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4:05 PM ET, July 29, 2011


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and the Issue Two theme is...  The moment has arrived.  Here's how this works: Starting right now, you have 24 hours to produce and submit your work.  We'll take the next 24 to select, edit, design and lay everything out.  The end result will be a beautiful glossy paper magazine.
Discussion: 10,000 Words
The Atlantic Online:
The Almost-Free Toolkit We Use to Make Longshot Magazine  —  At 3 pm today, the Longshot Magazine team will begin work on our third issue. 48 hours later, we'll close the 60-page book.  —  Longshot is a crazy project that I cofounded with Sarah Rich and Mat Honan about a year and a half ago.
Tom Grubisich / Street Fight:
Why Hyperlocals Are Making Anonymity Obsolete  —  I don't ordinarily read anonymous comments, but “patriotmommy” stopped my browsing eyes recently on Patch's Reston, Va., site.  I was reading an upbeat story about graduation at the high school where my two daughters were educated.
Discussion: and eMedia Vitals
Jeff Sonderman / Poynter:   Hyperlocal sites tend to ban anonymous commenting
Joe Pompeo / Yahoo! News:
Vanity Fair is first out of the gate with phone-hacking e-book  —  Where are all the rapid-turnaround e-books on the U.K. phone-hacking scandal?, we wondered earlier this week.  —  The saga has so far produced two print book deals, including one for Guardian reporter and resident champion …
John Morton / American Journalism Review:   In Love with Newspapers  —  Rupert Murdoch's lifelong devotion to newsprint.
Seattle PostGlobe:
Goodbye and thank you from Seattle PostGlobe  —  It's been an eventful two years - sometimes fun, sometimes a mountain of work, but always worthwhile.  And now it's time for the PostGlobe to say goodbye and thank you.  It's time for us to move on.  —  We started as a nonprofit news site created …
Discussion: Poynter and GeekWire
Steve Buttry / The Buttry Diary:
A false choice — and an excuse — for journalists: Better to be first or right?  —  An editor asks by email a question I hear often as journalists address the challenges of digital journalism: “Is it better to be first, or be right?”  —  Three times recently, the editor said, his staff was beaten …
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
In Deal With NBC, Amazon Seeks to Widen Its Video Streaming Service  —  Amazon, the online retailing giant, announced a deal with NBCUniversal for access to part of Universal Pictures' film library on Thursday, its second such pact in the streaming video space in as many weeks.
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
Does Apple have any interest in buying Barnes & Noble?  —  We received a tip from an unproven source claiming to have knowledge of discussions within Apple to possibly purchase Barnes & Noble.  While this might seem like a strange move at first, it actually makes a whole lot of sense.
Steve Smith / MinOnline:
The Economist Gives iPhones a Welcome Data Dump  —  If you are a policy wonk with a jones for statistics, then The Economist has the iPhone app for you.  The highly regarded international magazine of economics and policy has turned its franchise World in Figures book series into a highly usable …
Discussion: Editors Weblog and eMedia Vitals
Andrew Phelps / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Questions for Baratunde Thurston: What The Onion can teach real news organizations about social media  —  The Onion is funny because it looks and feels like real news.  To do that well, The Onion has to act like a real news organization.  —  So when Baratunde Thurston …
Discussion: Mediaite
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
FT Has Attracted A Third More Digital Subs In The Last Year  —  iPad and mobile are becoming of increasing importance to The Financial Times, accounting for 22 percent of web traffic and 15 percent of new subscriptions during the first half of this year.  —  Last year, iPad had been responsible …
Anthony DeRosa:
Getting it right is platform agnostic  —  Yesterday, in the rush to be first, what appeared to be a legitimate breaking news story from a reliable source spread like wildfire in the Twitter-verse, only to have it turn out to be completely false.  I happened to be one of the people who saw Jon Snow …
Mike Shields / digiday:DAILY:
AOL's Vanishing Video Strategy  —  What's Arianna's video strategy, assuming she has one?  —  When AOL acquired The Huffington Post in February, Arianna Huffington was given carte blanche over the company's entire editorial strategy.  Since that time, video seems to be nearly forgotten at AOL.
Nieman Storyboard:
Memoir's truthy obligations: a handy how-to guide  —  How true does a memoir have to be?  That question has been the basis of an ongoing debate kicked off by the revelation, five years ago, that much of James Frey's bestselling “A Million Little Pieces” was made up.  —  Unfortunately, it has never been adequately answered.
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