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5:35 PM ET, July 20, 2013


 Top News: 
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight Blog Is to Join ESPN Staff  —  Nate Silver, the statistician who attained national fame for his accurate projections about the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections, is parting ways with The New York Times and moving his FiveThirtyEight franchise to ESPN …
Calvin Woodward / Associated Press:
Pioneering journalist Helen Thomas dies at 92  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Helen Thomas, the irrepressible White House correspondent who used her seat in the front row of history to grill nine presidents — often to their discomfort and was not shy about sharing her opinions, died Saturday.  She was 92.
Jeremy Lybarger / Mother Jones:
Can Photojournalism Survive in the Instagram Era?  —  In late May, the Chicago Sun-Times took the unprecedented move of gutting its photography department by laying off 28 full-time employees, including John H. White, a 35-year veteran who had won the paper a Pulitzer.
Discussion: @jayrosen_nyu
Jacob Harris / Source:
The Perils of Polling Twitter  —  Jake Harris on just a few of the myriad reasons why using tweets as data is less-than-ideal  —  In this case study  —  But what does Twitter think?  If you are a data journalist in a newsroom, you will hear this question sooner or later in your career.
Discussion: Kirk LaPointe's …
Glenn Peoples / Billboard:
Exclusive: Windowing Hurts Sales, Increases Piracy, Says Paper Released by Spotify  —  Windowing is doing more harm than good, suggests a new paper by Will Page, director of economics at Spotify and former chief economist at PRS for Music.  —  In “Adventures in the Netherlands: Spotify …
Sarah Hill / Mediashift:
How Google Glass Will Change the Future of Broadcast Journalism  —  Want to stay current on media and technology from around the web?  Get MediaShift's Daily Must Reads in your in-box!  —  News gathering is a difficult job and if you're a working journalist, you already understand …
Discussion: GigaOM, Thanks:@mediatwit
Margaret Sullivan / The Public Editor's Journal:
Starting a Conversation at The Times About Women as News Sources  —  The illustration from a children's book, published in 1969, says it all about the role of women in newsrooms at that time.  —  “... The Story of Newspapers - before women were invented,” quipped the journalist Graham Carter on Twitter …
Chris Chafin / The Awl:
War Reporting For Bloody Dummies  —  Recently I saw the journalist Clare Morgana Gillis, and asked her about her war reporting.  “If you want to know a bunch of stuff about my background and whatever you can Google it,” she said.  She is tall and intimidating, was wearing wraparound sunglasses at the time …
Yochai Benkler / Guardian:
Bradley Manning ‘aiding the enemy’ charge is a threat to journalism |  Yochai Benkler  —  Without an informed and free press, there cannot be an enlightened people.  That's what this trial is really about  —  Thursday, Colonel Denise Lind, the judge in the Bradley Manning court martial …
David Carr / New York Times:
Behind Rolling Stone's Cover, a Story Worth Reading  —  Of all the outraged responses to the Rolling Stone cover of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the 19-year-old suspect in the Boston marathon bombings, those from Boston were particularly acute.  Mayor Thomas Menino wrote a letter of protest to Rolling Stone …
Discussion: PolicyMic, New Yorker and Guardian
Todd Spangler / Variety:
YouTube Pay Channels Aren't Taking Off Yet, Some Partners Say  —  Two months after site's launch of subscription services, several content providers haven't seen much activity  —  YouTube, which has built an Internet video empire based on free, ad-supported content, has not signed …
Discussion: Guardian and WebProNews
John Lloyd / Financial Times:
The future of the British tabloid  —  Two years after the News of the World closure, the ‘red tops’ are in militant mood, fighting regulation and determined to seize back the initiative from the internet  —  Sue Douglas is one of the few female big beasts in the popular newspaper jungle.
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Nick Summers / The Next Web:
Google Play Books hits nine new countries including Denmark, Greece, Sweden and the Netherlands
Tom Schoenberg / Bloomberg:
N.Y. Times Reporter Must Testify on Source, Court Says
Angela Washeck / 10,000 Words:
With the Death of AJR in Print, What's in Store for Media Commentary?
Tanzina Vega / New York Times:
Instead of a Sale, Hulu Concentrates on ‘The Awesomes’
Peter Lauria / BuzzFeed:
Two Stats That Explain Why Apple Is Getting Into Streaming Music
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
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Discussion: Nieman Journalism Lab
 Earlier Picks: 
Janet Shoko / The Africa Report:
Zimbabwe gets a new television station ahead of elections
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Operation Elveden: Sun journalist and ex-soldier plead not guilty
Dominic Ponsford / Press Gazette:
Guardian chief exec Miller rejects metered paywall model and says no more redundancies planned
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
Big names among Independent leavers
Jasper Jackson / The Media Briefing:
Future's profit slowdown highlights difficulties of digital publishing transition
Discussion: eMedia Vitals