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9:30 AM ET, March 22, 2012


 Top News: 
Sarah Limbrick / Press Gazette:
David Beckham's dad sues News Int over phone-hacking  —  The father of footballer star David Beckham's has become the latest celebrity to launch a lawsuit over phone-hacking.  —  Ted Beckham has joined a string of public figures suing News Group Newspapers and private investigator Glen Mulcaire …
Martin Hickman / The Independent:
Rebekah Brooks questioned over alleged bribes  —  Rebekah Brooks was questioned by Scotland Yard detectives yesterday about alleged corrupt payments to Ministry of Defence officials.  The former chief executive of News International was tackled on the subject of the alleged bribes when she answered bail for her arrest last July.
Discussion: @joshhalliday and Telegraph
Sarah Marshall /
Social predicted to overtake search as Guardian traffic driver  —  The Guardian's Facebook app has been downloaded eight million times since it was launched six months ago, seeing around 40,000 downloads a day.  —  Speaking at the Guardian Changing Media Summit, Tanya Cordrey …
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Slovakia's Paid Content System Eyes Up Larger Markets  —  The online news payment system introduced across Slovenian and Slovakian publishers in May and February wants to launch in three more countries this year.  —  Piano Media, which gives access to 70 sites across the two countries for a single fee …
Felix Salmon:
When journalists take money from Wall Street  —  Many thanks to Paul Starobin for getting to the bottom of the question of journalists being paid by Wall Street to give speeches.  This is one of those issues, a bit like the exact meaning of “off the record”, where everybody thinks …
Dale Kasler / Sacramento Bee:
McClatchy President Gary Pruitt leaving for AP  —  McClatchy President Gary B. Pruitt, who has led the company that owns The Sacramento Bee and 29 other newspapers for 16 years, is leaving to take the top post at the Associated Press.  —  McClatchy's chief financial officer, Patrick J. Talamantes, was named president and executive.
John Cook / Gawker:
There Is No Such Thing as a ‘Larger Truth’: This American Life's Rich History of Embellishment  —  Mike Daisey has been roundly and justly castigated for selling his bulls**t stories about visiting the Foxconn complex in Shenzhen, China, to This American Life.
Adam Martin / The Atlantic Wire:
Mike Daisey Blames Other Reporters for Perpetuating His Lies
Emma Bazilian / Adweek:
Will the Kindle Fire Be an iPad Killer?  —  When Amazon released the Kindle Fire last November, it was heralded as the first tablet with a shot at loosening Apple's stronghold on the market.  But with Apple still dominating the tablet game—according to eMarketer, 83 percent of tablet owners have an iPad …
Amanda Bennett / Nieman Watchdog:
Lessons learned from a period of intense newspaper turmoil  —  Between September 2001 and November 2006, I was editor of two Knight Ridder papers, first the Lexington Herald-Leader and then The Philadelphia Inquirer.  It was a period of intense turmoil.  Today Knight Ridder no longer exists.
Andrew Phelps / Nieman Journalism Lab:
I can't stop reading this analysis of Gawker's editorial strategy  —  In January, newly minted Gawker editor A.J. Daulerio announced an experiment: Each day for two weeks, a single staff writer would be assigned “traffic-whoring duty.”  [Language alert.]
Erik Wemple:
Jason Mattera interviews someone — is it Bono?  —  Jason Mattera, editor at large at Human Events, is famous for rough-and-tumble journalism.  Last year he created a sensation when he pulled something of a fast one on Vice President Biden.  He distracted the veep by pretending he wanted to pose for a picture with him.
Alan Jacobs / The Atlantic Online:
Will Kindle's Free Samples Change the Structures of Plots?  —  Search-engine optimization reshaped the craft of a good headline.  Will Amazon's book promotions have a similar effect on novels?  —  We all know that people who run websites have a hatful of little tricks intended to give their sites more prominence in searches.
Nicholas Kristof / On The Ground:
Responding to Village Voice on Sex Trafficking  —  After my Sunday column criticizing Village Voice Media for providing a forum for sex traffickers on its websites, Village Voice has struck back.  It has just gone on line with an article “What Nick Kristof got wrong”:  —  The article begins:
Discussion: Hit & Run, WebProNews and FrontBurner
Betsy Rothstein / FishbowlDC:
Former Roll Call Editor Spills Beans About Questionable Racial Hiring Practices  —  UPDATE: Roll Call Editorial Director Mike Mills Responds.  —  Roll Call's former Features Editor Debra Bruno (a.k.a. Bebbie Druno) is bound to burn a few bridges today with a story in the Opinion Pages …
Discussion: FishbowlNY
Debra Bruno / Christian Science Monitor:   Facebook stalking in the name of affirmative action
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