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8:45 PM ET, March 24, 2015


 Top News: 
Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
Instead of building bespoke platforms, publishers are turning to others, like Facebook  —  A wave of distributed content is coming — will publishers sink or swim?  —  Last August, when BuzzFeed announced a new $50 million round of venture capital investment, a lot of journalists heard …
Felix Salmon / Fusion:
How Facebook could kill the news brand  —  It seems my prediction is coming true: Facebook wants news stories to live within its own app.  That's better for Facebook's readers, who don't need to click on links and wait for clunky external websites, and it's better for Facebook …
The Information:
Facebook is in talks with several media firms, including Vice, The Onion, and Vox Media, to produce high quality short-form sponsored videos  —  Facebook Pitching Advertisers on “Anthology” Video Package  —  In a significant expansion of its video strategy, Facebook is in discussions …
Discussion: @cityofthetown and Engadget
New York Times:
Facebook to test new format for hosting publisher content within months, initial partners include New York Times, BuzzFeed, and National Geographic
Steven Perlberg / Wall Street Journal:
BuzzFeed launches podcasts focusing on race, gender, web and pop culture  —  BuzzFeed Joins the Podcast Frenzy  —  BuzzFeed is famous for its ability to draw in the eyeballs of a vast, young audience.  Now it wants their ears, too.  —  The entertainment and news website will on Tuesday launch …
Capital New York:
The 60-second interview: Mat Honan, San Francisco bureau chief, Buzzfeed News  —  CAPITAL: On Feb. 23, Buzzfeed announced four more hires for its San Francisco bureau, which has been staffing up of late.  Some have wondered, only partially sarcastically, whether there will come …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Jason Kilar's Vessel Will Not Offer Long-Form TV Content Like Netflix  —  Vessel, the digital subscription-video startup founded by Jason Kilar — the founding CEO of Hulu — officially launched Tuesday, looking to take a bite out of YouTube.  —  But, he says, the TV content service …
Discussion: Fast Company
Emily Steel / New York Times:
Netflix, Amazon and Hulu No Longer Find Themselves TV's Upstarts  —  Netflix, Amazon and Hulu have suddenly found themselves playing a new role: the establishment.  —  After years of waging an assault on the traditional television business, these companies now must defend their turf …
Ken Doctor / Capital New York:
Profile of NPR CEO Jarl Mohn, detailing his outreach efforts to smaller NPR stations  —  What are they thinking?  Jarl Mohn, putting the ‘R’ back in NPR  —  To inaugurate his tenure as NPR's fifth C.E.O. in six years, Jarl Mohn took a page from the playbook of campaigning politicians and embarked on an unconventional listening tour.
Discussion: @radiofinn and @davidfolkenflik
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Trade group led by AT&T and Verizon sues FCC to overturn net neutrality  —  FCC calls early lawsuit “premature and subject to dismissal.”  —  The Federal Communications Commission's new net neutrality rules haven't taken effect yet, but they're already facing lawsuits from Internet service providers.
Amy Schatz / Re/code:   New Streaming TV Services Could Weirdly Help Comcast
Lucia Moses / Digiday:
Hearst president David Carey: 'We're a content company with a platform mentality'  —  This is Executive Summary, a new Digiday series featuring media company leaders talking about how they're meeting the demands of the shifting digital media landscape.  To kick off the series …
Seymour M. Hersh / New Yorker:
The Scene of the Crime: A reporter's journey to My Lai and the secrets of the past  —  There is a long ditch in the village of My Lai.  On the morning of March 16, 1968, it was crowded with the bodies of the dead—dozens of women, children, and old people, all gunned down by young American soldiers.
Discussion: @annehelen and Common Dreams
Jasper Jackson / Guardian:
Times website develops edition-based publishing model  —  Proposed plan for morning, lunchtime and afternoon editions is part of wider initiative called Project D  —  The Times is developing a new edition-based digital publishing model that would see its website refreshed at set times throughout the day …
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
E-Book Startup Oyster Hires Jeannie Mun As Its First CFO  —  Oyster, a Netflix-style service for e-books, has brought on its first chief financial officer, Jeannie Mun.  —  Before joining Oyster, Mun spent a lot of time in the ad world, having recently served as CFO at ad company MediaMath …
Discussion: @ericstromberg and GalleyCat
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