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1:55 AM ET, June 5, 2011


 Top News: 
James Rainey / Los Angeles Times:
On the Media: The task ahead for the New York Times' Jill Abramson  —  The first female editor of the 160-year-old paper will be under the microscope as she navigates her public role.  —  The ascension of Jill Abramson to the editor's chair of the New York Times will make the history books.
Mallary Jean Tenore / Poynter:
Abramson tells Poynter: Completing digital transition ‘is probably the most important challenge that I face’  —  When Jill Abramson becomes The New York Times' first female executive editor in September, she takes over a more diverse staff than the average U.S. newsroom.
Emma Gilbey Keller / Vanity Fair:
A Family Life in News: Emma Gilbey Keller on Bill Keller's New York Times Resignation  —  They say your children grow up fast.  But I can tell you that it happens at warp speed when set against the backdrop of breaking news.  Eight years ago, when my husband, Bill Keller …
Michael Calderone / Huffington Post:
New York Times Movie Hits Screens Amid Management Shakeup
Discussion: Poynter
Sarah Brumfield / Associated Press:
US writer among journalists missing in Libya  —  BALTIMORE (AP) — As the uprisings of the “Arab Spring” began to unfold, writer Matthew VanDyke was at home in Baltimore, editing a book and film about his trips across the Middle East by motorcycle.  An email from a friend in Libya convinced VanDyke …
Wall Street Journal:
Hottest Olympic Event: Wrestling for TV Rights  —  The escalating fight over TV sports rights reaches its biggest battlefield next week, as NBCUniversal pushes to extend its track record of Olympic broadcasting wins, and ESPN and Fox aim to spoil it.  —  New York Times Names Abramson Top Editor
Discussion: Adweek, and Company Town
Mathew Ingram /
What Media Companies Need to Learn From Startups  —  By now, there are plenty of examples of mainstream media companies pumping out newspaper and magazine iPad apps that look exactly like their printed product — the San Francisco Chronicle just joined the crowd — as well as putting up paywalls, and so on.
Discussion: Anil Dash, Thanks:mathewi
Megan Garber / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The NYT rewards its paying users with subscriber-only content  —  Subscribers to The New York Times got a surprise in their inboxes this afternoon: a story-behind-the-story about the paper's coverage of the death of Osama bin Laden, penned by the weekend editor who'd been helming …
Cory Bergman / Lost Remote:
MTV trying a Twitter TV first for Movie Awards  —  MTV has led the way with social TV integration during live events, and this Sunday's Movie Awards will be no different.  In fact, MTV believes its Twitter trend use will be a first for TV.  —  “Twitter's allowing us to switch the promoted trend …
Discussion: and MTV Movies Blog
Amy Gahran / Knight Digital Media Center All-Site Feed:
The Lego approach to storytelling  —  The cutting room floor of journalism is a sad place: all those facts, interviews, asides, anecdotes, context, insights, and media gathered during reporting which, while relevant and interesting, just doesn't fit comfortably into the narrative flow or length/time limits of the finished story.
Discussion: Poynter
Sam Schechner / Wall Street Journal:
Couric, ABC to Announce New Syndicated Show as Early as Monday  —  Katie Couric is finalizing a deal with Walt Disney Co.'s ABC to create her own syndicated talk show, and is likely to announce the program as early as Monday, according to people familiar with the negotiations.
Joe Flint / Company Town:
No lack of candor from Steve Bornstein in new ESPN book  —  While the antics of Keith Olberman and Chris Berman and old stories of bad boy behavior are getting all the attention, there's a lot of good business dirt in the new book “Those Guys Have All The Fun” about the creation of the ESPN sports empire.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
YouTube's Payouts to “Channel” Partners Come With Strings  —  YouTube is trying to convince professional content makers to create stuff for the video site.  And it's offering some of them millions of dollars to make it happen.  —  But even though Google has plenty of money, it's not giving it away.
Discussion: Future of Journalism
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Discussion: TVNewser
Ellie Behling / eMedia Vitals:
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Discussion: TechCrunch
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Mariella Moon / Engadget:
X says the platform will make Likes private for everyone this week, meaning users will no longer be able to see who liked someone else's post

Verne Kopytoff / Fortune:
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