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2:25 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.
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.”
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 …
Discussion: Noted and eMedia Vitals
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.
Russell Adams / Wall Street Journal:
British Publisher Buys Mental Floss  —  A decade after he flouted publishing's grim economic realities and launched a weekly news magazine in the U.S., British-born magazine publisher Felix Dennis is betting on another long-shot.  —  The 63-year-old Mr. Dennis has agreed to buy Mental Floss …
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: Poynter
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: 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: and Fortune
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 …
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
Carr, Stelter answer questions about media, New York Times at SXSW “Page One” documentary screening … - mallarytenore reblogged this from poynterinstitute  — poynterinstitute posted this  — goodluckgoodbye reblogged this from poynterinstitute  — herblondness liked this
Deborah Potter / NewsLab:
Local TV news bounces back  —  After two grim years, the state of local television news is much improved, thank you.  That's the bottom line of the chapter I wrote for this year's State of the News Media report from the Project for Excellence in Journalism, released today.
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