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2:25 PM ET, June 14, 2010


 Top News: 
News Corporation:
News Corporation Acquires Skiff, LLC; Makes Investment in Journalism Online, LLC  —  Jon Housman Appointed President of News Corporation's Digital Journalism Initiatives  —  New York, NY, June 14, 2010 - News Corporation today announced that it has acquired Skiff, LLC …
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
News Corp. Acquires Skiff IP; Buys Stake In Brill And Crovitz Startup  —  Updated: In a doubleheader announcement meant to move the needle on Rupert Murdoch's ambitious paid content plans, News Corp has acquired the Skiff e-reading platform from the Hearst startup and is joining forces …
Anita Singh / Telegraph:
Piers Morgan to replace Larry King in CNN deal  —  Piers Morgan is to replace Larry King, the veteran US interviewer, in a £5.5 million deal with CNN.  —  The Britain's Got Talent judge and former newspaper editor is on the verge of signing a four-year contract to take over King's primetime show in the autumn.
Gabriel Sherman / New York Magazine:
Eliot Spitzer Might Not Be a Media Steamroller
Discussion: Mediaite, The Caucus and Cheat Sheet
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
F.T.C. Moves Ahead with Journalism Study  —  Looking for the federal government to come to the rescue of newspapers?  Don't hold your breath.  —  The Federal Trade Commission has set out on the somewhat quixotic journey of trying to identify ways to save journalism as we know it from possible extinction.
Rick Edmonds / Poynter Online:
FTC Future-of-Journalism Inquiry Wraps Up With Little Momentum for Major Intervention  —  I'll be among the 30 participants in the Federal Trade Commission's roundtables Tuesday in Washington, D.C. evaluating proposals for government action “to support the reinvention of journalism.”
Will citizen journalism pay the bills?  —  Hyperlocal news projects that start tiny have a greater chance of success - but many find themselves with more kudos than cash  —  “Would you trust a citizen brain surgeon?”  This was a common refrain in 2005, as the news industry grappled …
Paul Carr / TechCrunch:
NSFW: Content Is King!  Rest In Peace, Content  —  “Can Tim Armstrong make AOL king of content by 2010?”  - Blog headline  —  If it were done when 'tis done, then 'twere well / It were done quickly" - Macbeth  —  There's something about the idea of “New York Internet Week” …
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
AOL Teams With Jonas Group for MTV-Style Site  —  The next time the Jonas Brothers release an album or announce a tour, they can skip “Entertainment Tonight” and YouTube and go straight to Cambio.  —  Making its debut online on Tuesday, Cambio is the product of a partnership of AOL …
Discussion: paidContent, The Wire and Fast Company
Laura McGann / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The Awl wants to win on the web with great writing, not SEO tricks  —  Generally, when you think of a site launch, there's a pretty standard checklist most people follow.  Pick a niche topic that appeals to a big enough audience to merit selling ads.  Devise a content strategy, whether its writers or aggregation or both.
New York Post:
Abby Sunderland's dad had TV deal as girl risked life at sea  —  By ANITA BENNETT in Thousand Oaks, Calif., and ANNIE KARNI in New York  —  Here's a dose of reality.  —  The father of teen sailor Abby Sunderland told The Post yesterday that he's broke and had signed a contract to do a reality show …
Discussion: Mediaite, Cheat Sheet and The Wire
Abby Sunderland Sails Into A Media S**tstorm
Lucia Moses / Mediaweek:
Despite Recession, Teen Vogue ‘Haute’ to Trot  —  Despite questions about the strength of consumer spending, Teen Vogue is going into the retail business.  —  The Condé Nast title is signing a one-year lease at the Westchester Mall to operate the Teen Vogue Haute Spot, building on its pop-up store by the same name.
Jenna Wortham / New York Times:
Once Just a Site With Funny Cat Pictures, and Now a Web Empire  —  SEATTLE — Three years ago Ben Huh visited a blog devoted to silly cat pictures — and saw vast potential.  —  Mr. Huh, a 32-year-old entrepreneur, first became aware of I Can Has Cheezburger, which pairs photos of cats with quirky captions …
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Andrew Napolitano Comes to Fox Business Network  —  “Welcome to this struggle,” Andrew Napolitano said triumphantly as he wrapped up the first television episode last weekend of his libertarian talk show, “Freedom Watch.”  He saluted the camera and concluded, “From New York, defending freedom, so long America.”
Frédéric Filloux / Monday Note:
iPad Media Apps: can do better  —  It's time for a first assessment of a few iPad media applications.  To sum up: a) most are disappointing; b) no need to worry.  Instead of subjectively pointing fingers at hits and misses, let's rise to a bird's eye view and see if we can understand why some apps work and why others don't.
