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5:35 PM ET, April 21, 2011


 Top News: 
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Times Company Profit Falls on Weak Ad Revenue  —  The New York Times Company reported a sharp drop in net income in the first quarter as the print advertising market remained stubbornly depressed for newspapers.  —  The company said net income fell 57.6 percent to $5.4 million, compared with $12.8 million in the quarter a year ago.
Joshua Benton / Nieman Journalism Lab:
A New York Times TimesSelect flashback: Early numbers are nice, but growth over time is nicer  —  The New York Times Co., as part of its earnings announcement today, gave the first concrete numbers for its new digital subscription offerings, noting that “paid digital subscribers have surpassed 100,000” …
Nat Ives / AdAge:
New York Times Pay Wall Gets More Than 100,000 Takers in Early Weeks  —  No Word on Impact to Web Traffic or Ad Revenue, but 100,000 New Credit Cards for The Times  —  More than 100,000 people have forked over credit-card numbers to get through the digital pay wall erected by the New York Times on March 28.
The Atlantic Online:
Detained Reporter Clare Gillis Says She is Alive and Well  —  Sixteen days after she was detained by the Libyan government, journalist Clare Morgana Gillis made her first direct contact with outsiders in two weeks today, telling her parents in a 15-minute phone call that she is in good health …
Lucia Moses / Adweek:
Tina Brown's ‘Newsweek’ a Hit on Newsstands Magazine still has to deal with sluggish ad sales  —  Newsweek's been under the microscope since Tina Brown took over.  So far, things haven't looked good: First-quarter ad pages were down 31 percent year-over-year, and the April 12 issue had just six ads.
Discussion: Poynter and @editorialiste
Jonathan Stray:
Measuring and increasing accuracy in journalism  —  Professional journalism is supposed to be “factual,” “accurate,” or just plain true.  Is it?  Has news accuracy been getting better or worse in the last decade?  How does it vary between news organizations, and how do other information sources rate?
Julie Moos / Poynter:
The top 5 news sites in the United States are...  Earlier this week, we posted comScore data that showed the UK's Mail Online overtaking Huffington Post as the second most visited newspaper website in the world for March 2011.  An astute reader wondered: If you merge comScore's data …
Discussion: FishbowlNY
Andrew Phelps / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Schiller to public radio: Don't just sit there, take risks  —  Vivian Schiller has a warning to her former colleagues at NPR: “Your continued existence is not guaranteed.”  —  But that warning — delivered yesterday in a talk at Harvard's Shorenstein Center — wasn't just about the congressional fight over public funding.
Steven Zeitchik / Los Angeles Times:
Product placement guru explains how it's done  —  ‘Pom Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold’ includes product placement expert Norm Marshall, who has navigated Hollywood for decades, quietly adding his clients' goods to movies whenever possible.  —  Norm Marshall is the marketing …
Discussion: indieWIRE News
Cory Doctorow / Guardian:
In the digital era free is easy, so how do you persuade people to pay?  —  To compete with piracy, content providers need clear value propositions that don't conflict with the product  —  The seemingly straightforward act of purchasing a good or service is fraught with mystery.
Discussion: TeleRead and Boing Boing
Tara Conlan / Guardian:
BBC considers ‘slimmed-down’ news channel  —  Leaked ‘Delivering Quality First’ proposals also include selling more news content abroad and putting BBC Parliament online  —  The BBC is considering proposals including a “slimmed-down” BBC News channel concentrating on “developing news and headlines” …
Discussion: TVNewser
Damon Kiesow / Poynter: launches iPad aggregator with AP, New York Times, AOL as media partners  —  The news aggregator launched Thursday morning as a subscription iPad app, with support from more than 20 major media outlets.  —  Built by Betaworks, the app will aggregate and filter news …
Peggy Fletcher Stack / Faith Blog:
BYU seder has ‘all the ingredients of a good story’ for national Jewish publication  —  The Jewish Daily Forward, a national newspaper, sent a reporter to Provo this spring to cover a Passover seder — sans the wine — at Brigham Young University.  —  You can read Gabrielle Birkner's story here or The Tribune's own feature
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Apple's 92% earnings windfall: The bloggers nail it, the pros miss by a mile  —  The shortfall in iPad sales was one of the few categories the Street called correctly  —  Click to enlarge.  —  The Wall Street analysts who get paid to cover Apple (AAPL) got some things right.
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Discussion: Poynter, NetNewsCheck Latest and TVSpy
Steven I. Weiss / Slate:
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Discussion: Poynter