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12:05 PM ET, February 18, 2014

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The Intercept:
Snowden Documents Reveal Covert Surveillance and Pressure Tactics Aimed at WikiLeaks and Its Supporters  —  Top-secret documents from the National Security Agency and its British counterpart reveal for the first time how the governments of the United States and the United Kingdom targeted WikiLeaks …
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Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Study says civic participation fell in Denver and Seattle after newspapers closed  —  Civic engagement in Denver and Seattle “dropped significantly from 2008 to 2009,” Portland State University professor Lee Shaker says in a paper published at the end of January called “Dead Newspapers …
Jason Schwartz / Boston Magazine:
Will John Henry Save the Globe?  —  Maybe, but his ambitions are much grander.  “I feel my mortality,” he says.  So here's his plan: He's going to use the time he has left on earth to try to save journalism itself.  —  Just days after striking a deal to buy the Boston Globe …
Lucia Moses / Adweek:
Hearst Is Staking Its Future on an Editor Turned CEO  —  When SmartMoney made its debut in 1992, it was anything but another staid business magazine.  A joint venture of Dow Jones and Hearst Magazines, it mixed humor with provocative stories, many of which regularly incensed advertisers.
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
Press freedom groups urge David Cameron to lay off The Guardian  —  A group of the world's leading press freedom bodies is calling on prime minister David Cameron to distance himself from the investigation into The Guardian over the leaks by the NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.
Jason Koebler / Motherboard:
A Journalist Is Suing the Police Who Grounded His Drone  —  Rivera took this photo with his drone.  Image: Pedro Rivera  —  A journalist suspended by his news channel for flying a drone near the scene of a car accident in Connecticut is now planning to sue the Hartford City Police Department for lost wages and additional damages.
Discussion: Poynter and @matthew_ryan
Meredith Blake / Los Angeles Times:
Jimmy Fallon powers ‘Tonight Show’ debut with stars like Tina Fey, U2  —  NEW YORK — Heeeere's Jimmy!  Jimmy Fallon made his debut Monday as the new host of “The Tonight Show” in an inaugural broadcast that was heavy on star power and sought to capitalize on the franchise's new digs in New York City after 42 years on the West Coast.
Ellen Barry / New York Times:
Indian Journalist Charged With Rape of a Reporter  —  NEW DELHI — The police in the coastal state of Goa charged Tarun J. Tejpal, an investigative journalist and magazine editor, with raping and sexually assaulting a staff reporter during a November encounter in a hotel elevator.
Alistair Barr / USA Today:
Google makes play for TV ad dollars, signs deal with ad buyer Magna Global  —  Google strikes upfront deal with ad giant Magna Global  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Google struck an “upfront” deal with Magna Global, one of the world's largest advertising buyers, the latest effort by the Internet search leader …
Discussion: Pulse 2.0 and WebProNews
Lucas Shaw / The Wrap:
Joe Berlinger to Direct Eight-Part Criminal Justice Series for Al-Jazeera America (Exclusive)  —  Award-wining filmmaker Joe Berlinger will direct and executive produce “The System,” an eight-part series on the criminal justice system, for Al-Jazeera America, TheWrap has learned.
Discussion: TVWeek.com
Ricardo Bilton / Digiday:
Is it time to tie journalists' pay to revenue?  —  The days of editorial teams being quietly sheltered from the rigors of the sales team are long gone.  Instead, journalists today increasingly double as numbers-crunching audience-hunting analytics wizzes, often paid based on the reach, not the quality, of their output.
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
Could Guardian, Washington Post share a Pulitzer for Snowden stories?  —  Pulitzer judges meet this weekend to begin choosing the latest winners.  Chronologically, the awards come later than most, and you can find winners in awards that come out earlier in the year.
 
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Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
World Press Photo judge: Too few photographers, too little editing
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Dana Liebelson / Mother Jones:
Why It's Getting Harder to Sue Illegal Movie Downloaders
Discussion: @dliebelson
Felix Salmon:
Comcast's purchase of TWC would reinforce high cable TV and broadband rates and slow speeds
Patrick Frater / Variety:
China Accused of Exporting Media Censorship Across Asia
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Corey Hutchins / Columbia Journalism Review:
FCC revamps controversial study of TV newsrooms
Alison Langley / Columbia Journalism Review:
Axel Springer eyes global expansion
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Karl Bode / Techdirt:
CBS Admits Aereo Supreme Court Win Wouldn't Hurt CBS, Might Make Things Better For Everybody
Discussion: ZDNet, mUmBRELLA and @glynmoody
Sarah Lacy / PandoDaily:
Pando raises Series A of $1.2M+, about half its seed raise, led by “unconventional” Tennessee-based investors