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12:55 AM ET, June 6, 2011


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Frédéric Filloux / Monday Note:
Analyzing the metered model  —  The metered model deserves a closer look.  One the dirtiest little secrets of the online media business is the actual number of truly loyal readers — as opposed to fly-bys.  No one really wants to know (let alone let anyone else know).
Discussion: Future of Journalism
Bill Carter / New York Times:
For Couric, ABC's Pitch Proved Best  —  On Feb. 8, executives from NBC, including Steve Burke, the new chief executive, and Steve Capus, the president of news, made their way to the St. Regis Hotel in Manhattan, prepared to make a pitch to bring their one-time news star, Katie Couric, back into the network fold.
Los Angeles Times:
Film directors are embracing TV  —  Let the major movie studios have their superheroes and pirates.  Cable TV has become more innovative, and top moviemakers such as Martin Scorsese, Michael Mann and Gus Van Sant are taking advantage.  —  Director Curtis Hanson, standing, with Paul Giamatti …
Discussion: Future of Journalism
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Penry Price to Leave Google for Startup Media6Degrees  —  Google's Best-Known Sales Exec and Onetime Deputy to Tim Armstrong Leaves After Seven Years  —  Penry Price, one of Google's best-known sales executives, is leaving the company after seven years to join startup Media6Degrees as president.
Peter Preston / Guardian:
Will the iPad tablet really be the cure for newspapers' ills?  —  Murdoch backed the Daily on iPad with $30m, but no one knows how this page-turner will end  —  Only a few months ago they seemed to offer salvation.  As print newspapers and magazines faded, so tablets (led by the iPad) …
Discussion: Future of Journalism
Huffington Post Takes ‘Top Talent’ from NYT and BBC  —  On Monday, the Huffington Post will formally announce two recent additions to its team from the New York Times and the BBC that, executives say, confirm Huffpo's ability to attract top talent.  —  Jason Fields, former head of User Experience …
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 …
Anna Heim / The Next Web:
Can Comenta.TV bring TV's second screeners to a single platform?  —  Americans are using Internet and TV together more and more, according to a recent study.  The same “second screen” phenomenon is happening in Latin America: TV viewers live-comment the shows they are watching.
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Is Twitter Like Speech or Like Writing?  The Answer Is Yes  —  Is Twitter like a spoken conversation, the kind you would have with friends and/or strangers in a bar?  Or is it more like a written discussion — like online forums or chat rooms used to be in the early days of the Internet?
Elizabeth A. Harris / The Lede:
As Web Returns, Syrians Post More Video of Friday's Protests and Clashes  —  On Saturday, after Syria's government restored the Internet access it had cut off on Friday, in an attempt to disrupt the communications of protest organizers, Syrian activists were able to upload video of Friday's demonstrations and clashes to the Web.
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 …
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
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.
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.
Discussion: Poynter
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