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4:32 PM ET, January 20, 2014


 Top News: 
David Carr / New York Times:
Print focus at OC Register fails to stem bleeding as publisher Aaron Kushner tries to scale  —  Publisher Stumbles in Wild Chase for Growth  —  Timing matters when it comes to news.  I had been reading about Aaron Kushner's audacious strategy to invest in journalism ever since he bought …
Josh Levin / Slate:
Digging Too Deep  —  Every journalist has worked on a story that started out being about one thing and ended up as something else entirely.  That's what happened to Caleb Hannan, who got curious about a weird-looking golf club he found on YouTube and started quizzing the inventor about her far-out scientific theories.
Mathew Ingram / Gigaom:
Grantland and Dr. V: What happens when niche journalism meets the network effect
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Matt Cutts: “Stick A Fork In It, Guest Blogging Is Done”  —  Google, and Matt Cutts in particular, has made a number of statements about guest blogging over the past year as the tactic has grown as a linkbuilding tactic.  —  None of those statements are as clear as the one Cutts wrote today on his personal blog.
Discussion: Matt Cutts and @dannysullivan
Henry Taylor /
UsVsTh3m at nine months and Ampp3d at six weeks: What has Trinity Mirror learned?  —  For any established media company, coming up with new ideas and finding out fast if they've got a future is a big challenge.  —  So for Trinity Mirror to place an (admittedly small) bet on UsVsTh3m last last May was a pretty ballsy move.
Discussion: @iainpope73 and @joannauk
Frédéric Filloux / Monday Note:
In France, value of legacy media companies plummets  —  Those media assets that are worth nothing  —  The valuation gap between high tech and media companies has never been wider.  The erosion of their revenue model might be the main culprit, but management teams, unions and boards …
Kara Swisher / Re/code:
After Mulling Sale, Business Insider Raising a New Round of Funding  —  Business Insider — which rejected an informal acquisition offer of around $100 million floated by AOL last year and has discussed other sale efforts — is likely to be raising a new round from its existing investors, including Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.
Margaret Sullivan / The Public Editor's Journal:
After the Times Redesign, Complaints and Changes  —  I've seldom had as much response to any post as to one last week - from the first day of the redesign of The Times's website: about 1,000 comments on this blog, in addition to hundreds of emails to my office.
Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
Magazine industry ad decline slowing, but 4th quarter not good  —  The final tally came in this week for print magazine advertising in 2013.  It is the typical good news/bad news scenario.  —  Ad pages — the industry's traditional measure — were down 4.1 percent for the year.
Discussion: @rickedmonds and @poynter
Jarvis DeBerry / The Maynard Institute …:
NABJ Executive Director Resigns  —  Interim Successor Led Medical Association, Alpha Phi Alpha  —  Maurice Foster, executive director of the National Association of Black Journalists, has resigned after three years in the job, NABJ President Bob Butler announced on Monday, the Martin Luther King holiday.
Mark Rachkevych / Kyiv Post:
Watchdog: 26 journalists injured in police clashes, two detained (UPDATE)  —  Police have detained two journalists in Kyiv on Jan. 19-20 amid a standoff between anti-government protesters and law enforcement, according to the Institute of Mass Information, a local watchdog.
Discussion: @christopherjm
Amy Wallace / New York Times:
Life as a Female Journalist: Hot or Not?  —  LOS ANGELES — IN 2009, I wrote a cover story for Wired magazine about the anti-vaccine movement and profiled Paul Offit, a leading proponent of vaccines for children.  Dr. Offit is a man.  I am a woman.  That was sufficient grounds for things to get ugly.
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Dominic Ponsford / Press Gazette:
International editors warn UK Government sending ‘negative message’ to world on press freedom
Discussion: @pressgazette
Betsy Rothstein / The Daily Caller:
Ex-Politico reporter sells blog to U.S. News & World Report
Discussion: The Run 2016 and @betsyscribeindc
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
News International security chief said he ‘burned stuff’, colleague tells court
Discussion: @guardian
Ben Fritz / Wall Street Journal:
For Movie Producers, a Golden Age Fades
Discussion: @benfritz and Los Angeles Times
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Justin Ellis / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Q&A: John Yemma on managing the Christian Science Monitor's leap from print to digital
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