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3:25 AM ET, April 25, 2011


 Top News: 
Arthur S. Brisbane / New York Times:
Picking On the Competition  —  IT was Pulitzer Prize Day at The New York Times on Monday.  Hundreds had gathered in the third-floor newsroom and around the atrium balcony one floor above.  Spouses, parents and children of the winners were there, the mood festive, almost like graduation day.
Discussion: The New Republic
Cory Bergman / Lost Remote:
KMOV puts Facebook to work covering airport tornado  —  When a tornado tore through St. Louis' airport and leveled a neighborhood Saturday night, KMOV-TV and went wall-to-wall with live coverage.  At the same time, the station's Facebook page kicked into high gear.
Q&A With Survivor Host Jeff Probst On Surviving Social Media  —  This Q&A with Survivor host Jeff Probst was conducted by guest writer Narendra Rocherolle, CEO of The Start Project.  He and his partners hold the curious distinction of selling their company, Webshots, twice.
Discussion: Future of Journalism
Alex Pham / Los Angeles Times:
Game journalism goes new school with iPad app  —  Once upon a time, when articles about video game stories appeared on sheets of glossy paper that were bound together with glue, a 19-year-old named Geoff Keighley got the idea to go hang out with the developers of Half-Life as they put the final touches on the game and write about it.
Discussion: Future of Journalism
Megan Garber / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The New York Times' R&D Lab has built a tool that explores the life stories take in the social space  —  Some of the most exciting work taking place in The New York Times building is being done on the 28th floor, in the paper's Research and Development Lab.  The group serves essentially …
Discussion: Adweek, Mashable!, FishbowlNY and Soup
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
At Last, Couric Is Expected to Say She's Leaving CBS  —  This week, Ms. Couric is planning to acknowledge one of the worst-kept secrets in television: that she is leaving the “CBS Evening News” after five years.  Then, as soon as she returns from London, where she will be anchoring …
Zeke Turner / WWD Media Headlines:
Bloomberg Businessweek's Design Darling  —  A dark horse to be sure, Bloomberg Businessweek has become a favorite of the design community.  While the magazine's covers have been setting a high bar for other weeklies, the magazine's creative director, Richard Turley, an import from The Guardian in England, is basically unknown.
Anthony Shadid / New York Times:
Exiles Shaping World's Image of Syria Revolt  —  BEIRUT, Lebanon — On the bloodiest day of Syria's uprising, Rami Nakhle's fingers drifted over the keyboard in a room silent but for the news bulletins of Al Jazeera, yet filled with the commotion on his computer screen.
Discussion: Reuters and Big News
John Swansburg / New York Magazine:
The Comic Stylings of Brian Williams  —  How's an anchor to cope when network newscasts keep losing ground?  Having a second career helps.  —  Over dinner at The Four Seasons, Brian Williams takes off his regimental tie and discusses his burgeoning side career in comedy.
New York Times:
A Note to Readers: The Background  —  The articles published today are based on more than 700 classified files on past and present detainees at the Guantánamo Bay prison, including the government's assessment of the dangers the individuals represent.  The files are from February 2002 …
Nikki Finke /
Elvis Mitchell Terminated As Chief Film Critic Of Movieline Over Review Mystery  —  EXCLUSIVE: I've just been told that Penske Media Corp has terminated Elvis Mitchell after more than 3 months as's chief film critic.  The early end to his contract follows a company investigation …
Discussion: The Wrap and New York Magazine
James Rainey / Los Angeles Times:
On the Media: War photographers change their focus  —  The deaths in Libya of Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros hit home with their fellow photojournalists.  —  Journalists take it as gospel that they have no higher calling than chronicling human suffering, particularly in the world's war zones.
At 27, Guy Martin Becomes a Veteran
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Ravi Somaiya / New York Times:
In Media's Wedding Frenzy, Hints of Viewer Fatigue  —  LONDON — When Prince William and Kate Middleton emerge from Westminster Abbey as a married couple next Friday, they will be greeted by hundreds of reporters from around the world.  But as the day draws near, there are signs that the media frenzy …
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Robert Niles / Online Journalism Review:
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Discussion: Kirk LaPointe's …
Amy Chozick / Wall Street Journal:
The Happy-Time Network  —  At USA, all shows must be colorful, sunny and upbeat.
Discussion: MediaPost