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11:40 AM ET, May 27, 2011


 Top News: 
New York Times:
Facebook Is Developing Ways to Share Media  —  Facebook is developing features that will make the sharing of users' favorite music, television shows and other media as much a part of its site as playing games or posting vacation photos.  —  The company is in discussions with several online music services …
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Mail Online expected to become world's most popular news website  —  The Mail Online could become the most popular news website in the world as bosses predict 70 million unique users will be reported for May.  —  In March the Mail Online overtook the Huffington Post to become the world's second most read news website.
Sam Schechner / Wall Street Journal:
TV Audience Shrinking  —  Season Ends With High Viewership for Finales but Overall Trend Shows Decline in 18-49 Group  —  Fewer young people watched TV on traditional sets over the past television season, the second consecutive year of decline as viewers face a proliferation of ways to watch TV shows.
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Why Are Staffers Leaving Murdoch's iPad Paper?  —  NEW YORK — In the months leading up to Rupert Murdoch's unveiling of The Daily at the Guggenheim Museum, the buzz in media circles centered on all the journalists flocking to the forthcoming iPad-only ânewspaper.â Lately, thereâs been more talk of whoâs leaving.
Lauren Indvik / Mashable!:
The Atlantic Launches Twitter-Based Book Club  —  The Atlantic has announced the first selection for 1book140, an online reading and discussion club that will span the publication's presences on Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr, as well its website.  —  Readers, in conjunction …
Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
Why a Boston Globe sale is improbable (but not impossible)  —  Stop me if you've heard this one before: A group of civic-minded local businessmen hope to buy a shrinking metro paper, manage it with fresh eyes and restore it to its glory days.  —  The scenario is playing out again this week in Boston …
Brian McGrory / Boston Globe:
Connors joins group of investors looking to purchase Globe
Discussion: Poynter
Jeffrey Benzing / American Journalism Review:
That Bok Choy Moment  —  Why the AP Stylebook now has a section on food terms, and how it came together.Fri.  —  Jeffrey Benzing ( is an AJR editorial assistant.  —  The AP Stylebook now has an entry on corn smut.  —  It's under “H” for huitlacoche …
Rob Golum / Bloomberg:
Viacom's 67% Dividend Boost Lifts Redstone Yearly Payment to $41 Million  —  Viacom Inc. (VIA), owner of MTV Networks and Paramount Pictures, increased its quarterly dividend by 67 percent to 25 cents a share, boosting the yearly payment to Chairman Sumner Redstone's family company to $41 million.
Discussion: Company Town and FishbowlNY
Nieman Journalism Lab:
Sarah Palin's 2009 “death panel” claims: How the media handled them, and why that matters  —  Editor's Note: This article was originally published on the journalism-and-policy blog Lippmann Would Roll.  Written by Matthew L. Schafer, the piece is a distillation of an academic study conducted …
Discussion: The Nation
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
NYSE Tries to Body Slam TPM!  —  If you're a news editor you'll want to hear this.  —  The New York Stock Exchange now claims that you have to get their permission (express or implicit) before you use images connected to the New York Stock Exchange.  So if you find a wire photo …
Jim Romenesko / Poynter:
Sandberg leaves WSJ to become editor  —  Romenesko Misc.  —  Jared Sandberg has been with the Wall Street Journal for nearly 20 years and was its first Internet beat reporter.  As editor, he'll report to Josh Tyrangiel, editorial director of Bloomberg Digital and editor of Bloomberg Businessweek.
Jack Shafer / Slate:
Roger Ailes profiles: Who's afraid of the Fox News Channel chairman?  Not me.  —  As dime-store Satans go, it's hard to beat Roger Ailes.  He's a huge tub of a man, like an aged and rotting Pillsbury Doughboy.  He relied on his immense media skills to re-sculpt the equally demonic Richard Nixon …
Andrew Damstedt / American Journalism Review:
A Critic Joins the Post  —  Long known for his stinging commentaries on its foibles, Erik Wemple soon will be blogging about the media and politics for the Washington Post.  Thurs.  May 26, 2011  —  Andrew Damstedt ( is an AJR editorial assistant.
Discussion: Cision and Poynter
Lois Beckett / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Longreads is becoming more social (and making a play at sustainability)  —  Last month, Rolling Stone brought three of its reporters to a Manhattan bookstore for a standing-room-only conversation about long-form journalism.  The event was co-hosted by a hashtag.
Discussion: Future of Journalism, Thanks:reportermike
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