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9:30 PM ET, April 21, 2013


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Mark Little / Storyful Blog:
When Everyone is an Eye-Witness, What is a Journalist?  —  I thought a lot about one of my journalistic heroes this past week.  In fact, I think of Ernie Pyle any time I need reassurance about journalism.  —  His World War II dispatches are lessons in humility and humanity.
Discussion: @jayrosen_nyu and @rajunarisetti
David Carr / New York Times:
In Boston, CNN Stumbles in Rush to Break News  —  Like a lot of Americans, when I woke up on Friday morning and found out there was a manhunt in the Boston area for the remaining suspect in Monday's bombing at the marathon, I turned on CNN.  —  It's a common impulse, although less common than it used to be.
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
With Boston Manhunt, Media Is Part of a Story It Is Covering  —  Reporters, camera crews and ordinary citizens with camera phones were squarely in the middle of the manhunt in Boston that gripped the nation on Friday, and the result was some of the most startling — and at times unnerving — news coverage in years.
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
How a Webcam Pointed at a Police Radio Won the Internet Friday  —  The events in Boston — starting Monday with a pair of explosions that killed three and injured 176 near the finish line of the Boston Marathon — came to a dramatic close Friday night with the capture of 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev …
Amy Chozick / New York Times:
Conservative Koch Brothers Turning Focus to Newspapers  —  Three years ago, Charles and David Koch, the billionaire industrialists and supporters of libertarian causes, held a seminar of like-minded, wealthy political donors at the St. Regis Resort in Aspen, Colo. They laid out a three-pronged …
Amy Chozick / New York Times:
Comedy Central to Host Comedy Festival on Twitter  —  Next week, Comedy Central will host a five-day comedy festival that includes a lineup of legends like Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner alongside popular young comics like Amy Schumer and the director Paul Feig.  —  But there will be no smoky comedy clubs.
Discussion: CNET, The Verge and The Next Web
Pekka Pekkala / Online Journalism Review:
Networked journalism will move value from “brand” to “contribution”  —  Journalism is not in crisis.  The media industry — and journalists — might be, but the journalism itself is actually improving.  —  Such is the argument made by international documentary filmmaker Bregtje van der Haak …
Matt Waite / Poynter:
How sensor journalism can help us create data, improve our storytelling  —  Data journalism, meet sensor journalism.  You two should talk.  —  What's sensor journalism?  I'll get to that.  But first, let me tell you a story about bugs — and a pair of gadgets that sat for months in a box under John Keefe's bed.
Ben Kuchera / Penny Arcade Report:
Ad-blockers, the games press, and why sexy cosplay galleries lead to better reporting  —  We're going to talk about ad-blocking software, online publishing, and why much of the game media is the way it is.  If you block ads, I'm not going to shame you or browbeat you, and there's nothing …
Discussion: John Walker
Online media: AOL's second life  —  MOST Thursday afternoons at AOL's New York headquarters a bell rings to announce “happy hour”, and staff flock to a keg in a meeting room.  They hope they at last have cause to celebrate.  “If you look at the analyst models, they had AOL never getting back to growth …
Abdi Sheikh / Reuters:
Somali reporter killed in fourth journalist murder this year  —  (Reuters) - A Somali journalist working for the government broadcaster was shot dead outside his home in the capital Mogadishu on Sunday, the fourth reporter to be murdered in the country this year, the union of journalists said.
T.C. Sottek / The Verge:
Several CBS Twitter accounts hijacked by Syrian conflict propagandists (update)  —  CBS has confirmed on Twitter that several of its accounts were compromised earlier today, including those for 60 Minutes, 48 Hours, and a local Denver affiliate.  While the perpetrator of the hijack is unknown …
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