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Vatican Gets Fox Media Adviser (The Associated Press)
The Vatican has brought in the Fox News correspondent in Rome to help improve its communications strategy as it tries to cope with years of communications blunders and one of its most serious scandals in decades, The Associated Press learned Saturday. Reuters Greg Burke, Fox's Rome-based roving correspondent for Europe and the Middle East, will assume the new post of "senior communications adviser" to the secretariat of state, the key department in the Vatican's central bureaucracy. TVNewser Burke says he was offered the job twice before but declined both times. An FNC spokesperson confirmed with TVNewser a mutual parting of ways, and said that London-based correspondents Amy Kellogg and Greg Palkot will take the lead on future regional coverage. The Daily Beast One week after the Pope's butler was arrested for allegedly leaking private Vatican documents to the press, Burke got what he refers to as "a curious call" from the Vatican. Burke was in the United States at the time, celebrating his father's 90th birthday, and had turned off his Italian cellphone. When he turned it back on, he had several messages from the Holy See. "The Pope's chief of staff would like to see you," said one. NYT Some Vatican watchers called the move a power play by media-savvy Americans -- including Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, the archbishop of New York and the president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops -- inside a Vatican hierarchy run by Italians whose most frequent communications strategy is to accuse their critics of defamation. Slate / The Slatest Burke is also a member of the conservative Catholic Opus Dei group.

Sandusky Lawyers May Use NBC Tape Error In Appeal (Reuters)
Lawyers for Jerry Sandusky sought a mistrial before his conviction for child sex abuse on the grounds that prosecutors showed jurors an inaccurate version of a bombshell NBC News interview with the former football coach, and the mistake may now form part of the basis for an appeal. TVNewser Reuters reported the Today show version of the interview -- the one jurors heard -- "contained an erroneous repetition of a key question and answer -- about whether Sandusky was sexually attracted to young boys." New York Daily News When the error was discovered during the trial, Judge John Cleland remedied it by ordering jurors to disregard the taped interview and rely on an accurate transcript of the exchange. The Atlantic Wire A misleadingly edited phone call between a 911 dispatcher and George Zimmerman, the man who shot Trayvon Martin, aired on NBC's the Today show late last March. NBC issued an apology, someone was fired, and the mis-edit of the news stole the spotlight from, you know, the actual news. Well, here we go again.

The New York Times Gets All The News That's Fit To Print -- All Of It -- Into Flipboard (AllThingsD)
Like The New York Times? Like Flipboard? Here's a corporate mash-up for you: The Times' subscribers will soon be able read the entire paper on the aggregation/recommendation app. NYT / Bits The New York Times said on Monday that it would make its articles available through Flipboard, a popular app for browsing news and social media on phones and tablets. It will be the first time that the newspaper has allowed subscribers to get full access to its Web content through a third party. CNET Beginning Thursday, Times subscribers will have access to articles, videos, photo slideshows, and blogs produced by the newspaper from within Flipboard. Non-subscribers will be able to read a limited sampling of the newspaper's content. AdAge / Media News It hasn't previously made much sense for the Times, which requires a subscription from anyone who wants to read more than 10 articles per month, to put its complete content on Flipboard, a free app that aggregates users' chosen media brands and social feeds in a magazine format. So Flipboard users have had to settle for pulling in the Times' various social-media feeds, which only offer a selection of Times content.

Anthony Shadid Said To Have Blamed Death On New York Times (Politico / Dylan Byers On Media)
Anthony Shadid, the Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter who died in Syria this year, had heated arguments with his editors just prior to his final trip into the country, a cousin of Shadid's said, and told his wife that were he to die the Times would be to blame. The Atlantic Wire Ed Shadid, Anthony's cousin, was speaking at an Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee convention Saturday night in Washington, D.C. Politico / Dylan Byers On Media The New York Times says it did not pressure Anthony Shadid into Syria, rebutting claims by the late reporter's cousin that Shadid had said the Times would be responsible for his death.

