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12:50 PM ET, March 13, 2011


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Matt Thompson / Snarkmarket:
Snark by Snarkwest: Bloggers v. Journalists  —  I'm flying my journalism colors for a little bit, liveblogging Jay Rosen's solo presentation: “Bloggers vs. Journalists: It's a Psychological Thing.”  If you haven't yet, read Jay's introductory post: “Why Bloggers v. Journalists Is Still With Us.”
Jay Rosen / Pressthink:
The Twisted Psychology of Bloggers vs. Journalists: My Talk at South By Southwest  —  This is what I said at South by Southwest in Austin, March 12, 2011.  It went well. … There's an old rule among sportswriters: no cheering in the press box.  In fact, a few weeks ago a young journalist lost …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: Engadget's Top Editors Topolsky and Patel Exit From AOL's Giant Tech Site  —  Josh Topolsky, the editor-in-chief of Engadget, is leaving the AOL-owned property, which one of the largest tech news sites on the Web.  —  Also departing is Managing Editor Nilay Patel, said sources.
Steve Myers / Poynter:
What James O'Keefe knows about media (and you should too)  —  It's a credit to James O'Keefe that amid the diverse vocabulary in the English language, so many terms inadequately describe him and what he does.  —  Is he a provocateur, a prankster, an activist, a muckraker, a citizen journalist, an investigative journalist?
Bill Moyers / The Huffington Post:
In Defense of NPR  —  Come on now: Let's take a breath and put …
Discussion: Mediaite and blogs
MediaShift Idea Lab: Reveals Press Release Copy in News Stories  —  Editors' Note: Martin Moore is the director of the Media Standards Trust, which recently launched — a website that helps the public distinguish journalism from “churnalism,” a news article that is published as journalism …
Discussion: Media Standards Trust
Bill Keller / The 6th Floor:
Postscript: Aggregation Aggro  —  Nothing sucks the joy out of a column like explaining it.  And judging from the reaction to my little poke at the self-obsession of the media tribe, most readers needed no explanation.  They got it.  But for those who may have been misled by some of the more clueless commentary:
Discussion: AdPulp and blogs
Walter Hamilton / Los Angeles Times:
Newspaper publishers may merge with regional rivals to survive  —  The possible sale of Freedom Communications, parent of the Orange County Register, could signal the start of wave of consolidation.  —  The possible sale of the Orange County Register's parent company could mark the start …
Nick Gillespie / Hit & Run:
Is Government-Funded Media a Good Idea?  Matt Welch, Nick Gillespie, Others Weigh in.  Plus, a True Tale of “Monkey Bras”  —  On Friday, Reason's Matt Welch wrote about why NPR, PBS, and CPB should not receive taxpayer subsidies: … And because Welch is what he is, he included a gratuitous Sting lyric …
Yahoo! News:
Cooper, Amanpour among TV journalists to Japan  —  U.S. broadcast and cable networks, some of which were very short-staffed Friday morning in Japan, are now stepping up efforts to cover the deadly earthquake and tsunami by sending top anchors and correspondents to the region.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Sean Parker, Music Mogul?  Facebook Billionaire Mulling Warner Music Bid  —  Sean Parker helped create Napster, which kicked off the long and steep decline of the big music labels.  Soon he might own part of one.  —  The digital entrepreneur is considering putting his money into a consortium bidding …
Discussion: Electronista, VentureBeat, SAI and Forbes
Latoya Peterson / Poynter:
New York Times, Houston Chronicle tell different stories of 11-year-old's rape  —  The New York Times finds itself embroiled in controversy after publishing an article on a horrific gang rape that occurred in Cleveland, Texas.  Citizens (most notably young feminist organizer Shelby Knox) …
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
Arianna Huffington: SEO Is Just A Tool, Not A Way To Produce Great Journalism [TCTV]  —  Yesterday afternoon, our new editorial overlord, Arianna Huffington, stopped by the TechCrunch office for a meeting.  —  Before she had a chance to leave, I dragged her into the TCTV studio to grill …
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