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8:05 PM ET, January 2, 2013


 Top News: 
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Al Jazeera Acquires Current TV  —  Updated Al Jazeera on Wednesday completed a deal to take over Current TV, the low-rated cable channel that was founded by Al Gore and his business partners seven years ago.  —  Current will provide the pan-Arab news giant with something it has sought for years: a pathway into American living rooms.
Jeff Bercovici / Forbes:
Current TV Sold To Al Jazeera; Possible $400 Million Deal For Al Gore and Co. [UPDATED]  —  Al Gore and his Current TV colleagues.  (Image credit: via @daylife)  —  It looks as if Current TV will soon be a thing of the past.  Al Jazeera, the Doha, Qatar-based news broadcaster …
David Lieberman /   Al Jazeera Buys Current TV, But It Won't Be On Time Warner Cable
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
New Year, New Dish, New Media  —  When I first stumbled into blogging over 12 years ago, it was for two reasons: curiosity and freedom.  I was curious about the potential for writing in this new medium; and for the first time, I felt total freedom as a writer.  On my little blog, I was beholden to no one but my readers.
Felix Salmon:
Andrew Sullivan goes it alone  —  The big media news of the day is that Andrew Sullivan is taking his team, going independent, and running the Daily Dish as a standalone business.  It's a risky move, but it's not that risky.  And I like the direction he's moving in, for a number of reasons.
Discussion: WE ARE YOUR FEK
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Andrew Sullivan breaks from the Daily Beast; new Dish to charge $19.99/year  —  Andrew Sullivan has spent the past few weeks leading a debate at his immensely popular politics-and-other-stuff blog The Dish over whether readers will pay for content.  Now we see why: Sullivan announced Wednesday …
Discussion: Speakeasy and The Wrap
Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke / The New York Observer:
Andrew Sullivan Declares Independence, Leaves The Beast
Discussion: The Wrap and The Daily Dish
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Why Gawker honored news blackout for James Foley but not Richard Engel  —  Gawker reporter Adrian Chen found out in December that journalist James Foley was missing in Syria but didn't report on his disappearance “at the request of Foley's family and the GlobalPost,” he writes.
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Hamilton Nolan / Gawker:
Journalism Is Not Narcissism  —  Every year, thousands of fresh-faced young aspiring journalists flood our nation's college classrooms, in order to learn how to practice their craft.  What should we tell them?  This, first: journalism is not about you.  —  Susan Shapiro, an author …
NY Times loses bid to uncover details on drone strikes  —  (Reuters) - A federal judge on Wednesday rejected The New York Times' bid to force the U.S. government to disclose more information about its targeted killing of people, including American citizens, who it believes have ties to terrorism.
Discussion: Politico and Gothamist
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Culture Editor Jonathan Landman to leave NYT  —  Culture Editor Jonathan Landman tells coworkers in an email that he's leaving the paper: … Landman was named culture editor in 2009 after running the Times' online operation.  Reached by email, Landman said he couldn't say what he's doing next.
Discussion: The Wrap
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Hearst: “Nearly 800,000″ monthly digital U.S. subs, short of 1 million goal  —  In a New Year's letter to employees, Hearst Magazines president David Carey writes that the company has nearly 800,000 monthly digital subscribers in the U.S. “across iPads, Nooks, Kindle Fires and Android devices-the highest in the industry.”
Jim Romenesko:
Hearst Magazines digital subscriptions now generating profits
Discussion: @maryfitzger
How We Made Snow Fall — A Q&A with the New York Times team  —  A Q&A with the New York Times team  —  The New York Times' astonishing Snow Fall: The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek, launched in the final days of 2012, capped a year of extraordinary work in interactive journalism, both at the Times and in newsrooms around the world.
Julie Moos / Poynter:
Newspaper can't have more gun permit data, county says, after publishing names, addresses outraged community  —  Community anger over its decision to publish the names and addresses of gun owners in two New York counties did not deter The Journal News from plans to publish the same information for a third county.
Mackenzie Weinger / Politico:
Washington Times to become ‘digital-first’  —  The Washington Times' executive editor David Jackson on Wednesday laid out his plans to improve the conservative paper's digital presence in 2013.  —  Jackson wrote in his “vision statement” that the paper will continue to print five days a week …
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Richard Verrier / Los Angeles Times:
Hollywood keeps its tax break in ‘fiscal cliff’ deal
Discussion: The Wrap
Jim Romenesko:
Boston Globe shutters its New York City sales office
Elliot Spagat / Associated Press:
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Discussion: Poynter and Los Angeles Times
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Michael Wolff / Guardian:
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Discussion: @tom_watson