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1:40 PM ET, June 23, 2011


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Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
When big data meets journalism  —  The Knight Foundation, a non-profit entity that is one of the biggest funders of media-related projects in the United States — including the new MIT Center for Civic Media, which we wrote about earlier — announced the winners of its annual $4.7-million News Challenge on Wednesday.
Joshua Benton / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Knight News Challenge 2011: Sixteen winners, from mapping to data viz, from water shortages to interactive documentaries  —  On Sept. 28, 2006, when the Knight Foundation launched the Knight News Challenge — its five-year attempt to harness the best ideas in journalism innovation through an annual contest …
Justin Ellis / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The News Challenge-winning PANDA Project aims to make research easier in the newsroom  —  In an ideal world, when news breaks, reporters can fall back on their encyclopedic knowledge of local stories, events, and people to put the news in context.  And failing that, they can turn to colleague who've …
Discussion: Future of Journalism
Jim Romenesko / Poynter:
Knight News Challenge winners announced
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
American Media Buys OK Magazine  —  Richard Desmond.  Image by Getty Images Europe via @daylife  —  Richard Desmond couldn't sell OK Magazine to Time Inc. Now he's found another buyer: American Media Inc., home to the National Enquirer and Star, is buying the money-losing entertainment title.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
What Are Hulu's Owners Really Selling?  —  Yes, Hulu is for sale.  The video site hired bankers from Morgan Stanley and Guggenheim Partners last week, people familiar with the company tell me.  They've just started asking potential buyers if they'd like to sign an NDA and take a look-see.
Andrew Wallenstein / Variety:
Fox renews Hulu licensing pact  —  Net will increase the volume of ads in its Hulu telecasts  —  EXCLUSIVE: Hulu has reached an agreement with News Corp. to keep TV programming from Fox Broadcasting Co. on the streaming service, according to sources.  —  While a formal pact has yet to be signed …
Greg Sandoval / Media Maverick:
Is someone leaking Hulu news to jack up sales price?
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Post responds to ex-reporter Vargas's revelation that he's an illegal immigrant  —  For almost 14 years, Jose Antonio Vargas carried a secret.  A journalist skilled in getting information from others, Vargas withheld some important news from his American employers: He is an undocumented immigrant.
Discussion: Slate, FishbowlNY and Poynter
Jose Antonio Vargas / New York Times:
My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant
Paul Sonne / Wall Street Journal:
J.K. Rowling Conjures Up Potter E-Books  —  LONDON—After years of refusing to release her boy-wizard books in electronic format, Harry Potter mastermind J.K. Rowling is finally taking the digital plunge, launching an online store that will sell Harry Potter e-books directly to consumers …
Steve Smith / MinOnline:
Top Magazine Money Makers in the iPad App Store  —  Maybe it is the new subscription model in the App Store?  Perhaps it is just Apple making nice with publishers after seeming to have dissed the media world for so long.  But whatever the motives or the reasons, even a cursory glance …
Ingrid Lunden / paidContent:
TouchPad-Only Magazine ‘Pivot’ To Debut With Tablet, Produced By HP Itself  —  HP (NYSE: HPQ) must be tiring of all the news about Apple's strength in the tablet market, and trying to get its own name out in front: to coincide with the launch of its own TouchPad tablet in July …
Rosie Baker / New Media Age:
News International to enable PayPal payments for newspaper content  —  News International is to introduce PayPal's fast checkout system in a move that could bring micropayments for online content from UK titles a step closer.  —  Readers will be able to use PayPal to pay for The Times …
Discussion: Noted
Kate Holton / Reuters:
Google eyeing further display ad acquisitions  —  Google will buy more companies to boost its presence in the booming online display ad sector in a challenge to Facebook, even as European regulators examine its dominant web search position.  —  Speaking to a small group of reporters …
Andrew Pugh / Press Gazette:
Phone hacking: police make fourth arrest  —  A woman was arrested this morning by officers investigating the phone-hacking scandal at the News of the World.  —  The 39-year-old woman, who has not been named by police, was arrested by officers from the Met's Operation Weeting on suspicion …
Discussion: Guardian and
Kat Stoeffel / The New York Observer:
Village Voice Union Unanimously Authorizes Strike Vote  —  In a meeting at Cooper Union last night, Village Voice employees unanimously voted to give their union negotiating committee the right to call for a strike vote during contract negotiations, which reconvene today after a break.
Tim Carmody / Nieman Journalism Lab:
I happen to have that research right here, Mr. Keller: The day sociologist Zeynep Tufekci dropped a bundle of knowledge on the New York Times's Bill Keller (with help from Twitter and a whole lot of scholarship)  —  Last month, The New York Times' outgoing executive editor Bill Keller trolled all of Twitter …
David Weir /
Salon CEO Gingras Resigns to Become Global Head of News Products at Google  —  The CEO of, Richard Gingras, held an emotional “all-hands” meeting with his staff today to tell them he is resigning, effective July 8th, to become global head of news products for Google.
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