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3:05 PM ET, January 30, 2014


 Top News: 
Lucia Moses / Adweek:
Inc. Media Hires Jim Ledbetter from Thomson Reuters  —  Mansueto Ventures' Inc. Media is hiring Jim Ledbetter from Thomson Reuters as editor of its namesake magazine and website.  The veteran business journalist was named the first op-ed editor at Reuters as part of a hiring spree three years ago.
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Tim Franklin is Poynter's new president  —  The Poynter Institute announced Thursday that its new president will be Tim Franklin, the Washington managing editor for Bloomberg News.  Franklin was director of the National Sports Journalism Center at the Indiana University School of Journalism …
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
When Super Bowl Advertisers Compete For the Web, Google Wins  —  Winning the Pre- and Post- Super Bowl Is Increasingly What Counts  —  The big game isn't until Sunday, but for Super Bowl advertisers the first quarter is already over.  That's because increasingly the battle isn't for the game itself …
Clair Lorell / Digiday:
FTW: How USA Today Mastered Viral Sports Content  —  Who said old dogs can't learn new tricks — and get them shared on Facebook millions of times.  —  USA Today has looked for inspiration in the current crop of viral media darlings, BuzzFeed and Upworthy, for a sports section that mixes original …
Discussion: @pkafka and Capital New York, Thanks:@bmorrissey
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
News of the World had a ‘legendary safe’ where ‘stories were buried’  —  Former reporter Dan Evans tells Old Bailey hacking trial that top secrets were kept as a form of insurance  —  The News of the World had a “legendary safe” where “all sorts of stories were buried” about the rich and famous, the Old Bailey has heard.
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:   Andy Coulson ‘not in NoW office on day phone hacker said he heard voicemail’
Press Association:
Dan Evans ‘wanted to be caught’ phone-hacking, court told
Discussion: Guardian and Daily Mail
Nic Christensen / mUmBRELLA:
Journalistic utopias don't work  —  The Global Mail's threatened closure is a huge missed opportunity for journalism, but there are lessons to be learned about letting journalists run the show, argues Mumbrella's Tim Burrowes.  —  Back in what I now realise were the final golden years of local newspapers …
Steve Kovach / Business Insider:
Facebook Gets Into The News Business With A New Story Curation App Called Paper  —  Facebook announced today it's launching a news curation app for iPhone called Paper.  —  The Paper app pulls in news stories, photos, and videos your friends share in their News Feeds and displays them in a photo-intensive layout.
Lance Ulanoff / Mashable:
Facebook Paper Is Content — But Don't Call Facebook a Media Company
Discussion: Guardian, Ars Technica and Wired
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
U.S. ‘Deeply Concerned’ Over Press Freedom In China As New York Times Reporter Forced Out  —  NEW YORK — White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Thursday that the U.S is “deeply concerned” about the ability of foreign journalists to do their jobs in China, shortly after New York Times …
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Carney Concerned About Press in China Facing ‘Restrictions’
Discussion: Poynter and Politico
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
The Times' video dilemma  —  Early last year, The New York Times was making its first big sales push since revving up its digital video strategy, and it locked down two large upfront deals with two tony advertisers.  —  One was Acura, which signed on for a full year.
Ravi Somaiya / New York Times:
Major Expansion Ahead at The Washington Post  —  The Washington Post has significantly increased its budget and plans to make dozens of newsroom hires under its new owner, the Amazon founder Jeffrey P. Bezos, the paper's executive editor, Marty Baron, said in an interview on Wednesday.
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
With New Funding From Omidyar, Versa Launches Its Network For Sponsored Op-Eds  —  Versa is launching a new network for sponsored op-eds, which it calls Featured Perspectives.  —  The startup is also announcing that it has raised additional funding led by The Omidyar Network …
Discussion: Re/code, PR Newswire and @keyajay
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Times raises paywall a little higher on mobile  —  The New York Times has tweaked its pay meter for mobile apps.  The bottom line is you're likely, depending how you use them, to hit the paywall sooner.  —  Starting today, users reaching Times content on mobile apps will get free access …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Fox News once again most and least trusted name in news  —  PPP's 5th annual poll about trust in TV news continues to find what it does every year: Fox News is both the most trusted and least trusted name in news.  —  35% of Americans say they trust Fox News more than any other TV news outlet …
Ryan Chittum / Columbia Journalism Review:
The Guardian's windfall ensures its long-term future  —  The Guardian's windfall ensures its long-term future  —  The Guardian, which until not that long ago was respected but little-read outside the UK, is now in the front ranks of English-language newspapers and one of the most important …
Alex Weprin / Capital New York:
N.F.L. creating digital channel: ‘NFL Now’  —  The National Football League is creating a new HD digital video channel called “N.F.L. Now.”  The channel, which launches this summer, will be available on any device, though apps for iOS, Android and Windows systems, and on web browsers through
Dominic Ponsford / Press Gazette:
Former Sun managing editor Richard Caseby lands top Government PR role  —  Former Sun managing editor Richard Caseby has been named as the new director of communications for the Department of Work and Pensions.  —  Caseby left News UK (formerly News International) after 24 years with the company …
Discussion: @justice4daniel and @beaubodor
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
Tech isn't just a talking point, it's the media's new context  —  Tech isn't just a talking point, it's the media's new context.  —  Via  —  If you want to understand Ezra Klein's departure from the Washington Post to Vox Media, as well as the context of the larger conversation about …
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
BSkyB signs new five-year deal for exclusive rights to HBO TV catalogue  —  Broadcaster struck early to secure wide-ranging two-pronged deal with HBO and head off threat from rival BT  —  BSkyB has signed a five-year deal for the exclusive rights to the entire HBO TV catalogue …
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Viacom 1Q Net Income Rises 16% Despite Film Revenue Declines  —  Viacom said advertising revenue at its many cable-TV networks drove a 16% increase in net income its fiscal first quarter as it narrowed an operating loss at its filmed-entertainment division.  —  Viacom's net income …
Damon Linker / The Week:
Is National Review doomed?  —  The conservative movement's leading magazine faces a lawsuit that could bring it to its knees  —  N  —  ational Review, founded by William F. Buckley, Jr. in 1955, has had an enormous impact on the nation's politics.  Its writers formulated the ideology …
Discussion: The Raw Story and @theweek
Ian Burrell / The Independent:
LBC to take on Radio 5 Live with national expansion  —  Global Radio, Britain's largest commercial radio company, is launching a national news and politics network which will rival the BBC's Radio 5 Live.  —  Global is putting its long-running London station LBC on a national footing …
Jasper Jackson / & UsvsTh3m: Has Trinity Mirror learned from their contrasting fortunes?  —  Advertising, Consumer Media, Digital Media, Finance and Deals, Mobile, Newspapers  —  Trinity Mirror's closure of and its promotion of the people behind UsVsTh3m and Ampp3d show …
Discussion: Trinity Mirror plc and BuzzFeed
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
The Sun links up with O2 to offer Premier League clips with 4G deals  —  Publisher's Sun+ digital offering gains massive boost as it joins packages available to mobile network's 23 million UK customers  —  The Sun has struck a deal with mobile operator O2 to offer its 4G customers content …
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Jim Romenesko:
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