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2:40 PM ET, June 11, 2012


 Top News: 
Christine Haughney / Media Decoder:
Politico to Expand Its Subscription Service  —  Just as print publications across North America are cutting newsroom staff and daily publication schedules, Politico is expanding.  —  This week, the news outlet is starting to hire 20 more reporters and editors to help increase its coverage on the economy and military.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
A Sports Aggregator Finds a Home: Gannett Buys Quickish  —  The folks at Gannett, the newspaper publisher best known as the people who bring you USA Today, also want to be known for online sports.  Here's another move in that direction: The company's USA Today Sports Media Group has acquired Quickish …
New York Times:
Syrian Conflict Cracks Carefully Polished Image of Assad  —  For some journalists, Syria has been one of the least hospitable countries in the Middle East, a place where reporters — if they can get in — are routinely harassed and threatened as they try to uncover the repression that has propped up the Assad government for decades.
Chris Ariens / TVNewser:
Robin Roberts Will Undergo Bone Marrow Transplant  —  “Good Morning America” anchor Robin Roberts will undergo a bone marrow transplant after being diagnosed with a form of leukemia.  On the show this morning, an emotional Roberts explained she was diagnosed with the cancer following treatment …
David Carr / New York Times:
Newspaper as Business Pulpit  —  There is a growing worry that the falling value and failing business models of many American newspapers could lead to a situation where moneyed interests buy papers and use them to prosecute a political and commercial agenda.
Josh Halliday / Guardian:
Phone hacking: Met refers files on five journalists to CPS  —  Scotland Yard has referred files relating to five journalists arrested on suspicion of phone hacking to prosecutors, the Crown Prosecution Service has announced.  The journalists' cases are the first to be referred to the CPS …
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Beck Renews His Radio Deal  —  Glenn Beck, who departed Fox News last year and started his own Internet television network, is sticking with his radio network partner.  —  His company, Mercury Radio Arts, will announce on Monday that it has renewed its contract with Premiere Networks …
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
TV Content Ratings System Set to Expand to Web  —  The black labels that tell families what to expect from network television shows will start to appear on the Internet streams of those shows, too.  —  The expansion of the TV content ratings system is expected to be announced by the major broadcast networks on Monday morning.
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Why the U.S. State Department is paying Amazon $16.5 million for 2,500 Kindles  —  The U.S. State Department has signed a no-bid, $16.5 million one-year contract with Amazon to provide Kindle Touches- 2,500 of them to start, preloaded with 50 titles each — for its overseas language-education programs.
Michaelle Bond / American Journalism Review:
A New Executive Director for ASNE  —  Arnie Robbins, who stepped down as editor of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch last month, will be the new executive director of the American Society of News Editors starting July 9.  Current executive director Richard Karpel, appointed in 2009 …
Michael Wolf / GigaOM:
Introducing GigaOM Books  —  Here at GigaOM, we've followed the tectonic shifts happening in book publishing pretty closely.  From Laura Owen's great daily analysis of all things e-books to Mathew's thoughtful takes on how publishers are adapting, to the occasional analysis from yours truly …
Amy Davidson / The New Yorker:
The President's Press Problem  —  “The notion that my White House would purposely release classified national security information is offensive,” President Obama said at his press conference Friday.  “It's wrong.  And people I think need to have a better sense of how I approach this office …
Robin Bravender / Politico:
Woodward, Bernstein caution against ‘witch hunt’ on leaks
Discussion: New York Times
Lauren Indvik / Mashable!:
Forbes's Web Expansion Comes With Some Growing Pains  — has expanded rapidly over the last two years, building up a network of 900 freelance contributors (some paid, some not) and increasing its story count by roughly 45%.  That growth has come with some measurable benefits …
Discussion: Talking Biz News
Will Sommer / Washington City Paper:
TBD Loses Its Last Employee  —  Allbritton's long-ailing TBD experiment is even closer to meeting its demise.  Since May, TBD's staff has consisted of transportation blogger John Hendel, down from 35 editorial employees at its height in 2010.  Now Hendel, who writes the TBD On Foot blog …
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