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6:00 PM ET, February 4, 2011


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World News:
We've compiled a list of all the journalist who have been in some way threatened, attacked or detained while reporting in Egypt.  When you put it all into one list, it is a rather large number in such a short period of time.  (UPDATED as of 2/4 - send us more stories if you get them)
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Network Anchors Leave Egypt Amid Crackdown  —  Two of the most prominent television news anchors covering the protests in Egypt this week, Brian Williams and Katie Couric, have exited the country.  —  The anchors' departures came on a day of increasing violence and intimidation directed at journalists in Egypt.
Sheila Carapico / Foreign Policy:
What Al Jazeera shows and doesn't show  —  The wide-angle aerial view from television cameras trained down on Tahrir Square in central Cairo is unprecedented in the history of world revolutions.  We all have a ring-side seat.  The satellite feed has become part of the story; the video frame is itself a site of contestation.
Discussion: Jillian C. York
Committee to Protect Journalists:
Cairo attacks continue; reporter dies from earlier shooting  —  Journalists in Cairo faced assaults, detentions, and threats again today as supporters of President Hosni Mubarak continued their efforts to obstruct news coverage of protests demanding the Egyptian leader's ouster.
Alex Weprin /
Christiane Amanpour On Her Interview With Egyptian President Mubarak …
Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News:
Egyptian VP criticizes ‘unfriendly TV stations’
Discussion: Swampland, Poynter and The Daily Dish
New York Observer:
Elizabeth Spiers Taking Over As Editor In Chief of The New York Observer  —  Elizabeth Spiers is taking over as Editor-in-Chief of The Observer today, overseeing both the print and digital content.  —  “I am very excited to be working with Elizabeth to further build on the great progress we have made over the past few years.
Tom McGeveran / Capital New York:
The meaning of Elizabeth Spiers at The New York Observer  —  So what does everyone think of the news that just broke, that Elizabeth Spiers is to be the editor of The New York Observer?  —  In some ways there is an inevitability here.  From the mists of time, Nick Denton's original manifesto for Gawker:
Jack Mirkinson / The Huffington Post:   EXCLUSIVE: New York Observer Editor Out After ‘Tension’ With Top Brass
Kat Stoeffel / New York Observer:
Exclusive: Deborah Solomon Out at New York Times Magazine  —  Deborah Solomon will no longer interview, transcribe, condense and edit the “Questions For” page of The New York Times Magazine in its Hugo Lindgren incarnation.  She wrote to The Observer:
Justin Ellis / Nieman Journalism Lab:
DemandAlJazeera: How Al Jazeera is using social media to cover Egypt—and distribute its content in the US  —  Mark noted in today's This Week in Review that “the organization that has shined the brightest over the past 10 days is unquestionably Al Jazeera.”
Christopher Heine / ClickZ:
Al Jazeera Aims to Harness Twitter Momentum
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Nick Bilton / Bits:
A Race Between Digital and Print Magazines  —  This morning I decide to try a little experiment: I opened up my iPad, clicked on the little Wired icon and purchased the magazine's latest digital issue.  After I agreed to fork over $4, it began downloading.  For the next phase of the experiment …
Matt Kinsman / Folio:
Media Dealmakers Summit: “The Web Is Dead”  —  Panelists say torch has passed to the “app Internet.”  —  New York—There was a question during the morning session today at the DeSilva + Phillips Media Dealmakers Summit that crystallized what a lot of people are thinking about the future.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
NBC Fires Guy Who Posted The Bryant Gumbel/Katie Couric ‘What Is Internet’ Video  —  Like a bunch of sites, we posted about the amusing video that had been posted to YouTube, that showed Katie Couric and Bryant Gumbel, back in 1994, very confused about the internet.  The video itself went viral pretty quickly.
Scott Rosenberg / Scott Rosenberg's Wordyard:
Murdoch's Daily: post-Web innovation or CD-ROM flashback?  —  A decade ago, if you were a “digital” person — if you were interested in how computer technology was changing our culture and economy — then you were a Web person.  The Web, built on top of the Internet and ultimately eclipsing its source …
Discussion: AdAge and Poynter
Zeke Turner / WWD Media Headlines:
Debating Wikileaks and the Law  —  New York Times executive editor Bill Keller and Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger — partners in crime, perhaps, with Julian Assange — sat together on a panel at Columbia University's Low Library last night.  Former assistant attorney general Jack Goldsmith joined …
Discussion: The Wire and NetNewsCheck Latest
Wall Street Journal:
Billboards Get Wired  —  Billboards and posters are one of world's oldest forms of advertising.  Now, some marketers and start-ups say wireless technology could revamp outdoor advertising by bringing interactivity and pay-for-performance models.  —  Super Bowl Fans Sing Same Song
Kevin Anderson /
Newsroom integration: the past taking over the future?  —  Are print executives still running the show when it comes to integrating with the digital side?  The New York Times newsroom, 1942.  Image: US Library of Congress  —  Last October, I was at the Online News Association conference …
Discussion: Strange Attractor
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Exclusive: Tremor Media Acquires Mobile Video Ad Platform Transpera  —  Tremor Media is making another acquisition today—mobile ad platform Transpera.  Terms of the deal were not disclosed.  —  Transpera's ad platform enables the distribution and monetization of web videos on mobile phones.
Nat Ives / AdAge:
Magazines' Newsstand Struggles Continue, but Not Without Bright Spots  —  An Average of 27,000 iPad Edition Sales Helped Wired Improve ‘Newsstand’ 28%  —  NEW YORK ( — Rolling Stone increased newsstand sales nearly 19% in the second half of last year as its story on Gen. Stanley McChrystal …
Discussion: Poynter and New York Observer
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