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7:00 AM ET, December 18, 2013


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Committee to Protect Journalists:
Second worst year on record for jailed journalists  —  For the second consecutive year, Turkey was the world's leading jailer of journalists, followed closely by Iran and China.  The number of journalists in prison globally decreased from a year earlier but remains close to historical highs.
Al Jazeera English:
Over 200 journalists still jailed worldwide  —  Turkey, Iran and China top list of world's worst jailers of journalists in 2013, with most held on anti-state charges.  —  Turkey, Iran, and China accounted for more than half of the over 200 journalists still imprisoned worldwide as of December 1 …
Al Jazeera weighs bid for $1 billion Turkish pay-TV firm Digiturk: sources  —  (Reuters) - Television broadcaster Al Jazeera is considering a bid for a majority stake in Turkish digital pay-TV operator Digiturk, three banking sources aware of the plans said, in a move by the Qatar-backed broadcaster to further expand its footprint.
Peter Osnos / The Atlantic:
Beijing and Moscow's media crackdown has deflected attention away from Washington's own shoddy treatment of journalists  —  Beijing and Moscow's media crackdown has deflected attention away from Washington's own shoddy treatment of journalists.  —  While much of the recent attention focused …
Lisa Williams / Investigative News Network:
Rafat Ali to join Investigative News Network Board  —  Entrepreneur Rafat Ali is joining the board of the Investigative News Network.  Ali, who is currently the CEO of Skift, a media startup that covers the travel & leisure industry, was also the founder of PaidContent …
Hunter Walk:
$400 for The Information Is About What's Missing, Not What's There  —  What are we, less than two week's into Jessica Lessin's launch of The Information?  As a subscriber I've read every article and enjoyed the majority.  I applaud Jessica for staking out a high pricepoint …
Discussion: @jason_kint and @monkbent
Mathew Ingram / Gigaom:
Lessons in the crowdsourced verification of news from Storyful and Reddit's Syria forum  —  One of the most powerful trends in media over the past year is the crowdsourced verification of news, whether it's the work of a blogger like Brown Moses or former NPR journalist Andy Carvin.
Jim Schachter / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Breaking audio out of radio's boundaries  —  What do I think 2014 will bring for the future of news?  —  You can detect the near-term future in what we can see with our own eyes right now.  When I was an editor at The New York Times, I gradually watched the newspapers on my morning train commute give way to smartphones and tablets.
Discussion: @markstencel
Brian Morrissey / Digiday:
Bloomberg Media Poaches GE Exec Paul Marcum  —  Newly installed Bloomberg Media CEO Justin Smith has made his first major hire in his tenure with the addition of GE marketing exec Paul Marcum.  —  Marcum, a three-year veteran of GE, will join Bloomberg on Jan. 13 as its head of global digital innovation …
Rich McCormick / The Verge:
Walt Mossberg's final Wall Street Journal column looks back on two decades of tech  —  After 22 years of insightful and important commentary on consumer technology, Walt Mossberg has written his final column for The Wall Street Journal and its All Things D tech blog.
Arjun Narayan / Guardian:
Despite rise of Android tablets, Google still isn't serving magazine publishers  —  Opinion: Google must do more to help magazine publishers if digital editions are to flourish on the Android platform  —  This year, Android-powered tablets began outselling Apple's iPads for the first time.
Mike Isaac / AllThingsD:
Continuing Its Public Content Push, Facebook Acquires SportStream  —  Twitter may still be synonymous with real-time, in-the-moment discussion.  But that's hardly stopping Facebook from moving in on the territory.  —  Natch, Facebook announced on Tuesday it had acquired SportStream …
Angela Washeck / 10,000 Words:
Ebyline Launches Pitch Board to Better Connect Seasoned Freelancers and Publishers  —  It can be hard out there for a freelancer.  The avalanche of emails, stiff competition, low pay and ignored invoices all make it a real challenge.  —  That's why Ebyline, a conduit between digital publishers and writers …
Discussion: FishbowlNY and Lost Remote
Todd Spangler / Variety:
YouTube Channel Now Playing on Roku  —  After three years of wrangling, Roku and YouTube have finally come to terms on a pact that will add access to the No. 1 Internet video site to the latest generation of the Roku set-top boxes.  —  The YouTube channel launched Tuesday on the Roku 3 in the U.S. …
Natasha Clark / Press Gazette:
Croydon Citizen launches print edition after hitting £2,000 crowdfunding target  —  Online news magazine The Croydon Citizen is launching its first print edition today after raising more than £2,000 via a crowdfunding website.  —  The free magazine will be handed out at train stations …
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Brown Moses to launch site for open investigative journalism
Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed:
Snowden Not Renewing Request For Asylum In Brazil, Greenwald Says
Lloyd Grove / The Daily Beast:
Documentary on the downfall of Philadelphia's newspapers to air on Wednesday night
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Sun publisher posts £75m pre-tax loss
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