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    Morning Mediawire: Publishers leave 'speed-dating' on social behind, seek to go steady

    For years, news sites were speed dating to capture the elusive social media audience, spreading themselves thin to reach people in as many social spaces as possible.

    Now, more are going steady. For Mic, that means sticking with a few tried-and-true social partners. For the Christian Science Monitor, which went live with a subscription site on Monday, that means finding people who support its mission so much it would pay for it.

    For both sites, it’s about identifying loyal viewers, listeners and readers — and catering to them.

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    Morning Mediawire: The next step for the Mogul of Maine

    Owner of 6 of state’s 7 dailies trying to puzzle way to sustainability — and succession

    For much of the past few weeks, the man who owns all but one of Maine’s daily newspapers and many of its weeklies had been taking a room at a friend’s seaside hotel before it opens for the season, trying to figure out the latest puzzle before him.

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    Morning Mediawire: Is there 'scandal inflation' these days?

    Recent news ups the ante — and may squeeze out what used to be 'scandals' 

    I was walking with a longtime reporter Thursday evening when he said that aspects of investigative reporting were getting harder these days.

    It’s a golden era, I replied.

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    Behold, the marticle (a primer on how to avoid only quoting men as sources)

    At first, we thought it was just us.  Scanning through the morning news roundup of articles on nuclear weapons policy, we would notice the same thing over and over again as we read.

    We dismissed our suspicions. After all, we had made so much progress. Still, the feeling was there, creeping and pervasive. It was only when we spoke with each other that we said the plainly obvious out loud.

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    Morning Mediawire: What if we’re not the product?

    On Facebook, subscriptions and robust public media 

    The classic judgment has been hauled out so frequently during Facebook’s recent scandals that it almost has become accepted wisdom: If you’re not paying for it, you are the product.

    Almost.

    Slate’s Will Oremus argues, in a history of the aphorism, that it’s not necessarily true. And it’s dangerous to think so.

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    Morning Mediawire: What journalism is all about; Trump's rant

    An awards night where the world dominated

    Four-time Pulitzer-winning photographer Carol Guzy stood before the Overseas Press Club in New York on Thursday night, having just accepted this year’s Robert Capa Gold Medal Award for photojournalism. Then she mused about one of that famous Spanish civil war photographer’s most famous guidelines: improve the work by showing the courage to push closer.

 
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