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1:15 PM ET, June 23, 2014

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Patrick Kingsley / Guardian:
Al-Jazeera journalists jailed for seven years in Egypt  —  Peter Greste, Mohammed Fahmy and Baher Mohammed of Al-Jazeera English sentenced on terrorism-related charges  —  An Egyptian court has convicted three journalists from Al-Jazeera English and sentenced them to seven years in prison each …
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Dylan Byers / Politico:
Kerry hits ‘draconian’ Al Jazeera convictions  —  Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday condemned an Egyptian court's decision to convict Al-Jazeera journalists on spurious terrorism-related charges.  —  “Today's conviction and chilling, draconian sentences by the Cairo Criminal Court …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
William Hague / @williamjhague:   Egyptian Ambassador to London will be summoned to the @foreignoffice today over sentencing of journalists in #Egypt
Sydney Ember / New York Times:
Yahoo Hires Michael Isikoff as Chief Investigative Correspondent  —  Michael Isikoff, the investigative reporter who recently left NBC News, is joining Yahoo News as its chief investigative correspondent.  He will start in August.  —  Mr. Isikoff will help build Yahoo's new investigative unit and will be based in Washington.
New York Times:
Vice Has Many Media Giants Salivating, but Its Terms Will Be Rich  —  A black S.U.V. recently rolled through the streets of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and stopped in front of the converted warehouse that is the global headquarters of Vice Media.  Out of the vehicle stepped the media mogul Rupert Murdoch.
Tim Molloy / The Wrap:
Rupert Murdoch's News Corp Sells Community Newspaper Group  —  Rupert Murdoch's News Corp is selling its Community Newspaper Group, which distributes more than 235,000 copies of its papers in New York City, to Les and Jennifer Goodstein, the publishers of such papers as Downtown Express and Gay City News.
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Sports Illustrated Unveils A New Web Design And A Fantasy Sports App  —  It's been a busy few months for Time Inc. Not only has the publishing company spun out from Time Warner, it has also revamped the websites for its publications Time, Money, and Fortune.  Now Sports Illustrated is launching a new website, and new products, too.
Discussion: Forbes, MediaWire Daily and Adweek
Peter Sterne / Capital New York:
Gawker wants to double its staff by end of 2015  —  Growth-mode Gawker aiming for traffic and staff bumps  —  As it continues to court a mass, if scattered, readership across its network of sites, Gawker Media leadership is looking for a sizable rise in unique U.S. visitors a month by the end of 2014 …
David Hepworth / Guardian:
Felix Dennis personified the buccaneering spirit magazines have lost  —  Outrageous and passionate, Dennis was a shrewd operator who made small fortunes from the mis-steps of the big boys  —  I first met Felix Dennis in an upscale New York restaurant on a hot July Saturday in 1983.
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Deadline.com:
Bart & Fleming: Why Nikki Finke Won't Be Coming Back  —  Peter Bart and Mike Fleming Jr. worked together for two decades at Daily Variety.  In this weekly Sunday column, two old friends get together and grind their axes on the movie business.  —  Bart: You and I have lived through …
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
SCOTUSblog's appeal fails; can't get Senate press credential  —  If you spent any part of Monday checking SCOTUSblog for the Supreme Court orders, you're not alone — about 10,000 people were on its live blog around 10 a.m., Editor Amy Howe wrote.  —  But SCOTUSblog's indispensibility …
Justin Ellis / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Guardian Media Group and EFF amongst winners of Knight News Challenge; $3.4M for 19 projects  —  New Knight News Challenge winners receive funding to help strengthen the Internet  —  The Knight Foundation is out with the most recent group of winners in the Knight News Challenge …
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney.com:
CNN partnering with Georgia Institute of Technology to study drone use for journalism  —  CNN to study drone use for reporting  —  Seeking to speed up government rule-making about the use of drones in newsgathering, CNN and the Georgia Institute of Technology said Monday that they would jointly study …
Discussion: Poynter, @dorseyshaw and @brianstelter
David Zax / Fast Company:
How A Canadian Sports Network Became Your Must-Check World Cup News App  —  Is theScore a news organization or a technology company?  Either way, it's scored a major victory by appealing to 5 million sports fans.  —  Benjie Levy is not your typical sports media mogul.
Discussion: @thomasdrance
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Jeanine Poggi / AdAge:
World Cup Setting Ratings Records for ESPN and Univision
Sarah Buhr / TechCrunch:
Patreon Raises $15 Million Series A, Revamps Site To Focus More On Content  —  Patreon, a subscription-based funding site for artists, has just raised $15 million in a Series A from Alexis Ohanian, Sam Altman, David Marcus, Joshua Reeves and a bevy of other tech entrepreneurs.
Discussion: Guardian, Tubefilter and Re/code
 
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