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4:40 AM ET, August 23, 2014


 Top News: 
Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Lab:
The Guardian and St. Louis Post-Dispatch editorial pages are teaming up for Ferguson coverage  —  It started, like so many things now do, with a tweet.  On August 12, three days after Michael Brown was killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. and just as the protests there were beginning …
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
HuffPost's Ferguson Fellow: ‘This is huge for me’  —  Mariah Stewart hasn't always been sure about her future in journalism.  She remembers calling her mom in tears on her way to a feature writing class late last year, unsure if she'd be able to finish journalism school.
Dan Nosowitz / Fast Company:
The Look Of Funny: How The Onion's Art Department Works  —  The absurd scenes and photos that look like bad stock art?  They're all designed from scratch.  Here's why.  —  An Onion article titled “New Law Enforcement Robot Can Wield Excessive Force Of 5 Human Officers” …
Jennifer Saba / Reuters:
Execution of U.S. journalist reveals the changing business of war coverage  —  (Reuters) - A chilling video showing the execution of journalist James Foley by Islamist militants marks the second time an American reporter has been beheaded by captors overseas, echoing the murder …
Martin Chulov / Guardian:
James Foley and fellow freelancers assumed more risks as media outlets cut back budgets
Keach Hagey / Wall Street Journal:
CNN Held Talks About Joint Venture With Glenn Beck's The Blaze  —  Both Sides Could Not Agree On Terms  —  Time Warner Inc. 's CNN has looked beyond Vice Media in its quest for a partner to help revamp its struggling sister station, HLN.  —  CNN executives have held talks in recent weeks …
Joe Konrath / A Newbie's Guide to Publishing:
To resolve dispute with publishers, Amazon should stop discounting print books  —  Amazon vs. Hachette  —  I had a thought.  —  Right now, publishers want Amazon to discount paper books, but they don't want Amazon to discount ebooks.  —  There is a very easy fix that will force publishers to lower their prices.
Brian Fung / Washington Post:
The case for a social media standard on sensitive content  —  The tragic, public airing of James Foley's murder at the hands of the Islamic State is raising sensitive questions about the role that social media companies play in disseminating news online.  Was Twitter right to block the gruesome video showing Foley's death?
Ryan Tate / Wired:
Newsletter Thrillist set to exceed $100M in revenue this year, says co-founder Ben Lehrer  —  The Newsletter That Became a $100M Business Selling Stuff to Dudes  —  Once upon a time, Thrillist was just an email newsletter with a circulation of about 600 New Yorkers.
Discussion: @jen_brika
Melissa Dahl / New York Magazine:
Why Facebook's ‘Satire’ Tag Is Necessary, and Why Smart People Fall for Fake News  —  People are pretty great at missing the joke.  —  Shares  —  Earlier this week, Facebook announced a plan to start testing a “satire” tag, which you may soon find affixed to headlines like …
Peter Sterne / Capital New York:
Beleaguered Spin Media's new C.E.O., Stephen Blackwell, lays out a plan  —  Last week, as Capital first reported, Stephen Blackwell was named the new C.E.O. of Spin Media Group—a collection of more than a dozen online music and lifestyle publications that together bring in about 30 million monthly uniques.
Discussion: MediaWire Daily
Kenneth Irby / Poynter:
Veteran photojournalist talks about going into hotspots  —  “The entire world is appalled by the brutal murder of Jim Foley by the terrorist group, ISIL,” President Barack Obama said on Wednesday.  “He reported from difficult and dangerous places, bearing witness to the lives of people a world away.”
Discussion: @viiphoto, @ronhaviv and @cengizyar
Todd Shields / Bloomberg:
Comcast and Time Warner Cable Get Questions From the FCC  —  Federal regulators asked Comcast Corp. (CMCSA) to explain its Internet and content policies as part of the U.S. review of the company's $45.2 billion bid to acquire Time Warner Cable Inc. (TWC)  —  Comcast was asked …
Discussion: Multichannel News
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Keach Hagey / Wall Street Journal:
Al Jazeera's negotiations with distributors eroded value of Current TV, Gore complaint claims
Maria Sheahan / Reuters:
German regulator won't pursue complaint demanding Google pay for giving access to articles
Discussion: Reuters
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