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12:50 PM ET, December 31, 2012


 Top News: 
Mackenzie Weinger / Politico:
‘Journal News’ advertisers face boycott over gun map  —  The New York State Rifle & Pistol Association is calling for a nationwide boycott of the advertisers of the suburban New York newspaper that published online maps revealing names and addresses of people with pistol permits.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Tribune Co. names News Corp-heavy board amid rumors of Murdoch buy  —  The Tribune Company has emerged from bankruptcy and named a new board of directors heavy on Hollywood-based News Corp types, fuelling speculation that Rupert Murdoch is moving closer to a bid for the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune.
New York Times:
Times Reporter in China Is Forced to Leave Over Visa Issue  —  BEIJING — A correspondent for The New York Times was forced to leave mainland China on Monday after the authorities declined to issue him a visa for 2013 by year's end.  —  Chris Buckley, a 45-year-old Australian who has worked …
John Garnaut / Sydney Morning Herald:
China expels journalist after Wen revelations  —  John Garnaut is The Age and Sydney Morning Herald's China correspondent.  —  AN AUSTRALIAN journalist with The New York Times has been expelled from China in an apparent act of retaliation for a news report about the family wealth of the Chinese Premier, Wen Jiabao.
Discussion: Business Insider
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
New Tribune Board to Include Peter Liguori, Other Entertainment Veterans  —  Ex-News Corp. and Yahoo exec Ross Levinsohn and former Disney exec Peter Murphy will also join the board as the media company emerges from bankruptcy.  —  Former top executives of Hollywood conglomerates …
Robert Channick / Chicago Tribune:
Tribune Co. to emerge from bankruptcy Monday  —  The last day of 2012 is the first of a new era for Tribune Co. After spending more than four years embroiled in a contentious Chapter 11 bankruptcy case, the reorganized Chicago-based media company will emerge Monday under new owners …
Salman Masood / New York Times:
Pakistan Lifts YouTube Ban, for 3 Minutes  —  ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — A ban on YouTube, which Pakistan imposed after an anti-Islam video caused riots in much of the Muslim world, was lifted Saturday, only to be reinstated — after three minutes — when it was discovered that blasphemous material was still available on the site.
Owen Matthews / Spectator:
Who killed Newsweek?  —  Tina Brown can't just blame the internet  —  So farewell then, Newsweek magazine, which published its last print issue this week.  After 79 years — 15 of them as my employer — the venerable old rag is to disappear into an uncertain, web-only future.
Associated Press:
German magazine mistakenly publishes Bush obituary  —  BERLIN (AP) — Germany's respected news weekly Der Spiegel mistakenly published an obituary Sunday for former U.S. President George H.W. Bush, hours after a family spokesman said the 88-year-old was recovering from illness.
Discussion: New York Magazine, Gawker and Mediaite
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Touch Publishing Platform Onswipe Now Reaching 10M Monthly Active Users On iOS  —  Onswipe, a startup that helps publishers build websites optimized for iPads and other touchscreen devices, is closing out what sounds like a big year.  Content published through the Onswipe platform reached …
Erika Fry / Fortune:
Can the media escape the wilderness in 2013?  —  The news and publishing industries are on no firmer ground than a year ago as the quest for a sustainable business model continues.  What did we learn from 2012?  —  FORTUNE — In a year with a highly contentious presidential election …
Discussion: Beet.TV
Margaret Atwood's Brave New World Of Online Publishing … If you're a Margaret Atwood fan — and you've got some spare change under the couch cushions — just a few dollars will get you a stand-alone episode of the new novel she's writing in serial form.  —  It's called Positron …
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 More News: 
Jon Slattery:
IFJ says governments and UN are failing to protect journalists and media staff after 121 killed in 2012
Discussion: Guardian
Maura Johnston / NPR:
What Happened To Music Writing This Year?
David Bauder / Associated Press:
Chris Matthews Gets Boost From 2012 Election
Discussion: Politico, and Mediaite
Chris Richards / Washington Post:
Arthur magazine, a counterculture favorite, returns to print
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Hulu's Employee Owners Are Just Employees Again, Which Means Some May Be Ex-Employees Soon
 Earlier Picks: 
Robert Mendick / Telegraph:
Former Times editor William Rees-Mogg dies
Discussion: Spectator and The Times
Steve Kovach / Business Insider:
Suddenly, Samsung And Others Are Trying To Make An Apple TV Before Apple Can
Discussion: Agence France Presse
Margaret Sullivan / The Public Editor's Journal:
‘Snow Fall’ Tells a Story About an Avalanche and a Newspaper's Digital Progress
Discussion: Forbes
Liana B. Baker / Reuters:
News Corp buys regional sports channel in Ohio
Discussion: FishbowlNY and Bloomberg
Jim Romenesko:
Patch editors say staff and budgets are being cut in 2013
Discussion: Street Fight and BostInno