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4:05 PM ET, March 14, 2011


 Top News: 
John Montorio Joins HuffPo: Journalism vs Churnalism Battle Rages On  —  TechCrunch has learned that John Montorio has been named Culture and Entertainment Editor for Aol's Huffington Post Media Group content division.  —  Montorio is a 30-year veteran of two of the country's biggest newspapers …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Layoffs Are Last Week's AOL News.  This Week: “Giving Back,” Starring Twitter's Biz Stone  —  Last week's AOL news: Major layoffs in the wake of the Huffington Post acquisition.  —  This week's AOL news: All sorts of let's-move-ahead-and-get-on-with- it pronouncements from CEO Tim Armstrong and content head Arianna Huffington.
Online readership and ad revenue overtake newspapers  —  * Newspaper newsrooms have shrunk 30 pct since 2000  —  For the first time, online readership and advertising revenue has surpassed that of print newspapers.  —  Online advertising revenue in the United States is projected …
Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
State of the News Media 2011: New revenues have not arrived, but new challenges have  —  A year ago, co-authoring the “State of the News Media” chapter on newspapers, I thought 2010 would be a year of rebound — and a test of whether newspapers would reinvest in “developing new lines of business and rebuilding skimpy news reports.”
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
The News, in Bright Bits  —  Somewhere along the line, utility became a bad word at news magazines.  And that's where The Week saw an opening.  —  While magazines like Time and Newsweek published heavy essays, distinguished guest columnists and artful photo spreads, The Week embraced magazine journalism …
Russell Adams / Wall Street Journal:   British Publisher Buys Mental Floss
Gabriel Sherman / New York Magazine:
Going Rogue on Ailes Could Leave Palin on Thin Ice  —  Before Sarah Palin posted her infamous “Blood Libel” video on Facebook on January 12, she placed a call to Fox News chairman Roger Ailes.  In the wake of the Tucson massacre, Palin was fuming that the media was blaming her heated rhetoric …
Mark Memmott / NPR:
NPR: O'Keefe ‘Inappropriately Edited’ Video; Exec's Words Still ‘Egregious’  —  An update on our post from Sunday about the questions that have been raised regarding conservative political activist James O'Keefe's editing of his secretly recorded video of then-NPR chief fundraiser Ron Schiller slamming conservatives.
Simon Dumenco / AdAge:
A Month With The Daily — Is It Actually Worth Paying for?  —  Our Media Guy Has Some Unsolicited Advice for News Corp.  —  While plenty of critics piled on iPad newspaper The Daily within hours of its launch on Feb. 2, I held off because I wanted to give it a fair shot by really living with it for a while.
Discussion: Yahoo! News, Bloggasm, Poynter and Crikey
Justin Ellis / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Virginia is for (news) lovers: How a Charlottesville newspaper and non-profit make their relationship work  —  A year and a half ago, neither The Daily Progress nor Charlottesville Tomorrow were quite sure their marriage would work.  One's a daily newspaper, the other a nonprofit focused on land use and development issues.
Discussion: NetNewsCheck Latest
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: MediaPost, Yglesias and The Wire
Jenna Wortham / New York Times:
Founder of a Provocative Web Site Forms a New Outlet  —  AUSTIN, Tex. — For most entrepreneurs, running a Web site that is rife with pornography and frequently criticized as a menace to society would not be considered a résumé booster.  Many venture capitalists would head in the opposite direction.
Discussion: Underwire, and Fortune
Phil Rosenthal / Tower Ticker:
Tribune Co. ‘NewsFix’ in Houston: With no anchor, TV news reels  —  Sight unseen, for all the talk of reinventing TV news, the revamp of the nightly news at KIAH-TV in Houston sounds less like a revolution than a revival.  —  The anchorless newscast set to launch in Texas at the end …
Discussion: TVSpy
Todd Wasserman / Mashable!:
Barry Diller: Newsbeast Merger Might Not Work  —  Barry Diller said he didn't know if the merger between Newsweek and The Daily Beast is going to work, and he criticized Rupert Murdoch's The Daily in an unfiltered talk at South by Southwest Monday.  —  Diller, the CEO of IAC …
Discussion: CNET News
Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:
Google to Help Broker Video Ads  —  Google Inc., trying to become a middleman for selling video ads on the Internet, will soon test a service that matches advertisers with website publishers, including Google's own YouTube video site.  —  The Silicon Valley company is creating …
Sebnem Arsu / New York Times:
In Turkey, Thousands Protest a Crackdown on Press Freedom  —  ISTANBUL — Thousands of people marched in central Istanbul on Sunday to protest a crackdown on the press in Turkey after the arrest of more than a dozen journalists this month.  —  In the most prominent case, two investigative journalists …
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