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8:00 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 …
Syria conflict: NBC crew freed after gunfight - live updates  —  Sort by:  —  Ahrar al-Sham  —  The group who helped release Engel and his crew are among the most extreme salafi groups in the rebel movement, according to report into Syrian Jihadism [pdf] released by the Swedish Institute of International Affairs in September.
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 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
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.
Discussion: Guardian and Yahoo! News
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.
Josh Halliday / Guardian:
BBC and ITV apologise to Lord McAlpine for sex abuse allegations  —  Lawyers for broadcasters express remorse and withdraw allegations after already agreeing to pay damages  —  The BBC and ITV have apologised to Lord McAlpine at the high court for “disastrously” and falsely linking him to allegations of child sex abuse.
Discussion: PressGazette
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 …
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Google partners with top Japanese writers association to let authors know their rights  —  Google has tightened its offensive on copyrighted content in Japan after it agreed to a strategic partnership with Japan PEN, one of the country's top writers' associations, which affirms its commitment …
Discussion: Plagiarism Today
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 …
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: Gawker, New York Magazine and @jbenton
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
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: GigaOM and Reuters
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Stuart Elliott / Media Decoder:
More Evidence of Strong 3rd Quarter for U.S. Ad Spending
Discussion: Digiday and Adweek
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Bin Laden film leak was referred to Justice; leaker top Obama official
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Newtown: Costas no-comments tragedy
Nat Ives / AdAge:
For Publishers, Social Media Still Stingy on Monetization
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
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Paul Sawers / The Next Web:
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Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
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