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Documentarians Michael Moore and Morgan Spurlock will join Michael Bloomberg and other city officials tomorrow to break ground on DCTV Cinema, which is to be the city's first moviehouse devoted exclusively to documentaries.

Plans for the cinema were announced last fall by the Downtown Community Television Center, a media-arts organization based in a converted 19th Century firehouse in Chinatown. It will be located on the first floor of the space and DCTV says it expects 20,000 attendees in its inaugural year.

"The cinema, expected to open in early 2015, will mean a significant expansion of DCTV’s public services to include theatrical distribution along with its already highly attended workshops, screenings, master classes and access to affordable equipment and studio rentals, making DCTV a central hub for documentary filmmakers," a news release issued this morning stated.

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"It will be the premier presentation venue for documentary filmmakers and an important component of the New York City Arts community."

The groundbreaking is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. tomorrow at DCTV's Lafayette Street headquarters.

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BuzzFeed wants to expand its foreign coverage. [The New York Times]

Media moguls make bank. [The New York Times]

Ten years after Jayson Blair. [The New York Times]

Michael Wolff on what phone-hacking has cost Rupert Murdoch. [USA Today]

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The New York Times retro-fact-checks vintage news stories in a new documentary series:

The New York Times and Retro Report, a documentary news organization, today unveiled the first in a series of documentaries available exclusively on NYTimes.com and RetroReport.org. The video series takes a new look at an old news story and reports on what we know now.

New Retro Reports will publish on a regular basis through 2014. Each feature runs approximately 10-15 minutes. They will appear on Mondays on Booming, The Times’s blog about baby boomers, and be accompanied by articles written by Michael Winerip.

The first video "The Voyage of the Mobro 4000" examines the 1987 story of the Mobro barge, a floating heap of garbage from Islip, New York, which captivated the American public. The media covered the five-month long Odyssey of the Mobro barge as it was refused entry in six U.S. states and three countries.

Twenty-five years later, the documentary explains that little of what we thought at the time was true. Environmentalists and government regulators now believe it makes financial and ecological sense to generate electricity from garbage as the entrepreneur behind the Mobro hoped to do. The documentary examines what the media got wrong but also credits their coverage with raising public awareness about the sheer volume of garbage in this country, which led to a dramatic increase in recycling.