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3:45 PM ET, January 2, 2013


 Top News: 
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.
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Andrew Sullivan breaks from the Daily Beast; new Dish to charge $19.99/year
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Speakeasy
Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke / The New York Observer:
Andrew Sullivan Declares Independence, Leaves The Beast
Discussion: Mashable!
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: Free James Foley
US journalist, AFP contributor, kidnapped in Syria  —  A freelance American reporter who contributed videos to Agence France-Presse (AFP) in recent months was kidnapped in war-torn Syria six weeks ago and has been missing since, his family revealed on Wednesday.
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
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 …
Simon McGarr / McGarr Solicitors:
2012: The year Irish newspapers tried to destroy the web  —  This is not a joke.  I have started with that clarification, because as you read this you will find yourself asking “Is this some kind of a joke?”  I thought I would be helpful and put the answer right up at the start, so you can refer back to it as often as you require.
Julie Moos / Poynter:
Newspaper can't have more gun permit data, county says, after publishing names, addresses outraged community
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.
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and Gizmodo
Elliot Spagat / Associated Press:
Orange County Register Owner Aaron Kushner Defies Trend To Shrink Costs  —  SANTA ANA, Calif. — New and expanded sections to cover business, automobiles and food.  A nearly five-fold increase in community news pages and more investigative reporting.  Even daily color comics.
Discussion: Poynter
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Apple's iBookstore Headed to Japan This Year  —  Apple is preparing to take a serious run at the Japanese e-book market.  The company is negotiating deals with a handful of Japanese publishers to supply a local version of its iBookstore with their e-book catalogs.
Patricia Sauthoff / Mediagazer News:
Mediagazer's biggest stories of 2012  —  It's always fun for journos to argue about which news story was the story of the year.  Of course, everyone has different criteria and therefore a different answer.  At Mediagazer we decided to look at the data and choose visually.
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Belgian media planning shared digital content passport  —  Fresh from apparently wrangling online content fees from Google last month, Belgian newspaper websites will, in 2013, launch an industry-wide platform to take back their readers.  —  Major Flemish- and French-language newspaper publishers …
Bill Maurer / Seeking Alpha:
Netflix Gives Reed Hastings Huge Raise: Why?  —  After the bell on Friday, Netflix (NFLX) announced that it was giving CEO Reed Hastings a huge raise.  Mr. Hastings will get a $2 million salary along with $2 million of compensation through stock options, the ultimate value of which depends on how Netflix's shares perform.
Associated Press:   Netflix CEO pay: Hastings' gets 100 percent raise
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Mackenzie Weinger / Politico:
Washington Times to become ‘digital-first’
Jon Evans / TechCrunch:
All Journalism Is Tech Journalism Now  —  I am about to commit an act of meta-journalism.
Michael Wolff / Guardian:
Rupert Murdoch's make-or-break venture: the new News Corp
Discussion: @tom_watson
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