Too big to ignore: LA Times hires first beat reporter to cover Black Twitter

Digiday :: Black Twitter is a powerful and influential collective on Twitter.

Read Jordan Valinsky, digiday.com

NPR offers new interconnection option for public radio networks

Current :: The new offering promises pubcasters a simpler way to provide more localized programming over state and regional networks.

Read Mike Janssen, current.org

Study: Netflix threatens traditional TV

Media Life Magazine :: When it comes to the big three subscription video on demand services–Netflix, Hulu Plus and Amazon Prime–Netflix is clearly the king.

Read Toni Fitzgerald, www.medialifemagazine.com

Hack of Italian surveillance firm reveals contract with Egypt

Mada Masr :: An unknown team of hackers released a bundle of files on Sunday revealing that the Defense Ministry has an active contract with a notorious Italian surveillance company.

Read Staff, Mada Masr, www.madamasr.com

Phone-hacking at the News of the World: From one 'rogue reporter' to seven more criminal convictions

Press Gazette :: Six years after The Guardian fired the starting gun on the hacking scandal, the last News of the World journalist convicted of conspiracy to intercept voicemail messages - Jules Stensons - was today sentenced.

Read Dominic Ponsford, www.pressgazette.co.uk

The new importance of 'social listening' tools

Columbia Journalism Review  :: What does it mean when we give an algorithm a say in story selection? Because like it or not, it’s already happening.

Read Alexis Sobel Fitts, www.cjr.org

LA Times sells front page masthead to 'Minions' movie

LA Observed :: Some are calling this despicable and only partly as a pun. Los Angeles Times publisher Austin Beutner approved placing an ad for the upcoming Universal movie "Minions" within the front page nameplate of the Times.

Read Kevin Roderick, www.laobserved.com