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10:40 PM ET, March 25, 2010


 Top News: 
Wall Street Journal:
Magazines' New Barker: iPad  —  Advertisers Gather Around as Publishers Tout Tablet Device's Bells and Whistles  —  A laundry list of open questions about Apple's iPad isn't keeping magazine publishers and advertisers from lining up for the launch of the tablet computer next week.
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
WSJ on iPad for $17.99 a month, magazines to be at or near newsstand prices?
Discussion: Digits and Canadian Magazines
Daniel Farey-Jones / Media Week:
From £665m to £1: The changing shape of Britain's modern newspaper business  —  LONDON - It's been more than 300 years since The Daily Courant became the first recognisable regular British daily newspaper during the reign of Queen Anne in 1702.  —  Mastheads in ownership moves in recent years
Daniel Finkelstein / Times of London:
Former KGB spy Alexander Lebedev buys Independent for £1
Roc / Media is a Plural:
Union Busting, Bloomberg Sale Looming at ABC News?  —  Turmoil continues at troubled ABC News.  Morale among employees was already low after president David Westin's recent announcement that their ranks are to be decimated as part of a “new digital day.”  —  It plunged even further following …
Michael Schneider / On The Air:
Ex-ABC correspondent Rooney: Massive cuts “will have unintended consequences”
Discussion: LA Observed
Variety to studios: Stop giving scoops to the competition!  —  Variety has been making a lot of news lately.  Unfortunately, the news has been pretty much all bad.  —  In case you've just tuned in, the venerable trade paper has suffered one black eye after another in recent weeks.
Doree Shafrir / Gawker:
How the Michelle ‘Bombshell’ McGee Story Got Made  —  Everyone was shocked when, last week, In Touch published a cover story about Jesse James' mistress Michelle “Bombshell” McGee.  The surprise wasn't that James was having affairs, but that In Touch had gotten the story—and gotten it right.
Jim Romenesko / Romenesko:
Dozier leaves CBS News to become AP's intelligence reporter  —  AP Washington Bureau Chief Ron Fournier's memo  —  I'm pleased to announce the AP's new intelligence reporter: Kimberly Dozier.  —  You may know Kim as the Middle East correspondent for CBS News, where she earned a reputation …
Michael Fox / 22 Michaels:
The incredible power of a 16 year old video blogger  —  Well, it's taken me a week to think through all the ramifications of this and put it into a blog post, but last week was the best ever for Shoes of Prey by a large order of magnitude, and it's all thanks to this video by a 16 year old YouTuber, Juicystar07 aka Blair Fowler.
Ken Doctor / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The Newsonomics of online ad spending, and its costs  —  [Each week, our friend Ken Doctor — author of Newsonomics and longtime watcher of the business side of digital news — writes about the economics of the news business for the Lab.]  —  It's a complaint we've long heard in the newspaper industry …
Roger Ebert / Roger Ebert's Journal:
See you at the movies  —  Yes, Chaz and I are still going ahead with our plans for a new movie review program on television.  No, Wednesday's cancellation of “At the Movies” hasn't discouraged us.  We believe a market still exists for a weekly show where a couple of critics review new movies.
Xiao Qiang /
The Ministry of Truth Limits Reporting on Google in China 03/23/10 (Updated)  —  In China, several political bodies are in charge of Internet content control.  At the highest level, there is the Central Propaganda Department, which ensures that media and cultural content follows the official line as mandated by the CCP.
Dylan Stableford / The Wrap:
TMZ Insider Sues Over Drugs, Alcohol in Newsroom  —  A former TMZ producer has filed a lawsuit against the site, claiming he was fired for complaining about alcohol and drug use by other staffers on the job after he returned from a medical leave for depression.
Discussion: Romenesko, Gawker and The Wire
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
The Photo Tool That Could Shake Up Online Publishing  —  Here's an amazing demo of the “content-aware fill” tool that's apparently forthcoming in Photoshop CS5.  The tool makes it easy to delete objects from a complex photo, without any trace they ever existed.  The ramifications for internet publishing are frightening.
Discussion: Vanity Fair
Arn / MacRumors: Prepping HTML5 Video Playback for iPad  —  With the imminent arrival of the Apple iPad, it seems at least one major television network is updating their website to provide video playback support for new tablet device — without Flash.'s website began displaying a couple of strange …
Elizabeth Jensen / Media Decoder:
C.P.B. Will Fund Local Reporting Projects  —  The Corporation for Public Broadcasting, looking to counter what it sees as a decline in local journalism and original reporting nationwide, said it is making funding available to set up seven regional reporting projects that will be collaborative …
NPR Blogs:
NPR Changes Abortion Language  —  Last week, I wrote a post about how NPR identifies people who support or oppose abortion.  It engendered a lively debate inside and outside NPR.  Today, some top editors got together to review the 2005 policy and decided to no longer use “pro-choice” or “pro-life.”
Ryan Lawler / NewTeeVee:
YouTube Caught in Net Neutrality Flap in India  —  Google has long been a proponent of net neutrality, but it appears the company may have unknowingly allowed an advertising partner in India to promote preferential treatment for certain video streams on YouTube.
Jennifer Rooney / AdAge:
Allstate Launches Portal to Gather Media-Buying Ideas  —  CMO Mark LaNeve Unveils Site to Maximize One of the Smallest Budgets in Insurance Industry  —  NEW YORK ( — Allstate is reaching out to media sellers, asking them to submit ideas on everything from product design …
Will Richmond /
Here's How Google TV Will Work - And What It Might Mean  —  Last week, the NY Times shared some details of “Google TV,” the new set-top box Google is developing in partnership with Intel and Sony.  The article provided a good outline, and now, based on additional information I've gathered …
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James Hibberd / Hollywood Reporter:
Bunim-Murray acquired by France's Banijay
Sharon Waxman / The Wrap:
Is Nikki Finke for Sale Again?
Jim Romenesko / Romenesko:
NYT runs apology, pays $114,000 to settle Singapore government complaint
Discussion: New York Times and Asia Sentinel
Maxine Goldenson / Media on
The Continuing Evolution of Television and the Internet
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
TLC Acquires 'Sarah Palin's Alaska'
Bill Mitchell / Newspay:
‘Frontline’ Producer Says Public TV Needs More Partners, Money
Discussion: Writing / Editing and All Updates
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
GlobalPost embraces challenge of covering world news as U.S. papers trim bureaus
Discussion: Romenesko
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Trevor Butterworth / Forbes:
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Dave Winer / Scripting News:
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