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7:20 PM ET, March 15, 2010


 Top News: 
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Pew: Online News Users Don't Want To Pay—Or Look At Ads  —  The latest report on online news economics from Pew's Project for Excellence in Journalism is one of those studies that will bolster just about any view people have about paying for news online.  Want to show that news consumers are unwilling to pay?
Alexandra Fenwick / CJR:
State of the Media, By the Numbers  —  Seven notable stats from the Pew State of the Media report  —  The annual State of the Media report by the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism was released this morning.  The report looks back on how every part of the media fared in 2009 …
Jennifer Saba / Editor and Publisher:
The State of Newspapers?  Think of Sand Falling in an Hourglass, Pew Report Says
Biz / Twitter Blog:
@anywhere  —  When we designed Twitter, we took a different approach—we didn't require a relationship model like that of a social network.  Keeping things open meant you could browse our site to read tweets from friends, celebrities, companies, media outlets, fictional characters, and more.
The New York Times Company:
The New York Times Launches New Trade Campaign, ‘Numbers’  —  Campaign Emphasizes an Engaged Audience  —  The New York Times announced today a new trade campaign, “Numbers,” to launch on March 15.  The campaign is designed to emphasize The Times's loyal and engaged audience in print …
Gillian Reagan / The Business Insider:
NYT Vs. WSJ War Continues: New York Times Ads Slam Wall Street Journal Stats (NYT, NWS)  —  The New York Times just turned up the heat in their battle against the Wall Street Journal for advertisers—this time with a new ad campaign called “Numbers.”  —  A new microsite and ads …
Discussion: The Wire
Nat Ives / AdAge:
New York Times' Exclusive Run at Starbucks Ends  —  USA Today Returns After 10 Years as Coffee Chain Cites Customer Taste for Media Choice  —  NEW YORK ( — After nearly 10 years as the only national newspaper for sale in many Starbucks around the country, The New York Times …
Mike Taylor / FishBowlNY:
Starbucks Now Carries USA Today
Discussion: PR Newswire, bizjournals and FishBowlDC
New York Times:
Papers Like Variety Fight to Survive  —  LOS ANGELES — Variety, the show business bible, was born nearly 105 years ago when young Sime Silverman, by his own account, was fired by The Morning Telegraph for a review in which he declared a new theatrical sketch by a performer who happened to be one of the paper's advertisers “N. G.
Sharon Waxman / The Wrap:
Joshua Newton: Tim Gray is ‘Lying Through His Nose’
Sean Blanda / eMedia Vitals:
VIDEO: The magazine stand of the future  —  Here, the coolest thing EMV has seen so far at SXSW: Todd Clare demonstrates how one day, we will be able to drop a tablet computer on a special table and drag magazines onto our device.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and Gizmodo
Mark Briggs / Lost Remote:
SXSW: The iPad is better than print
Discussion: Beyond The Beyond
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
The Beck Factor at Fox: Staffers say comments taint their work  —  In just over a year, Glenn Beck's blinding burst of stardom has often seemed to overshadow the rest of Fox News.  —  And that may not be a good thing for the top-rated cable news channel, as many of its staffers are acutely aware.
Gillian Reagan / The Wire:
Arthur Sulzberger Jr.'s Nephew David Perpich Joins New York Times To Prepare For Paywall (NYT)  —  We heard whisperings back in early February that David Perpich, the nephew of New York Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr., was leaving his post at consulting firm Booz & Co. and joining the Times to help build its paywall.
Mike Shields / Mediaweek:
TubeMogul Expands Into Ad Sales  —  Upstart analytics firm TubeMogul is looking to take its expertise in online video measurement and translate that to ad sales.  —  The Emeryville, Calif.-based company has quietly been building out its own video ad network over the past year …
Discussion: Online Video News and NewTeeVee
Over half your news is spin  —  Today Crikey launches an investigation six months in the making.  Spinning the Media is an investigation in conjunction with the University of Technology (UTS) Sydney into the role PR plays in making the media.  —  Under UTS' Australian Centre for Independent Journalism …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
For NPR, the iPad Means a New App-And a New Web Site  —  Like many media companies, National Public Radio is scrambling to prepare an app in time for the iPad's April 3 launch.  —  But the standoff between Apple (AAPL) and Adobe has prompted NPR to take on another engineering project at the same time …
Discussion: Online
Paige Albiniak / Broadcasting & Cable:
Syndication Keeping Tribune in the Game  —  Company hoping CW will broaden out programming to help primetime  —  Syndicated programming and expanded local newscasts are the foundation on which the 23 Tribune stations are working to build strong businesses in its 19 markets.
Discussion: The Wire and TVbytheNumbers
Joe Grimm / Ask the Recruiter:
TIME magazine editor becomes freelancer, blogger  —  While the news industry is frantically searching for solutions and new directions, journalists' lives have been disrupted by cutbacks and job changes.  Poynter Online wants to help by sharing how-they-did-it snapshots from people who overcame employment challenges.
Jim Romenesko / Romenesko:
NYT reminds freelancers of its ethics policies  —  To:  —  This is a reminder about The Times's ethics policies for journalists.  —  As you know, The Times takes very seriously the issue of conflicts of interest and other problems that might undermine the credibility of our journalism.
Discussion: Mediaite
Robert Feder /
Behind closed doors, angry Tribune CEO confronts staff  —  Robservations on the media beat:  —  Some who were there said it was an attempt to intimidate employees and identify a scapegoat.  Others described it as an effort to assert authority and move beyond an embarrassing episode.
Discussion: Romenesko
Katy Bachman / Mediaweek:
MTVN Inks With Rentrak Ratings Service  —  Rentrak announced Monday (March 15) it signed MTV Networks to its set-top-box TV ratings.  MTV Networks—which includes a number of cable channels including MTV, Comedy Central, Spike, TV Land and VH1—will have access to Rentrak's TV Essentials service …
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Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Discovery Communications Expands With Eye on Global Market
Discussion: The Wire
James Hibberd / Hollywood Reporter:
Showtime, social media team for campaigns
Jim Romenesko / Romenesko:
WP editor: We're evaluating ways to regulate the quality of Web site comments
Discussion: Washington Post
Jim Romenesko / Romenesko:
Ex-E&P editor Mitchell to blog for The Nation
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Roundbox Buys IP Of ‘TV Companion’ Dashboard Startup Jacked
Discussion: NewTeeVee
No Jokes: Newspapers Cutting Comic Strips
Elizabeth Jensen / New York Times:
‘Earth Days’ Documentary to Be Seen on Facebook First
 Earlier Picks: 
Jinzhi Dong / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The Google/China hacking case: How did the story flow through …
Discussion: Guardian
Bill Densmore / RJI:
AP promises news app will be “on the iPad” when Apple delivers tablet next month
Discussion: Romenesko and Online
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Big Media's Epitaph for Webisodes
Mark Fitzgerald / Editor and Publisher:
Daily Named Best Texas Small Paper Converts to Online-Only
Magda Abu-Fadil / The Huffington Post:
Murdoch Targets Abu Dhabi as International Media Hub
Discussion: paidContent
Steve McClellan / Adweek:
Upfront Posturing Has Early Start
David Carr / New York Times:
The Media Equation: Talking Back to Your TV Set, Endlessly