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1:35 PM ET, May 1, 2014

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Susan B. Glasser / Politico:
“The New York Times Is Not Going to Turn into BuzzFeed”  —  A frank conversation with the former editors of the Post and the Times.  —  Between them, Bill Keller and Marcus Brauchli have edited all three great American newspapers—the New York Times for Keller, both the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post for Brauchli.
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Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
NYT's big circulation gains include copies of international edition  —  Average Monday-Friday circulation at The New York Times was 15 percent higher for the six months ending March 2014 than it was in the same period the year before, new figures from the Alliance for Audited Media say.
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:   USA Today, Journal and Times top circulation list, as usual
Ben Sisario / New York Times:
Television Revenue Drives Viacom Profit  —  Viacom, the media powerhouse that includes the movie studio Paramount and cable television channels like MTV, Comedy Central and Nickelodeon, generated $502 million in profit for its latest fiscal quarter, driven by increased advertising …
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Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
Viacom to Acquire U.K.'s Channel 5 for $760 Million  —  Entrepreneur Richard Desmond had bought the broadcaster for $171 million a few years ago.  —  LONDON - After Discovery Communications and British pay TV giant BSkyB dropped out of the auction, Viacom is set to announce a deal …
Leo Mirani / Quartz:
Why LinkedIn is morphing from a social network into an online newspaper  —  On May 5th, LinkedIn will be celebrate its 11th birthday.  It announced last month that 300 million people had signed up for the professional social network.  This evening, LinkedIn will report earnings for first quarter …
Wall Street Journal:
AT&T considering acquisition of DirectTV, in deal likely worth at least $40B  —  AT&T Has Approached DirecTV About Possible Acquisition  —  AT&T has approached DirecTV about a possible acquisition of the satellite TV firm, say people familiar with the situation, the latest sign of a possible shakeup in the television industry.
Howard W. French / Columbia Journalism Review:
How the rise and fall of Bloomberg's China investigative unit harmed the news org's reputation  —  Bloomberg's folly  —  For foreign correspondents in China, breaking stories that the censored Chinese press can't touch has long been a core part of the mission.
Discussion: Talking Biz News
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Fuse lays off staff after sale  —  The music-oriented TV channel Fuse is laying off staffers Thursday, its ownership tells Poynter.  “We announced in early April that we reached an agreement to sell Fuse to SiTV Media, and these changes are part of that transition,” the company says in a statement.
Nicole Levy / Capital New York:
Time Inc. to build a standalone portal for video  —  Time Inc. is launching a platform for digital video content from all its magazine brands, the company announced at its inaugural presentation for the Digital Content Newfronts on Thursday morning at the Hudson Theater in midtown.
Discussion: Adweek and Business Wire
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
For White House reporter Lesley Clark, so close and yet so far  —  Reporter Lesley Clark once got close enough to President Obama at an international summit to notice that he was chewing gum.  “I think it was that nicotine stuff,” she recalls.  —  Okay, not exactly a major scoop.
Bloomberg:
Sony cuts earnings forecast by 67.5% due to quickly shrinking Blu-ray sales, restructuring expenses  —  Sony Cuts Earnings a Third Time as Recovery Founders  —  Sony Corp. (6758), the maker of Xperia smartphones and PlayStation consoles, cut its earnings for the third time in a year …
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Suing romance novelists believe that Harlequin used foreign subsidiaries to create artificially low net receipts on eBooks.
Hollywood Reporter:
Australia's Commission of Audit has recommended cutting Screen Australia's funding by 50 percent and eliminating the country's pan-Asian public TV network altogether.
Gideon Spanier / London Evening Standard:
Google Maps and BBC iPlayer traffic surges during tube strike  —  Londoners used up a fifth more data on their smartphones during the Tube strike as millions of commuters were forced to make journeys above ground, according to mobile giant EE.  —  The owner of the Orange and T-Mobile networks …
Ken Doctor / Politico:
Why Silicon Valley VCs suddenly love the media.  Read more: http://www.politico.com/magazine/ story/2014/05/1-destroy-the-village-2- save-it-105923.html#ixzz30T2DCWHG  —  Are we living in the golden age of digital media?  It certainly looks that way to Ken Lerer.
Alexandra Steigrad / WWD:
ASME Crowns Year's Best Cover, Talks Video  —  ASME CROWNS BEST COVER, TALKS VIDEO: Media types braved the rain Wednesday to attend the American Society of Magazine Editors luncheon in Manhattan, during which the organization crowned the best magazine cover of the year.
Discussion: @alexsteigrad
Alex Weprin / Capital New York:
Twitter has bet the farm on television, but does TV care?  —  Twitter has bet the farm on television.  In its stated goal to become “The Global Town Square,” the service has tied itself to TV networks and companies through its “Amplify” program, arguing that when people watch something on TV …
Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
Online video could soon come to your cable box, with help from Frequency  —  Some cable providers may still not like the idea of having a Netflix app on their cable box, but everyone wants to have access to short-form online content, said Frequency CEO Blair Harrison during an interview at the Cable Show in Los Angeles Wednesday.
Andrew Bossone / Columbia Journalism Review:
Foreign journalists know they'd be lost, or even dead, without the locals they hire, but do they give them credit back home?  —  The thankless work of a ‘fixer’  —  Foreign journalists know they'd be lost, or even dead, without the locals they hire, but do they give them credit back home?
Discussion: The Newspaper Guild
Erich Schwartzel / Wall Street Journal:
DreamWorks to Put Short-Form Content on YouTube  —  Computer-Animation Studio Pushes Its Expansion Beyond Movies  —  DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. 's recent track record in movies has been spotty: Three of its last four films—including the March release “Mr. Peabody & Sherman”—have come up short at the box office.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Filmmakers Moving Where the Money is: Digital TV Series  —  For independent filmmakers, digital TV series may be the next green.  —  Like many directors, Paul Schrader acknowledges the difficulty of finding money for his projects.  He had to fund last year's “The Canyons,” starring Lindsay Lohan …
Oliver Knox / Yahoo! News:
Meet Jessica Allen, the aide scouring Twitter to act as liaison between press and White House  —  When the White House hates your tweet  —  For the Obama White House, tweets from reporters are a kind of early warning system.  It's up to Jessica Allen, 24, to sound the alarm.
 
