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3:35 PM ET, December 24, 2012


 Top News: 
Robert Feder / Time Out Chicago:
Wire cutters: Tribune Co. newspapers dropping AP  —  The Chicago Tribune and six other newspapers owned by Tribune Co. are dropping the services of Associated Press, effective in early January.  —  In addition to the flagship Tribune, other company-owned papers cutting ties …
Discussion: The Wrap and Media, disrupted
Andrew Romano / The Daily Beast:
An Oral History of Newsweek Magazine  —  For the last print issue of Newsweek, Andrew Romano compiles an oral history of the storied magazine.  —  Peter Goldman should be famous.  As the voice of Newsweek from 1962 to 1988—the ace writer at a magazine read by as many as 20 million people each week …
Discussion: The Wrap and The Daily Beast
Peter Finn / Washington Post:
Lanza's brother denies giving Facebook interview to New York Post  —  The brother of the Connecticut school shooter, Adam Lanza, said through a spokesman Sunday that he never conducted a Facebook interview with the New York Post and that any statements or postings attributed to him were fabricated.
David Carr / New York Times:
John Miller of CBS, at Home on Both Sides of the Police Tape  —  On the day of the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., reporters were struggling and failing to get their arms around a story too horrible to fathom.  At our house, we stared at the incremental television coverage and came to realize that no one really knew anything.
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
Dan Gillmor / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Do the math  —  The coming year will feature a surge in evidence-based journalism.  —  A high point of this month's NewsFoo gathering of journalists and technologists was a call to quality by a prominent non-journalist.  Asked what advice he had for the craft, Harper Reed …
Discussion: Media, disrupted
Samanth Subramanian / The National:
India rape protests widen as police shoot journalist  —  NEW DELHI// On a day of protests against rape and sexual assault, police shot dead a journalist in the north-eastern state of Manipur and tear-gassed crowds in New Delhi.  Th.  Nanao, a 36-year-old cameraman, working for a private television channel …
David Streitfeld / New York Times:
Amazon Book Reviews Deleted in a Purge Aimed at Manipulation  —  Giving raves to family members is no longer acceptable.  Neither is writers' reviewing other writers.  But showering five stars on a book you admittedly have not read is fine.  —  After several well-publicized cases involving writers buying …
Ken Doctor / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The newsonomics of 2013 wizardry: Tribune, Buffett, Murdoch, Paton, Bloomberg, and more  —  It takes at least three special qualities to be in — much less to enter — the newspaper business these days.  We can borrow them from L. Frank Baum: heart, courage, and smarts.
Discussion: NetNewsCheck Latest
Associated Press:
British paper sues Lance Armstrong for $1.5m over lost libel action  —  Sunday Times paid now-disgraced cyclist $485,000 in 2006 over claims that he had taken performance-enhancing drugs  —  The disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong is being sued for more than $1.5m by a British newspaper …
Lara O'Reilly / Marketing Week:
Mail Online MD James Bromley steps down  —  James Bromley, the Mail Online's managing director, is leaving the company after almost five years in the post to “move on to a new challenge”.  It is not yet known whether Bromley has a job to go to.  In his time at Associated Newspapers …
Discussion: The Kernel
Hannah Livingston / Guardian:
Newsnight researcher: ‘It felt like the BBC were trying to rewrite history’  —  As one of the people on the investigating team for the report on Jimmy Savile, I knew when the BBC wasn't getting the story right  —  Two months ago I was at home asleep in bed and the radio flicked on to the Today programme.
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