Joe Pompeo / Silicon Alley Insider:
Forbes Co-Editor Paul Maidment Has Resigned  —  Things are starting to get shaken up at Forbes.  —  Paul Maidment, editor of and executive editor of the magazine, has resigned.  Today is his last day.  —  We first reported back in mid-May that Forbes staffers were bracing …
David Carr / New York Times:
The Media Equation: BP's Managing of Information on Gulf Oil Spill  —  The three journalists crept along in a boat captained by James Ledet in a bayou near Golden Meadow, La., one early afternoon.  We were all looking for the same thing as we traversed narrow stretches of water framed by swamp grass …
Discussion: Soup
Julie Bosman / Media Decoder:
Apple Rethinks Its ‘Ulysses’ Ban  —  Score one for “Ulysses” - Apple has decided that it is not obscene after all.  —  After the makers of a Web comic version of the epic novel said last week that Apple had rejected several images that contained nudity, Apple reversed its decision …
Discussion: New York Times, Epicenter and Hit & Run
Newsdesk / Tower Ticker:
Tom Petty, Tribune Co. in Web partnership  —  Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, whose first album since 2002's “The Last DJ” is due out this week, have gone into business with Chicago Tribune parent Tribune Co. on an Internet venture.  —  A new Web hub, in partnership with …
Stuart Elliott / New York Times:
Advertising: In Dash, a Food Magazine With Help From Condé Nast  —  MEDIA executives are behaving like the cast of “Glee,” belting out their new favorite Broadway tune, “Food, Glorious Food.”  —  Their performance thanks the purveyors of packaged foods that are advertising more as other marketers cut back.
Takashi Kitazume /
Shift to charging for online news inevitable, Dow Jones chief says  —  Newspapers around the world will soon have no choice but to start charging for Web content, according to Dow Jones CEO Les Hinton, who called it “madness” to give away “expensive and valuable journalism for nothing.”
Discussion: Talking Biz News
Curt Hopkins / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Rolls Out Ad Tags Nationwide  —  Last month, Google announced the advent of “Tags.”  For $25 monthly, businesses can leverage these yellow symbols to communicate additional information.  Tags rolled out initially on a trial basis in 11 cities.  As of late last week, they are becoming available nationwide.
Discussion: VentureBeat
John Eggerton / Broadcasting & Cable:
Comcast/NBCU Deal: Diversity Divide  —  New pledges get plaudits, but critics seek merger block  —  COMCAST AND NBC Universal tried last week to ford the stream on what some are calling a diversity divide related to their vaunted deal.  While some critics applauded their proposed advances …
Discussion: Free Press
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Online, Mobile Video Scores In World Cup  —  It will be a while before we get the full stats for online and mobile viewing during the FIFA World Cup 2010 but we already know some of the highlights from ESPN (NYSE: DIS) and Univision—and a couple of moments ITV (LSE: ITV) would rather forget:
Discussion: Media Week and eMedia Vitals
Erika Lovley / The Politico:
Women scarce on Sunday shows  —  “If it's Sunday, it's more men wearing dark suits.”  —  So far, none of the five major Sunday morning television news shows has embraced that as a promotional slogan.  But women's advocates — armed with new data showing that the shows are a bastion of male power …
Discussion: Romenesko
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Fellow journalists let Helen Thomas down by not reining her in  —  There she goes again.  —  That was the eye-rolling reaction in the White House pressroom when Helen Thomas would go off on one of her rants about the Middle East.  She had been there for so long, was so admired by female journalists …
Discussion: CNN, Romenesko and Wonkette
Jim Romenesko / Romenesko:
Mark Cuban's expands reporting staff  — expands investigative & reporting staff to dig deeper into financial crisis  —  As more banks fail, site adds Pulitzer Prize winners to its team  —  Ann Arbor, Michigan June 11, 2010 The nation's biggest banks …
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
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Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Ben Sheffner / Copyrights & Campaigns:
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Emily York / AdAge:
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Discussion: paidContent
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
NPR, PBS, APM, PRI And PRX Band Together For Shared Digital Platform
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Steve Smith / MinOnline:
Time Prepares Major Upgrade for iPad
Tracy Rosenberg / The Huffington Post:
Looking For Journalism In All The Wrong Places
Jane Martinson / Guardian:
Jeremy Hunt: ‘We have a media policy, not a BBC policy’
Claire Atkinson / New York Post:
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Peter Preston / Guardian:
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Barry Ritholtz / The Big Picture:
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Jun Merrett / Press Gazette:
AOL in UK editorial expansion
David Carr / Media Decoder:
For Salon Reporter, a Long Commitment to Arlington Burial Story
Michael Gartenberg / Engadget:
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Russell Adams / Wall Street Journal:
Sibley Is Named The Week Publisher
Jemima Kiss / Guardian:
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Mike Shields / Mediaweek:
Syfy to Roll Out ‘Connect’ Platform
Discussion: MediaPost