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9:05 AM ET, July 29, 2013


 Top News: 
David Carr / New York Times:
Bloomberg Media Recruits a New Chief From the Atlantic  —  Justin B. Smith, whose digital strategy swiftly transformed The Atlantic, one of the statelier media vessels around, is about to get a bigger boat.  —  On Monday, Bloomberg will announce that Mr. Smith, the president of Atlantic Media …
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Cumulus planning to drop Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity  —  In a major shakeup for the radio industry, Cumulus Media, the second-biggest broadcaster in the country, is planning to drop both Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity from its stations at the end of the year, an industry source told POLITICO on Sunday.
Publicis to Merge With Omnicom as Biggest Advertising Company  —  Publicis Groupe SA (PUB) and Omnicom Group Inc. (OMC) agreed to merge in an all-stock deal to create the world's largest advertising company, toppling market leader WPP Plc.  (WPP)  —  Shareholders of Paris-based Publicis …
Margaret Sullivan / New York Times:
A Blow for the Press, and for Democracy  —  SOMETIMES James Risen feels like Jean Valjean, the beleaguered protagonist of “Les Miserables,” hounded for years by the authorities.  —  “They just keep coming at me,” Mr. Risen, a Times reporter in Washington, told me by phone last week.
Liana Aghajanian / Public Spectacle:
Boing Boing Editor Xeni Jardin Talks About Her Ongoing Recovery From Breast Cancer  —  Xeni Jardin live-tweeted her cancer diagnosis — and all the pain that followed.  —  “I have breast cancer and I'm in good hands.”  —  Those are the words Xeni Jardin, tech journalist …
Discussion: @trevortimm
Craig Silverman / Poynter:
Los Angeles Times, USA Today, The Independent & others published fake Jenny McCarthy quote  —  Attention journalists, Jenny McCarthy never said this: … She's responsible for many objectionable and false claims about autism, but the above isn't one of them.
Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
Why the time is right for The Washington Post & others to boost video initiatives  —  The Washington Post will formally launch PostTV today — a big gamble that it can widen audience and win significant advertising revenue by producing digital video programs and distributing the segments to various partners.
Alexis Sobel Fitts / Columbia Journalism Review:
Reuters's global warming about-face  —  A survey shows the newswire ran 50 percent fewer stories on climate change after hiring a “skeptic”  —  Reuters has long been one of the most prolific producers of climate change journalism, leading The New York Times and the Guardian for most climate-centric articles in 2011.
Discussion: Forbes and Guardian
Kate Shuttleworth / New Zealand Herald:
Defence Force denies having journalist's phone data  —  Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman says there is no evidence the Defence Force had copies of journalist Jon Stephenson's phone metadata.  —  Dr Coleman said in a statement today he would be very concerned if this had occurred.
Nieman Journalism Lab:
At the intersection of journalism, data science, and digital media: How can j-schools prep students for the world they're headed into?  —  Editor's note: Two journalism educators — Amy Schmitz Weiss of San Diego State and Cindy Royal of Texas State — have provided their own lenses …
Josh Sternberg / Digiday:
Are Magazines Blowing iPad Sales?  —  Last week, the Association of Magazine Media released some unsettling, albeit not surprising, numbers for news magazines.  It found that many mags had significant drops in ad pages in the first half of this year compared to the first half of last year.
Discussion: eMedia Vitals
Keach Hagey / Wall Street Journal:
NBC to Emphasize Live Events in Lineup  —  NBC Entertainment Chairman Bob Greenblatt Addresses Challenges Facing Broadcast Television  —  By - KEACH HAGEY -  —  NBC Entertainment Chairman Bob Greenblatt was frank about the network's failures last season in addressing a press tour Saturday …
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