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4:25 PM ET, March 16, 2011


 Top News: 
Jeremy W. Peters / Media Decoder:
Four New York Times Journalists Are Missing in Libya  —  The New York Times said Wednesday that four of its journalists reporting on the conflict in Libya were missing.  —  Editors at the paper said they were last in contact with the journalists on Tuesday morning New York time.
James Rainey / Los Angeles Times:
On the Media:'s Newark plan smells of conflict  —  Huffington Post co-founder Arianna Huffington (Jason Kempin / Getty Images For IMG / March 16, 2011)  —  The AOL hyper-local news operation, now under Arianna Huffington, enters a partnership with a New Jersey mayor that doesn't seem journalistically sound.
Discussion: On Media's Blog
Lucia Moses / Mediaweek:
Huffington Explains AOL's Odd Partnership With Newark Mayor
Discussion: Poynter
Bill Carter / Media Decoder:
Quake Coverage Draws Viewers to CNN  —  CNN once again proved its appeal to viewers of breaking news last Friday through Monday night, with coverage of the aftermath of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami.  —  Friday's audience for the total day, 2.273 million, was CNN's largest since the Inauguration in January 2009.
Discussion: Mediaite, Poynter, and
Nils Mulvad / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Collaboration, an investigative reporting network, and the development of  —  Editor's Note: Our sister publication Nieman Reports is out with its spring issue, which spotlights the efforts of reporters trying to uncover corruption.  We're highlighting a few entries that connect …
Discussion: Nieman Reports
Stefan Candea / Nieman Journalism Lab:
From the ground up: The growth of independent media in Romania
Discussion: Nieman Reports
Hamilton Nolan / Gawker:
The Washington Post Has Achieved Perfect Fairness  —  The most noteworthy feature of the new redesign: its opinion section (the world's worst) now features “Left-Leaning” and “Right-Leaning” tabs, so that you can comfortably segregate yourself in the opinion ghetto of your choice.
Discussion: The Wire and Poynter
Mallary Jean Tenore / Poynter:
Bob Woodward: ‘You get the truth at night, the lies during the day’  —  During a visit to Poynter on Tuesday, Bob Woodward talked about why he likes his iPad, what he thinks about the future of long-form journalism and what he considers to be the best time of day to access hard-to-reach sources.
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Will we see the NY Times paywall soon?  —  Amid revolutions and huge earthquakes and nuclear meltdowns, we're reminded that we might see a NY Times paywall any day now.  —  I've always said that the Times likes to talk about a paywall, and they've been doing that for a long time …
Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News:
Networks unlikely to pay RNC to broadcast debates  —  The Republican National Committee is considering the idea of officially sanctioning presidential primary debates and then selling the television broadcast rights to the networksâ€"an unprecedented move that would force networks …
Discussion: Swampland
RNC considers selling TV rights of presidential primary debates
Discussion: TVNewser and Politics Daily
Nellie Andreeva /
Netflix To Enter Original Programming With Mega Deal For David Fincher-Kevin Spacey Series ‘House Of Cards’  —  EXCLUSIVE: Video streaming juggernaut Netflix is becoming an original series player.  In what is probably the biggest gamble in its 14-year history, I hear Netflix …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
100 Percent Fresh Exclusive!:  Flixster/Rotten Tomatoes in Acquisition Talks With Yahoo and Others  —  Flixster-the popular social movie site whose brands include the Rotten Tomatoes premium reviews site, as well as BuddyTV-is in early acquisition talks with several suitors, including Yahoo, said sources close to the situation.
Abu Dhabi / Reuters:
News Corp aims to build own social gaming business  —  (Reuters) - Media giant News Corp aims to build its own social-gaming business as valuations of games companies, such as FarmVille maker Zynga skyrocket, its head of digital media said on Wednesday.  —  Jonathan Miller also said News Corp's …
Discussion: BloggingStocks
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Facebook Takes Another Swing At Web Video: Live Streaming Major League Baseball  —  Last week, you could rent a movie on Facebook.  Today, you can watch a live pro baseball game on the site.  —  Still think Facebook can't be a big player in Web video?  —  You can watch the game …
Patricia Chui / The Moviefone Blog:
Moviefone's Response to the TechCrunch Post  —  By now you may have read the recent post in TechCrunch regarding that site's SXSW coverage of the film ‘Source Code.’ A representative from Moviefone, who set up the interview with Summit Entertainment, received some feedback from the studio …
Hearst Magazines is 2010 Group Publishers' Ad-Page Champ  —  With the explosion of magazine apps, social media and the resurgence of print advertising, magazine brands are showing a prominent face to their loyal and new readers and advertisers.  This week's top 5 chart looks …
Discussion: Folio and FishbowlNY
Joe Pompeo / Yahoo! News:
New York Observer launches tech site, loses editor  —  It's been more than a month since Kyle Pope left his post as editor-in-chief of The New York Observer, and the salmon-colored weekly is sailing along under its new captain, Elizabeth Spiers.  But one Observer editor has abandoned ship.
Discussion: Poynter
Los Angeles Times:
Reel China: Hollywood tries to stay on China's good side  —  Without Beijing even uttering a critical word, MGM is changing the villains in its ‘Red Dawn’ remake from Chinese to North Korean.  It's all about maintaining access to the Asian superpower's lucrative box office.
Discussion: Hit & Run, Company Town and AintItCool
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
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Joshua Benton / Nieman Journalism Lab:
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Discussion: TeleRead
Paige Albiniak / Broadcasting & Cable:
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Discussion: eMedia Vitals