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11:05 AM ET, June 18, 2010


 Top News: 
Alexia Tsotsis / The Snitch:
YouTube Explains Top Secret ‘News Experiment’ to Local Media, But Doesn't Really  —  Sometimes this new media transition thing can be so, how you say, awkward.  —  According to SFAppeal blogger Eve Batey, Google-owned video aggregator YouTube is up to some hush hush citizen journalism project here in our very own San Francisco.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
YouTube's Secret “News Experiment” Explained!  (Warning: Not Really That Secret)  —  Is YouTube getting into the local news business?  No. Not really.  —  But!  SF Weekly has a weird, confusing tale about YouTube's sort-of secretive efforts to launch a “local news experiment” in San Francisco.
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
A Google Paid Content System For Publishers May Be Coming By Year-End  —  Updated: Google (NSDQ: GOOG), which had hinted for nearly a year now that it was working on building some sort of paid content system for publishers, is reportedly set to launch such a system by year-end.
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Cooper Becomes Loud Voice for Gulf Residents  —  “There aren't any small people here,” the CNN anchor Anderson Cooper said from Louisiana on his prime-time program Wednesday night, emphatically rejecting the remarks by BP's chairman that the oil company cares “about the small people.”
Discussion: Romenesko and Inside Cable News
Tony Ortega / Runnin' Scared:
Deal Between Gothamist and Rainbow Media is Officially Dead  —  ​We don't know whether Knicks and Cablevision owner James Dolan will be writing a new blues song about this, but we've learned here at the Voice that what was earlier just a rumor is now definitely true …
Russell Adams / Wall Street Journal:
Vogue Publisher Florio Leaving Conde Nast  —  Tom Florio, the long-time publisher of Vogue, is leaving Conde Nast at the end of the month, Mr. Florio said Thursday.  —  Mr. Florio said in an interview that he's been talking to Conde Nast Chief Executive Chuck Townsend for some time about leaving …
Nat Ives / AdAge:
Sorry: Conde Nast Won't Replace Exiting Vogue Group Publisher
Rick Klau / tins:
Techdirt saves journalism - Harper's Magazine  —  Last night I was lucky to be invited to join a group of super smart people at an event hosted by Techdirt (and sponsored by Google).  The event was provocatively (and with tongue planted firmly in cheek) titled “Techdirt Saves* Journalism” …
Sky Sports News to go behind paywall in battle with Freeview  —  Subscription model seen as best bet over long term, while analysts say Sky may load rival with poor content  —  News Corporation is to put another of its services behind a paywall as it emerged yesterday that Sky Sports News is to be pulled from Freeview.
Mallary Jean Tenore / Poynter Online:
5 Strategies for Successful News Organization-University Partnerships  —  The New York Times, The Bay Citizen and Next Door Media have recently partnered with universities in hopes that students can help them expand their hyperlocal coverage, engage new audiences and experiment with different business models.
Mike Reynolds / Multichannel News:
Multiplatform Usage Soars Around World Cup: ESPN XP Research  —  Those Watching TV, Using Three Other Platforms, Spent Over 5 Hours Daily WIth FIFA Tourney  —  Futbol fans are cottoning to ESPN's myriad platforms presenting 2010 World Cup matches and fare.
Discussion: paidContent:UK, NewTeeVee and MediaMemo
Scott Rosenberg / MediaShift Idea Lab:
Why Can't Journalists Handle Public Criticism?  —  Why do so many journalists find it so hard to handle public criticism?  If you're an athlete, you're used to it.  If you're an artist, critics will regularly take you down.  If you are in government, the pundits and now the bloggers will show no mercy.
