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10:50 AM ET, April 5, 2012


 Top News: 
Sky News admits hacking emails of ‘canoe man’  —  Sky News has admitted that one of its senior executives authorised a journalist to conduct email hacking on two separate occasions that it said were “in the public interest” - even though intercepting emails is a prima facie breach of the Computer Misuse Act …
John Ryley / Sky News:
A CASE OF DOUBLE STANDARDS?  —  The Guardian today published an appraisal of a story story broadcast by Sky News almost four years ago.  In the 2008 case of Anne Darwin, whose “canoe man” husband John Darwin faked his own death as part of an insurance fraud, we provided the police with emails …
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Assange: PCC stood by as I was libelled  —  WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has launched an attack on the Press Complaints Commission, claiming he has been subjected to inaccurate and negative media coverage “possibly on a scale not seen since the abuse of the McCanns”.
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
NoW closure cost Murdoch nearly £250m  —  The closure of News of the World has so far cost Rupert Murdoch almost £250m, with the publisher admitting that the final bill could well be significantly more.  News Group Newspapers, the parent company of The Sun and now defunct News of the World …
Peter Lauria / Reuters:
Exclusive: Low ratings could end cable deal for Gore's Current TV  —  Al Gore's Current TV has bigger problems to deal with than a potential lawsuit from fired news anchor Keith Olbermann - namely not getting kicked off Time Warner Cable for low ratings.  According to three sources with knowledge …
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Huffington Gains More Control in AOL Revamping  —  One year after its acquisition by AOL, The Huffington Post has become a source of growth for the beleaguered company, which is still trying to shed its dial-up Internet image.  Now, in what Arianna Huffington characterizes as a move to keep …
Media Decoder:
Marimow to Return as Editor of Philadelphia Inquirer  —  William K. Marimow, who served as the top editor at The Philadelphia Inquirer from 2006-10, will rejoin the paper in the same role, the company said on Wednesday.  —  His appointment, effective May 1, comes two days …
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Bill Marimow will take new approach to old job as Philadelphia Inquirer editor
Discussion: JIMROMENESKO.COM, Gawker and Free Press
Paul Nussbaum /
PMN's new owners meet the employees, discuss the future
Associated Press:
USA Today Begins More Staff Furloughs To Cut Costs  —  McLEAN, Va. (AP) — USA Today is requiring most of its staff to take an unpaid week off to save money, as the nation's second-largest newspaper struggles to sell more advertising.  The furloughs, which were announced Wednesday …
Jim Romenesko:
Gannett announces 2Q furloughs for USA Today employees
Discussion: Politico
Wall Street Journal:
Settlement Near on E-Book Pricing  —  Talks to resolve U.S. and European price-fixing probes into e-books are heating up, with three international publishers inclined to settle the matter, according to people familiar with the matter.  —  Apple Inc., another target of the investigation …
John Hudson / The Atlantic Wire:
Ben Smith: What I Read  —  How do people deal with the torrent of information pouring down on us all?  What sources can't they live without?  We regularly reach out to prominent figures in media, entertainment, politics, the arts and the literary world, to hear their answers.
Newsosaur / Reflections of a Newsosaur:
Newsroom staffing hits 34-year low  —  The number of journalists working at U.S. newspapers today is at the lowest point since the American Society of News Editors began its annual newsroom census in 1978.  —  Newspapers now employ 40,600 editors and reporters vs. a peak of 56,900 …
Discussion: Gannett Blog and Jon Slattery
Mallary Jean Tenore / Poynter:
New ASNE figures show percentage of minorities in newspaper newsrooms continues to decline
Josh Sternberg / Digiday:
USA Today Bets on Adaptive Mobile  —  Newspapers are experimenting with different ways of distributing content on tablets.  When it comes to mobile, most publications rush to replicate their content via an app.  USA Today is thinking different.  —  USA Today is betting on an adaptive experience that morphs with the device.
Justin Ellis / Nieman Journalism Lab:
New high score: How the NYT created its “stupid game”  —  When Jon Huang was younger he was the type of kid who spent his time making mods for Duke Nukem 3D.  So it makes a kind of sense he's now turned The New York Times into its own kind of shoot 'em up.  —  Huang was the multimedia producer behind …
SportsBusiness Daily:
Will Fox launch all-sports network?  —  Fox Sports executives may have been publicly downplaying reports that it is looking to launch a competitor to ESPN, but the idea has gained a lot of momentum in recent months as Fox has dangled the possibility during rights negotiations with some of the country's biggest sports properties.
Committee to Protect Journalists:
In deadly Mogadishu blast, 10 journalists wounded  —  At least 10 journalists were reported injured, several of them seriously, when a bomb ripped through Somalia's newly reopened national theater in Mogadishu, local journalists told CPJ.  The blast, for which the militant insurgent group …
Discussion: Guardian and New York Times
Jim Romenesko:
WSJ employees told to fill out code of conduct questionnaire  —  Employees of the Wall Street Journal and other Dow Jones publications were reminded today to take the Dow Jones Code of Conduct Questionnaire.  Rupert Murdoch's company says it's “designed to remind all of us at Dow Jones …
Canada's CBC to cut jobs, take more ads as funds cut  —  TORONTO, April 4 (Reuters) - Canada's public broadcaster will cut more than 475 jobs this year and more than 650 over three years after the federal government cut its funding in last week's budget.  The Canadian Broadcasting Corp …
Joe Flint / Company Town:
Tribune and DirecTV make a deal  —  Tribune Co. television stations, including KTLA-TV Los Angeles, are coming back to satellite broadcaster DirecTV.  —  After a very public feud, DirecTV reached a five-year agreement late Wednesday to pay Tribune to carry its 23 local television stations around …
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Katy Bachman / Adweek:
More Newspapers Hopeful About Paid Content, Thanks to Tablets
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
As TV Viewing Habits Change, Political Ads Adapt
Discussion: Guardian
Ryan Nakashima / Associated Press:
Newspapers erect pay walls in hunt for new revenue
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Why digital-native media will (almost) always win
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Pottermore sold over $1.5m worth of Harry Potter e-books in 3 days
Discussion: TeleRead and AllThingsD
Molly Ball / The Atlantic Online:
Why Don't Romney or Obama Have Anything to Say to the News Industry?
Discussion: The Week
James Murdoch's BSkyB exit puts Rupert in firing line
Discussion: Financial Times and Guardian
Newspaper Guild of New York:
Thomson Reuters denies Pulitzer pursuit report, ‘Baron’ affirms it
Discussion: Talking Biz News
 Earlier Picks: 
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Can ‘Vice’ keep it real, after lauds from the media establishment's most establishmenty award-dealers?
Associated Press:
Peabody Awards 2012: CNN, Al Jazeera, NPR, Colbert Among Winners
Joshua Benton / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Nonprofit status: A maybe for news orgs, a yes for the NFL
Discussion: Media Buyer Planner
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Barnes & Noble agrees to carry some Amazon kids' books in its stores
Discussion: Digital Book World and TeleRead
Ruth Spencer / Guardian:
Fake tornado photos cause Twitter storm for Buzzfeed
Discussion: BuzzFeed
Amy Chozick / Media Decoder:
Reed Hastings Will Get His HBO Go as Comcast Nears Deal on Xbox
Sharon Waxman / The Wrap:
Former L.A. Times Editor Slams Paper For ‘Blaming Customers, Competition, Technology’
Discussion: LA Observed
Austin Carr / Fast Company:
Zite, CNN Launch Publisher Program To Ease Cease-And-Desist Concerns
Discussion: GigaOM, VentureBeat, CNET, Adweek and Poynter