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2:25 PM ET, April 14, 2014

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David Carr / New York Times:
Content creators are skeptical of Yahoo's plans to produce high-quality television  —  Yahoo Rolls the Dice on TV  —  Yahoo, a company that seems like a permanent adolescent in search of an identity, is about to try a new persona: high-quality television programmer.
Roy J. Harris Jr / Poynter:
Pulitzer Preview: Snowden factor, and more on prize prospects for Monday  —  The Pulitzer Prize announcements shook with real-world drama last year, interrupted by reports of bombs exploding at the Boston Marathon finish line.  —  This coming Monday, though, expect another kind of drama …
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Ellen Wulfhorst / Reuters:
Pulitzer Prizes to honor top U.S. journalism on Monday
Discussion: The Huffington Post
John Cook / The Intercept:
The Intercept will focus on NSA stories until it's fully staffed up  —  Passover Greetings from the Editor  —  Hello.  My name is John Cook, and as of three weeks ago I became the editor-in-chief of The Intercept.  Since then, we haven't published much material on the site, and that's been on purpose.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
UPDATED: Relativity Offers Up to $1.1 Billion for Maker Studios, In Move to Outflank Disney  —  Maker Studios is in the center of a bidding war: Ryan Kavanaugh's Relativity Media has staged a surprise late-hour plan to acquire the YouTube multichannel network operator for up to $925 million …
Ben Cardew / Guardian:
Vox.com's Melissa Bell: ‘This is a chance to do journalism differently’  —  The co-founder of news website Vox.com on how it provides the information to help readers stay in touch with news cycle  —  It's not often that a journalist will admit to falling off the news cycle.
Mindy McAdams / Medium:
(Re)defining multimedia journalism  —  New storytelling forms inspire us  —  There's no consensus among journalists about what the term multimedia means, or even whether to use it anymore.  —  The multimedia skills listed in a job advertisement might span a range of specialties from web developer to videographer.
Discussion: @kevglobal, @jul_stein and @alisongow
Evan McMurry / Mediaite:
Sharyl Attkisson Slams CBS News, Obama Admin's ‘Chilling Effect’ on Reporting  —  Sharyl Attkisson, an investigative reporter who recently resigned from her post at CBS News, took shots at both her former employer and the Obama administration on Media Buzz Sunday morning …
Sam Kirkland / Poynter:
Sun-Times kills comments until it can fix ‘morass of negativity, racism, and hate speech’  —  The Chicago Sun-Times has temporarily eliminated story commenting on its website until it can develop a system that will “foster a productive discussion rather than an embarrassing mishmash …
Discussion: Chicago Sun Times, @amzam and @ksablan
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
NBCUniversal And NowThis News Team Up For New Series, “15 Seconds To Truth”  —  Get ready for a 15-second news segments on MSNBC.  —  Following an announcement in January that NBCUniversal had made a strategic investment in mobile news startup NowThis News, the companies are announcing …
Press Gazette:
Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson enters hacking trial witness box  —  Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson went into the witness box today to defend himself against allegations of conspiracies to hack phones and pay public officials for stories.
Discussion: Guardian, Reuters, Telegraph and BBC
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Lionsgate Strikes Content Pact with RocketJump, YouTube Studio Behind ‘Video Game High School’  —  Lionsgate is the latest Hollywood studio jumping into the YouTube multichannel network space, announcing a pact to with RocketJump Studios, the MCN whose biggest hit is the “Video Game High School” series.
Discussion: The Wrap and Home Media Magazine
 
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