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9:15 AM ET, February 23, 2012


 Top News: 
James Barron / New York Times:
Marie Colvin's Mother Recalls Her Determination to Get the Story  —  Marie Colvin got into Yale University the way she would later get into foreign countries, with grit and determination.  —  After spending a year in Brazil on a student exchange program, from January of her junior year …
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Syria Correspondent Wanted Her Reporting Read Outside Pay Walls  —  Before her death on Wednesday in the besieged Syrian city of Homs, the veteran war correspondent Marie Colvin voiced a common frustration for journalists who are reporting from distant areas about conflicts that can feel remote to readers back home.
Marie Colvin killed: Syrian forces had pledged to kill ‘any journalist who set foot on Syrian soil’  —  Syrian forces murdered journalist Marie Colvin after pledging to kill “any journalist who set foot on Syrian soil”, it has emerged.  —  The 55-year-old Sunday Times reporter …
Injured photographer Paul Conroy ‘leaves Syria’  —  Mr Conroy suffered shrapnel wounds to his left leg  —  A Devon-based photographer who was injured in an attack in Syria is being taken out of the country, the Foreign Office has said.  —  Paul Conroy, 47, was injured in an attack …
French paper trying to contact reporter hurt in Syria
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
Erika Solomon / Reuters:   Wounded French reporter at risk of bleeding to death - activists
Kerri Macdonald / Lens:
Parting Glance: Rémi Ochlik
Erika Solomon / Reuters:
Syria asks foreign journalists to report to government
Discussion: @producermatthew
Michael Rundle / The Huffington Post - UK:   Syrian Minister ‘Unaware Foreign Journalists Were In Country’ After Deadly Shelling
Josh Halliday / Guardian:
Charlotte Church settles phone-hacking case  —  Details of deal between star and News of the World publisher to be announced in court next week  —  Charlotte Church has settled her civil action against News International and the private investigator Glenn Mulcaire over alleged voicemail interception by the News of the World.
Mark Sweney / Guardian:   Sun on Sunday expected to cost 50p
Todd Wasserman / Mashable!:
Google to Launch TV Service  —  Google is looking to get into the paid TV business.  —  The company filed an application last week to provide video service to residents of Kansas City, Mo., according to The Wall Street Journal.  If approved, the service could launch as soon as a month from now …
Dan Lyons / The Daily Beast:
Ethical or Not, Silicon Valley Bloggers Hit Up VCs for Angel Funds  —  It's a win-win game: Bloggers write favorably about both sides' portfolios, and everyone exits with 100x returns.  Even social media maven Robert Scoble is getting in on the game.  But whatever happened to journalistic integrity?
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Scoble: hit man of Silicon Valley?
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
Gannett Building Paywalls Around All Its Papers Except USA Today  —  The vogue for digital paywalls sweeping the news business has made it all the way to the top: Gannett, the nation's largest newspaper publisher, is planning to switch over all of its 80 community newspapers to a paid model …
Jeff Roberts / paidContent:
Gannett's Big Paywall Play: Will It Work?  —  Gannett (NYSE: GCI) said it is “playing offense” again after years of cuts and contraction.  Its touchdown strategy is a sophisticated paywall system that the news giant says will both bolster local news reporting and deliver an extra $100 million in profits.
Discussion: eMedia Vitals, and AdPulp
Jim Romenesko:
CNC editor: No MacArthur Foundation interference  —  Chicago News Cooperative editor Jim O'Shea has responded to Geoff Dougherty's claim that the MacArthur Foundation-CNC relationship soured because the nonprofit news outlet “had enough reporters and know-how to cause problems with MacArthur buddies at City Hall.”
Discussion: Chicago Current
Ryan Chittum / CJR:
The IRS and the Chicago News Cooperative
Jim Romenesko:   Did CNC ‘cause problems’ for MacArthur's City Hall friends?
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Are aggregation and curation journalism?  Wrong question  —  The battle between traditional media and the blogosphere over aggregation (or “curation,” if you prefer) continues to rage.  In the latest skirmish, Forbes blogger Kashmir Hill got thrown under the bus by many for a recent blog post …
Julie Moos / Poynter:
Media General explores sale of its newspapers  —  Just after the market closed Wednesday, Media General announced it is “exploring the potential sale of newspaper operations.”  The company, which owns 21 newspapers in five states, just two weeks ago got more time to ease a debt crunch it's been facing.
David Holmes / Fast Company:
Lindles: Jeremy Lin, Amazon Kindle, And The Rise Of Insta-Authors  —  Jeremy Lin has inspired a lot of rabid fans, magazine features, and six-figure book deal offers.  But he's also fueled a new breed of lightning-fast e-book authors.  Alan Goldsher, author of “Linsanity …
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
Sam Zell Blames Tribune Failure on ‘Greedy’ Journalists.  —  Sam Zell.  Credit: Scott Eells/Bloomberg via Getty Images  —  Sam Zell must miss being the most hated man in the newspaper industry.  Why else would the ever-pungent real estate billionaire be speaking up about his disastrous time running Tribune Co., all this time later?
Evan McMorris-Santoro / Talking Points Memo:
Romney Campaign Scrubs Criticism from Editorial Before Sending It Out  —  Romney Campaign Scrubs Criticism From Editorial Before Sending It Out  —  There are a lot of kind words for Mitt Romney on the Detroit News editorial page Wednesday.  But by trying to hide the few words that weren't very nice …
Jim Romenesko:   Detroit News unhappy with Romney camp's editing of endorsement
Erik Wemple:
WAMU news director claims ‘firewall’ transgression  —  Yesterday, WAMU announced the departure of news director Jim Asendio.  This morning, WAMU held an event to bring together donors and WAMU staffers.  —  Those two events are connected, says Asendio.  —  The 60-year-old newsman …
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