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6:45 AM ET, February 23, 2012


 Top News: 
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 …
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.
Kerri Macdonald / Lens:
Parting Glance: Rémi Ochlik
Lindsey Hilsum / Channel 4:
My friend, Marie Colvin
Michael Rundle / The Huffington Post - UK:   Syrian Minister ‘Unaware Foreign Journalists Were In Country’ After Deadly Shelling
Erika Solomon / Reuters:
Syria asks foreign journalists to report to government
Discussion: @producermatthew
Ahmed Al Omran / NPR:
Rami Al-Sayed, Syrian Citizen Journalist, Is Killed During Attack On Homs
Discussion: Guardian, The Lede and GigaOM
New York Times:
Two Western Journalists Killed in Syria Shelling
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: and AdPulp
Josh Halliday / Guardian:
Cherie Blair to sue News International  —  Tony Blair's wife to take action against Glenn Mulcaire and NI over the alleged hacking of her phone by News of the World  —  Cherie Blair, the wife of the former prime minister, is suing News International and private investigator Glenn Mulcaire …
Norman Fowler / Guardian:
Murdoch may be down but he's not out.  His companies can't be allowed to dominate - and neither can the BBC  —  Murdoch may be down but he's not out.  His companies can't be allowed to dominate - and neither can the BBC  —  A year or two before the phone-hacking scandal engulfed News International …
Jim Romenesko:
Did CNC ‘cause problems’ for MacArthur's City Hall friends?  —  Chicago journalist Geoff Dougherty claims the Chicago News Cooperative and MacArthur Foundation relationship went sour because CNC “had enough reporters and know-how to cause problems with MacArthur buddies at City Hall.”  He writes:
Ryan Chittum / CJR:
The IRS and the Chicago News Cooperative
Jim Romenesko:
CNC editor: No MacArthur Foundation interference
Discussion: Chicago Current
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 …
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?
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 lightening-fast ebook authors.  Alan Goldsher, author of “Linsanity …
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.
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 …
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Amazon Yanks 5,000 Kindle Titles In Fight Over Terms  —  Updated: IPG's full memo to publishers on page 2.  —  Amazon (NSDQ: AMZN) has turned off the buy button on nearly 5,000 Kindle titles from distributor Independent Publishers Group after IPG refused to capitulate to Amazon's demand for better terms.
Enrico Campitelli Jr /
Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News Editors Address Future of Sports Coverage  —  On Friday we posted about an Inquirer article explaining some of the changes happening down on North Broad at the Philadelphia Media Network.  We openly wondered how the two papers sharing reporters in some instances …
James Crugnale / Mediaite:
NY Times Editorials On Economy Edge Out WSJ In Mediaite Survey Of Top University Economists  —  When it comes to offering solutions for our nation's economic woes, there may be no more stark contrast than the editorial pages of the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Whitney Houston Funeral Drew Millions on TV and Online  —  Millions of television and Web viewers spent time Saturday afternoon watching the funeral service for Whitney Houston, the pop music icon who died a week earlier.  —  CNN was the biggest beneficiary of the viewer vigil, according to Nielsen ratings.
John Glenday / The Drum:   BBC Whitney Houston coverage criticised
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