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4:35 PM ET, March 17, 2010


 Top News: 
Heather Hopkins / Hitwise Intelligence:
Twitter and News and Media Websites  —  A couple of weeks ago, I did a follow up post on my blog entry, “Facebook Largest News Reader?”.  The entry illustrated that Facebook users prefer Broadcast Media while Google News readers prefer Print Media.  Several readers requested that I add Twitter to the mix.
Nadia Majid / VentureBeat:
Hitwise: People get their news from Facebook and Google — not Twitter
Discussion: GigaOM
Meg James / Los Angeles Times:
Fox discusses deal with Conan O'Brien  —  The network may have a viable plan to bring the comedian back to late night, sources say.  —  Fox Broadcasting is inching closer to bringing Conan O'Brien back to late night.  —  Key Fox executives, including Rupert Murdoch, are on board with the plan …
Stuart Elliott / Media Decoder:
Yes, It Was a Bad Year for Ad Spending, But It Got Less Worse in the Fourth Quarter  —  Last year was, as expected, a terrible year for advertising spending in this country, according to a leading research company.  But the year ended better than it began — still down …
Nielsen Wire:
Facebook, Google and Yahoo! are Top Sites While Watching Big TV Events  —  Americans are getting into the habit of going online while watching television, with 10% or more of viewers visiting social networks, searching the web and browsing content during major TV events.
Discussion: MediaMemo, Fast Company, MediaPost and B&C
Jack Shafer / Slate:
What's Wrong With the Post Op-Ed Page? … - Health Care Update: The Terrifying Specter of the “Vote-a-Rama” Phase- How Walker, Texas Ranger Saved My Childhood- Which Online Tax-Prep Service Is Easiest To Use?  - Who Is Allowed To Buy an Apartment in the Israeli Settlements?
Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
AOL Says It Never Expected To Interview All 2,000 SXSW Bands (AOL)  —  How is AOL's big music writing experiment in SXSW going?  According to AOL's Saul Hansell, “great,” but he admits AOL won't be interviewing all 2,000 bands as hoped.  —  In an email to us, Saul tries moving the goal posts:
Discussion: WebNewser
John Koblin / New York Observer:
Times' National Desk in ‘Head-Snapping’ Revamp  —  In recent weeks, The New York Times' national desk has undergone quite a face-lift.  There's a new editor, Rick Berke.  There is a new deputy editor in Adam Bryant.  And there will be a new Los Angeles bureau chief in Adam Nagourney.
James Rainey / Los Angeles Times:
Local TV news doesn't share the public interest  —  A study says L.A. news broadcasts devote only 22 seconds per 30 minutes to local government coverage.  Is it likely to get better?  —  The Federal Communications Commission says that, in exchange for the right to use the airwaves we all own …
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
An ‘unanswerable’ question: Can the iPad save magazines?  —  Even though one of the panel titles at the South by Southwest conference asked, “Could the iPad have saved Gourmet?” it wasn't until the sessions' closing minutes that someone finally mentioned the now-defunct magazine.
Discussion: NetNewsCheck Latest and Online
Stephanie Clifford / Media Decoder:
Patrick McCarthy to Leave Condé Nast  —  Patrick McCarthy, the chairman and editorial director of Condé Nast's Fairchild Fashion Group and de facto editor of the fashion magazine W, will be leaving the company at the end of the year.  —  The news was announced in a press release …
Discussion: The Wire, New York Observer and Folio
Brian Steinberg / AdAge:
NBC, Dr Pepper Manage to Blur Commerce, Content Even More  —  ‘30 Rock’ Commercial Points to New Direction in TV Advertising  —  NEW YORK ( — The day when commercials are indistinguishable from the programs they support finally arrived — just before 10 p.m. Eastern last Thursday night.
Discussion: Gawker and Advertising
HarperCollins Rethinking Bloggy Book Label  —  The founding publisher of HarperStudio has departed, and parent company HarperCollins is expected to consider what to do next with the imprint, originally launched to experiment with new business models for publishing.  Woe unto the aspiring blogger-author?
Felix Gillette / New York Observer:
Former Bookforum Editor Chris Lehmann Joins Yahoo News  —  In mid-January, Yahoo News blogging editor Andrew Golis posted a notice on his personal Web site, announcing that he was looking to hire a deputy editor and five bloggers.  “As many of you know, I was recently hired by Yahoo News …
Martin Moore / MediaShift Idea Lab:
10 Reasons Why News Organizations Should Use ‘Linked Data’  —  On a news organization's list of priorities, publishing articles as “linked data” probably comes slightly above remembering to turn the computer monitors off in the evening, and slightly below getting a new coffee machine.
Chris Ariens / TVNewser:
If Amanpour Goes to ABC News, Will ‘This Week’ Leave Washington?  —  As FishbowlDC first reported yesterday, Christiane Amanpour has been offered the job of hosting ABC's Sunday morning public affairs show, “This Week.”  And while Amanpour and her husband, the diplomat Jamie Rubin …
Discussion: B&C
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Publisher Experiments With ‘Free’ And Sees Book Sales Increase 20x  —  We've pointed to numerous studies, at this point, that have all found that, when done right, free ebooks can greatly increase the sales of physical books (and, in some cases, even of ebooks).  Here's another empirical example of that in action.
Associated Press:
Ex-Daily Beast writer admits plagiarism  —  An author and journalist who resigned last month from the Internet news site The Daily Beast over allegations of lifting material acknowledged that passages in his latest book are similar to those of another writer.
E.B. Boyd /
So What Do You Do, Jimmy Wales, Co-Founder of Wikipedia and Wikia?  —  Wikipedia's co-creator discusses the rapid growth of participatory journalism and why media organizations should adopt a more community-friendly model  —  Most people know Jimmy Wales' story.
Jim Romenesko / Romenesko:
Two Chicago media outlets to share ex-CNN reporter Quraishi  —  Ash-har Quraishi, a former CNN correspondent who was most recently chief investigative reporter for KCTV-TV in Kansas City, becomes a multimedia correspondent and content producer who will alternate working for public TV station WTTW and Chicago News Cooperative each week.
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Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Daily Mail: iPad, E-Readers Will Have ‘Absolutely No’ Impact This Year
Discussion: Guardian
David Kaplan / paidContent:
AOL Unveils New Food Site Run By Former Gourmet, Epicurious Editors
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
UK Publishers Expect Even Slower Online Revenue Growth
Discussion: and Guardian
Laura Oliver /
BBC Global News staff face cuts in management shake-up
Marie Bénilde / New York Times:
The End of Newspapers?  —  Journalists are now in the same situation …
Market Wire:
Journal Register Company Establishes Advisory Board
Discussion: Romenesko
Ryan Sholin / MediaShift Idea Lab:
How Mark Luckie Created 'The Digital Journalist's Handbook'
Richard Sandomir / New York Times:
Putting Games Online to Try to Satisfy Majority
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John Cook / Gawker:
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