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7:05 PM ET, March 15, 2012


 Top News: 
Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
Newspaper advertising was down 7.3 percent, almost $2 billion, in 2011  —  The Newspaper Association of America has posted its final tally of newspaper advertising statistics for 2011, and as expected, it is not a pretty picture.  —  Total advertising revenue was down 7.3 percent, a percentage point worse than in 2010.
Newsosaur / Reflections of a Newsosaur:
Newspaper sales slid to 1984 level in 2011  —  In the poorest showing since 1984, advertising revenues at newspapers last year fell 7.3% to $23.9 billion, according to figures quietly published Wednesday by the Newspaper Association of America.  —  Here are a few factoids to help put the industry's long-running slump in perspective:
Discussion: 10,000 Words
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Google engineer goes news-free for a month
Discussion: Matt Cutts
Press Gazette:
Former Times lawyer Brett admits Nightjack mistakes  —  Former Times legal chief Alastair Brett today admitted he made a “mistake” by failing to divulge the fact one of the paper's reporters hacked into an email account to reveal the identity of anonymous police blogger NightJack.
Discussion: Guardian and @lisaocarroll
Andrew Pugh / Press Gazette:   Met ‘grades journalists by favourable coverage’
Evidence from former top auditor at Scotland Yard is delayed after force complaint
Julie Moos / Poynter:
Guild plans to fight layoffs of 19 Philadelphia journalists, after 21 take buyouts  —  Journalists at the Philadelphia Inquirer, Daily News and are learning this week whether or not they'll be laid off.  The deadline for the latest buyout offer was yesterday …
Jim Romenesko:
‘I would have loved to piss on your shoes’  —  Greg Smith's resignation letter in Wednesday's New York Times had me thinking about journalists' final shots at their bosses.  (Jack Shafer wrote about some of them last June.)  —  In April of 2001, I posted what I believe to be the best resignation letter ever written by a journalist.
Discussion: DealBook
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Daily Caller Reporter Gets Into Email War With DNC  —  WASHINGTON — A private spat between the Democratic National Committee's communications shop and a reporter for the Daily Caller, a conservative-leaning web outlet, erupted publicly on Wednesday after a DNC official leaked a heated email exchange to the press.
Discussion: Gawker
Democrats Accuse Conservative News Outlet Of “Blackmail”  —  The Caller was, perhaps, leaning into the story a bit.  Boyle stands by his warning.  —  The Democratic National Committee is at odds with the conservative Daily Caller over a reporter's threat as to how he would interpret an unreturned email.
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
Glenn Beck Closes In On The $100 Million Mark  —  Leaving Fox News has turned out to be a pretty good business move for Glenn Beck.  By the end of this year, 18 months after he got out of the 24-hour cable news business and struck out on his own as an internet broadcasting pioneer …
Discussion: NetNewsCheck Latest
Alex Weprin / TVNewser:
GBTV To Bring in $40 Million in Revenue This Year, Will (Eventually) Go 24/7
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Trinity Mirror suffers 40% fall in profits  —  Newspaper publisher to cut pension fund payments as profits fall to £74m  —  Trinity Mirror has reported a 40% fall in pre-tax profits to £74m for 2011, and agreed to cut pension fund payments by almost £70m as the publisher's pension deficit ballooned by almost half.
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
Trinity Mirror invests £10m in daily deals website
Discussion: Press Gazette
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Nielsen: U.S. Consumers The Most Likely To Pay For Content On A Tablet... Except When It's News  —  As developers hunker down and get into the business of trying to work out how to get consumers to buy more of their product on mobile devices, some revealing numbers out from Nielsen on what people …
Lynne Marek / Chicago Business:
Chicago Tribune cuts 15 journalists  —  (Crain's) — The Chicago Tribune cut about 15 editorial employees today as the news company continues to shrink its newsroom.  —  The employees dismissed included reporters, editors and managers, according to sources familiar with the layoffs.
Discussion: @brianboyer
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Cisco Wants To Buy News Corp's TV Software Maker NDS For $5 Billion  —  Cisco (NSDQ: CSCO) says it wants to buy News Corp.'s TV set-top box software maker NDS Group for $5 billion to improve its own offering and grow its profile in China and India.  —  Both companies' boards have approved the deal.
Claire Atkinson / New York Post:
Execs bailing on Cablevision, spurring speculation that Dolan's planning to sell company or take private  —  Cablevision Chief Executive Jim Dolan is emptying his bench.  —  Dolan — who is also chairman of Madison Square Garden, home of the the Knicks basketball team …
Discussion: @penenberg
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
A Start-Up Factory Media Guys Like: K2 Raises $7.5 Million  —  Some start-up investors spray and pray — tossing smallish checks to lots of hatchling companies in the hopes that a few of them pan out.  Media/tech investors Daniel Klaus and Kevin Wendle are at the other end of the spectrum …
Discussion: Betabeat
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Tom Cheredar / VentureBeat:
Hulu refreshes its website UI: 55% larger video player
Discussion: Hulu Blog, SocialTimes and The Next Web
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
As Amazon and IPG's Fight Continues, One Client's Sales Fall By 40%
Discussion: TeleRead
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Kindle for iOS updated with Retina support, far better browsing and cloud downloads
Discussion: TechCrunch and VentureBeat
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Social TV's Zeebox Aims At U.S. Under Time Warner's Forbes
Discussion: Lost Remote
Jessica Gresko / Navy Times:
Army: Manning's leaks assisted al-Qaida
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: BermanBraun Buys Most of Shelby Bonnie's Whiskey Media
Discussion: VentureBeat and Adweek
 Earlier Picks: 
Josh Stearns / Save the News:
Sixteen Thousand People Send Messages to Journalists Arrested During Occupy Protests
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
‘Beast-week’ reporter Jacob Bernstein to be a regular moonlighter for ‘Times’ Styles section
Paul Sawers / The Next Web:
UK mag the Spectator announces a 190-year online archive, and refreshes its iOS app
Nat Ives / AdAge:
Magazines' Newsstand Slide Smaller in Canada
Steve Smith /
Will The New iPad Display Put Digital Mags On A Crash Diet?
Discussion: The Verge, MinOnline and Nxtblog
John Cook / GeekWire:
Anatomy of a news story: How Bing and Google performed when Steve Jobs resigned
Chris Velazco / TechCrunch:
Sports Illustrated App Hits iPhone, Celebrates With Augmented Reality Magazine Cover