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Postcards and laundromat visits: The Texas Tribune audience team experiments with IRL distribution
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Dec. 7, 2010, 6 p.m.

Links on Twitter: ESPN launches women’s sports site, What Tumblr’s outage means and franchising The Onion

Why The Onion is franchising and what it means for its web and print presence »

Don’t expect to be able to game our paywall like, ahem, other newspapers, says NYT digital head »

Reconsidering Patch: Success means a new approach to local journalism, failure means a cautionary tale »

WaPo on others paid content experiments: “We’re quite willing to be followers on this front” »

Tumblr lives again, but consider why it’s outage matters to the web, and the world »

Flipboard, Instapaper, Twitter and Facebook: How have reading habits changed in 2010? »

Redistricting, now more fun thanks to .@Sunlightlab’s “Better Draw a District” »

Mediaite empire to expand into mogul watch, tech for women and media jobs »

ESPN launches, a sports blog about womens sports by women writers, athletes and more »

Choice of words: Some news orgs no longer calling WikiLeaks a “whistleblower” »

Survey of US smartphone owners finds more than half expect to use phone more to access news next year »

The Guardian is liveblogging the arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and the extradition process »

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Postcards and laundromat visits: The Texas Tribune audience team experiments with IRL distribution
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