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3:32 AM ET, May 28, 2012


 Top News: 
Kat Stoeffel / The New York Observer:
Feel the Pinch!  Sans CEO, New York Times Stock Slumps, Labor Battle Grinds On  —  While newsroom angst and stockholder discontent fester, Arthur Sulzberger, Jr., takes a hike.  —  Last Friday, New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson addressed the newsroom troops in a town hall meeting.
Discussion: Gawker
David Carr / New York Times:
A Doomed Romance With a New Orleans Newspaper  —  If it keeps on raining, levee's going to break — “When the Levee Breaks,” Led Zeppelin  —  Newsprint sentimentalists are part of a shrinking club.  Plenty of people care about news, but the fetishists who want it to be imprisoned on paper?
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
The (not so) daily news  —  I have more conflicts than a Louisiana politician when it comes to the news of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reducing its frequency from seven to three days a week: I was in charge of digital content in the parent-company division that started its sister site …
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
News articles as assets and paths  —  This is the start of a new project I'm working on to brainstorm new forms, relationships, and (business) models for news.  Responding to a current discussion on Twitter among @AntDeRosa, @felixsalmon, @jayrosn_nyu & @davewiner about the form of articles, I'm posting it here.
Richard Jones / Guardian:
Local newspapers' crisis: my hyperlocal site was fine, but it didn't pay  —  Today's extract from What do we mean by local?* is by Richard Jones, a freelance journalist who lectures at Leeds university.  —  He spent six years at Sky News before becoming a stay-at-home father and setting …
Discussion: Street Fight
Alison Flood / Guardian:
Stop the press: half of self-published authors earn less than $500  —  Comprehensive survey of DIY writers suggests that despite a few high-profile successes most authors struggle to sell  —  Despite the splash caused by self-publishing superstars such as Amanda Hocking and EL James …
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Andy Carvin on Twitter as a newsroom and being human  —  By now, many people are familiar with the story of how NPR editor Andy Carvin used Twitter to create a kind of crowdsourced newswire during the Arab Spring revolutions in the Middle East last year, inventing a brand-new kind of journalism on the fly and in full public view.
John C Abell / MediaFile:
Less TV?  Go ahead.  Make my day.  —  The other day Glenn Britt, the chief executive of Time Warner Cable, got on the wrong side of history.  He stuck with the television networks.  On Monday he spoke out against Dish Network's “Auto Hop,” which allows viewers to avoid the lifeblood of the TV ecosystem: ads.
Reporters Without Borders:
Reviving hopes, FARC rebels say they will free French journalist on 30 May  —  After holding French journalist Roméo Langlois for a one month, the guerrillas of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) have announced that that he will be released unconditionally on 30 May.
Kevin Fitchard / paidContent:
HTML5 is a newspaper's best friend - even if it has a mobile app  —  Updated: Apparently The Boston Globe didn't get the memo that it's an app-only world when it comes to mobile.  According to VP of digital products Jeff Moriarty, the Globe's website,, is doing quite …
Discussion: paidContent and paidContent
Simon Rogers / Guardian:
Anyone can do it.  Data journalism is the new punk  —  Can anyone be a data journalist?  Simon Rogers on what we can learn from a 1977 diagram … So went the first issue of British punk fanzine Sideburns in 1977 in the “first and last part in a series”.
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Curtis Brainard / CJR:
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Discussion: The Huffington Post
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Discussion: The Huffington Post
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Voice of America:
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Discussion: Reuters