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12:35 AM ET, March 30, 2015


 Top News: 
Marlow Stern / The Daily Beast:
How Brooklyn band Unlocking the Truth went from viral sensation to label hostage at Sony  —  Our Record Industry Nightmare: Unlocking the Truth's Journey From Viral Craze to Label Hostages  —  Their Times Square metal performance went viral, and a trio of 11- and 12-year-olds were signed to a $1.8 million record deal.
Discussion: @dankojones and MetalSucks
Eugene Wei / Remains of the Day:
Great content isn't commodified, and is a key differentiator for media companies, and Facebook hosting news won't change that  —  Facebook hosting doesn't change things, the world already changed  —  Like any industry, the media loves a bit of navel-gazing (what is the origin of this phrase …
Trevor Timm / Guardian:
The hypocrisy of leaking classified secrets: whistleblowers get jail time, US government officials don't  —  It's OK to leak government secrets - as long as it benefits politicians  —  It is hypocritical that some leaks will land you in jail, while others just lead to a slap on the wrist
Chris Cooke / Complete Music Update:
Alliance representing songwriters express concern about digital rights and royalty disputes  —  Songwriters voice concerns about proposed collecting society withdrawal  —  An alliance of organisations representing songwriters around the world has published an open letter addressed …
Matthew S Carroll / Medium:
MediaShift's Mark Glaser talks innovation, news apps, and the future of investigative reporting  —  The Future of News initiative at the MIT Media Lab spoke with Mark Glaser, who started MediaShift in 2006 as a small, one-person blog, with a focus on the changes revolutionizing media and media technology.
Jonathan Peters / Columbia Journalism Review:
A $325K FCC fine against a Virginia station raises calls for changes to broadcast indecency rules  —  The huge FCC fine against a Virginia station is a sign we need to rethink broadcast indecency rules  —  “The stroking of an erect penis on a broadcast [news] program is shocking.”
Discussion: @cjr
Committee to Protect Journalists:
Media outlets raided and banned as conflict spirals in Yemen  —  The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned for the safety of Yemeni journalists amid escalating violence in the country.  Houthi forces have raided news outlets, detained journalists, and banned websites …
Discussion: Internet Society and Guardian
Simon Owens / Nieman Lab:
How World Politics Review went from a side project to a paywalled news destination  —  How a hobby foreign affairs blog became a paywalled news destination — and a business  —  Like many journalism startups to emerge in recent years, the World Politics Review got its start because the kind …
Corey Hutchins / Columbia Journalism Review:
Colorado Gazette publisher defends marijuana series written by editorial board members, anti-pot freelancer  —  Gazette publisher in Colorado defends controversial marijuana series  —  COLORADO SPRINGS, CO — On Sunday, The Gazette, the daily newspaper here in Colorado's second-largest city …
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Comcast says Apple hasn't inquired about offering NBCUniversal content for its upcoming streaming service  —  Comcast Says It's Not Talking to Apple About Apple TV, Because Apple Hasn't Asked  —  Apple is talking to TV programmers about a new Web TV service it would like to launch this year.
Capital New York:
The 60-second interview: Erin Gloria Ryan, managing editor, Jezebel  —  CAPITAL: Do you think Jezebel has become less snarky and more focused on positive stories than it was when it first launched?  And is that a good thing or a bad thing?  —  RYAN: I didn't “discover” …
Discussion: @olivianuzzi
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Owen Williams / The Next Web:
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Discussion: CNET
Associated Press:
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Rachel Whetstone / Google Public Policy Blog:
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Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
Caroline Little is stepping down as CEO and President of Newspaper Association of America
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Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
Madison Square Garden to Split Into Two Companies
Discussion: The Wrap
Ed Sherman / Poynter:
As sports teams move press away from the action and into press boxes, reporters say coverage suffers
Discussion: @sherman_report
Henry Mance / Financial Times:
Daily Telegraph under Murdoch MacLennan: digital gurus, multiple top editors, and advertiser influence on stories