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7:10 PM ET, January 23, 2014

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Associated Press:
AP severs ties with photographer who altered work  —  NEW YORK (AP) — The Associated Press has severed ties with a freelance photographer who it says violated its ethical standards by altering a photo he took while covering the war in Syria in 2013.  —  The news service said Wednesday …
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Adam Weinstein / Gawker:
Should the AP Really Have Fired This Pulitzer-Prize War Photographer?  —  The Associated Press announced Wednesday that it had parted ways with Narciso Contreras, a freelance photographer who shared in a Pulitzer for his work in Syria last year.  The reason Contreras was let go, basically …
Discussion: @garonsen and @amy_stein
Nick Davies / Guardian:
Brooks 'sought James Murdoch's approval for Sun's backing of Tories'  —  Laptops contained four News International documents and football and racing apps, the Old Bailey told  —  Rebekah Brooks sought the personal approval of James Murdoch for the Sun editorial comment which marked …
Discussion: @courtnewsuk, Hacked Off and mUmBRELLA
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James Doleman / The Drum:   Police officer arrested for leaks to the Guardian, phone-hacking trial hears
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Rebekah Brooks ‘asked Times editor for sourcing of Milly Dowler story’
Discussion: @lisaocarroll
Alice Speri / Al Jazeera America:
Intimidated journalists in Russia hesitate to criticize Sochi Games … Last April, Russian journalist Mikhail Beketov, who had exposed corruption in the construction of a highway linking Moscow to St. Petersburg, died of injuries sustained in a brutal beating he had received years earlier.
Discussion: @plew108
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William Wan / Poynter:
Covering China: for foreign and domestic press, self-censorship's the threat  —  It's not easy being a journalist in China these days.  —  Chinese reporters are facing new government restrictions, including forced training in Marxism and a new written “ideology” exam.
Discussion: @comradewong
Noreen Malone / The New Republic:
What Happens When You Give TV's Biggest Fanboy His Own TV Show?  —  The remarkable rise of Brian Stelter  —  On a recent episode of CNN's media show, “Reliable Sources,” there was a brief moment when the whole enterprise threatened to collapse in on itself.
John Seigenthaler / Al Jazeera America:
Jill Abramson talks to John Seigenthaler  —  Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden helped The New York Times “keep the public informed on what I consider to be very important matters,” says Jill Abramson, the woman who has the final say on what constitutes “all the news that's fit to print.”
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Slate's Matt Yglesias Joining Ezra Klein Venture  —  Matt Yglesias, a prominent blogger and Slate's “Moneybox” columnist, is leaving the site at the end of February to join Ezra Klein's new venture, according to a staff memo.  —  Slate editor-in-chief David Plotz described Yglesias's departure as …
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Dugald Baird / Guardian:
Stan Collymore returns to Twitter and hits out at the Sun  —  Former England footballer asks for ‘solutions to help Twitter police itself’ after suspending account following racist abuse  —  Stan Collymore has criticised the Sun as he returned to Twitter after suspending his account over racist abuse that he received on the site.
Discussion: Softpedia News and Press Gazette
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Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
CNN laid off more than 40 journalists at end of 2013  —  CNN and HLN “laid off more than 40 senior journalists in its newsgathering operation” at the end of 2013, Matthew Garrahan reports in the Financial Times.  —  The cuts “coincide with changes to the network's programming,” Garrahan writes.
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
Dozens of journalists injured in Kiev during protests, five people killed  —  This AP photo made its way across Twitter Wednesday, showing journalists covering protests in Kiev.  One, as you can see, wears a colander to protect his head instead of a helmet.  Helmets, you see, were banned by the government.
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Setting Its Sights On Content Personalization, AOL To Acquire Gravity For $90.7M  —  AOL is announcing that it has reached a deal to acquire content personalization startup Gravity for an initial $83 million, with another $7.7 million paid out over the next two years.
Reuters:
Time Warner Cable should talk to Charter, T. Rowe says  —  A Time Warner Cable Inc investor that also has a large stake in would-be predator Charter Communications Inc is urging Time Warner Cable to talk to its smaller rival, after weeks of Charter's aggressive campaign to win over investors.
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
NewsCred Raises $25 Million to Fill a Content-Marketing War Chest.  (What's Content Marketing Again?)  —  Advertisers have spent the last few years toiling away in the social media fields, and now have long lists of followers on Twitter, Facebook and other platforms to show for their efforts.
Joshua Benton / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Now that's adaptive design!  The Verge show different versions of a story to Apple, Google, or Microsoft users  —  To say that a website is responsively designed usually means that it responds to the width of the screen or browser window it's being displayed in — looking different on a phone than on a 27-inch monitor, for example.
Discussion: SND, Boing Boing and MetaFilter
Johana Bhuiyan / Capital New York:
CNN.com tests new ideas on its Arabic-language channel  —  CNN has just launched the redesigned CNNArabic.com, the networkÂ's only Arabic-language outlet (and a small territory in its digital portfolio).  But it's more important than that.  The new features introduced …
Discussion: @niemanlab
Alastair Reid / Journalism.co.uk:
How geolocation may play a bigger role in future newsgathering  —  At a debate at London's Frontline Club, experts at the cutting edge of newsgathering discussed what factors and technologies will play a role in the future  — Read more  —  Other top stories  —  Also on Journalism.co.uk...
Alex Kantrowitz / AdAge:
Why Related Links Are Getting So Racy and What Publishers Can Do About It  —  An Option For Serving Mild Related Links, But Probably Earning Less Money Too  —  The related links section of a news website can often be its most confounding.  It's not unusual, for instance …
Caysey Welton / Folio:
TechMedia Network Acquires BuyerZone  —  TMN says the acquisition will account for up to 25 percent of total revenue.  —  TechMedia Network Inc. announced that is has acquired BuyerZone from Reed Business Information.  —  TMN is a digital tech and science publisher with proprieties like Space.com, TopTenReviews and LAPTOP.
 
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Bloomberg:
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Tom Harper / The Independent:
Cleared former NOTW deputy editor Neil Wallis questioned further by police over hacking
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PTI:
Huffington Post plans India edition; launch in May
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
Court OKs subpoena for Nola.com commenters' identities
Sam Kirkland / Poynter:
As CNN mobile traffic hits 40%, editor calls web vs. apps debate ‘red herring’
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An Interview With Jay Rosen on the Future of Native
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