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8:30 AM ET, December 28, 2011


 Top News: 
Tanzina Vega / Media Decoder:
Times Co. Agrees to Sell Regional Newspaper Group  —  Updated The New York Times Company announced on Tuesday that it had reached an agreement to sell the company's Regional Media Group to Halifax Media Holdings, of Daytona Beach, Fla., for $143 million in cash.
Jim Romenesko:
FAQ for NYT Regional Media Group employees  —  The New York Times Co. announced this afternoon that it's selling its Regional Media Group newspapers to Halifax for $143 million.  Here's the letter that regional media group employees received along with an FAQ.  Here's one question and answer:
Amy Chozick / Media Decoder:
The Times Names a New Deputy Managing Editor  —  The New York Times said Tuesday that it was promoting its longtime design director, Tom Bodkin, to deputy managing editor, the latest change to the masthead since Jill Abramson took over as executive editor in September.
Jim Romenesko:   New York Times drops many podcasts
Rebecca Shapiro / The Huffington Post:
CNN Under Fire After Uncut Version Of Ron Paul Interview Surfaces  —  An uncut version of Ron Paul's seemingly testy interview with CNN surfaced on Sunday, and has raised questions about whether or not the network may have unfairly edited the interview.  —  Paul was interviewed by CNN's Gloria Borger last week.
Steve Kornacki / Salon:
How the media made Ron Paul  —  The racist-newsletter saga is a reminder of how good he had it when the press thought he was a nobody  —  Ask just about any candidate's hardcore supporters whether the media is giving their guy a fair shake and chances are you'll be greeted with an emphatic …
Discussion: New York Magazine, Mediaite and Forbes
Tim Mak / Politico:
SOPA is the end of us, say bloggers  —  The conservative and liberal blogospheres are unifying behind opposition to Congress's Stop Online Piracy Act, with right-leaning bloggers aruging their very existence could be wiped out if the anti-piracy bill passes.
Discussion: Boing Boing, Ars Technica and Wonkette
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:   Would Obama Veto SOPA? Extremely Doubtful
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
Obama Likes the Internet, So He'll Probably Veto SOPA if It Gets That Far
Discussion: ZDNet, more at Techmeme »
Alex Kantrowitz / Kantrowitz:
What BuzzFeed Is Trying To Do  —  Earlier this month, BuzzFeed shocked the media world by hiring Politico's Ben Smith as its editor in chief.  Smith, recruited hard by BuzzFeed founder Jonah Peretti, was a star Politico columnist and figured to have an important role in Politico's 2012 election coverage.
Discussion: Forbes and Mediaite
Jeremiah Owyang / Web Strategy:
End of an Era: The Golden Age of Tech Blogging is Over  —  That's right.  We're at the end of an important period.  The tech blogosphere as we know it, is over.  —  Four Trends Show the End of this Era:  —  Like the film industry, the Golden Era is the emergence period, when fresh innovation in a new medium is born.
Yahoo! News:
Yahoo News hires Steve Chaggaris as executive producer, elections  —  In the latest move to bolster Yahoo's original coverage of the 2012 presidential election, Yahoo News has hired Steve Chaggaris, the former Political Director of CBS News, as Executive Producer, Elections.  Chaggaris will start on January 3, 2012.
Sam Delaney / Guardian:
Will the Leveson inquiry kill celebrity magazines?  —  Readers can no longer dismiss celebrity news as harmless fun.  The gossip game will change tone  —  As compelling as it has often been, the Leveson inquiry hasn't really told us anything new about the celebrity news game.
Ethan Bronner / New York Times:
Struggle of Israel's Channel 10 Tied to Political Wars  —  JERUSALEM — An Israeli television station reported last spring on numerous trips Benjamin Netanyahu had taken as an elected official to Paris, London and New York before becoming prime minister in 2009.
Discussion: Media Decoder
Kevin Lincoln / Business Insider:
AOL Loses Another Star Editor To Jim Bankoff's Growing Media Empire  —  Chris Grant, the editor-in-chief of AOL gaming website Joystiq, is leaving with two staffers to start a gaming vertical at Vox Media, according to Engadget managing editor Darren Murph.  —  Murph posted the news on his blog …
Discussion: Joystiq
Darren Murph:
Chris Grant is leaving Joystiq, and other crazy clarifications / confessions
James Thornton / The Huffington Post:
Are Climate Change Reporters an Endangered Species?  —  Why aren't we seeing more coverage of climate change in the media?  The issue is hardly going away.  And now that world governments after Durban are not planning to take action 'til 2020, we need more coverage, not less.
Clara Guibourg / The Local:
Swedish editor charged with weapons crimes  —  Thomas Mattsson, editor-in-chief of one of Sweden's largest newspapers, has been charged for instigating a weapons offense.  Mattsson heads the Expressen daily newspaper, and in the fall of 2010 he gave one of the newspaper's reporters permission …
Swedish journalists receive 11 years in jail
Discussion: Erik Wemple
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