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4:10 AM ET, June 3, 2010


 Top News: 
Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News:
Newsmax Media bidding to buy Newsweek  —  It's been almost a month since the Washington Post Co. put Newsweek on the market, and by 5 p.m. today the initial bids are due.  Despite skepticism over whether there will be bidders, Yahoo! News can confirm there's at least one: Newsmax Media.
New York Times:
Bids Submitted for Newsweek Sale  —  Two magnates, a conservative publisher and the company that bought TV Guide for $1 have all raised their hands as potential buyers of Newsweek.  —  By the time the deadline to submit preliminary bids for the magazine expired Wednesday at 5 p.m. …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Lee Siegel / New York Observer:
News-bleak! Or Is It? Grahams Succumb to Panic
Discussion: Guardian and International Media
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Handicapping the Newsweek mag sweepstakes
Discussion:, The Wire and Romenesko
Why Journalists Should Learn Computer Programming  —  Yes, journalists should learn how to program.  No, not every journalist should learn it right now — just those who want to stay in the industry for another ten years.  More seriously, programming skills and knowledge enable us traditional journalists …
Discussion: Kirk LaPointe's … and B2B Memes
Robert Andrews / paidContent:UK:
iPad News Figs: UK's Times Sold 5,000, FT Shifted 130,000, WSJ 10,000 Subs  —  The Times' iPad edition, which went on sale along with the tablet's UK debut Friday morning, sold 5,000 copies in three days, News Corp.'s CEO Rupert Murdoch told AllThingsD's D8 conference Tuesday …
Joe Flint / Company Town:   News Corp. chief Rupert Murdoch's strategy to get people to pay …
The Independent:
PR stunt or the new journalism?:  The titans of public relations are going direct to viewers and readers  —  It's easy to be cynical but it could be the future, says Ian Burrell  —  Public relations, to some the business of puff and fluff, is flexing its media muscles like never …
Discussion: Jon Slattery
Julie Bosman / New York Times:
The New Yorker Picks Young Writers Worth Watching  —  There are 10 women and 10 men, satirists and modernists, from Miami and Ethiopia and Peru and Chicago.  And none of them were born before 1970.  —  The New Yorker has chosen its “20 Under 40” list of fiction writers worth watching …
Gina Chen / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Step aside, brand loyalty; we're loyal to information now  —  The Pew Research Center released an interesting study last week that offers some sobering — if unsurprising — insights for the news business.  —  Researchers examined top news stories in the mainstream press as well as what news got traction on blogs, Twitter and YouTube.
Discussion: AdPulp
Laura McGann / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Steve Jobs: If your app does not fit, you must resubmit  —  Last night, Apple CEO Steve Jobs spoke at All Things Digital's D8 conference, where among other topics he discussed the touchy matter of apps being rejected from the iTunes store for political content.
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Scannell Takes Over at BBC America  —  The former Nickelodeon president Herb Scannell is taking over U.S. operations for the British Broadcasting Corporation.  —  Currently the chief executive of the digital media studio Next New Networks, Mr. Scannell has been appointed the president …
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
In May, Lower Ratings for Larry King  —  In May “Larry King Live” scored its lowest monthly viewer total in at least 20 years.  —  According to Nielsen data, the struggling CNN talk show had an average of 653,000 viewers each night in May, its lowest average since the data started being electronically stored in the late 1980s.
Discussion: Romenesko, Mediaite, The Awl and The Wire
David Kaplan / paidContent:
Pandora Raises Its Fifth Funding Round  —  Music discovery service Pandora has raised an undisclosed amount of funding to promote continued growth, the company said in a statement.  The round was led by GGV Capital, with additional investment from Allen & Company.
Discussion: TechCrunch and GigaOM
The New York Times Company:
The Bay Citizen to Provide News for The New York Times's Bay Area Pages Beginning Friday June 4, 2010  —  The Bay Citizen, a nonprofit, nonpartisan public media organization based in San Francisco, announced that it will provide branded local news content to The New York Times for its Bay Area pages beginning this Friday, June 4.
