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9:30 PM ET, March 13, 2011


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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:
Frank Rich / New York Times:
Confessions of a Recovering Op-Ed Columnist  —  THE first political columnist I ever encountered, after a fashion, was Walter Lippmann.  It happened on a snowy afternoon when I was a kid of 11 or 12 growing up in Washington during the J.F.K. years.  My wallet had somehow slipped out of my pocket …
Discussion: The Wire
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.”
Discussion: Rebooting The News
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 …
Discussion: Guardian, FM Blog and
Arthur S. Brisbane / New York Times:
A Cocktail Party With Readers  —  EARLY adopters at The Times boldly went there four years ago.  I made the move only in the last few weeks — to Twitter, that is, that curiously named domain where Middle Eastern revolutions erupt and Charlie Sheen, too.  —  I haven't been tweeting long enough to judge its merits.
Discussion: @palafo
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?
Discussion: The Wire, NPR, Tuned In and Big Journalism
Al Jazeera staffer killed in Libya  —  Cameraman Ali Hassan Al Jaber was returning to eastern city of Benghazi from filing report when he was shot and killed.  —  An Al Jazeera cameraman has been killed in what appears to have been an ambush near the rebel-held city of Benghazi in eastern Libya.
Martin Moore / 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 …
Jemima Kiss / Guardian:
Flipboard: game-changer or just a fad?  —  The founder of the social magazine application, Mike McCue, on its relationship with publishers, its funding, and his love of Apple  —  A great interviewer makes so much difference to a panel, as proven by Kara Swisher of AllThingsD interviewing Flipboard founder Mike McCue.
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 …
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, one of the largest tech news sites on the Web.  —  Also departing is Managing Editor Nilay Patel, said sources.
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