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  • AOL plans to increase ‘content production’

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    AOL has been on a hiring spree over the past year, scooping up more than 900 hundred journalists. Still, the New Yorker's Ken Auletta wrote a couple weeks ago, in a profile of chief executive Tim Armstrong, that "AOL does not seem to be saving journalism, and journalism does not yet seem to be saving AOL." Some journalists who had worked for AOL questioned the company's commitment to quality journalism.

    While it remains to be seen how much emphasis AOL editorial puts on reporting,  a leaked "master plan" indicates that the company is certainly ramping up "content production" (as indicated in the above slide).

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  • egyptsocialmediaSince Egypt's civilian-led uprising exploded early last week, people within the country have turned to social media as a vital source of information--while observers across the globe have likewise made extensive use of updates on Twitter, Facebook and other outlets to track Egypt's volatile political situation.  Here's a look at how the Egyptian crisis has lent currency and legitimacy to social media on the ground in Cairo--and beyond.

    Mashable has an excellent roundup of how journalists have harnessed Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, live blogs and Tumblr as real-time reporting tools in the face of the Egyptian government's communications crack down. "In some respects, the attempt to block communication has done little to stifle reports coming out of the country," writes Vadim Lavrusik. "Though much of the citizenry isn't able to broadcast themselves, their stories are being told and amplified."

    Many journalists have been using their news organizations' satellite services to file reports and get online. But some have taken to less sophisticated methods. When all else fails for CNN's Nic Robertson, for instance, he calls his wife back home and tells her what he wants her to tweet from his account. "Simple workaround and proof that you can't stop information," writes Steve Safran on Lost Remote.

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  • Murdoch offers ‘The Daily’ preview before Wed launch

    Rupert Murdoch unveils The DailymurdochdrinkRupert Murdoch will unveil News Corp's highly anticipated iPad publication, "The Daily," in front of journalists Wednesday morning at the Guggenheim Museum in Manhattan.

    But on Tuesday night, a select few guests will get a sneak peak about 23 blocks further south on Fifth Avenue. All Things D's Peter Kafka reports that Murdoch is hosting a "low key" cocktail party at his lavish apartment to preview the publication. Kafka, like other journalists, wasn't lucky enough to score an invite.

    Kafka has heard some details, though, and describes The Daily as "a newspaper that's both old-fashioned and cutting edge." There will be some stories similar to other digital newspapers, he writes, while "others will look more like iPhone apps, featuring interactive graphics or videos, or photos you can swipe, pinch and zoom—with perhaps almost no text at all."

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