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3:26 AM ET, July 1, 2012


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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
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
waywire, Cory Booker's Personalized News Startup, Uses Video To Give Youth A Voice  —  “There's an oligarchy in the media and that needs to be broken up” Newark, NJ mayor Cory Booker tells me.  So he's building #waywire, a news site that features original and syndicated video content …
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 …
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.
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
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.
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: GigaOM
Adrienne LaFrance / Nieman Journalism Lab:   Anatomy of a spike: How SCOTUS Blog dealt with its biggest traffic day ever
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 …
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Freelance writing network Contently makes its platform free  —  Contently, a New York City-based startup that connects vetted freelance writers with publishers and brands, is making its editorial management platform free while continuing to charge brands in search of journalists.
Ken Doctor / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The newsonomics of the News Corp. split  —  Are two Ruperts even better than one?  We may soon find out, as News Corp. moves forward today to clone itself.  —  The cloning, or splitting, of the $34 billion company certainly has its logic.  Hive off those pesky newspaper assets …
Discussion: Media Decoder and Erik Wemple
Andrew Phelps / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The iTunes effect, seven years later: Podcasting in a world where Apple is kingmaker  —  Seven years ago today, Apple embraced a digital-native medium called podcasts.  The iTunes 4.9 software update turned a somewhat geeky hobby into a mainstream product.  Users could now browse a menu …
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Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
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Jim Romenesko:
[UPDATED] Sportswriter reveals the most unethical things he's ever done
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