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1:25 PM 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.
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
71 journalists killed in 2013 ‘in connection with their work’  —  In 2013, 71 journalists were killed in connection with their work, some 20% fewer deaths than the year before, according to the Paris-based press freedom body, Reporters Without Borders (RSF).
Nina Ognianova / Committee to Protect Journalists:
Turkey—world's top press jailer once more  —  For the second year in a row, our prison census shows, Turkey jailed more journalists than any other country.  The number of journalists behind bars is 40; down from the 61 reporters in October 2012, and less than the 49 we recorded on December 1, 2012.
Al Jazeera English:
Over 200 journalists still jailed worldwide
Discussion: @joelcpj
Craig Silverman / Poynter:
The best and worst media errors and corrections in 2013  —  Error of the Year: ‘60 Minutes’ Benghazi report  —  As is often the case with Error of the Year, the award is given partly because of the mistake itself, and partly because of the mistake's fallout.
Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:
‘Hatching Twitter’ Book Optioned For TV Show Development By Lionsgate  —  New York Times' columnist Nick Bilton's book Hatching Twitter: A True Story of Money, Power, Friendship, and Betrayal, on the dramatic origins of Twitter, has been optioned by Lionsgate for production as a TV show.
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Brash Agent at William Morris Extends Reach in IMG Merger  —  Over the past two decades, Ari Emanuel has climbed — brashly, ruthlessly — into Hollywood's power center with one position in mind: king.  —  With a nighttime raid on his own office files at International Creative Management in 1995 …
Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism:
2014 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Award Winners Announced  —  CBS & NBC Honored for Breaking News Coverage CIR Wins Two Awards & ESPN Wins For the First Time  —  Fourteen winners of the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards were announced today by Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism.
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Time Inc. out of Forbes race  —  Time Inc. Chief Content Officer Norm Pearlstine  —  Time Inc. is out of the running to buy Forbes, Media Ink has learned.  —  The publishing giant has been rumored to be a top contender.  Forbes was recently put on the block and Deutsche Bank …
Discussion: FishbowlNY
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.
Tom Cheredar / VentureBeat:
Hulu posts $1B in revenue & over 5M paid subscribers in 2013  —  Hulu's new CEO Mike Hopkins just posted a new report that shows the company grew revenue to upwards of $1 billion for 2013, which is up significantly from $695 million in 2012.  Hulu's paid Hulu plus subscription service …
Jay Yarow / Business Insider:
The New AllThingsD Has Hired Ken Li As Managing Editor  —  And now, for a little inside baseball...  Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg have hired Kenneth Li, formerly of Reuters, to be managing editor at their new tech focused website.  —  Swisher and Mossberg are moving on from Dow Jones …
John McDermott / Digiday:
NPR's $10 Million Digital Bet  —  Even though its broadcast ratings remain steady, NPR (National Public Radio) is making moves to become more of a tech player in order to stay relevant in the mobile media era.  That's why NPR is putting nearly $10 million toward the creation of a new Web and mobile platform due out in 2014.
Joan E. Solsman / CNET:
Time Warner Cable app comes to Kindle Fire — sorry, Apple TV  —  Time Warner Cable added Kindle Fire to the list of devices that can access its TWC TV app, which enables subscribers to stream live channels and watch videos on demand.  —  Related stories  — Get a Kindle with Special Offers for $49 shipped
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 …
Discussion: FishbowlNY
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: Co.Labs and @markstencel
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
News of the World managing editor 'didn't know of Milly Dowler hacking'  —  Stuart Kuttner said he knew nothing of phone hacking before being shown an email he sent to Surrey police in 2002, jury told  —  The former managing editor of the News of the World said he had no recollection …
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