Catalano takes the Herald Sun. Crikey enjoyed this interesting piece by Alice Coster in Saturday’s Herald Sun on how the Melbourne’s Spring Fashion week is rolling out the red carpet for pregnant mums. But it was the accompanying photo of model Stefanie Kirk next to a real-life cat that caught our attention.

Kirk is, of course, the fiancée of Antony “the cat” Catalano, the upstanding publisher of Melbourne real estate glossy The Weekly Review. No mention of Catalano in the story’s text though, strangely. “I had nothing to do with the photo … although I did have something to do with the bump,” Catalano confirmed to Crikey this morning. — Andrew Crook

Front Page of the Day. New Zealand is in the middle of a snow blitz. So much so that The New Zealand Herald has amended its masthead, as it has done before

The Department of Corrections.When The Northwest Arkansas Times make a mistake they don’t just correct it, they soldier on through it.

180 jobs to go as the Ten Network cuts costs.

“The television and outdoor advertising company said yesterday evening that the review announced by interim chief executive Lachlan Murdoch in late February had been completed, with about 180 job cuts — representing 12 per cent of total staff — expected to generate annual savings of about $18 million across the group.” — The Australian

Google & AP to fund digital journalists of the future.

“Google and the Associated Press have launched a national scholarship program designed to support the development of digital and new media skills in aspiring journalists.” — Mashable

Richmond Times-Dispatch ad on front page leaves staff “shocked”.

“The Richmond Times-Dispatch is raising eyebrows with its Sunday front page — or, rather, the full-page ad that took the place of the front page. In a move reminiscent of the LA Times at its most controversial, the paper’s page was given over entirely to Wells Fargo, which trumpeted its return to Virginia. A blue bar at the top of the page advises readers to ‘see inside for today’s complete Times-Dispatch” — Huffington Post

MediaNews Group adds paywalls to 23 more newspapers.

“Readers of MediaNews Group’s small and medium-sized newspapers in California, Pennsylvania, New Mexico, Massachusetts and Vermont will pay for online content under a metered model starting today, even if they are print subscribers.” — Paid Content

The future of digital journalism is transactions.

“Now, journalism is not commerce and it’s not advertising. But the web’s impact on the news media is not dissimilar. No longer is the journalist addressing the abstract notion of ‘the reader.’ On the web, the author connects one at a time with individual readers, right down to the IP address.” — Forbes

Source sought for false story on French bank.

“Misunderstandings between the French and visiting British vacationers are a traditional feature of summers in France. But did a British malentendu over another French summer staple — a fictional series of articles in Le Monde — contribute to a mysterious sell-off in French bank stocks last week?” — New York Times

Google looks to ‘supercharge’ Android with Motorola Mobility.

“Google is to acquire Motorola Mobility, the US mobile company’s smartphone business, in a $12.5bn (£7.6bn) cash deal. The takeover will boost the rise of Google’s Android software in the nascent smartphone market. The $40-a-share deal — which is Google’s biggest acquisition to date — is a 63% premium on Motorola Mobility’s closing price on the New York Stock Exchange on Friday.” — The Guardian

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