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8:25 AM ET, March 31, 2014


 Top News: 
Alexander Howard / Tow Center for Digital Journalism:
Aron Pilhofer on data journalism, culture and going digital  —  When it comes to computer-assisted reporting and the ways media companies are using technology, there are few people in the U.S.A. as knowledgeable as Aron Pilhofer.  He runs a newsroom team at The New York Times that combines journalism …
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Tommy Christopher lands at The Daily Banter  —  Tommy Christopher, the former Mediaite writer, has officially landed at The Daily Banter.  Starting Monday, Christopher will be White House correspondent and political analyst at the liberal news and opinion site.
Marcella Bombardieri / The Boston Globe:
Court documents reveal ambivalence in how MIT assisted Aaron Swartz's prosecution  —  The inside story of MIT and Aaron Swartz  —  More than a year after Swartz killed himself rather than face prosecution, questions about MIT's handling of the hacking case persist
Jordan Zakarin / The Wrap:
Why Net Neutrality Matters So Much to Indie Filmmakers  —  Consumer groups and tech advocates have been voicing concern about the growing threats to net neutrality, but Hollywood — especially independent filmmakers and distributors — have plenty of reason to worry about the walls and toll booths …
Discussion: Softpedia News and @jmmandel
The Wrap:
Josh Elliott Exiting ABC's ‘Good Morning America’ for NBC Sports  —  After months of speculation over Josh Elliott's future at ABC News' “Good Morning America,” contract talks broke down over the weekend and he will leave his anchor spot for a gig with NBC Sports.
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Editor of financial freesheet Allister Heath appointed deputy editor of Daily Telegraph to help drive digital strategy  —  Editor of financial freesheet Allister Heath appointed deputy editor of Daily Telegraph to help drive digital strategy  —  Allister Heath: to join Daily Telegraph …
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch:
Content Marketplace ScreenHits Closes $1.2M Angel Funding  —  UK-based ScreenHits, a marketplace for global content acquisition and ‘viewer feedback’, has closed a $1.2 million first round of funding.  Investors include high net worth Angel investors, such as Rory Fleming, Lord Reay …
Ian Burrell / The Independent:
Launching today, London Live could change the face of broadcasting in this country  —  Launching a television channel is a big deal.  When Channel 5 did it in 1997 they booked the Spice Girls to sing a Manfred Mann classic in reverse: “1-2-3-4-5”.  Fifteen years earlier …
Richard Deitsch / Sports Illustrated:
Dealing with racist abuse is a regular part of the job, say sports journalists  —  Race, the N-word, discrimination: Panel on role of race in sports media  —  Last November, I paneled a group of a six highly accomplished and respected female sports journalists for an email roundtable …
Discussion: @keithlaw and @richarddeitsch
Sam Kirkland / Poynter:
How AOL maintains editorial independence in Ford-sponsored ‘This Built America’ series  —  When an AOL team with an editorial vision joined a video production team with an artistic vision to launch an ambitious 50-week series about people and companies rebuilding America, it was clear they needed a brand to help fund it.
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Trevor Timm / Freedom of the Press Foundation:
Lessons for Journalists and Sources from the Microsoft/Blogger Privacy Fiasco
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