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2:55 PM ET, March 17, 2010


 Top News: 
Mike Fleming /
Conan O'Brien Plots A Movie Maneuver  —  EXCLUSIVE: Here's the latest twist to the Conan O'Brien odyssey.  Getting shoved out of his TV dream job as Tonight Show host is going to make him a movie star.  I'm told that early talks are underway to give documentary feature treatment …
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 …
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
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
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: Online and NetNewsCheck Latest
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
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?
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
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.
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.
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: Folio and New York Observer
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?
Ryan Sholin / MediaShift Idea Lab:
How Mark Luckie Created 'The Digital Journalist's Handbook'  —  It's an increasingly common story in the news business: Young journalist roars out of graduate school at Berkeley, gets a great job at a magazine in New York, works like mad, gets laid off when the economy tanks …
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.
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 …
David Kaplan / paidContent:
AOL Unveils New Food Site Run By Former Gourmet, Epicurious Editors  —  AOL (NYSE: AOL) practically added two new sites a month last year as part of its goal to reach 100 sites under its MediaGlow content group.  While the content strategy has lately rested on building up its freelance content site …
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.
Marie Bénilde / New York Times:
The End of Newspapers?  —  Journalists are now in the same situation as steel workers in the 1970s: They are destined to disappear, but they don't know it.  —  That was the assessment of a banker from BNP-Paribas at the French national press federation's conference in Strasbourg in 2006.
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