Federal Funds Called Vital For Many Public Stations (NYT / Media Decoder)
When Congress approved a $445 million advance appropriation for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting in December, the corporation, which administers funds given to public broadcasters, was directed to investigate an important question: Could public television and radio survive without federal funds?

Iraq Orders Closure Of 44 Media Outlets (Reuters)
An Iraqi regulatory body has ordered the closure of 44 media outlets in the country including the BBC and Voice of America in a dispute over broadcast licenses, sources with knowledge of the order said on Sunday, but no action has yet been taken.

Downtown News To Ask For Voluntary Payments From Readers (LA Observed)
The Downtown News has been a free, ad-driven publication since Sue Laris and her then-husband started the weekly paper 40 years ago. But advertising has fallen out, or moved online in places other than the Downtown News website.

NBC Series Saved By Delayed Viewership (NYT)
The narrative about the new NBC drama Smash this spring, promulgated largely by critics and bloggers, centered on the show's serial failings: it did not live up to its pilot; it alienated viewers with sappy writing and acting; and the only reason NBC ordered a second season was because Bob Greenblatt, the top NBC entertainment executive, decided its fate based on his heart, not his head. So how did such a disaster wind up tying for the top position at 10 p.m. among viewers most coveted by network executives -- those 18 through 49 years old? The answer lies with the digital video recorder, or DVR.

Early News Apps Evolve Based On Lessons Learned, User Demands (E&P)
When Apple introduced the iPad tablet in 2010, many newspaper publishers were eager to step up and create apps for the device. These early adopters recognized the tablet as an important medium to attract audiences and gain revenue, and they introduced apps that ranged from digital replicas to video libraries and breaking news alerts. Two years later, the market for news and newspaper apps on the iPad continues to look promising.

The Tween Machine (Adweek)
Her toys have been relegated to the back of the closet. She knows the lyrics to every Katy Perry and One Direction tune. She finds Charlie the Unicorn hysterical, rates articles on Reddit and pens op-eds for AllyKatzz. She likes Frappuccinos, is already getting into yoga, has her legs waxed (at least according to a New York Times story) and wishes her life had a voiceover, à la Gossip Girl. She wants to be anything but the age she is, always looking toward the future, is ambitious, opinionated, influential -- and knows more about technology than you ever will. She is 9 years old. She is a tween.

Demand For Online-Video Ads Could Outstrip Supply During Campaign Season (AdAge / Campaign Trail)
Record political spending in 2012 will generate such rapacious demand for in-stream online video ads that it could actually outstrip supply come October, according to a new report.

Chris Hayes Has Arrived With Up (NYT)
Around 11 p.m. on a Friday this past spring, Ted Leo, a singer and songwriter considered something of a legend in New York punk and indie-rock, opened a raucous late set at the Black Cat club in Washington with a curious greeting to his followers. "I know how hard it is to be here," he joked to a crowd of about 750, a Gibson hollow-body drooping from his shoulder, "because you all have to be up at 8 a.m. tomorrow to watch Up With Chris Hayes."

How Google Became A $2 Billion Advertiser (AdAge / Media News)
Google this: The titan of search last year doubled its global ad and promotion spending to $1.5 billion. Factor in 2011 ad spending for just-acquired Motorola Mobility Holdings, and Google is now a $2.1 billion global advertiser.

Cable Closes The Books On A Solid Season (Adweek)
As the cable upfront market winds down, networks and advertisers have just one little thing to worry about: the future.

Pay Attention To What Nick Denton Is Doing With Comments (Nieman Journalism Lab)
As comment bait goes, "I'm a Gay Mormon Who's Been Happily Married for 10 Years" is a corker. That's Gawker's headline for a piece by Joshua Weed (excerpted from a longer version posted on Weed's own site) about how he balances his homosexuality, his marriage to a woman, and his Mormon identity. Once up on Gawker, it quickly attracted several hundred comments.

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