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11:45 AM ET, December 18, 2012


 Top News: 
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 …
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 …
Jim Romenesko:
From 1694: ‘News too extraordinary to be believed without farther confirmation’  —  From JASON FEIFER: I've been poking around recently, and just came across this great nugget from a 1694 dispatch called Account Of The Publick Tranasctions in Christendom.  —  Feifer
Jack Shafer:
Newtown teaches us, once again, to discount early reports
Discussion: The Daily Caller and BuzzFeed
Margaret Sullivan / The Public Editor's Journal:
Errors in Newtown Shootings Coverage Reflect Growing Pressures
Discussion: Poynter, Mediaite, NPR, ZDNet and Softpedia News
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
Discussion: New York Times
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
Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke / The New York Observer:
Trouble at The Columbia Journalism Review?  —  Rhonda R. Shearer, the widow of Stephen Jay Gould and proprietor of media watchdog site iMedia Ethics, just published an extensive article on her site investigating a Newsweek article from 1967-and a follow up article that was published last month by The Columbia Journalism Review.
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 …
Josh Halliday / Guardian:
BBC and ITV apologise to Lord McAlpine for sex abuse allegations
Discussion: PressGazette
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: TVNewser and The Huffington Post
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 …
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.
Discussion: Guardian and Yahoo! News
Michael Wolff / Guardian:
Did NPR's Andy Carvin overreach his Twitter calling on Newtown shooting?
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Washington Post kills ‘Celebritology’ blog  —  In the six years it existed, The Washington Post's “Celebritology” blog was one of the site's most popular online properties.  It will close for good Dec. 21, blog author Jen Chaney tells readers today.  Chaney has resigned from the paper …
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Baron: It's ‘probable’ Washington Post newsroom will shrink
Discussion: The New Republic
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 …
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 …
Sharp Increase in Number of Journalists Killed in Line of Duty  —  A U.S.-based group that promotes press freedom says combat-related deaths in Syria and “targeted” murders in three other countries have made 2012 one of the deadliest years on record for journalists.
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Jon Russell / The Next Web:
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Discussion: Plagiarism Today
Stuart Elliott / Media Decoder:
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Discussion: Digiday and Adweek
Adam Poltrack / Digital Trends:
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McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Bin Laden film leak was referred to Justice; leaker top Obama official
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Newtown: Costas no-comments tragedy
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London Evening Standard:
Guardian to make its move Down Under
Discussion: Crikey, TheAustralian and mUmBRELLA
Edmund Lee / Bloomberg:
Google to Fund — Wait for It — Journalism Fellowships
Discussion: 10,000 Words and Knight Foundation
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
James Blunt settles phone-hacking action with News International