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6:30 PM ET, May 22, 2014


 Top News: 
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Newspapers are ‘hollowed out’ and ‘VICE is the savior of news,’ says guy from Facebook  —  Facebook's Mike Hudack published a rant “about the state of the media” on his page Thursday.  Some choice moments:  — CNN is “the network of kidnapped white girls.”
Michael Sebastian / AdAge:
Time Inc. Starts Selling Ads on Magazine Covers, Breaking Industry Taboo  —  First Up: Verizon on Time and Sports Illustrated  —  How to Integrate Social Media Into Your Marketing Strategy  —  Time Inc., the nation's largest magazine publisher, is running Verizon Wireless ads this week …
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
Atria and UTA team up to create Keywords Press, a new imprint for books by YouTube stars  —  Media Companies Join to Extend the Brands of YouTube Stars  —  LOS ANGELES — Simon & Schuster is making a big bet on YouTube stars, an undertaking that could either open up a blockbuster …
Jon Boone / Guardian:
Pakistan's Geo News becomes latest target in blasphemy accusation trend  —  Widespread calls for popular TV channel to be shut down after using Sufi song on broadcast of mock celebrity wedding  —  Young children, religious minorities and people with mental health problems have all been accused of the crime of blasphemy in Pakistan.
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Mail Online's soaring revenues offset publisher's print ad decline  —  Website's revenues up 45% to £28m in six months to end of March, as DMGT highlights reshaping of its media business  —  Mail Online: revenues up 45% to £28m in six months to end of March
Ricardo Bilton / Digiday:
Can the New Republic find its digital footing?  —  It's been two years since Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes acquired the New Republic, the Washington insider mag once described as “the in-flight magazine of Air Force One.”  Since then, Hughes has helped march the 100-year-old publication further …
Patrick Kingsley / Guardian:
Australian journalist accuses Egyptian prosecutors of unbelievable inefficiency  —  Peter Geste's outburst follows airing of phone footage, including pop video, in trial of three al-Jazeera journalists  —  The Australian al-Jazeera journalist on trial in Egypt, Peter Greste …
Myles Tanzer / BuzzFeed:
NPR Staffers Worry About Diversity With End Of “Tell Me More”  —  “They want people of color in a very small box.  They don't want to challenge that idea.”  —  Flickr: bereninga  —  On Tuesday morning NPR employees gathered in a conference room in front of the company's top brass …
Discussion: @heavenrants, @eddiesayago and @asmaam
TiVo Q1: revenue up 30% as subscriptions grow with European partners, profit reaches $8.1M  —  TiVo revenue jumps 30 pct as subscriptions rise  —  May 22 (Reuters) - Digital video recorder maker TiVo Inc reported a 30 percent rise in quarterly revenue, helped by strong growth …
Sharif Sakr / Engadget:
Samsung gives up on its homegrown Music and Book Hub services  —  Just like HTC with its doomed movie service, Samsung is apparently starting to realize that its in-house efforts can't compete with specialist alternatives.  While Spotify has been busily publicizing its rapid growth …
Discussion: Gigaom, CNET and The Verge
Margaret Sullivan / New York Times:
Readers Say a ‘Net Neutrality’ Vote Was Reported Upside Down and Backward  —  Should a speedy Internet be available to everyone equally or are some users, in Orwell's terms, “more equal than others”?  Should there be “haves” and “have-nots” on the Internet, with the winners being large corporate …
Angela Haggerty / The Drum:
Financial Times kicks off trials to sell advertisers ‘blocks of time’ to tackle industry's viewability issue  —  The Financial Times is set to begin a new method of digital trading, selling blocks of time to advertisers in a bid to tackle the industry's ad viewability problem.
Matt Haughey / Medium:
Google probably considers MetaFilter a comment spam haven, despite best-in-industry moderation  —  On the Future of MetaFilter  —  Peak ads, MetaFilter's Google Problems, and the need to scale back.  —  MetaFilter is the little weblog that could, established in 1999 as one of the first community blogs.
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Justin Ellis / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Knight funds innovation and a push for media diversity at Hampton University
Discussion: Knight Foundation and Poynter
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
BBC given approval to continue as YouView partner with technical change
Discussion:, and MediaTel
Todd Spangler / Variety:
ScreenHits to Launch Free Internet Site to Let Consumers Watch ‘Broken’ TV Pilots (Exclusive)
Todd Pittman / Associated Press:
In Thailand, press early casualty of Army takeover
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Jeremy Barr / Capital New York:
HuffPost M.E. Jimmy Soni transfers to India, Kate Palmer to succeed
Discussion: Poynter and FishbowlNY
Dominic Ponsford / Press Gazette:
Pay freezes, redundancies and subbing hubs see Newsquest staff across England hold strike votes
Discussion: HoldTheFrontPage
Steve Rubel / AdAge:
Social-Media Companies and Publishers Consciously Uncoupling Products in Quest for Mobile Users
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
PBS shouldn't ‘get in the way of reporters or photographers covering news,’ ombudsman says
Discussion: PBS and The Newspaper Guild