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This & That — The Past Week in Media

Jan. 31: From Net News Check: Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. buys Landmark’s News & Record in Greensboro, N.C. Landmark also owns the Carroll County Times and Annapolis Capital … from the London Guardian: Hackers attack news sites of BBC, Reuters and the New York Times and others … from Wired: Muckrock, a site that processes public records requests for a fee submitted 153 federal FOIA requests for free in honor of coder and internet activist Aaron Swartz, who committed suicide last month.

Feb. 1: From the Newspaper Guild of Greater Philadelphia: The Newspaper Guild-Communications Workers of America’s bargaining committee representing employees from the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News, announced a tentative, two-year agreement … from News & Tech: Paywalls double in North America, as Gannett, McClatchy and Sun Media ramp efforts up. Advance and Journal Register remain paywall holdouts … from Poynter: Looking for some talent? The New York Times has shed 21 of an announced 30 positions it had planned to cut via voluntary buyout program or layoffs.

Feb. 4: From Media Daily News: NFL Commissioner says no to an 18-game regular season, fewer preseason games and a change to the nickname of the Washington Redskins … From Nieman Journalism Lab: Sociologist Herbert J. Gans says journalists should rethink how they frame their work to focus more on the needs of a 21st-century democracy … from Ad Age: The Super Bowl blackout spawns real-time advertising and branding campaigns from Oreo Cookies, Bud Light and Speed Stick on Twitter.

Feb. 5: From Twitter: The Baltimore Ravens won a championship, the city of New Orleans survived a blackout, but #SB47 netted 24 million tweets for Twitter … from the London Guardian: Are Google searches racist? A Harvard study finds racial bias in results, and our own prejudices are to blame … from Poynter: In the Hollywood tradition, the Washington Herald — hosted by the Baltimore Sun — joins other notable faux newspapers like the Washington Globe and Washington Capital.

Feb. 6: From TV News Check: Terry Heaton makes an argument for why employees should own social media accounts instead of companies … from Tech Dirt: Investigative reporter Teri Buhl, who specializes in Wall St.-based stories, claims her tweets are not “publishable,” threatens blogger with suit, then refutes Tech Dirt story about her … from Reporters Committee: N.J. Superior Court judge orders blogger Tina Renna to justify why shield laws apply to her and avoid revealing the names of government officials she accused of wrongdoing on her blog, The County Watchers.

Feb. 7: From New York Observer: Magazines and newspaper writing jobs are scarce, but opportunities with brand-owned blogs are abundant … from The New York Times: With privacy and hacking concerns becoming a growing concern for journalists, it’s more important to lock down your Facebook privacy settings … from Poynter: Poll identifies PBS as most trusted, Fox News Channel least trusted news network.

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