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5:40 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 …
Discussion: Mixed Media, FishbowlNY and Poynter
Russell Adams / Wall Street Journal:   British Publisher Buys Mental Floss
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
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 …
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
Jxpaton / Digital First:
I Promised - You Delivered - The Checks Are Cut  —  Take a bow - you did it!  —  Our goal was to hit $40M in profit in 2010.  Well you did better than that - you hit more than $41M.  Not bad for a bankrupt, beat up old newspaper company people had written off as dead in 2009.
Newsosaur / Reflections of a Newsosaur:
Paper erects pay wall - and traffic goes up!  —  They (including me) said it couldn't be done, but the Augusta Chronicle put up a pay wall without losing traffic.  —  In fact, page views rose a nifty 5% in the three months since the Georgia newspaper installed a metered system similar …
Discussion: Poynter
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, Fortune and
Mike Shields / Adweek:
Hulu Video Gets Original  —  Development comes as Facebook integration nears  —  Hulu is planning a major push into original content.  The video hub—long a destination for TV and movie content on the Web—is looking to expand beyond its present audience, and perhaps protect itself against a possible partner defection down the road.
Discussion: MediaMemo
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
Jennifer Preston / New York Times:
When Unrest Stirs, Bloggers Are Already in Place  —  As the protests spread across Tunisia for weeks, many international news organizations scrambled to cover the unrest just before President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali fled on Jan. 14, ending 23 years of authoritarian rule.  But Amira al-Hussaini was all over the story.
Discussion: Media Decoder
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Todd Wasserman / Mashable!:
Barry Diller: Newsbeast Merger Might Not Work
Discussion: CNET News
Carr, Stelter answer questions about media, New York Times at SXSW “Page One” documentary screening
Sebnem Arsu / New York Times:
In Turkey, Thousands Protest a Crackdown on Press Freedom
Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:
Google to Help Broker Video Ads
Deborah Potter / NewsLab:
Local TV news bounces back
 Earlier Picks: 
Liz Shannon Miller / GigaOM:
Will Girl Walks Into a Bar Lead Indie Films to the Web?
Discussion: The Wrap and ArtsBeat
Peter Preston / Guardian:
Does the i have it for quality journalism?
Frank Rich / New York Times:
Confessions of a Recovering Op-Ed Columnist
Discussion: MediaPost, Yglesias and The Wire
Jemima Kiss / Guardian:
Flipboard: game-changer or just a fad?