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12:35 AM ET, March 11, 2015


 Top News: 
Tom Berg / Orange County Register:
Aaron Kushner and Eric Spitz resign from Freedom, Orange County Register  —  SANTA ANA - Aaron Kushner and Eric Spitz, co-owners of Freedom Communications, resigned Tuesday from all executive duties at Freedom and the Orange County Register.  —  Publisher Rich Mirman, the former casino marketing executive …
Chris Thompson / Poynter:
Gigaom's Mathew Ingram on the site's sudden closure: “One minute you're working on a story, and the next minute someone is telling you you don't have a job”  —  Gigaom's Mathew Ingram: “I don't think anyone expected this”  —  At 5:57 Pacific Standard Time yesterday evening …
Danny Sullivan / Medium:
Gigaom's closure isn't a harbinger for all niche media companies, but it is a warning for firms taking venture capital  —  After GigaOm, The Non-VC “SimCity” Approach To Growing A Media Business  —  I can't speak with any authority about why GigaOm suddenly ran out of money.
Sources: Univision hires Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, and Deutsche Bank AG for IPO in second half of 2015 to raise $1B at up to $20B valuation  —  Exclusive: Univision hires underwriters for IPO - sources  —  (Reuters) - U.S. Spanish-language broadcaster Univision Communications Inc …
Discussion: Deadline and CNNMoney
Mark Joyella / TVNewser:
Bloomberg Apologizes for Photoshopped Clinton Promo  —  Bloomberg TV has apologized after releasing a promo image for Bloomberg's coverage of Hillary Clinton's afternoon news conference that featured Clinton's face photoshopped onto another woman's body.  After users on Twitter and elsewhere questioned the image, the network responded:
Discussion: @simonmaloy and @jesseberney
News Corp's Storyful partners with Youku in China to license and share trending videos  —  Storyful grows international presence with Youku partnership in China  —  Storyful has launched a Chinese-language channel for viral videos on the popular Chinese video-sharing portal Youku.
Discussion: @storyful, @sophiaxuqian and Storyful
Mike Shields / Wall Street Journal:
CNN Pushes More Original Web Video  —  Say what you want about CNN's continued TV ratings slowdown.  The company's investment in digital video appears to be paying dividends.  —  Nearly a year ago, CNN launched CNN Digital Studios, a new initiative centered around producing more original content for the Web.
Discussion: @rusmirnefic and @niemanlab
Victoria Kim / Los Angeles Times:
Jury awards family of Marvin Gaye $7.4M in music copyright case, deciding “Blurred Lines” infringed on Gaye's “Got To Give It Up”  —  Jurors hit Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams with $7.4-million verdict  —  A verdict has been reached in the Los Angeles federal …
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty:
Azerbaijan extends Khadija Ismayilova's pre-trial detention for an additional two months, until May 24  —  Azerbaijan Ratchets Up Pressure on Ismayilova  —  In unscheduled, snap proceedings today, the Baku City Nasimi District Court extended investigative reporter and RFE/RL contributor …
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Verizon FiOS drops The Weather Channel because there's an app for that  —  The Weather Channel just disappeared from Verizon FiOS channel listings.  This morning, Verizon sent an email to all customers announcing that its agreement to carry the channel has expired — and isn't being renewed.
Discussion: Quartz
Kevin Loker / American Press Institute:
American Press Institute working on a new tool for teaching news literacy to young news consumers  —  API working on a new tool for educating young news consumers  —  When most of us grew up it was clear what we meant by “the news.”  We saw boundaries — the nightly newscast …
Dennis Hevesi / New York Times:
Claude Sitton, Times Reporter Lauded for Civil Rights Coverage, Dies at 89  —  Claude Sitton, a son of the South whose unwavering coverage of the civil rights movement for The New York Times through most of that era's tumultuous years was hailed as a benchmark of 20th-century journalism, died on Tuesday in Atlanta.
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Lewis Lazare / Chicago Business Journal:
Chicago Sun-Times will include content provided by Gannett's USA Today starting Wednesday
Discussion: Robert Feder and @robertfeder
Institute for Nonprofit News:
Investigative News Network changes name to the Institute for Nonprofit News to reflect broader mission
Brent Lang / Variety:
Time Warner Chief Says Cable Operators Will Eventually Embrace HBO Now
Discussion: Home Media Magazine
Jordan Chariton / The Wrap:
New York Times and Kickstarter Partner for Short-Form Documentaries
Discussion: GeekWire and Hollywood Reporter
Stuart Dredge / Guardian:
Indie music service Bandcamp reaches $100m of payments to artists
Discussion: Forbes
Mashable Announces Heidi Moore as New Business Editor
Edward Jay Epstein / Newsweek:
O'Reilly's JFK Reporting Was Impossible. I Know Because I Was There
 Earlier Picks: 
Eric Blattberg / Digiday:
With digital video network Flama, Univision tries to replicate BuzzFeed's success
Discussion: Poynter
John Plunkett / Guardian:
BBC risks having to cut more services after it misses long-term targets
Michelle Castillo / Adweek:
Thrillist Media Group Is the Latest Media Company to Launch an In-House Agency
Gerry Shih / Reuters:
Twitter opens Hong Kong office, gains China foothold
Discussion: CNET, TechCrunch and Shanghaiist
Wikimedia blog:
Wikimedia v. NSA: Wikimedia Foundation files suit against NSA to challenge upstream mass surveillance
Dave Pell / Medium:
Apple Watch is yet another platform on which incumbent publishers got access ahead of indies
Todd Cunningham / The Wrap:
China's weekend box office eclipses the US but strategic partnerships and increased opportunities for crew and talent could revitalize US film industry
Discussion: Forbes and Variety