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Shooting at Sikh Temple Outside Milwaukee (TVNewser)
CNN and Fox News were in continuing coverage Sunday afternoon of a shooting at a Hindu Sikh temple in the Milwaukee suburb of Oak Creek, Wis. The first 911 calls came in at 10:25 a.m. CT. CNN first reported the news about an hour and 15 minutes later at 12:46 p.m. ET; Fox News a few minutes after that at 12:51 p.m. Both networks went into extensive coverage in the 1 p.m. ET hour. At 1:55 p.m. ET, NBC's Lester Holt anchored a special report on MSNBC from London where he is reporting from the Olympics. Reuters A gunman killed six people and critically wounded three at a Sikh temple during Sunday services before police shot him dead, and the attack is being treated as domestic terrorism, police said. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel A law enforcement source familiar with the investigation said the shooter had been discharged from the Army. The source said one firearm was recovered at the temple as well as multiple magazines. CNN Another three people were wounded, including the first officer to respond to the scene, Oak Creek Police Chief John Edwards said. A second officer returned fire, killing the suspect, according to the chief. NYT In an attack that the police said they were treating as "a domestic terrorist-type incident," the gunman stalked through the temple around 10:30 a.m. Congregants ran for shelter and barricaded themselves in bathrooms and prayer halls, where they made desperate phone calls and sent anguished texts pleading for help as confusion and fear took hold. Witnesses described a scene of chaos and carnage. LA Times / Nation Now The designation of "domestic terrorism" under the FBI's rubric -- which was not applied to the Aurora, Colo., theater shooting -- implies a political agenda. The FBI defines terrorism as "the unlawful use of force or violence against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives." The Denver Post / AP Federal authorities described the suspect as a white man in his 40s, but neither provided further details nor suggested a possible motive, including whether he specifically targeted the Sikh temple.

So Much for #NBCFail: Olympics Ratings Soar (Ad Age / Media News)
NBC has been slammed by viewers and media pundits for its coverage of the London Olympics, but Madison Avenue wouldn't change a thing. Especially not the tape delay. GigaOM One of the great ironies about the 2012 Summer Games is that Americans online have been so dedicated to complaining about NBC's Olympics coverage that it's a shame it's not a medal event -- but NBC is recording not only record televised ratings, but off-the-charts performance for its online and mobile offerings. And that's remarkable, given the fact that the website's coverage is limited to those with a cable subscription -- no cord cutters allowed. Deadline Hollywood Saturday night's NBC primetime broadcast of the London Olympics, which featured Michael Phelps' 22nd Olympic medal (gold in the 4x100-meter individual medley), drew 28.0 million viewers, the lowest to date for the current Games. Baltimore Sun / Z on TV Does it feel as if NBC and its affiliates are getting a little greedy with its London coverage? NYT While some American television viewers are grumbling about the retro feel to NBC's London Olympics coverage, with tape-delayed broadcasts of the opening ceremony and other events, audiences in Britain are getting a more contemporary -- even futuristic -- TV Games. HuffPost / AP Between Olympic soccer matches, NBC analyst Marcelo Balboa fields texts and emails from friends who ask him, "How's London?" He wouldn't know. The three-time World Cup participant turned sportscaster is one of many at NBC covering the Olympics from a cubby equipped with a television monitor in New York, one of a warren of them lined up in the studio where Saturday Night Live usually originates. AllTwitter With his victory at the men's time trial in London Wednesday, cyclist Bradley Wiggins established himself as arguably the greatest British Olympian of all time, with his seven medals surpassing Steve Redgrave as GB's most winningest Olympic athlete. But how did Twitter react? Massively. Nieman Journalism Lab Did you hear about the Olympic fencer who refused to leave the piste after losing to a computer glitch? I didn't watch it on television or on NBC's Web livestream, since I don't have cable. But I did watch the next best thing -- maybe the better thing: BuzzFeed's strangely compelling and haunting recap, presented in videos, still images, and animated GIFs.

Washington Post Co. Second Quarter Profit up 13.6 Percent (
The Post Co. says net income in the second quarter rose to $52 million ($6.84 per share) vs. $45.8 million ($5.74 per share) in the same quarter a year earlier. TVSpy While its newspaper and education divisions continue to struggle, The Washington Post Co. is celebrating the success of its broadcast television unit. The company's Post-Newsweek station group was the only Post division to record higher operating profit in the second quarter than last year. Poynter / MediaWire The Post's newspaper division lost money. Print advertising revenue continues to decline; it's down 15 percent compared to the second quarter of 2011. Print circulation is down, too: 9.3 percent for daily and 6.1 percent for Sunday for the first six months of 2012 compared to 2011. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Company-wide, revenue for the second quarter totaled $1.0 billion, down 5 percent from $1.06 billion for the second quarter of 2011. CJR / The Audit Here's how the Washington Post covered its namesake parent company's dismal second-quarter earnings report, and here's how everybody else covered it.

