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8:10 AM ET, May 4, 2012


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Amy Wicks / WWD:
ASME Announces Award Winners  —  ASME'S BIG NIGHT: The newsweekly is dead!  Long live the newsweekly!  The format may be struggling in ad sales and on the newsstand, but in the close-knit magazine world, it seems to still reign supreme.  During the American Society of Magazine Editors' annual gala …
Discussion: MinOnline, AdAge, CJR, LA Observed and Adweek
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Discovery Channel Gets a Web Video Arm, Courtesy of Revision 3  —  Web video is supposed to disrupt cable TV.  And maybe it will, one day.  In the meantime, the cable guys are doing just fine.  —  Here's a proof point: The Discovery Channel has purchased Revision3, a Web video startup …
Jed Lipinski / Capital New York:
It's the year 1472 in journalism, a fact some people like and some don't  —  Jarvis, Rosen, Dean Starkman, Karen Dunlap, Joshua Benton Jed Lipinski  —  “You ask what the future of news is?  I have no friggin' idea.  No one does.”  —  So said Jeff Jarvis at last night's roundtable discussion titled …
John Koblin / Deadspin:
Sources: Sarah Phillips And Nilesh Prasad Picked Games Together, Scammed People Together, Got Fired From T-Mobile Together  —  What have we learned about Sarah Phillips, the woman who was apparently scamming people on the Internet when she wasn't writing a column for, in the 24 hours since our story was published?
John Koblin / Deadspin:   Meet Nilesh Prasad, Sarah Phillips's Scamming Partner And Supposed “Puppetmaster”
Chris Greenberg / The Huffington Post:   Sarah Phillips Scandal: Ex-ESPN Columnist's Story Could Have Wide Ramifications
John Koblin / Deadspin:
Another Sarah Phillips Scam: “I'm A Writer For ESPN And I Plan To Take Over The World”
Discussion: Forbes
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Ted Turner: ‘I wanted CNN to be like the New York Times’  —  Amid falling ratings and negative press, CNN founder Ted Turner is defending his network's attempts to offer straightforward, nonpartisan cable news while the competition — Fox News and MSNBC — drifts ever further toward the ideological fringes.
Discussion: Mediaite, @rafat and
Jeremy Greenfield / Digital Book World:
Nearly 100% of Publishers Have Seen E-Booksellers Get Their Metadata Wrong  —  magine if when a book hit Barnes & Noble store shelves it had a different cover than when the proof left the publisher.  That's what nearly all publishers are experiencing with their e-books, but in a digital way.
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
It doesn't matter what e-books cost to make  —  Book publishers are trying hard to defend the pricing of e-books — perhaps in part because they've been accused by the Justice Department of rigging prices to keep them artificially high — by arguing that it costs a lot more than most people …
Discussion: The FJP and TERRIBLEMINDS, Thanks:@mathewi
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Romney Woos Conservative Media In Private Meeting  —  NEW YORK — In an effort to reach out to conservative media, presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney and wife Ann met for two hours Wednesday with several dozen conservative bloggers, reporters and columnists in an off-the-record gathering …
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
News Orgs Balk At Romney Campaign Deciding Press Pool Membership
Discussion: FishbowlNY and Erik Wemple
Dylan Byers / @dylanbyers:   Romney campaign backs off... BuzzFeed to stay in the Romney press pool...
John Cook / Gawker:
A Low Six-Figure Book Deal for the Fox Mole  —  Congratulations to Joe Muto, formerly known as the Fox Mole, for selling a book about his experiences inside Fox News Channel to Dutton, an imprint of Penguin.  —  The book—tentatively titled An Atheist in the Foxhole—will be a …
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Murdoch's Daily adds iPhone app: lower price, some free stories  —  The Daily, which launched in early 2011 as a tablet tabloid available only on the iPad, finally is adding an iPhone edition, with Android handsets to follow.  The new app includes some free stories but readers will have to subscribe …
Discussion: FishbowlNY
Adrienne LaFrance / Nieman Journalism Lab:
On World Press Freedom Day, the spread of mobile and publishing technology shifts the playing field  —  It's World Press Freedom Day, when we set aside time to think about journalists around the world who struggle under repressive conditions to report and tell the truth.
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson to face Leveson inquiry  —  Andy Coulson, David Cameron's former spin doctor, is to appear at the Leveson inquiry next week along with Rebekah Brooks, the former chief executive of News International.  Coulson is appearing on Thursday, along …
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Tom Watson accuses Louise Mensch of tabling pro-Murdoch amendments
Discussion: Crikey and @luciawalker5
Erik Wemple:
Politico reporter challenges ‘New York girlfriend’ backlash  —  Craig Silverman, the resident expert on journalistic error at, posted a massive item titled “How Politico can fix its mistake about Obama book.”  It noted how a blog item posted yesterday by Politico's Dylan Byers reported …
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Nielsen Reports a Decline in Television Viewing  —  The number of American households with access to a television set and a TV signal is shrinking for the second year in a row.  —  The data, released by The Nielsen Company on Thursday morning, is sure to be pored over by television …
Alysia Santo / CJR:
The reporter who saw it coming  —  Mike Hudson thought he was merely exposing injustice, but he also was unearthing the roots of a global financial meltdown … Follow the ex-employees  —  The great thing about The Roanoke Times was that there was an emphasis on investigation …
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Revived Google Books case chugs onwards
Discussion: Media & Entertainment and Reuters