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11:00 AM ET, July 5, 2010


 Top News: 
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Independence day for newspapers  —  Today Journal Register, a newspaper company, declared its freedom from old publishing methods and old journalistic methods.  The company's 18 dailies published today, July 4, using nothing but free, web-based tools.  And they involved their communities in their journalism in new ways.
Curt Hopkins / ReadWriteWeb:
Major Newspaper Chain Goes Open Source  —  The argument over the utility of open source has one more voter in the yes camp.  This time, it's the Journal Register Company, a U.S. newspaper chain with 170 publications.  —  Calling it the Ben Franklin Project, the company tried open source for a month.
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
At Yahoo, Using Queries to Steer News Coverage  —  Welcome to the era of the algorithm as editor.  —  For as long as hot lead has been used to make metal type, the model for generating news has been top-down: editors determined what information was important and then shared it with the masses.
John Markoff / New York Times:
Taking the Mystery Out of Web Anonymity  —  THE Obama Administration is trying to fix the Internet's dog problem.  —  The problem, as depicted in Peter Steiner's legendary 1993 New Yorker cartoon, is that on the Internet nobody knows you're a dog.  And thus the enduring conundrum over who can be trusted in cyberspace.
Discussion: Kirk LaPointe's …
David Carr / New York Times:
The Media Equation: For Blogger, ‘Outspoken’ Was a Selling Point, Till It Wasn't  —  Wanted: Political blogger covering the conservative movement.  Must be provocative and write with a strong point of view although not in a way that would reveal bias or offend any of your potential subjects.
Discussion: Washington Post
Mark Fitzgerald /
None Dare Call Them ‘Newspapers’: Canwest Chain to be ‘Postmedia Network Inc.’  —  CHICAGO  —  Canwest Limited Partnership LLC never exactly screamed “newspaper company,” but when the sale closes of the publishing group that includes the National Post, Ottawa Citizen and Vancouver Sun …
Discussion: eMedia Vitals
Jeremy W. Peters / Media Decoder:
On The Economist's Cover, Only a Part of the Picture  —  It was the ideal metaphor for a politically troubled president.  —  There was President Obama on the cover of the June 19 issue of The Economist, standing alone on a Louisiana beach, head down, looking forlornly at the ground.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Margaret Simons / Crikey:
Fairfax at the crossroads — McCarthy v Matthews  —  Things are coming to a head, at last, in the ongoing confusion and flailing around at Fairfax Media.  Whether this results in any brave new direction for the company remains to be seen.  —  For the last couple of months the Fairfax board …
The Huffington Post:
Howard Kurtz Takes On Politico's Patrick Gavin (VIDEO)  —  Washington Post writer and host of CNN's “Reliable Sources” Howard Kurtz takes on Politico's Patrick Gavin Sunday.  —  Kurtz responds to Gavin's column criticizing him for booking the same cast of characters on “Reliable Sources.”
Discussion: Gawker
Kevin / Strange Attractor:
Honesty in the age of the paywall  —  After months of discussion and speculation, The Times and The Sunday Times have disappeared behind a paywall or have asked their readers to pay for the journalism that they value, depending on which side of an almost religious divide you fall on.
Paul Thomasch / Reuters:
At Sun Valley, brighter moods may not mean big deals  —  (Reuters) - As Rupert Murdoch, Bob Iger and other media honchos assemble in Sun Valley next week for some fly-fishing or white water rafting, spirits should be brighter than a year ago: stock prices are up by about a third, after all.
Kal Penn / The Huffington Post:
The “Hilarious” Xenophobia of Time's Joel Stein  —  I want to applaud Joel Stein for his hilarious account of Edison, New Jersey in his Time magazine article this week, “My Own Private India”; it is as unique and groundbreaking as Thomas Alva himself.  —  Were it not for the intelligent …
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