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2:50 PM ET, February 17, 2011


 Top News: 
Bahrain Protests: At Least 2 Dead in Crackdown; ABC's Miguel Marquez Roughed Up  —  “There was a canister that looked like — No!  No!  No!  Hey!  I'm a journalist here!” he yelled.  —  “I'm going!  I'm going!  I'm going!  I'm going!,” he said.  “I'm hit. ”
Taimur Khan / GQ:
How I Survived an Attack in Cairo  —  On the front lines, in the middle of the action, at the tip of the spear—that's where reporters like Fox News correspondent Greg Palkot always want to be.  But what happens when you find yourself a little too close to the story, caught up in a melee …
Hamilton Nolan / Gawker:   Is It Possible to Make Dangerous Reporting Safe?
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Dueling Paywalls: Brill & Crovitz's Journalism Online vs. Google's One Pass  —  One company set to face new competition now that Google (NSDQ: GOOG) is rolling out its paid content system is Journalism Online, which to date has helped roughly 24 publications, predominately smaller-circulation newspapers …
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
With Google's One Pass, Two More Newspaper Chains Join The Paywall Brigade  —  Included in the announcement of Google's long-expected One Pass paid content system for publishers is news that two more U.S. newspaper chains are planning to put up online paywalls at some of their newspaper sites this year …
Lewis DVorkin / The Copy Box:
The Pains of Rebuilding  —  Search Engine Roundtable and TechCrunch posted yesterday about Forbes receiving a notification from Google related to “possibly artificial or unnatural links...pointing to other sites.”  This practice is commonly known as selling links and allows the purchaser …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Stephen Colbert Rips Rupert Murdoch, Rips Off Arianna Huffington  —  If you like metamedia criticism and Web media, then last night's “Colbert Report” was for you.  At least twice!  —  Colbert started out with an entire segment on the Daily, Rupert Murdoch's new iPad newspaper.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Next New Networks SEC Filing Pretty Much Confirms YouTube Buyout  —  While Google's YouTube is reportedly in talks to buy Web content producer Next New Networks, the New York-based startup has just filed with the SEC in relation to $19.4 million in equity financing.
Discussion: paidContent and
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Google And Facebook Continue To Lead Referral Traffic For Videos On Media Sites  —  In the third quarter of 2010, BrightCove and Tube Mogul's Online Video & The Media Industry report showed that Facebook passed Yahoo to become the No. 2 source of traffic to online videos at media sites.
Discussion: MediaPost
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
Hugh Hefner Is No Longer on Top at Playboy  —  Hugh Hefner may not be the big dog at Playboy anymore, but he still enjoys certain perks.  Image via Wikipedia  —  Last month, Playboy Enterprises announced that “a limited partnership controlled by Hugh M. Hefner” had made a $207 million deal …
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Wall Street is Bullish on (Its) Online Video Programming and Thomson Reuters is Delivering a Global Audience  —  WASHINGTON - Many top financial institutions are producing original video programming in-house, from 90-second equity analyst reports to market analysis and extended discussions.
Discussion: WebNewser
Matthew Belloni / Hollywood Reporter:
MPAA's Top Lawyer Leaving to Join Viacom (Exclusive) … Daniel Mandil, the MPAA's top antipiracy executive and a key player in its efforts to fight global movie theft and counterfeiting, is leaving the organization for a big job at Viacom, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter.
Discussion: paidContent and Film News Briefs
Craig Morgan Teicher / PWxyz:
McSweeney's Launches ‘The Goods,’ A Newspaper Comics Page  —  In its ongoing effort to keep print journalism alive and breathing, McSweeney's has launched ‘The Goods,’ a standalone newspaper comics and activities page it is hoping newspapers will carry.  McSweeney's is partnering …
Jim Romenesko / Poynter:
NYT says it's seeking ‘a modern contract’ with the guild  —  Romenesko Misc.  —  Shortly after the Newspaper Guild of New York's contract talks release was posted here, the Times sent statement saying that it's “seeking a modern contract with the Guild that addresses the new realities …
Joe Pompeo / Yahoo! News:
Newspaper Guild of NY ready to launch $1 million campaign against NY Times
Discussion: Runnin' Scared
New York Times:
Borders' Bankruptcy Shakes Industry  —  After Borders, the 40-year-old retail chain that helped define the age of the book superstore, filed for bankruptcy protection on Wednesday, the struggling book industry was left wondering what was next — and maybe even who was next.
Dennis Publishing / Media Week:
MAGAZINE ABCs: High-flying Economist is UK's stand-out performer  —  The Economist puts in a stand-out performance in the UK consumer magazine market in the last six months of 2010, reporting a circulation rise of 11% year on year to pass 200,000 for the first time.  —  The Economist: the UK's stand-out performer
Discussion: Guardian
Rem Rieder / American Journalism Review:
Reporting to Conclusions  —  Journalists shouldn't shrink from making judgments about factual disputes.  Posted: Wed, Feb. 16, 2011  —  Rem Rieder ( is AJR's editor and senior vice president.  —  When Larry Platt took over as editor of the Philadelphia Daily News on January 31 …
Bill Mitchell / Poynter:
Thumbs up for Roger Ebert's new revenue model on Twitter  —  Six weeks into what some have billed “the year of paid content,” the most interesting ideas I've seen so far have less to do with corporate policy than they do with personal enterprise.  —  My colleague, Mallary Tenore …
Discussion: @jayrosen_nyu
Robin Abcarian / Los Angeles Times:
Arianna Online: AOL could use some of Huffington's cachet  —  The popular pundit says it's ‘the best home’ for Huffington Post.  She'll be in charge of all editorial content for the faded Internet brand.  —  Reporting from New York — Elegantly clad in black lace, her famously copper hair now blond …
Discussion: Editors Weblog and Poynter
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Digits:   AOL and HuffPo Tap Booz, Talk Integration
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TAC ANDERSON / New Comm Biz:
Is Any Media Not Tech?  —  Today's post comes from the no-duh department.
Peter Lauria / The Daily Beast:
Mark Cuban Shoots Straight
Discussion: SAI and The Daily Beast
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
With RSS Face Down In A Ditch, Lifeless, Pulse Finds A Heartbeat Beyond It
Maria Bustillos / The Awl:
Meet the Heroes of Early Scientology Reporting—Plus, a Visit to the Celebrity Centre
A.J. Daulerio / Deadspin:
Katie Baker Has Been Poached By Bill Simmons For His Forthcoming Editorial Project
Discussion: The Wire
Steve Goldstein /
Access Intelligence Acquires Red 7 Media
Discussion: paidContent
 Earlier Picks: 
Howard Kurtz /
TABLOID TAKEDOWN  —  In the chilly afternoon of December 3 …
Susan Currie Sivek / MediaShift:
How the Kindle Made Single-Story Sales a Reality for Magazines
Discussion: PC World and Gizmodo Australia
Daniel D'Addario / New York Observer:
‘Approval Matrix’ Show Aims for Brilliant
Harry A. Jessell / NetNewsCheck:
Study Questions Quality Of Local Site Traffic
Joe Mullin / paidContent:
Movie Studios, Publishers Seek Limits On Celebrities' ‘Rights Of Publicity’