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This & That: The Past Week in Media for Aug. 8, 2013

Aug. 2: From Net News Check: The Washington Post announces digital revenue increases of 15 percent in the second quarter, offsetting a slight loss overall of the company’s newspaper division … from McClatchy’s DC Bureau: Senate Judiciary Committee agrees journalists and their sources need protection, but cannot agree on the definition of what is a journalist … from Poynter: The Cleveland Plain Dealer announces their shift to digital by printing a special section.

Aug. 5: From Nieman Journalism Lab: The sale of the Boston Globe for $70 million to John Henry means the paper is worth less than 4 percent of its value since it was sold in 1993 to The New York Times, and $12 million less than the value of the current contract of Red Sox pitcher John Lackey … from The New York Times: Former Boston Globe sports writer Bob Ryan decries the purchase of the newspaper for $70 million by Boston Red Sox owner John Henry: "It's nothing anyone would wish. It's scary, to say the least, for all involved.” … from the Boston Globe: Three different bidders say their group topped John Henry’s accepted $70 million bid to purchase the paper, prompting questions about fairness in The New York Times’ selection process.

Aug. 6: From Net News Check: Should local papers be forced into a consortium to leverage collective audiences and address digital ad sales? Randy Bennett thinks so … from Time: From Bezos to Buffett to the Boston Red Sox, why are American billionaires falling over one another to get a piece of the country’s newspaper market? … from GigaOM: IsTwitter’s140-character limit saving long form journalism? Mark Armstrong thinks so.

Aug. 7: From The Guardian: Guardian and Observer CEO Andrew Miller calls the proposed Independent Press Standards Organization (IPSO) “futile” and says the new press regulator threatens his paper’s independence … from Nieman Journalism Lab: Google announces a new search feature, offering context to in-depth and long form coverage of people, places and current events ... from The Washington Post: Expect the Graham family to continue to diversify the company/family portfolio in the aftermath of the sale of the iconic brand.

Aug. 8: From Fishbowl NY: AOL’s patchwork network of Patch sites is about to get smaller … from Philadelphia City Paper: Philly.com, created to feature content from the city's two daily newspapers, is now a source of rancor from staffers from the two city dailies charged with filing content for the site … The Washington Post sale: In buying the iconic newspaper, is Jeff Bezos determined to change the distribution model for newspapers forever and always (Net News Check) or is he crafting a new legacy for himself far beyond Amazon (Nieman Journalism Lab)?

— Compiled by T.C. Cameron

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