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Sandra Oshiro / Poynter:
AP posts profit after cost-cutting, but revenue declines
Discussion: Globe and Mail and ap.org
Ed Christman / Billboard:
Kobalt Launches YouTube Matching Tool ProKlaim, Boasts 1bn Processed Streams Per Month
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
YouTube Tunes Up Its Ad Pitch
Discussion: Billboard and @pkafka
Paul Carsten / Reuters:
China censors assert online authority in blow to U.S. TV shows
Discussion: TechPresident
Alexis Sobel Fitts / Columbia Journalism Review:
How Upworthy aims to alter the Web, and could end up altering the world …
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Kyle Stock / Businessweek:
HBO Teaches the Streaming Wannabes How to Make Big Money on Original Shows
Discussion: @tcarmody
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Press regulation: Newspapers lose court of appeal battle over rival royal charter
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
Danish magazine at the centre of a phone hacking-style scandal
Discussion: India & World and cphpost.dk
Hillel Italie / Associated Press:
“To Kill a Mockingbird” finally going digital
Caroline O'Donovan / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Does having native advertising make a news site less credible? This study, at least, suggests no
Ellyn Angelotti / Poynter:
Legal issues surrounding ownership of Twitter followers unclear
Discussion: @nprrussell
Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
Rdio will launch free, ad-supported service later this year, add traditional radio content
Discussion: hypebot, Radio Ink Magazine and @jank0
 

 
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