Discussion: Romenesko
WordPress 3.0 “Thelonious”  —  Arm your vuvuzelas: WordPress 3.0, the thirteenth major release of WordPress and the culmination of half a year of work by 218 contributors, is now available for download (or upgrade within your dashboard).  Major new features in this release include a sexy …
Aaron Chimbel / Online Journalism Review:
News convergence isn't easy for student journalists, either  —  By Aaron Chimbel: The Millennials in our journalism classrooms are supposed to be wizards of the Web.  After all, almost their entire lives have been spent consuming media in a converged landscape, reading newspaper stories …
E&P's Interactive Media Conference Kicks off with a Wake-up Call  —  NEW YORK  —  Editor & Publisher's Interactive Media Conference opened with a roar Wednesday with an opening keynote by Journal Register Co. CEO John Paton — who urged those in attendance at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino …
Alex Weprin / TVNewser:
ABC News Pulls Out Checkbook for Van Der Sloot Photos; Gets Exclusive Interview  —  Tomorrow night, ABC News will present a special edition of “20/20,” featuring an exclusive interview with Melony Granadillo, the ex-girlfriend of Joran van der Sloot.  Van der Sloot is the alleged killer of a Peruvian woman …
Discussion: Gawker, Mediaite and ABCNEWS
Mike Fleming /
Demi Moore Lands $2 Million For Book  —  Demi Moore will write her book for HarperCollins.  While she hasn't been burning it up with movie roles like she used to, her reps at Janklow-Nesbit are closing a deal worth $2 million,.  The book will be edited by Jennifer Barth, backstopped by publisher Jonathan Burnham.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Ustream's Live Mobilizer Gives Bands And Brands Live Streaming iPhone Apps  —  Popular live video platform Ustream is adding a new product to its repertoire today: an iPhone application platform called Ustream Live Mobilizer that offers brands, celebrities, and bands a customizable iPhone application …
Tom Cowle / Knight Foundation:
Knight Foundation Expands Neighborhood News Project  —  OpenPlans, Columbia Daily Tribune, Boston Globe Launch the $450,000 OpenBlock Initiative  —  Boston, Mass. (June 17, 2010) - Today, at the Future of News and Civic Media Conference at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology …
Largesse and parsimony at the News International summer party  —  Media executives were out in force at News International's summer party last night, where Mark Thompson rubbed shoulders with Lord Browne, Dawn Airey chatted to Mariella Frostrup and Channel 4's low-key CEO David Abrahams …
Brent Lang / The Wrap:
EXCLUSIVE: Battle Raging Over Age Listings on IMDb  —  By listing birth dates, industry workers say the popular movie database leads to age discrimination  —  One of the biggest movie sites in the world,, is facing a hornet's nest of controversy over its policy of publishing the ages …
Discussion: /Film and Company Town
Joe Mandese / MediaPost:
MediaDailyNews: WPP Digital Acquires Stake In Real-Time TV Analytics Firm  —  WPP Digital Acquires Stake In Real-Time TV Analytics Firm  —  Madison Avenue giant WPP Group has made another strategic investment in an advanced TV industry developer, acquiring a stake in Ace Metrix …
Jim Romenesko / Romenesko:
WSJ editor praises departing mag editor Gaudoin  —  “Tina [Gaudoin] and the team have created a magazine that has already become an important franchise for The Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones,” writes WSJ managing editor Robert Thomson.  He adds this thinly disguised swipe at NYT's T magazine …
Amy Wicks / WWD:
WSJ.'s Gaudoin Resigns... Read the Fine Print... Teen Vogue Promotes Feldman...
Discussion: Guardian and Gawker
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Huffington Post Buys Adaptive Semantics To Keep Up With 100,000 Comments A Day  —  The Huffington Post has acquired its first company in a small cash deal, and it is not another blog or media site, but a pure technology startup called Adaptive Semantics.  The two-person startup provides …
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
HuffPo's Hippeau On More Acquisitions: 'We'll Be Opportunistic'
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Andrew Finlayson / Nieman Journalism Lab:
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Discussion: Yahoo! Sports
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Foster Kamer / Runnin' Scared:
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Discussion: Gawker and New York Magazine
Jacques Steinberg / The Choice:
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Demand Media Taps Joost For Video Advertising Sales And Technology
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Discussion: The Big Picture
The Independent:
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Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
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