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10:15 PM ET, April 4, 2011

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New York Times:
Katie Couric Has a Few Regrets  —  When you started hosting the “CBS Evening News” in 2006, there was a lot of talk about mold-breaking.  Now the show looks very much like the other network broadcasts.  —  In retrospect I would have given people what they were used to, a traditional newscast.
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Bill Carter / Media Decoder:
Amid Rumors She's Leaving CBS, Couric Heads to Iraq
Discussion: TVNewser and The Wire
Associated Press:
AP source: Couric leaving news anchor post
Hollywood Reporter:   Katie Couric Eyeing AOL, Yahoo Partnership With Talk Show
Henry Blodget / The Wire:
IT'S OFFICIAL: AOL Fires Freelancers*  —  A couple of weeks ago, AOL threw its freelance journalists into purgatory:  —  They were supposed to sit tight and wait to hear from their editors on their roles in the post-merger Huffington Post Media Group.  —  The freelancers, naturally …
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Henry Blodget / SAI:
AOL: We're Not Firing All Our Freelancers — We're Hiring Some Of Them Full-Time
Discussion: FishbowlNY
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Who's afraid of Arianna Huffington?  —  The New York Times has been gunning for The Huffington Post lately, which makes me wonder what exactly Arianna Huffington has done to scare or anger them so.  Or perhaps that's the wrong question.  Given that our enemies are often those we don't understand …
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Damon Kiesow / Poynter:
Six things aggregator app News.me must do to beat Zite, Flipboard  —  Personalized news app Zite made headlines last week for a minor skirmish with a group of major publishers, but the personalized aggregation app expected to make news any day now is Betawork's News.me.
Robert Niles / Online Journalism Review:
Whining isn't winning  —  Please quit whining about “aggregation,” or whatever other phenomenon on the Internet you're blaming today for the fact you no longer enjoy the monopoly over local publishing you once had.  —  To be blunt, whining about the competition is the act of a loser.
Discussion: Future of Journalism
Great Speculations:   Arianna, AOL Get Nice Goose If Gray Lady Chases Away Readers
Georgina Prodhan / Reuters:
INTERVIEW-FT won't give up subscriber relationship to Apple  —  * Hopeful of positive outcome to negotiations with Apple  —  The Financial Times wants to keep selling subscriptions for its digital news directly to readers rather than surrender control of new customers who sign up via Apple's iPad, the managing director of FT.com said.
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Ian Burrell / The Independent:
FT: The Pink 'Un powers on  —  The Financial Times's online subscription model is 10 years old and has just posted huge subscription figures.  What's its secret?  —  It's the 10th anniversary of the Financial Times introducing subscription charges for access to its digital content.
Discussion: Editors Weblog and Press Gazette
Neil Vidyarthi / SocialTimes.com:
Tumblr's Mark Coatney: Do Most Websites Treat Commenters As Second Class Citizens?  [Video]  —  Mark Coatney, Media Evangelist for Tumblr, recently made the trip down to our mediabistro office in Manhattan to let us in on a few secrets about Tumblr's growth and progress over the last year.
Discussion: mediabistro.com
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Joe Pompeo / Yahoo! News:
The New York Times launches its first Tumblr blog
Discussion: FishbowlNY
Informer:
Conde Nast Paid $8 Million To Scammer Who Sent One Email  —  By William P. Barrett and Janet Novack  —  With a Parade of fancy fraud cases centered on Wall Street so much in Vogue, here is Chatter about a swindle with no Glamour at all but still a certain amount of Allure.
rickwebb's tumblrmajig:
On The Bubble  —  Okay, a few more thoughts on this Chris Dixon article and whether it's a bubble, since going and reading the article, I am surprised to see Dixon arguing that not only is it a safer bubble (private investors, discussed in my last entry) but that perhaps it's not a bubble at all.
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Newsosaur / Reflections of a Newsosaur:   Newspapers get 3x too many ad dollars, says study
Newsweek:
Save the Media!  —  Let the ‘Times’ charge readers, says ad titan Martin Sorrell—but news needs subsidies, too.  —  Sir Martin Sorrell has always been a bit of a flamethrower.  Today, the British advertising tycoon—who amassed one of the largest ad-agency groups in the world …
Discussion: Poynter and GigaOM
Jon Lafayette / Broadcasting & Cable:
EXCLUSIVE: Bounce TV, New Broadcast Net Aimed at African Americans, To Launch in Fall  —  Andrew Young, Martin Luther King III among founders  —  A group led by Ambassador Andrew Young and Martin Luther King III is expected on Monday to announce plans to launch a new over-the-air television network aimed …
Nicholas Carlson / The Wire:
THE ENGADGET EXODUS: Hate To Be Rude, But Readers Don't Care  —  Since Jason Calacanis created gadget blog Engadget in 2004, the site has gone through three top editors: Peter Rojas, Ryan Block, and Josh Topolsky.  —  Today, a fourth takes over: Tim Stevens.
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
SB Nation Sacks AOL in Raid of Former Engadget Team for Competing New Tech Site, As AOL Zeroes in on New EiC
Mallary Jean Tenore / Poynter:
At Washington Post and Register Citizen, ‘report-an-error’ forms make it easier to identify, respond to mistakes  —  When news organizations make mistakes, they can usually count on their audiences to tell them when they're wrong.  But most news sites don't make it easy for readers to submit correction requests.
Dan Levy / Sparksheet:
Slate of Mind: Q&A with David Plotz  —  Slate has always labeled itself an “online magazine,” even as a whole ecosystem of blogs and content websites and tablet newspapers has sprouted around it.  How is Slate different from the Gawkers and HuffPosts and Daily Beasts, not just in terms …
Discussion: Poynter.
Brian Steinberg / AdAge:
Why the Newspaper Ad Column Seems to Be Going the Way of the Three-Martini Lunch  —  Dedicated coverage of the advertising industry in U.S. newspapers may be headed for a commercial break — except this break may never end.  —  A host of business concerns, ranging from scarcer editorial resources …
Discussion: Poynter
Brian Steinberg / AdAge:
NBC News Pitch: Benchmark Us Against Prime Time  —  Network Tells Buyers Their Viewers May Be Older but They Are More Attentive — and the Spots Are Cheaper  —  In the TV-news game, NBC's Brian Williams has handily trumped everyone from Katie Couric to Diane Sawyer.  Can he do the same to “American Idol” or “The Closer”?
Discussion: Mediaite and TVNewser
Bennett Allen / Vanity Fair:
Citizen Journalism: Life on the Ground at the Egyptian Revolution  —  As part of Vanity Fair's continued coverage of this winter's Egyptian revolution, contributing photographer Jonas Fredwall Karlsson and photography producer Ron Beinner traveled to Cairo on February 18, one week after former president Hosni Mubarak's resignation.
 
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