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10:50 AM ET, December 8, 2011

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Megan Garber / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Civic journalism 2.0: The Guardian and NYU launch a “citizens agenda” for 2012  —  Last August, Jay Rosen published a blog post arguing for “a citizens agenda in campaign coverage.”  The idea, he wrote, “is to learn from voters what those voters want the campaign to be about …
Discussion: Poynter
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Guardian:
The Citizens Agenda: making election coverage more useful  —  Revising the exhausted media narrative of campaign coverage to gain a clear purpose: meaningful information and access  —  In a few weeks, the Iowa caucuses will officially kick off the 2012 campaign for president and we'll begin …
Discussion: Pressthink
Thomas Catan / Wall Street Journal:
Justice Department Confirms E-Book Probe  —  WASHINGTON—The U.S. Justice Department confirmed Wednesday that it is conducting an antitrust investigation into the pricing of electronic books, the latest antitrust watchdog to probe whether there was improper collusion by publishers and Apple Inc. to prevent discounting.
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Jeff Roberts / paidContent:
The E-book Investigations: Are Publishers And Apple Breaking The Law?
Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch:
Verizon And RedBox Planning Major Partnership For Early 2012 Launch  —  Yesterday, it was reported that Verizon was planning a Netflix competitor and in talks with various content producers to provide the streams and downloads.  TechCrunch has obtained additional information on this story …
Read It Later Blog:
Who Are the ‘Most-Read’ Authors?  —  Saving a story for later can tell us a lot about loyalty, longevity and quality—and it changes the way we think about the most popular stories on the web  —  If we're to believe Woody Allen, “80 percent of success is showing up.”
Discussion: Media Decoder, Thanks:jaredbkeller
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Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Who Are The Most-Read Authors On The Web?  —  Which authors online keep readers coming back for more?  Read It Later delved into its data to find which articles its 4 million users saved to “Read Later” most often, which authors have the highest return rate and how long-form content performs.
Cahal Milmo / The Independent:
Brooks' links to Clifford payment cast doubt on her hacking denials  —  Rebekah Brooks personally negotiated a £680,000 out-of-court settlement with the publicity guru Max Clifford which led to his withdrawing a potentially explosive phone-hacking claim against the News of the World, News International (NI) revealed last night.
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Sarah Marshall / Journalism.co.uk:
James Murdoch: Brooks did ‘not seek authorisation’ for Clifford settlement
Discussion: Journalism.co.uk
Guardian:
Neville Thurlbeck's letter to MPs - full text  —  Full text of the former News of the World chief reporter's letter to culture select committee chairman on News International's handling of the phone-hacking scandal
Discussion: Journalism.co.uk
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Dominic Ponsford / Press Gazette:   Thurlbeck rounds on NoW executives in new evidence
MediaShift:
Nobel Prize Winner on How New Media is Democratizing Science News  —  MediaShift's science journalism coverage is sponsored by the Columbia Journalism School, which offers an innovative specialized M.A. for experienced journalists who want to cover science, business, arts or politics in a sophisticated, nuanced manner.
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Curtis Brainard / CJR:
Besser to Oz: “You Were Right”
Discussion: Editors Weblog
Joshua Benton / Nieman Journalism Lab:
New York Times Election 2012 iPhone app launches  —  Big, rapid change can be hard to implement at any organization the size of The New York Times, so I appreciate how the talented journalists, designers, and coders within the Times use offshoot or ancillary projects to try out new features or ways of approaching the news.
Ingrid Lunden / paidContent:UK:
Apple TV Streaming Quietly Goes International  —  Back in August, we wrote about how Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) had started to offer U.S.-based users of its Apple TV device the ability to stream shows purchased from iTunes via Apple's iCloud.  Now it looks as if that service is becoming available internationally.
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Amazon Expands Kindle Owners' Lending Library To Self-Published Authors  —  As rumored, self-published authors who agree to make their e-books available exclusively on Kindle for 90 days are now eligible to include their books in the Kindle Owners' Lending Library and have the chance to make extra money.
Discussion: Business Wire, TechCrunch and TeleRead
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
James Murdoch's lawyers confirm Tom Watson was put under surveillance  —  News Corp lawyers say three NI staff were involved in setting up monitoring, but it is not appropriate to name them  —  James Murdoch's lawyers have confirmed that Labour MP Tom Watson was put under surveillance for a week in 2009 …
Discussion: The New Yorker
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Guardian:   News Corporation's letter to MPs - full text
Tom Stites / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Taking stock of the state of web journalism  —  Editor's note: Tom Stites had a long career in newspapers, editing Pulitzer-winning projects and working at top newspapers like The New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, and the Philadelphia Inquirer.  In recent years, he's shifted his emphasis …
Discussion: Future of Journalism
Andrew Phelps / Nieman Journalism Lab:
A Y Combinator for public media: PRX, Knight launch a $2.5 million accelerator  —  A new Public Media Accelerator, funded by $2.5 million from the Knight Foundation, will rapidly fund disruptive ideas in public media, PRX announced today.  —  The final details are still being worked out …
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
If we are all journalists, should we all be protected?  —  The bloggers vs. journalists debate may seem like something that's of interest only to media-industry insiders, but it has very real implications for society when it comes to protecting freedom of information, as the case of blogger Crystal Cox has highlighted this week.
Melissa Bell / Washington Post:
Drone journalism?  The idea could fly in the U.S.  —  This January, the FAA will be proposing new rules on the use of drones in American airspace — a possibility some see as positively Orwellian, but others, including some journalists, see as an opportunity.
Andrew Phelps / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The AP brings a quasi-competitor into the fold  —  In 2008, eight Ohio newspapers, upset with what they saw as high prices charged by the Associated Press, rebelled against the wire to form their own statewide news-sharing service, the Ohio News Organization.
Discussion: Editors Weblog
 
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 More News: 
BBC:
Phone-hacking scandal: Former journalist not a suspect
Dorian Benkoil / MediaShift:
Tear Down the Wall Between Business and Editorial!
Discussion: B2B Memes
Alistair Foster / The Independent:
Bullied to death? Channel 4 executive died of overdose ‘after abuse by bosses’
Amanda Seef / Eagle News Online:
From the epicenter of scandal: Daily Orange editors report on Syracuse situation
Discussion: The Daily Beast, Thanks:_dougcampbell
Dan Sabbagh / Guardian:
PCC proposes wide-ranging shakeup
Reuters:
Newspaper companies put their money where the clicks are
Discussion: Poynter
Michael E. Ruane / Washington Post:
‘WAR!’ How a stunned media broke the Pearl Harbor news.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
 Earlier Picks: 
Steve Myers / Poynter:
Gannett to expand paywalls across more properties
Discussion: Gannett Blog and Guardian
Dan Trombetto / Folio:
Condé Nast Partners with AdMeld in Private Digital Ad Exchange
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
Yahoo Building New York Studio
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
WSJ Editor: Our Competitors' Hacking Coverage Is ‘Abysmally Conflicted’
Discussion: Guardian and Erik Wemple
New York Times:
A Moment in the Sun for Television
Discussion: CNBC
Kris Hammond / Just to Clarify:
Why 90% of news will be computer generated in 15 years
Rachel McAthy / Journalism.co.uk:
Broadcasters call for action over signal interference
Discussion: Media News