Soldiers outed on Facebook.

“At least 80 current and former Australian Defence Force personnel signed up to a Facebook page created to out and denigrate gay colleagues. The Star Observer was made aware of the page by an anonymous tipster who created a YouTube video featuring screenshots from the Facebook page, including the names of 50 of the page’s friends. The video was still online when SSO went to press.” — The Star Observer

BBC news chief: flying big names to stories can be wasteful.

“It has become customary for news broadcasters to jet their big-name anchors to the scene of a major breaking news story. But the BBC’s director of news, Helen Boaden, has indicated a shift in the corporation’s policy when she admitted it had on occasions been a waste of money.” — The Guardian

Why the unpaid writers’ lawsuit against the Huffington Post is bunk.

“Today, an unpaid contributor to the Huffington Post filed a $105 million suit against the website; its new owner, AOL; and co-founders Arianna Huffington and Kenneth Lerer. The class action suit, filed by writer and union organiser Jonathan Tasini on behalf of all unpaid HuffPo contributors, proves that America is becoming a nation of Winklevosses who file legal motion after legal motion every time a pot of money is spotted.” — Slate

Five myths about the future of journalism.

There are few things journalists like to discuss more than, well, themselves and the long-term prospects for their industry. How long will print newspapers survive? Are news aggregation sites the future? Or are online paywalls — such as the one the New York Times just launched — the way to go?” — The Washington Post

White House demands release of journalists detained in Libya.

“The White House called on Libya to release a group of journalists — including an Atlantic freelancer — who were detained last week by government troops there. But the US State Department admitted on Monday that it is “limited” in what it can do.” — The Wrap

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