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5:10 PM ET, July 1, 2012


 Top News: 
Anna Tarkov / Poynter:
Journatic worker takes ‘This American Life’ inside outsourced journalism  —  Not long after he started working for Journatic, Ryan Smith felt there was something not quite right about what the company was doing.  The Chicago freelance journalist started working for Journatic …
Jim Romenesko:
[UPDATED] Journatic is caught using fake bylines  —  and interviews Journatic writer-editor Ryan Smith, who reveals that the company uses fake bylines for its Filipino writers — or did, until “TAL” blew the whistle on them.  —  Smith tells TAL's Sarah Koenig that “when I ended up looking …
Discussion: @vouchey
Jonathan Stray / Nieman Journalism Lab:
How do you tell when the news is biased?  It depends on how you see yourself  —  Take a moment with the headlines from this screenshot of The New York Times homepage from January.  Really — it's a little experiment.  Click the image above for a larger view if you need to.  —  Ready?
Discussion: Kirk LaPointe's …
Lewis DVorkin / Forbes:
Inside Forbes: The 5 Reasons Behind Our Bold New Home Page  —  I have this thing about home pages of news and information sites.  They pretty much all look, feel and function the same — equal parts overwhelming, lifeless, a chore to navigate.  A colleague of mine calls it “user punishment.”
Dan De Luce / Agence France Presse:
Does the US have a case against Julian Assange?  —  WASHINGTON — If WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange ever ends up in a US courtroom, prosecutors could face an uphill struggle trying to convict him, given America's legal safeguards for publishers, analysts say.
Michael Depp / NetNewsCheck:
Digital Challenges Rise After Daily's Paywall  —  In a sports-crazy town that can't get enough of its annual horse race or the exploits of its local college teams, The (Louisville, Ky.) Courier-Journal's recent paywall launch had the market's television stations looking for ways to steal its readers away.
Rob Walker / New York Times:
On YouTube, Amateur Is the New Pro  —  A kid from Nebraska shows up in New York City to make it big.  This kid was Bryan Odell, a 21-year-old college dropout who lived with his parents.  Gangly, with curly blond hair, he looked and talked­ as if he arrived straight from central casting.
Mike Isaac / AllThingsD:
Twitter Cuts Off LinkedIn — Who's Next?  —  Throughout Twitter's infancy, the company had a loose philosophy toward its APIs.  In the quest for a user base, developers were welcome to do just about anything they wanted in integrating with Twitter, which often mean creating spinoffs that muddied Twitter's original intended experience.
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Joe Williams to leave POLITICO  —  Joe Williams, the POLITICO reporter who was suspended last week for controversial remarks he had made on television and Twitter, will leave his job.  —  “After some cordial discussions, Joe Williams and I mutually decided that the best step for him is to begin …
Discussion: The Huffington Post and FishbowlDC
Liana B. Baker / Reuters:
Dish drops AMC Networks as contract expires  —  AMC Networks, which carries “Breaking Bad,” “The Walking Dead,” “Mad Men” and other popular television shows, was removed from Dish Network early Sunday after its contract with the satellite TV company expired without a new agreement.
Marisa Guthrie / Hollywood Reporter:
NBC News Chief on Ann Curry's ‘Today’ Departure: ‘It Was Not Where Her Real Passion Was’ (Exclusive)  —  “She's completely endearing,” Steve Capus says of replacement Savannah Guthrie, whom he compares to Mary Tyler Moore.  —  NBC News on Friday made a big bet on Savannah Guthrie …
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
SCOTUSblog: After a decade, an overnight sensation  —  Amy Howe used to think 3,000 live blog participants was a lot.  Thursday, more than a half-million users tuned into SCOTUSblog to find out how the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on health care and what it meant.
Discussion: TeleRead and GigaOM
Adrienne LaFrance / Nieman Journalism Lab:   Anatomy of a spike: How SCOTUS Blog dealt with its biggest traffic day ever
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Andrew Phelps / Nieman Journalism Lab:
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Ken Doctor / Nieman Journalism Lab:
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Nick Wingfield / Bits:
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Discussion: The Verge and @stevesilberman
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
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Nat Ives / AdAge:
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Richard Beckman Exits Prometheus Global Media
Discussion: FishbowlLA and WWD Media Headlines
Jim Romenesko:
[UPDATED] Sportswriter reveals the most unethical things he's ever done
Discussion: Monroe News and Poynter