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9:30 AM ET, March 14, 2014

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Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed:
An inside look at what it's like to work at Russia Today, the Kremlin-funded media outlet  —  How The Truth Is Made At Russia Today  —  “It was my first job and I feel embarrassed and ashamed.”  An inside look at what it's like to work at the Kremlin-funded media outlet.
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David Remnick / The New Yorker Blog:
Putin Moves Against the Press  —  One of the most riveting and liberating events of postwar life was the Soviet policy of glasnost, the Gorbachev-era explosion of media.  The euphoria came not from the means of transmission but, rather, from what was being transmitted—and read, and heard, and seen.
Max Seddon / BuzzFeed:
Russia Wipes Opposition Sites From The Internet  —  “I don't even know if anyone is reading this anymore.”  —  Via blackhole.beeline.ru  —  Russia has all but eliminated the free media as it fights an information war against the West over Ukraine, with prosecutors blocking independent websites …
New York Times:
Questions About News Photographers in Syria Arise After Freelancer's Death  —  Late last December, Ahmad Barakat, a tailor turned rebel commander in Aleppo, Syria, buried two sons who died together during a battle with Syrian government troops.  The elder son, Mustafa, fought for the Tawhid rebels.
Reuters:
Russia accuses U.S. of discrimination against Russian journalists  —  (Reuters) - Russia accused the United States on Friday of unacceptable discrimination against Russian journalists by barring them from a news conference given by President Barack Obama and Ukraine's prime minister.
Discussion: ITAR-TASS
Kate Knibbs / Daily Dot:
BuzzFeed aggregation of tweets about sexual assault raises questions about ethics of embedding  —  The ethics of embedding tweets  —  Christina Fox, a prolific Twitter user under the name @steenfox, posed a question to her followers: What were you wearing when you were sexually assaulted?
Joe Coscarelli / New York Magazine:
Nate Silver talks about data journalism, competition and managing FiveThirtyEight  —  Nate Silver on the Launch of ESPN's New FiveThirtyEight, Burritos, and Being a Fox  —  Stats superstar Nate Silver hates the term “data-driven.”  He also hates the work of just about every popular columnist …
Caroline O'Donovan / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Survey of nearly a thousand web pages looks at interactive features for news … The Engaging News Project at the University of Texas at Austin has a new report out today called Interactive Features in Online News.  In order to get a sense of how features like polls and various share buttons …
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
YouTube Gives UK Gov't Broad Powers To Censor Videos It Doesn't Like, Even If They're Legal  —  A few years ago, then-Senator Joe Lieberman went on a bizarre anti-free speech crusade against YouTube, arguing that by allowing “terrorists” to post videos to YouTube, people were watching those videos and magically turning into terrorists.
Haniya Rae / Digiday:
How Time Out NY's rethinking for digital  —  As a print publication of nightlife and restaurant listings, Time Out New York is an outlier in a world with Foursquare, Yelp, Urbanspoon and any number of apps to connect people with things to do and places to go.  —  That's why it's retooling for digital.
Luis Carlos Díaz / Journalism For Change:
In Venezuelan protests, citizens and the internet fill the information gap  —  Venezuela: Filling the Information Gap  —  On February 12th, violent protests in Caracas led to the deaths of three people.  Eyewitnesses sent video footage and photographs to the newspaper Ultimas Noticias, which then published them online.
MediaNama:
Rdio acquires shuttered Indian music streaming service Dhingana  —  Exclusive: Rdio buys Dhingana to Enter India  —  US-based music streaming website Rdio has acquired Indian music streaming website Dhingana, Dhingana has confirmed to MediaNama.  MediaNama had heard about the development from multiple industry sources.
Discussion: The Next Web, TechCrunch and VatorNews
Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
Plex opens up Chromecast to everyone, adds automatic camera upload  —  Media center app maker Plex followed through on a promise Thursday to remove restrictions around its Chromecast implementations, opening up the feature to all of its users including non-subscribers.
Discussion: blog.plex.tv, Engadget and TechCrunch
 
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