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1:45 PM ET, July 13, 2015


 Top News: 
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
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
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 …
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
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.
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 …
Discussion: Folio and AdExchanger
Karla Zabludovsky / BuzzFeed:
Inside Granma, official paper of Cuba's Communist Party, as more Cubans gain Internet access  —  Inside The World's Slowest Newsroom  —  Staff at Granma, the official newspaper of Cuba's Communist Party, are facing a new challenge — how to embrace the openness of the internet while still pleasing ruthless censors.
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.
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
Former Director of Public Prosecutions Keir Starmer to call for journalists to have a public interest defence  —  Keir Starmer to call for journalists to have a public interest defence  —  A former director of public prosecutions (DPP) believes journalists accused of phone hacking …
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Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
Gawker Media vs Hulk Hogan court case moved up to October 1
Chris O'Shea / FishbowlNY:
Deputy editor Jason Anders named business editor of The Wall Street Journal
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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
Leah Scarpelli / NPR:
Music albums now come out on Fridays, as music industry fights piracy by timing releases to the same day globally