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7:45 AM ET, June 29, 2011


 Top News: 
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
AOL Moves the Furniture Around Some More, With Brod to Patch  —  Here's an internal memo, titled “Platform for Growth,” just sent out by AOL CEO Tim Armstrong, in which he buries the lede by noting the business partner of content czar Arianna Huffington, Jon Brod, will move to work …
Andrew Phelps / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Chesapeake Energy fights bad PR by buying Promoted Tweets on Twitter  —  Chesapeake Energy was not pleased, to put it politely, with Sunday's New York Times story about the natural gas industry.  The piece quotes from company emails to suggest Chesapeake executives are overstating productivity and profitability.
Susannah Breslin / Pink Slipped:
How to Be a Journalist in 2011  —  Earlier this month, I offered one young female journalist $100 to write a guest post for this blog.  Out of nearly 50 story pitches, I chose Lauren Rae Orsini, 24, a Washington, DC-based multimedia journalist, geek blogger, and web designer who covers anime, geekdom, and fandom.
Discussion: Kotaku
Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
WSJ wins three Loebs; Bloomberg and NYTimes win two  —  The first two Loeb Awards — and three of the first four — announced Tuesday night went to Dow Jones & Co. news operations.  —  Julia Angwin, Emily Steel, Scott Thurm, Christina Tsuei, Paul Antonson, Jill Kirschenbaum and Jovi Juan …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Greg Sandoval / Media Maverick:
Where Netflix streaming is thin, YouTube could rule  —  YouTube's video rental service is easy to use, offers high quality video and the quality in some categories is superior to Netflix.  The rub is the films are available for rent only on a per-film basis.
Gabriel Sherman / New York Magazine:
Jill Abramson's First Task: Stop the Times Defections  —  When Jill Abramson replaces Bill Keller at the end of the summer, she will not only be the first female executive editor to run the Grey Lady, but the first Times editor who will have to really sweat keeping the paper's talented journalists from jumping ship.
Erik Sass / MediaPost:
AOL Music Drops CBS Radio For Slacker  —  The popularity of online audio is matched only by the fleeting nature of deals in the space.  The AOL Huffington Post Media Group says AOL Music is parting ways with CBS Radio, its online streaming audio partner for the past three years …
Discussion: Media Week and Company Town
Jim Romenesko / Poynter:
Rohde quits NYT to become Reuters columnist  —  Romenesko Misc.  —  David Rohde's writing will focus on foreign affairs and globalization, says a Reuters memo.  Rohde, who escaped the Taliban in 2009 after seven months in captivity, “is one of the most brilliant and consequential journalists …
Discussion: Mixed Media
Cory Bergman / Lost Remote:
The Voice steps up social media for final shows  —  NBC's The Voice has been airing live episodes (East Coast) as it nears its season finale this Wednesday night, and the show is featuring a social media room to shine a spotlight on live Twitter reaction.  Hosted by “social media guru” …
Discussion: Hollywood Reporter
Steve Buttry / The Buttry Diary:
Confessions (strategies) of a branded journalist (or a journalist with a reputation, if you prefer)  —  Much of last week's discussion of journalistic “branding” focused on whether journalists should engage in something that sounds so much like marketing.  —  In this post, I want to address …
Discussion: Editors Weblog
Jenna Wortham / Bits:
The Gaga Effect Spreads to Tumblr  —  Is there any technology platform that Lady Gaga, the eccentric and entertaining pop songstress, can't dominate?  She's already appeared in a commercial for Google Chrome, debuted her own game on Farmville, crashed Amazon's servers and partnered with companies …
Discussion: Betabeat, Rolling Stone and
Megan Garber / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Google plans for “the second phase of the display ad revolution” with a focus on smartphones and tablets  —  Google is known primarily for its work in search advertising.  But it's making an investment — a big one — in another area: display ads.  —  This month's acquisition of AdMeld …
Joe Pompeo / Yahoo! News:
Chris Suellentrop joins Yahoo! News blog network from New York Times Magazine  —  Chris Suellentrop, an editor at the New York Times Magazine, has joined Yahoo's network of news blogs, where he will become deputy editor starting August 8.  —  “We're very excited that Chris is coming on board …
Discussion: Adweek and Poynter
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‘Times’ Ticks On  —  The New York Times Company plans to continue …
Discussion: LA Observed, Poynter and Forbes
Jeff Sonderman / Poynter:
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David Weigel / Slate:
The RT network: Russia's answer to Fox News and MSNBC.
Mindy McAdams / Teaching Online Journalism:
Journalists, take another look at Tumblr
Florence Pichon / Editors Weblog:
Sylvain Parasie investigates where data journalists fit in at a traditional paper
Discussion: Bloomberg
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Jeff Sonderman / Poynter:
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Discussion: Editors Weblog
Philip Bump / Mediaite:
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Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Ed Yong / Discover Blogs:
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Discussion: Poynter and Adam Westbrook
Johann Hari:
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