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3:50 PM ET, June 16, 2010


 Top News: 
Joshua Benton / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Announcing the 2010 Knight News Challenge winners: Visuals are hot, and businesses are big winners  —  They started out last year as a crowded field of hopefuls from around the world, each dreaming of a chance to perform under the big lights.  Over months, their numbers dwindled as the level …
Jeremy W. Peters / Media Decoder:
A New Publisher at Bloomberg BusinessWeek  —  Bloomberg continues to poach top-tier talent from rival news organizations, announcing on Wednesday that it has hired a top executive from Fortune as the publisher of Bloomberg BusinessWeek.  —  Hugh Wiley, who has led the business side at Fortune since 2007 …
Nat Ives / AdAge:
Oprah Hands Out IPads and Cash to Magazine Staffers  —  O Magazine Employees Get New Toy — and $10,000 Check  —  Call it the 2010 version of “You get a car, you get a car, you get a car, everybody gets a car!”  Oprah Winfrey dropped by Hearst headquarters on Tuesday to mark the 10th anniversary of O …
Discussion: Gawker and The Wire
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Condé farms out shoestring magazine launches  —  Conde Nast has turned out the lights on high-end magazine development, but other wings of the media giant controlled by the Newhouse family seem to be incubating magazines on shoestring budgets.  —  The latest mag out of the gate is MensWear …
Discussion: The Wire and Media Buyer Planner
WWD Media Headlines:
HuffPo Wants it All... Next Issue Media's New Ringmaster...  HUFFPO WANTS IT ALL: The Huffington Post thinks the world wants to know more about the arts in all their forms.  The site is launching yet another section today, this one called HuffPost Arts, which will cover everything from fine art and sculpture to opera and filmmaking.
Nicholas Carlson / The Wire:
The Inside Story: How Yahoo Bought Associated Content (YHOO, AOL)  —  Last month, Yahoo bought Associated Content, a Web publishing startup with thousands of semi-pro freelance writers, for around $100 million.  —  $100 million isn't much for a company like Yahoo (YHOO) …
Discussion: eMedia Vitals
MySpace Searches for Agency to Lead Rebranding Effort  —  Can a Consumer Campaign Save News Corp.'s Struggling Social Network?  —  NEW YORK ( — Struggling social network MySpace is gearing up for a relaunch of the site later this year, and as part of that it has begun canvassing adland …
Discussion: paidContent and Breaking Media
James Rainey / Los Angeles Times:
Financial Times charges into future  —  (Oli Scarff, Getty Images / May 10, 2010)  —  Its strategy, including charging for online access, seems to be working.  —  At Bar Marmont late Monday and into Tuesday's wee hours, the Chivas flowed, tuxedo ties came loose and conversation burbled.
Discussion: Romenesko and ReadWriteWeb
Ryan Lawler / NewTeeVee:
YouTube Adds Video Editing in the Cloud  —  Up until now, if YouTube users wanted to combine multiple clips into a single video, they had to use offline editing tools.  But YouTube today rolled out cloud-based video editing tools, giving users a whole new way to remix their existing video assets online.
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
The Newsroom's Unknown Knowns  —  Media critic Jay Rosen has a longish new post up synthesizing his thoughts on “the Actual Ideology of the American Press”—a topic his Twitter followers will recognize as a longstanding obsession.  It merits reading in full, but the upshot is that …
Kenneth Li / Financial Times:
Google eyes Demand Media's way with words  —  Last week, Richard Rosenblatt, chief executive of Demand Media, basked in the spotlight as digital media cognoscenti and bankers gathered round him at New York's Empire Hotel to toast his four-year-old company's progress.
Stuart Elliott / New York Times:
Advertising: Showing Commercials on Shelves and in Aisles  —  FOR many marketers, advertising in stores is an increasingly important way to influence shoppers at the so-called moment of truth, as they finally make up their minds about which brands of soup, soap or cereal to buy — or not buy.
Discussion: Media Buyer Planner and AdPulp
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Fox News Seals New Contract for Greta Van Susteren  —  The Fox News Channel has sealed a new contract with its 10 p.m. anchor, Greta Van Susteren, giving its hugely popular prime time line-up an added measure of stability.  —  The contract for Ms. Van Susteren, an interviewer …
Alexandria Symonds / New York Observer:
A Few Good Men  —  According to Michael Rideout, the 37-year-old founder of Rideout Media Group, magazines have it all wrong.  “I actually saw a 30-second ad for someone to subscribe to a magazine the other day,” Mr. Rideout said last week over a bowl of asparagus soup at a Lower East Side diner.
