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4:20 PM ET, May 24, 2010


 Top News:
New Media, Old Media  —  News today is increasingly a shared, social experience.  Half of Americans say they rely on the people around them to find out at least some of the news they need to know.  Some 44% of online news users get news at least a few times a week through emails …
Twitter relies less on traditional media than blogs  —  The stories and issues that gain traction in social media differ substantially from those that lead in the mainstream press, according to a detailed analysis of social media by the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism.
Jeff Bercovici / DailyFinance:
Will the ‘New York Times’ Pay Wall Chase Away Bloggers?  —  Everyone who publishes news online would like to be able to get paid for it by readers.  But the balance of risk versus reward isn't the same for every publisher.  Some, like The New York Times (NYT), have far more to lose by erecting a pay wall …
David Carr / New York Times:
The Media Equation: News Sites Look Beyond Grants  —  It's telling that one of the more promising experiments in the next version of regional news is located in an industrial park near the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.  The backdrop seems fitting.  —  Joel Kramer will tell you as much.
Discussion: New York Observer and MinnPost
Michael S. Rosenwald / Washington Post:
At 25, AOL switches tracks: Creating content, not just connecting users  —  A few weeks ago, as Steve Case was flying above Sterling, en route to Dulles International Airport, he looked down and saw the sprawling campus that is home to the company he co-founded 25 years ago this month …
Discussion: Story Lab
Jason Fell / FOLIO: Section Blogs:
Media's Ad/Edit Relationship Is Getting Increasingly More Hazy  —  ASME takes issue with Shape's May issue.  —  A content producer—whether a magazine editor or a network producer—would like to believe that the content they create can be distributed to consumers without input or intrusion from the advertising side of the business.
Lucia Moses / Mediaweek:   ASME Eyes Celeb Rules
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
NBC's Chuck Todd: White House correspondent, anchor, blogger, twitterer  —  Chuck Todd began tweeting at 6 a.m. — “the big race is in WV where another DC incumbent could lose a primary” — and now, nearly three hours later, he is crashing minutes before airtime.
Claire Atkinson / New York Post:
Broadcast networks in good time slot for sale  —  The upfront presentations may have wrapped up last week, but the broadcast networks' sales pitches may be just beginning.  —  With General Electric in the process of selling NBC Universal to cable giant Comcast, some Wall Street dealmakers …
Discussion: TVNewser, and Free Press
Lynette Rice / Hollywood Insider:
‘Lost’ series finale carried more than 45 minutes of commercials  —  ABC packed roughly 107 spots — or more than 45 minutes of commercial and promotional time — into the two-and-a-half-hour Lost series finale, according to our (very unscientific but pretty reliable) count.
Aanarav Sareen / The Huffington Post:   Lost: A Media Transition
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
A Site Collects Complaints About Media  —  Media criticism has been boiled down to a single, painful word: fail.  —  The activist group Free Press has built a Digg-like Web site for such mistakes, called MediaFail, that highlights what its users think are the most egregious examples of the “media behaving badly,” to borrow its slogan.
Discussion: Chickaboomer and Runnin' Scared
Guy Adams / The Independent:
After keeping us waiting for a century, Mark Twain will finally reveal all  —  The great American writer left instructions not to publish his autobiography until 100 years after his death, which is now  —  Exactly a century after rumours of his death turned out to be entirely accurate …
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
News Outlets Cut Costs on Covering Presidential Trips  —  WASHINGTON — The news media have found a new area of coverage ripe for cost-cutting: the president of the United States.  —  For decades it was a given that whenever the president traveled, a charter plane packed with members of the press would travel with him.
Tim Bradshaw / Financial Times:
Media play the waiting game over iPad  —  Apple's international launch of the iPad this week will not be accompanied by a swathe of fresh newspaper and magazine apps, in contrast to its much-hyped launch in the US and in spite of print publishers' high hopes for the platform.
Discussion: The Wire
Rachel Sklar / Mediaite:
Mark Zuckerberg's Weird, PR-Speak Facebook Op-Ed in the Washington Post  —  I read Mark Zuckerberg's op-ed in today's Washington Post with an open mind.  I think the latest Facebook privacy imbroglio has been nuts, and my user experience (and use) has plummeted drastically over the past year or so …
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Google finally reveals AdSense cut: 68% on content  —  At last, Google is revealing its split on AdSense: 68% to publishers for content ads, 51% for search ads.  —  I had two primary complaints about Google in my otherwise admittedly and obviously wet-kiss book, What Would Google Do?:
Hash / New York Magazine:
Tea-Vee Time  —  John Stossel, Libertarian newsman, is often anxious.  —  Professional contrarian John Stossel is now among his people.  After 28 years at ABC, Stossel joined Fox last fall and has a new show—Stossel—on Fox Business Network.  He also has an office next door to another ABC refugee …
Robert Andrews / paidContent:UK:
UK News Pubs Take Meltwater To Court For Aggregator Ruling  —  In the argument over whether commercial news aggregators should pay publishers for the privilege, the stakes were just raised.  —  The Newspaper Licensing Agency (NLA), which in January began charging public relations monitors …
Discussion: Press Gazette and
Laura McGann / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Consumer Reports rolling out paid content mobile strategy, taps potential users to set prices  —  The journalism world is still grappling with to-charge-or-not-to-charge, but it's clear charging has the momentum — particularly on mobile devices.  The New York Times is moving ahead …
Discussion: FishbowlNY
Anne Eisenberg / New York Times:
Novelties: PlaceLocal Automatically Creates Online Ads  —  NO costly copy writers or heirs of “Mad Men” are needed to write a new kind of ad for small businesses that want to advertise on the Web: computers create the ads instead.  —  New software called PlaceLocal builds display ads automatically …
Joe Ciarallo / FishbowlNY:
Bloomberg BusinessWeek Editor: Compensating Writers Based on Pageviews Doesn't Make Sense For Us  —  Josh Tyrangiel, editor of the new Bloomberg Businessweek, is eager to make a mark now that his publication is officially integrated into the Bloomberg family.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Twitter To Prohibit Any Third Party To Advertise In-Stream  —  Twitter just put up a blog post talking up its platform approach and long-term strategy.  In that same post, however, the company has made some decisions that are sure to irk a couple of third-party developers and startups.
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