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4:50 PM ET, December 15, 2012

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Julie Moos / Poynter:
How The Newtown Bee is covering Sandy Hook Elementary shooting  —  Newtown Bee Associate Editor Shannon Hicks was at the newspaper's offices about a mile and a quarter from Sandy Hook Elementary when she heard about a possible shooting at the school, said John Voket, also an associate editor at the paper.
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Jeff Sonderman / Poynter:
News orgs circulate Facebook profile, photos of unconfirmed shooter  —  Reporters and producers around the country, frantically searching for information online about the alleged school shooter, Ryan Lanza, found what seemed like a match.  Lanza, 24, is believed responsible for the deaths …
Spencer Ackerman / Wired:
Internet Identifies, Threatens Wrong Man as Newtown Shooter  —  In the media's rush to find out information on the suspected Newtown, Conn., school shooter, numerous news outlets misidentified a Facebook page belonging to someone with a similar name.  Denunciations and even death threats quickly accumulated.
Rebecca Greenfield / The Atlantic Wire:
Why Are CNN and NBC Interviewing the Students of Sandy Hook Elementary?
Erik Maza / WWD:
Fox News' Reporting Blunder
Discussion: Gawker
Sarah Marshall / Journalism.co.uk:
Google-backed Data Journalism Awards open for entries  —  The Global Editors Network awards will see eight data journalism projects receive a total of €15,000  —  Journalism.co.uk is a media partner of the awards  —  The Global Editors Network has today announced the launch of next year's Data Journalism Awards.
Tanzina Vega / Media Decoder:
ESPN to Use Twitter to Send Instant Replays of College Football  —  For the holidays this year, college football fans are getting the gift of portable instant replay.  —  Starting Saturday, in time for bowl season, Twitter in partnership with ESPN and Ford will provide embedded replays from football games in posts sent via Twitter.
Discussion: TechCrunch
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
MobileMobileMobile: Yahoo Eyes Hipster Teen-Founded Summly News App  —  When she's not board-swapping, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer has been scouring the landscape for trendy mobile “acqhires” to give the sleepy Silicon Valley Internet giant some sizzle.  —  And you can't get more hot than Summly …
Discussion: CNET, paidContent, Business Insider and CNET
Jennifer Martinez / Hillicon Valley:
Google: Copyright removal requests spike to 2.5 million per week  —  Google announced Tuesday that the number of requests it receives each week to remove links to allegedly infringing websites in its search results has grown ten-fold over the past six months.
Discussion: The Verge
Stuart Hughes / BBC:
Unprepared, inexperienced and in a war zone  —  is a BBC World Affairs producer.  Twitter: @stuartdhughes  —  Sarah Topol talking to fighters in Libya  —  For young journalists looking to become the next John Simpson or Jeremy Bowen, the first rung on the career ladder used to mean hard graft …
Reuters:
Reuters Cameramen Assaulted By Israeli Soldiers  —  HEBRON, West Bank, Dec 13 (Reuters) - Israeli soldiers punched two Reuters cameramen and forced them to strip in the street, before letting off a tear gas canister in front of them, leaving one of them needing hospital treatment.
Discussion: BBC and The Wrap
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Amazon's 2012 bestseller list shows publishers and indie authors need each other  —  Amazon released its list of the bestselling books of 2012 on Friday morning.  The list is a great summary of one of the key themes in book publishing in 2012: Self-published authors and traditional publishers need each other.
Discussion: Amazon.com, GeekWire and Softpedia News
Lauren Indvik / Mashable!:
Washington Post Moves Social Reader Off Facebook  —  The Washington Post Company has decided to move its Social Reader app — which displays stories from Washington Post Co. publications and 90 other news organizations, including this one, on Facebook — to a standalone site at socialreader.com, the co...
Discussion: @laureni and currybetdotnet
Richard Porter / BBC:
Expanded distribution in the US for BBC World News  —  This week viewers to BBC World News have been watching a series of reports focusing on the Arab uprisings, two years after they first began.  Correspondents have been in Damascus, Tunis, Cairo, the Syria-Lebanon border and elsewhere.
Discussion: TVNewser
 
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