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2:50 AM ET, March 30, 2011


 Top News: 
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.
Megan Garber / Nieman Journalism Lab:
What's Project Thunderdome, you ask?  Inside Jim Brady's new job at Journal Register Company  —  So Jim Brady, formerly of AOL,, and TBD, is now of the Journal Register Company.  That's big news — and not only because it had been an open question where Brady would land after he left TBD in November.
Discussion: NetNewsCheck Latest
Chris O'Shea / FishbowlNY:
New York Times Gets Its Own Blog Wrong  —  Apparently, readers aren't the only ones stressed out by the New York Times paywall going into effect yesterday.  —  A Mediabistro colleague spotted this ad promoting digital subscriptions to the Times this morning on the train, and sadly enough …
Discussion: UnBeige, TVSpy and GalleyCat
Andrew Phelps / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Tweet late, email early, and don't forget about Saturday: Using data to develop a social media strategy  —  Tweet more, and embrace the weekends.  —  That's according to Dan Zarrella, a social media researcher (with 33,000 followers himself).  Zarrella works for HubSpot …
Discussion: Lost Remote
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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 …
Discussion: Mashable! and
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Oprah ‘Tweets’ in a Bid for Viewers  —  Oprah Winfrey and her colleagues took to Twitter on Sunday night to promote a new episode of a show on OWN, her new cable channel.  Did the posting help her ratings?  —  Probably, but whether it helped in a meaningful way is open to interpretation.
Mike Farrell / Broadcasting & Cable:
Bewkes: Time Warner's $26 Million Man  —  Other execs see double-digit compensation increases  —  Time Warner Inc. chairman and CEO Jeffrey Bewkes, coming off a year of double-digit advertising growth, was rewarded handsomely in 2010, with total compensation of more than $26 million …
Discussion: The Wrap
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 …
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 …
Kat Stoeffel / New York Observer:
Golden Delicious: Ruth Reichl to Run Gilt Groupe Foodie Site  —  We hear former Gourmet editor in chief Ruth Reichl is staffing up a food spin-off of Gilt Groupe, the luxury discount retailer Web site.  The project remains in stealth mode, but one might expect the site to look like the Gilt MANual blog …
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Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint:
BBC website goes down, dubbed #bbcblackout (UPDATE, It's back)
Discussion: The Next Web
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Cheap Beatles Songs = $1 Million Legal Bill
Discussion: Fast Company and Associated Press
Mallary Jean Tenore / Poynter:
New York Times follow-up on Cleveland, Texas, rape story corrects, repeats original mistakes
Tom McGeveran / Capital New York:
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Simon Owens / Nieman Journalism Lab:
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Joe Pompeo / Yahoo! News:
The Atlantic's 2011 hiring spree begins with Richard Florida
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