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2:55 PM ET, July 13, 2015


 Top News: 
Jack Murtha / Columbia Journalism Review:
Behind Slant's pay-per-click model: $100 a month, plus $5 for every 500 clicks for three pieces a week  —  What it's like to get paid for clicks  —  The mission sounds simple: Pay writers and edit their work.  This is not revolutionary, nor should it be, given journalism's sepia-tinted legacy of pensions and expense accounts.
James Warren / Poynter:
Most online local news sites make less than $50,000 a year  —  Two-thirds of new local online news sites make $100,000 or less a year, with more than half generating $50,000 or less, according to a survey released Monday of 94 sites nationwide.  —  Eighty publishers representing 94 sites responded …
Discussion: Tow-Knight
Chuq Von Rospach / Writing & Commentary:
Reddit is fatally broken and should rebuild by hiring or contracting top 100+ moderators to align mod incentives with the company, kill controversial subreddits  —  The Death of Reddit  —  [edit July 12: when you're done here, I wrote a followup for you: Fixing or Replacing Reddit, some quick thoughts — take a look! chuq]
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Welcome to Voat: Reddit killer, troll haven, and the strange face of internet free speech
Discussion: Fortune and ZDNet
ABC News:
Mom of Washington Post Reporter Jailed in Iran, ‘We Always Have Hope’  —  With reports that nuclear negotiations in Vienna are approaching their final hours, the family of jailed Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian stood outside Iran's Revolutionary Court Monday holding onto hope.
Emily Steel / New York Times:
Comcast announces Stream, a $15/month web TV add-on for its internet subscribers with broadcast networks and HBO, available in select markets later this year  —  Comcast Offers Its Alternative to Cable TV, Using the Web  —  Comcast, the country's largest cable operator …
David Streitfeld / New York Times:
Accusing Amazon of Antitrust Violations, Authors and Booksellers Demand U.S. Inquiry  —  Amazon views itself as an innovator that brings enlightenment and entertainment to the masses.  Many of the traditional guardians of the literary community, however, think the retailer is a monopolist and a bully …
The Wrap:
TheWrap's Content to Be Distributed in 17 Hearst Newspapers as Part of New Partnership  —  Wrap content to appear in leading metropolitan newspapers across the U.S., including in San Francisco, Houston, Seattle and San Antonio  —  The Wrap News Inc. and Hearst Newspapers have closed a deal …
Discussion: FishbowlNY and Talking Biz News
Lloyd Grove / The Daily Beast:
Spin's founder Bob Guccione Jr. reflects on magazine's success on its 30th anniversary year  —  The ‘Penthouse’ Prince Who Made Rock Dangerous Again  —  When Spin magazine began in 1985, rock journalism lacked an edge.  Its founder Bob Guccione Jr. recalls an era of sex, ambition, death threats, and mischief-making.
Discussion: FishbowlNY
Lauren Johnson / Adweek:
Women's magazine publisher Meredith Corp acquires grocery ad-tech firm GroceryServer which powers location-based ads for food and retail brands  —  Meredith Corp. Bought an Ad-Tech Company to Make Grocery Shopping Easier  —  Women's magazine publisher Meredith Corp. has acquired Grocery Server …
Michael Wolff / USA Today:
In digital media's youth crusade, career paths are fuzzy  —  An extraordinary aspect of digital journalism is the age of the people who work in it.  This is perhaps so self-evident that there appears to be little research on the subject.  But certainly a trip from an old-media organization to a new one is something of a sight gag.
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Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
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Chris O'Shea / FishbowlNY:
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Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
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Shadi Rahimi / Poynter:
AJ+ producer explains why they covered Charleston shooting with a video asking South Carolinians “Is the South more racist?”
Discussion: @poynter
Ken Doctor / Nieman Lab:
Scrutinizing Digital First Media's strategy ahead of Paton's retirement June 30: difficult to discern larger plan beyond cutbacks to boost profits