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2:15 PM ET, July 22, 2014


 Top News: 
Al Jazeera English:
Shots fired into Al Jazeera's office in Gaza, a day after Israeli FM said Israel will work to close down the network.  —  Shots fired into Al Jazeera's office in Gaza, a day after Israeli FM said Israel will work to close down the network.  —  Gunshots have been fired into Al Jazeera's bureau …
Ian Black / Guardian:
Al-Jazeera Gaza offices evacuated after direct hit by Israeli fire  —  Israel denies deliberate targeting of TV station, but staff claim that ‘two very precise shots’ were fired  —  Israel's army has denied targeting the Gaza offices of al-Jazeera TV after the network's correspondents reported …
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Washington Post Heightens Wonk Wars With Storyline  —  NEW YORK — The Washington Post escalated the wonk wars Tuesday with the latest addition to the growing field of policy journalism.  —  The Post's new online vertical, Storyline, will cover policy topics through articles, videos and charts …
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Pew's Alan Murray will edit Fortune  —  Alan Murray will leave his post as the president of the Pew Research Center to become the new editor of Fortune, Fortune announced Tuesday.  Current Fortune Editor Andy Serwer “is leaving Time Inc.,” the release says.  Murray left The Wall Street Journal to run Pew in 2012.
Michael Holden / Reuters:
Murdoch tabloid suspends ‘fake sheikh’ UK reporter  —  (Reuters) - Mazher Mahmood, a British journalist known for his undercover work posing as a “fake sheikh”, was suspended by Rupert Murdoch's Sun newspaper on Monday after the collapse of a celebrity trial in which he was a main witness.
Soham Chatterjee / Reuters:
Comcast Q2 profit beats estimates with $16.8B revenue, loses 144K video subscribers, adds 203K internet customers  —  Comcast profit beats estimates on internet subscriber growth  —  (Reuters) - Comcast Corp, the largest U.S. cable operator, reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit …
Sam Kirkland / Poynter:'s bounce rate down 15 percentage points since adopting continuous scroll  —  Three major news website redesigns this year look very different but have an important feature in common: articles that seamlessly transition to new content, without requiring readers to click or tap headlines and then wait for new pages to load.
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
Croatian media in crisis as banks take control of ailing publishers  —  The media industry in Croatia is in a fragile condition due to its indebtedness, reports FollowTheMedia.  It points out that banks, as chief creditors, now control two major companies.  —  Some 90% of Europapress Holdings …
Andrew Jacobs / New York Times:
Twitter suspends suspect pro-China accounts after request from Free Tibet advocacy group  —  Twitter Acts Quickly on Suspect Pro-China Accounts  —  Talk about prompt customer service.  —  Just hours after The New York Times posted an article about bogus Twitter accounts dedicated …
Michael Rondon / Folio:
RBI Sells Reed Construction Data, RSMeans  —  The latest in a line of divestitures for RBI.  —  Reed Business Information has been relatively quiet since divesting or closing big chunks of its publishing business in the aftermath of the recession, but the company made more significant M&A moves this week.
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
BBC Worldwide chief receives £231,000 bonus despite fall in profits  —  Tim Davie says commercial division's revenues were ‘broadly flat’ if factors such as Lonely Planet sale are taken into account  —  The BBC Worldwide chief executive was paid a bonus of more than £230,000 last year …
Discussion: Press Association
Ronald Grover / Reuters:
A Fox-Time Warner deal would give Murdoch new heft in China  —  (Reuters) - Rupert Murdoch's plan to buy Time Warner would help the Twenty-First Century Fox chairman make larger inroads in China, a fast-growing market that media moguls are finding hard to crack.
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