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10:00 PM ET, March 29, 2011

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Jonathan Cooper / Journal Register Company:
Online Veteran To Lead Digital Transformation of JRC Newsrooms  —  Yardley, PA - Journal Register Company, a leading multi-media company in local news and information, announced today Jim Brady is joining the Company to lead the Digital Transformation of all of its newsroom on all platforms.
Tom McGeveran / Capital New York:
Pushing on an open door: Bill Keller's unnecessary argument for the Times' pay model  —  In his second column for The New York Times Magazine, appearing this week, Bill Keller, the top editor of the Times, ends with an analogy: … The column appeared the day before the Times' new metering system went into effect.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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Robert Andrews / paidContent:UK:
UK Times Claims 79,000 Digital Subscribers  —  Frequently besmirched since it started charging online eight month ago, News International has, as it promised it would, issued a second set of numbers for Times Newspapers' progress since then.  —  It claims 79,000 monthly digital-only subscribers …
Reuters:
Journalist for Reuters killed in Iraq attack  —  (Reuters) - A freelance journalist who worked for Reuters was among at least 20 people killed on Tuesday when gunmen attacked a local government building in Tikrit, the hometown of former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.
JENNIFER STEINHAUER / The Caucus:
On a Senate Call, a Glimpse of Marching Orders  —  Um, Senators, ever heard of the mute button?  —  Moments before a conference call with reporters was scheduled to get underway on Tuesday morning, apparently unaware that many of the reporters were already on the line, Charles Schumer of New York …
Joe Mullin / paidContent:
Ex-Googlers Launch ‘NYT For A Nickel’ As Publicity Stunt; NYT Not Amused  —  Calvin Young and his partner Noah Ready-Campbell (pictured at left) left Google (NSDQ: GOOG) two months ago to start Minno, a company dedicated to reviving the idea of micropayments as a way to monetize content on the web.
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Geoffrey A. Fowler / Wall Street Journal:
Facebook Taps Executive From Time Warner  —  Facebook Inc. said it hired Mark D'Arcy, the president of Time Warner Inc.'s Global Media Group, as director of global creative solutions to help boost the appeal of the social networking service's ad offerings.  —  In the newly created role …
Sam Gustin / Epicenter:
TV Ad Spending Still Tops, But Web Growing Fast: Study  —  Here's a real shocker that I know you'll find hard to believe: television is the most popular medium in the United States.  —  That's why brand advertisers continue to pour more marketing dollars into TV ad campaigns than print, radio or the internet.
Discussion: The eMarketer Blog
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Cheap Beatles Songs = $1 Million Legal Bill  —  A couple years ago, we learned that you can't take music from the major labels and sell copies of it on your own Web site without a license.  Today we learned what happens if you try: a $950,000 penalty.  —  That's what BlueBeat.com …
Discussion: Fast Company and Associated Press
Ilene Prusher / Christian Science Monitor:
Sexual attacks on journalists: Why foreign women are seen as fair game  —  The recent assaults on New York Times photojournalist Lynsey Addario and CBS foreign correspondent Lara Logan underscore the new dangers that female journalists face in covering conflict in a culture where the clash …
Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
REVEALED: Daring Fireball's Impressive Traffic Stats  —  A year and a half ago, we profiled John Gruber, whose Daring Fireball blog had become the “homepage for Mac nerds.”  —  Back then, the site was attracting about 2 million monthly pageviews on about 250,000 monthly unique visitors.
Mallary Jean Tenore / Poynter:
Explainer maps locate, contextualize and localize news from Libya, Japan  —  In recent weeks, the media have reported on how events in Libya and Japan are affecting Misurata, Az Zintan, Tripoli and Rikuzentakata.  —  Is your geography good enough to know that Misurata and Az Zintan are in northwest Libya …
Dawn Chmielewski / Company Town:
News Corp. approaches Vevo about potential Myspace joint venture  —  As News Corp. aggressively explores its options for Myspace, another name has surfaced in connection with its efforts to offload the struggling social network.  —  New York investment bank Allen & Co. approached music website Vevo …
Fortune:
The movie mogul of the Internet: YouTube  —  Google has long been a media company in denial.  Now it's beefing up YouTube to become a studio system for a new era of content production.  Keyboard cat, meet the evening news.  —  By Dan Mitchell, contributor
Lucia Moses / Mediaweek:
Hearst Staffs Up for Its New International Focus  —  As it gets ready to complete its blockbuster purchase of Lagardère's international magazines division, Hearst Corp. is filling out its international ranks.  Hearst announced Monday that Simon Horne, who had been CFO and general manager …
Discussion: Media Buyer Planner
Mallary Jean Tenore / Poynter:
New York Times follow-up on Cleveland, Texas, rape story corrects, repeats original mistakes  —  In a follow-up story, The New York Times has offered new context while also repeating some of the same mistakes it made in its previous coverage of an 11-year-old Texas girl who was allegedly raped by 19 young men.
 
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Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint:
BBC website goes down, dubbed #bbcblackout (UPDATE, It's back)
Discussion: The Next Web
Simon Owens / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The Geico Gecko meets The AOL Way: Are display advertisers too obsessed with click-through rates?
Joe Pompeo / Yahoo! News:
The Atlantic's 2011 hiring spree begins with Richard Florida
Discussion: Poynter
Michael Shain / New York Post:
Couric offered ‘60 Min’
Discussion: The Wrap, PopWatch, TVWeek.com and TVNewser
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Video Advertising Company Adap.tv Raises $20 Million
Eric Pfanner / New York Times:
Digital Strategy Paying Off for Publicis
Discussion: MediaPost
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
Survey Asks Huffpo Bloggers: Do You Feel Exploited?
Discussion: Mediaite
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Washington Post:
In Japan, disaster coverage is measured, not breathless
Discussion: Editors Weblog and TVNewser