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2:20 PM ET, May 29, 2012


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Henry Blodget / Business Insider:
DEAR JOURNALISM STUDENTS: Don't Mean To Intrude, But Your Professor Doesn't Get It  —  We had a good laugh in the (virtual) newsroom this weekend when folks started passing around this letter-to-students from a journalism professor at the University of Tampa.
Discussion: Poynter and College Media Matters
Lynne Marek / Chicago Business:
Chicago Tribune to leap over pay wall  —  The Chicago Tribune is mulling a plan to charge online readers premiums for different kinds of content, a structure similar to the fee it charges for the print literary magazine it introduced this year.  The city's largest newspaper is charting …
Emma Bazilian / Adweek:
Amid Tweets and Slide Shows, the Longform Still Thrives  —  In the age of 140-character tweets, aggregated blog posts and throwaway slide shows, common sense says you can't expect the Web generation's ADD-addled minds to spend more than a few minutes with any sort of content.
Discussion: Free Press and eMedia Vitals
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Atlantic Media business website, Quartz, staffs up and strategizes  —  Atlantic Media's forthcoming digital business title is taking shape with new hires and a clear editorial strategy.  —  Two months ago, Chris Batty, the former Gawker sales boss who'd just been tapped as publisher …
John Biggs / TechCrunch:
Doing It Wrong: Irish Newspaper Licensing Organization Asks Women's Charity To Pay For Links  —  An Irish women's charity, Women's Aid, linked to some articles on the Irish Examiner (like this, this, and this) and thought that all was right with the world.  Heck, that's how the Internet works, right?
Discussion: Betabeat
Steve Myers / Poynter:
Media General execs realized in 2011 newspaper decline wasn't cyclical  —  Media General President and CEO Marshall Morton tells Michael Schwartz that the company didn't realize until 2011 that its newspaper revenue declines were not simply due to the recession:
Discussion: Richmond BizSense
Ed Pilkington / Guardian:
Bradley Manning in good spirits ahead of court-martial in WikiLeaks case  —  Two years into his military confinement for allegedly being the source of the biggest leak of state secrets in US history, Bradley Manning is keeping himself in a relatively positive state of mind …
Chris Cassidy / Boston Herald:
Analysts: Globe may be for sale soon  —  The blow-by-blow details of the ouster of top New York Times [NYT] honcho Janet Robinson for defending The Boston Globe — reported in a behind-the-scenes expose in this week's New York magazine — raise the odds that the local broadsheet may soon be put up for sale, media analysts said.
Dan Roberts / Guardian:
Guardian journalist and police officer not charged over ‘phone-hacking leak’  —  The Crown Prosecution Service has decided not to prosecute a police officer alleged to have passed information about the phone-hacking scandal to the Guardian during early stages of the inquiry.
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Promising writer, Yale grad Marina Keegan dies in weekend car accident  —  Marina Keegan died Saturday in a car accident in Dennis, Mass. She was 22.  Keegan had just graduated from Yale University and was due to start a job at The New Yorker in early June.
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Anthony Bourdain to Join CNN for Weekend Show  —  Anthony Bourdain is about to take a television trip.  The chef and author will host a weekend program on CNN beginning early next year, once his shows for the Travel Channel end, CNN announced on Tuesday.  CNN said in a news release that the program …
Discussion: TVNewser, The Wrap and Adweek
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