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11:00 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: FishbowlNY and 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 …
Discussion: Media Decoder
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
Jim Romenesko:
[UPDATED] Journatic is caught using fake bylines
Discussion: Poynter and @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.
Rachel McAthy /
Open journalism and ‘pop-up’ newsrooms at Digital First Media  —  Last month Digital First Media announced new community projects to be launched later in the year.  We find out more about how some newsrooms will be ‘on the road’ next month  —  Copyright:  —  Road winds among the redwoods …
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 …
Felix Salmon:
When the Supreme Court leaks  —  On Thursday, in the wake of the Supreme Court decision on the Affordable Care Act, you could hear the machinery creaking as pundits around the web felt the need to respond.  I took the media angle, deducing from seven minutes of CNN (which I didn't even watch) …
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
Frédéric Filloux / Guardian:
How ProPublica changed investigative reporting  —  Paul Steiger is one of the men I admire the most in my profession.  Five years ago, at the age of 65, and after a 16-year tenure as the Wall Street Journal's managing editor, he seized the opportunity to create a new form of investigative journalism.
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Rob Walker / New York Times:
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