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12:25 PM ET, May 14, 2010


 Top News: 
Andrew Rice / New York Times:
Putting a Price on Words  —  Last year, Sam Apple got the idea into his head that what the world needed was a new kind of newspaper.  This was, to put it mildly, at odds with the consensus of the marketplace.  At the time, several large media companies were in bankruptcy …
Wall Street Journal:
New York Times to Begin Website Charges in January  —  The New York Times will begin charging for access to articles on its website in January, Bill Keller, executive editor of the newspaper, said at a dinner for the Foreign Press Association Thursday evening.
Joe Strupp / Media Matters for America:
Keller: Pay Model Will Affect Few Non-Subscribers  —  Executive Editor Bill Keller of The New York Times said most readers of the paper's website will likely never have to pay for access under the new pay model set to launch next January.  —  “Those who mainly come to the website via search engines …
Discussion: On Media's Blog
NBC CANCELS ‘LAW & ORDER’ FLAGSHIP: Dick Wolf Furious That Net Reneged On Deal And May Take Show To TNT; Should NBC Reconsider?  —  BREAKING NEWS!  KEEP REFRESHING!  3:30 PM UPDATE!  Here's the latest news on this fast-moving story.  A deal was in place if NBC picked up the Law & Order flagship …
Josef Adalian / New York Magazine:
Vulture Exclusive: NBC Offered to Renew Law & Order, But Did Dick Wolf Play Chicken?  —  Is Law & Order really over?  After multiple reports suggesting that the iconic New York-based crime procedural would definitely be back for a 21st season next fall — allowing Dick Wolf his life-long dream …
Discussion:, B&C, The Daily Beast and Gawker
Robert Andrews / paidContent:UK:
Murdoch-Owned Sun Online Blocks Meltwater Media Monitor  —  The Sun's website has fallen in behind its News International stablemate Times Online by barring the PR media monitoring service Meltwater from crawling its articles.  —  Sun Online used the robots.txt protocol to block the service on Thursday …
Discussion: Editors Weblog
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Oprah Opens Online Auditions, Voting For Her Next TV Star  —  When the Oprah Winfrey Network launches in January, we'll see whether her star power is enough to carry a whole network—and what it can do for one person in particular whose name we can't even imagine today.
New York Post:
Newhouse cuts back  —  THE cost cutting seems to be picking up steam at S.I. Newhouse Jr. media empire Condé Nast.  —  Yesterday, the glitzy publisher of Vanity Fair, Vogue, Glamour and The New Yorker told its 3,000 employees that starting July 1 their pension plans would be frozen.
Paul Bond / Hollywood Reporter:
Media execs embrace the iPad  —  Chase Carey, Brian Roberts praise device's earnings potential  —  When asked about digital technology last month on a stage in Beverly Hills, Chase Carey went off on the wonders of Apple's new iPad.  —  “Digital,” said former Warner Bros. and Yahoo honcho Terry Semel.
Richard Prince's Journal-isms:
Heads Roll at Station That Failed to Air Video  —  Seattle News Director Quits; Assignment Editor Fired  —  Seattle News Director Quits, Assignment Editor Fired  —  The Seattle news director whose station turned down the video of a police beating resigned, and an assignment manager has been fired …
Asmith / Richard Prince's Journal-isms:
Station Turned Down Video of Police Beating
Jennifer Van Grove / Mashable!:
Gowalla Partners with National Geographic and Washington Post for Branded Trips  —  Location-sharing service Gowalla has just revamped its website and expanded its Trips feature.  The Foursquare competitor is launching the new feature set with two big business partners …
NBC taps Microsoft for digital ads  —  NBC and Microsoft Advertising announced a unique digital marketing partnership designed to promote NBC's “More Colorful” Fall 2010 program lineup.  The partnership will be executed through an extensive multi-screen advertising campaign that includes MSN, X-box, Microsoft Mobile and Bing.
Chris Ariens / TVNewser:
Adding Fuel to the Bloomberg/ABC News Rumors  —  So, we've been following the chatter about ABC News possibly joining up with Bloomberg TV.  That meme took an interesting turn last night on “World News” as Diane Sawyer introduced a story about women CEO's salaries being higher than men's in 2009.
Al Tompkins / Al's Morning Meeting:
Journalists Should Celebrate Decisions by Two Top State Courts  —  As journalists, we complain about a lot.  But in the past couple of weeks, two state supreme courts have given us something to cheer about.  They recognized some foundational aspects of journalism and said we should keep them.
Mike Shields / Mediaweek:
The Washington Post Co. Adds State-Focused Blogs  —  The Washington Post company has rolled out a new network of blogs focused on state politics.  —  The new collection of sites, housed at blog-network, was born out of a blog posting by Chris Cillizza, who pens The Washington Post's The Fix Blog.
Dana Flavelle / Toronto Star:
Canwest must boost online revenue, strategist says  —  John Paton says half of earnings could be digital in 5 years … The man who is helping bring Canada's largest newspaper chain out of bankruptcy protection says traditional newspaper companies could be making half their profit from digital content within five years.
Laurie Sullivan / MediaPost:
Microsoft, Yahoo Start Sorting Through Paid-Search Ad Problems  —  Acknowledging concerns from advertisers, Microsoft and Yahoo began answering questions Thursday about their paid-search ads and sales transition plan.  Although the two have begun moving customers to Microsoft's ad platform adCenter …
Crain's New York Business:
Ratings system highlights the reach of new media  —  Matthew Flamm - NBC's cult comedy The Office may have ranked 60th last year in the Nielsen ratings universe, among viewers over the age of 18.  But in terms of overall impact and buzz, the show came in seventh, according to media buying and planning agency Optimedia U.S.
Discussion: MediaPost and AdAge
Phil Rosenthal / Chicago Tribune:
‘Annie’ left a homeless orphan in newspaper world  —  Through more than 85 years of hardships and challenges — spanning the Great Depression, a world war, foreign cabals, corruption at home, several kidnappings and, well, being an orphan — she somehow always found a way to triumph.
Nick Summers / Newsweek Blogs:
As Facebook Takes a Beating, a Brutal Movie Is Set to Make Things Much Worse  —  A passage from Sorkin's The Social Network screenplay.  —  Ever since its launch in 2004, Facebook has rolled along like a juggernaut.  Users occasionally protest its policies and privacy changes …
comScore, Inc.:
Americans Received 1 Trillion Display Ads in Q1 2010 as Online Advertising Market Rebounds from 2009 Recession  —  Facebook Was Top Display Ad Publisher in Q1, AT&T Ranked as Top Advertiser  —  comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world, today released an overview …
Allison Schaefers / Star Bulletin:
Combined newspaper to employ up to 500 workers  —  Nearly 400 employees from both publications might lose their jobs in the consolidation  —  Oahu Publications Inc., which is consolidating the state's two largest daily newspapers into the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, expects to employ between 450 …
Discussion: The Biz Blog and Gannett Blog
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