Morning report

* AOL says one out of nine Patch sites makes money. (wsj.com)
* Study: College students are still heavy users of mainstream news sources. (bizjournals.com)
* Rupert Murdoch’s phony war on “elitist” journalism. (cjr.org)

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Richard Ben Cramer

* Pulitzer-winning reporter Richard Ben Cramer is dead at 62. (nytimes.com) | His greatest story? (@esquiremag)
* Ex-NYT baseball writer Murray Chass opts out as a Hall of Fame voter. (shermanreport.com)
* Star Tribune reporter discovers that employees at 16 state agencies have checked his driving record in recent years. (13th paragraph) (startribune.com)
* Robin Givhan returns to Washington Post’s pages as a freelancer after being laid off from The Daily Beast. (mediabistro.com)
* Columbus Dispatch parent is shutting its alt-weekly, The Other Paper, at the end of the month. (dispatch.com)
* How do those teams “fair,” mlive.com? (h/t Alan Stamm) (mlive.com)
* Journal News employees targeted in Google Map with personal information. (google.com)
* Sorry, but your dog book can’t compete with Jill Abramson’s “The Puppy Diaries” in the New York Times. (brooklynron.com)
* Super Bowl advertisers are paying $4 million for a 30-second spot. (@richarddeitsch)
* The inspiration behind New York Times Magazine’s “This by That” chart. (nytimes.com)

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