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1:20 PM ET, December 18, 2012

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Mike Brunker / NBC News:
Richard Engel and NBC News team freed from captors in Syria  —  Richard Engel at the end of a reporting trip in Syria in July of this year.  —  NBC News' Chief Foreign Correspondent Richard Engel and members of his network production team were freed from captors in Syria after a firefight …
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Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
How NBC News Kept Richard Engel's Disappearance Secret  —  “It is important not to spread this rumor/report.”  Engel escaped his captors in Syria Monday night.  —  Shortly before 7:30 AM yesterday morning, reports came in the from Turkish media that NBC News Middle East correspondent Richard Engel …
Adrienne LaFrance / Denver Post:
Newtown to the media: You're making this nightmare worse  —  NEWTOWN - “Enough is enough.”  That's how one local woman summed up the weird and terrible media spectacle that has overtaken her once sleepy hometown.  —  As Newtowners gathered in shock to comfort one another after a 20-year-old resident went …
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Bill Carter / Media Decoder:
For Late-Night Hosts, a Struggle to Confront the News  —  The school shooting in Newtown, Conn., made for an awkward subject for the usually topical comedy of late-night television, but two hosts did try to engage the subject Monday night, though not in any way that resembled their conventional approach to commenting on the news.
Jim Romenesko:   From 1694: ‘News too extraordinary to be believed without farther confirmation’
Jack Shafer:
Newtown teaches us, once again, to discount early reports
Eric Deggans / Tampa Bay Times:
Understanding Newtown shooting coverage: Accepting errors in breaking news seems the biggest mistake
Discussion: New York Times
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
BBC to publish findings on Newsnight's Jimmy Savile report on Wednesday  —  Corporation readies Pollard report into handling of Newsnight investigation into child abuse by Jim'll Fix It presenter  —  The BBC is planning to publish on Wednesday the much-anticipated Pollard report into the handling …
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Josh Halliday / Guardian:
BBC and ITV apologise to Lord McAlpine for sex abuse allegations
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Paul Bond / Hollywood Reporter:
Reports of Fox News Barring Discussions of Gun Control Are Premature  —  “It is too soon to talk the politics of gun control,” executive producer for weekends David Clark writes in an email that insiders say has been taken wildly out of context.  —  Much was being made online on Monday …
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Rhonda Roland Shearer / iMediaEthics:
CJR Reporter Lying, Exploiting a Source?  What's happening at Columbia Journalism Review?  —  Bruce Porter, a retired Columbia University journalism professor and the author of the book-turned-movie Blow, decided in 2011 that he would find Marcy, the then-teen source he betrayed …
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Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke / The New York Observer:   Trouble at The Columbia Journalism Review?
Amy Chozick / Media Decoder:
New Leader for Pearson Unit That Includes Financial Times  —  John Ridding will take over as chief executive of the FT Group, a subsidiary of Pearson that includes The Financial Times and half of The Economist, the company said Tuesday.  Mr. Ridding, who has served as chief executive …
Christine Haughney / Media Decoder:
Vice Purchases i-D, the British Style Magazine  —  Vice, the multimedia company known for its in-your-face journalistic style, is expanding into fashion coverage by buying the British style publication i-D magazine.  —  Vice executives said that fashion was a topic that complemented their existing coverage …
Discussion: Guardian
Jeff Bercovici / Forbes:
Nielsen Buys Arbitron, Radio Ratings Service, In $1.3 Billion Deal  —  The digital revolution is blurring the lines between different mediums to the point that having one company that monitors TV viewership and another that measures radio audiences doesn't make a whole lot of sense.
Craig Silverman / Poynter:
In real-time journalism, declaring what you won't report can be just as important as what you will  —  It started with confusion at the scene of the crime.  A source told CNN the killer was named Ryan Lanza.  —  Soon several news organizations published images from a Facebook profile belonging to a man with that name.
Discussion: Guardian, TVNewser and Yahoo! News
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Michael Wolff / Guardian:
Did NPR's Andy Carvin overreach his Twitter calling on Newtown shooting?
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google Helps Bring More Ancient Texts Online: Books Of Deuteronomy, Genesis And Others Offered In New Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Library  —  Continuing its work to help scan and preserve ancient texts, this morning, Google announced that it has been working with the Israel Antiquities Authority …
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Washington Post kills ‘Celebritology’ blog  —  In the six years it existed, The Washington Post's “Celebritology” blog was one of the site's most popular online properties.  It will close for good Dec. 21, blog author Jen Chaney tells readers today.  Chaney has resigned from the paper …
 
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