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5:10 PM ET, June 19, 2010


 Top News: 
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
Can Anyone Replace the Local Beat Reporter?  —  I'd like to repeat a story I sometimes tell about the importance of local journalism.  It begins in 2003, when I worked as the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin's beat reporter for Rancho Cucamonga (population 150,000), an affluent commuter suburb about an hour east of downtown Los Angeles.
Kevin Roderick / LA Observed:
Big problems at L.A. Times this morning **
2010 EPpy Winners Announced at Interactive Conference  —  NEW YORK  —  This year's winners of the EPpy Award, the premier award for media-affiliated Websites and blogs, were announced today by Editor & Publisher at the concluding luncheon of its Interactive Media Conference in Las Vegas.
Discussion: USA Today
the nytpicker:
NYT Columnist David Pogue Declares: “I Could Not Name You An Under-25 Year Old Who Subscribes To A Print Newspaper.”  —  Is David Pogue right?  Has an entire generation abandoned print completely, and forever?  —  The NYT's popular personal-technology columnist offered that deeply discouraging assessment …
Mobile Search Ads Will Follow Queries  —  Mobile search has long been considered a can't-miss proposition because search is a natural fit with on-the-go users looking for information.  With its Android mobile operating system, the launch of its own smartphone and other mobile services, Google is clearly betting big on mobile search.
Martin Naylor / Media Week:
Telegraph Media Group appoints first director of mobile  —  Telegraph Media Group (TMG) has appointed former Associated executive Mark Challinor as its first director of mobile.  —  Mark Challinor: joins TMG as director of mobile  —  From July, Challinor will work across the company …
Discussion: paidContent:UK
Neil Swidey / Boston Globe:
Inside the mind of the anonymous online poster  —  These users comment on everything from today's news to hotel rooms.  Many are harmless.  But some are ruthless.  Who are they exactly, and why do they do what they do?  —  On Monday, May 17, at 2 p.m., a breaking news article headlined …
Discussion: Romenesko and Universal Hub
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
Lebedev to give SoE conference lecture  —  Alexander Lebedev is to kick off the Society of Editors (SoE) conference in Glasgow in November by delivering the annual lecture.  —  The owner of the London Evening Standard and the two Independent titles is likely to choose press freedom as his theme.
Felix Salmon:
The NYT doesn't care about posting primary documents  —  The NYT has a clear policy when it comes to primary sources — if you're writing about a certain document, then you should link to it, if it's online.  Increasingly, the NYT's journalists are actually doing that.
Discussion: Techdirt
Zeke Turner / New York Observer:
Thomson Reuters Smells a Rat  —  During a global real estate summit hosted by Thomson Reuters this week, two men in rat costumes pretending to be the company's CEO Tom Glocer and divisional CEO Devin Wenig interviewed people on the street about the company's alleged illegal pay cuts and use …
Wired, Wikileaks and the Hacker-Journalist Complex  —  On June 6th, published a report that military intelligence analyst Bradley Manning had been arrested for allegedly leaking the famous 2007 Apache helicopter attack video to Wikileaks.  Now Wikileaks and others are questioning Wired's involvement in the story.
Discussion: Salon and CJR
V. Michael Bove, Jr. / Nieman Reports:
The Future of Storytelling: A Participatory Endeavor  —  For 25 years the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Media Lab has been at the forefront of exploring how technology can enhance communication and storytelling.  V. Michael Bove, Jr., a principal research scientist …
Financial Times:
AOL  —  It's reassuring to have prejudices confirmed; politicians are corrupt, blondes have more fun, and AOL is hopeless.  The former internet giant on Thursday confirmed the sale of Bebo - a social networking site bought for $850m in 2008 - but did not disclose the likely nominal sale price.
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