Sam Schechner / Speakeasy:
Basic Cable Dance-Off: Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert Stop By Conan O'Brien Comedy Tour … Conan O'Brien gave fans a taste of a different kind of late-night rivalry Tuesday night: He faced Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert in a dance-off.  —  The two Comedy Central hosts appeared as surprise guests late …
Discussion: The Wire
Will Richmond / VideoNuze:
Mobile Video Ad Network Transpera Raises $9 Million  —  Mobile video ad network Transpera is announcing this morning that it has raised a Series C round of $9 million, led by BlackBerry Partners Fund, with participation from existing investors Flybridge Capital Partners, First Round Capital, Intel Capital and Labrador Ventures.
Discussion: Market Wire, VentureBeat and TechCrunch
Dan Trombetto / Folio:
Media Mavericks  —  A year in, The Christian Science Monitor's strategic shift is showing promise.  —  Today, most publishers are re-examining their business model, driven by the collapse in print advertising and a shift in their audience to new outlets.  Many have gone online only …
Jeffisraely / News Launch Diary:
Pardon the Disruption: What My News Startup Does NOT Aim To Disrupt  —  The go-for-the-jugular ambition of the good folk at Publish2 is inspiring.  It is also a bit scary to see a 10-person startup try to take on/take DOWN the Associated Press... for what it says about how broken the news business is …
Georg Szalai / Mediaweek:
Disney's Iger: ABC Upfront Looking Good  —  Walt Disney president and CEO Bob Iger said here Wednesday that early TV upfront advertising sales for the ABC network have been good.  —  “We are in the middle of selling,” he said when asked about the upfront market at the 26th annual Sanford C …
Discussion: Media Decoder
Laura McGann / Nieman Journalism Lab:
WaPo rezones a neighborhood on its site, builds a new local point of entry  —  Following its recent launch of PostPolitics, The Washington Post today unveiled another stand-alone landing page at  The page pulls together existing local content from its Metro section, plus houses new blogs and a few interactive features.
James Rainey / Los Angeles Times:
On the Media: Publisher Sara Miller McCune has serious goals for journalism  —  Her aim to spread the word on important scientific research results in Miller-McCune, a wonky social sciences magazine that with a little more storytelling could expand its base.  —  Reporting From Santa Barbara —
Discussion: Romenesko
Leroy Stick / Street Giant:
the man behind @BPGlobalPR  —  My name is Leroy Stick and I am the man behind @BPGlobalPR.  First, let me begin by explaining my name.  —  When I was growing up, there was a dog that lived on my block named Leroy.  Leroy was a big dog with a disdain for leashes and a thirst for blood.
John Koblin / New York Observer:
More on M.I.A., The Times and Truffle-Gate  —  It's been nearly a week since Lynn Hirschberg's M.I.A. profile was posted to The Times' Web site, and the Truffle Kerfuffle continues.  —  Over Memorial Day Weekend, M.I.A. posted two audio recordings from her interview with The Times that she—eep!—secretly taped.
News Corporation: Launches “Opinion Journal Live”  —  Daily Live Show Features Commentary From The Wall Street Journal Editorial Page  —  The Wall Street Journal continues to expand its live video offerings with the launch of Opinion Journal Live — a daily online broadcast, providing commentary …
Discussion: Talking Biz News
Megan Garber / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The art of the (public) cover letter: Journal Register staff apply for ideaLab spots via blog comments  —  After last week's successful completion of the Journal Register Company's Ben Franklin Project, CEO John Paton was looking for a new project that would keep the momentum of innovation going for the beleaguered newspaper network.
David Amerland /
Paywalls protect news organisations' bottom lines not journalistic integrity or quality  —  Journalist and search engine optimisation (SEO) specialist David Amerland on why paywalls could be a threat to and not the saviour of quality journalism:  —  If we take the view …
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