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12:20 PM ET, December 16, 2013


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David Carr / New York Times:
AOL's Tim Armstrong reluctantly lets go of Patch as shareholder pressures mount  —  AOL Chief's White Whale Finally Slips His Grasp  —  Tim Armstrong, the chief executive of AOL, is finally winding down Patch, a network of local news sites that he helped invent and that AOL bought after he took over.
Catherine Shu / TechCrunch:
Update: AOL Says Its Hyperlocal New Network Patch Is Not Closing  —  Update: AOL says a report that Patch is winding down is “factually inaccurate.”  We've asked the company for more information.  A New York Times article stated that AOL is reportedly planning to dismantle Patch or sell …
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
The almost-post mortem for Patch
Discussion: @jayrosen_nyu and @jeffjarvis
Sara Morrison / The Wire:
‘60 Minutes’: NSA Good, Snowden Bad  —  As if that whole retracted Benghazi report and the Amazon commercial/drone reveal didn't undermine 60 Minutes' credibility enough in the last few weeks, here's another gem: a report on how the NSA has simply been misunderstood by all those Snowden leaks and is a good guy, really.
Richard Johnson / New York Post:
60 Minutes reporter John Miller currently negotiating new intelligence job with NYPD  —  CBS newsman John Miller is negotiating his exit as a senior correspondent to join his old friend Bill Bratton back at the Police Department, a reliable source tells me.
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
‘60 Minutes’ reporter didn't want NSA story to be ‘a puff piece’  —  In an interview with “60 Minutes Overtime” producer Ann Silvio, John Miller talks about his intentions with “60 Minutes"' two-part NSA story, which ran Sunday.  Miller said the disclosure that he used to work in the Office …
Elizabeth Jensen / New York Times:
NPR Gets $17 Million in Grants to Expand Coverage and Develop Digital Platform  —  NPR has amassed nearly $17 million in grants to increase substantially its coverage of education and global health and development, and finance creation of a new mobile and web platform that is expected to allow …
Lara O'Reilly / Marketing Week:
Guardian promotes chief commercial officer David Pemsel to deputy chief executive  —  Guardian promotes Pemsel as it sets sights on global expansion  —  Guardian-owner Guardian Media Group has promoted its chief commercial officer and former CMO David Pemsel into the new role …
Discussion: Guardian and @marketingweeked
Media Guido:   Guardian US Boss Out After a Year
Capital New York:
The ‘Times Magazine’ problem  —  New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson had given herself until the end of the year to name a new editor for The New York Times Magazine to replace Hugo Lindgren, whose imminent departure was first reported by Capital last month.
Lucia Moses / Adweek:
New York Times Raises Subscription Prices  —  The New York Times is looking for more money from print subscribers in 2014 as it continues to contend with declining print and digital advertising revenues alike.  —  Home delivery subscribers received a letter with their papers over the weekend notifying …
Denise Lu / Mediashift:
Freedom of the Press Foundation Steps Up Encryption Efforts for Journalists  —  With the NSA constantly popping up in headlines this year, it's important to look into how to protect journalists who need to communicate with confidential sources.  The Freedom of the Press Foundation aims …
Discussion: @pbsmediashift
Alexander Howard / Tow Center for Digital Journalism:
Data journalism MOOCs offer new options for distributed learning  —  One of the most common questions I've heard since I began investigating data-driven journalism has been “where can I go to learn more?”  Every day, those options are expanding.  Starting in early 2014, for instance …
Discussion: @rosental and @digiphile
David Holmes / PandoDaily:
From Google Glass to Snowfalling: What will journalism look like in 2014?  —  If you want to peer into the future of journalism, do yourself a favor and look to Jay Rosen's Studio 20 journalism program at NYU.  Sure, I may be biased: I graduated from the program in 2011.
Discussion: @jayrosen_nyu
Dasha Afanasieva / Reuters:
Syrian opposition vows to help prevent journalists being kidnapped  —  (Reuters) - Syrian rebel leaders said they would do all they could to protect journalists but were hampered by infighting, after international news organizations complained kidnappings were preventing full media coverage of the civil war.
Reporters Without Borders calls for attacks on journalists to be labeled war crimes
Discussion: GlobalPost
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