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This & That: The Past Week in Media for Apr. 4, 2013

March 29: From Fishbowl DC: After reading a tongue-in-cheek tweet about president Obama and U.S. soccer start Landon Donovan, San Jose Mercury News sports reporter Elliott Almond reports it without attribution — and editors allowed it, too ... from Search Engine Land: If your publication is experimenting with sponsored content, Google wants you to keep it out of Google News … from PBS Idea Lab: Here’s a compelling argument for why media sites need to be responsive.

Apr. 1: FromPoynter: Unemployed reporter David S. Bernstein – a casualty of the closing of the Boston Phoenix – breaks story via his Twitter account that Boston’s mayor won’t seek re-election … from Paid Content: Will 20-somethings ever be turned into paying consumers for content, or are they to be remembered forever as generation Mooch? … from the Chicago Tribune: Strange bedfellows remain rivals, as Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Tribune squabble publicly about printing agreement.

Apr. 2: From New Republic: Life AB (after building): Why Inga Saffron says trend of big city dailies abandoning their downtown fortresses is a good thing … from The Verge: Programmers and security experts want to know: when is Apple going to buckle down on security? … from the Irish Times: A Dutch newspaper raises over a million in eight days from would-be subscribers to produce a “web paper” entirely free of ads.

April 3: From Venture Beat: Of ESPN’s 45 million uniques per month, 14.5 million come from mobile, and an amazing 30 percent (2.4 million) of the 8 million NCAA tournament brackets filed at ESPN.com came from a mobile device … from Bloomberg TV: “We don’t have enough respect for content” in our industry, says Tina Brown, editor in chief for Newsweek and The Daily Beast … from San Jose Mercury News: Journal Register Company’s sale to 21st CMH Acquisition Co. is delayed by an eleventh-hour union vote. Michigan Newspaper Guild president Lou Mleczko says the deal will move forward in “several days.”

April 4: From Huffington Post: The service drops “illegal immigrant” from its’ famed style guide, but many other papers, including The Washington Post and New York Times, are non-committal about revising their own guides … from Reuters: Hardline Islamist militia storms newspaper offices in Baghdad, beating employees and destroying computers over story on cleric … from The Wrap: Just like “The Sopranos” and “Mad Men” were entertainment game-changers, Netflix’s "House of Cards" is too. Featuring the fictitious Washington Herald newspaper, viewers can see each of the 13 episodes in one stream or buy the DVD set June 11.
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