Discussion: New York Magazine and Romenesko
Nielsen Wire:
Social Networks/Blogs Now Account for One in Every Four and a Half Minutes Online  —  The popularity of social media is undeniable - three of the world's most popular brands online are social-media related (Facebook, YouTube and Wikipedia) and the world now spends over 110 billion minutes on social networks and blog sites.
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Interview: Mario Garcia: ‘Print Is The Mother Milk Of The Tablet’  —  Dr. Mario Garcia is dapper, elegant—and as blunt as a sword that has been used to hack a tree when it comes to what it will take to change some newsroom attitudes.  “We will probably have to wait for many editors to die …
Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
Whatever happened to the e-reader tsunami of 2010?  —  Along with the rise of 3D TV, E-Ink-based e-readers were one of the biggest tech trends in evidence at CES 2010 in January.  Everywhere you turned on the show floor, there was either a 3D TV or a wall of e-readers, to the point …
Discussion: TeleRead
Jon Friedman / MarketWatch:
Dealbreaker's Bess Levin: scourge of finance CEOs  —  Commentary: Meet the blogging star of ‘Wall Street torture porn’  —  NEW YORK (MarketWatch) — I was a bit uneasy about meeting the infamous Dealbreaker blogger Bess Levin.  —  After all, Levin, at only 25 years old, is reputed to be the scourge of Wall Street.
Discussion: New York Observer
Can Financial Firms Use ‘Hot News Doctrine’ to Stifle Aggregators?  —  Traditional print newspapers and magazines are experiencing upheaval thanks to the rise of the Internet, but they are not the only information providers facing serious challenges.  Even before the tumult created by the recent recession …
Discussion: Fast Company
Zee / The Next Web:
The creator of Google News on how journalism will change in the next 5 years  —  I just watched a rather long but fascinating interview with Google News' creator Krishna Bharat at the IJ-7 “innovation journalism” conference at Stanford University.  —  Bharat openly discusses …
Leon Neyfakh / New York Observer:
Skim, Freak, Purge  —  Justin Wolfe gave up on the London Review of Books this weekend.  The experimental blogger, known to his New York fans as Firmuhment, had been subscribed to the feed for about six months, starting when he saw one of their articles linked to on The Awl.
David Kaplan / paidContent:
Re-Targeter Magnetic Raises $5 Million First Round  —  Just when you were wondering what the next big thing in online advertising would be after demand-side platforms, one possible answer is firms that use search data to re-target users for an ad campaign.  Magnetic is one company that specializes …
Discussion: MediaPost
Douglas Rushkoff / Nieman Reports:
There's More to Being a Journalist Than Hitting the ‘Publish’ Button  —  For better or worse, the Internet is ‘biased to the amateur and to the immediate.’  —  First they came for the musicians, and I did not speak out—because I am not a musician.  Then they came for the filmmakers …
Discussion: Kirk LaPointe's …
Felix Gillette / New York Observer:
Sorting the Tweet from the Chaff  —  On the afternoon of Monday, June 14, a young man in a ski mask, white wig, top hat and Groucho Marx-style fake nose, mustache and glasses stared out over an auditorium of onlookers at the Hilton hotel in midtown.  “The first thing you need to do to get big …
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
The Atlantic Learns To Out-Innovate Itself  —  Last year, in doing my two minute video presentation on the innovator's dilemma, my final point in the video was that “out-innovating yourself, always beats being out-innovated by someone else.”  This isn't an original idea, certainly …
Jonathan Stray / Nieman Journalism Lab:
What will Iceland's new media laws mean for journalists?  —  The Icelandic parliament has voted unanimously to create what are intended to be the strongest media freedom laws in the world.  And Iceland intends these measures to have international impact, by creating a safe haven for publishers worldwide — and their servers.
Discussion: Boing Boing
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Finally, Google TV Explained In A Clear, Concise Manner [Video]  —  When Google TV was announced at Google I/O there was a lot of excitement surrounding it.  Unfortunately, there were also a lot of questions.  And the glitchy demo they did on stage certainly didn't help matters.
Steve Rosenbaum / The Wire:
Content Is No Longer King: Curation Is King  —  “Content is King” — no longer.  Today, the world has changed.  “Curation Is King.”  —  Ok, I hear all the content-makers sharpening their knives to take me on.  —  I'm ready.  —  First, why content is dead:
Discussion: Kirk LaPointe's …
Jim Romenesko / Romenesko:
Democrat-Gazette limits use of its reporting by Little Rock AP members  —  Little Rock news outlets are no longer allowed to publish Associated Press stories on their websites if the news came from the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.  The paper recently invoked its right under the AP bylaws …
Mark Walsh / MediaPost:
One-Third of Internet Users Watching Web TV  —  Web video isn't just for snacking anymore.  A third of adult U.S. Internet users will watch full-length television shows online this year on a monthly basis, according to new data from market research firm eMarketer.
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