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This & That: The Past Week in Media for July 25, 2013

July 19: From The Guardian: Will Colonel Denise Lind’s decision to uphold the charge of “aiding the enemy” in the Bradley Manning court-martial cast a long shadow on national security journalists and their sources? … from Politico: Senator Chuck Schumer (D- N.Y.) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) have written a new shield bill protecting media from revealing information and sources during news gathering and requires courts to “apply a balancing test before compelling disclosure” from journalists … from Reynolds Journalism Institute: In pursuit of breaking the logjam for public records, the University of Missouri school kicks up $15,000 toward an online platform called FOIA Machine.

July 22: From The New York Times: Did Nate Silver run afoul of the culture of the NYT’s newsroom? NYT’s Margaret Sullivan addresses the possibility in her goodbye to the popular blogger … from Source: Have you ever heard the editor ask openly, “What does Twitter think?” Chances are the question, the data or both are severely flawed in response … from The Washington Post: The paper purchases Forney Corp., a global supplier of products and systems for power and industrial boilers. Post CEO Donald E. Graham says, “We are a diverse group of businesses sharing common goals and values but each with its own identity and workplace culture, and with management responsible for its operations.”

July 23: From Nieman Journalism Lab: Two NYU professors worry the binary system doesn’t mesh with searchable online context, meaning protecting open records could result in an entirely different fight ... from Zephoria: If whistle-blowing is the new civil disobedience, does the media spill more ink about Edward Snowden instead of the issues he exposed? … from Mother Jones: Photographer turned author Fred Ritchin’s message: “Given today's budgets for journalism, my guess is that quite a few photographers will be fired in the near future.”

July 24: Two from Net News Check: Gannett enjoys 50 percent spike in digital revenue thanks to subscriptions and paywalls … featuring in-depth news, analysis and insight on issues like NSA surveillance, patent trolls and broadband networks, The Washington Post will launch "The Switch," a new blog focused on technology policy July 29 … from TV Newser: Jane Hall, an associate professor in American University’s School of Communication, says ESPN’s purchase of Nate Silver’s fivethirtyeight blog has the muscle to alter the paradigm in news reporting.

July 25: From Digiday: The Associated Press adds “sponsored tweets” to daily social media platforms to bolster revenue at the risk of 2.2 million followers, and other mainstream media groups are doing the same … from The New Republic: Former White House assistant press secretary Reid Cherlin says it’s time to end the “exercise in silliness” known as the daily White House Press Briefing… from Media Life Magazine: If 32 percent of consumers say online advertising isn’t effective, 49 percent say banner ads don’t work and 94 percent believe traditional media advertising is viable, how does our industry monetize the web? Adobe vice president Mark Phibbs has a few ideas.

~Compiled by T.C. Cameron

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