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3:45 PM ET, April 15, 2010


 Top News: 
Laura McGann / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Mark Fiore can win a Pulitzer Prize, but he can't get his iPhone cartoon app past Apple's satire police  —  This week cartoonist Mark Fiore made Internet and journalism history as the first online-only journalist to win a Pulitzer Prize.  Fiore took home the editorial cartooning prize …
RTDNA/Hofstra Survey Finds TV Doing More With Less, Optimism On Staffing  —  Contact: Ryan Murphy, 202.495.8730,  —  WASHINGTON - The RTDNA/Hofstra University Annual Survey found that 2009 meant another year of TV news doing more with less and news leaders typically feeling optimistic …
Discussion: The Wire, NewsLab and Poynter Online
Gillian Reagan / Silicon Alley Insider:
Forbes Hires Back Fired Reporters, Tells Them To Write More Stories And Get More Clicks  —  We hear from a Forbes source that a half dozen reporters who were laid off during their October 2009 round of layoffs were brought back to their desks.  —  Congrats, guys!
Editor and Publisher:
Preview: Will Gannett Q1 Earnings Signal Newspaper Revenue Rebound?  —  McCLEAN, Va. Gannett Co., the largest U.S. newspaper publisher, is scheduled to report its first-quarter earnings before the stock market opens Friday.  —  WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Just how much longer will the newspaper …
Discussion: Romenesko and The Wire
Kerry Lauerman / Salon:
Our new partnership with McSweeney's  —  Great new stories from a publisher we greatly admire  —  Today, Salon is proud to launch a new content partnership with McSweeney's, the little San Francisco publishing outfit with a very big cultural footprint.  We'll be frequently running pieces …
Discussion: eBookNewser
Charlotte McEleny / New Media Age:
Economist adds tools to highlight most-debated content  —  The Economist has launched a Conversation Cloud tool throughout its site to let readers discover the most commented and debated content.  —  The tool, which aggregates comments on articles, blogs and debates on The Economist site …
Discussion: WebNewser, eMedia Vitals and MediaPost
Mindy McAdams / Teaching Online Journalism:
What you should know about HTML5 today  —  If you teach online journalism, you've probably been hearing questions from students about the validity of what they are learning today.  If you're teaching Web design for current standards and current browsers, they are asking, “What about HTML5 and CSS3?”
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Redstone Extends Viacom CEO Dauman's Gig Through 2016  —  Following an extension that keeps Leslie Moonves at CBS (NYSE: CBS) through 2015, Sumner Redstone has locked in longtime friend and adviser Philippe Dauman as CEO of Viacom (NYSE: VIA) through 2016.  Dauman's previous contract was through 2011 …
Discussion: Variety and Broadcasting & Cable
Rem Rieder / American Journalism Review:
After the Storm  —  Not long before his appearance on a panel at the American Society of News Editors convention today, Christoph Pleitgen, the managing director of Reuters, got some words of reassurance from a friend.  Since the subject was the future of journalism, the friend said, “As no one has a clue, you should be OK.”
Discussion: Romenesko and Associated Press
Oliver Moore / Globe and Mail:
Google and weekly paper ordered to identify online posters  —  Rarely known for their civility, online exchanges can degenerate into vicious slanging matches among people hiding behind pseudonyms.  But a judge in Halifax has lobbed in a reminder that Internet anonymity has its limits.
Joe Flint / Company Town:
‘Glee’ hits high note for Fox  —  The “gleeks” were out in force Tuesday night.  —  The return of Fox's “Glee” drew it biggest audience yet with 13.7-million viewers singing along even if some of us AC/DC fans cringed when one of the characters started belting out “Highway to Hell.”
Washington Post:
Former NSA executive charged with leaking information to newspaper  —  A former senior executive with the National Security Agency has been indicted on 10 felony charges related to the leaking of classified information to a national newspaper in 2006 and 2007, the Justice Department announced Thursday morning.
