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12:50 PM ET, December 15, 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 …
Spencer Ackerman / Wired:
Internet Identifies, Threatens Wrong Man as Newtown Shooter  —  In the media's rush to find out information on the suspected Newtown, Conn., school shooter, numerous news outlets misidentified a Facebook page belonging to someone with a similar name.  Denunciations and even death threats quickly accumulated.
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 …
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.
Discussion: The Sherman Report
Erik Maza / WWD:
Fox News' Reporting Blunder
Discussion: Gawker
MSNBC launches the gun control conversation
Sarah Marshall /
Google-backed Data Journalism Awards open for entries  —  The Global Editors Network awards will see eight data journalism projects receive a total of €15,000  — is a media partner of the awards  —  The Global Editors Network has today announced the launch of next year's Data Journalism Awards.
Jennifer Martinez / Hillicon Valley:
Google: Copyright removal requests spike to 2.5 million per week  —  Google announced Tuesday that the number of requests it receives each week to remove links to allegedly infringing websites in its search results has grown ten-fold over the past six months.
Stuart Hughes / BBC:
Unprepared, inexperienced and in a war zone  —  is a BBC World Affairs producer.  Twitter: @stuartdhughes  —  Sarah Topol talking to fighters in Libya  —  For young journalists looking to become the next John Simpson or Jeremy Bowen, the first rung on the career ladder used to mean hard graft …
Reuters Cameramen Assaulted By Israeli Soldiers  —  HEBRON, West Bank, Dec 13 (Reuters) - Israeli soldiers punched two Reuters cameramen and forced them to strip in the street, before letting off a tear gas canister in front of them, leaving one of them needing hospital treatment.
Discussion: BBC and The Wrap
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Amazon's 2012 bestseller list shows publishers and indie authors need each other  —  Amazon released its list of the bestselling books of 2012 on Friday morning.  The list is a great summary of one of the key themes in book publishing in 2012: Self-published authors and traditional publishers need each other.
Discussion:, GeekWire and Softpedia News
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.
Bill Carter / Media Decoder:
ESPN Suspends Commentator Over Racial Comments About Quarterback  —  ESPN announced on Friday that it had suspended Rob Parker, a commentator on the network's program “First Take,” because of his racially oriented comments about the rookie quarterback for the Washington Redskins, Robert Griffin III.
Richard Porter / BBC:
Expanded distribution in the US for BBC World News  —  This week viewers to BBC World News have been watching a series of reports focusing on the Arab uprisings, two years after they first began.  Correspondents have been in Damascus, Tunis, Cairo, the Syria-Lebanon border and elsewhere.
Discussion: TVNewser
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Lauren Indvik / Mashable!:
Washington Post Moves Social Reader Off Facebook
Discussion: currybetdotnet
Don Kaplan / NY Daily News:
Jeff Zucker is looking for something funny: late-night satire for CNN
Discussion: Splitsider and The Huffington Post
Richard Horgan / FishbowlLA:
U-T San Diego Wants Reporters to Increase Year-to-Year Web Traffic
Megan Garber / The Atlantic Online:
How the UN's ‘Game-Changing’ Internet Treaty Failed
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
The Daily Says — And Sings — Goodbye
Liau Yun Qing / ZDNet:
China investigating Amazon's e-book business
Discussion: CNET and Digital Book World
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Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Internet may soon beat TV as main source of national news
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Lord Smith, Simon Jenkins and Lord Phillips named press regulator advisers
Discussion: Big News
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