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12:50 AM ET, June 28, 2014

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Dave Winer / Scripting News:
New York Times never had blogs as they were edited, the term was usurped by reporters who felt threatened by blogs  —  I know what a blog is  —  A blog is the unedited voice of a person.  —  The lack of editing is central, because it's one person who's responsible for every word.
Mohammed Ademo / Columbia Journalism Review:
Ethiopia reportedly fires 18 journalists from a state-run outlet  —  The quiet dismissal of some 10 percent of the station's journalists underscores the country's further descent into total media blackout  —  On June 25, when 18 journalists from Ethiopia's state-run Oromia Radio and Television Organization …
Jim Romenesko:
Digital First Media memo has names of staffers being cut and considered for dismissal … I then sent Paton the above chart and he replied: “I couldn't possibly comment as it would violate employee privacy.  Whoever sent to you has done that which is, of course, a serious breach of that very privacy.”
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
Knight Foundation commits $1.4 million to improving DocumentCloud  —  Investigative Reporters and Editors announced today that the Knight Foundation has pledged $1.4 million to developing the document-hosting service DocumentCloud in order to make the platform “faster, easier to use and more robust.”
Discussion: IRE.org
Mark Kleinman / Sky News:
Yahoo bids $250M for YouTube partner Fullscreen, Chernin Group also said to be interested  —  Yahoo And Chernin Vie For YouTube Partner  —  Sky News understands Yahoo has offered around $250m for Fullscreen  —  The internet giant Yahoo is vying to win control of Fullscreen …
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Ruby Cramer / BuzzFeed:
Hillary Clinton's book won't be distributed in China, translation rights declined as well  —  China Blocks Hillary Clinton's Book  —  Distributors and publishers impose an “effective ban” on Hard Choices , which is critical of the Chinese government.  “It's outrageous and unfortunate.”
Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Combining a creative studio and ad smarts, Victory Journal tells lush, visual sports stories  —  Statistics don't matter to the sports magazine Victory Journal.  Neither does the score of a game, really.  Rather the magazine, which comes out in print twice each year, covers …
Discussion: @niemanlab
Nick Davies / Guardian:
Phone-hacking trial was officially about crime; but in reality, it was about power  —  Rupert Murdoch's money washed through the ‘trial of the century’ like a Rolls-Royce.  The story behind the News of the World scandal was not about journalists behaving badly, but the power of money and its abuses
Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry / The Week:
Vox, derp, and the intellectual stagnation of the left  —  Talk about an epistemic closure problem  —  This wunderkind is now presiding over an empire of derp.  —  S  —  everal long winters ago, when President Obama was thunderously elected amid Messianic fervor, and much of the right …
Ted Johnson / Variety:
Ads on Public TV?  Station Seeks Supreme Court Review of Ban on Commercial Spots  —  The day after the Supreme Court issued its decision in Aereo, the justices are weighing whether to take another case that could have a significant impact on broadcasting.  —  Minority Television Project …
Lucia Moses / Digiday:
GE teams with news organizations to produce its own news website, Pressing  —  GE becomes legitimate online news publisher  —  After a very entertaining stunt with Jimmy Fallon, GE, an early adopter of content marketing, has been putting a focus on hard news of late.
 
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David Meyer / Gigaom:
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Erich Schwartzel / Wall Street Journal:
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Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
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Miguel Helft / Fortune:
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