NAHJ Elects New Board Members (TVNewser)
The National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) announced new leadership at the quadrennial Unity conference Friday. Hugo Balta, a coordinating producer at ESPN, was elected president of the organization. Balta has held previous leadership roles at MSNBC and at New York stations WNBC, WNJU, and WCBS. Mekahlo Medina, a reporter at KNBC, was elected VP of broadcast. NAHJ president and AP weekend political desk editor Michele Salcedo defended her no-tweeting-at-board-meetings position by pointing out that "we're not a government entity" and "we're not required to be open to the public." Baltimore Sun Salcedo is taking some heat from a decision to forbid live tweeting of the organization's board meeting. As one commenter at writes, "We are a journalism organization. We should be committed to openness." I'm not entirely sure.

Walter Cronkite Corrects New Yorker Story About Walter Cronkite (TVNewser)
Earlier this month the New Yorker's Louis Menand reviewed a new book about the life of famed CBS News correspondent Walter Cronkite. Unfortunately, he got a few things wrong, as pointed out by... Walter Cronkite. The New Yorker Cronkite: "Menand errs when he says of my grandfather's coverage of the liberation of Europe that 'he was not near the front lines.' Menand acknowledges that my grandfather flew on a bombing raid over Germany, but does not mention that during that flight, which took place in 1943, he manned a .50-calibre machine gun against German fighter planes. In September of the following year, he crash-landed in a glider behind enemy lines with the 101st Airborne on the first day of Operation Market Garden, and was under heavy artillery fire and bombs near Eindhoven for days afterward. You can't get much closer to the front lines than that."

Plagiarism, More Fake Interviews in Jonah Lehrer's Books (Poynter / MediaWire)
Michael C. Moynihan, the journalist who discovered that Jonah Lehrer had fabricated quotations from Bob Dylan and misquoted others in his book Imagine, says he's found more problems. TwitLonger / @mcmoynihan As I mentioned, I only looked at the Dylan chapter in Imagine, and nothing else. I've since had a cursory look at a few other chapters (including in his previous book, How We Decide); no more than a few hours of checking and a few emails to people mentioned by Lehrer -- and I found fake interviews, quotes that can't be located, and plagiarism.

Networks Struggle to Appeal to Hispanics (NYT)
Sofia Vergara is probably the most recognizable Hispanic actress working in English-language television. She is one of the stars of Modern Family, the highest-rated scripted show on network television, and she has parlayed her celebrity into commercials for brands like Pepsi and Cover Girl. Despite her popularity, Modern Family is not a hit with Hispanic viewers.

Magazine Newsstand Sales Still Falling in 2012 (Adweek)
The numbers coming from the Audit Bureau of Circulations Tuesday are likely to show yet another soft performance for magazine newsstand sales, especially for women's titles.

The Leak Police (NYT)
In the months leading up to the invasion of Iraq in 2003, this newspaper famously published a number of stories regurgitating the Bush administration hype about Saddam Hussein's supposed arsenal of mass destruction. A few journalists elsewhere -- notably Jonathan Landay and Warren Strobel, then of the Knight Ridder newspapers -- dug deeper, discovered contrary intelligence, and challenged the official line. The Times has owned up to -- and, we pray, learned from -- the things we got wrong. But this is a good time to look a little harder at the journalists who got it right. How did they come up with the evidence to refute the version embraced by the president, by most officials in both parties and by a lot of the mainstream media?

Inside Facebook's World (Time / Techland)
In February of 2004, Harvard sophomore Mark Zuckerberg created Facebook. His workspace, such as it was, consisted of a PC, a desk and his beloved whiteboard, all crammed into his less-than-tidy quarters in Suite H33 at the university's Kirkland House. His collaborators -- Chris Hughes, Eduardo Saverin and Dustin Moscovitz -- were fellow Harvard students, and therefore close at hand. Fast forward to 2012. TechCrunch The sharp declines in Facebook's stock price since its IPO have lead to a frenzy of alarmed comment, some going as far to declare the company in a state of emergency. I'm not sure I agree.

Newhouse on New Orleans Changes: 'There's Every Reason to be Upset and Angry, but...' (Poynter / MediaWire)
Steven Newhouse knows a lot of people don't like his company's decision to reduce print frequency and staff at its newspapers and move most of its publishing online.

Aggregators Help Radio Reach Online Audiences (NYT)
For the radio industry, there may be no better symbol for the challenges of adapting to the digital age than two candy-colored mobile apps.

Zynga's Rocky Shift to Mobile (WSJ)
To turn around its flagging business, Zynga Inc. is betting big on mobile games and creating a network that connects mobile-game players. But how to carry out that shift remains up for debate.

The Olympics' Women Coverage: It Should be About Female Athletes' Achievements, but it's Often More Focused on Their Chromosomes (CJR)
Gender issues were threaded throughout the coverage of the Olympic Games this week, beginning with the opening ceremonies, which showcased that, for the first time, all of the 204 delegations included a female athlete.

The Knot for iPad: Pretty Bride, Shame About the Make-Up (minOnline)
The Knot Weddings magazine made its debut on mobile platforms last week, appearing in both iPad versions as well as in the Google Play app market. It is also available on Kindle and Nook.

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