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9:20 AM ET, March 17, 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 …
Julie Moos / Poynter:
2 of 4 missing New York Times journalists were kidnapped previously  —  Four journalists working for The New York Times are missing in Libya, says Executive Editor Bill Keller.  Anthony Shadid, Stephen Farrell, Tyler Hicks and Lynsey Addario were last heard from Tuesday morning.
Discussion: CNN, The Daily Beast, Guardian and J-Source
Washington Post:
Editor's Note: An apology  —  Two articles published by The Post online and in its print editions earlier this month contained substantial material that was borrowed and duplicated, without attribution, from The Arizona Republic newspaper.  —  The articles described an indictment …
Felix Salmon:
How blogs have changed journalism  —  Benzinga's Laura Hlebasko sent me some questions about blogs and online media for a feature she's writing.  Here they are, along with my answers: … I find pretty big differences in how I write, depending on whether it's for a traditional media outlet or for the blog.
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.
Dan Sabbagh / paidContent:
The Daily Set For Europe Availability; 5,000 Subs?  —  Rupert Murdoch's iPad newspaper The Daily will be available in the UK within months, depending on when Apple's new online subscription model becomes available in this country.  —  The chief digital officer of Murdoch's News Corporation …
Discussion: Poynter and The Loop
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
Is AOL Skirting Worker-Protection Law With Mass Layoff?  —  Last week, as you might already know, AOL laid off over 200 U.S.-based employees, the vast majority of them from its Manhattan-based media operation.  But that's not the full tally of those who will lose their jobs as a result …
Tanzina Vega / New York Times:
Viral Videos Catch On That Only Hint at a Sponsor's Purpose  —  Can a man with a tiny electronic device hack into the multitude of jumbo screens in Times Square and play videos from his iPhone?  Maybe, if you believe a YouTube video that has been watched by more than half a million viewers in the last four days.
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.
Michele McLellan / Knight Digital Media Center …:
SXSW takeaway: Rising user expectations will pose a tough challenge for news organizations  —  Session after session added to a dizzying canvas of ideas and innovations - platforms, devices and practices that are revolutionizing the way people interact with information.
Discussion: eMedia Vitals and
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
Chicago Sun Times:
Sun-Times Media, Mesirow Financial chief Jim Tyree dies at 53  —  James C. Tyree, chairman and CEO of Mesirow Financial and the chairman of Sun-Times Media, died Wednesday afternoon after battling cancer for several months.  He was 53.  —  “With a heavy heart, I am saddened to tell …
Discussion: Poynter
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: Yahoo News Head Moves to, Which Will Get Big Redo  —  Yesterday, BoomTown reported that Mark Walker, the head of the powerful Yahoo News site, was leaving the Internet giant for another company.  —  That company, sources said, will be Disney, where Walker will be leading …
Discussion: paidContent
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
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Emily Steel / Wall Street Journal:
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Discussion: Fortune
Stefanie Botelho / Folio:
Mag+ Now Available for Magazine Publishers
Newsosaur / Reflections of a Newsosaur:
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Discussion: The Wire, Media News, Poynter and
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
Discussion: Associated Press and Poynter
Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News:
Networks unlikely to pay RNC to broadcast debates
Discussion: Poynter, Swampland, CNN and TVNewser
Joe Pompeo / Yahoo! News:
New York Observer launches tech site, loses editor
Discussion: Runnin' Scared and Poynter
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Laura Martinez / Multichannel:
Univision Dips Its Toes Into English
Abu Dhabi / Reuters:
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Discussion: Techland
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
100 Percent Fresh Exclusive!: Flixster/Rotten Tomatoes in Acquisition Talks With Yahoo and Others
Discussion: Techland and VentureBeat
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Discussion: MediaPost and Folio
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Will we see the NY Times paywall soon?