New York Times:
For Instant Ratings, Interviews With a Checkbook — Before the subjects of headlining news stories agree to a television interview these days, some have one question: how much money can I make? — ABC and NBC, embroiled in a fight for viewers in the mornings, are increasingly in the news …
Julie Moos / Poynter:
ABC's Chris Cuomo defends checkbook journalism: ‘It is the state of play right now’ — During an interview with Howard Kurtz on CNN's “Reliable Sources” Sunday morning, “20/20″ co-anchor Chris Cuomo defended paying Meagan Broussard for photos she sent Anthony Weiner …
Discussion: Chickaboomer, CNN and New York Times
Amanda / slash blog:
Person as Distribution Channel: A Case Study of YouTube Star Dave Days — YouTube phenomenon Dave Days brings teenage girls to tears in the same way Justin Bieber does. While he's not actually a mainstream celebrity, I think he's the best example of the new media movement toward …
Frédéric Filloux / Monday Note:
Jazz Is not a Byproduct of Rap Music — Defining article as a “luxury or a byproduct” as Jeff Jarvis did last month, is like suggesting jazz is secondary to rap music, or saying literature is a Deluxe version of slamming. Reading Jarvis' Buzz Machine blog is always interesting, often entertaining and more than occasionally grating.
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine: The orthodoxy of the article, part II
Ali Abunimah / The Electronic Intifada:
New evidence about Amina, the “Gay Girl in Damascus” hoax — Ali Abunimah and Benjamin Doherty write: — We have gathered compelling new evidence regarding the “Gay Girl in Damascus” blogger hoax. — Those responsible for this hoax have caused a great deal of concern and anguish …
Discussion: Washington Post, Guardian, A Gay Girl in Damascus, Guardian, Haaretz, Composite, loose wire blog, New York Magazine, Financial Times, @acarvin, GigaOM, @monakareem, @justimage, @acarvin, NPR, Gawker and Boing Boing
Chris Elliott / Guardian: Open door: The authentication of anonymous bloggers
Jeremy Wagstaff / loose wire blog: Gay Lesbian Syrian Blogger? Or a Bearded American from Edinburgh?
Mike Vilensky / New York Magazine: As It Turns Out, ‘A Gay Girl in Damascus’ Is a Married White Man in Scotland
Andy Carvin / @acarvin: I've also received copies of some of Amina's private emails, attaching pics of Damascus. They're *all* from Britta Froelicher's Picasa page.
Bobbie Johnson / GigaOM: Syrian lesbian blog is a hoax: So who's to blame?
Mona Kareem / @monakareem: Oh man, the Syrian regime is gonna use the hell out of this #Amina case to prove how the uprising is a “foreign agenda” #F**kYouTom
Matthew Cassel / @justimage: Fellow American dudes: you DO NOT need to pretend to be an Arab lesbian to challenge “superficial coverage” of ME http://bit.ly/kRd1XX
Andy Carvin / @acarvin: What I really want to know is how many sockpuppets Amina's perpetrators used to confuse and confound everyone. At least 4, I believe.
Xeni Jardin / Boing Boing: White man from Georgia is “Gay Girl from Damascus”
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Future of media: This is no time for incrementalism — In a recent piece for Forbes magazine, Washington Post managing editor Raju Narisetti looks at the challenges that mainstream media of all kinds are facing — falling circulation, the gap between traditional print advertising …
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Egyptian Filmmaker Uses Twitter to Gather 300 GB of Revolution Video — Amr Salama, an Egyptian fillmaker and a central figure in creating the alternative media universe during the revolution in Egypt, is finishing a documentary about the historic events. — Through an appeal on his Twitter account …
Discussion: Future of Journalism
Martin Bryant / The Next Web:
How blogging gives student journalists an edge in the job market — At an event in London late last year, three young journalists discussed how blogging helped to kickstart their careers. As reported at the time by Journalism.co.uk, Guardian technology and media reporter Josh Halliday stated that …
Robert McCrum / Guardian:
Thanks to the internet, we're all literary omnivores now — Where once the book world was controlled by the critical establishment, the IT revolution has shifted power to the people — The koala bear lives on eucalyptus leaves. The goat will eat almost anything.
B. Bonin Bough / Forbes.com:
PepsiCo10 Europe: Tapping the Next Wave of Digital Talent — “Learn, rinse, repeat.” It's become somewhat of a mantra for the digital team at PepsiCo, where sharing best practices and building on our experiments is a way of life. It's also the driving force behind our recent launch of the PepsiCo10 program in Europe.
New York Post:
Scarborough fair game — MSNBC's morning duo of Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski wasted no time buttonholing Time Warner chief Jeff Bewkes at the Newhouse School journalism awards lunch earlier this week. — The “Morning Joe” hosts, who just lost their executive producer, Chris Licht …
Kaj Larsen / CNN:
How WikiLeaks has changed today's media — CNN takes you inside the private world of WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange. Watch “WikiWars: The Mission of Julian Assange,” Sunday night at 8/11 ET on CNN. — (CNN) — While investigating a recent story about the geopolitical battle …
Discussion: The Nation
Lauren Indvik / Mashable!:
Glamour Gains a Digital Chief, Freshens Up Online Strategy — Glamour magazine announced the appointment of Mike Hofman, the former editor of Inc.com, 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 …
Discussion: Future of Journalism and Kirk LaPointe's …