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5:15 PM ET, March 5, 2011


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Adam Ostrow / Mashable!:
What the Egyptian Revolution Taught Al Jazeera About Digital  —  Much has been made of the role that social media played in the Egyptian revolution, including the way international news network Al Jazeera used social media in its reporting.  But the crisis also taught the organization a number …
Cathy Williams / KCET:
KCET Offers Morning International Newscasts  —  KCET OFFERS INTERNATIONAL NEWSCASTS EACH MORNING  —  BEGINNING ON MONDAY, MARCH 7  —  Los Angeles - March 4, 2011 - KCET expands its international news offerings with the addition of a daily one-hour block of morning newscasts beginning on Monday …
Murdoch Losing on Dow Jones Makes BSkyB More Costly: Real M&A  —  News Corp.'s shareholders have lost $25 billion since Rupert Murdoch offered 14.6 times Dow Jones & Co.'s profit to buy the Wall Street Journal.  Now, the billionaire is poised to spend as much as 17 times earnings for British Sky Broadcasting Group Plc.
Megan Garber / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Mother Jones web traffic up 400+ percent, partly thanks to explainers  —  February was a record-breaking traffic month for Mother Jones.  Three million unique users visited the site — a 420 percent increase from February 2010's numbers.  And posted 6.6 million pageviews overall — a 275 percent increase.
David Eaves / Governing People:
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Tim Molloy / The Wrap:
Top Programming Exec Mitch Metcalf Leaving NBC  —  Mitch Metcalf, NBC's top programming executive, is leaving the network.  —  The decision is mutual, a network insider tells TheWrap.  It comes as new NBC Entertainment Chairman Bob Greenblatt looks to assemble his own team and reinvigorate the network.
Chris Ariens / FishbowlNY:'s Josephson ‘Thrilled’ to Join AOL; Patch Produces a Piece of Content Every 15 Seconds  —  Fresh off the news this morning that AOL had acquired hyperlocal aggregator for $10 million, representatives from both companies appeared this morning on a panel …
Discussion: NetNewsCheck Latest
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Hyperlocal Heartbreak: Why Haven't Neighborhood News Technologies Worked Out?
Piers Morgan:
More than just winning: Why Charlie Sheen is news, like it or not  —  In the tiger blood-fueled media blitz of the last week, which has seen Charlie Sheen show up everywhere from TMZ to Howard Stern, from sports radio to network news, in only one appearance did he directly admit to violence against a woman (video above).
Dana Lacey / J-Source:
How the Guardian went digital — and survived  —  We all want to know what's going to happen to journalism in the next 10 years, 5 years, three months.  The good news?  Journalism has a bright future.  The bad news?  Newsrooms are going to have to “rapidly and erratically downsize …
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:   Newspapers Need to Be Of the Web, Not Just On the Web
Fast Company:
Hey Jimmy Wales, What Do You Think of Content Farms?  —  Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales and editor Leander Kahney discuss Google, content farms, and Demand Media (plus a personal account of how the tweaked algorithm almost ruined Kahney's business) in our latest edition of The Cold Call.
Richard Ziade / Readability Blog:
Sarah Chubb Joins Readability's Advisory Board  —  Today, we're excited to announce that Sarah Chubb, the outgoing president of Condé Nast Digital, will be joining the advisory team for Readability.  Over the past 20 years, Sarah successfully spearheaded all of Condé Nast's …
From alpha users to a man in Angola: Adventures in crowdsourcing and journalism  —  Yesterday's Media Standards Trust data and news sourcing event presented a difficult decision early on: Whether to attend “Crowdsourcing and other innovations in news sourcing” or “Open government data, data mining, and the semantic web”.
Discussion: Media Standards Trust
Media companies ready themselves for tough NFL break  —  (Reuters) - Media companies are bracing for a big revenue hit from a possible lockout by the National Football League but hold out hope that college football and other prime-time shows could pick up the slack for lost advertising dollars.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
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