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12:20 PM ET, December 8, 2012


 Top News: 
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Press fear Obama private swearing in  —  The White House Correspondents Association is strongly urging the Obama administration to allow press access to the president's official swearing-in ceremony on Jan. 20, following indications from inauguration committee officials that the event could potentially be closed to the press.
Discussion: Mediaite and Saint Petersblog
Justin Ellis / Nieman Journalism Lab:
29th Street Publishing wants to make selling magazines for iPads as easy as blogging  —  There was a time when blogging wasn't easy.  Before the days of Tumblr, WordPress, and Blogger, you likely needed to be a coder if you wanted to write online.  As Ryan Singer recently put it at Signal vs. Noise …
David Carr / Media Decoder:
Pay Wall Push: Why Newspapers Are Hopping Over the Picket Fence  —  When The Wall Street Journal broke the news that The Washington Post was likely to start charging for online content sometime next year, it should not have come as a surprise, but it did.  —  The shock had something …
Hamilton Nolan / Gawker:
Online Paywalls and the Future of Media: A Few Hard Truths  —  Yesterday, both The Daily Beast (or, more accurately, whatever Tina Brown can toss together after they've absorbed the corpse of Newsweek and laid a bunch of people off) and the Washington Post announced that they may be instituting …
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
NYT launches Compendium, a Pinterest-like tool for the paper's content  —  Many newspapers and magazines have already created accounts on Pinterest, and it's not surprising they're thinking about other ways to get readers to share their content.  This week the New York Times Research …
Amy Rosewater / American Journalism Review:
When History Is Rewritten  —  Bonnie Ford, a senior writer for, remembers looking at the U.S. Figure Skating record book and seeing a name she found strange as the winner of the women's national championship title in 1994.  Rather than seeing names such as Michelle Kwan or Nancy Kerrigan, one word was listed instead: Vacant.
Angela Watercutter / Wired:
Google Grants $1.2M to Help Analyze Female Roles in TV, Film  —  Much like Madonna teamed up with Geena Davis in A League of Their Own, Google is joining forces with the movie star — and her nonprofit organization devoted to improving the images of women that young people see in films and TV shows.
Discussion: Co.Exist
Claire Atkinson / New York Post:
Incoming Tribune CEO Peter Liguori plans WGN facelift  —  Tribune Co. CEO-in-waiting Peter Liguori will focus on a makeover of the company's WGN America cable station as soon as the media giant emerges from reorganization, The Post has learned.  —  The national cable network …
Josh Sternberg / Digiday:
Trends Publishers Will Pass Up In 2013  —  'Tis the season for prognostications across the digital landscape.  Digiday is continuing its series of anti-prediction by asking publishers what hot trend they plan on passing up in 2013.  —  Publishers are bearish on some trends for the new year …
2Day FM: Australia's shock-jock station with history of backfiring stunts  —  One DJ previously reprimanded for making teen girl admit she was raped, and calling a female journalist a ‘fat slag’  —  The Sydney radio station that made a hoax call to the hospital treating the Duchess of Cambridge …
Caity Weaver / Gawker:
DJs Behind the Royal Hospital Hoax Have Deleted Their Twitter Accounts; There's Speculation They've Been Fired (UPDATE)
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Vevo's YouTube Deal Expires in Three Days.  But the “Hulu for Music Videos” Site Won't Go Dark.  —  Vevo, the digital music video service, and Google, which powers and distributes Vevo's videos on its YouTube site, have a distribution deal that expires on Sunday.
Discussion: WebProNews
Megan Garber / The Atlantic Online:
The Tweet-Like News Flash That Announced Pearl Harbor  —  On this day 71 years ago, the United States experienced a day that would live in infamy.  In the news flash above, the Associated Press made its first, terse announcement of the Pearl Harbor attacks to the nation.
Discussion: Poynter
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Why didn't NBC News apologize to George Zimmerman?  —  There are lots of damning allegations against NBC News in the “reckless defamation” lawsuit filed yesterday by lawyers for George Zimmerman.  It charges NBC News with an effort to “create the myth that George Zimmerman was a racist and predatory villain” …
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