Discussion: Gawker, Cheat Sheet and Romenesko
David Carr / Media Decoder:
Rupert Murdoch and Family Find Faith and Fame at the River Jordan  —  Baptized in Bold-face at the River Jordan: Queen Rania of Jordan hosts the Murdoch family for the christening of the Murdoch daughters.  Above center, left to right with the Murdoch children: Wendi Murdoch, wearing a rose corsage …
Discussion: Gawker and Runnin' Scared
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Twitter has 105,779,710 Registered Users, Adding 300K A Day  —  Twitter's Biz Stone just reeled off some key, and very long awaited stats at Chirp.  The stats:  — Twitter has 105,779,710 registered users.  — It gets 300,000 new users a day.  — It receives 180 Million Unique visitors a month.
Lisa Haberzettl / The Maine Campus:
Pulitzer Prize-winner: Journalism isn't dead yet  —  According to a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer, print journalism may be hurting, but it's far from dead.  —  University of Maine alumna and Los Angeles Times reporter Bettina Boxall was welcomed by students and staff Wednesday to Buchanan Alumni House …
Ken Doctor / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The Newsonomics of content arbitrage  —  [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.]  —  We're into a new age of digital news content.
Discussion: Lost Remote
The Wrap:
Who Are the Gores Bros., and Why Do They Want to Buy Hollywood?  —  You think Harvey and Bob are colorful — wait till you hear the one about Alec and Tom  —  Who the hell are the Gores Brothers, and why do they want to buy Hollywood?  —  As the bidding for the arthouse studio Miramax came …
Discussion: The Wire and Company Town
Jorge Casuso /
FIU's Journalism Program Is a Mess  —  Trouble's brewing at Florida International University's School of Journalism and Mass Communication.  Faculty members charge Dean Lillian Lodge Kopenhaver rarely shows up for work, retaliates against dissenters, allows classes of as many as 200 students …
Discussion: Romenesko
Etan Vlessing / Hollywood Reporter:
MTV to collaborate with Yangaroo  —  Deal includes video distribution to MTV channels via the Net  —  TORONTO — MTV Networks' music group has recruited Canadian content distributor Yangaroo to build a secure digital bridge between record labels and its music-driven TV channels.
Discussion: NewTeeVee and Business Wire
John Eggerton / Broadcasting & Cable:
Boucher: Broadband Plan Should Not Force Broadcasters Off Spectrum  —  Rep. doesn't want FCC proceeding with reclamation until available spectrum is identified  —  House Communications Subcommittee Chairman Rick Boucher (D-Va.) took the opportunity of a public sidebar discussion on the House floor …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Back to the Future: True/Slant CEO Lewis DVorkin Moonlighting as Redesign Consultant at Forbes  —  A weird move that also makes sense: Troubled Forbes Media has brought in Lewis DVorkin, a former editor at the business publisher, as a consultant for a redesign of the Forbes Web site “and other editorial areas.”
Clint Hendler / CJR:
The Chicago Tribune Walks  —  Newly unsealed evidence says the paper was never extorted  —  High above the summit of Chicago's Tribune Tower, the clouds are clearing and the light is shining through.  —  A just-revealed document, laying out the federal government's evidence …
Discussion: FishBowlNY
David / Information Is Beautiful:
How Much Do Music Artists Earn Online?  —  Recently, the UK government passed The Digital Economy Act which included many, perhaps draconian, measures to combat online music piracy (including withdrawing broadband access for persistent pirates).  —  Much was proclaimed about how these new laws …
Jennifer Saba / Editor and Publisher:
J.P. Morgan Forecasts a ‘Strong’ Q1 for Newspapers  —  NEW YORK Newspaper advertising revenue is expected to make a modest comeback this year with overall percentage declines estimated to be in the low single-digit range, according to a Q1 preview from J.P. Morgan.
Discussion: Media Buyer Planner and FishBowlNY
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