard-paywalled BostonGlobe.com.
Discussion: @niemanlab
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Jason Schwartz / Boston Magazine:
Will John Henry Save the Globe?  —  Maybe, but his ambitions are much grander.  “I feel my mortality,” he says.  So here's his plan: He's going to use the time he has left on earth to try to save journalism itself.  —  Just days after striking a deal to buy the Boston Globe …
The Intercept:
Snowden Documents Reveal Covert Surveillance and Pressure Tactics Aimed at WikiLeaks and Its Supporters  —  Top-secret documents from the National Security Agency and its British counterpart reveal for the first time how the governments of the United States and the United Kingdom targeted WikiLeaks …
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Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Study says civic participation fell in Denver and Seattle after newspapers closed  —  Civic engagement in Denver and Seattle “dropped significantly from 2008 to 2009,” Portland State University professor Lee Shaker says in a paper published at the end of January called “Dead Newspapers …
Mathew Ingram / Gigaom:
Reality check: No, Upworthy's traffic didn't get crushed by Facebook's algorithm change  —  A week or so ago, Business Insider had a post about how a recent change to Facebook's newsfeed algorithm had “crushed” traffic to Upworthy, the viral-news site that relies on social platforms for much of its audience …
Discussion: Salon and @antderosa
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Graydon Carter / Vanity Fair:
Graydon Carter explains why Vanity Fair didn't run with Gwyneth Paltrow piece  —  The Paltrow Affair  —  Not to bore you with the details, but the whole Vanity Fair-Gwyneth Paltrow brouhaha began innocently enough at a routine morning editorial meeting last spring.
Discussion: Gawker, @vfhollywood and Guardian
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Showtime App Goes Live on Roku — But Comcast Is Not on Board  —  Showtime Networks has launched its authenticated streaming-video service on Roku broadband set-top boxes, providing access to to hundreds of hours of on-demand content and live TV feeds, available to subscribers of several major pay-TV partners.
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Journal pushes enterprise, data, ‘immersive storytelling’  —  The Wall Street Journal is making moves to ramp up its enterprise coverage.  Managing editor Gerard Baker announced three appointments that “will strengthen our investigations team, enhance our data-reporting resources and advance …
Discussion: @mathewi
Mike Hopkins / Hulu Blog:
Hulu hires former SVP at Sony Network Entertainment Tian Lim as CTO  —  A World-Class Builder Joins the Hulu Ranks  —  Hulu is the best place for world-class builders.  Hands down.  Our business at its core is defined by the building and innovating that happens daily at Hulu.
Discussion: TechCrunch and VentureBeat
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
Press freedom groups urge David Cameron to lay off The Guardian  —  A group of the world's leading press freedom bodies is calling on prime minister David Cameron to distance himself from the investigation into The Guardian over the leaks by the NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.
Lucia Moses / Adweek:
Hearst Is Staking Its Future on an Editor Turned CEO  —  When SmartMoney made its debut in 1992, it was anything but another staid business magazine.  A joint venture of Dow Jones and Hearst Magazines, it mixed humor with provocative stories, many of which regularly incensed advertisers.
Ricardo Bilton / Digiday:
Is it time to tie journalists' pay to revenue?  —  The days of editorial teams being quietly sheltered from the rigors of the sales team are long gone.  Instead, journalists today increasingly double as numbers-crunching audience-hunting analytics wizzes, often paid based on the reach, not the quality, of their output.
BBC:
The BBC, NBC News, Reuters, and others call for release of Al Jazeera journalists  —  Open letter from BBC News and international news organisations to the Egyptian authorities concerning Peter Greste  —  Open letter from BBC News and international news organisations to the Egyptian …
 
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Mike Shields / Adweek:
Big YouTube channels launch GOVA to protect interests of web video companies
Jason Koebler / Motherboard:
A Journalist Is Suing the Police Who Grounded His Drone
Discussion: Poynter and @matthew_ryan
Alistair Barr / USA Today:
Google makes play for TV ad dollars, signs deal with ad buyer Magna Global
Discussion: Pulse 2.0 and WebProNews
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
World Press Photo judge: Too few photographers, too little editing
Discussion: @sulliview and BAGnewsNotes
Meredith Blake / Los Angeles Times:
Jimmy Fallon powers ‘Tonight Show’ debut with stars like Tina Fey, U2
Dana Liebelson / Mother Jones:
Why It's Getting Harder to Sue Illegal Movie Downloaders
Discussion: @dliebelson
Felix Salmon:
Comcast's purchase of TWC would reinforce high cable TV and broadband rates and slow speeds
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Lucas Shaw / The Wrap:
Joe Berlinger to Direct Eight-Part Criminal Justice Series for Al-Jazeera America (Exclusive)
Discussion: TVWeek.com
Patrick Frater / Variety:
China Accused of Exporting Media Censorship Across Asia
Corey Hutchins / Columbia Journalism Review:
FCC revamps controversial study of TV newsrooms
Alison Langley / Columbia Journalism Review:
Axel Springer eyes global expansion