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12:50 AM ET, July 7, 2012


 Top News: 
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Journal Critique of Romney Shows Murdoch Doubt on Candidacy  —  To hear Rupert Murdoch tell it lately, Mitt Romney lacks stomach and heart.  He “seems to play everything safe.”  And he is not nearly as tough as he needs to be on President Obama.  —  Mr. Murdoch's thoughts on the Republican presidential candidate's prospects?
Jeff Bercovici / Forbes Real Time:
News Corp. After the Split: Bright Outlook for WSJ; The NY Post, Not So Much  —  Employees of The Wall Street Journal, the New York Post and other News Corp.-owned newspapers are feeling nervous over the prospect of being severed from the parts of the media conglomerate responsible for the vast majority of its profits.
Discussion: and Media Decoder
David Folkenflik / NPR:
Fake Bylines Reveal Hidden Costs Of Local News … Newspapers acknowledged publishing dozens of items in print or online from outsourcing firm Journatic that appeared under fake bylines.  The Chicago Tribune, for example, said the matter is under investigation.
Discussion: Poynter, NPR, Media Nation and Poynter
Ryan Smith / Guardian:
My adventures in Journatic's new media landscape of outsourced hyperlocal news  —  I went public about my experience at Journatic because people should know how their local newspapers are being hollowed out  —  HBO's new late-night series The Newsroom is set in the busy backstage of a CNN …
Discussion: @mathewi and CJR
Jack Shafer:
How the byline beast was born  —  The church of journalism threw a minor fit last week after This American Life exposed the inner workings of local-news company Journatic.  Based in Chicago, Journatic contracts with newspapers around the country to provide them with local news stories.
Sarah Marshall /
BBC global news chief on trust: ‘If they believe us, they will share it’  —  Peter Horrocks tells World Media Summit in Moscow audiences trust news shared by their family and friends more than articles shared by ‘most traditional media’  —  The BBC's director of global news has today …
Jessica Culshaw / BBC:   BBC warns of ‘unprecedented threat’ to independent news
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Email exchange with fictional character leads to New York Times correction  —  Patrick Somerville writes about the weird circumstances that led to a weird correction on Janet Maslin's review of his novel “This Bright River.”  He was devastated Maslin didn't like the piece, he writes …
Alan Prendergast / Westword:
Armando Montano: Account of “accidental” finding in journalist's death disputed  —  Mexican authorities have concluded that the death of Armando Montaño, a promising young journalist from Colorado Springs whose body was found June 30 in an elevator shaft in Mexico City …
Erica Orden / Wall Street Journal:
Movie Studios Spar Over WikiLeaks  —  Studios are jostling to be the first to bring the story of WikiLeaks and Julian Assange, to the big screen.  But when Hollywood attempts to harness a swift-moving news story, the task can prove very complicated.  —  Cengage Learning Hunts for Next CEO
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
Tim Molloy / The Wrap:
Ratings: ‘GMA,’ ‘Today’ Tie in Ann Curry's Final Week  —  “Good Morning America” continued to even the field with “Today” by tying the NBC broadcast in total viewers in Ann Curry's last week as “Today” co-host, according to preliminary numbers.  —  Curry was bumped from hosting duties as “Today” tries to increase its lead over “GMA.”
Jeanine Poggi / AdAge:
Netflix's Billion-Hour June: Big, Just Not Quite as Big as You Think  —  Streaming Service Is Rising, but Americans Still Watch Far More Traditional TV  —  Netflix's 1 billion hours of streaming viewership in June is an impressive number, one networks and marketers are rightfully noting.
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
Huge: Reddit's largest subsections command more than 100 million monthly impressions  —  Yes, Reddit is big, but did you know how big?  As it turns out, the social links and news site is likely larger than you imagined.  Released today is a pile of traffic data from several of the sites largest ‘subreddits,’ or subsections.
Discussion: Daily Dot and WebProNews
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John Jannarone / Wall Street Journal:
Comcast Nears Deal to Sell A&E Stake
Discussion: Multichannel
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Why links matter: Linking is the lifeblood of the web
Discussion: AllThingsD and Macworld
Mexican court passes Slim TV bid to next government
Tracie Powell / Poynter:
Where Joe Williams' departure leaves Politico's newsroom diversity
Discussion: FishbowlDC and The Daily Caller
Vanity Fair:
The Late Marie Colvin: “I Feel Like I Am the Last Reporter in the YouTube World”
Sky News faces tweet reality
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Mark Sweney / Guardian:
NI pays £30m to end Johnston printing contract
Martin Bryant / The Next Web:
The BBC unveils its first ‘Perceptive Media’ experiment - and you can try it now
Kelly Clay / Ebyline Blog:
AP Social Media Editor Eric Carvin on Twitter Policies and More
Tim Carmody / The Verge:
Digital, print, oral: Shakespeare's Sonnets for iPad brings reading full circle
Tracie Powell / Poynter:
Proposed: Citizen journalists should fill gaps in ‘information ghettos’
Emma Bazilian / Adweek:
‘Esquire’ Takes a Page From Hollywood to Promote August Issue
Discussion: eMedia Vitals