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7:25 PM ET, March 24, 2010


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Greg Ferenstein / Mashable!:
The Future Newsroom: Lean, Open and Social Media-Savvy  —  On the campus of Penn State University, a rivalry between a rogue campus blog and the official newspaper has become a fascinating mirror of the strife between old and new media.  In only a matter of months, the unofficial campus blog Onward State …
Richard Perez-Pena / Media Decoder:
It's Official: 2009 Was Worst Year for the Newpaper Business in Decades  —  It's no surprise that 2009 was the worst year the newspaper business has had in decades, but the scale of the damage, shown in figures released Wednesday by the Newspaper Association of America, is stunning.
Colin Gibbs / GigaOM:
Fox Mobile Offers Hulu-like Subscription Service for Smartphones  —  Fox Mobile is hoping it can convince consumers to shell out to watch TV on their smartphones.  The News Corp. subsidiary this morning unveiled Bitbop, a subscription service for smartphone owners that will deliver both streaming …
Phil Rosenthal / Chicago Tribune:
Fox News' Ailes not afraid of taking sides  —  So, Roger Ailes, how are things?  —  “With Fox News, great,” Ailes said by phone Tuesday.  “With my job and my life, pretty good.  With America, not quite as good.”  As the chairman and chief executive of Fox News Channel gave a rare interview …
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Arianna Huffington Ditched by Coveted ‘Investigations Editor’  —  The Huffington Post has a way of squandering its own victories over the establishment press, and it's happened again: Larry Roberts, the investigations editor triumphantly lured from the Washington Post, has resigned.
James Rainey / Los Angeles Times:
Playing hardball with Chris Matthews  —  There seems to be a misconception among some of Chris Matthews' guests.  Because they have been invited on “Hardball” and put in front of a microphone, they think they will not only be asked questions, but also get a chance to answer them.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
AOL Launches Charitable Organization To Fund Hyperlocal News Sites  —  We recently learned that AOL is pouring money ($50 million to be exact) into Patch, a hyperlocal news platform that operates local news sites for 41 small towns and communities in New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut and California.
David Kaplan / paidContent:
HuffPo Bets On Big Three Car Makers To Drive Ad Revs  —  A year after the Big Three car makers looked like they could wind up as just the Big Two, auto ad spending has recovered somewhat, and General Motors, Ford and Chrysler are expected to shift more dollars to online.
Discussion: MediaPost, The Wire and WebNewser
Seth Abramovitch / Movieline:
David Mamet's Master Class Memo to the Writers of The Unit  —  CBS's drama The Unit, about the lives of the highly trained members of a top-secret military division, was canceled last year, but a memo to its writing staff from its executive producer David Mamet has just surfaced online.
Jim Barnett / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Len Downie: For-profit news orgs won't create enough journalism  —  By any measure, former Washington Post executive editor Len Downie epitomized success in the traditional, subscription-and-advertising model of newspaper journalism: With a staff that once topped 900 and an annual budget of $100 million …
Discussion: WebNewser and Editors Weblog
The Center for Public Integrity:
Center's First Journalist-in-Residence Brings Experience from AP, Washington Post  —  Award-winning investigative journalist John Solomon was named journalist-in-residence at the Center for Public Integrity, which houses one of the country's largest newsrooms dedicated to investigative journalism.
Adrian Chen / Gawker:
Is the U.S. Government Spying on a Tiny Secret-Sharing Website?  — is a website legendary in certain circles for posting documents people want hidden from the world.  The Pentagon is not a fan.  Now, Wikileaks is tweeting allegations that the U.S. is spying on its editors.
Anne S. Lewis / Wall Street Journal:
A Magnum Opus for Ransom  —  Even without a Texas nexus, it's an excellent fit: Magnum's huge archive of press prints—some predating the founding of the venerated photographers' cooperative in 1947 by Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson and others—has arrived at the University of Texas's Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center here.
Megan Garber / Nieman Journalism Lab:
FairWarning: A beat-focused model for a nonprofit investigative startup  —  It's a cliché because it's true: Investigative reporting is the core of the journalism that democracy requires to thrive.  It's good news, then, that this morning brings the launch of another nonprofit news …
Discussion: Romenesko and FishBowlNY
Ellen McGirt / Fast Company:
How Adam Carolla Became a Podcast Superstar  —  Adam Carolla is a master builder who created this glass office.  His next project?  Building his podcast network to profitability.  Photographs by Jeff Minton  —  Radio-and-TV personality Adam Carolla stumbled into podcasting and immediately became its No. 1 star.
Jon Friedman / MarketWatch:
CNN, post-Amanpour, needs a new face  —  Commentary: It's now a network without a strong identity  —  NEW YORK (MarketWatch) — CNN has lost its way.  —  During its best moments, Christiane Amanpour symbolized what CNN prides itself on: a commitment to reporting hard news.
Jennifer Saba / Editor and Publisher: Launches New Video Series  —  NEW YORK The Boston Globe on Wednesday launched a new video series on to air during peak traffic hours on weekdays.  Globe Today is a minute and a half take on the day's top stories and weather similar to a broadcast news segment.
Alexander Vaughn / App Advice:
Exclusive: iPad iBooks Pricing Revealed - Matches The Kindle  —  The launch of the iPad has caused a veritable war over eBook pricing between Apple and Amazon.  To promote the Kindle and expand its market share, Amazon sells kindle editions of newly released and best selling books at a loss.
Peter Lauria / The Daily Beast:
Inside Icahn's Hollywood Gambit  —  Hungry Beast Giving Beast Women in the World  —  Blogs and Stories  —  Lionsgate again rebuffed Carl Icahn's hostile bid, but a source tells The Daily Beast's Peter Lauria that some on the movie studio's board secretly wished it hadn't …
Megan Garber / Nieman Journalism Lab:
“Fun with data”: Oxymoron no longer!  And other lessons from Linda Fantin and Ellen Miller  —  Say the word “data” in the presence of the majority of Americans, and you'll most likely be greeted with a blank stare/a glare/an eye roll/an audible sigh.  For most people — though …
Megan Garber / Nieman Journalism Lab:   The freedom to fail and the need to experiment: What gives …
Mike Shields / Mediaweek:
Web Video Audience OK With More Ads, Report  —  Hulu is leaving some serious money on the table.  —  While its parents companies NBC Universal, News Corp. and Disney wrestle with the possibility of imposing a subscription fee on Hulu to offset what they perceive as lost ad revenue from TV …
Marco Arment / Instapaper Blog:
Preview: Instapaper on iPad  —  I'm probably supposed to keep this secret and build everyone's anticipation to hype this up.  Oh well.  Maybe I'll do that for the Instapaper edition for Apple's next revolutionary computing platform.  —  First: Instapaper is definitely coming to iPad.
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