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1:50 PM ET, December 18, 2012

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Mike Brunker / NBC News:
Richard Engel and NBC News team freed from captors in Syria  —  Richard Engel at the end of a reporting trip in Syria in July of this year.  —  NBC News' Chief Foreign Correspondent Richard Engel and members of his network production team were freed from captors in Syria after a firefight …
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Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
How NBC News Kept Richard Engel's Disappearance Secret  —  “It is important not to spread this rumor/report.”  Engel escaped his captors in Syria Monday night.  —  Shortly before 7:30 AM yesterday morning, reports came in the from Turkish media that NBC News Middle East correspondent Richard Engel …
Adrienne LaFrance / Denver Post:
Newtown to the media: You're making this nightmare worse  —  NEWTOWN - “Enough is enough.”  That's how one local woman summed up the weird and terrible media spectacle that has overtaken her once sleepy hometown.  —  As Newtowners gathered in shock to comfort one another after a 20-year-old resident went …
Discussion: Poynter and Washington Post
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Bill Carter / Media Decoder:
For Late-Night Hosts, a Struggle to Confront the News  —  The school shooting in Newtown, Conn., made for an awkward subject for the usually topical comedy of late-night television, but two hosts did try to engage the subject Monday night, though not in any way that resembled their conventional approach to commenting on the news.
Jim Romenesko:   From 1694: ‘News too extraordinary to be believed without farther confirmation’
Jack Shafer:
Newtown teaches us, once again, to discount early reports
Discussion: The Daily Caller and BuzzFeed
Rhonda Roland Shearer / iMediaEthics:
CJR Reporter Lying, Exploiting a Source?  What's happening at Columbia Journalism Review?  —  Bruce Porter, a retired Columbia University journalism professor and the author of the book-turned-movie Blow, decided in 2011 that he would find Marcy, the then-teen source he betrayed …
Discussion: @craigsilverman
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Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke / The New York Observer:   Trouble at The Columbia Journalism Review?
Paul Bond / Hollywood Reporter:
Reports of Fox News Barring Discussions of Gun Control Are Premature  —  “It is too soon to talk the politics of gun control,” executive producer for weekends David Clark writes in an email that insiders say has been taken wildly out of context.  —  Much was being made online on Monday …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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Christine Haughney / Media Decoder:
Vice Purchases i-D, the British Style Magazine  —  Vice, the multimedia company known for its in-your-face journalistic style, is expanding into fashion coverage by buying the British style publication i-D magazine.  —  Vice executives said that fashion was a topic that complemented their existing coverage …
Discussion: Guardian
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
BBC to publish findings on Newsnight's Jimmy Savile report on Wednesday  —  Corporation readies Pollard report into handling of Newsnight investigation into child abuse by Jim'll Fix It presenter  —  The BBC is planning to publish on Wednesday the much-anticipated Pollard report into the handling …
Discussion: Digital Spy
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Josh Halliday / Guardian:
BBC and ITV apologise to Lord McAlpine for sex abuse allegations
Discussion: PressGazette
Amy Chozick / Media Decoder:
New Leader for Pearson Unit That Includes Financial Times  —  John Ridding will take over as chief executive of the FT Group, a subsidiary of Pearson that includes The Financial Times and half of The Economist, the company said Tuesday.  Mr. Ridding, who has served as chief executive …
Jeff Bercovici / Forbes:
Nielsen Buys Arbitron, Radio Ratings Service, In $1.3 Billion Deal  —  The digital revolution is blurring the lines between different mediums to the point that having one company that monitors TV viewership and another that measures radio audiences doesn't make a whole lot of sense.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google Helps Bring More Ancient Texts Online: Books Of Deuteronomy, Genesis And Others Offered In New Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Library  —  Continuing its work to help scan and preserve ancient texts, this morning, Google announced that it has been working with the Israel Antiquities Authority …
Dylan Byers / Politico:
N.Y. Times getting another price hike  —  The New York Times subscription rate will increase again next month, a spokesperson at the paper tells POLITICO.  —  As of January 2013, an annual subscription to the Grey Lady will cost $660.40 a year ($12.70 a week) in the greater New York City area and $837.20 …
Discussion: New York Magazine
Eileen Brown / ZDNet:
So Instagram can now sell your photos: Get over it  —  Summary: The Instagram community is complaining about the change to its terms and conditions which allows Instagram to generate revenue from your photos — without compensating you.  —  Eileen Brown  —  Instagram made a change …
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.
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Michael Wolff / Guardian:
Did NPR's Andy Carvin overreach his Twitter calling on Newtown shooting?
 
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