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1:10 PM ET, September 1, 2014


 Top News: 
New York Times:
Pakistani Protesters Briefly Take Over State TV Building  —  ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Pakistani troops took control of security at the headquarters of the state-run television network on Monday after hundreds of demonstrators stormed the building and forced the network to temporarily halt broadcasting.
Angèle Christin / Nieman Lab:
Metrics a key factor in editorial and management decisions; journalists respond inconsistently  —  When it comes to chasing clicks, journalists say one thing but feel pressure to do another  —  Online media is made of clicks.  —  Readers click from one article to the next.
David Carr / New York Times:
Amazon Bets on Content in Deal for Twitch  —  On Wednesday night, I spent time on watching people watch people play StarCraft II, Call of Duty and League of Legends.  —  When you cover media, you get used to meta activities, but staring at my computer watching …
Discussion: @slasher, @ennisnyt, @nbj914 and @carr2n
BBC staff vote to strike over job losses  —  BBC staff have voted to go on strike in a row over job losses, the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) has said.  —  The union said that 86.9% of its members came out in favour of a campaign of industrial action.
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
Hollywood has worst summer since 1997 as US summer ticket sales decline 15% from 2013  —  Movies Have Worst Summer Since 1997  —  LOS ANGELES — American moviegoers sent a clear message to Hollywood over the summer: We are tired of more of the same.  —  But don't entirely blame the sequels and superheroes.
Nate Hoffelder / The Digital Reader:
Some Japanese publishers call Amazon's linking book promotion to commission fees “blackmail”  —  Amazon is Facing Boycotts, Cries of Blackmail from Japanese Publishers  —  Never one to fight a single battle at a time, Amazon is in conflict with publishers in multiple countries …
Alexis Sobel Fitts / Columbia Journalism Review:
Michael Brown shooting and the crimes journalists choose as newsworthy  —  Examining why black suspects are covered at a greater proportion than they commit crimes  —  Since Michael Brown's fatal shooting on August 9, news coverage of the event and its aftermath has been followed by a second wave …
Discussion: Guardian, @cjr and @fittsofalexis
New York Times:
The evolution of propaganda: how ISIS uses Twitter, Instagram, WhatsApp, SoundCloud, and more  —  ISIS Displaying a Deft Command of Varied Media  —  The extremists who have seized large parts of Syria and Iraq have riveted the world's attention with their military prowess and unrestrained brutality.
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
Press freedom groups urge Bahrain king to release photojournalist  —  Press freedom and human rights organisations have signed a letter addressed to the king of Bahrain calling for the release of Bahraini photojournalist Ahmed Humeidan (aka Humaidan).  —  He has been in prison for 19 months since …
BBC World Service boss Peter Horrocks to step down  —  The director of the BBC World Service, Peter Horrocks, is to leave the corporation in the New Year, it has been announced.  —  Horrocks, who has worked for the BBC for 33 years, has held the position since 2009.
Discussion:, @peterhorrocks1 and Guardian
Global Voices:
In Serbia, press oppression takes the form of cyber attacks on news sites  —  Two Months After Flooding, Digital Freedoms in Serbia Are Still in Trouble  —  There's a worrying trend in Serbia's digital world.  Media websites are increasingly the target of mysterious technical attacks …
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