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9:40 PM ET, December 14, 2012


 Top News: 
Jeff Sonderman / Poynter:
News orgs circulate Facebook profile, photos of unconfirmed shooter  —  Reporters and producers around the country, frantically searching for information online about the alleged school shooter, Ryan Lanza, found what seemed like a match.  Lanza, 24, is believed responsible for the deaths …
Rebecca Greenfield / The Atlantic Wire:
Why Are CNN and NBC Interviewing the Students of Sandy Hook Elementary?  —  One of the many tragedies to come out of Friday's mass shooting in Connecticut is the way information has actually come out of it.  Sadly, some of the best sources of information for what happened inside Sandy Hook Elementary before …
Erik Maza / WWD:
Fox News' Reporting Blunder  —  OOPS, AGAIN: On Friday afternoon, the folks at Fox News went on breaking news mode.  They busted out a bright yellow “alert” scroll, and switched gears to focus on the developing news of a shooting in Connecticut.  On cable news and online …
Discussion: Gawker
John Koblin / Deadspin:
In Wake Of School Massacre, ESPN Tells Staff To Stop Tweeting About Sports Until Sunday, Refrain From Using The Word “Shooter”  —  Here's the email from ESPN senior vice president and executive producer Mark Gross to staff, regarding the shootings in Newtown, Conn. Newtown is 30 miles from ESPN headquarters in Bristol.
MSNBC launches the gun control conversation  —  In the wake of recent shootings, from Aurora to Kansas City, many have argued that it is not the time to talk about gun control.  —  But as the death toll from today's tragic shooting in Netwown, Conn., was rising, MSNBC and others …
Jeff Bercovici / Forbes:
Tote Bag, Anyone?  Slate Considers Membership Model as Way to Get Readers' Cash  —  Would you pay for face time with Farhad?  (Photo credit: Wikipedia)  —  Add Slate to the list of news organizations with a sudden interest in getting online readers to contribute some cash rather than leaving the whole thing to advertisers.
Lauren Indvik / Mashable!:
Washington Post Moves Social Reader Off Facebook  —  The Washington Post Company has decided to move its Social Reader app — which displays stories from Washington Post Co. publications and 90 other news organizations, including this one, on Facebook — to a standalone site at, the co...
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
The Daily Says — And Sings — Goodbye  —  The Daily, Rupert Murdoch's attempt to make a tabloid newspaper for the iPad age, shuts down this week.  Anyone — and everyone — can tell you why The Daily didn't work, and they've already done so.  —  So instead, watch this video …
Charlie Warzel / Adweek:
This is What Newsweek's Digital Future Will Look Like  —  It's been quite a year for Newsweek.  —  As the magazine plans for its transition to a digital-only future, you can count the remaining print editions of the storied publication on one hand.  It's without question that this fall …
Discussion: @jorcohen
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Around the World in 80 Ways: Huffington Post Now Lands in Japan  —  As part of what is beginning to feel like a global takeover, the Huffington Post Media Group said it will be launching a Japanese-language version of the service in that country.  —  The AOL-owned content arm will be partnering …
Don Kaplan / NY Daily News:
Jeff Zucker is looking for something funny: late-night satire for CNN  —  Network source: New chief wants ‘smart, funny comics like Jon Stewart’  —  Jeff Zucker (r.), shown here with Phil Kent, wants to broaden CNN's appeal & enjoys ‘infotainment.’  —  CNN's new chief is looking to liven …
Discussion: Splitsider and The Huffington Post
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Internet may soon beat TV as main source of national news  —  Internet users already rely more on the network than newspapers and magazines for their national news.  Now the net is also on the verge of overtaking television, according to research.  —  In fact, more connected Italians already …
Erik Wemple:
Politico gives anonymous source insulting power  —  Politico has long relied on anonymous sources, often with good results.  A 2011 story on sexually inappropriate behavior by then-Republican presidential Herman Cain bootstrapped many unnamed sources.  And the reporting bore out.
Discussion: Politico
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Bloom is off the rose for Time Inc. CEO Lang  —  The honeymoon appears to be over for Time Inc. CEO Laura Lang.  —  As employees await a new round of cuts that seems all but certain to shake the nation's largest publisher in mid-January, morale is plunging.
Edmund Lee / Bloomberg:
Buffett Is Latest Billionaire to Struggle With Newspaper Revival  —  Warren Buffett, the investor famous for betting on aging industries like railroads and insurance, is now trying to pull off something other billionaires have tried and failed to do: save the newspaper business.
Discussion: Morning Call, Thanks:@jaredbkeller
Sam Kennedy / Morning Call:
Warren Buffett eyeing Allentown Morning Call?
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