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7:35 PM ET, August 22, 2012


 Top News: 
Robert Mackey / The Lede:
Japanese Journalist's Final Report From Syria Is Released After Her Death  —  Two days after the Japanese journalist Mika Yamamoto was shot and killed in the Syrian city of Aleppo, her news agency released some of the footage she recorded in her final hours.
Discussion: World Now
The Daily Telegraph:
Husband of Japanese journalist killed in Syria speaks of attack
Syria: footage released of journalist Mika Yamamoto's final hours - video
Discussion: Reuters and The Huffington Post
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Tina Brown stands by Niall Ferguson  —  Newsweek editor Tina Brown is standing by Niall Ferguson following his controversial cover story about President Obama's handling of the economy, even as she said that she did not agree with many of the opinions he voiced in the article.
Discussion: Slate, Mediaite, Forbes and FishbowlNY
Amy Chozick / Media Decoder:
Donations by Media Companies Tilt Heavily to Obama  —  Wall Street may lean Republican this presidential election cycle, but the New York media world is staunchly Democratic.  —  All the major media companies, driven largely by their Hollywood film and television businesses …
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Second board member resigns from Red & Black  —  Charles Russell resigned from the board of University of Georgia student paper The Red & Black Tuesday, following the resignation of board member Ed Stamper.  Russell released a statement (I have never covered a story that involved …
Eduardo Garcia / Reuters:
Ecuador's leader says open to talks with Britain on Assange  —  (Reuters) - Ecuador is ready to negotiate over the fate of Julian Assange if Britain withdraws a threat to raid its embassy in London where the WikiLeaks founder has sought refuge, President Rafael Correa said on Tuesday.
Discussion: Guardian and Gawker
Rachel McAthy /
How long-form journalism is getting ‘a new lease of life’ in the digital world  —  An in-depth look at in-depth journalism and some of the latest journalism and non-fiction platforms with long-form narrative at their core  —  Copyright: Digitzedchaos on Flickr.  Some rights reserved.
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Mike Sallah joins Washington Post as first hire with Ford Foundation money  —  Michael Sallah will join The Washington Post as an investigative reporter and editor.  Post honchos say in a memo to staff that his hiring is the paper's first using money from a grant the Ford Foundation made to the paper.
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Media General President & CEO Morton to retire  —  Marshall N. Morton will step down as CEO of Media General at the end of 2012, the company announced Wednesday.  George L. Mahoney will replace him.  Mahoney, the company's release says, “has been responsible for Media General's digital media …
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Limited Convention Coverage Will Leave Ann Romney Off Air  —  At 10:30 on Monday night, Ann Romney is scheduled to take the stage at the Republican National Convention, in Act 1 of her husband's four-day introduction to the nation.  But tens of millions of people will not be able to watch.
Rob Wong / Hulu Blog:
Launching a New Hulu: A Fresh Look for the Shows You Love  —  In 1992, the great comedian Phil Hartman threw on his Arkansas sweatshirt and walked into a McDonald's.  He was on the set of “Saturday Night Live” and doing his best Bill Clinton impression, continuing the show's grand tradition of Presidential lampoons.
Martin Hickman / The Independent:
Names of up to 600 victims of phone hacking to be revealed  —  Hundreds of alleged phone-hacking victims are about to be named for the first time, substantially raising the pressure on Rupert Murdoch's newspaper empire.  Alleged victims of voicemail interception, such as Wayne Rooney …
Jeff John Roberts / GigaOM:
Aereo sues to squash copycat BarryDriller  —  Broadcasters and Barry Diller are locked in lawsuits over Aereo, a service that lets subscribers watch TV on Apple products like the iPhone or iPad.  The two sides appear to have found common ground, however , in their desire to shut down an Aereo competitor.
Alex Weprin / TVNewser:
ABC News, Univision, Al Jazeera Among Partners In YouTube ‘Election Hub’  —  YouTube is launching a 2012 “Election Hub” that will feature the latest political highlights, breaking news and videos.  To fill the hub with content, YouTube has partnered with a slew of media companies …
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Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
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Nigam Arora / Forbes:
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Dylan Byers / Politico:
President spurns MSNBC for CNN: Obama, Romney sit for pre-convention docs
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
David Catanese, Politico Reporter, Apologizes For Todd Akin Tweets
Discussion: Mediaite and FishbowlNY
 Earlier Picks: 
Joe Flint / Los Angeles Times:
‘Nightline’ gets stay of execution, but for how long?
Heather Ford / MediaShift Idea Lab:
How Wikipedia Manages Sources for Breaking News
Discussion: GigaOM
Hazel Sheffield / CJR:
Local news sites form new trade association
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Michael Grunwald Compares Stimulus Coverage To Pre-Iraq War Media ‘Groupthink’
Josh Halliday / Guardian:
Hugh Grant joins Hacked Off board
Adrienne LaFrance / Nieman Journalism Lab:
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