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11:50 AM 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”  —  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.
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 …
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: 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: Fortune
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
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.
Liz Shannon Miller / GigaOM:
Will Girl Walks Into a Bar Lead Indie Films to the Web?  —  The idea that Girl Walks Into a Bar, an independent feature with a Hollywood-friendly cast and a $1 million dollar budget, is “The First Major Motion Picture Made For The Internet,” could be up for debate.
Discussion: ArtsBeat
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.
Discussion: eMedia Vitals
Peter Preston / Guardian:
Does the i have it for quality journalism?  —  Small, cheap and modest, the mini-Independent may be proving a good idea  —  One figure stands out from a generally grisly set of national newspaper circulation statistics in February.  It's not unexpected: Indy people have been bragging …
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.
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:
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?
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