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6:50 AM ET, April 8, 2011


 Top News: 
Max Fisher / The Atlantic Online:
Atlantic Reporter Captured in Libya  —  Clare Morgana Gillis and three other journalists have been taken into custody  —  Forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi captured four journalists on Tuesday at around 1 p.m. local time a few miles outside of Brega, which is currently under government control.
Larisa Epatko / Online NewsHour:
GlobalPost Reporter James Foley Detained in Libya
Discussion: CBS News, and CNN
The Big Lead:
USA Today Takes the Plunge: Paper to Pay Bonuses to Writers Based on Page Views  —  USA Today had a conference call last night and according to a source, the paper outlined a plan in which it will pay annual bonuses to writers based on page views.  The goal, obviously, is to get writers thinking digital.
Jim Romenesko / Poynter:
USA Today: No decision on page view bonuses
Jeff Simmermon / Time Warner Cable Untangled:
We Filed A Request For Declaratory Judgment With Viacom This Afternoon  —  Last week, we pulled a number of channels from our iPad app.  The Internet - not exactly a haven for measured discourse or patience for complex ideas - lit up with verbiage more commonly found in war movies and interviews with professional wrestlers.
Joe Flint / Company Town:
Time Warner Cable fires back at Viacom in dispute over streaming channels on iPad  —  Time Warner Cable has fired back at Viacom in a dispute the two are having over whether the cable operator has the rights to stream the programming giant's networks on an iPad.
Matt Shanahan / Digital Equilibrium:
Why Revenue Estimates for The New York Times Paywall Are Wrong  —  A digital subscription to the New York Times (NYT) is now a minimum of $195/year ($3.75 per week times 52 weeks).  Chatter about the possibility of low subscribership and why $40M was too much to pay is everywhere.
Discussion: Folio and Mediaweek, Thanks:taylorbuley
Ken Doctor / Newsonomics:   Inside the NYT Lincoln Deal: It's About Dollars, Traffic and Conversion
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Journalism 2.0 Didn't Kill Anyone, and Neither Did Old Media  —  Does the journalist who reported on a Quran burning by a right-wing pastor in Florida last month share some of the blame for the deaths of 24 people in Afghanistan in the wake of that event?  And is the fact that they died …
Discussion: Mixed Media, CJR, Poynter and Big News, Thanks:mathewi
Steve Myers / Poynter:
Florida Quran burning, Afghanistan violence raise questions about the power of media blackouts
Discussion: The Atlantic Wire and Runnin' Scared, Thanks:myersnews
Newsroom employment up slightly, minority numbers plunge for third year  —  American newspapers showed a very slim increase in newsroom employees last year, finally halting a three-year exodus of journalists.  —  The percentage of minorities in newsrooms totaled 12.79 percent …
AOL's New Way: Huffington Steers Portal Away From Freelancers, Ramps Up Aggregation  —  “If you're going to produce great journalism, you have to build a team of people who are working together and driving toward the same goals editorially,” Arianna Huffington said today at Ad Age's Digital Conference.
Carter Maness / The Awl:
I'm Permalance No More! “Thank You Very Much for Your Contributions to AOL”
Discussion: Betabeat and Wall Street Journal
Kat Stoeffel / New York Observer:
Lady Gaga, Editor: Befuddling Pop Star to Guest Edit ‘Metro’  —  Even the city's snobbiest subway commuters should consider leaving their Kindles at home on May 17.  On that day, the free subway daily will be edited by pop performance artist Lady Gaga.  —  It's not entirely a gimmick!
Jim Romenesko / Poynter:
AP: Why we need to reduce our pension obligation  —  Romenesko Misc.  —  Two days after the AP union issued it's “Tweet-out” memo, the Associated Press sent a letter to employees saying that it's bargained in good faith during the last five months and that “throughout the negotiations …
Discussion: On Media's Blog
Washington Post:
Five myths about the future of journalism  —  There are few things journalists like to discuss more than, well, themselves and the long-term prospects for their industry.  How long will print newspapers survive?  Are news aggregation sites the future?  Or are online paywalls …
Brent Lang / The Wrap:
From Katie Couric to Matt Lauer: Why Don't News Anchors Want the Job Anymore?  —  News anchors don't seem to want the job anymore.  —  Among the latest looking to abandon the chair: Katie Couric on CBS; Meredith Vieira on NBC's top-rated “Today,” and apparentlyher co-anchor, Matt Lauer is ready to jump ship, too.
Joe Pompeo / Yahoo! News:
Chrystia Freeland to lead Reuters Digital  —  Chrystia Freeland, arguably Reuters' biggest star, just got a promotion.  —  Freeland, who joined the news service from The Financial Times last march as global editor-at-large, has been named editor of Thomson Reuters Digital.
Discussion: Reuters, Poynter and @ronmwangaguhung
Clear Channel's Pittman: ‘We Have to Make the Digital Revolution Come to Radio’  —  While digital radio only accounts for about 3% of total radio listening, at Ad Age's Digital Conference on Thursday, Clear Channel Chairman Bob Pittman said this represents the radio industry's biggest opportunity.
Brooks Boliek / The Politico:
Comcast to FCC: Keep Hulu info secret  —  Comcast has asked the FCC to put a “top secret” stamp on its deal with Hulu.  —  According to a letter placed in the commission's public file on Wednesday, the company contends that a document it will soon file with the FCC detailing its deal …
Discussion: Company Town
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Ken Doctor / Nieman Journalism Lab:
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Discussion: Editors Weblog
Andrew Damstedt / American Journalism Review:
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The Atlantic Online:
The Hackers Who Keep the Washington Post Running
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Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:
Netflix's Three-Pronged Approach to Content Acquisition
Discussion: Post Advertising and MediaPost