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4:20 PM ET, May 28, 2014

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Martin Shepard / the cockeyed pessimist:
Independent publisher says Amazon levels the playing field, and Hachette is just greedy  —  WHO'S AFRAID OF AMAZON.COM  —  On May 24, The New York Times ran a page one story “As Publishers Fight Amazon, Books Vanish.”  In their alarmist zeal reporters David Streitfeld and Melissa Eddy conjure …
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Amazon Doesn't Expect Quick Resolution to Hachette Dispute
Monica Anderson / Pew Research Center:
As the New York Times' first black executive editor, Dean Baquet is in a distinct minority  —  Just as the May 14 dismissal of New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson sparked a debate about gender roles in journalism, the ascension of Dean Baquet—the first African-American to run the paper's newsroom …
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Comcast's Brian Roberts Defends His Time Warner Deal, and His Company  —  The New York Times thinks Comcast shouldn't be allowed to buy Time Warner Cable.  Guess what Comcast CEO Brian Roberts thinks?  —  Okay, you don't have to guess.  But Roberts made his case for the merger …
Joshua Benton / Nieman Journalism Lab:
You can add audio and video players inside your tweets, just as WNYC did for a Maya Angelou interview  —  Interesting tweet an hour or so ago from New York public radio giant WNYC: … That's audio of an interview WNYC's Brian Lehrer did with Angelou in 2013 — playing right in the tweet.
Discussion: @radiodiaries and @niemanlab
WashPostPR / Washington Post:
The Washington Post partner program signs on nearly 100 newspapers  —  Digital First Media, St. Louis Post-Dispatch and Columbus Dispatch among the latest to join pilot program  —  Nearly 100 newspapers will participate in The Washington Post partner program first announced earlier this year.
Discussion: FishbowlDC and @jbenton
Anne Mortensen / The Independent:
A journalist goes missing nearly every day in Ukraine  —  It's not just journalists who are being victimised by pro-Russian separatists, but entire newsrooms  —  The campaign by pro-Russian separatists to muzzle local Ukrainian journalists appears to be succeeding.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Comcast, Verizon and Co. Stop Mass Piracy Lawsuits on Appeal  —  Two years ago district court Judge Beryl Howell, a former RIAA lobbyist, granted adult movie company AF Holdings the right to obtain the personal details of more than 1,000 Internet users suspected of downloading their works using BitTorrent.
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Andrew Zajac / Businessweek:
Prenda-linked porn copyright trolls lose effort to get over 1K IP addresses in federal court
Aditya Kalra / Reuters:
Twitter to take India election innovations global  —  (Reuters) - U.S. social networking company Twitter is planning to replicate parts of its India election strategy across countries that go to polls this year, after it emerged as a key tool for politicians and media companies during the world's largest democratic exercise.
Discussion: @sunny_hundal and @elanazak
Robert Channick / Chicago Tribune:
Chicago Public Media taking over distribution of ‘This American Life’ … Chicago Public Media will begin self-distribution of its signature program, “This American Life,” on July 1, taking over key business functions for one of public radio's most significant franchises.
William Turvill / Press Gazette:
UK daily newspapers have doubled in price since 2004 and shrunk in size - no wonder sales are down  —  Every month when the latest set of ABC national newspaper circulation figures are released, journalists across the country heave a collective sigh of despair.
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Print still attracts more advertising than it deserves, Mary Meeker says  —  Newspapers and magazines attract 19 percent of total advertising spending, Mary Meeker says in her annual Internet trends report.  But consumers, she says, spend only 5 percent of their time reading them.
Johana Bhuiyan / Capital New York:
The Hill launches contributors platform  —  Congressional newspaper The Hill has launched a contributors platform, for which so far more than 100 experts in various policy fields have signed on to write for the site, the company announced today.  —  Contributors will be selected by editors at The Hill …
Discussion: FishbowlDC
Ricardo Bilton / Digiday:
Platform or publisher?  Medium keeps blurring the line  —  The old question for tech platforms like Google and Yahoo was: Are you a platform or a publisher?  For upstart Medium, the answer is clearly both.  —  The blogging platform, founded by Twitter CEO Ev Williams, continues to blur the line between platform and publisher.
Discussion: @digiday
Index on Censorship:
Index launches project to map media freedom violations in Europe  —  Index on Censorship and Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso are launching mediafreedom.ushahidi.com to track media violations in Europe.  —  Index on Censorship, (London, United Kingdom) and Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso …
Discussion: @mjrharris
Sophie Gilbert / Washingtonian:
Can Andrew Sullivan Re-Conquer Washington?  —  After 18 miserable months in New York, the pioneering blogger is back in DC with plans to transform journalism all over again.  —  For almost a quarter of a century, or most of his career, one pundit or another called Andrew Sullivan the future of journalism.
John Plunkett / Guardian:
Netflix beats BBC and ITV to “The Crown,” a £100m series on Queen Elizabeth II  —  Netflix plans £100m epic on the Queen  —  The Crown, inspired by Peter Morgan play The Audience, will span Queen Elizabeth II's six decades on the throne
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Todd Spangler / Variety:
Netflix Buys Pay-TV Rights to Sony Animated Films
Discussion: Home Media Magazine and The Wrap
Jon Boone / Guardian:
Geo TV apologizes for saying Pakistan's spy chief plotted to assassinate journalist Hamid Mir  —  Geo TV owners print front-page apology to Pakistan's ISI spy chief  —  Move comes in week regulators rule on coverage that include claims Zaheer-ul-Islam behind attempt on life of star journalist
Discussion: @fispahani and @aqpk
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Newsweek strikes deal to build foreign editions  —  Newsweek has entered into a partnership with the global media consultancy Empirical Media to strike new foreign licensing agreements for the print magazine and its website.  —  Empirical, which is headed up by veteran media executive …
Ryan Chittum / Columbia Journalism Review:
Reader revenue and the great newspaper ad bubble  —  Four decades of artificially high advertising goes pop  —  Newspaper advertising will almost surely fall to the lowest level on record this year, as ads continue to migrate to the Web.  —  Meanwhile, reader revenue—subscriptions and newsstand sales …
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Attorney general, top journalists discuss prosecutors' latitude in leak investigations  —  What is ordinary about “ordinary newsgathering”?  —  That question was at the heart of discussions Tuesday between Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. and a group of media representatives over rules …
 
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