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3:40 PM ET, April 3, 2012


 Top News: 
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
News Corp. Still Backing James Murdoch  —  News Corp. is making a show of publicly backing James Murdoch, its deputy chief operating officer, after he stepped down as chairman of BSkyB.  —  Here's the full statement the company (which also owns this Web site) just released:
Discussion: Guardian, Telegraph and Company Town
Dominic Rushe / Guardian:
News Corp shareholders renew call for Rupert Murdoch to step down  —  Calls for Murdoch to be replaced are reignited following James Murdoch's resignation from British pay-TV giant BSkyB  —  Shareholder activists have renewed their call for Rupert Murdoch to quit as chairman of News Corporation …
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:   Rupert Murdoch and son James expected at Leveson inquiry
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Ex-Met police boss John Yates attended News of the World reporter's wedding
Discussion: Press Gazette and
Sarah Marshall /
Leveson inquiry: Rebekah Brooks reapplies for core participant status
Discussion: Press Gazette
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
James Murdoch quits another News Corp group to spare BSkyB from fall-out
Eric Deggans / Tampa Bay Times:
Sarah Palin knocks lamestream media while getting two hours free publicity on NBC's Today  —  Now I know why Sarah Palin calls it the lamestream media.  Halfway through the first two hours of Palin's “guest hosting” stint on NBC's Today show this morning, I was still waiting …
Katherine Fung / The Huffington Post:
‘Today’ Tops ‘Good Morning America’ With Katie Couric On First Day  —  The ratings for the first day of the intense morning show war between the morning shows and the winner is... “Today.”  The NBC morning show came in 333,000 viewers ahead of “GMA” on Monday, according to Nielsen.
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
2012 National Magazine Awards nominees announced  —  After years of refining its unique blend of irreverent hipster screeds and hard-hitting international journalism, it seems that Vice is officially all grown up: The title will go head-to-head with industry stand-bys Bloomberg Businessweek …
Alyssa Rosenberg / ThinkProgress:
Women and the National Magazine Awards  —  Liliana Segura ran the numbers and found out that the finalists for the National Magazine Awards, which were announced today, include no women in the Reporting, Features, Profiles, Essays or Columns categories.  Women did, however, dominate the nominations in the Public Interest category.
Discussion: MPA, Folio and Adweek
Justin Ellis / Nieman Journalism Lab:
DocumentCloud removes email dump after legal threat  —  When the Australian Financial Review blew open a new front in News Corporation's ongoing scandals last week, it did so with the help of DocumentCloud.  —  That's because the Financial Review's investigation hinged on 14,400 emails connected …
Discussion: Poynter and
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Robert Redford to Produce a Documentary About Watergate  —  Rarely does reality intersect with role playing the way it did two Sundays ago in Bob Woodward's living room.  —  Meeting him there were Carl Bernstein, his writing partner at The Washington Post during the Watergate scandal in the 1970s …
Daniel Frankel / paidContent:
Researcher: Over 1 Million U.S. Cable Subscribers Cut Cord In 2011  —  Cable and satellite TV subscription growth slowed down more than had been previously reported, and cord-cutting was a primary factor.  But don't worry about it — a revolution that will re-create the current multi-channel access paradigm is still a long way away.
Bill Carter / Media Decoder:
Letterman and Ferguson Extend Runs on CBS  —  CBS, closing the lid on any speculation that change might be coming for its late-night lineup, announced Tuesday that both David Letterman and Craig Ferguson have agreed to continue in their shows for at least two more years.
Read it Later:
Read It Later's Secret: Our Users Love Video, Too  —  Video saves in Read It Later are up 138%, and YouTube is our most-saved domain; The median length of a video saved in Read It Later is nearly 30 minutes  —  As our name implies, Read It Later launched in 2007 as an app for quickly …
Discussion: The Next Web and Poynter, Thanks:@markarms
Matt Chaban / The New York Observer:
T-Squared Off: With Paul Goldberger Leaving for Vanity Fair, Is This the End of Architecture Criticism at The New Yorker?  —  There are two great thrones in American architectural criticism, that of The New Yorker and The New York Times.  It was at these two journalistic institutions …
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Katy Bachman / Adweek:
Media Access Project to Fold
Associated Press:
AP revenue declines slow in 2011; seen up in 2012
Alex Sherman / Bloomberg:
DirecTV Asks Who Makes Decisions at Tribune as Blackouts Extend
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
IRE, ASNE announce winners as awards season approaches Pulitzers
Discussion: and California Watch
Elspeth Reeve / The Atlantic Wire:
In Defense of the Media's Coverage of Trayvon Martin
Discussion: Poynter, CJR, Slate, Mediaite and Politico
Rupal Parekh / AdAge:
Many Magazines Racing to Capitalize on Pinterest
Discussion: Adweek, Thanks:@matt_creamer
 Earlier Picks: 
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Tim Carmody / Wired:
How Licensing and Hardware Bottlenecks Confound Magazine Text on the iPad
Discussion: eMedia Vitals
Jim Edwards / Business Insider:
Why Buzzfeed's Newest Blogger, ‘Copyranter,’ Threatened To Assault Me On His First Day At Work
Discussion: Adweek and FishbowlNY
Paul Smalera / Reuters:
The recession killed journalism - and saved it
Discussion: Capital New York, newsplexer and WWD
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
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Discussion: NetNewsCheck Latest