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This & That: The Past Week in Media for May 2, 2013

April 26: From New York Magazine: NBC’s Today Show didn’t really mask their plan to oust Ann Curry under the codename Operation Bambi, did they? They did … from theEditor’s Weblog: Journalistic objectivity might be most important at most papers, but not at USA Today. Publisher Larry Kramer wants reporters to inject personality and perspective into news stories ... from the Guardian (London): Do staffers notice Jill Abramson’s worst traits (and ignore her best) because she’s a lousy editor … or because she’s a female editor?

April 29: From Columbia Journalism Review: Growth for The New York Times’ paywall slows. Is this a bump in the road or a new normal for the iconic brand? … from Nieman Reports: Brian McGrory, Boston Globe editor, says decision to drop paywall during marathon bombing manhunt was about wanting to, ”Serve the community as best we could, to get information out. We had the largest manhunt in the history of this city, the history of the region.” … from Bloomberg BusinessWeek: Mother Jones pulls off a secret tape hat trick — when did Mother Jones become the source for secret political tapings?

April 30: From the University of Maryland Diamondback: Ten years after Jayson T. Blair left The New York Times in shame, former staffers of the school paper recall the truckload of warnings that fell on deaf ears … from Sports Illustrated: Washington Wizards forward Jay Collins becomes first openly gay professional athlete actively competing in the four major team sports in America. Media and athletes alike applaud the move … from Ad Week: While ESPN spins sponsored content as “branded,” EIC Chad Millman says of magazine legacy rules: “I just don’t think (they) are relevant anymore.”

May 1: From Hollywood Reporter: First Amendment hypocrites? ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” program discusses Jason Collins’ announcement he’s gay, then apologizes for Chris Broussard expressing his conservative Christian beliefs from same platform … from Poynter: The five-day average circulation metric is obsolete, says Alliance for Audited Media executive vice president Neal Lulofs. “What advertisers want and use is the detailed breakdown,” by day of the week … from PBS Media Shift: Is Facebook’s graph search doomed because the media empire bit off more than it could collectively chew?

May 2: From The New Republic: Social media giants like Google, Facebook and Twitter impacting the future of free speech more than America’s mammoth governments? … from Jim Romenesko: After the Koch brothers announce interest in buying Tribune Co. publications, the Newspaper Guild calls on Tribune to “only sell to a buyer that will protect the objectivity of the news product.” … from The Washington Post: Yet another call by a D.C. pol for the Washington Redskins to change the team nickname. Could you imagine D.C. cheering for the Washington Redtails?
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