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3:35 PM ET, April 30, 2011


 Top News: 
All Things Digital:
Early Adopter: Facebook Snags a Journalist, But What Will Vadim Lavrusik Do?  [Voices]  —  By Drake Martinet, Associate Editor, All Things Digital  —  Tech giants have always gobbled up journalists and media types, but most of those folks end up in the PR department.
Megan Garber / Nieman Journalism Lab:'s Breaking News traces info to its source  —  There are some news events whose coverage is planned far — far, far — in advance of the events themselves.  Those are exceptions, though: Most of the time, news is unscripted and unpredictable — breaking, appropriately enough, through the fabric of daily routine.
Wall Street Journal:
NBCU Chief Pushes More Cross-Marketing  —  While Rivals Streamline, Burke Pushes Cross-Marketing Project at NBCU  —  As he eases into the role of chief of Comcast Corp.'s NBCU, Steve Burke is doubling down on an idea that's fallen out of favor in the media business: synergy.
Latoya Peterson / Poynter:
Twitter does not need an editor, just time to evolve  —  Are tragic movie deaths considered newsworthy?  What about Twitter users' penchant to Rise and Grind?  Social media has blurred the boundaries of traditional news organizations by allowing journalists and taste-makers to patch into a daily conversation around trends.
Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
Gore, Ex-Apple Engineers Team Up to Blow Up the Book  —  Former Apple engineers Kimon Tsinteris (left) and Mike Matas teamed up with Al Gore to create a new publishing platform called Push Pop Press.  Photo: Jon Snyder/  —  What do you do after working for Apple …
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
OnSwipe Wants to Reinvent Content for Tablets  —  Jason Baptiste, co-founder and CEO of New York-based startup OnSwipe, has a slide in the pitch presentation that he does for VCs and others interested in the company that simply says: “Apps are bull****.”  That's a succinct expression of OnSwipe's view on apps for content.
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
How the journalist prom got out of control  —  On Thursday, the Washington Post editorializes that Donald Trump has been campaigning on “bogus” issues and that he should “cease and desist.”  An article in the news pages the same day reports that the great orange charlatan's “simply wild speculation” has “almost no basis in fact.”
Colby Hall / Mediaite:
‘Aol News’ To Officially Fold Into Huffington Post  —  Its no surprise to anyone that Huffington Post and Aol News will be merging, but what surprised us, is that in the days to come, Aol News will no longer be producing any original content, and will instead be entirely serviced by Huffington Post.
Discussion: FishbowlNY
Andrew Damstedt / American Journalism Review:
Tracking the Names  —  How California Watch put together its powerful series on earthquake safety concerns at thousands of state schools, and how it distributed its findings across a wide array of platforms.  Friday, April 29, 2011  —  Andrew Damstedt ( is an AJR editorial assistant.
Discussion: Newspaper Death Watch
Maureen Morrison / AdAge:
KBS&P Hires Jonah Bloom to Lead Content Strategy  —  Former Ad Age Editor to Help Brands Attract New Audiences  —  Jonah Bloom, former editor of Ad Age, has joined Kirshenbaum Bond Senecal & Partners in New York to serve as executive director-content strategy.
Casey Ross / Boston Globe:
Businessman prepares bid to buy Globe  —  A Wellesley businessman is preparing to offer more than $200 million to buy The Boston Globe from its longtime owner, The New York Times Co., according to a person briefed on the plan.  —  Aaron Kushner, an entrepreneur who has spent months researching …
Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
WSJ hires new Money & Investing editor  —  TALKING BIZ NEWS EXCLUSIVE  —  Francesco Guerrera, the finance editor of the Financial Times, has been hired by The Wall Street Journal to be its new Money & Investing editor, according to two sources with knowledge of the move.
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