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7:35 AM ET, August 27, 2013

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New York Times:
To Protect Its Empire, ESPN Stays on Offense  —  ESPN likes to call itself the Worldwide Leader in Sports, and by most every measure it is in a league of its own.  The network produced 35,000 hours of programming in 2012, including at least half of all live athletic events televised in the United States.
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Dave Zirin / The Nation:
ESPN Journalists Speak Out on Concussion Documentary  —  NFL Hall-of-Famer Harry Carson speaks during the session on PBS's upcoming Frontline documentary “League of Denial: The NFL's Concussion Crisis” at the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour in Los Angeles.
Dean Starkman / Columbia Journalism Review:   ESPN's journalism problem
Jay Rosen / Pressthink:
To make journalism harder, slower, less secure  —  That's what the surveillance state is trying to do.  It has the means, the will and the latitude to go after journalism the way it went after terrorism.  Only a more activist press, working together, stands a chance of resisting this.
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Jonathan Franklin / Truthout:
Exclusive Glenn Greenwald Interview: “I Won't Be Kept Out of My Country for Doing Journalism!”  —  Glenn Greenwald, the US lawyer-turned-blogger-turned- journalist, has been writing about state-sponsored repression, surveillance, torture and leaks for years.  He has four best-selling books …
Discussion: @whenpigsflyyy
Taylor Owen / Tow Center for Digital Journalism:
The Tow Center Announces First Round of Tow/ Knight Research Projects  —  Over the past few months we have been putting together an exciting new program of research, the Tow/Knight Projects, marking a first for us at the Tow Center, the Columbia Journalism School, and the changing field of journalism.
Cindy Royal / Mediashift:
We Need a Digital-First Curriculum to Teach Modern Journalism  —  At the annual meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication in Washington, D.C., earlier this month, one panel addressed adding programming skills to the curriculum: “Why All Your Students Must Be Programmers.”
Discussion: @stevebuttry and @derekwillis, Thanks:@pbsmediashift
Hannah Karp / Wall Street Journal:
Sirius Is Sued Over Music Royalties for Pre-1972 Recordings  —  The entity that collects performance royalties from digital music services—and distributes them to performers and record labels—sued satellite-radio giant Sirius XM Radio Inc. for allegedly refusing to pay for recordings made prior to 1972.
Jennifer Valentino-DeVries / Digits:
Open Secret About Google's Surveillance Case No Longer Secret  —  The Justice Department recently won a court battle to keep an Internet company from talking about federal demands for user data, arguing that even disclosing the company's name would damage national security.'
Kevin Roderick / LA Observed:
Dick Gordon leaving public radio's ‘The Story’  —  “The Story,” the nationally syndicated public radio news interview program produced at North Carolina Public Radio-WUNC, will air for the last time on October 11.  Long-time host Dick Gordon “plans to return to his native Canada …
Evan McMurry / Mediaite:
Howard Kurtz Announces New Fox Sunday Show, Media Buzz  —  On Monday afternoon, former Reliable Sources host Howard Kurtz announced his new Fox News show, Media Buzz, which will debut on September 8th at 11 a.m.  —  “The one-hour show will focus on the state of the news media in addition …
John Kroll Digital:
Does journalism make a difference in a community?  —  The first day of my first journalism class in college, we went around the room saying our names and answer a couple of questions from the prof, former Chicago's American and Chicago Today editor Dick Hainey.
Discussion: @stevebuttry
Carl Marcucci / Radio & Television Business Report:
Piolin sues former staffers over extortion  —  Former Univision Radio-syndicated Spanish-language star Eddie “Piolin” Sotelo filed a civil extortion lawsuit 8/26 against six former Univision employees and their LA attorneys for attempting to “shake him down” for nearly $5 million by threatening …
Discussion: LA Observed
 
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Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Feds: Keep no-reporter's-privilege ruling
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