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3:18 AM ET, May 31, 2015


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Tyler Falk /
WNYC to self-distribute Radiolab, On the Media  —  WNYC is breaking its distribution ties with NPR to self-distribute its terrestrial radio shows Radiolab and On the Media starting Oct. 1.  It will also self-distribute its new show with the New Yorker when it launches this fall.
Discussion: @jayrosen_nyu
Gerry Smith / Bloomberg Business:
Quality, expensive TV shows need more viewers to be sustainable, but audiences are dwindling  —  TV's ‘Golden Age’ Won't Last Because You're Not Watching Enough  —  The entertainment industry will air more than 400 original TV shows this year, lavishing hundreds of millions of dollars …
Discussion: TV[R]EV, Thanks:@gerryfsmith
John Koblin / New York Times:
A look at Bob Schieffer as he signs off of Face the Nation on Sunday after 24 years as host and 46 with CBS  —  Bob Schieffer of ‘Face the Nation’ Prepares to Sign Off  —  Bob Schieffer tried to retire a decade ago.  CBS asked him to stay.  Mr. Schieffer tried again a few years later.
Discussion: @bobschieffer and NOLA River
New York Times:
Irish media silenced by legal threats from reporting claims in Ireland's parliament about media mogul Denis O'Brien's favorable loan rates  —  Clash Between Irish Billionaire and Broadcaster Reopens Wounds  —  LONDON — When the financial crash hit in 2008, it plunged Ireland …
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
How Google and director Justin Lin created Help, a mobile only 360-degree video film that can be freely explored by the viewer  —  How Google and Justin Lin Are Reinventing Movies For Mobile (Exclusive)  —  A day after leaving the “Fast and Furious” franchise, Justin Lin got a curious phone call.
Lucia Moses / Digiday:
Only 17% of BuzzFeed's 76.7M unique visitors in April came for news  —  Only 17 percent of BuzzFeed's traffic goes to news  —  Over the years, BuzzFeed has labored hard to change its perception as a cat GIF and listicle farm.  It hired star blogger Ben Smith away from Politico in 2011 …
Chris Lee / Ars Technica:
Creating fake research to show gullibility of science journalism is ethically wrong  —  Is it OK to generate a fake news story to make a point?  No  —  Op-ed: Journalist thinks it's fine to fool millions in order to make a point.  —  It may come as a surprise to regular readers, but I like the modern era of science.
Discussion: The Drum, Techdirt and NPR
Alan Rusbridger / Guardian:
Alan Rusbridger reflects on 20 years as editor of the Guardian  —  ‘Farewell, readers’: Alan Rusbridger on leaving the Guardian after two decades at the helm  —  After 20 years as editor, Alan Rusbridger is stepping down.  Here he reflects on two decades of sweeping change …
Quinn Norton / Medium:
Security journalist admits to hypocrisy of enabling tracking visitors, but holds hope for a better Internet through collective pushback and digital literacy  —  The Hypocrisy of the Internet Journalist  —  I'm selling you out as hard as I can,  —  and I'm sorry.
Discussion: @kdurrani and @russpitts
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
CBS News' Erin Moriarty Spent 16 Years On Murder Case For ‘48 Hours’  —  Most reporters spend days, maybe a few weeks, on an important story.  Erin Moriarty worked more than 16 years.  —  Moriarty will present new information on CBS' “48 Hours” Saturday night that she hopes will prompt officials …
Discussion: TVNewser
Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:
Glose Brings Its Social Ebook Reader To Android, Adds Free Excerpts  —  Glose is a brand new take on ebook reading for phones and tablets.  Yet, until today, one thing was crucially missing — Android support.  Today, the company is launching its app on Android phones and tablets.
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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Amazon Debuts A $99 Kindle Bundle For Kids Including An E-Reader, Cover And Warranty
Discussion: The Slanted, GalleyCat and @tcarmody
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