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8:45 AM ET, April 29, 2013


 Top News: 
Michael Laris / Washington Post:
Hoax emergency message sends police to Wolf Blitzer's house in Bethesda  —  Montgomery County police received an urgent message at about 6:25 p.m. Saturday saying someone had been shot at Wolf Blitzer's home in Bethesda.  Officers streamed toward the CNN host's residence near Congressional Country Club.
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
HuffPost Live in Deal With AXS to Put Show on Cable  —  The Huffington Post has found a partial home on cable television for its eight-month-old Internet channel, HuffPost Live, courtesy of Mark Cuban.  —  The company announced Sunday night that Mr. Cuban's cable channel AXS TV …
Emma Bazilian / Adweek:
ESPN: The Magazine Puts a Print Spin on Sponsored Content  —  Branded content has gotten plenty of attention as it's taken off online, where the division between editorial and advertising real estate can be fuzzier (see: Forbes, The Atlantic, BuzzFeed, Gawker), but publishers have shied away from using similar strategies in print.
Discussion: eMedia Vitals
Iraq bans al-Jazeera and nine other TV channels over ‘sectarian bias’  —  Qatar-based channel and nine other stations have licences revoked as government claims they fuel bloodshed  —  The Iraqi authorities announced on Sunday that they had revoked the operating licences of the broadcaster al-Jazeera …
Associated Press:
Mary Thom Dead: Former Ms. Magazine Editor Dies In NY Crash  —  YONKERS, N.Y. (AP) — Prominent feminist Mary Thom, a writer and former editor of Ms. magazine who also was an avid motorcyclist, crashed while riding on a highway and was killed, her nephew said Saturday.  She was 68.
Stuart Dredge / Guardian:
Financial Times: ‘There is no drawback to working in HTML5’  — managing director Rob Grimshaw on apps evolution, paywall prospects and why BuzzFeed is ‘absolutely fascinating’  —  Nearly two years since the Financial Times launched its HTML5 web app in June 2011 …
Discussion: AllThingsD
Alastair Reid /
Huffington Post to launch German edition  —  The Huffington Post has announced the launch of a German-language edition for Germany, Austria and Switzerland in conjunction with Tomorrow Focus AG, a provider of digital media content in Germany.  The partnership will be led largely by Tomorrow Focus AG …
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Can Politico spot gender issues?  —  Politico on Tuesday night told of a dire situation at the New York Times.  Executive Editor Jill Abramson, says the story by Dylan Byers, is “on the verge of losing the support of the newsroom” on account of her “brusque” manner.  She goes to meetings and makes people miserable.
John Wihbey / Nieman Journalism Lab:
What's New in Digital Scholarship: Why journalists link (or why they don't) and the libel potential of a retweet  —  Editor's note: There's a lot of interesting academic research going on in digital media — but who has time to sift through all those journals and papers?
Discussion: Journalist's Resource
Felix Gillette / Businessweek:
How ‘Mother Jones’ Turned Itself Into an Online ‘Secret Tape’ Factory  —  First there was the hidden video of Mitt Romney criticizing the 47 percent.  Next came the surreptitious recording of Senator Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) aides mocking Ashley Judd.  And then, on the morning of April 25 …
Josh Halliday / Guardian:
Number 10 hands out Twitter exclusives to favoured journalists  —  Downing Street aims to secure goodwill from journalists by revealing news before its official announcement by ministers  —  Asked in 2009 why he didn't use Twitter, David Cameron famously responded “too many twits might make a twat” .
Nieman Reports:
“The Story of a Lifetime”  —  Boston Globe editor Brian McGrory on paywalls, misinformation, and social media  —  Brian McGrory, 51, was named editor of The Boston Globe just four months before the Boston Marathon bombings captured the world's attention.  Ten days into that coverage …
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Patrick Gavin / Politico:
Obama slings arrows, jokes at White House Correspondents' Dinner 2013
Allie Grasgreen / Inside Higher Ed:
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Discussion: College Media Matters
Michael McLaughlin / The Huffington Post:
Cambridge Police Department's Twitter Strategy Tested By Boston Bombing Manhunt
Discussion: The Huffington Post
David Folkenflik / NPR:
China Seeks Soft Power Influence in U.S. Through CCTV
Philip Ball / Nature:
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Discussion: Poynter
Jeff John Roberts / GigaOM:
Banned in China: Bloomberg and New York Times say they had no choice
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Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
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