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4:25 PM ET, June 7, 2012


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Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:   New York Times' new Ethicist Chuck Klosterman: 'I always prefer discussing other people's problems'
Harry Shearer / CJR:
The Sometimes Picayune  —  Want to damage New Orleans (again)?  Decimate its newspaper  —  Here, for your reading pleasure, are two familiar cliches: 1.  New Orleans is a unique city.  2. The newspaper business is changing.  Several days ago, when it was announced that The Times-Picayune …
Discussion: Fortune and GigaOM
Josh Stearns / CJR:
New Orleans and the future of news  —  Media policy matters, and journalists ought to weigh in  —  Last week's announcement that the New Orleans Times-Picayune would be slashing its staff and cutting its print run to just three days a week has sparked a new round of debates about the future of news.
Julie Moos / Poynter:
'I'm not going to read the paper online': New Orleans photographer documents locals reading the Times-Picayune
Discussion: and Fair Grinds
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Dean Baquet Defends New York Times Amid Leak Controversy: 'We Can't Edit A Paper For Our Critics'  —  NEW YORK — Dean Baquet, managing editor of The New York Times, defended his paper's national security coverage after members of Congress called for an investigation into the leaking …
Discussion: FishbowlNY
Jack Mirkinson / The Huffington Post:
New York Times Leak Controversy Escalates
Discussion: C-SPAN
Michael Massing / CJR:
When watchdog meets lapdog
Dylan Byers / Politico:
New York Times responds to John Kerry
Dylan Byers / Politico:   Kerry questions NYT decision to run stories
Jennifer Saba / Reuters:
Analysis: In scare for newspapers, digital ad growth stalls  —  (Reuters) - As more newspapers cut back on print to reduce costs and focus on their websites, a troubling trend has emerged: online advertising sales are stalling.  —  In the first quarter, digital advertising revenue …
As Tribune Nears Exit From Three-Year Bankruptcy, Big Papers Could Sell  —  Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune Most Likely to Attract ‘Vanity Buyers’  —  Tribune Co. begins its last big court fight today, one of two steps remaining before the publisher exits bankruptcy into a newspaper market where values have dropped by half.
Discussion: Guardian
Michael Oneal / Chicago Tribune:
Tribune, creditors to present plan to leave bankruptcy
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
B&N: DOJ e-book suit endangers consumers, bookstores and copyrighted expression  —  In a complaint sent to the Department of Justice this morning, Barnes & Noble says that the DOJ's proposed settlement with HarperCollins, Hachette and Simon & Schuster for allegedly colluding to fix e-book prices …
Amy Chozick / Media Decoder:
Columbia Accepts Assad Aide Who Was Helped by Barbara Walters  —  The young aide to President Bashar al-Assad of Syria who received an endorsement from the longtime television correspondent Barbara Walters was accepted into a prestigious graduate program at Columbia University, the school said on Thursday.
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Oliver North uses Maureen Dowd plagiarism defense  —  Fox News Insider took down Oliver North's Memorial Day column last month after NYU journalism professor Michael Norman complained that it contained a passage lifted verbatim from his memoir.  —  Some classic Fox editorial moves followed, Paul Farhi reports:
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Scarborough rips Times for biased coverage  —  Morning Joe co-host Joe Scarborough went off on the New York Times today for a front-page article in its Home section featuring neighbors' complaints about Mitt Romney's $12 million house in La Jolla, San Deigo.
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
The ‘Times’ shuffles the deck, again, on the education beat  —  The journalists who produce The New York Times' education report have seen a fair amount of change in recent months.  In February, Jodi Rudoren, the paper's education editor at the time, accepted a new post: To take the place of Ethan Bronner as Jerusalem bureau chief.
Jim Romenesko:
Winners of Livingston Awards announced  —  The Livingston Awards go to journalists under the age of 35.  The prize is $10,000.  This year's winners: * Local reporting.  Andrew McLemore, 25, of The Williamson County (Texas) Sun for “Until Proven Innocent.”  * National reporting.
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