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4:00 PM ET, March 4, 2014


 Top News: 
The Awl:
Matt Buchanan and John Herrman to run The Awl  —  Meet The Awl  —  For the past five years, we've operated this website in a public beta.  We've been working out some of the implementation.  Next month, around the time of our fifth anniversary, The Awl will finally launch.
Niklas Wirminghaus / VentureVillage:
Q&A with Jonah Peretti on Buzzfeed: “Traffic has grown to 140m unique visitors”  —  LOL, WIN, OMG: founder Jonah Peretti about Buzzfeed's recipe for success  —  Is this what the future of journalism looks like?  Cute animal pictures, funning listicles …
Discussion: Poynter, @carr2n and VentureBeat
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
BuzzFeed plans expansion to Mumbai, Berlin, Tokyo, Mexico City  —  In a memo to BuzzFeed staffers, CEO Jonah Peretti says the publication plans to expand to more cities: … A BuzzFeed spokesperson said there was no set date for offices in those other cities to come online but that it's definitely happening.
Discussion: Medium, FishbowlNY and @poynter
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Boston Globe drops paywall, adds meter instead  —  A memo from Editor Brian McGrory lays out a number of big changes to the Globe's digital businesses.  The catchiest: “We've replaced the paywall with a meter that allows readers ten free stories in a 30-day period.
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
NYT corrects 161-year-old article about Solomon Northup  —  After “12 Years a Slave” won Best Picture at the Academy Awards Sunday, The New York Times tweeted a gem in its archives: An 1853 account of Solomon Northup's kidnapping.  A user on Twitter noticed a problem with the article, which the Times corrects today:
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Guardian digital revenues hit £70m  —  Publisher of the Guardian and Observer to announce 25% rise in revenues in year to end of March 2014  —  The Guardian is expected to report an increase in digital revenues of more than a quarter to almost £70m in the last year …
Sam Kirkland / Poynter:
Snowden to speak at SXSW  —  NSA leaker Edward Snowden will speak via videoconference at South By Southwest, the festival has announced.  —  Snowden joins Glenn Greenwald, the former Guardian reporter who continues to break stories based on Snowden-provided documents at new site the Intercept, as a festival participant.
Ernst-Jan Pfauth / Medium:
Dutch journalism platform De Correspondent now has 30,000 paying members  —  De Correspondent is a Dutch-language, online journalism platform that offers background, analysis, investigative reporting, and the kinds of stories that tend to escape the radar of mainstream media because they do not conform …
Discussion: @jayrosen_nyu
Robert Feder:
Amid more layoffs, Sun-Times rehires four photographers  —  Four of the photographers who were fired when the Chicago Sun-Times eliminated its photography department last spring are rejoining the newspaper this week.  —  Rich Chapman, Brian Jackson, Al Podgorski and a fourth photographer whose name …
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
Changes at the Orlando Sentinel felt ‘extremely familiar’ for a former Sun-Times photographer
Discussion: @poynter
Merrill Knox / TVNewser:
Brian Stelter's ‘Reliable Sources’ Gets First Demo Win  —  For the first time since Brian Stelter took over as the anchor of “Reliable Sources,” the CNN program has topped Fox News' “MediaBuzz” in the A25-54 demographic.  —  “Reliable” averaged 193,000 A25-54 viewers at 11amET Sunday …
Discussion: Mediaite
Jeremy Hodges / Bloomberg:
Brooks Concerned About BSkyB Deal After Milly Dowler Revelations  —  Rebekah Brooks, the former head of News Corp. (NWSA)'s U.K. unit, said she was concerned the discovery that journalists at the News of the World tabloid hacked the phone of a murdered schoolgirl would jeopardize the company's bid for British Sky Broadcasting Group Plc.
John Eggerton / Broadcasting & Cable:
Leading copyright law professors tell SCOTUS Aereo infringes copyright owners' exclusive right of public performance  —  Nimmer on Aereo: It's Illegal  —  Law professors lambaste Second Circuit decision  —  A pair of leading copyright law professors with scores of papers and books under …
Discussion: Guardian
Leslie Kaufman / New York Times:
Huffington Post Business and Global News Editor Is Leaving for International Business Times  —  Peter S. Goodman, the executive business editor and global news editor of The Huffington Post, is leaving the website to become editor in chief of International Business Times.
Joan E. Solsman / CNET:
Scoop: Spotify hires Beats Music former head of product  —  Fredric Vinna, part of Beats Music's early team of creators, recently left the streaming music service and will soon begin work at its main rival, Spotify.  —  The rivalry between Spotify and Beats Music, two key streaming music services, is deepening.
Discussion: Engadget
Alastair Reid /
Vice launches News channel for ‘young, global audience’  —  Vice News launches today as an ‘evolution’ of the current affairs films that have driven the organisation's recent successes  —  VICE Media launched a news platform today dedicated to current affairs videos for a young, global audience.
Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
In ad-skipping deal, Dish gets rights to internet-based TV service that includes ABC and ESPN  —  Dish just secured rights to launch an internet TV service  —  Dish and Disney confirmed a Wall Street Journal report that they've reached a retransmission agreement late Monday …
Peter Kafka / Re/code:   With a Whopper of a Disney Deal, Charlie Ergen Gets a Head Start on the Web TV Race
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Dan Reimold / College Media Matters:
Richmond Collegian Goes Online-Only; Third Student Paper in a Month to Drop Print
Discussion: @yanazure and Change of Subject
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook Paper Update Pushes Virality By Sending Download Links With Articles You Privately Share
Discussion: 9to5Mac and CNET
Edmund Lee / Bloomberg:
Buffett's Newspapers Lose Readers as Bet on Local Awaits Payoff
Discussion: @edmundlee and @abeaujon
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Epix to Launch on Time Warner Cable on March 18
 Earlier Picks: 
Committee to Protect Journalists:
Independent media, journalists obstructed in Crimea
Discussion: The Week, CNN and New York Magazine
Dominic Ponsford / Press Gazette:
Wellcome Trust aims to provide a home for long-form science journalism online with launch of Mosaic
James Titcomb / Telegraph:
Johnston Press hopes to raise £75m in rights issue
Caysey Welton / Folio:
Tom Drouillard Named AAM CEO
Discussion: NetNewsCheck Latest
Wall Street Journal:
ABC's Oscars Video-Stream Outage Points to Big Challenges for Networks
Discussion: @pkafka