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9:00 AM ET, December 15, 2010

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Jim Romenesko / Poynter:
Columbia j-school staff: WikiLeaks prosecution ‘will set a dangerous precedent’  —  Romenesko Misc.  —  Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism faculty and officers tell President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder that “while we hold varying opinions of Wikileaks' methods and decisions …
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Wall Street Journal:
Air Force Blocks Sites With Leaked Cables  —  The U.S. Air Force is blocking its personnel from using work computers to view the websites of the New York Times and other major publications that have posted secret material obtained by Wikileaks, people familiar with the matter say.
Kunur Patel / AdAge:
Apple Launches First IAd for IPad, for Disney's ‘Tron Legacy’  —  Initial IAd for Apple's Tablet Is a Preview of What's Coming Next Year  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — The first iAd for iPad will launch this afternoon for the upcoming Disney blockbuster “Tron Legacy.”
Nick Summers / New York Observer:
Turning Gawker On Itself  —  It had been such a good week for Nick Denton.  —  Writers and editors from his network of sites had flown in from around the country and put up on Gawker's dime, in preparation for the 2011 relaunch of the site that launched the blogger age.
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Joe Pompeo / Yahoo! News:
The Awl to start paying its writers in January  —  The Awl, Choire Sicha and Alex Balk's irreverent and idiosyncratic 2-year-old journalism start-up, will as of Jan. 1 start paying the writers who have helped turn the site into a culture and media must-read with half a million monthly visitors.
Jonathan Stray:
Does journalism work?  —  How do we know that the work that journalists do accomplishes anything at all?  And what does journalism do, exactly, beyond vague statements like “supports democracy” and trivial ones like “gives me movie reviews”?  —  I made this image a couple months ago to introduce the question at a conference.
Thomas Pardee / AdAge:
Finding the Sweet Spot for Journalism and Social Media  —  Times Dissolves Social Media Editor Post While USA Today Adds One — and Journal Plugs Ahead  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — The country's biggest newspapers are taking different tacks on social media.
Discussion: eMedia Vitals
Jonathan Cooper / Journal Register Company:
Journal Register Company's Open Newsroom Launches New Era In Community Journalism  —  Yardley, PA - Marking a new era in community journalism, Journal Register Company, a leading local news and information company, opened the doors of The Register Citizen's new, community-focused newsroom.
Nieman Reports:
Community Host: An Emerging Newsroom ‘Beat’ Without a Guide  —  TBD's community engagement team listens—and responds—in a city where everyone is talking: Washington, D.C.  —  By TBD's Community Engagement Team  —  The job of engaging with those formerly known as “the audience” …
Discussion: Poynter and Nieman Journalism Lab
Jim Romenesko / Poynter:
AP staffers hold ‘byline boycott’ to protest proposed cuts  —  Romenesko Misc.  —  The AP union says members are also demonstrating unity by wearing red shirts and signing a petition asking management to reconsider a pension plan freeze and increases in medical payments by more than 40 percent.
Discussion: New York Observer
Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News:
Givhan, Gopnik leaving the Washington Post  —  There's big news out of the Washington Post's Style section Tuesday!  Pulitzer Prize-winning fashion writer Robin Givhan and art critic are Blake Gopnik are both leaving the paper.  —  Gopnik, according to a staff memo, will be embarking on a …
Discussion: Media Decoder and Poynter
Jeff Israely / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Speeding up a startup, but slowing down at the same time  —  Editor's Note: Jeff Israely, a Time magazine foreign correspondent in Europe, is in the early stages of a news startup called Worldcrunch.  He occasionally describes the startup process here at the Lab.  Read his past installments here.
Lois Beckett / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Better curation on Twitter, pushback against anonymity, and more new startups: Predictions for 2011  —  Editor's Note: We're wrapping up 2010 by asking some of the smartest people in journalism what the new year will bring.  —  Below are predictions from Bob Giles, Alan Murray, David Beard …
ColumbiaJournalism:
Nicholas Lemann on Why J-school Still Matters  —  Columbia Journalism School presents: “Why Journalism School Still Matters: A conversation with Dean Nick Lemann.”  Join the dean (and New Yorker writer) as he discusses the journalism landscape and all the changes and activities at the J-school.
Brian Sheehan / AdAge:
Why Big Brands Are Dominating Social Media  —  In Social Media, Small Brands need to Think Smaller: Big Brands Already Are  —  In the pre-web days, unless you had a budget big enough for expensive mainstream ad vehicles, like TV, print or radio, it was hard to reach a significant audience with your message.
Lois Beckett / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Smartphone growth, Murdoch's Daily, and journalism for the poor: Predictions for mobile news in 2011  —  Editor's Note: We're wrapping up 2010 by asking some of the smartest people in journalism what the new year will bring.  —  One of the common threads through many of their predictions was mobile …
Andrew Wallenstein / paidContent:
Exclusive: Ex-NBC Chief Resurfaces With Digital Venture  —  Fred Silverman, who ran each of the three broadcast networks over the course of the 1970s, is trying his hand at programming on the internet.  His production company will launch Blip City, which is billed as “the world's biggest live-video get together,” next month.
Discussion: VentureBeat
Andrea Morabito / Broadcasting & Cable:
Cohen Upped To EVP At Bravo  —  Exec will continue to host ‘WWHL’ in elevated role  —  Andy Cohen has been promoted to executive vice president, original programming and development at Bravo, the network announced Tuesday.  He will continue to be based in New York, reporting to Frances Berwick, president of Bravo Media.
Discussion: MediaPost
Robert Andrews / paidContent:UK:
France Says Google Is Main Cause Of News Publishers' Woes  —  French authorities have finally got some kind of ruling against Google (NSDQ: GOOG) - but it turns out to be rather toothless.  —  The competition watchdog, L'Autorité de la Concurrence, in an opinion expressed to the finance minister …
 
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Eriq Gardner / Reuters:
Online vendor of 25-cent Beatles songs loses case
Discussion: Techdirt and paidContent
Lucia Moses / Adweek:
More Signs Pointing Towards Hearst Buying Hachette
Choire Sicha / The Awl:
We Need New Ways of Judging the Success of Websites
Ari Samsky / splicetoday.com:
A Subject of Astonishingly Small Importance
Alex Weprin / WebNewser:
CNBC Goes ‘Pro’ With Pay Digital, Mobile Service
Discussion: Talking Biz News and MediaPost
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Now That We Have the Web, Do We Need Associated Press?
Jason Fry / Nieman Reports:
The Sportswriter as Fan: Me and My Blog
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Bill Carter / Media Decoder:
Jimmy Kimmel Extends Run on ABC
New York Times:
Larry King Prepares to Sign Off, and Everybody's Talking
Discussion: Gawker, The Wire and TVNewser
Joe Flint / Los Angeles Times:
By securing Howard Stern, Sirius XM Radio avoids static
Gillian Reagan / Bookish:
The Making of the Times' 10 Best Books of 2010
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
Dan Gillmor's Mediactive: masterclass in 21st century journalism …
Discussion: Mediactive
David Kravets / Threat Level:
Supreme Court Rules Against ‘First-Sale’ Copyright Doctrine
Discussion: TeleRead
John Eggerton / Multichannel News:
Viacom Raises Red Flags On Comcast/NBCU
Discussion: TVWeek.com and rbr.com