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7:45 PM ET, March 16, 2011


 Top News: 
Jeremy W. Peters / Media Decoder:
Four New York Times Journalists Are Missing in Libya  —  6:19 p.m. |  Updated The New York Times said Wednesday that four of its journalists reporting on the conflict in Libya were missing.  —  Editors said they were last in contact with the journalists, who were reporting from the northern port city …
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.
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
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: Techland and BloggingStocks
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
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: MediaPost, Folio and FishbowlNY
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 …
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.
Jay Rosen:
Anatomy of a Twitter Screw-up: My Own  —  “Twitter invites casualness, yet it demands extra care.”  — Science writer Carl Zimmer.  —  Yesterday I made a serious error on Twitter.  Here is what happened.  —  TechCrunch ran this story: AOL Asks Us If We Can Tone It Down.
Patricia Chui / The Moviefone Blog:
Moviefone's Response to the TechCrunch Post
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
Netflix Becoming a Television Station?  —  The Wall Street Journal says that Netflix is in talks to distribute an original television series starring Kevin Spacey and directed by David Fincher.  The company seems to hope that it can follow the path blazed by HBO and AMC …
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.
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
Dylan Stableford / The Wrap:
Jimmy Finkelstein Buys — A Site He Once Left at the Altar  —  Jimmy Finkelstein — The Hill owner and media investor who once courted and dumped — has acquired the media aggregation website.  —  Financial terms of the deal, first reported by Keith Kelly, were not disclosed.
Discussion: New York Post
Andrew Phelps / Nieman Journalism Lab:
AP's new curveball: Wire service will tell baseball stories two ways to help cost-cutting clients for road games  —  As the old saying goes in newsrooms, every night is election night on the sports desk.  The late-night deadline stress is enormous — especially when you're trying to cover 162 baseball games in a six-month season.
Discussion: Associated Press and 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.
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Stefanie Botelho / Folio:
Mag+ Will be Available to Other Publishers April 4th
Discussion: paidContent:UK
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Discussion: The Wire, Poynter and
Felix Salmon:
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Tom Scocca / Capital New York:
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Laura Martinez / Multichannel:
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
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