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8:45 AM ET, July 2, 2012


 Top News: 
David Carr / New York Times:
Why Murdoch Changed His Mind on News Corp. Split  —  Last week, News Corporation's board voted to quarantine the newspapers that Rupert Murdoch has so lovingly nurtured, separating them into a new company.  Cleaving the giant media conglomerate in two will free the lucrative entertainment division …
Discussion: NetNewsCheck Latest
Christine Haughney / New York Times:
News Corp. Split Puts New Pressure on Papers  —  With the announcement that News Corporation will be split in two, employees at the company's many print papers are facing a new reality: they are now in the newspaper business.  —  For years, the success of News Corporation's lucrative cable …
Ben Smith / BuzzFeed:   Murdoch Dissatisfied With “Weak” Romney, Allies Say
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 …
Robert Channick / Chicago Tribune:
Tribune investigating ethics policy violation by content provider Journatic  —  A national radio report this weekend revealing that hyperlocal content provider Journatic used false bylines in several stories that ran in TribLocal online has prompted an investigation by the Chicago Tribune.
Jim Romenesko:
[UPDATED] Journatic is caught using fake bylines
Discussion: @vouchey
Associated Press:
Armando Montano, AP summer intern, dies in Mexico City at age 22  —  MEXICO CITY — Armando Montano, an aspiring journalist who was working this summer as a news intern for The Associated Press in the Mexican capital, was found dead early Saturday.  He was 22 years old.
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.
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.”
Discussion: eMedia Vitals
Martin Chulov / Guardian:
Syrian regime TV reporter defects  —  A presenter from the Syrian regime's main television channel has defected to the opposition and revealed he had secretly provided intelligence to rebels for the past seven months.  Ghatan Sleiba, a long-time anchor and reporter for the al-Dunya channel …
Isaac Stone Fish / Foreign Policy:
The Old Grey Lady in Red China  —  Will the just-launched New York Times Chinese-edition get censored by Beijing's media watchers?  —  The New York Times this week launched, its first foreign-language website, joining several Western newspapers and media outlets like the BBC …
Discussion: Melville House Books
Antonio Jiménez / Nieman Journalism Lab:
How online journalism's shaken up political coverage in Mexico  —  Una versión de este artículo se puede leer en español aquí.  Read a Spanish-language version of this story.  —  Mexico will elect a new president on Sunday, completing a 90-day campaign in which the media has been one of the key issues.
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Guardian
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 …
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