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5:05 AM ET, March 19, 2015


 Top News: 
Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Lab:
How The Irish Times developed its new (very relaxed) metered paywall  —  DUBLIN — On February 23, The Irish Times erected a metered paywall on its website, making it the first major daily Irish newspaper to do so. … In the United States, newspaper paywalls are familiar [pick one: annoyances, understandable business choices] by now.
Discussion: @rositaboland and @lindseymwagner
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic Online:
Most millenials are ‘accidental news junkies’, learning about current affairs by spending a lot of time on social media, but not purposefully seeking news  —  Journalism in the Age of the Accidental News Junkie  —  Young Americans care about the news, honestly they do …
Discussion: INMA and @heyheyesj
Roger Yu / USA Today:
USA Today offering buyouts to about 15%, or 90 of 600 staffers, who are 55+ and have been with the company for 15+ years  —  USA TODAY offers buyouts to veteran staffers  —  USA TODAY announced Wednesday that it will offer buyout packages to veteran employees to trim staffing …
Financial Review:
News Corp raises stake in APN News to 14.99%; 30% of APN sold in $279M block trade  —  Rupert Murdoch's News Corp emerges with 14.9pc APN stake  —  of  —  About 30.8 percent of APN News & Media has been sold in $300 million block trade handled by Credit Suisse.  Robert Rough
Vladimir Radomirovic / Nieman Reports:
In the Balkans, Whistle-Blowing News Outlets Struggle to Survive  —  From shady deals for government advertising to journalists choosing self-censorship, it's not easy running a publication in the former Yugoslavia  —  A protester in Macedonia calls for the release of Tomislav Kearovski …
Discussion: @niemanlab
Jeremy Barr / Capital New York:
New York Times adding 20 online opinion writers  —  The New York Times is bringing on 20 new online-focused writers as contributors for its op-ed and Sunday Review sections, editorial page editor Andrew Rosenthal and op-ed/Sunday Review editor Trish Hall announced in a Wednesday afternoon memo.
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
Mitra Kalita leaves Quartz to join Los Angeles Times as managing editor for editorial strategy  —  S. Mitra Kalita heads to the L.A. Times to ‘develop and refine new styles of journalism’  —  S. Mitra Kalita, executive editor-at-large at Quartz, will join the Los Angeles Times as managing editor …
Ted Bridis / Associated Press:
In 2014 US censored or denied access to 39% of FOIA requests, with unanswered requests up 55%  —  US sets new record for denying, censoring government files  —  1 photo  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — For the second consecutive year, the Obama administration more often than ever censored government files …
Latika Bourke / Sydney Morning Herald:
Media companies welcome extra protections for journalists as metadata laws pass the lower house  —  Metadata never worried Tony Abbott the journalist  —  The Prime Minister says reporters need not fear police accessing their metadata to identify their sources- he never worried about his own metadata …
Emma Roller / National Journal:
One America News seeks to grow its conservative viewership through sponsorships, doubles staff  —  How One TV Channel Is Positioning Itself to Be the Next Fox News  —  One America News has the moxie.  But can it poach viewers from other cable news stations?
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg Business:
Music Streaming's Gains Fail to Counter Falling Album Purchases  —  (Bloomberg) — The U.S. music industry shrank 0.5 percent in 2014 as growth in streaming services like Spotify Ltd. failed to counter declining consumer spending on albums and songs.  —  Revenue from streaming subscriptions …
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Natasha Lennard / Fusion:
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Nathan Ingraham / The Verge:
Sony's PlayStation Vue streaming TV service launches today in NYC, Chicago, and Philadelphia, starts at $50/month with about 50 channels including CBS, Fox, NBC
David Bloom / Deadline:
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John McDermott / Digiday:
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Donald Weber / Medium:
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Kyle Russell / TechCrunch:
Ustream opening up its internal SDK and API to developers, enabling anyone to build Meerkat-like apps, by invitation only for now
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Guardian, FT, CNN, Reuters, and Economist launch new programmatic advertising alliance Pangaea to take on Facebook and Google