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2:58 AM ET, December 18, 2012


 Top News: 
Michael Wolff / Guardian:
Did NPR's Andy Carvin overreach his Twitter calling on Newtown shooting?  —  Carvin became a one-man social media hub on the Arab spring, but the school shooting exposed flaws in his retweet method  —  If it bleeds, it leads - that most reliable axiom of journalism - may be nowhere as true as on Twitter.
Craig Silverman / Poynter:
In real-time journalism, declaring what you won't report can be just as important as what you will  —  It started with confusion at the scene of the crime.  A source told CNN the killer was named Ryan Lanza.  —  Soon several news organizations published images from a Facebook profile belonging to a man with that name.
Gabriel Sherman / New York Magazine:
Rupert Murdoch Wants Stricter Gun Laws After Newtown, But Fox News Doesn't Get the Memo  —  At 7:58 p.m. on Saturday evening, gun control's newest advocate took to Twitter to call for stricter firearm legislation.  “Nice words from POTUS on shooting tragedy,” wrote News Corp. boss Rupert Murdoch …
Jack Shafer:
Newtown teaches us, once again, to discount early reports  —  “It's inevitable that some first reports will be wrong,” Dan Rather warned viewers on Sept. 11, 2001, as he and his colleagues at CBS covered terrorist attacks on New York and Washington in real time.
Discussion: BuzzFeed
Margaret Sullivan / The Public Editor's Journal:
Errors in Newtown Shootings Coverage Reflect Growing Pressures
Discussion: ZDNet
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Connecticut shootings: Not a media story
Eric Deggans / Tampa Bay Times:
Understanding Newtown shooting coverage: Accepting errors in breaking news seems the biggest mistake
Chloe Sladden / Twitter Blog:
Coming Soon: Nielsen Twitter TV Rating  —  Today Nielsen announced an agreement with Twitter to create the “Nielsen Twitter TV Rating,” an industry-standard metric that is based entirely on Twitter data.  —  As the experience of TV viewing continues to evolve, our TV partners have consistently asked …
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:   The Nielsen Twitter TV Rating just made Twitter the first purely social ranking of US TV program popularity
John Cook / Gawker:
Richard Engel is Missing in Syria; NBC News Enforces News Blackout  —  NBC News chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel has gone missing in Syria, according to Turkish news reports.  The reports also say that Aziz Akyava, a Turkish journalist working with Engel, is unaccounted for.
Michael Kelley / Business Insider:
Famed NBC Correspondent Missing In Syria
Discussion: Twitchy
Adam Poltrack / Digital Trends:
The Aereo Internet TV legal battle: What's happening, and why it matters  —  Not yet tuned in to the legal battle between Aereo and the big TV networks?  We're here to catch you up and explain why the outcome may be so important.  —  “No cable required.”  That's the battlecry that Internet startup, Aereo, foregrounds on its website.
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Baron: It's ‘probable’ Washington Post newsroom will shrink  —  Incoming Washington Post Executive Editor Marty Baron tells Paul Starobin “It's probable” the paper's headcount will go down, but that he hopes the Post can do more on local reporting.  “I don't think for a minute that local journalism …
Paul Starobin / The New Republic:
Martin Baron's Plan to Save The Washington Post
Discussion: FishbowlDC
McKay Coppins / BuzzFeed:
News Outlets Send Letter To Romney Campaign Contesting Expenses  —  Nine news outlets that covered the election sent a joint letter Monday to former Romney campaign officials to contest expenses billed to their reporters.  BuzzFeed, which is among the outlets that signed the letter, first reported on the dispute last week.
Discussion: New York Magazine and @jbenton
Sam Thielman / Adweek:
Participant Media Acquires Documentary Channel, Halogen TV  —  Participant Media has acquired cable networks Documentary Channel and Halogen TV and will combine them into a single as-yet unnamed cable network to launch next summer with a distribution of some 40 million households …
London Evening Standard:
Guardian to make its move Down Under  —  Watch out, Rupert Murdoch.  The Guardian, which has led the way exposing the phone-hacking scandal in the Murdoch empire, is expanding in his own backyard, with a Guardian Australia news operation.  —  Glamorous deputy editor Katherine Viner …
Discussion: Crikey, TheAustralian and mUmBRELLA
Jeff John Roberts / paidContent:
Washington Post signs up with NewsCred in push for dollars, exposure  —  NewsCred, which offers publishers and brands a growing library of elite news content, announced this week that the Washington Post is the latest to join its syndication service.  —  According to NewsCred CEO Shafqat Islam …
Discussion: Business Insider and AllThingsD
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Hulu's Year-End Report: We're Pretty Darn Big!  (And We're Not Saying Anything Else.)  —  Hulu has put out its 2012 numbers and, boy, are they good for a company that everyone said would never work: Almost $700 million in revenue, and “more than” three million paying customers for its Hulu Plus subscription service.
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Hulu's 2012: Revenue up 65% to $695M, subscribers double to 3M, 28% more advertisers
Discussion: Reuters and GigaOM
Dan Gillmor / Guardian:
Why we all have a stake in the Freedom of the Press Foundation  —  This new nonprofit to protect WikiLeaks and other whistleblowers from payment systems blocking deserves our support  —  Two years ago this month, the major online payment systems - Visa, Mastercard, PayPal and more …
The Huffington Post:
Crowd Funding the Right to Know
Stuart Elliott / Media Decoder:
More Evidence of Strong 3rd Quarter for U.S. Ad Spending  —  A second service that tracks advertising spending is reporting a relatively strong increase in the United States in the third quarter.  —  American ad spending climbed 7.1 percent in the third quarter compared with the same period a year ago …
Discussion: Digiday and Adweek
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Newtown: Costas no-comments tragedy  —  A few weeks ago, NBC sportscaster Bob Costas railed against U.S. “gun culture” during halftime of a “Sunday Night Football” broadcast.  His editorializing came after Kansas City Chiefs player Jovan Belcher's shot his girlfriend to death and then committed suicide in front of his head coach.
Nat Ives / AdAge:
A Look at Newspapers Turning a Profit — Yes, There Are Some — and Those That Are Not  —  Speculation surged last week that Michael Bloomberg, New York's billionaire mayor and founder of Bloomberg LP, might buy The Financial Times, after The New York Times reported he'd been thinking about it.
Mark Sweney / Guardian:   Print in 2013: Newspapers cut costs and seek tablets of salvation
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