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6:40 PM ET, May 5, 2013


 Top News: 
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Howard Kurtz Downplays Daily Download Role In CNN Grilling  —  NEW YORK - On Sunday's “Reliable Sources,” CNN host and media critic Howard Kurtz apologized for falsely claiming that NBA player Jason Collins didn't reveal that he was once engaged to a woman when coming out last week in Sports Illustrated.
Katherine Fung / The Huffington Post:
Howard Kurtz: ‘I Am Truly Sorry’ For Jason Collins Piece (VIDEO)  —  Howard Kurtz addressed his notorious error about Jason Collins, which led to his firing from the Daily Beast, on his CNN show “Reliable Sources” on Sunday.  —  Kurtz was fired from the Beast after he penned an erroneous column …
Lauren Ashburn / Daily Download:
Daily Download Retraction and Apology  —  In a regular Daily Download feature where Howard Kurtz and I comment on the day's media news, Howard Kurtz made a mistake.  And so did I.  —  Kurtz said that Jason Collins, in a Sports Illustrated article about his sexual orientation, did not disclose that he had been engaged.
Discussion: Guardian and The Week
Margaret Sullivan / New York Times:
Repairing the Credibility Cracks  —  THE scandal that exploded 10 years ago last week was epic, as world-class as the newspaper where it happened.  —  Jayson Blair, a young Times reporter, lied and faked and cheated his way through story after story — scores of them, for years.
Dan Kennedy / Nieman Journalism Lab:
A community news co-op, aiming to build a replicable model, moves a step closer to reality  —  It was as incongruous a situation as I could imagine.  April 19 was one of the most gripping news days we have ever experienced in Massachusetts.  Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the younger of the suspected marathon bombers, was in hiding.
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
The Comment Paradox  —  Everybody hates comments.  Yet they're more popular than ever.  —  Via:  —  Online, comments have never been more popular or more maligned.  Just this week Sports Illustrated had to turn off commenting on Jason Collins' coming-out piece.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Brian Veseling / Editors Weblog:
Citizen journalism platform Groundviews thrives in Sri Lanka  —  In 2006, journalist Sanjana Hattotuwa created, an influential website based in Sri Lanka intended as a “safe space for debate and discussion” during and after Sri Lanka's long civil war, where people could write freely …
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
How @breakingnews keeps news junkies current in a crisis  —  General manager Cory Bergman talks about his team's process, the Boston bombings, and the importance of the gut check  —  Lots of people follow @breakingnews on Twitter — the account and the website and mobile apps …
Jeffrey Hermes / Nieman Journalism Lab:
When the media — traditional or new — gets a suspect wrong, what are the legal ramifications?  —  Editor's note: Our friends at Harvard's Digital Media Law Project have taken a look at the legal implications of the sort of erroneous reporting — in both traditional and in social media …
Jeremy Wagstaff / Reuters:
In Malaysia, online election battles take a nasty turn  —  (Reuters) - Ahead of Malaysia's elections on Sunday, independent online media say they are being targeted in Internet attacks which filter content and throttle access to websites, threatening to deprive voters of their main source of independent reporting.
Discussion: Access Blog, GlobalPost and The Verge
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
U.K. Publishers Hit Book Sales Record for 2012 Amid Digital Growth  —  Spending on printed and digital books rose 4 percent to more than $5.1 billion, with “Fifty Shades of Grey” and “Hunger Games” among the bestsellers.  —  LONDON - British publishers brought in their highest-ever annual sales in 2012 …
Alex Kantrowitz / Digiday:
Behind Reddit's Ambivalent Embrace of Advertising  —  Sitting at the helm of the Internet's newest social juggernaut, Reddit general manager Erik Martin has a tough task on his hands.  He is charged with simultaneously turning Reddit's 4.5 billion monthly pageviews (by its count) …
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Edmund Lee / Bloomberg:
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Gordon Rayner / Telegraph:
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Discussion: and PressGazette
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