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Media News Briefing for Thursday, March 17th

By Michael Hurtig
Thursday, March 17th, 2011

Is Hollywood “Chronically Overestimating” its Losses to Online Piracy?¬†LATIMES

The Columbia Journalism Review Looks at Content Farms and the Situation in Japan. The selective news service that a search bar provides may not be to our benefit CJR

Viral Video Engaging Viewers in New Ways – Possibly Outmoding the Traditional Format Direct Advertising Model NYTIMES

Prairie Home Companion’s Host, Garrison Keillor, Plans to Leave in 2013 NPR

Google Launches Product Aimed At Nonprofits LATIMES

Spinning Stories With Video Bites. Time Magazine’s review of the full length version of the controversial NPR video released this month reminds readers of the selective nature of video editing. TIME

How Close is the New York Times’ Pay Model to Launch? Yahoo’s Cutline Reports, Possibly April 1st YAHOO

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Media News Briefing for Wednesday, March 16th

By Michael Hurtig
Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

2tor, an Internet Start-Up, Raises 32.5 Million. The company aims to improve higher education online. TECHCRUNCH

Local TV Finds Success As It Goes Mobile TVNEWSCHECK

Former FCC Chairman, Michael Powell, to Lobby for Cable TV LATIMES

The Conversation on Internet Privacy Practices Continues. Concerns over what data is gathered, and how it is gathered will soon be addressed by the Obama Administration as they plan to present a ‘privacy bill of rights’. WSJ

Is Netflix Going to Become a Premiere Distributor? Netflix first departed from its traditional rental business with Red Envelope Entertainment, which licensed and distributed films – now it’s apparently in talks to premiere a television series with big names attached. This business model seems contrary to the recent commentary by Comcast that what used to be called re-runs is now called Netflix. WSJ

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Media News Briefing for Tuesday, March 15th

By Michael Hurtig
Tuesday, March 15th, 2011


Will Libraries Be Able to Keep Up With E-Book Commerce? Publishers are considering that a one-off sale of an e-book to a library may become a thing of the past NYTIMES

In Washington, the Push to Defund NPR Continues WSJ

Dow Jones Announces Wall Street Journal Now Has 200,000 Paying Mobile Platform Subscribers GUARDIAN

More People Got News From the Web Than Newspapers in 2010. PEW’s State of the Media 2011 reveals that the internet is now second only to television as a source of news for the general public. Meanwhile, if newspapers like the Wall Street Journal are beginning to show paid subscription numbers, there may be hope for the stabilization of quality newspaper organizations in the next few years. LATIMES

Nielsen Releases Top Online Video Brands Report for February 2011 NIELSENWIRE

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Media News Briefing for Monday, March 14th

By Michael Hurtig
Monday, March 14th, 2011

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Twitter has turned 5 (LATIMES), and its popularity is still skyrocketing.

Sites like Twitter and Facebook have inspired a long list of tech startups which many have likely never heard of, and may never hear of. Whether or not new media is in a ‘tech bubble’ moment, Twitter’s speedy success, matched by sites like Groupon, a coupon delivery site which has managed to grow to a 10-15 billion dollar valuation in only two years (NYTIMES), is indicative of the transitory nature of audiences and users in the new media landscape. How will well established brands from newspaper publishers to TV Networks fare in the future?

British Prime Minister, David Cameron, Seeks to Amend Copyright Laws – Meeting Opposition GUARDIAN

American News Media Shows Improvement in Some Areas, Newspapers Still in Decline PEJ

Gadgets May Be Causing Americans to Lose Sleep DIGITAL TRENDS

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Media News Briefing for Friday, March 11th

By Michael Hurtig
Friday, March 11th, 2011

French Court Orders Google to Pay for Copyright Infringement DIGITAL MEDIA WIRE

Future Uncertain for Federal Funding of Public Media USA TODAY

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As news outlets struggle to design portals adapted to developing reader habits and preferences, the quality and impact of journalism may be shifting.

Does a news story have less of an impact on the reader if it is delivered as a brief passage? How is the trend toward shorter reader immersion with news stories going to affect people around the globe? In this discussion on the Neiman Lab’s site, Gerald Marzorati and Mark Danner comment on the future of ‘Long Form Journalism’ NEIMANLAB

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Media News Briefing for Thursday, March 10th

By Michael Hurtig
Thursday, March 10th, 2011

Charlie Sheen’s record-breaking Twitter numbers may seem baseless to some, as many people are likely to dismiss commentary by celebrities in the search for more useful, meaningful storytelling to include in their daily media mix. Regardless, Twitter sees the Charlie Sheen phenomenon as yet another indicator of how stars can build an audience without a dependence on traditional media outlets. Although the idea that Sheen’s audience numbers on Twitter are independent of larger media outlets is debatable given Sheen’s wide, recent exposure on CBS’s Two and a Half Men, it is clear that this shift has potential to carry over into other arenas beyond the cult of celebrity. Read today’s article on Sheen’s new records in the LATIMES


In Light of Recent Controversy Surrounding NPR, The Denver Post’s Television Critic, Joanne Ostrow, Writes About Why Americans Should Still Support Government Funding for Public Media DENVERPOST

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Media News Briefing for Wednesday, March 9th

By Michael Hurtig
Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

NPR’s President and CEO, Vivan Schiller, Has Resigned NYTIMES

The Federal Trade Commission is Reviewing Alcohol Marketing Guidelines in the Context of Social Media MEDIA POST

Local Television Station Operators Oppose FCC’s Push to Re-purpose Part of the Television Band for Wireless Broadband Delivery RBR

Gotham Gazette’s Councilpedia Will Monitor New York City’s Elected Officials and Track City Dollars MEDIASHIFT

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Media News Briefing for Tuesday, March 8th

By Michael Hurtig
Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

Youtube Makes its Expansion Into Content Creation Official With a 50M Acquisition of Next New Networks NYTIMES

Some Radio Call-Ins Scripted – A Fascinating Look at How Actors Are Sometimes Paid to Call Radio Shows and Deliver Interesting Stories, Posing as Average Callers TABLETMAG

NPR President and CEO, Vivian Schiller, Spoke at the National Press Club Yesterday in Support of Government Funding for Public Media HUFFINGTON POST

Today Show Broadcasts Two Separate, Simultaneous Shows On TV and Online VARIETY

To Study the Effectiveness of Advertising, Disney Has Set Up a ‘Disney Media and Advertising Lab’ VARIETY

Your Favorite Movies Coming Soon, On Facebook? HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

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Media News Briefing for Monday, March 7th

By Michael Hurtig
Monday, March 7th, 2011

Public Media Remains Focused on Delivering High Quality Investigative Reporting With its Investigative Reporting Unit, Local Journalism Initiative KANSAS CITY STAR

The Difficulty of Defining Quality Content on the Web CJR

Used to Seeing Ads Targeted to You in Your E-mail Account? TV Advertising is Next. The Wall Street Journal Looks at the Role of Data Gathering Companies in the Equation WSJ

Libya’s Internet ‘Flatlined’ as of This Morning LATIMES

News Corp’s ‘The Daily’ Downloaded by “Hundreds of Thousands” of Users BUSINESS INSIDER

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Media News Briefing for Friday, March 4th

By Michael Hurtig
Friday, March 4th, 2011

How Close is the New York Times’ Pay Model Launch? YAHOO , GUARDIAN

Hillary Clinton Praised Quality of Al-Jazeera’s News, Expressed Concerns Over U.S. News’ Global Coverage HUFFINGTON POST

Time Warner Buys Larger Stake in Czech Media Firm REUTERS

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