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5:45 PM ET, April 7, 2014

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Joshua Benton / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Marty Baron on Ezra Klein's departure: “The company is owned 100 percent by Jeff Bezos, so any decision to fund a new venture would be his to make”  —  It's remarkable, I think, how much mainstream-media attention the departures of Nate Silver from The New York Times and Ezra Klein …
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Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
New York Times Changes Ezra Klein Quote To No Longer Criticize Washington Post  —  NEW YORK — Ezra Klein, the editor-in-chief of the just-launched Vox.com, appeared to criticize his former employer, The Washington Post, in an article published Sunday night.  —  The New York Times' Leslie Kaufman reported the following:
Discussion: The New York Observer and Mediaite
Columbia Journalism Review:
Can The Washington Post's national push help support local news?  —  When The Washington Post announced in mid-March that it would provide free digital access to subscribers of a half-dozen local papers around the country, the consensus take was clear: After years of hesitation, the Post …
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Welcome to Vox: a work in progress
Leslie Kaufman / New York Times:
Vox.com looks to technology to move beyond constraints of print media
Bloomberg:
Microsoft Xbox launching six TV series in June; comedians Seth Green, Sarah Silverman onboard  —  Microsoft Goes Hollywood in Amazon-Like Programming Push  —  Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) is going Hollywood with a cast including comedians Sarah Silverman and Seth Green, aspiring World Cup players and eerily human robots.
Raju Narisetti / Nieman Journalism Lab:
We need to talk: 26 awkward questions to ask news organizations about the move to digital  —  Here are 25 awkward questions (and one counter-question) that I wish media reporters/critics would routinely ask of editors and mainstream news organizations, each year.
Martin Weil / Washington Post:
Charles S. Stone Jr, founder of National Association of Black Journalists, dies at 89  —  Charles S. Stone Jr., journalist and professor, dies at 89  —  Charles S.  (Chuck) Stone Jr., a prominent and pioneering American journalist who touched and shaped many lives as a big-city newspaper columnist …
Bob Fernandez / Philly.com:
Senate hearing on Comcast merger comes amid major concerns  —  The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold the first public hearing on Comcast Corp.'s proposed $45.2 billion deal for Time Warner Cable Inc. on Wednesday, amid regulatory and financial concerns about merging the No. 1 and No. 2 cable-TV companies.
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Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Rutgers AD: If Star-Ledger died, 'That'd be great'  —  Speaking to a journalism class, Rutgers University Athletic Director Julie Hermann said “That'd be great” about the prospect of The (Newark, N.J.) Star-Ledger dying.  “I'm going to do all I can to not to give them a headline to keep …
Erin Madigan White / The Definitive Source:
Associated Press CEO Gary Pruitt condemns attacks on journalists in order to control news  —  Pruitt: ‘Journalists today are targeted’  —  Three days after the killing of an Associated Press photojournalist and the wounding of an AP correspondent in Afghanistan, AP President …
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Todd Spangler / Variety:
Six major movie studios file copyright lawsuit against Megaupload, seek $150k per infringement  —  Movie Studios Sue Defunct Piracy Site Megaupload, Seeking Millions in Damages  —  Six major U.S. movie studios have sued Megaupload — which U.S. law enforcement officials shut down in January 2012 …
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
Barbara Walters to Sign Off ‘The View,’ Retire From TV on May 16  —  Barbara Walters has set May 16 as her final appearance on ABC's daytime strip “The View” as she retires from TV journalism.  —  Walters' 50-plus years in television will be feted that night with a two-hour primetime special on ABC.
Alastair Reid / Journalism.co.uk:
Bleacher Report co-founder to launch ‘deep-interest’ titles  —  David Nemetz, founder of sports site Bleacher Report, is to launch a series of “deep-interest” sites that have an “educational aspect and a lifestyle aspect” by the end of the year.  Speaking at the WAN-IFRA Digital Media Europe conference …
Discussion: FishbowlNY
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
AOL Appoints William Pence From WebMD As New CTO; Curtis Brown Steps Down  —  AOL's ongoing push to turn its business around and focus on more ad-tech fuelled media plays continues apace: today the company (which owns TechCrunch) appointed a new CTO, William Pence, who it's hired away from WebMD, where he was also CTO as well as EVP.
Jim Romenesko:
Lee Enterprises executives get six-figure bonuses for doing their jobs  —  Journalists at Lee Enterprises's flagship newspaper, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, haven't seen raises since 2008, but Lee's top execs continue to run to the bank with big bonus checks.  —  Mary Junck and Carl Schmidt
 
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Adi Robertson / The Verge:
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Nicole Flatow / ThinkProgress:
Alabama Journalist Tells Us What It Was LIke To Spend Five Months In Jail For Reporting A Story
Discussion: The Newspaper Guild
Todd Spangler / Variety:
AOL Renews Original Series from Nicole Richie, Sarah Jessica Parker
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