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8:55 PM ET, June 11, 2011


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Raju Narisetti / Forbes:
Why Free is Very Expensive  —  The business model of quality journalism is broken.  Readers are moving online—and they want their news for free.  Revenues from online advertising too haven't really caught up.  Cost cutting and trying to make online readers pay, may not be the answer.
James Rainey / Los Angeles Times:
On the Media:'s growing pains  —  Though the online media outfit continues to add to its numerous hyper-local websites, it still needs to do a better job with insightful community reporting.  — can blow you away with numbers.  From about 50 outposts a year ago …
Lauren Indvik / Mashable!:
Glamour Gains a Digital Chief, Freshens Up Online Strategy  —  Glamour magazine announced the appointment of Mike Hofman, the former editor of, as its new Digital Managing Director Thursday.  The announcement came on the heels of less than stellar newsstand sales, down 17% in the first quarter …
Jim Romenesko / Poynter:
‘LAT is committed to allowing an online discussion,’ but...  On Thursday afternoon, comments on an article about Israel firing on pro-Palestinian protesters were “restricted” — meaning they're only posted with a moderator's approval.  “As with many stories about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict …
New Jersey Supremes Take Narrow View Defining Journalists Online  —  If you're a self-described journalist who posts on Internet message boards, then you're not protected by the reporter's shield law.  —  So says, at least, the Supreme Court of New Jersey.
Discussion: Journalism
Lmoses / Adweek:
Meredith Makes Big Sales Hire in Ad Slump  —  Mass women's brands publisher Meredith brought in Dick Porter in a new, supercharged sales role, a move that comes at a time when the company has seen ad sales soften as consumer packaged goods advertisers have sliced spending.
Jillian C. York:
Journalistic Verification, Amina Arraf, and Haystack  —  How did a Syrian blogger, who told beautiful and heartwrenching stories of life as a lesbian in Damascus, manage to trick so many people?  How did an American software engineer, whose passion for the Iranian cause led him to build …
Reed Johnson / Los Angeles Times:
Sebastian Junger reflects on friendship, war and peace  —  After the death of photojournalist and friend Tim Hetherington in Libya, Junger resolves to cease front-line reporting.  But war, he says, remains one of humanity's master narratives.  —  Author Sebastian Junger
Dbyers / Adweek:
Gawker Hires New Head of Sales From Condé Nast  —  Gawker Media has hired Andrew Gorenstein, currently senior executive director of digital sales at Condé Nast, as its new chief advertising officer, according to an internal Gawker email.  —  Gorenstein has been at Condé …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Jim Romenesko / Poynter:
‘A cautionary tale for anyone considering freelancing for The Daily’  —  Barbara Correa says she got an assignment from The Daily about the business implications of Oprah's final program and was offered 75 cents a word.  She wrote the story, turned it in and got an acknowledgement from an editor.
Discussion: Runnin' Scared
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