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7:25 PM ET, March 17, 2014


 Top News: 
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
FiveThirtyEight launches to make data journalism accessible without sacrificing rigor  —  What the Fox Knows  —  FiveThirtyEight is a data journalism organization.  Let me explain what we mean by that, and why we think the intersection of data and journalism is so important.
Henry Blodget / Business Insider:
Business Insider's Henry Blodget pushes back against Michael Wolff's gloomy outlook for ad-supported digital media  —  USA Today Is Worried About Us And The Digital Media Industry!  —  USA Today columnist Michael Wolff has written a column expressing his view of the prospects for our business and that of other digital news companies.
Michael Wolff / USA Today:
Declining ad rates signal uncertain future for sites like Business Insider despite big audiences
Guardian editor receives European Press award for Edward Snowden story  —  Alan Rusbridger given award for NSA revelations that ‘set alarm bells ringing throughout the world’  —  Alan Rusbridger, the editor in chief of the Guardian, has been honoured at the European Press awards for leading …
Connie Cass / Associated Press:
Study: three quarters of Americans get news at least daily, using multiple devices and sources  —  ON THE MEDIA BUFFET, PEOPLE STILL SEEK MEATY NEWS  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans of all ages still pay heed to serious news even as they seek out the lighter stuff, choosing their own …
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Quartz to launch an India channel  —  Quartz, the mobile-first digital publication aimed at global business and finance elites, is the latest American news brand making a foray into India.  —  Capital has learned that Quartz is preparing an India channel to launch this spring or summer …
Chris O'Brien / Los Angeles Times:
Subject of Newsweek Bitcoin story hires lawyer, “unconditionally” denies its accuracy  —  Dorian S. Nakamoto hires lawyer to ‘clear his name’ of bitcoin claim  —  Dorian Satoshi Nakamoto of Temple City, the man recently named by Newsweek as the mysterious creator of bitcoin …
Melanie Stone / Mediashift:
Social Media Editors in the Newsroom: What the Job is Really Like  —  Monday through Friday, Scott Kleinberg's alarm goes off at 5:30 a.m. The Chicago Tribune social media editor then begins combing the web for news and trends, catching up on anything that happened while he was sleeping.
Discussion: @elanazak and @melaniealissa
Caroline O'Donovan / Nieman Journalism Lab:
When robots help human journalists: “This post was created by an algorithm written by the author”  —  The East Coast woke up this morning to news that an earthquake had hit Los Angeles.  In Los Angeles, folks woke up actual earthquake.  But who broke that story?
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Arthur Sulzberger's compensation took a hit in 2013  —  New York Times chairman and publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. made roughly $5.3 million in 2013, including his base salary, stock awards and other compensation, whereas his 2012 earnings package totaled around $6.9 million.
Margaret Sullivan / New York Times:
For Some, Reader Contributions Become a New Reporting Tool  —  Not too long ago, it happened like this: A newspaper would publish a story.  Response came in the form of letters to the editor, or maybe an outraged phone call or two, or a handwritten note to a reporter — or, every once in a while, a lawsuit.
Discussion: @mathewi and @margafret
Jordan Chariton / TVNewser:
Sam Champion Debuts on 'America's Morning Headquarters'  —  Sam Champion debuted as host of “America's Morning Headquarters” this morning on The Weather Channel, opening the show with a report on Winter Storm Wiley.  —  Champion gave the latest information on the storm to his his viewers …
Mark Kleinman / Sky News:
UK's Channel 5 to float on stock market for £700M, say sources  —  Media Boss Desmond Eyes £700m Channel 5 Float  —  Celebrity Big Brother is a Channel 5 hit  —  The media tycoon Richard Desmond is considering a stock market flotation of Channel 5 even as bidders firm up offers …
Discussion: Variety, Reuters and @markkleinmansky
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First Look Media:
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Dominic Ponsford / Press Gazette:
Tories ask why left-wing blogger with ‘little journalism experience’ made Newsnight economics correspondent
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