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5:50 AM ET, December 25, 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 …
John Robinson / Media, disrupted:
As newspapers drop wire services, will readers care?  —  On Sunday, Allen Johnson, editorial page editor of the News & Record and my friend, announced that the paper was dropping the New York Times News Service.  —  Today, I read that the Chicago Tribune, the Baltimore Sun …
Discussion: PandoDaily
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 …
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.
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
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
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 …
The Huffington Post UK:
Deport Piers Morgan Petition Gains 30,000 Signatures As CNN Host Attacks Second Amendment  —  The White House could be forced to respond to a gun lobby petition to deport Piers Morgan, which objects to how the CNN host and former British tabloid editor has attacked the right to bear arms in the wake of the Sandy Hook school massacre.
Margaret Sullivan / New York Times:
Getting It First or Getting It Right?  —  THE media critic Jack Shafer wrote recently that, in the age of Twitter, the public had better get used to a new fact of life: News stories, especially the early reports of breaking news events, are very likely to be inaccurate.
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 …
Discussion: Associated Press
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Mark Sweney / Guardian:
ITV makes move into US cable market
Hannah Livingston / Guardian:
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Lara O'Reilly / Marketing Week:
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Sarah Lacy / PandoDaily:
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