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8:15 PM ET, December 11, 2011


 Top News: 
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
‘Face the Nation’ Plans Shift to Hourlong Format  —  The half-hour Sunday public affairs program on CBS, “Face the Nation,” will become an hourlong program next spring, matching its rivals on other television networks.  —  “I cannot remember when I've been happier to break a story than I am to tell you this …
Discussion: TVNewser
Pamela Paul / New York Times:
For Anchorwomen, Family Is Part of the Job  —  WHEN Megyn Kelly was starting out in television, a prominent TV newswoman told her, “You're going to need to choose: you can either have a family or you can be a major anchor.”  —  Ms. Kelly — now a Fox News anchor, ex-Jones Day lawyer …
Ryan Chittum / CJR:
A Big Corporate Welfare Story Gets Short Shrift  —  Reuters's Johnston and Times Union spotlight news almost everyone else ignores  —  Here's a story that's calling out for more attention and isn't getting it.  —  Reuters's David Cay Johnston wrote last week about a ruling in the New York Court …
Tom Stites / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Layoffs and cutbacks lead to a new world of news deserts  —  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.
Jennifer Armstrong / New York Magazine:
Onion News Network's Suzanne Sena on Going From Fox Anchor to Fake Anchor  —  We knew from the start of IFC's Onion News Network that we were going to love to love its ruthless takedown of cable anchors, thanks solely to the spot-on performance of Suzanne Sena as icy newswoman Brooke Alvarez.
Discussion: TVNewser
Jeremy W. Peters / The Caucus:
Next Stop for Cain?  Fox's Door Is Open  —  Fox News is publicly signaling an interest in hiring Herman Cain, the former Republican presidential candidate whose loose-lipped conservative talk always seemed perfectly suited for a cable television round table.
Discussion: PolitickerNY and Business Insider
Steve Myers / Poynter:
Columbus Dispatch editorial cartoonist resigns after plagiarism accusations  —  Jeff Stahler resigned from the Columbus Dispatch Friday, Editor Ben Marrison tells me via email.  “That is all we will have to say on this unfortunate matter,” he wrote.  —  The Dispatch suspended Jeff Stahler …
Randall Stross / New York Times:
Consumer Reports, Going Strong at 75  —  BORN in 1936, Consumer Reports had a very happy 75th birthday this year.  Its business has never been better.  —  Well, “business” is not the right word, as there are no profits or losses to track: it's a nonprofit.
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Weeks after New York police first came under fire for alleged “abuses” of First Amendment freedoms during the apex of the Occupy Wall Street protests here in mid-November, the NYPD's handling of the press remains a topic of scrutinty.  —  On Tuesday, congressman Jerrold Nadler called …
Discussion: Future of Journalism
Alessandra Stanley / New York Times:
The Republican Primary Campaign in Iowa Is Right at Home on Fox News  —  There's a reason Fox News is beginning to look like a meet-the-candidate pancake breakfast in Council Bluffs, Iowa.  —  “You don't win Iowa in Iowa, you win it on this couch,” is how the Republican commentator Dick Morris put it on “Fox & Friends” on Wednesday.
Discussion: The Caucus and Chickaboomer
Jack Shafer / Thomson Reuters News & Insight:
The trial of Stephen Glass  —  Is serial fabulist Stephen Glass fit to practice law?  —  That question—first posed in 2002 when Glass applied for admittance to the New York State Bar Association—moved to California in 2007, when Glass applied to join its bar.
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Google doesn't seem to get how media works now  —  Google launched a news-reading app called Currents on Thursday, something it has been working on for some time — ever since it was a much-rumored skunkworks project called Propeller — and much of the coverage of the new app has called …
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Tanzina Vega / New York Times:
Marketers, and Media Companies, Set Their Sights on Latin Women
Discussion: Media Decoder
Julie Moos / Poynter:
iTunes features best news apps of 2011
Discussion: The FJP, VentureBeat and Pocket-lint
Andrew Phelps / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Condé Nast: magazine publisher, app inventor
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Steve Myers / Poynter:
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