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12:50 PM ET, May 13, 2011


 Top News: 
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Hulu, Networks Close To New Deal  —  Hulu and its network TV owners are close to a new deal that will keep programs from NBC, Fox and ABC on the Web video site.  —  An agreement to extend the content licenses that owners News Corp., Disney and NBCUniversal signed two years ago …
Richard Tofel on the Changing Business of Journalism  —  General manager of the non-profit newsroom ProPublica and former assistant publisher of the Wall Street Journal tells us his predictions for the future of news Am I right to think, from the books you've chosen, that newspapers …
Discussion: ProPublica
Lynne Marek / Chicago Business:   Chicago Tribune testing premium daily edition
First Mover: Jane Pratt  —  Adweek: So, are you still sassy?  —  Jane Pratt: I don't think that ever really goes away.  Though my grandma, who is 104, keeps hoping I will get past it.  —  AW: How would you describe your new website,  —  JP: It's very, very personal.
Discussion: FishbowlNY
Dan Lyons / The Daily Beast:
The PR Hacks Behind Facebook's Google Smear  —  THE DAILY BEAST ON:  —  The two PR hacks who ran Facebook's covert anti-Google smear campaign were new to the company, and will not be fired.  Dan Lyons on how their clumsy work exposed them, and Facebook's smug strategy for escaping the controversy.
Beth Krietsch / PRWeek US:
Burson-Marsteller and Facebook part ways
Associated Press:
White House: No more re-enactments of the president's speeches for news photographers  —  NEW YORK — The White House said it is ending its long-running practice of having presidents re-enact televised speeches for news photographers following major addresses to the country …
Nat Ives / AdAge:
Good News for Magazines: Popular Science iPad Subscribers Are 95% New Readers  —  What Conde Nast and Hearst Can Expect as They Start Selling iPad Subscriptions  —  What will Conde Nast, and Hearst soon after it, find as people start buying subscriptions to their magazines' iPad editions in Apple's App Store?
Amy Wicks / WWD Media Headlines:
Arianna Huffington v. The Times... L'Oréal's Digital Play...  ARIANNA V. THE TIMES: Arianna Huffington tossed another grenade in the direction of The New York Times on Wednesday afternoon, during her luncheon address at a Gilt Groupe conference.  “The New York Times pay wall isn't working,” she claimed.
Gabriel Sherman / New York Magazine:
Joe Biden Scouted Multiple Reporters to Be His New Communications Director  —  Joe Biden has a thing for reporters.  Back in December 2008, the vice-president hired former Time Washington bureau chief Jay Carney to be his communications director.  When Carney was promoted earlier this year …
Discussion: National Review
Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
Lime Wire to pay record labels $105 million, ends suit  —  (Reuters) - The operators of LimeWire agreed to pay record companies $105 million, ending a federal trial over damages after the once-popular file-sharing service had been found liable for copyright infringement.
Rachel Aydt / Publishing Perspectives:
Tweets, Blogs and Books: How Online Writers and Publishers Still Rely on Each Other for a Payday  —  Tweeters and bloggers are teaching publishers new tricks, and each continues to profit from collaboration with the other.  —  Blogger.  Vlogger.  Tweeter.  Author.  Journalist.
Scott Rosenberg / Scott Rosenberg's Wordyard:
Salon's TableTalk shutdown: What we can learn from the story of a pioneering online community  — Wednesday announced plans to close Table Talk, the online discussion space and community that has operated continuously since Salon's launch on Nov. 20, 1995.
Discussion: Salon Table Talk
David L. Ulin / Los Angeles Times:
Literary journalism finds new platforms  —  Byliner, the Atavist and Virginia Quarterly Review take the form into the future.  —  William T. Vollmann undergoes radiation screening in Japan.  —  Los Angeles Times Book Critic  —  When National Book Award-winning novelist William T. Vollmann went …
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
News Editors Still Don't Want Journalists to Be Human  —  The American Society of News Editors has come out with an overview of social-media policies at news organizations across the U.S. — including Bloomberg, which we wrote about recently as an example of a company that still …
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
TED's Gone Global: Videos Now in 88 Languages via Open Translation Project  —  It's been two years since TED Talks enlisted fans around the globe to translate its videos into many languages through its Open Translation Project powered by dotSub, a crowd-sourced translation platform.
Vadim Lavrusik / Nieman Journalism Lab:
How journalists can make use of Facebook Pages  —  Editor's Note: Late last month, Vadim Lavrusik moved from his role as the community manager and social strategist at Mashable to become Facebook's first Journalist Program Manager.  In his new position, Vadim is now responsible for building …
Discussion: eMedia Vitals and Martin Stabe, Thanks:lavrusik
(Re)Structuring Journalism:
Good 'Nuff  —  I was talking to a veteran photographer at the Foreign Correspondents' Club in Hong Kong not long ago; we were discussing how once well-paid photo gigs (and contracts) were falling by the wayside.  More precisely, he was lamenting the days and talking about the unappreciated …
Alex Weprin / TVNewser:
Jim Lehrer On Leaving ‘PBS NewsHour’: ‘I may not be here physically, but I will always be here’  —  Earlier today Jim Lehrer announced his retirement from the anchor chair at “PBS NewsHour.”  Lehrer has been a journalist for 52 years, 36 of them for the “NewsHour” and its earlier incarnations …
American Journalism Review:
The Courage to be Serious  —  As Jim Lehrer steps down …
Discussion: Washington Post
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